This blog’s author will be on hiatus for a while. The following averages 6 people so I doubt this will impact anyone’s life all that much 🙂 In the meantime, I will concentrate on the Maranatha Devotionals and the Teen Girls’ Devotional. Thank you to those who have followed until now.
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Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
How often do I jump ahead of the Lord and don’t wait for His leading? I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve done that quite a few times… but I’m learning 🙂
Today’s Bible verse is such a popular one and is quoted by so many preachers in their messages. But have you ever sat down and picked it apart? Whew! Noah Webster defines the word “wait” as:
1. To stay or rest in expectation; to stop or remain stationary, till the arrival of some person or event. Thus we say, I went to the place of meeting, and there waited an hour for the moderator or chairman. I will go to the hotel, and there wait till you come. We will wait for the mail.
When we wait on God’s answer to prayer, we are to rest in expectation of an answer. Yes, we can expect an answer from Him! It may not be what we want to hear but it will be answered 🙂 I love the rest of the definition … “till the arrival of some person”! I long for the day that Jesus will come take us up at the Rapture and we are finally finished with our earthly bodies. So many weary Christians are sick with debilitating illnesses and can’t wait to receive their new bodies! 🙂
What would we do without the Lord in our lives, dear lady? Look at Corrie Ten Boom! Wow, if anyone should have been weary, it was her! I wonder if today’s Bible verse went through her mind a time or two? 🙂 But notice that when we wait on the Lord to work in a situation, He renews our strength! Yes, we’ll get weary – yes, we’ll get discouraged. But God promises that He will give us strength exactly when we need it. Those ever impossible situations will open up into “do-able” ones because the Lord has given us wings as eagles and promises that we will be able to run! That tells me that the lost family member is not a hopeless situation. If I stay faithful, and remain centered in Christ, no matter how hopeless it appears, I will get the strength I need to move ahead!!!
This lady is now going to be a “lady in waiting” when it comes to trusting Him with the outcome of all things in my life!! 🙂 How about you?
Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
I’m assuming that anyone reading this is born again and has made a commitment to follow Jesus Christ. How serious is your commitment? Is it only a part-time commitment or a full-time one? Notice today’s verse has an urgency about it. “If thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” That’s not just a a part-time thing. It’s a commitment to the things of Christ with 100% of your whole being.
Granted we don’t always perform at 100% every single day. But the desire to do so should be there. It’s when we diligently seek after Jesus and the things of God that we find Him. I think of the many times I have succumbed to sin – it was only because I was not committed to my walk. 😦
How committed are you today, dear lady?
Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
Reading today’s verse had me in a “baptecostal” fit, LOL! 🙂 Not only are you and I blessed to take part in the first resurrection (Rapture), ladies, but we are considered HOLY! Stop and meditate on that for a moment. I’m most definitely NOT holy. However, because of Christ and His payment for my sin, I am made holy in HIS righteousness! Amen? Once you wrap your head around that, you’ll start your own baptecostal fit! 🙂 That’s when you realize that it is by Him alone – His grace alone – that we are saved. Not of ourselves – there’s nothing we can do to add to our salvation or the outcome. The Father sees the Apostle Paul and you in the same light – the light of Jesus Christ, His Son.
As if this little nugget isn’t enough, we know that the second death has no power over us. We are free from that. Hallelujah what a Saviour!!!
1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
Oyyyy, today’s pic speaks volumes, doesn’t it? I’ve been the person in that chair before and it’s not pleasant at all! But have there been times that you have been the person standing up doing the yelling? Speaking one’s mind is the thing to do these days. In today’s world, one is considered a coward if she doesn’t say what’s on her mind. This has gotten quite out of hand, actually; to the point of being a bully!
But what does God’s Word have to say about speaking our minds? I’m not talking about sharing your heart when there’s conflict. That’s not what I’m saying at all. We wives share our hearts with our husbands when we disagree with them. It’s all in the attitude, amen? You can speak sweetly and get your point across.
I’m talking about women who belt out their answers and not caring who they offend in the process. This is what today’s verse is trying to teach us. I have known women who blast out to their husbands in public – it’s so wrong in so many ways! It shows a lack of respect, it shows a lack of self control and it shows a heart that does not want to mature in Christ. 😦
Today’s verse is a good foundation to lay which will guard our mouths; actually, not just for us women but for any believer. 🙂 Picking it apart helps us to get to the meat of this verse:
- be ye all of one mind – equally yoked in Christ – filled with the Word and the wisdom it gives believers
- having compassion one of another – sometimes we don’t always agree – sometimes someone is going through hard times and reacts with unkind words – a new believer doesn’t have the spiritual growth that an older believer has
- ,be pitiful – be moved with compassion to the needs of others
- be courteous – ah yes, the final statement – be polite – be civil – be kind
As women and wives, we surely can speak our minds but in a manner that honors the Lord Jesus Christ. If we use today’s verse as a “rule of thumb,” we would prevent a lot of misunderstandings and hurt feelings. 🙂
Proverbs 9:13 A foolish woman [is] clamorous: [she is] simple, and knoweth nothing.
