Saturday, December 29, 2012

~Trammels to Prayer~


The LORD has given us the directive to pray, and He even gave us instructions on how, when and what to pray. But, He also warns us of some hindrances to prayer. Here I will name 7 of those to think about.
1. Selfish purposes will rob our prayers of power:

“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”
James 4:3

2. Sin hinders prayer, therefore we must repent!

“Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
Isaiah 59:1,2

3. Idols in our hearts can cause a deaf ear to be turned toward our prayers.

“Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?”
Ezekiel 14:3
4. Stinginess, or the lack of generosity trammels prayer.

“Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.”
Proverbs 21:13

5. An unforgiving spirit will stop up God’s ears against our prayers.

“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Mark 11:25

6. Bad relations between husbands and wives can hamper one’s prayers.

“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”
1 Peter 3:7

7. A heart of unbelief will hobble our prayers.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”
James 1:5-7

May the LORD help us to examine our hearts, to see if there is any wicked way in us and may He lead us in the way everlasting!
God be merciful to me a sinner

Friday, December 28, 2012

~Communing With the LORD~

 

Jehovah, our Omnipotent, Almighty, Infinite, Creator is approachable! But, how can we, or do we come before Him? We commune with our LORD through prayer. I have recently been enjoying a soul satisfying study on prayer, and I wanted to share some of the highlights.

We pray to God! When, therefore, we pray, there must be a conscious, definite approach unto Him made.

“Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.”

Acts 12:5

We must pray without ceasing! In other words we must pray intensely and earnestly, as our Lord Jesus Christ set the example for us while here on earth.

“And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

Luke 22:41-44

We must be obedient lest our prayers be not heard!

“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”

1 John 3:22

We must pray according to the will of God! We know God’s will through His Word.

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

1 John 5:14,15

We should pray in the Spirit. The Spirit inspires and directs prayer. Wait for the Spirit by being silent before the LORD. “Be still…”

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

Ephesians 6:18

Pray in faith! We get faith by the Word of God.

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

Mark 11:24

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Romans 10:17

Do not faint in prayer! Pray with persistence and insistence.(Lk. 11:5-8)

“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”

Luke 18:1-8

We must abide in Christ! Renounce any independent life of our own and cleave only to His thoughts and words. A great way to cling to them and keep them ever present in your mind is to memorize Scripture.

“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

John 15:7

Pray with much thanksgiving! (Luke 17:17; Luke 24:53)

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6,7

Pray early in the day. All is quiet, without distraction and fresh. Talking to your LORD is an excellent way to start the day! Again, Christ is our example:

“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”

Mark 1:35

Pray in all seasons, or without ceasing!

“Pray without ceasing.”

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Pray in Christ’s name. He is our mediator. Without Him  we cannot/ could not go before the Throne! With Him we can go boldly!

“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”

John 14:13,14

Pray for the LORD’s guidance and ask Him to teach you to pray! Apply your heart to wisdom… God’s Word!

earnestly praying

*In my next post I shall attempt to cover some hindrances to prayer…

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Loving This Right Now!

 

“Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.”

John 17:7-11

I am thankful for our mediated Father Who has given us a High Priest, yea, even made us kings & priests to come boldly before His throne of grace! AND… He will lose none of His! Thank you LORD!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Day

 

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"And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household."
Deuteronomy 14:26

"Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee."
Deuteronomy 28:46-47
God Deserves and Demands Thanksgiving

Every aspect of your being, possessions, and pleasures is by the kindness of God (Jas 1:17; Acts 14:17). He is the Potter, and you are the clay (Is 45:9-10; Rom 9:21-24). You have no right to boast about anything, for everything you have was given to you (I Cor 4:7). Therefore, He has the right to threaten the severest punishments, if you are not thankful for all things (Deut 28:46-47).

It is God's will for all men to thank Him for everything (I Thess 5:18; Eph 5:20; Col 3:17). He delights in the thanksgiving of His saints (Ps 34:1; 92:1; Heb 13:15). But the wicked never think of God (Ps 10:4). Thanksgiving Day to them is for avoiding work, gluttony with turkey, and football. Therefore, He turns them over to reprobate minds to abuse themselves with sodomy (Rom 1:20-27).

Christians Can Celebrate Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving feasting has a Bible basis (Deut 14:26; II Sam 6:18-19). This is in stark contrast to the pagan and papal origins and customs of Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Easter, which God has commanded His people to avoid with all their might (Deut 12:29-32; Jer 10:1-5; II Cor 6:14-17; Rev 18:4). There are no pagan or papal idolatrous traditions in Thanksgiving Day.

Our Lord visited a national celebration, being in the temple in Jerusalem during the Feast of Dedication (John 10:22-23). The feast of Passover was in the spring, Pentecost 50 days later, and Tabernacles in the fall. But Judas Maccabaeus declared an annual December feast in 164 B.C. after rededicating the temple from the profanations of Antiochus Epiphanes in 167 B.C.

Americans Must Have a Thanksgiving Day

America is the most blessed nation on earth, so she must have a national holiday to thank the God of heaven for His many blessings. America fulfills the grand descriptions of God's blessing on nations more than any other nation by far (Deut 4:5-8; Ps 33:12; 144:11-15; 147:19-20; Prov 8:12-21; Mal 1:5; 3:12). He raised this nation from a few persecuted outcasts in a wilderness inhabited by savages to the world's superpower by every measure in just 300 years!

