Sunday, June 30, 2013

smooches to everyone!

a study in Philippians 4: whatever is pure (part 7)

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)

Whatever is pure...

As women, when we think of the word "pure", we usually default our thoughts to the topic of sexual integrity and modest behavior before men. Both matters, of course, are biblically sound and should be obeyed. However, today I'd like to dig deeper into how Paul is encouraging Christians to think and behave. For isn't purity bigger than the topic of sexual desire? Absolutely! Purity is about our physical, mental, and spiritual decontamination. It is about Jesus washing us clean and making us spotless in the eyes of God by not only neutralizing the evil within us, but by teaching us to completely remove the poison of harmful sin from our lives. Wow, that's paramount!

You see, only Jesus can claim to be 100% pure. Only Christ has proven to be without blemish or fault... blameless of all sin. We, however, have indeed been contaminated by sin. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God and chose to selfishly sin in Eden, all humankind was doomed, tainted, distorted, corrupt. We were no longer innocent. We were guilty before God. And our guilt changed our human nature. As such, our sinful contamination prevents mankind from knowing the eternal presence of our noble Creator - - a Creator we all need to know in order to function properly and live fully!

Fortunately, Christ sacrificed himself to save mankind, and has offered His sacred Name in holy matrimony to us. Happily, those who claim and receive Jesus will be blessed and seen pure in the eyes of God. Yes, we are once again able to intimately know our Creator and flourish in His presence. But that's the key it, isn't it?... After claiming this new life in Jesus, do we actually seek to flourish in Him, OR do we still seek after sin? The answer is this: we must embrace His purity as our own. We must strive to remove all distractions of sin and live as Christ. This is what Paul is encouraging the church at Philippi to do. Think about whatever is pure and apply it to your new life. Set an example of Jesus "in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." (1 Timothy 4:12)

Knowing this, I encourage you to honestly ask yourself if you have chosen to live purely in Jesus' Name? Do you really view sin as a poison that will contaminate your life? Or are you still excusing small tastes of it's venom in your media viewing, your wardrobe, your speech, your friendships, your diet, your thought life... your new life in Christ? This is a key point in every Christian's walk. For wherever sin may surface, are we submissively asking the Savior to anoint our heads with His essential, healing oil? Or are we choosing our own watered down, lukewarm concoction - aligning with evil and allowing sin to settle and weigh us down? Mind you, the only pure and perfect solution is with Jesus. Only He is able to detoxify and renew a steadfast spirit in us and create in us a pure, clean, balanced heart. So why not "throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith." (Hebrews 12:1-2)

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey - whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:1-2; 11-23)

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)

Ladies, God said it... the pure in heart will be blessed, and they will see God. He has offered to us the ability to live fully in His presence and know Him. What an awesome honor! To know perfection! To know true holiness! To know Jesus!!!

Why continue feeding old earthly addictions that will only cause us pain, suffering, and toxic space away from our holy King of kings? Why continue to sabotage and blockade our new quest down His narrow, true path? Aren't we to RUN this race - getting closer and closer to Him? So, let us daily surrender to His guidance and live as blessed slaves devoted to our new Master. For He is loving, and good, and wise, and noble... and pure.

Yes, this is the day to clothe ourselves in God's decontamination suit - putting on His full armor and living righteously in (and not of) this world. This is the day to wisely choose whatever is pure so that we may nobly grow up and live healthy in our salvation!

Precious Savior, we know you are essential to our well-being! Anoint us daily! May we each allow your sweet, fragrant solution to fill our hearts always! We submit everything to YOU! May we be pure as you are pure!

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. (James 3:17)

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation. (1 Peter 2:2)

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:13)

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

Think about such things and stand firm, DW's! XOXOXO!!!

Blog Posting Written By Victoria Anderson

Saturday, June 29, 2013

a study in Philippians 4: whatever is right (part 6)

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)

Whatever is right...

Thinking about whatever is right is a complex issue for sinful mankind, especially unsaved men who refuse to acknowledge whatever is true and whatever is noble. For if men do not acknowledge God's truth and nobility, they will not be able to accept what is right verses what is wrong, as outlined in scripture. You see, only God is able to define the standard for human righteousness. Why? Because God is perfect. And His perfection is demonstrated in every attribute, every attitude, every behavior, and every Word that He reveals to us. Only His example is truly good for mankind to follow. Thus, God’s laws, as given in the Bible, both describe His perfect character, and constitute the plumb line by which He will measure all human righteousness.