The Book of Proverbs is such a wonderful instruction book. God reveals to us how He views foolishness and what He thinks of being virtuous – all in one book! I find that when I don’t know what to read in my Bible, I can always turn to Proverbs and walk away with something that the Lord wants to say to me! 🙂
Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines the words “foolish” and “clamorous” as:
FOOL’ISH, a. 1. Void of understanding or sound judgment; weak in intellect; applied to general character. 2. Unwise; imprudent; acting without judgment or discretion in particular things. 3. Proceeding from folly, or marked with folly; silly; vain; trifling. But foolish questions avoid. 2 Tim 2. 4. Ridiculous; despicable. A foolish figure he must make. 5. In scripture, wicked; sinful; acting without regard to the divine law and glory, or to one’s own eternal happiness. O foolish Galatians – Gal 3. 6. Proceeding from depravity; sinful; as foolish lusts. 1 Tim
CLAMOROUS, a. Speaking and repeating loud words; noisy; vociferous; loud; turbulent.
What a wonderful way for a Christian woman to learn to judge her own walk with the Lord, ladies! I’ll put my name in front of all of the definitions and see what the Lord is trying to teach me this morning! 🙂
Kate is void of understanding. Kate is void of sound judgment and weak in intellect.
Kate is unwise; Kate is imprudent; Kate is acting without judgment or discretion.
Kate is silly and vain.
Kate is dispicable and ridiculous.
Kate is wicked.
Kate is depraved and sinful.
Kate speaks and repeats loud words; Kate is noisy and turbulent.
Ouch! Let’s pause for a moment while I lick my wounds! 😉 This verse is packed with instruction. Our “How To” Manual, the Bible, says it perfectly! Our hearts have to desire to change. We remain miserable only when we remain fixed and continue to walk down our current path. Change can only happen when we allow the Holy Spirit to guide and direct. He will never lead us down the wrong path, amen? He wants to teach us and to mold us into the image of Christ. That is the Holy Spirit’s job, after all. So as we look at that uphill path of spiritual growth, let’s remember that the changes will bring glory to the Lord!
So what must I do to change? I believe that acknowledgment of my sin is the best place to start. The Holy Spirit will reveal to me exactly what I’m guilty of and those statements above will pop right out at me… and they do! Then once I have acknowledged those areas, I seek the Lord’s forgiveness and move on! It is then that the Holy Spirit can work with a yielded heart and start a work of “opposites.” I can now gain wisdom and not be void of understanding or weak in intellect. I can now become wise through the Scriptures. As a result, I will no longer be silly or vain, etc. etc. I think you get my drift!
Lord, reveal to me those areas where I am weak. Help me to be molded in your image and help me to yield myself to the Holy Spirit! Father, I would rather be a virtuous woman than this foolish woman of Proverbs 9:13. Forgive me, Lord! Restore me and mold me into the image of your Son, Jesus, for it’s in His name that I pray! Amen.
Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.
There have been times in my life that I was convinced that what I had was just not good enough. Have you been there? I certainly hope I haven’t been alone! 🙂 I can see where my efforts to gain what I thought would be good for me turned into such a big mess!! Oh how I messed up those situations … royally! I could just kick myself for having jumped ahead of God!
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Having things my way put me in an absolutely awful place. I struggled and struggled because I chose to do things my way instead of seeking the Lord’s will in the situation. What I was telling God was that I thought I knew better than Him. I wasn’t content with what He had given me!
1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
Paul tells us that godliness with contentment is great gain. Had I sought the Lord’s will and waited on His direction, I would not have been miserable in the end (vexation of spirit). Instead I was so miserable inside for the mess that I had gotten myself into. Oh I surely sought Him after that! I needed someone to clean up my mess! But the Lord allowed me to stay in that mess for a while to teach me that when I wait on Him, my soul will be quieted within me. There is peace in waiting on Him, although it doesn’t seem that way at the time.
You would think I would have learned from that mistake, but I didn’t. I repeated it a couple more times before I learned that lesson! Thank You, Lord, for Your patience with me! 🙂 It is only recently that I was hit with the proverbial two by four and woke up to that little truth. The truth is, had I turned to the Father, who loves me and is always Good and ONLY Good, I would have been told to wait on Him. That is where the “godliness with contentment” comes in. Contentment cannot be achieved without God. The world is constantly telling us to want “more.” But God says to be content with what we have and wait!
