Wait on the Lord

Isaiah 40:28-31, (KJV)

28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

God, my God, is everlasting.

He created this earth and all that is in it. He never grew/grows tired. His wisdom is so great we could never fully understand it.

This is the God I serve. This is the God who adopted me into His family when I accepted the shed blood of Christ for my sins. This is the God who granted me the power of the Holy Spirit. It is through Him and by Him that I can do all things (Philippians 4:13).

When I am weak, He strengthens me. When I am weary, He gives me power. When I have nothing else to lean on, draw on, rely on, I have Him.

When I seek His will and follow His commands, I have nothing to worry about. He will lift me up and strengthen me.

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I need to wait on His timing. I stay where I am and do what He called me to do until I hear otherwise. I may feel God has something for me, but if I try to do it on my own, in my own timing, then I will fail. If I wait for His timing, then all will go well. Think of David–he was told as a young man he would be king some day. He didn’t try to make it happen; he waited on God’s timing. We need to do the same.

Dear God, may I never forget You are all-powerful, all-knowing, and will never grow weary. May I wait on You to lift me up and strengthen me.

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Growing Through Trials

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“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations” ~ 2 Peter 2:9a

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What Your Husband Wants You to Know

A good article for women to read to better understand their husbands.

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God-Breathed

2 Peter 1 20-21

I’ve heard many times that parts of scripture can be ignored because it is/was the writer’s feelings on the topic and not God’s feelings.

One example is when Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 14:34, “Let your women keep silence in the churches for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.” I’ve heard many times that women can speak and even preach in the church because that was just what was accepted for the time period. 2 Peter tells us, however, that the scripture is from the Holy Spirit and does not contain the interpretation of the writer (1 Corinthians 14:34 was used as an example and a further study should be discussed on the proper meaning of it by putting it in context.)

The first think we are to understand is the fact that scripture is God-breathed. We are to take the whole book as truth. Everything written in it did not come about because man thought it up. Holy men wrote what the Holy Spirit told them to write.

If we read all scripture knowing it came from God and not trying to figure out what the author meant, we will get a lot further in our understanding. Does this mean we will always know exactly what is meant? No, but it does take out one level of confusion.

Lord, help us to remember that all scripture came from You and is truth. Help us to seek Your meaning and not debate what the writer may have meant. Grant us wisdom and open our eyes to Your Word.

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The Holy Spirit’s Leading

John 16:7-14, (KJV)

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

Of sin, because they believe not on me;

10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Christ did not leave us alone when He died on the cross. He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. The Holy Spirit is who convicts hearts of sin. It is through the workings of the Holy Spirit that we realize we are sinful creatures in need of a savior.

Every believer has the Holy Spirit living within them. The Holy Spirit’s job is to reveal to us what Christ and the Father want us to know. The Holy Spirit speaks to us God’s truth for He is a “Spirit of truth.”

The Holy Spirit will not guide us to anything outside the will of God or contrary to God’s Word. He can only honor and support what will glorify Christ.

Charles Spurgeon once said,

The Holy Spirit still exists, works, and teaches in the Church. And we have a test by which to know whether what people claim to be revelation is revelation or not-‘he shall receive of mine’ (Joh 16:14). The Holy Spirit will never go farther than the Cross and the coming of the Lord. He will go no farther than that which concerns Christ. ‘He shall receive of mine.’ When, therefore, anybody whispers in mine ear that there has been revealed to him this or that, which I do not find in the teachings of Christ and His Apostles, I tell him that we must be taught by the Holy Spirit. His one vocation is to deal with the things of Christ! If we do not remember this, we may be carried away by quirks, as many as have been. Those who will have to do with the other things, let them–but as for us, we shall be satisfied to confine our thoughts and our teaching within these limitless limits: ‘He shall receive of mine and shall shew it unto you.'” ~ 1891, Sermon 2213

May we always remember that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and that we need to use that as our standard of living. As Christians, we are to live like Christ and to do so properly, we should not go against His teachings. The Holy Spirit will convict us to live according to God’s will. If it goes against what the Bible teaches, then it must not be the Holy Spirit’s leading. Remember that satan is the father of lies.

Lord, help us to look to Your word for how to live our lives. May we always check any leading we feel against Your word to verify it is the Holy Spirit’s leading. Guide us in Your truths and open our eyes to any lies we may believe.

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Dressing Modestly

Large Families on Purpose has a great post on dressing modestly and why some of us choose to wear dresses/skirts.

There is a difference between dressing attractively and dressing to attract . . .”

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Putting Others Before Yourself

Philippians 2:1-8 (KJV)

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

As Christians we show love to  others because God first showed love to us (1John 4:19). How do we do that? We do that by thinking of the wants, needs, and desires of others more than our own wants, needs and desires. When we do this, we need to keep in mind God’s laws and commands and not go against His Words, but we should think of others first.

I remember being taught one way to have joy is to remember:

JOYIf we live in this way, we are certain to have joy!

We often tell children, “Do unto others as you would have done to you.” This comes from Luke 6:31 and Matthew 7:12. As humans we often are selfish and think of ourselves. Frighting against that selfishness (dying to self) is something we need to do every day. Don’t we want others to put us first? Then we should do likewise; we should think of others first.

We shouldn’t fight to have our own way. We shouldn’t only be worried about ourselves and our won problems. We should be thinking about taking care of others and helping them fulfill their needs. When Christ is first in our lives, we will want to be like Him.

He thought of us more than himself. He didn’t want to endure the cross (Matthew 26:29 & 39), but He did for us. He put what we needed ahead of what He wanted. He put the desires of God before His own desires; He submitted to the Father.

Even though Christ is one with God and was here at the beginning with God (John 1:1-4), He humbled Himself and was obedient to God. He put us first even though it meant death for Him.

If we are to take any comfort in the love Christ showed for us, we need to do likewise. We need to show the same depth of love for others.

We can apply this to the physical needs, wants and desires of others, but we can’t forget their spiritual needs as well. We need to think about where they will spend eternity and put witnessing ahead of our fears and pride. Let us not sit comfortably living our own lives; let us think of the eternal life of others and put them first.

Prayer: Lord, may we put You first, others second, and think of ourselves last. May we provide for and care for the needs of others despite what it may cost us. May we stop being selfish and let others have their way as long as it doesn’t go against Your laws. Help us to love others and live peaceably.

 

 

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