August 2016

God’s Will For Your Life

The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers,
not given to much wine, teachers of good things—
that they admonish the young women to love their husbands,
to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers,
good, obedient to their own husbands,
that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
(Titus 2:3-5)

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To walk through life as a woman of wisdom, knowing what God sets down in His Word as His priorities will direct your days and your choices. Titus 2:3-5 is all about the way God wants His women to live their life, the relationships He wants us to establish and improve, and the character qualities He wants us to pursue.

And what are our priorities? We are to put our energies to work in such areas as godly behavior and reverence, godly speech (which includes no gossip!), personal discipline (moderation in all things), encouraging and instructing other women, family love toward husband and children, wisdom and sensibility, homemaking, purity, goodness, and obedience to husbands.

Summed up, these 10 essentials set three lifetime and lifelong goals for you:

Goal #1: Cultivate godly conduct and behavior.
Goal #2: Cultivate family relationships that honor the Lord.
Goal #3: Cultivate godly character qualities.

These goals encompass what God has in mind for you. They are the 10 essentials for His women. They reveal His will for your life. Aren’t you glad God only gave us 10 priorities—not a hundred?

 

Get Unstuck From Depression

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God
a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.
(Hebrews 13:15)

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Here’s a true confession. When life is good, praise and thanksgiving flow automatically from my heart and lips. But when life turns black, praise and thanksgiving don’t flow quite so easily! Instead, I have to deliberately choose to follow God’s advice and “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

When I’d rather bask in self-pity or stay stuck in my depression, I do what God says: I give thanks and praise Him regardless of my suffering. That effort makes my praise a sacrifice. And when I lift such a sacrifice of praise to God, I find the Spirit’s joy magnified in my life—just as lifting a diamond to the light against a black background enhances its brilliance!

I’m learning to offer this sacrifice of praise when I’m in pain because God calls us to be joyful… at all times (Philippians 4:4)! I need God’s joy (and you probably do as well). We need joy when we’re suffering and misunderstood, when we’re rejected and hated, and when we’re in emotional or physical pain. Our praise to God gives the Spirit room to touch us with His joy that overshadows these circumstances. It’s amazing to realize that, with the sacrifice of praise, the very hindrances to our joy become the soil out of which joy blossoms.

Teen Tuesday: 12 Encouraging Reasons To Go To Church

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
(Psalm 27:4)

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David—the man who wrote these words—was a man of extreme passion. He loved God. He loved God’s Word. He loved praying to God. And he loved praising God. And he had still another profound passion: going to “the house of the Lord.” In fact, he longed to worship God.

I’m sure your life it filled and overflowing with activities and responsibilities. You’ve got friends to see and talk (or text!) with, places to go, and things galore to do. But, like David, you should want to worship, to go to church, to be with God’s people. It’s a natural response for anyone who loves the Lord with all their heart (Luke 10:27). Weekly worship and fellowship with other believers can—and should—be the highlight of all your activities throughout any week. Think about it—when you go to church, you…

… hear God’s Word—taught and explained
… grow—in your knowledge of the key truths of the Christian faith
… join—together with others in corporate prayer
… worship—God through music
… focus—on others as you pray for those in need around the world
… interact—with other believers
… participate—in something that is 100 percent pure and good
… bond—with others who belong to the Lord
… establish—friendships based on a mutual love for the Lord Jesus
… study God’s Word—for better understanding
… receive wisdom—for the decisions you must make and any problems you face
… learn—how to apply the Word of God to the everyday issues of your life

Where else can you receive all of this… and more? And think about this: Being a young person committed to worship serves as an example to others. When you go to church, your commitment to Christ shows. It’s right out there for your friends and family and everyone to see… and they will be influenced for Christ by it. What a witness!

Get Unstuck From Depression

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God
a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.
(Hebrews 13:15)

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Here’s a true confession. When life is good, praise and thanksgiving flow automatically from my heart and lips. But when life turns black, praise and thanksgiving don’t flow quite so easily! Instead, I have to deliberately choose to follow God’s advice and “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

When I’d rather bask in self-pity or stay stuck in my depression, I do what God says: I give thanks and praise Him regardless of my suffering. That effort makes my praise a sacrifice. And when I lift such a sacrifice of praise to God, I find the Spirit’s joy magnified in my life—just as lifting a diamond to the light against a black background enhances its brilliance!

I’m learning to offer this sacrifice of praise when I’m in pain because God calls us to be joyful… at all times (Philippians 4:4)! I need God’s joy (and you probably do as well). We need joy when we’re suffering and misunderstood, when we’re rejected and hated, and when we’re in emotional or physical pain. Our praise to God gives the Spirit room to touch us with His joy that overshadows these circumstances. It’s amazing to realize that, with the sacrifice of praise, the very hindrances to our joy become the soil out of which joy blossoms.

