The ability to bend

Picture a palm tree bending under the force of a hurricane as it is a great visual of core strength. The greatest trials of life will not move us when we are strong in the inner core and we are able to bend in the wind . We know that after a hurricane usually the only thing standing are palm trees and everything else is blown away or trashed. Why? They bend in the wind, they are flexible.

It’s sad but we must admit that our flesh nature is stiff and all about “self. “ We are pronominally selfish and as we mature in the Lord we are dying to our weak flesh nature.That old nature will destroy and undermine any strength in our core and it opens doors to intruders.

We don’t realize just how rigid and unbending we really are. The bible calls it being stiff-necked. When the winds of life blow our way, instead of standing strong in the word we react: “My feelings were hurt,“ “ I am offended,” “It’s not fair,” “Where is mine?” We dig our heals into our "rights" and allow a fatal blow to our core. We become even more unbendable when offense sets in and we are stuck in our ridgidness. We run to the Lord for help because we feel spiritually and emotionally depleted, but we are so unbendable/stiff-necked to accept that it is our fault. Or we could blame the devil that always works for awhile.

How often are you offended? How long do you allow offense to brew in your thoughts and emotions? Have you realized just how damaging it is to your core strength? 

I encourage you to learn to bend from a person who used to be so rigid. 

Think about it.
 

Julie Haley

Core Strength

Picture a palm tree bending under the force of a hurricane as it is a great visual of core strength. The greatest trials of life will not move us when we are strong in the inner core and we are able to bend in the wind . We know that after a hurricane usually the only thing standing are palm trees and everything else is blown away or trashed. Why? They bend in the wind, they are flexible.

It’s sad but we must admit that our flesh nature is stiff and all about “self. “ We are pronominally selfish and as we mature in the Lord we are dying to our weak flesh nature.That old nature will destroy and undermine any strength in our core and it opens doors to intruders.

We don’t realize just how rigid and unbending we really are. The bible calls it being stiff-necked. When the winds of life blow our way, instead of standing strong in the word we react: “My feelings were hurt,“ “ I am offended,” “It’s not fair,” “Where is mine?” We dig our heals into our "rights" and allow a fatal blow to our core. We become even more unbendable when offense sets in and we are stuck in our ridgidness. We run to the Lord for help because we feel spiritually and emotionally depleted, but we are so unbendable/stiff-necked to accept that it is our fault. Or we could blame the devil that always works for awhile.

How often are you offended? How long do you allow offense to brew in your thoughts and emotions? Have you realized just how damaging it is to your core strength? 

I encourage you to learn to bend from a person who used to be so rigid. 

Think about it.
 

Julie Haley

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