[ A Future in God ] So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.” 1 Peter 1:13MSG
Do you ever wonder why some people never seem to change no matter how bad their lives are? They seem to be oblivious to the situation at hand, when we can all see the disaster right before our eyes. I used to feel sorry for those kinds of people until I took a good long hard look in the mirror and saw that I was one of those people. When I had this great epiphany of what I was sitting right in the middle of, suddenly I felt trapped. But…was I really trapped or just deceived?
Like a spider weaves a web to entice it’s victims, so does Satan. It often starts with one lie. One misleading. One deception. One twist of the mind. Once we begin to believe the lie then he begins to bind us to that deception and soon we are trapped. No matter how hard we try at this point, we see no way of ever getting loose and this is where we just give up.
As I have shared before I was in a 22 year marriage to a man bound by addiction. I know that I am the one who chose to marry. I know I was the one who chose to love for so long, but is it all me? I really don’t think so. I believe that Satan knows God has great plans for each of our lives and he will do everything in his power to stop us from succeeding.
How often do we get sucked into something we just know is not right but we talk ourselves into doing it anyways? Even though we seem to already know that it will end badly we move forward with it. Maybe it’s time for us to decide not to be deceived by the schemes of Satan. Perhaps it’s time for us to stand up and shout to the Devil a big healthy NO! How do we do this? Study the Word and use it as our weapon.
When we come to the understanding that nothing can stop what God has started in our lives, we can begin to understand the meaning of life. We were created by a God who just wants to be loved. As He begins to move in our lives we will certainly come against opposition but when we have the Word of God as our sword, we cannot be stopped.
1 Corinthians 13 The Way of Love
- ] If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. …
This week I am focusing on relationships…ya know those things filled with love and stuff? What is a relationship? Webster defines it as follows:
: the way in which two or more people, groups, countries, etc., talk to, behave toward, and deal with each other
: a romantic or sexual friendship between two people
: the way in which two or more people or things are connected
God describes it perfectly in the scripture verse above. Love is something we might never ever wrap our minds fully around. This week I will share a little bit about my husband and I’s relationship in hopes of shedding light onto the subject from our perspective. Let me begin by stating, I told God I did not want a man in my life. Some may giggle, but I did exactly that. After being in a very broken relationship for 22 years, I just wanted to publish a book and travel. That’s it. No attachments. No commitment except to God. Just me, myself and Jesus!
Funny how God had MUCH bigger plans for me. It says a relationship is how people communicate or deal with each other. Hmmm, deal with? It makes it sound like such a complicated, hard thing. A true relationship built on love is easy. Yes there are some things to work out, however, I feel the secret to a successful relationship is simply God. If God is love, then a relationship based on God is then surely based on love. John and I know that if we ever stop letting God be the center of our marriage we will surely fall short of the intent of love. We know that the absence of God is the absence of love.
When John and I met we both knew God. Now, while I was content to be without man, John on the other hand was seeking for a wife. I still laugh sometimes when I think about how sneaky God can be sometimes. So often in life we think we have it all figured out and we are going to tell God how it’s going to go. Wrong! He has awesome plans for our lives. He longs to see us happy! So long story short, God showed up in both of our lives and though John got what he wanted all along, I had to come to the realization that often God gives us what we need in life long before we realize that we really wanted it all along anyways.
Tomorrow, I will share how things change in relationships. I will share how we can grow stronger in not only love but our faith. If only we could get that embedded in our brains: God is love and love is God, the word relationship would not be such a scary one in our vocabulary.