To the believer, this is both terribly complex as well as eternally simple. For on one hand, our sinful nature does not honestly wish to receive God's absolute truth as, well... absolute. We still wish for a little bit of moral flexibility so that we can question and debate what our Creator has said is so. As sinful, corrupt, selfish beings, all mankind looks for loopholes and attempts to rationalize unrighteous behavior in order to justify and/or barter varying "levels" of sin against the true, noble and absolute Word of the King of kings. But Jesus is not in the bartering business, is He? Jesus needs not to justify any of His truths. He is perfect. As such, all His Words are unchanging and correct for us to follow without our amendment and/or debate. Yes, His way is narrow. His way is specific and deliberate. His way is uncomfortable and at war with our sinful nature. So, His way is terribly complex and difficult as it does not uphold the old way of which we are accustom.

On the other hand, Christ's way is eternally simple and restorative for our hungry spirit. We need God to live. We need God to survive, and flourish. So, we must listen when our noble, loving God calls us into thinking newly... righteously. We must live obedient to what He says and know that His narrow path is truthful, right and absolutely better!

So, why don't we trust Him? He has proven His goodness to us by overcoming sin and death. He has lovingly offered Himself as Savior when He could have easily allowed us to perish. So, why not think about whatever He says is right and pursue it always? Why continue to live debating over "gray" areas when it is so much easier to just live in accordance with His Word?

Now, some would foolishly argue that God's Word does not completely cover every area of right and wrong for modern mankind. They would debate that several unknown areas exist outside of what is written in scripture and thus assess righteousness by their own corrupt mentality of what feels good and/or how strongly they think something may or may not be acceptable. To this I must ask: If there is ever a question about a possible stumbling block before you, then why walk foolishly in it's direction lest you should trip and fall? Is your desire to pursue said argument more important than receiving the approval of the Almighty Father? Wouldn't you rather avoid every possible stumbling block and choose to walk Jesus' narrow path that is already well lit and clearly seen according to God's perfect law? Even if His known Way seems undesirable, He has assured you that His Way is always true and best. So, why spend time questioning and debating His plan? Instead, why not selflessly spend your time focusing on what is clearly right and offer yourself as a living sacrifice?

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1)

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)

Yes, sacrifice and obedience to God will always lead us into righteousness. This means surrendering over the "gray" areas. Sure, our sinful desires will cause us to crave differently, but we must deny our human lusts in order to remain holy in the Spirit.

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. (Romans 6:12-13)

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation - but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:5-13)

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. (1 John 3:7-10)

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them. (Hosea 14:9)

Ladies, it is good for us to think about whatever is right. It is good for us to focus on what we know to be biblically true and lay aside all other questions and arguments at the Master's feet. He has promised to make our paths straight when we remove such distractions and simply abide in Him. So, let's abide! Let's seek His righteousness first and nothing second. Let's memorize His Word and know His law intimately. For without Jesus, truth and perfect righteousness is not possible for us to attain on our own... the standard is simply too high. Righteousness is only possible through His cleansing and the indwelling of His Holy Spirit in our lives. So, let us safely follow the Savior. Let's trust and obey His evident and lighted path rather than favor the pursuit of any questionable activity or possible "gray" stumbling blocks that we alone may be tempted to defend. Nothing deserves our favor more than Christ's clear direction. So, let us keep in mind His concerns and not our own. (He will cover all our needs.)

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)
Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns. (Matthew 16:23)
Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:3-4)

I encourage you to wisely learn every Word spoken by Jesus. Learn what behaviors our Messiah counted as blessed and righteous in God's eyes. As His followers, let us live thinking on these things! Let us make His teaching our only focus!

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:1-19)

Thank you, Father, for showing us, in Christ, whatever is right! Let us always think about these things! Let us always focus our efforts on knowing and practicing Your perfect, holy Word!

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." (Matthew 7:24-25)



Friday, June 28, 2013

a study in Philippians 4: whatever is noble (part 5)

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)

Whatever is noble...

Paul was correct to remind the Christians at Philippi to think about whatever is noble. For every follower of Jesus is elected to receive a royal inheritance in God's eternal kingdom when we claim His Name as our own. Because of Christ's sacrifice, we are no longer slaves to death, but rather we receive noble privilege as adopted children of the Most High God and co-heirs with Christ.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs - heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Romans 8:14-17)

To understand how significant a gift this is (as we are clearly sinful creatures undeserving of such an honor), we must recognize the exalted status of Jesus in accordance to Him being the true King of kings who has overcome death and the evil path of Satan.

