This is a very informative and interesting message.
Devotions written by a Proverbs 31 wanna-be.
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This is a very informative and interesting message.
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In Christian circles, it’s easy to find ourselves isolated from the world. We surround ourselves with Christian friends, Christian music, Christian television, Christian websites. Because we are around those “Christian” things, it’s easy to begin to feel a little pious about ourselves. After all, we don’t take part in orgies or carousing. We don’t abuse our children. We don’t murder or extort money. In fact, we do pretty good! We teach our children about Jesus. We teach them how to pray. We faithfully attend church, take meals to those in need, lead Bible studies, do volunteer work at church and other places. We’re doing pretty well in our spiritual walk!
All of a sudden, Father comes to talk to us about those “little” things. He says, “Do you remember when you came to just a rolling stop at the stop sign the other day?”
I say, “Oops, sorry Lord. I was in a bit of a hurry.”
Then He says, “What about the words that came out of your mouth when that little, old lady was driving too slow to please you?”
I humbly reply, “Umm, I guess I was in a hurry again. I didn’t give it any thought that I was being rude. I’m sorry, Lord.”
Then He asks me, “What about the lies?”
I come up for air on this question! “What ARE You talking about?”
He gently reminds me, “Do you remember telling the lady at church that you would pray for her? Have you done so?”
Knowing I was caught again, I reply, “Well, I’ve just been busy, and I forgot.”
He reminds me that it’s better not to make a vow, than to make one and not fulfill it. (Ecc. 5:5)
Just as I ask Him to forgive me, He brings up another lie. “What about the words you often tell yourself? You know, the ones about how you don’t have time to read My Word?”
I answer, “Well, Lord, I know I should, but it’s just so busy around here. You know, the spring cleaning, school work, trying to get the summer wardrobe ready for all of us, and then the garage sale this week.”
He replies, “I know that you’ve been busy. I’ve been closely watching. Even in the midst of all the things you mentioned, you still found time to do some leisurely reading, not to mention chatting on the computer. The reality is, instead of saying that you didn’t have the time to read My Word, you should have said that you would rather be doing other things.”
“OUCH!” I think to myself. “Again Lord, I’m sorry. You are right. Will You help me to set the right priorities?”
He gently answers, “Of course, my child. I would LOVE to do that! It’s one of my better specialties. You know, my Son became a human being, never losing sight of His priority to do His Father’s will.”
“Are we done yet, Lord?”
“No, child, we aren’t. Do you remember the phone conversation with your best friend? You began talking about someone. You tried to make it sound like you were really concerned about this person, but you forget, I see your heart. You weren’t nearly as concerned about her as you tried to pretend. You were just wanting to talk about her.”
“Oh, my Lord, please forgive me. I was so wrong in that.”
As I began to ponder on those seemingly “little” things, they seemed to pile up very quickly, growing higher and higher. As I continue repenting, I begin to think about how my loving and precious Savior hung on a cross and went through excruciating agony because of sins like these! Oh, God FORGIVE ME!
I begin to read in Is. 6 where Isaiah cried, “I am a man of unclean lips! I am ruined!” Yes, I was feeling the same thing during my talk with Father. –Or maybe I should say “during Father’s talk with me.”
In verse 6 it tells about how the seraph took a live coal from the altar and touched Isaiah’s lips, telling him that his guilt was taken away, and his sin atoned for. In studying this, the word “guilt” stands for the most depraved or perverse thing we could do. The words “taken away” mean “made to disappear, to be turned off.” The reason that Isaiah’s guilt could be taken away was because the coal which touched his lips was a coal from the altar of sacrifice. There had been an animal sacrificed, and the blood of that animal had touched the coal, which in turn, had been placed on his lips, cleansing him.
Jesus Christ was put on the altar of sacrifice for you. His blood was poured out so that you can be guilt-free and cleansed. That is why Rom. 8:1 says that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Jesus bore all of the sin and guilt so that we wouldn’t have to do it!
Thank You, Loving God for your mercy that has been so abundant in my life. It never ceases to amaze me. Help me to think of the incredible sacrifice Jesus made for me each time that my flesh wants to lead me down a path of sin. Give my spirit the strength to do the right thing, and to turn away from sin’s dark path. Amen.
© 2003, Stacy R Miller
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We are admonished in James to be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath. When tempers are flared and emotions are flying high, it’s nearly impossible to follow this command. Sometimes we need a spiritual restraining order put on our mouths.
When dealing with different issues where a conversation needs to take place, it’s important to remember that the first thing we should do is pray. There are several things we can pray before approaching the other person, be it our husband or someone else.
1. Pray for God to adjust your attitude so that you aren’t bitter and full of angry, hurtful words when you do speak.
2. Pray for the Lord to season your words with His grace and to tenderize your tongue before you speak.
3. Pray for the Lord to direct you in the timing of bringing up the issue.
4. Pray that both parties will not be sidetracked by bringing up past hurts.
5. Pray for both parties to be receptive to hear out the other person.
6. Pray for a quick and speedy resolve that is agreeable to both parties.
7. Pray for there not to be any resentment or bitter feelings once the conversation has taken place.
It is important to remember that while we may speak our mind, we must be careful to mind our manners in the process!