6 Ways to Love and Value Your Husband

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Do you want to “value what God values”? Heeding His calling to love your husband requires discipline, dedication, and self-denial. But, oh, the end product! Imagine a long life filled with honoring the Lord by pouring out His love to another, to a partner-for-life.

Through the consistent choice to shower another with God’s sacrificial love, we change! We grow! We take on the character and heart of God. We are transformed into the image of Christ who demonstrated and showed His love for us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8). We grow in godliness, in God-likeness,

So, what will it take for us “to love [our] husbands” (Titus 2:4)? It will require…

Looking up to His Word…Titus 2:4 calls us to such love.
Looking up to His ways…Christ demonstrated His love for us.
Looking up to His wisdom…Obedience to God’s Word makes even the simple wise.
Looking up to His grace…God’s grace is always available—and always sufficient.
Looking up to His older women…Learn from those who love their husband.
Looking up to His calling…Shouldn’t we desire to do and be what God desires us to do and be?

 

How To Nurture Your Marriage

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God created marriage. In His perfect wisdom, He designed man and woman to complement each other and to enjoy a permanent and complete union with each other. In Genesis 2:18 He said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” After the Lord created Eve, He then said, “A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

When you take time to nurture this oneness with your spouse, you bring honor to God and acknowledge His ideal design. As you love your marriage partner, you are showing love and obedience to God as well. And as an incredible result, you’ll experience the fullness and blessings that God designed for a married couple to enjoy! Take time now. Set aside five minutes and pray, “Lord, how can I express my love today?” Then write down every way you can think of to tell your honey, “I love you.”

“Nurturing oneness” in your marriage should be something you think and pray about every day. Make it a priority to find new ways to show your love.

Conquering The Battle Of Self-Control

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
(Galatians 5:22-23)

Every believer needs self-control! It’s a mark that signifies we are walking with God. Looking at what self-control does and doesn’t do can help you with your own personal struggle in you daily battle for self-control.

What does self-control do? When you are walking by the Spirit, His self-control is evident and reflects these strengths:

  1. Self-control controls and checks the self.
  2. Self-control restrains the self.
  3. Self-control disciplines and masters the self.
  4. Self-control holds in and commands the self.
  5. Self-control says, “NO!” to self.

What does self-control not do? Knowing at what God’s self-control isn’t helps us understand this important fruit of the Spirit:

  1. Self-control does not yield to temptation.
  2. Self-control does not give in to desires.
  3. Self-control does not participate in sin.
  4. Self-control does not indulge itself.
  5. Self-control does not satisfy itself.

Self-control is a fruit of strength. By God’s grace, you can be this strong—strong enough not to do these things.

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Do You Want To Be Wise?

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What is the source of wisdom? Where is its wellspring? And how do we attain it? Here’s God’s answer: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)

The level of our love for God and His Word determines if we will be wise or not. We either fear and revere Him or we don’t. We either seek His direction or we don’t.

God is wisdom, and God is knowledge. When we look upward to Him and to His Word, and when we desire Him – His wisdom and His ways – then our lives will bear the rare marks of wisdom. We will act with discretion. We will choose to live life according to the callings and the priorities God sets down for us.

Love Lived Out In You

The only way we walk in love – God’s love – is to look to Him to fill us with His love, the kind of love …

… that is an act of the will,

… that takes action rather than being content with mere words,

… that extends itself to the unlovely,

… that gives for the sake of loving, and

… that involves the sacrifice of self.

How to walk in love today:

  1. Begin loving the people God puts in your path by first loving those people at home. As the saying goes, “What you are at home is what you are!” So walk in God’s love… at home.
  2. Go to God throughout the day for a fresh supply of His love to share. At the first hint of waning love, look to the Lord of love.
  3. Remember that your assignment is to serve (Galatians 5:13).
  4. Remember Jesus, who “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).

As you live out God’s love, be sure to spend time praying to the God of love. And while you are praying about living out God’s love, open yourself up to receive from Him His endless supply of life-giving, life-changing love.

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How to Love Like Jesus

This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.
(John 15:12)

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As children of God, you and I are commanded to live and show the kind of love we see modeled by our heavenly Father and His Son. And exactly how has Jesus loved us? And what does the kind of love we’re supposed to extend to people look like? We find answers to these questions when we turn to God and His Word. After all, God is love and God is the source of all love! He calls us to:

Walk in love (Ephesians 5:2)

Love one another (John 15:12)

Love our husbands and our children (Titus 2:4)

Love our neighbor (Matthew 22:39)

Love our enemies (Luke 6:27)

Scripture also teaches that “God is love” (1 John 4:8) and that God’s Son Jesus Christ loved us and “gave Himself up for us [as] an offering” (Ephesians 5:2). We also see love’s supremacy when Paul places it first on his list of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22).

Who needs your love—God’s love—today?

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Elizabeth & Jim George


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