Friday, August 31, 2018

Satan, Our Enemy

Satan, Our Enemy
Ephesians 2:1-3

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience...
James 4:4 
You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

When attempting to work with women in addiction, one can see how hard Satan works to deceive, destroy and kill those that have been captured by his lies. My heart was moved as I entered a courtroom a while ago to see twenty to thirty men and women restrained by chains around their wrists and ankles. As they shuffled across the crowded room to their seats, their faces were unresponsive. They were then ordered not to have eye contact with anyone seated in the courtroom. While listening to the charges brought against them and then having the question posed,  “How do you plea?” the answer, “guilty” was quite overwhelming!

What a picture of the ugly chains of sin mankind has been shackled with throughout human history. A man has no hope without believing in the truth of the gospel; that Jesus did for them what they could never do for themselves. Satan has bound them with his lies and will utterly destroy them unless they believe in Christ and trust Him by faith (John 3:36). 

If you are struggling with the chains of sin my friend, trust Christ today. Repent of your sins and put your faith and trust in what Jesus did for you on the cross. The gospel of Christ is the truth that will set you free from the bondage of sin, and He is the only One who can promise eternal life to all who believe.  (John 6:47) “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.”


Lord, I put my faith and trust in You.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Can We Forget Our Salvation?

Can We Forget Our Salvation?

2 Peter 1:5-11 KJV
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity... But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins...

Peter wants us to remember the reality of our salvation. He is saying that our salvation is abundant and everlasting. To know the richness of our salvation is to understand who we are in Christ and what we possess in Him. "According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue by which are given unto us exceedingly great and precious promises that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, . . .” (2 Peter 1:3,4). 

Saving faith redeems you, sustains you, and gives you all you need in Christ. When you became a believer, you instantly possessed all things that pertained to life and godliness. All of God is in Christ and all of Christ is in you. You can rest in the gospel and righteousness of God making sure of your standing in Christ. Even though you sin, the gospel will encourage you with unrelenting grace towards you.

Living a virtuous and excellent life fulfills the highest potential of God in man. Living a life that controls passions adds to your life of faith the excellence of Christ's likeness. We are to portray a life of wisdom, goodness, knowledge and brotherly affection, with genuine love. The riches of your salvation has given to you a hungering and thirsting for the knowledge of Christ.  It will make sure your calling, your salvation, and if you practice these qualities, you will not stumble into doubt, questioning your salvation.


Lord, if I live out the gospel knowing the precious promise of eternal life is from You, my life is enriched.

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.