There are many reasons why it’s good for the Lord to put a restraining order on our mouths.
1. When we speak too much, sin is often close behind.
2. A harsh word can stir up anger. (Prov. 15:1)
3. We can be like the fool who gushes folly. (Prov. 15:2)
4. Sometimes our tongue can speak deceitful things. (Prov. 15:4)
5. In our anger and hurt, we can speak death to a relationship. (Prov. 18:21)
When the restraining order is in place, there can be positive results:
1. We will be wise and learn to hold our tongues. (Prov. 10:19)
2. Our soft answer will turn away wrath. (Prov. 15:1)
3. Our tongue will be filled with the fruit of knowledge.
4. Our tongue can be a healing tree of life. (Prov. 15:4)
5. We will learn to speak words of life to those around us. (Prov. 18:21)
6. We will speak pleasant words that promote instruction, and are sweet to the soul. (Prov. 16:21,23-24)
So is getting a restraining order on your to-do list for the day?
© 2004, Stacy R Miller
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It seems that so many people are facing countless trials. I have friends and family members who are going through perilous times, and even some of you on this mailing list have contacted me regarding some of the situations you are currently facing. I am facing one of my own right now, so I decided to do a study on the promises of God.
I can’t stress enough how important it is that we take the time to get to know our God in an intimate way. It is imperative that we take the time to read His word and meditate on it. We all will faces trials at some point in our lives, and if we haven’t taken the time to plant His precious word deep inside of us, the storms of life are going to cause us to crash. We will find ourselves living by our emotions, rather than by God’s promises.
When your emotions tell you that you are all alone, God’s promise is that He will NEVER leave you, nor forsake you. (Heb. 13:5)
When you feel that God has left you, His promise is that even when we don’t feel like we can find Him, He still knows the way that we take. He still sees us. (Job 23:9-10)
When your weariness tells you that you just can’t make it through another day, Father promises that you can do all things through Christ. (Phil. 4:13)
When you are persecuted, your pride may want to step in and say a thing or two, but God tells us to be still and know that He is God. (Ps. 46:10) His promise is that we are blessed when we are persecuted, and that we have a GREAT reward in heaven. (Mt. 5:11-12)
When weapons are forged against you through false accusations, pride may want to step in and fight for you, but God promises that our vindication is from Him. (Is. 54:17) He promises that the battle belongs to Him, and not to us. (II Chron. 20:15)
When money is scarce, and fear tells us that we are going under, God’s promise is that the righteous are never forsaken, nor are their seed ever begging for bread. (Ps. 37:25) He promises to meet ALL of our needs. (Phil. 4:19)
When your fickle emotions tell you that there is no clear way, Jesus declares to you that HE is the WAY, the truth, and the life. (Jn. 14:6)
When your world crashes all around you, emotions can cause fear to be rampant in your heart, but God’s promise is that Jesus is your cornerstone (I Pet. 2:6), and that His foundation is a firm and sure foundation. (Is. 28:16) NOTHING can shake that foundation!
When emotions tells you that you will never feel peace again, God’s promise is that He is Emmanuel, and He is with you. (Is. 7:14) He promises that He is your Prince of peace. (Is. 9:6)
When your feelings tell you that you are still filthy on the inside, God tells you that He is your Redeemer. (Is. 59:20) If you know Christ as your Savior, then ALL things have become new. (II Cor. 5:17)
When your heart tells you that no one loves you, God tells you that He has loved you with an everlasting love. (Jer. 31:3) He takes great delight in you and rejoices over you with singing. (Zeph. 3:17)
When emotions tell you that you are left out in the cold, God says to come and find refuge in the shadow of His wings. (Ps. 36:7) He says to let Him be your dwelling place, then no harm will come near you. (Ps. 91:9-10)
When going through physical ailments, or waiting on test results from the doctor, emotions can snare you with a paralyzing fear. God’s promise is that He is the Great I AM (Jn. 8:58), and that there is NOTHING too difficult for Him. (Lk. 1:37) His word is that He is the God who heals all of our diseases. (Ps. 103:3)
Recently, I have been having borderline-migraine headaches. Just a few days ago, I discovered a knot on the back of my head. If I didn’t know my Father intimately, I would have gone into an instant panic. Instead, I have been thanking Him for His wonderful promises. I have meditated on past times when I know that my Father has healed my body. Knowing Him intimately as my Healer has given me a great peace and confidence.
When we know Him intimately, even in the midst of trials, we can declare the words of Job. “I know that my Redeemer lives and that in the end, He will stand upon the earth.” Job 19:25 (NIV)
© 2003, Stacy R Miller