Saturday, October 31, 2009

10/31/09 - God's Temple

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (emphasis added)

Let those words soak in: you are not your own!

Lately that truth has stuck me in a new way. So often we feel the need to fight for our rights. But in Christ we have no rights. We are His servants, His very temple in which we are to glorify Him. We don't have the right to sin (although we all sin and fall short of His glory).

What does it mean to honor God with our bodies? It encompasses anything we do with our body: what we wear, how we present ourselves, what we eat, how active we are, what we think, and how we keep ourselves pure.

What does this verse mean to you?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

10/25/09 - Warts and Pimples

We all have warts and pimples. I don't mean physical warts and pimples, but we're all filled with imperfections.

Life is filled with warts and pimples and matters of they heart are never cut and dry. As you navigate through your own issues remember no one is perfect and no one is asking you to have all the answers to sticky heart issues!

If you are tempted to judge someone, just remember your own warts and pimples!

Monday, October 19, 2009

10/19/09 - Joy

I've rediscovered the pure joy of totally obedience in our Lord. When you totally surrender to God, when you give in fully to what He wants for you...there is PURE JOY!

Sin puts such a wall up between to you and God. Between me and God! I hate it! God is patient, gentle, kind, and loves us.

I love when I feel God working through a new level of trust in my own heart. I am so thankful that He is so faithful! I love that He peels away my selfishness and greed! All for His glory!

We have power over sin through Christ Jesus! Sin is not our master, Jesus is!

Friday, October 16, 2009

10/16/09 - Grace and Truth

Yesterday, my post about the t-shirt for the little girl that read: available, received a comment that said: (we) must BE the church. I totally agree! We must not just say we are the church, but we must demonstrate God's love and BE the church to the world around us.

My next thought was about grace and truth.

If we have do not have a beautiful blend of grace and truth we end up lopsided!

If we have all grace and no truth we are ineffective to change and almost become just like the world around us.

If we have all truth and no grace we pour out condemnation that doesn't show God's love.

So grace and truth! Jesus said it best when he was talking to the woman who was caught in adultery. No one would throw a stone at her, so Jesus said, "Then neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin."

Truth and grace, two essential characteristics we must have when we are the church to the world around us!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

10/15/09 - Forget it!

Isaiah 43:18

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!

Do you dwell on your past mistakes? Do you say, "Boy, I wish I would have know this years ago."? Does looking back prevent you from moving forward?

Well, here we read to forget it! Don't dwell on the past! You've grown, you've learned, and God's changed you! He's doing something new, so let Him have His way!

What new thing is He doing in your life?

Friday, October 9, 2009

10/09/09 - Pigs or Jesus

In Matthew 8 we read:

28 And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way.
29 And behold, they cried out, "What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?"
30Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them.
31 And the demons begged him, saying, "If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs." 32 And he said to them, "Go." So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters.
33 The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men.
34 And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region. (italics added)

Why did they beg him to leave? What did Jesus do that cause the town people to "implore" (NASB) him to go?

Was it healing the two men or was it killing the pigs? Where they more concerned with their livestock, their lively hood, or being with Jesus?

Don't we do the same thing!?! All too often we have our short term glasses on and not an eternal perspective of what Jesus is doing!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

10/06/09 - Light and Darkness

Darkness will never win over light.

If you are in a pitch black room it can not overcome a candle. The room will have light. Just think about that, light always wins!

So it is with our faith....satan can not win, Jesus will always overcome!

Check out this great video...it's a true story!

Monday, October 5, 2009

10/05/09 - A guy's testimony

I received this e-mail over the weekend and was greatly encouraged! I asked for permission to share this with my readers.

Here's a young man striving for emotional integrity with the young women of his church. For my young women readers, be encouraged that there are men out there with who desire emotional purity in their life!

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I just finished reading your book after it was recommended to me by a friend. She recommended I pass it along to the guys in my church group because, we are mostly in our early to mid-20's, dating is approaching fast for many of them and with it being a guys and girls group it can be easy for emotional relationships to happen.

God has put this on my heart only a few months ago. Just over 2 years ago I started coming to the church group I currently attend after turning away from God. He has done a rapid change in my life and the new season I am in God is hammering home the point of emotional purity. Ever since I started "crushing" on girls, in 6th grade, my mind has always easily gone to planning dates and even to marriage, in my mind.

Growing up with those thoughts continually, without ever thinking about them as wrong or damaging it has continued all the way up to now, being 24, and really wanting to date a specific girl in my church group. One of the reasons why I started coming to the church group was because of her and I somewhat used that to get closer to her and get to know her. As I became more serious for God I felt it as more of a burden, distraction, and something that would cause my emotions to become a roller coaster from infatuation to hurt to frustration to jealousy.

I finally got the go-ahead after a dream I had to tell her how I felt. I had never done that before and was really nervous as to what to say or do but I felt God's grace covering me and I knew it was absolutely blessed. After I told her, I felt immediate relief and that I could go forward in whatever God's will was for my life and really get serious for Him without that major distraction.
I still never really understood laying it down until I read your book and now I pray many times a day that God helps me become "emotionally single" where my thoughts don't go to dating her in my mind, talks we would have, dates we could go on, how I would propose etc. (Growing up listening to R'n'B and watching too much romantic T.V. shows has brought this out in me, but I know God has given me so much love to give as well and I am so grateful for that)

Also, realizing that saving my money and not spending frivolously is a key to being ready for a relationship and marriage. I feel extremely challenged, but also so excited and motivated seeing where God has placed me in my life and how He is sculpting me for marriage. I have never felt such joy and peace in my life just noticing how He is working.

Although I have crossed lines of thought with this girl in my mind where I have given way too much time to it and parts of me that I am struggling to get back I know God is doing things in my life, revealing things and teaching me different lessons daily to help me grow.

I know you probably have a majority of girls reading your book and responding but I just wanted you to know that I am very grateful for the words God has spoken through you. I have a new perspective on what my role is a brother in Christ as well as what my role will be as a husband. I am so motivated to put these things into practice now with my family and friends, share this with them and make sure I am a strong brother to my sisters making sure no one, especially myself is crossing any lines and stealing anything from them and their future husbands.

Friday, October 2, 2009

10/02/09 - Available

Today I went to the thrift store (got some great deals by the way!) and I saw a shirt that was for a girl about 7 or 8. On the front of the pink shirt read: Available.

Are you serious!?!?

You mean someone designed a shirt, with a young girl in mind, that would be an advertisement for her relationship status.

Appalling!