Nothing Matters but Jesus

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My friend directed me to an article she had read and thought it was awesome and wanted me to read it to see what I thought (I recommend reading it (https://www.raystedman.org/new-testament/acts/handling-dissension). Needless to say, when I finished this article I was moved. I believe the part that made me break down was this:

All we need to do is get the truth out to people. The Bible is the truth, it is the way things really are. We are living in a world ruled by illusion and fantasy where people are confused, disturbed, and upset. They feel that there is nothing certain, nothing to be trusted. Everything is a phantasmagoric cloud of uncertainty and illusion. They do not know where to turn or what to believe. The truth hits with wonderful impact upon such minds. There is an immediate awareness, as there was in Jesus’ days on Earth, that what is being said is right. There is a ring of truth conveyed. As the word of truth abounds, disciples multiply because men and women are drawn to the truth. They want to know what is right and what is real, what is honest, what is genuine.

All that is important – all that truly matters is Christ and Him crucified! Paul said:

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:1-2

There is nothing but Christ. The answer to anything is Christ. We are so imperfect and yet He chooses us to tell others of Him. Praise the Lord! What a humbling truth.

Everything in this world is ruled by our thoughts, our feelings, and what we think is right. Yet scripture tells us:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

In all our ways we should acknowledge Him – the answer is Christ!

Truth is, I have made choices and decisions without prayer, without forethought; I have just went rough shot at what “I” thought was right. When I have done this, usually, it hasn’t turned out well. I have hurt others, I’ve not followed the Lord’s leading – I leaned unto my own understanding.

BUT GOD! He restored me after much prayer and repentance! He is such a good God who allows us to stroll down our own way so that we learn. I have learned that when I am being attacked, or when I’ve made the wrong decision and things are going badly to look at what I need to do (if anything) and to learn what I need to learn as I’m going through that valley moment.

Every experience is an opportunity for growth. Whether what you are going through is something you directly created or caused or something with which you were not directly involved. When you are feeling attacked by the enemy, allow yourself a moment to rest in Jesus, pray, and to ask Him to show you what you need to learn from this experience. I believe we stay in those valley moments until we learn what He wants us to learn.

I guess what I’ve learned is this – “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”

I love y’all!

If you don’t know who Jesus is and you want to know more, go here. If you need prayer go here and myself and a group of Godly women will keep you in prayer.

Shine Your Light and Be Silent

Be silent — be still.

That is what I’m hearing from the Lord now. Anyone who truly knows me knows how I am about being silent when I feel like “I” need to say something or “I” need to make something better. However, there are things in our lives that do not get better when we get involved.

This video has spoken volumes to me today. I hope that if God has told you to be silent and you just don’t understand why….this video will give you the answer you are seeking. It sure helped me!

Learning in the Valley

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I felt like giving up today. Just giving up on Ministry. I was convinced that I’m not cut out for this kind of work of the Lord. I can plan things and I love watching lives change because of something we decided to do. But today….satan has been really attacking and I’m feeling VERY unqualified.

The truth is, I am unqualified. If it was not for the Lord I would never be able to do anything and especially not ministry. So I sit here trying to take my own advise and figure out exactly what I’m suppose to learn about this experience. What does God want me to “get” out of this valley moment (and yes Satan….it is a moment….I’ve won already!).

1.) Everyone should have a voice and everyone matters. However, the ONLY voice I should be listening to is God’s voice.

Matthew 6:33. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

2.) Pray before you do ANYTHING. I can look back at the times I’ve sought the Lord’s leading and those times when I did not. The times I prayed worked out SO MUCH better.

Jeremiah 33:3. Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

3.) Even the most seasoned Christian can make mistakes – choose the wrong way and hurt others unintentionally. Conversely, the milk drinking Christian can give some of the best advice. It ain’t about us….its about Jesus and listening when He speaks no matter who He speaks through.

Ephesians 2:10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Bottom line friends, I need to get my happy self back into the word, praying, fasting, and seeking the Lord in all I do. I need to be compassionate to others and really listen to their concerns but at the end of the day, my decisions need to be based on the Lord’s word and His leading — even when its hard and even when I feel like giving up.

Pray for me. Love y’all.

 

God’s Version of Girl Power – Pt 2 – Deborah the Judge

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As promised, we are going to look at some strong, powerful, women of scripture. These women are the epitome of “girl power.” I wanted to first look at Deborah because …well…she is one of my favorites. She was placed in a role, that during the time, was outside of the norm. Scripture isn’t plain about why she was chosen over any men of the time but I suspect it was because there were no real strong men of God in the area who could do the job like Deborah could. God has a way of taking someone least expected to make an impact and work through them to do something amazing (Keep that in mind next time you decide to argue with God about a calling He’s put on your life.).

Just to clarify, during the time of the judges, not every judge was a prophet yet Deborah was a Prophetess, wife, and judge; talk about a busy woman! One day she called Barak (believed to be a general of the army – scripture isn’t clear but it would be safe to say he was ranked high within the military), and the first thing she says to him is:

…Hath not the Lord God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun? And I will draw unto thee to the river of Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand.  Judges 4:6-7

Scripture gives an indication that God had spoken to him yet he has done nothing to prepare for the battle. Then after Deborah reminds him of God’s command, He says:

…If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.  Judges 4:8

Of course Deborah told him she would go but that he would not get the credit for capturing the enemies leader, Sisera, but that the honor of capturing him will be given to a woman. WOW…what a hit in the gut to Barak! However, you can give him props for still getting out there and doing what he was commanded to do. He could have let pride get in the way but instead he set all that aside and believed God for the win.

