10.29.2011

Get Your Spiritual House In Order!

We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity? Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)? When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better. God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He's more interested in what I am than what I do. - Email Forward (Rick Warren)

I haven't confirmed or denied the authorship of this email forward, but frankly I'm more interested in the truth of the message, which is on-time for today's troubles.

Trials and tribulations, better known to Believers as the testing of our faith, can be exhausting. Nevertheless, these various and often continuous trials are for our maturing, and bring about holiness within each of us.

God is returning for a bride that is "without spot or wrinkle."

"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless." Ephesians 5:25-27

Believers, in this season, time we spend with Him is most precious and is a direct result of our inward spiritual strength. It is crucial that we be washed in the Word daily. Keeping us in right standing with God, and also to be used as our compass for decisions and plans. This isn't a time to be lax or lazy. We must be ready and prepared for His return!

Getting Your House In Order (Scripture References)

10.19.2011

Less Talk

The Holy Bible, the God-breathed Word, Holy Spirit inspired, Proverbs of Solomon -- who asked for wisdom above all, wrote these passages:

Proverbs 21:9 "Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife."

Proverbs 27:15-16 "A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day; restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand."


You had better believe that nothing was left out of the Holy Scriptures to instruct, including a woman's propensity to run off at the mouth.

Ouch!

I felt that.

God is teaching me currently that "less talk and serving more" makes a good marriage great.

10.14.2011

Tough Love

God will sometimes use or allow the unconventional to wake us or shake us up. For some it may be the consequences of our own doing (outside of God's authority) or perhaps troubles of various kinds. It matters not though. What's dynamic about the process is that we hopefully end up changed and transformed.

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

I am certain that God was the first to initiate tough love -- discipline that's motivated by love.

God Disciplines His Sons

Albeit a painful process of cleansing and purging, remember that we are called to be vessels of honor, holy, and useful to God.

"In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work." 2 Timothy 2:20-21

10.12.2011

Change It Up: Site To Store Service

Change It Up is a series of posts where I share changes I've made.

Before school started this year I needed to purchase a new Booster Car Seat for my daughter. After a little bit of research I decided for the first time to use a Site to Store service. I ordered online and picked it up at the store with no shipping or handling costs. It was a win-win!

The bonus is that sometimes what I prefer may only be available online.


I found the correspondence from the store to be exceptional with good instructions on the process, as well as keeping me informed straight through to pickup confirmation.

Side bar: I did get a credit for my daughter's gently used harnessed car seat at the resale shop. Ka-ching!

10.11.2011

Movie for Free

Look for the link to watch One Night with the King for FREE on yesterday's blog post.  Enjoy!

10.10.2011

One Night with the King

Looking for a movie brimming with romance, drama, and mystery. Watch One Night with the King, a Biblical account of how a young Jewish girl became Queen Esther.

The life experience of Esther's faith brought her favor of a divine kind to save not only herself, but her people.

"For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14

Can we talk?! I know well about overwhelming trials that seem impossible. In a tight spot. Desperate, and in need of courage and confidence.

Believer be encouraged that in God's plan you win, no matter the difficulties you face today. Let Him lead you to victory, while He gets all the glory. Remember, God is on our side!

Life Application Study Bible
Like Esther:
(1) calculate the cost
(2) set priorities
(3) prepare
(4) determine a course of action and move ahead boldly

“The will of God won’t ever lead you where the grace of God can’t keep you.”

God's Sovereignty - He who has supreme power and universal authority. No one or no thing can deter, stop, or force Him.

Gen. 18:14
Psalm 103:19
Psalm 115:3
Psalm 135:5-6
Isaiah 46:10
Jer. 32:27
Dan. 4:35
Matt. 19:26
Luke 1:37

10.07.2011

I Would Like To Buy $3 Worth of God

Imagine that you grew up with Christian beliefs. Jesus is your friend and teacher.  You’re familiar with Christian tradition and Holidays. The Holy Bible is not an obscure volume of books. Yet, you admit that you’ve only gotten a sprinkling of the revelation of God's redemptive plan to Salvation through Christ's death and resurrection. You’re not fully immersed in Him, and you’re unsure whether it will work out or not. So undecided to surrender and run after Him, you settle for "$3.00 worth of God."

I would like to buy three dollars worth of God, please.

Not enough to explode my soul and disturb my sleep.
Not enough to take control of my life.
I want just enough to equal a cup of warm milk.
Just enough to ease some of the pain from my guilt.

I would like to buy three dollars worth of God, please.

I would like to find a love that is pocket-sized.
I don’t want enough of God to make me love a black man or pick beets with a migrant.
Not enough to change my heart.
I can only stand just enough to take to church when I have time.
Just enough to equal a snooze in the sunshine.
I want ecstasy, not transformation.
I want the warmth of the womb, but not a new birth.

I would like to purchase a pound of the eternal in a paper sack.
If it doesn’t work, I would like to get my money back.

I would like to buy three dollars worth of God, please.

I would like to hide some for a rainy day.
Not enough for people to see a change in me.
Not enough to impose any responsibility.
Just enough to make folks think I am ok.

Could I just get three dollars worth of God, please?

-Wilbur E. Rees

10.06.2011

If You Were Accused...

Question: If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

The Lukewarm Church of Laodicea (The Message)

Revelation 3:14-19

Write to Laodicea, to the Angel of the church. God's Yes, the Faithful and Accurate Witness, the First of God's creation, says: "I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You're not cold, you're not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You're stale. You're stagnant. You make me want to vomit. You brag, 'I'm rich, I've got it made, I need nothing from anyone,' oblivious that in fact you're a pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless. "Here's what I want you to do: Buy your gold from me, gold that's been through the refiner's fire. Then you'll be rich. Buy your clothes from me, clothes designed in Heaven. You've gone around half-naked long enough. And buy medicine for your eyes from me so you can see, really see. "The people I love, I call to account—prod and correct and guide so that they'll live at their best. Up on your feet, then! About face! Run after God!

Life Application Study Bible: Believers that had "become hardened and self-satisfied." A "halfhearted , in-name-only Christian who is self-sufficient."

10.05.2011

The Change



The Change - Steven Curtis Chapman
What about the change
What about the difference
What about the grace
What about forgiveness
What about a life that's showing
I'm undergoing the change

10.04.2011

Being Transformed

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 12:2

The Message Romans 12

In times of battle, I draw closer to God through study, praise, and in my quiet time. It seems I'm more purposeful of how I spend my time as well, wanting to be fed directly by God who is my source. He uses many to feed my hungry and desperate soul, and I graciously thank Him with each satisfying meal that builds me up and makes me stronger for the long journey ahead.

A Believer's life has many hills and valleys. Though we'd like to remain on the mountaintop with Jesus for another season, it's not where we change and grow. It's not where we are most effective.

When our faith is shaken and the earth seems to tremble beneath our feet of clay that's when God has our full attention. He can strip us of some tainted thinking, pride, and whatever else would hinder our calling to be manifested fully.

When we say, "Yes, Lord," get ready for a shake down or two, while in the process of transformation.

"And we, who with unveiled* faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." 2 Corinthians 3:18

Life Application Study Bible: "Christ removes the veil (3:16), giving eternal life and freedom from trying to be saved by keeping laws. And without the veil, we can be like mirrors reflecting God's glory."
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