“You’ve Got to … Go to the Mattresses!”


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This blog was inspired by a dialogue I had with God based on this scene from the 1998 movie, “You’ve Got Mail.” Please take a moment to watch this video before you continue reading and we can travel down this “Go to the Mattresses” road together.


You need to know this one thing about me: I LOVE the arts … ALL arts … film, theater, dance, photography, painting, any form of expression. They are all creative like THE MAKER himself. God is speaking to the world through the world … it’s a rumor, He has no box … he is so outside of our scope of understanding. He is always speaking and through this scene He spoke to my heart like the ultimate God and Father He IS, “Go to the mattresses! Fight … fight to the death!” was His advice to overcome the issues that were consuming my heart at the time.

When Jesus died on the cross and sent the Holy Spirit, power became available to us to change, to overcome the many pains that we accumulated in growing up and in adulthood. And let me tell you, I had them! And with the help of the Holy Spirit I was empowered to take hold of truth and find healing. Jesus did what I could not do but I had to make some choices too. My favorite quote of all time is:

“It doesn’t take years, it takes choices!”

Imagine if the route you took on your way home had a huge hole in the ground and if no matter how hard you tried you fell in it every time and you continued to hurt yourself. Wisdom would say there is a practical thing you can do about this … pick a different route home. It’s a simple choice with dramatic results, which is NOT falling and continuing to hurt yourself.  Your choices are powerful to produce change. For those that love their plan and think their route is the best, this lesson can take a little longer (And I’ve been there too).

So well here are some of the bloody battles I’ve been in: (I say bloody because in some of the battles I’ve had to die so I could truly live … death to self was actually the victory)

Fear of Rejection and abandonment: My parents were divorced at a young age and did they mean for me to feel rejected … NO. But it didn’t stop the devil from lying to me when I was too young to understand the truth. Rejection active in my life caused me to destroy relationships in my life before they had a chance to be successful. I was able to recognize and deal with this one early on in my Christian walk.

Pride: Ouch! Looking at my pride was no fun! It was a death at it’s very core. There was the snotting kind of crying and some dry heaving. I CAN be dramatic, but in this instance I’m so NOT being dramatic. This lesson had a lot to do with keeping my mouth shut.  The grace found in humility is so worth it.

Anger: There have been different kinds of anger I’ve taken to the mattresses but my latest victory was just a mere three months ago. I blog about it at my personal blog page with a blog titled, “Ris and Jesus take on afternoon anger,” you can read more about that journey there.

I wanted to give these examples so that you would know that what ever your going through … whatever pain, concern, or anger there is victory to be had! The devil wants you to feel like it’s hopeless, IT’LL never change, YOU WILLnever change, THEY WILL never change, sound familiar? The devil is so NOTcreative! His lies are the same to everyone wanting to paralyze us with fear so we WON’T change. Whatever that thing is that has power over you and your emotions that is not God, I say: “You’ve got to go the Mattresses … Fight …Fight to the death of it!” (That’s the Ris version)

Some of you are thinking … well how do I fight?

DRAW YOUR SWORD! (Find your truth)

Hebrews 4:12
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”

(Example: when I was dealing with anger my truth was in 1 Corinthians 13when I choose to love by always believing the best of my husband and Phil. 4:8, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right … think on these things” That was my sword.)

GET POWER! (Involve the Holy Spirit)

Jesus said in John 14:26
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (The Holy Spirit will bring to remembrance to words Jesus spoke as wisdom and encouragement)

Romans 15:13
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (The Holy Spirit gives us the power to hope against great odds in a God that is greater than ALL odds!)

1 Corinthians 2:12-14 (New King James Version)
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (When we pray and submit to the Holy Spirit what we are going through He speaks to us giving us wisdom and empowering us with strength to make right decisions)

PUNCH TO KNOCK OUT! (Get practical!)

Choose to think differently based on wisdom from the Holy Spirit. Go a different way home. Throw your scale out, don’t call people who discourage you, avoid situations that have repeatedly caused you to be angry, believe the best in people, choose truth and kill lies!  Fighting is a verb … to the death … is an outcome! Getting practical is applying your sword and power in real time. You’ll find victory is imminent.

Don’t get me wrong, there are days that fighting is brutal and days you are able to rest in your gained ground. A friend once gave me this analogy when I was overcoming some bad habits associated with the fear of rejection.

“It’s like one day you were walking down the road and walked into freshly poured wet cement (what ever painful experience that caused the root of rejection) and instead of breaking the cement off right away you began to walk with the block of cement on your foot. You made accommodations for the block by changing the way you walked to the point you didn’t remember how it felt to walk without it. One leg became stronger and the leg muscle that had the block attached became weaker before you realized your need to be free from the block. You break the block off your foot only to have to learn to walk again.”

You see there is an uncomfortable process of choosing to be free everyday of the battle. And in doing so you choose to fight … you’re choosing victory!

So I admonish you if the Holy Spirit brushed His gentle hand over your heart showing you an area that could be more free (like He has so often done to me), follow the advice of the ultimate God and Father (my inspired interpretation from one of the best romantic comedies of the 90’s) and go to the mattresses, fight … fight to the death!

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