They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings - and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers. (Revelation 17:14)

You see, history has produced the rise and fall of many leaders, emperors, and kings, but none have ever been so illustrious, distinguished, and worthy of all our honor and respect as Jesus. Yes, Jesus who walked amongst lepers and prostitutes. Jesus who looked past the wretchedness of men and loved the unlovable and healed the broken. Jesus who was crowned in thorns while beaten and scorned by His people. Jesus who was rejected by mankind and still paid the price for the sin of men by dying on the cross. Jesus who fulfilled the requirements of God's law and raised Himself from the dead so that we might have the opportunity to live in the glory and freedom of His loving presence.

Yes, this King of kings came to sacrifice rather than seek pomp. This King humbly offered Himself as the only royal priest willing and able to intercede on behalf of His people. He came to save His beloved, as a knight in shining armor would save his princess from a dragon. He did this, so that we might live happily ever after with Him. Sounds like a fairy tale, doesn't it? Sounds too good to be true, don't you think? But as we established yesterday, God's Word is always true! So, we can indeed rejoice and be glad as we think about such things. All praise and glory to our King! For our God loves us enough to redeem and restore us to His kingdom! His covenant Word is made complete in Jesus' sacrifice. And the best news of all - His Word is eternal... the same yesterday, today and forever! Yes, those who receive Christ are secure in His Name because His Word, His oath to us, will never be broken! YEA!

People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. (Hebrews 6:16-20a)

Hallelujah, for those who have received Jesus' Name as their own have become the bride of Christ! We are a redeemed family destined to enjoy all the blessings of His home and walk in His courts forevermore!

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” (Revelation 19:6-9)

Ladies, knowing that this good news is indeed true, we must live in preparation and expectation of our King's return. No matter what trials we are here on earth to endure, we must remember it is all in His Name, and everything is intended for His glory and good. He is overseeing every detail and decree in our lives. So, let us consider His nobility in all circumstances and trust His reign. For as Christ's bride, we too are made noble as we represent His family name. As such, we are to stand firm in our eternal position and conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved - and that by God. For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. (Philippians 1:27-29)

I encourage you to think on these wonderful, marvelous things...

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children." (Revelation 21:1-7)



Thursday, June 27, 2013

a study in Philippians 4: whatever is true (part 4)

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)

We've reached the section of Paul's letter to the church at Philippi where the apostle instructs his fellow believers on what to focus their thoughts and energy. Essentially, Paul has listed what a Christian's walk in glorifying Jesus should look like. You see, only what is true, noble and right... only what is pure, lovely and admirable can exist in the eternal kingdom of the Holy of all Holies. So, our Heavenly citizenship and new life in Jesus' Name must embrace and promote all that is excellent or praiseworthy to Him. Why? Because these things are blessings of a good and perfect God. They are His Way. As such, they promote His peace both within us and through us. So, we are to think about such things always and rejoice in the Lord!

Whatever is true...

When we stop to think about whatever is true, we must step back and consider God's definition of truth rather than what this evil-infested world may pose to us. For only God is holy and without sin. Only God is authentic and unchanging. So, only God can be relied upon to be 100% genuine and truthful. Fortunately, He loves us enough to tell us so. Jesus came to earth and announced that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He did this for our benefit. He did this so that we might know how to be saved... and Who could really save us. Then He demonstrated His love for us by dying on the cross and overcoming death. A feat no other could accomplish. Jesus fulfilled every prophesy and all requirements as our Messiah. And this makes total sense because truth is narrow. No matter how loud man may protest, there is indeed only one direct Way to what is true. And that Way is Jesus Christ.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)

Yes, Jesus is the only Way to know God. And God always equates truth with His righteousness. In contrast, whatever is false is unrighteousness and not of God. Righteousness entails upholding God's law. Unrighteousness entails breaking God's law. That is why Satan is always a liar. Everything the enemy does is against God and in violation of God's law. Satan is anti-christ, a counterfeit, and there is no truth in him. He desires to separate man from God in any way possible. Why? Because Satan hates God. And since God loves us, Satan hates us. He wants us dead. He wants us destroyed. He wants us outside God's kingdom. This is why every follower of Jesus must guard themselves with biblical protection and avoid Satan's trappings.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Ephesians 6:11)

Here especially, knowledge is power. Truth brings us freedom in Christ. So, we must live forever thinking about God's truth, forever meditating on His Word, and forever practicing His Way. Our new life is about knowing God intimately and obeying His law so that we won't run after the false teachings of the devil. This is a challenge that we alone cannot accomplish without the aid of the Savior. Alone, our human nature is not strong enough to overcome cravings of sin and lawlessness. The devil will bait and deceive those without God and lead them into chasing after their own selfishness. This is why the sinful world will one day perish - because they refused to love God's truth.

