Friday, August 17, 2018

God's Divine Plan

God’s Divine Plan
Ephesians 5:21-23 KJV
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 
The prevailing spirit of all relationships should be one of submission. “Wives, submit  yourselves unto your own husbands." There is a limit to what is suitable for the role of submission. It does not mean that a woman submits to her husband in things that dishonor God. In Acts 5:29, the apostles said when commanded not to preach, “We must obey God and not men.” If circumstances reach a point where you are faced with dishonoring God, you have to choose to obey God rather than man.  
Do you have a husband who is frustrating to you, either because he's unsaved or he's a disobedient believer? Dear one, all the more reason to be submissive and demonstrate to him a meek and a quiet spirit. This is a picture of a virtuous woman and demonstrates a respectful kind of behavior towards him. Remember to adorn your heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle spirit which is precious in the sight of God (I Peter 3:1-7).
Respond to your husband submissively, as if you were responding to Jesus Christ. When a wife does not submit, there is separation from the plan of God causing the relationship between the husband and wife to be dysfunctional. God, in His infinite wisdom, has created the body to respond to the head and has designed the husband to be the head of the wife. When you see a body that does not respond to the head, it is not normal. Likewise, when a wife does not respond to her husband properly, it is against God’s design. When you submit to your husband, you are conforming to the will of God.
Lord, I submit to Your authority in obeying and submitting to my husband as unto Christ 


Friday, August 10, 2018

Are You Committing Spiritual Adultery?

Are You Committing Spiritual Adultery?

So often, prostitution is referred to as the "oldest profession” in the world. It has always been a common way for women to make money, even in Bible times. God forbids such involvement with a prostitute because He knows this attachment is harmful to both men and women. Satan’s work of seduction begins with its words of deceptive flattery. The lips of honey should be meant for one’s true love in marriage and not for anything outside of this sacred bond. The tasting of the adulterous women’s lips is said to be, “bitter as wormwood” and “as sharp as a two-edged sword,” symbols of suffering and death (Proverbs 5:3-5).

Prostitution not only destroys marriages, families, and lives, but it destroys a person’s physical body and leads to spiritual death. We are to keep our bodies pure to be used as tools for His service and glory (Romans 6:13) The body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body (I Corinthians 6:13b).

Being in spiritual adultery is dangerous and deadly just as being a prostitute, or being with a prostitute is hazardous and extremely risky. Spiritual adultery is unfaithfulness to God and having an excessive fondness for the things of the world (James 4:4). The one who is an enemy of God is seen throughout Scripture as an unbeliever, one who has a deep and intimate longing for the things of the world and not for God. 

The Bible says if we set our mind on the flesh it is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile and in opposition towards God (Romans 8:5-7). Allow Christ to transform you by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). The love of the world is primarily an attitude of the heart. To avoid spiritual adultery, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2).

Lord, may my heart and mind be fixed on You.


Friday, August 3, 2018

Do You Resolve Conflicts by Yelling?

Do You Resolve Conflicts by Yelling?
Proverbs 15:1 
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Are you a yeller? Do you yell when you’re frustrated with your children, things, or problems? Does it seem like the only time your children fight, have needs or start getting loud is when you’re on the phone? Most of the time, as a mom, you find that you are away from the conflict that has been brewing in another room for a while.  You’re cooking, cleaning, or changing a diaper and the battle over toys, clothes, or you name it begins. You yell out in frustration from wherever you are, “STOP, your yelling or fighting!” You know that yelling doesn’t work either and so you begin to give a long list of ultimatums. I know what you’re thinking. And “No,” that doesn’t work either.

Just like the children in the classroom need the attention and gentle touch of the teacher, so do the children in your home. I realize that it is hard to stop in the middle of what you are doing and go to where your children are quarreling or engaging in hand-to-hand combat, but it is most beneficial if you do. 

Things That Will Help You in Settling Quarrels

    •   Being self-aware of your urge to yell is a starting place 

    •   Calm yourself before entering the war zone

    •   Speak in a low voice and bring the child/children close to you

    •   Realize anger causes an increase in quarreling and bad feelings

    •   Try to be consistent when discipline is needed

    •   Encourage children to forgive each other

    •   Help children solve the problem

These are just a few things that will help you settle quarrels between siblings and friends. Make sure you are getting closer to the problem and not yelling out instructions from another room. Children need to see your face, feel your gentle touch, (not squeezing their shoulder) and hear a soft voice instruct them. 

Lord, give me the wisdom to help instruct my children in settling quarrels and forgiving one another.



Friday, July 27, 2018

What Fills Your Mind?

What Fills Your Mind?
Philippians 4:8 KJV
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 

You could consider the above verse to be highly important in your life. Because there are thoughts that occupy your mind and become more critical as time passes, your thoughts will determine the extent of your love for God, and your love for others. Your life, as you know it today, is a result of your process of thinking yesterday. Your life tomorrow will be determined by what you think and do today.

A healthy thought life comes out of a close relationship with Christ: reading His Word, praying and being obedient to what the Bible instructs. This is essential! As a believer, you need to be sure your ideas about God are accurate, biblical, and true. Inaccurate and unbiblical views about God and the gospel of Christ are damaging to your faith.