Psalms 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
I’m commanded here to not only wait but to be of good courage. This is where I failed in my previous attempts. I was not of good courage. Instead, I dwelt on the fact that I wasn’t getting what I wanted and it enhanced the discontentment in my heart. Now I have learned that when I wait and “am of good courage,” the Father will strengthen my heart. He will mold me into the image of His Son. Do you see Christ as being discontent anywhere in the Scriptures? Thank the Good Lord that He was not or He would not have died that miserable death to pay for our sins! Praise Him!
Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
So dear Christian lady, are you discontent today? Don’t be the stubborn mule that I was but learn from my mistakes. It will bring you heartache if you continue in that state, as it did me. Instead, be like Paul and learn to be content no matter what trial or situation you have been given. The Lord allows these to train us and to mold us. The Potter is molding His clay – allow Him to do this in your life! Then you can say with Mr. Spafford below that that it is well with your soul!
It Is Well With My Soul
Horatio G. Spafford
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!
And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.
Ephesians 5:22-24 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Submitting isn’t usually an issue on a day-to-day basis. It seems, however, to become an issue when we are not in agreement with our husband’s decisions. Let’s take a look at what we are being asked to do:
Submit: To yield, resign or surrender to the power, will or authority of another;
Subject: 1. Placed or situate under. 2. Being under the power and dominion of another;
Let’s take a look at a corporation with a CEO, President, Vice President, etc. The CEO has the final word in the decision process. The President leads the corporation and the Vice President acts in place of the President when he is not present. However, the Vice President does not change the corporate laws and regulations set in place. For example, if the corporation (where the CEO has signed off on it) has agreed to purchase a new mega telephone server, the Vice President can’t undo this when the President goes out of town without first checking with the President, who then in turn checks with the CEO. Does that make sense? Both offices submit to the CEO, in essence. I hope you’re following me as I am going to make a point here. 🙂
The home is very much like a corporation. The Lord Jesus Christ is the CEO of the home, along with His Word. The husband is the President and the wife is the Vice President. The President checks with the CEO (the Lord Jesus through His Word and prayer) for decisions that need to be made for his home. When those decisions are in line with God’s Word, the Vice President does not have authority to simply go her own way or do her own thing. She must submit to her husband and the Lord Jesus.
Why does the world understand this submission in the corporate environment yet a wife cannot in a Christian home? She is not the leader … period. She does not make the final decisions for the home … period. Her husband does not submit to her authority … period. Finally, the Lord Jesus does not change His Word to accommodate a wife’s rebellion.
Which is it in your home, dear Christian lady? Do you have a godly husband who loves the Lord and strives to obey Him? Be thankful! There are Christian wives out there who are married to unbelievers or disobedient husbands that would give their eye teeth to be in your shoes! Don’t take his leadership lightly. Christ ordained marriage and its roles for a purpose. Do to otherwise is to live in rebellion to God’s Word and, therefore, be open to chastisement from the Lord. If your home is filled with strife, take a step back and do inventory on your role as the Vice President (helpmeet) of your home.
Proverbs 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
God tells us in today’s verse that shame will always be the byproduct of pride. What a wonderful warning! God doesn’t mince words – He speaks straight out to us. Not only that, He lets us know loud and clear what will be the outcome of our sinful pride.
There are times in our marriage when we just know we are right and our husband is wrong. So? Does it affect the price of tea in China if we are proven right? Must an argument have to be won by you? Do you have to have the last word just so you can prove your point? That’s sinful pride and there will be an outcome – one of shame in the end. Instead, why not pray and ask the Lord to give you wisdom in this area? Would it be the end of the world if you didn’t get the last word?
I don’t know about you, dear lady, but I would rather swallow my pride and pray for wisdom than to come out of a situation with shame. There’s no worse feeling in my heart as when I am ashamed of myself.
Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
Proverbs 14:3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
Proverbs 29:23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
Proverbs 12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
A woman’s words can make or break her household. Her words set the tone for the whole day. There’s a big difference between waking your husband with a kiss and a “Good morning, sweetheart” and “Come on, get out of bed”! Our husbands are no different than anyone else. They need sweet, kind and encouraging words! We like to hear them as well, don’t we? Our husbands are no different. In fact, they deserve them more than anyone else in your life!
Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
God has given you the perfect man for just you, dear lady. Take time to speak kindness and appreciation for what he does for you and your family. He needs to hear it every day. He needs to hear that you recognize his hard work and his talent. It’ll do your heart good as well. When we are busy saying kind things to people, we are keeping ourselves from negative thoughts. 🙂
The health of our home starts with our mouths!