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10)

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator - who is forever praised. Amen. (Romans 1:18-25)

Ladies, "love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth." (1 Corinthians 13:6) So, let us live as Paul recommends and rejoice in God's truth with our whole heart. Again, let me say it - REJOICE! Let us follow the narrow, truthful path of our Savior until we see His throne with our own eyes.

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

God will give to each person according to what he has done. To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. (Romans 2:6-8)

Just like Paul, I bid you to think on these things as you claim Jesus as Lord and King!

Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. (1 John 2:3-6)



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

a study in Philippians 4: anxious in prison or free in peace? (part 3)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

As I read these verses in Philippians 4, I'm reminded again of when Paul wrote this letter as a prisoner under house arrest, waiting for sentencing in Rome. As someone who had already been put into prison, Paul knew all too well the fate that likely awaited him. He had already experienced being thrown into a room full of prisoners where overcrowding and lack of hygiene were commonplace. He had undoubtedly known how very cold, dark, damp, and dangerous these surroundings could be.

You see, to be a prisoner in first century Rome was nothing like enduring the conditions of our modern prisons today. There were no parole hearings, no indoor plumbing options, no balanced meals or private cells equipped with comfortable beds. No, imprisonment in that era was viewed to be pretty much the same as death, or worse.

Prisoners would suffer from extreme dehydration, malnutrition, and lack of adequate ventilation. They would face neglect, abuse, disease, and even torture from those entrusted to guard them. There were usually no means to bathe or care for themselves, so inmates would live with unkempt matted hair filled with flees and lice. Their clothes would be soiled to the point of disintegration. Their minds stretched to insanity. In fact, many could not endure the harsh conditions and would often commit suicide. And since their living conditions were already over capacity, remaining prisoners would stack their dead in nearby corners to be collected later by guards. Indeed, the constant physical and psychological distress that was imposed upon those in prison caused many who were sentenced to chose death over incarceration.

And yet, here we see Paul writing the church at Philippi, Telling his fellow Christian brothers and sisters to rejoice, to be gentle, to avoid being anxious about anything. Familiar with wearing chains because he shared his faith, we read the words of a man so deeply in love with his Savior that he actually expresses thankfulness. Why? Because he is free to approach the throne of his King in prayer and petition. Access to his Savior remains most important to Paul - even more than his own life. Yes, with the most unimaginable and horrific conditions ahead, this formerly devout Jewish leader, renowned soldier, and Roman citizen of great stature... who in earthly terms lost all his marbles when he began promoting the Name of Jesus, awaited his trial... awaited standing once again in the midst of human filth alongside criminals and murderers. And in these moments of uncertainty, Paul still instructs his fellow believers to not be anxious about anything.

Now that's truly remarkable peace, isn't it?

That's the faith of someone who trusts that the Lord is nearby and intimately overseeing every detail of his life. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Paul was able to look past his circumstance and believe that God's promises remain forever true. Paul welcomed his Master's perfect presence to dominate over his immense trial and, in turn, enjoyed the honor of being used to share the good news of his Redeemer to this very day.

Only God is able to accomplish such a miracle. Only Jesus can replace immediate hopelessness with eternal, unchanging hope. That is definitely the kind of peace mankind cannot comprehend without the aid of the Savior, isn't it? Yes, that is the love of God that surpasses all human understanding.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

Ladies, this peace of which Paul speaks of in these verses is indeed knowable, obtainable, and eternally available to those who follow Jesus. No matter what unspeakable trials we must face in this lifetime, God is still faithful and madly in love with His beloved. He will always prevail. His kingdom will forever reign eternal. His promises will free us of every burden.

Yes, salvation in Christ is very real. So, why allow your heart to be stuck in spiritual prison when you have claimed Jesus? Why be anxious or worried about anything? Instead, come and trust the One who brings true rest. This is why Christians are compelled to rejoice! For nothing on this earth can remove the glory that awaits us in our Messiah's kingdom! This is why we are to learn from Him and adopt his gentleness. This is why Jesus' holy yoke is so wonderfully refreshing and remarkably easy to enjoy. With Him, we can know peace because nothing - not even prison, or sickness, or poverty, or human betrayal, or loneliness, or depression, or brokenness, or loss, or even death... no, NOTHING can separate us from the love of God!

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

Paul teaches in accordance to God's Word... do not be anxious about anything. For there is a better way... JESUS! Trust that He will provide and protect you. Ask Him to give you whatever you need to fulfill His purpose. Seek Him first in everything, and live forever thankful of His many blessings and loving sacrifice.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)

So today, let's rejoice in the Lord always, Ladies! Let me say it again... let's REJOICE! For those who know the Savior are free! Free to enjoy full access to His mighty throne. Free to snuggle in close and enjoy the endless warmth and love of a holy, gentle King. Hallelujah for God's wonderful peace! May we each enjoy the honor to share this good news of our Redeemer to everyone we encounter.