So lets get back to Deborah. Not only did she judge her people, but she yielded to the Lord in all things. She believed and trusted Him when she was told they would win the battle and believed so much she had no trouble going into the battle with Barak. If that isn’t some serious GIRL POWER I don’t know what is.

What is the take away? Believe God, trust Him during the battles of your life and be the leader God has called you to be. That is right, He has given you a place of leadership somewhere in your life. Maybe its in the home being a leader to your children, maybe its at work making ethical and morally right decisions for a company, or maybe its in ministry. Where ever your role of leadership lies, trust God, follow the path He has set before you, and don’t fear to step into battle when He leads you there. Through your obedience, God’s glory will shine!

To learn more about Deborah, read Judges Chapters 4 and 5. Next in the series, we are going to see another powerful woman of God. She is my ABSOLUTE favorite. Yes,  I have favorites but she is number 1 on my list.

 

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God’s Version of Girl Power – Part 1

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As a Christian woman and a woman who tries to “keep it real,” I have to say I’m pretty sick and tired of this “girl power” the world tries to sell us. The idea that we don’t need a man and we can do it all on our own. Yeah it sounds good, but is it Biblical? Should a Christian woman be spewing the world’s version of how we should be as women? Let’s look at scripture for the answer.

In Genesis when God created woman he said:

And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 
And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.  Genesis 2:18, 21-24

Question – Why was a woman created in the beginning?

Answer – So the man would not be alone and to be a helper to him.

Oh boy, wouldn’t the women’s libbers just love if you told them they were created to help a man?

Does this mean that God sees a woman as a second-class citizen? OF COURSE NOT! It means a man has a role and a woman has a role (yes I realize that is another trigger word for our friends in the women’s movement) and if there is an issue with “gender roles,” I suggest you take that up with the Creator.

Now let’s look at help meet a little closer. The Hebrew words for help meet is Ezer Neged. Ezer means a helper, assistant, one who aids. Most of its occurrences in scripture it is used in a divine nature.

Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help (ezer) and shield.  Psalms 33:20
But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help  (ezer) and my deliverer; O Lord, make no tarrying.  Psalms 70:5
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help (ezer) Psalms 121:1

So with this in mind, a Godly wife is DIVINE AID! God made her specifically to aid the man. And why — its simple — men need help! There are things a woman can do better than a man; things she is built to do.

The writer Doug Wilson wrote in Reforming Marriage, “As a result of the Creation order, men and women are oriented to one another differently. They need one another, but they need one another differently. The man needs the help; the woman needs to help.”

Come back and check out Part 2 of this series when we look a few strong women and what Biblical “girl power” really looks like.

 

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God is Faithful – are You?

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First, allow me to apologize for not being here on a regular basis. Our women’s ministry at church had a retreat and I was knee deep in the planning and execution of the retreat so a lot of things went by the wayside. Good news – a lot of the women were refreshed, renewed, delivered, and transformed by the retreat so God answered the prayers many of us were praying in regards to our little weekend. All I could do was thank Him for being so incredibly faithful.

Side note: When you honor God, He will honor you. Thank you Lord for keeping every promise you’ve ever made!

With that said, lets talk about something Jesus said during a parable He was giving in Matthew.

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the lord.  Matthew 25:21

Jesus is trying to teach us to prepare for the second coming of Christ, however there are a few lessons we can glean from this parable. The phrase “few things” comes from the Greek word oligos which means little or a few in number. In other words, Jesus is saying because this servant has been faithful over a small number of things, he will be the ruler over many things.

Bottom line – If we do a few things for God, they are eternal and he will MULTIPLY them in heaven!

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  James 2:17-18

Sister – its time to get to work for the Lord! Get yourself in prayer, fasting, and study. Find an older sister to mentor you and give you advise. I have one…she’s great! I wouldn’t be where I am without the Lord and her guidance. Then, start doing some tangible work for the Lord. Ask God to reveal to you where he wants you in His Kingdom. If you don’t know where you belong, start somewhere. Clean the church, volunteer in the nursery, teach a Sunday school class, or get out in your community and volunteer for a Christian organization. It doesn’t have to be something big and extravagant. It can be something small but GREAT in the Kingdom.

Don’t miss out on the blessing of being a blessing to others.

The world is waiting on a Christian just like YOU.

Love y’all!

 

If you want to know more about Jesus and how He can change your life, click here. Additionally, there are a team of Godly women who want to pray for you and whatever situation you find yourself in. If you need prayer click here.

Grab Your Sword Ladies!

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O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.  Romans 7:24-25

I was thinking today about the thoughts that run through my head. How they can be so dark and not at all Godly. How sometimes they are thoughts that just pop in my head, ones I would never entertain or think of purposely.

It reminds me of what scripture says about our thoughts.

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ  2 Corinthians 10:5

Oh wretched man that I am! How our flesh WARS against the Spirit. As long as we are here on earth in these bodies made of flesh, we will have thoughts that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God. We need to take them captive and put them under obedience. A lot of the time these thoughts are just lies. Thoughts of who God is not and who we are not.

For this reason, we have to do what David did…

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:11

If you are familiar with the story of Christ in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11), you will notice every time satan tries to tempt Christ, he comes back with scripture. You read over and over again, “as it is written.”  Our defense against these thoughts and imaginations is the sword of the spirit which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17).

So the next time you have an unclean thought that just pops into your head out of no where, do what the word says. Take it captive, bring it under obedience to Christ, and throw the Word of God right back at it to reveal its lie!

Love y’all and keep up the good fight!

 

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