Thursday, August 21, 2014

TRUTH AND ENCOURAGEMENT

I read the book of Colossians this morning. It was awesome, and I want to share with you what God spoke to me. I hope that God uses it to encourage you right where you're at :)...

Do you realize what a treasure you are as a child of God? Do you realize how much he loves you, cares about you, thinks the world of you? He even SINGS over you! Today, I want you to know (and God wants you to know!) that if you belong to him, He sees you has holy and blameless, and you stand before him without a single fault...you stand before him without a single fault because God sees you as justified (just as if you never sinned) through the blood of his only Son, Jesus Christ. BELIEVE this TRUTH! Stand firm in it! Any thoughts that label you are failure are not from God, but from the enemy, who prowls around like a raging lion to DEVOUR you! God's word says that satan also wants to sift you like wheat! And he's constantly fighting a hostile battle in and for your mind so you MUST take EVERY - THOUGHT - CAPTIVE!  Don't let anyone capture you with thoughts of inadequacy or any nonsense that comes from human thinking or the enemy. You are complete through your union with Christ, who is also the head over every spiritual power! God cut away our sinful nature and disarmed satan when he saved you, so do NOT let the enemy condemn you with thoughts that you're a failure or that God is displeased with your effort to live for him! GOD IS NOT DISAPPOINTED IN YOU! You, child of God, bring him glory and make him smile! Through the death and resurrection of God's Son, Jesus - YOU ARE FREE! Free from believing the lies of the enemy! Free from having to adhere to a strict list of rules to earn your righteousness! Free to be all he created you to be! Free to say NO to the power of sin! You have died to this life and your real life is hidden with Christ in God! Put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Put on your new nature and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become more like him.

If this blog post inspires or encourages you, consider taking some time to read the book of Colossians. It's short and sweet - and most of what I just wrote about comes from there! :)

In the mean time, let me leave you with this assurance that you are who you are because of Jesus Christ, and not your own efforts...

Philippians 3:3 "We rely on what Jesus Christ has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort...(v8) all effort is garbage."

Saturday, August 16, 2014

ON MARRIAGE AND SUBMISSION

I was reading in Ephesians 5 this morning and found it fascinating as I pieced verses 21-33 together. Here's what I walked away with...

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. For the wife, this means the husband is over her as Christ is over the church. The church follows Christ's way of living...so the wife should follow the husband, submitting in every way to the man who is Christ's leadership, head, authority over her. Done in a Christ-like way, this provides protection and security. By submitting to him and trusting his authority (Acted out resulting from his great love for her) over her, she is showing him the respect that God desires her to show him that he deserves and craves. The husband must also submit to the wife by loving her as Christ loved the church...loving his wife as he loves his own body...feeding, caring, providing for her...just as Christ cares for the church. Christ is the husband's example for how to love his wife. Jesus was not above the church...he stooped down to wash his disciples muddy, stinky, nasty feet...the husband is to love his wife the same. Each spouse is responsible to do their own part REGARDLESS. 

When a man and woman are married, they become one...illustrating the great mystery of how Christ and the church are one. So men, love your wife selflessly. Women, respect and trust your husband as God's chosen leader over you. In this way you are submitting to each other and reflecting Christ in your marriages.

This is not old fashioned - this is God's design for marriage. Any wonder why marriages don't work out much today? We must put away our selfishness when we feel our spouse has wronged us, and submit to them out of our love for Christ and for them. Let God do the refining...in our spouse, as well as ourselves...and let God work out the details and grow our character to be more like him :).

I sure do love you Drew! And I thank God for putting you in my life! Thank you for all you do to lead and provide for our home! <3