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

a study in Philippians 4: gentleness (part 2)

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. (Philippians 4:5)

Have you ever considered this verse? It is so powerful and covers so much in how we are called to live in our new life. For how many of us really practice gentleness in our day-to-day. To actually make gentleness evident to all, wow... that adds great accountability in how we present ourselves, both in word and deed, to others and before our King.

Furthermore, the latter part of this verse really hits home as to why gentleness, in itself, is so important. Gentleness is important in our lives because the Lord is near. It is an opportunity to glorify Him with our lives. It is sacrificial to His throne. This concept brings me back to that old thought process of imagining Jesus sitting physically beside me in every circumstance. For if we were actually able to see Jesus with our human eyes, wouldn't we all want to honor Him with our words and deeds? Wouldn't we be on our best behavior in order to please the God of the universe? Of course we would! Funny thing is, we forget that Jesus actually is with us in every moment! For whatever reason, we do not always consider His Holy Spirit's presence the same way, do we? That said, believe me when I tell you, the Holy Spirit is indeed God witnessing our walk. So, shouldn't we strive to honor and know Him? Shouldn't we glorify Him in all we do? Absolutely!

Christ may not be visibly available until His second return to earth, but the Lord is definitely near and always encouraging us to follow His Word! It is important to remember this and remain in union with Him through prayer and study. For His perfect example is of great benefit to us.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:29)

For Christian women, gentleness is especially important in how we minister to others. I like to think of it as our own personal promotional display to God's grace. Just like a mannequin in a department store is purposed to model designer clothing and jewelry, our gentleness allows us to showcase the beauty of the Designer of heaven and earth while being used to point out His many rich blessings and offer His eternal hope! It adorns us with the fruits of the Spirit as God extends to us the great honor to use said fruits to glorify Jesus' Name and further His kingdom... our purpose! Yes, gentleness invites love in as only the true beauty of God is able. It is not weakness. It is not being a doormat. It is not brazen, or self-serving, or inappropriate, or boastful, or pushy. Gentleness is humble, and meek, and kind, and quiet, and more powerful than all the marketing and attention-getting that this world tries to muster. Ladies, the still small voice of the King of kings is our most important beauty regimen!

It is easy to forget this. It is easy to accept the distorted image of worldly women today rather than the classy, beautiful, rich, and perfect image that God intended for us to model. Satan has lured many into thinking that the "Sex and the City" type of woman is the person we should strive to become. This is a lie of the devil. You may as well be putting makeup on a corpse. Sure, that dead corpse will definitely look pretty on the outside, but those fancy shoes won't bring her back to life, now will they? No, only Jesus can restore and adorn us with the hottest commodity of all... LIFE AND LOVE! So, are these women of the world really who we should portray? Are they gentle and full of God's charm and grace? Do they live holy and righteous lives? Is their beauty adorned with the eternal beauty of the Savior? Of course not. So, why make yourself up to be like the dead? I'd rather live and love fully! I'd rather enjoy God's many blessings the way He intended! Mostly, I'd rather make evident what I know to be true, lasting beauty in the Name of Jesus Christ!!!

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. (1 Peter 3:3-5)

Ladies, to let our gentleness be evident to all, we need to rely on the temperament of the Savior. We need to follow His path rather than be sidetracked with a worldly default response. For the gentle woman is a woman who does not consider herself too good or too exalted to simply humble herself to the authority of God. She obeys her Master no matter how difficult her circumstance. She extends His love no matter how horrible the conditions. To be gentle is to live as Christ. To be gentle is to showcase His grace. And, oh, how I love that word: GRACE. I love how classy it sounds. I love how beautiful and rich it feels. I love how perfect it is. And not perfect like "Hi, I'm Martha Stewart and everything I control has to be perfect." But rather like, "Hi, I'm a super model for Jesus and my life is gorgeous and new in His Name. Allow me to reflect His beauty to you! Allow me to love you because He first loved us! Allow me to show you His perfection and new Way of life!" This is the gentle life we are to make evident to all. Why? Because it glorifies the King. Because it exalts Jesus. Because it is our hope in the Lord who remains near to us!

Live it, ladies! Be gentle and revel in the grace that God originally intended for you! Stop giving the enemy a foothold to distract you away from what is a true, royal, beautiful inheritance in Jesus' Name! Remember, the Lord is near, so glorify Him always!

