My Faith.

July, 12, 2013

Very Interesting article on beauty and attractiveness. It sheds light on so many aspects of what our culture believes is beauty. We as Christian Women can get so caught up in this, we need to come to reality of what the bible defines as beauty, not what the world says. The pattern of this world we are not to follow, but the absolute and infallible Word of the Living God we are to LIVE by. I would encourage all women to read this and remember or read 1 Peter 3:1-6. These verses clearly describe what the Lord finds beautiful and precious in His sight.

Jazz.

The Snare of Beauty

January 16, 2013

Tonight I was reading Psalm 15 and was greatly encouraged on how a believer lives righteously for the Lord:

O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?

Who shall dwell on your holy hill?

He who walks blamelessly and does what is right

and speaks truth in his heart;

who does not slander with his tongue

and does no evil to his neighbor,

nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

in whose eyes a vile person is despised,

but who honors those who fear the Lord;

who swears to his own hurt and does not change;

 who does not put out his money at interest

and does not take a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things shall never be moved.

{Psalm 15}

On reading John MacArthur’s notes he states that Psalm 15 is possibly the most ultimate question-and-answer sessions out of all the Psalms. You see throughout the Psalm it’s a sequence of responses to the question of acceptable worship.

A Little Outline by John MacArhtur:

l. A two part question (vs.1)
ll. A twelve part response (vs.2-5b)
A. Three positively phased ethical characteristics (vs. 2)
1. His lifestyle exhibits integrity
2. His deed exhibit justice.
3. His speech exhibits reliability
B. Three negatively cast ethical characteristics (vs. 3)
1. He does not tread over people with his tongue.
2. He does not harm his fellow man.
3. He does not dump reproach upon family or friend.
C. Three positively phrased characteristics (vs. 4a-c)
1. He views the reprobate as rejected.
2. He respects the people of God.
3. He holds himself accountable.
D. Three negatively cast ethical characteristics (vs. 4d-5b)
1. He is not fickle.
2. He is not greedy.
3. He can not be bought.
lll. A one part guarantee (vs.5c)

I just wanted to share what my devotion was about tonight and hopefully encourage others to be living strongly for our God and Savior. “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” {Philippians 3:14}

March 9, 2012

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

The ultimate goal of a Christian is to become like Christ. This verse describes progressive sanctification. The more believers grow in their knowledge of Christ the more he is revealed in their lives. And don’t we want that? To have the fruits of our perfect savior being displayed in our lives? Than keep his commandments and live by His word. The Holy Spirit day by day is gradually shaping us in a Christ like image, and we can not ignore it but conform to it. And as Christians that should be our desire. Strive to be more like Christ, so one day you will fully understand Gods glory in heaven.

March 9, 2012

The Reality of Sickness.

Sickness is always a reminder of our consequences of sin and mortality in the contrast of Jesus’s immortality. Do not focus on the pain, focus on how God ordained that affliction on you to work for your good. If you focus on the bad things of your afflictions you will miss God’s glory in how he is working in your life. Being sick causes is to reach out to God to be healed, and gives us a stronger understanding of just how powerful God is, and how weak we are. God never changes, God’s love never fails, no matter what is happening in your life. We are preoccupied with our health, because we are preoccupied with ourselves. An opportunity for each of us to loosen our grip on this world is to cry out to God to comfort us, and to save us. To grab ahold of the reality of our salvation. So that we may experience the joy of the Lord. Those are all things that sickness can make us realize. So when we hit various trials, like sickness, don’t waste them! Use them! Because they really are a gift from God. So do not be consumed with your own head but be consumed with Gods glory and love.

March 24, 2012

-“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to Hid eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you” (1 Peter 5:10)

-God has called you to His eternal kingdom before the foundations of time, he chose you. Respond to his call with the worship of your heart, and the praise in your actions. No matter what has happened to you, or if you have strayed off the path, go to God and repent and he will restore, confirm, strengthen, and confirm you with his merciful love. He loves you and delights is his works and creation, you are his work and creation.

-This is one of my ultimate favorite bible verses. This home in which we dwell in, amongst sin, is only temporal. And since it is temporal we need to use this time we have to share the love of Christ. John MacArthur puts “Christians are to live with the understanding that God’s purposes realized in the future require some pain in the present. While the believer is being personally attacked by the enemy, he is being personally perfected by the Lord” God is working in you through you for his perfect purpose, personally. Because you are His child He is working with us through our pain to produce strength and character. John MacArthur also outlines that in this chapter these following attitudes are necessary for the believer to grow in Christ in effective maturity: submission (v.5) Humility (v.5-6) Trust (v.7) Sober Mindedness (v.8) Vigilant defense (v.8-9) Hope (v.10) Worship (v.11) Faithfulness (v.12), and Affection (v.13-14).

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