When we view ourselves through the lens of God’s Word, we can replace the negative, self-defeating thoughts with His truth. We are worthless sinners, and without Christ, we are unquestionably lost in hopelessness and despair.  Remembering what Christ has done for us and what is TRUE according to the gospel is essential. “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s”  (I Corinthians 6:20). It is in Christ that our heart is guarded and secure.

The capability to think biblically, and live out the gospel message in our lives, comes only through the influence of the Holy Spirit. Don’t waver in your faith being tossed to and fro thinking opposing and unfruitful thoughts. The Apostle Paul taught in Philippians 4:8 that Christians are to reflect on things that are true, honest, just, etc., for in your human weakness God’s grace is still sufficient for all.


Lord, keep my mind stayed on You.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Witnessing with Boldness

Witnessing with Boldness

Acts 14:8-15

Paul and Barnabas are in the city of Lystra giving the gospel. We see Paul’s boldness in his witness for Christ and his humility. There is no mention of a synagogue in the city so most likely, he is preaching to a crowd of people gathered in the marketplace or town square. As Paul begins to speak, he looks upon a man that has been crippled from birth–– “perceiving that he had faith to be healed.” Paul commands the man to stand up and immediately the man leaps up and walks.

When this miracle took place, the men of the city cried out in Lycaonian, “The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men!” According to tradition or folklore, the gods Zeus and Hermes visited Lystra incognito. They asked for food and lodging but everyone turned them away except one old man and his wife. This so displeased the gods that they took vengeance upon the people of the city, drowning them by a great flood. The couple that took them in was spared this plight. Their humble home was made into a temple where they served as a priest and priestess. The people of Lystra believed Barnabas to be Zeus, Jupiter, and Paul to be Hermes, Mercury.

Paul and Barnabas didn’t become proud or desire the praise of men; but cried out to the people, “stop this ritual we are men as you are.” They preached the gospel to them telling them of the Creator of heaven and earth. After restraining the crowd from offering sacrifices for them, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium came to Lystra persuading the crowd to stone Paul. One minute they were desiring to sacrifice oxen for Paul and Barnabas and then were plotting to stone Paul. They dragged him outside of the city, leaving him for dead. Paul survived the stoning and continued to the city of Derbe, to preach the Good News. He believed that proclaiming Christ was his sole purpose for living.


Lord, may I boldly give the gospel of Christ.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Teaching Your Children (Part 2)

Teaching Your Children (Part 2)
Training children is not an easy task, but it is extremely rewarding. We, as parents, are instructed to train up children in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord.” We are to love, discipline, and instruct them in the precepts of the Word of God. We are instructed never to provoke, annoy, or anger our children with unreasonable demands or criticisms. But, we are to bring our children up to respect the ways of God as a foundation of life in godliness, with blessings.
Teach your children to obey –– Proverbs 1:8, “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law (teaching) of thy mother:” Proverbs 6:20-23, My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law (teaching) of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.  When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law (teaching) is light; and reproofs of instruction (discipline) are the way of life:”
It is an unbelievable thing to watch young mothers today trying to get their children to obey. They stroll through the store with a screaming child while they count to numbers that mean absolutely nothing. They attempt to threaten or intimidate their children into obedience but never succeed. The parent continues to ignore the fit that has proceeded throughout the store, and the child has not yet obeyed. Is that a picture of “Teaching your child to obey?” No! Teaching a child to obey takes time and discipline on the part of the mother/parent. Sometimes, it’s the embarrassment that causes a mother to just say, “forget it!” We can’t do that if we want our children to learn the godly aspect of obedience. Teaching a child to obey, mom and dad is important and biblical because it guides a child into the practice of obeying God as they mature and grow older.

Lord, help me to train my children to obey.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Teaching Your Children (Part 1)

Teaching Your Children

Deuteronomy 6:5-8 KJV
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. . .

The book of Proverbs is a practical guide for mothers and fathers to impart to their children the wisdom of God. There are wonderful lessons for your children that will serve them well their entire lives.

What is a healthy fear of God? Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” There are two kinds of fear mentioned in the Bible. One fear is the fear of the Lord, which is good and to be encouraged. The second kind of fear is a "spirit of fear"  (2 Timothy 1:7), which is a hindrance to one’s faith in God.
What does it mean to fear the Lord? To have a correct view of God with an attitude of respect and awe. This includes His unfailing love, mercy, power, and His glory. The fear of the Lord contains many blessings and benefits one of which is true salvation. Also, this fear leads to wisdom and brings genuine rest and contentment (Proverbs 19:23).  
What does it mean to guard the heart? Children need to be taught to protect their minds. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” To watch over their heart means a parent needs to be a safeguard regarding their minds, their emotions, and their will. The heart is like a depository and parents are to be careful about what their children watch, read, and listen to. Their minds are simple, uncomplicated and somewhat unaffected by the things of this world. That’s why they need guidance through their formative years in the things that enter the eye gate –– impacting the heart.

Lord, I pray for wisdom to be able to guide my children in the fear of the Lord.