I look forward to continuing our study in Philippians 4 tomorrow!
God bless you all!



Monday, June 24, 2013

a study in Philippians 4: rejoice! (part 1)

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)

Lately, the Lord has been bringing me back to the guidance of Paul's letters - specifically in Philippians 4. Because of this, I decided to share with you these important verses today, and in the days to come. This is a real joy for me, since I am totally in love with the message outlined in this letter. If you read through the whole chapter, you'll see Paul's initial reminder for Christians to stand firmly together in the Lord, after which he begins with this refreshing call to arms: REJOICE!

What a wonderful way to start this new week, right? Rejoicing... rejoicing in the Lord! Choosing today to be joyful because Jesus is our Victor! Choosing today to take in the full delight of our eternal salvation by the power of Christ's authority and the sacrifice of His blood! Choosing today to be glad because our happiness, our wholeness, our completeness is grounded in so much more than these brief earthly moments. Yes, for those of us who have accepted the Savior, we can rejoice! For even in the midst of our current trials and disappointments, we know that the bigger picture still exists on the horizon! The Master's plan is alive and in full flux! The greater good is in play - bringing every knee closer and every tongue nearer to bowing and confessing before the holiest of all. Hallelujah, yes! Jesus is Lord! Oh come and adore this King and rejoice and trust Him!

Sure, this earth will beat us up. The enemy will do all he can to snare and distract us away - hoping that we'll lose our faith and become ineffective and broken. But hear me today, ladies! Our faith is a gracious gift of God from which Satan cannot take!

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8)

Those who believe in Jesus cannot be completely broken or beaten by Satan. Darkness holds no authority over God's house! His people have been made new by the washing of Christ's blood! As such, those who receive Jesus have been redeemed and are being restored and renewed as we face every new blessing and/or every hard trial that comes our way! So, if you believe the truth of salvation... rejoice! Why? Because Satan is not in the big picture! Because evil cannot win a war against God's glory! No matter how hard the enemy hits... no matter how low the enemy blows... stand firm... remain faithful... because Jesus has already won this war! And the best news of all... we belong to Jesus! Amen!

No one knew this truth better than Paul who had already been beaten and imprisoned in first century Rome, about thirty years after Christ’s ascension. While enduring emotional turmoil and grim physical conditions, Paul led by example and reminded other believers to be glad... to choose to do the right thing... to trust God to provide whatever we need... to rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS! Even in total darkness. Even if flogged and stripped of all belongings. Even when bound in chains. Even while hygiene was lacking and disease was rampant. Even in the worst of our distress and the least of nourishment... rejoice... again, REJOICE! For Jesus has still won!

YES! I will stand in agreement with Paul and will choose today to offer up my first fruits to the King of kings.

And so my dear DW's, today (and every day forth) I too invite you to stand firmly together in faith. I too ask you to join me in knowing the Savior and acknowledging His unmatched glory! Just as Paul did to the church in Philippi, I implore you to begin today with your created purpose in mind. Let us each shout out in praise our devotion to the Almighty! For ladies, He is sooo good, and forgiving, and merciful, and gracious, and loving, and mighty, and wise, and wonderful, and righteous, and more more more more more! His holiness knows no bounds! He is complete perfection who has invited us to partake in all His goodness! His is an honor we could never be worthy of on our own. His is a gift we could never enjoy without His help... His hope... His endless, romantic, intimate, unchanging love!

Listen intently to Paul's assuring tone as He drives home this key step in our life's mission. Hear the apostle's profound delight that yes, no matter what, God's people can rejoice in the Lord always! Indeed, WE CAN REJOICE! Why? Because the King has come to save! Because our God is faithful and true! Because our Master is generous and wise! Because our Savior has extinguished the sting of death! Because today (no matter what we will face) we are being transformed by the renewing of our minds in Christ Jesus!

So, rejoice! Again, let me say it - REJOICE! Because Jesus is LORD! Because, "I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine!" (Song of Solomon 6:3)


This is the day that the LORD has made; let us REJOICE and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)



Sunday, June 23, 2013

in Your Name I stand

What glory!
What joy!
What new life He brings!
What fullness!
What purpose!
What future I'll sing!
All praise and all focus;
It's His to command!
Oh, use me today, Lord,
For in Your Name I'll stand!

WOO HOO! Let's get up and stand firm in JESUS today, peeps!

Everyday is a gift from our King... that's why we call it the present!!!



Wednesday, June 19, 2013

en route

Are you headed in the right direction?

Is your GPS (God's Planned Solution) being utilized daily to insure your paths are straight so that you may arrive home safely and without getting lost?

Often we can forget that Jesus' narrow way does not naturally coincide with our own. Simply put, our sinful natures can distract us away from God - tugging at our human instincts and betraying our souls with blinding selfishness. You see, our own common sense cannot lead us to the house of the Lord. Why? Because as a people we are tainted, broken, corrupt, defective. So, when it comes to holiness, we cannot depend upon earthly common sense, gut instinct, or strong feelings to bring us back into union with God. Instead, we need the guidance of a qualified Teacher. We need the leading of a loving Shepherd to bring us home and restore us to fullness, completeness, wholeness. To become new in Christ, we need to be influenced by Christ in all we say and do.

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

So, who is your teacher? Who is your shepherd? Who is influencing you en route?

The Bible warns us that it is extremely easy to detour away from the Savior's path and venture down selfish, alternative roads. No matter how we may try, we cannot independently rely upon ourselves to control our eternal destiny, to manage our earthly circumstances, or to oversee our own physical comfort and security. That authority belongs exclusively to God. When we try to control and rationalize unscriptural ways, rather than remain obedient to the truth of God's promises, we steer ourselves off track from the fullness we were originally intended to know through God's saving grace and new life in Christ.

What is grace? Grace is the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God. Walking in God's grace is the only path that insures real joy and eternal life with our King. To walk outside of God's grace is to walk in disgrace - ineptness, clumsiness, offensiveness, ugliness, mercilessness, unholiness, brokenness. I don't know about you - but I walked away from disgrace when I accepted Jesus as my King. Because of this, I have no desire to stumble down a path that will lead me away from Him again. To insure this, I must remain in Him... abiding in His Word... knowing His ways and choosing them over my own.

So, where are you headed? Have you gotten off track from God? Have you taken a detour from the narrow road that insures an eternal, fulfilling life? Have you walked away from Christ's perfect Word and instead redirected yourself to cater to your own personal desires? Specifically, are you justifying and/or rationalizing unscriptural paths that promote self glorification or self gratification? If so, please consider this: For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life - comes not from the Father but from the world. (1 John 2:16)

Ladies, did you know that Satan is a deceiver who strives to redirect our focus and lead us down the wrong path? In fact, according to 2 Corinthians, the devil often disguises himself as someone good so that he can control us. "The god of this age (Satan) has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." (2 Corinthians 4:4)

But the Bible makes a very strong statement regarding how Christians are to live, "God has called us to be holy, not to live impure lives. Anyone who refuses to live by these rules (God's law) is not disobeying human rules but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you." (1 Thessalonians 4:7-8)

Are you headed in the right direction? Are you following the Master's GPS? Are you influenced by the life of the one and only Savior? Are you listening to the teaching of His Holy Spirit? Or have your feet been swift to run into mischief and lead you down dangerous paths away from God's throne? I pray that every DW will submerse her life in His Word and remain devoted to obeying His laws. For Jesus is the only Way!

Oh precious King, "Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long." (Psalms 25:4-5)



Sunday, June 16, 2013

exposing Jesus... through me, through you

For whatever reason, the Holy Spirit has been haunting my memory banks with the many faces of the poor, homeless, disabled, widowed and orphaned whom I witnessed or personally encountered while visiting downtown Port Au Prince in Haiti.

One man, in particular, approached me while my small group of six toured the remains of an old church in the city center. A structure that I assume once stood elegant and regal before the devastating quake leveled it. Today, all that remains are broken columns and colorful pieces of stained glass shattered about it's solemn, desolate property.

Anyway, in desperation, this one particular homeless man approached me - holding tightly, tearfully, to a malnourished infant and relentlessly begging to me in Creole - our faces so close we could have kissed. Ignorant to his language, I tried to imagine what his words translated into, but our guide/body guard, Junior, regretfully informed me, "Victoria, you really don't want to know." And truthfully, after days of absorbing the hard realities of Haiti, indeed a part of me didn't want to know. Ignorance did seem bliss. For what tragedy and nightmares had this man already faced? What wish was he now hoping to see fulfilled? Was he blessing or cursing my intrusion into his country? Was he seeking God to reveal Himself in this broken structure - a place that once welcomed it's church members to support one another while communally worshiping The Almighty's throne?

Sadness consumed me as I realized Junior was right. At that moment, I didn't want to know anymore than the obvious. I didn't want to expose my heart to further emotional trial by personally feeling the helplessness of this man, to say the least about threatening the safety of my own comfort and/or well-being in gaining such knowledge. What fearful resistance the Enemy encourages us to succumb to in order to defend our own internal false sense of security. How easily we forget that the only happiness we need focus on is the joy of the Lord Jesus... the only protection we require is the omnipotent strength of our Father on High! But selfishly, when faced with this world's hard truths, we erect tables full of our own safe, selfish luxuries and encamp these thoughts around the temple gates of our heart - blocking easy entrance to Christ's Way while numbing our ability to love others deeply!

O Christians, if this is our default response to the poor and broken... have we truly relinquished full ownership of our heart to the King of kings? Or are we still so in shock over the damage and false hope that sin has brought upon our corrupted planet that we remain paralyzed in moving forward in LOVE? Should we not be sharing Redemption's promise and looking through the lens of the good Samaritan... always choosing to care about others as we'd care for ourselves? Always becoming less so that more of our Master may be revealed?

Alas, the Holy Spirit insured that the language barrier between me and the homeless Haitian man could not impede the sorrow most evidently displayed in his needy eyes. Looking straight into my conscience, he held up in the air his sickly child... showing me the labored breathing of one tiny soul struggling on this earth... hard proof that this was no way for ANY child to live. Immediately, I began praying and watched this father anxiously wait for any kind of further response from me. Clearly, He was hoping to see me love, and was evidently desperate for Jesus to show up... through me... through you.

Believer, has Jesus shown up in you today? Is His love evident to others in your words, deeds, life? Lord, how I pray that we might each decrease our own selfishness in order for Your Highness to increase and save others. Only then will the old become new! Reign over our lives so that true righteousness may abound within, and healthy change may flourish without! Continue to cover our eyes with holiness and "Be Thou My Vision" so that we might be useful toward Your LIFE eternal!

As I write this, I am home sick fighting the flu. "Fighting"... that is a laughable way to put it. I am warm in my bed with a steady supply of clean water, warm soup, and all sorts of medications. I have loving family members who each have means to bring me anything I request. I have a steady supply of mindless entertainment, a heated, clean mattress, and well fed pets snuggling closely at my feet. (Pets, mind you, who are healthier than the many desperate Haitian families I encountered and will always wonder about and pray for.) No, fighting is clearly not what I am doing in comparison to so many less fortunate who fight to survive each day. Let each of their faces be burned into my mind so that they may serve as my Master's reminder of whom I should really be caring about and loving more in His Name!

Yes, today the Holy Spirit reminds me of the very heart of my King Jesus, who despite His own richness still chose to lower Himself in order to save us. As such, He calls me now to share this reminder with you to choose to LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR. Love the poor, the homeless, the disabled, the widowed and the orphaned. Love as He loves you. Love as generously and selflessly as the Father in Heaven has proven His love through the sacrifice of His only Son! Yes, our Savior knows that the worldly way is not the correct way for ANY child to live. So, honor Jesus' Name by proving His new life today with LOVE!

The Parable of the Good Samaritan
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Believers, my prayer is that this little blog will serve as a reminder to every Christian to stop burying our heads in the sand when it comes to those in need, and instead choose to be part of God's eternal solution - even through the worst sorrows of this time. People are clearly in desperate need of our Savior, and they are looking at us for His grace to be revealed. We are His hands... His feet... His heart! So let's live in obedience and without fear as we share the wondrous hope of our eternal Savior and LOVE LOVE LOVE with all our heart, soul, mind, strength!

This is the day to go and do likewise. Let us expose Jesus... through me...through you!



Saturday, June 15, 2013

His fullness

Life is not about our ability to achieve anything on our own time, but rather about praising God's willingness to complete us in His fullness. In fact, it is impossible to become better without being made new in Jesus Christ.



Tuesday, June 4, 2013

paying bills

Paying bills for me and my family.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for always providing... always clothing.. always feeding... always protecting.

We have because YOU give.

May we give also because YOU give.

Blessed be His Name!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

woo hoo!!!

Sometimes we wake up in a new day and first think, "Ugh, I have so many things to do today." And sometimes we get up in the morning and realize, "WOO HOO... what a beautiful day to be alive. Thank you, Lord!" Let's make this morning the latter and thank our Heavenly Father for the LIFE He has given! Today, let's carve out time to know His Word. Let's make a point to enjoy this gorgeous planet He created for us. Let's love each other as He first loved us! Let's work hard, play big, and give generously.

Go ahead, tell your family you love them! Do something nice for someone who needs something nice! Accomplish, enjoy, dream, and believe that God is in control of all moments and wants you to live each and every one of them fully.

And at the end of this magnificent day, let's be still and rest - knowing that our God is with us! Knowing that His Way is the best Way, and we are becoming more like Jesus in every "WOO HOO... YES LORD!" we agree to accept.

Peace & love, peeps!



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