Why is America so great? Adam Smith (1723-1790) missed it entirely with his famous book The Wealth of Nations written in 1776. America is great because she allowed, promoted, and protected the preaching of God's words far more than other nation. God has exalted His word, and it brings prosperity (Deut 29:9;32:46-67; Josh 1:6-9; I Kgs 2:3; Ps 1:1-3; 19:7-11). Furthermore, the 300 million citizens, though mostly pagan, include much of God's chosen remnant.

Christian Americans Are the Most Blessed

God's benevolent blessings on America as a nation are great in their own right; but Christian Americans have incredible spiritual blessings on top of those! Christian Americans must offer the greatest praise, thanksgiving, and worship, lest they be guilty of a heinous sin. They are truly blessed (I Tim 4:10)! No other people, including Israel under David or Solomon, ever had such a combination of spiritual and national blessings of peace, pleasure, privilege, and prosperity.

But far above all other blessings is the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, to which the elect were chosen and predestinated before the world began. Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God (I John 3:1; Eph 1:3-12)! It is this unspeakable gift that our beloved brother Paul declared should call forth a constant stream of thanksgiving to God (II Thess 2:13;II Cor 9:15). You are blessed! Give thanks!

But God has not only saved us by His electing and predestinating grace, He has also sent us the truth of the gospel (II Thess 2:14). We have His inspired words in the English tongue as our heritage, which King James Bible God has blessed above any other version of the Scriptures (Ps 119:14,111,127,162). And He ordained special men with beautiful feet to preach this word of salvation to us (Job 33:23-24; Ps 68:11,18;Acts 8:30-31; Rom 10:13-17; I Tim 3:16).

Do You Know How to Give Thanks?

It is not enough to be thankful. Having a contented and thankful heart is not giving thanks. True thanksgiving is opening your mouth and voicing your thankfulness, praise, and worship to God. God created your tongue to give Him glory, which is why He named your tongue your glory (Ps 16:9; 30:12;57:8; 108:1). Take words right now and give Him the calves of your lips (Hos 14:1-3).
David's Psalms are the primary praise and thanksgiving section of the Bible (Jas 5:13). Do you have a favorite psalm of thanksgiving from these inspired poems? Is it Psalm 18, which God ordained to be repeated from II Samuel 22? Or is it Psalm 100, which has been sung to the tune of Old One-Hundredth for 500 years? Or is it Psalm 136 with its divinely inspired and holy repetitions? Or is Psalm 30? 48? 65? 98? 103? 107? 135? 145? 146? 147? 148? 149? 150?

Lift up your voice and praise His great and glorious name for the things He has done for you (I Sam 12:24;Mark 5:19)! Speak to others of God's great goodness in His dealings toward this nation, toward your family, toward your church, and toward your soul (Mal 3:16-18). If you hesitate, or fear the thoughts of others, then you are not truly thankful (Ps 119:46). If you spare words, lest you be thought fanatical, then you are not truly thankful! Give God the glory!

Taken From LetGodBeTrue.com

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Galatians 5:22-23

 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

The Fruit of the Spirit

Love

unselfish care for another’s godly benefit

Joy

a heartfelt gladness from knowing the Lord

Peace

sweet contentment from trusting the Lord and the absence of hostilities with others

Longsuffering

patiently enduring adversity without bitterness

Gentleness

tender kindness shown toward others

Goodness

moral purity and benevolence

Faith

confidence God keeps His promises

Meekness

avoiding personal glory or esteem

Temperance

self-discipline of natural passions

 

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thankful…

I’m thankful for “The Small 5”

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Breagan, Bethany, Brigitta, Bellhannah and Berean!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Thou Art Worthy!

 

“Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Singing  bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.


Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed,
Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, all who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.


Mortals, join the happy chorus, which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us, brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward in the triumph song of life.”

Henry Van Dyke

 

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

Revelation 4:11

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Excellent Link!

 

Here is an excellent link! This document/lesson is directed toward youth, but is very much applicable to everyone! Let us seek to improve our character thereby bringing the glory due to Jehovah’s name to Him through our actions!!

 

Etiquette For Youth

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Last of the 24 C Character Traits…

This post is going to encompass the last 6 Character traits. I have had quite a bit going on and therefore didn’t get these last 6 published so for the sake of finishing up what I had begun I am posting the last 6 all at once. I greatly enjoyed this character trait study and pray that all who partook of it too will grow in conformity to Christ in all 24 aspects of character! Jehovah is a great cause! A worthy cause! Let us render Him our reasonable service by presenting our bodies a living sacrifice. ~Brytni

19- Cheerful:

• Joyful happiness and excitement about anything.
• Christians are to rejoice – they should be happy.
• But the world? … Be of good cheer, Jesus won!
• Your testimony totally loses if you are depressed.
• Everyone is glad to be around a cheerful person.
• God has put great joy in our hearts … show it!
• What did kings think of sad sacks in old times?
• God will judge those not glad for all things.
• Wives and children suffer if you are cast down.
• If all were cheerful all the time … what a church!

20-Cooperative:

• Agree to happily submit to the wishes of others.
• Why the lesson of the desert locust (Proverbs 30:27)?
• We submit ourselves to one another (Ephesians 5:21).
• Peace in an organization or organism requires it.
• Can you get excited about another's ideas?
• Do you build the family by celebrating each one.
• We are to endeavor for unity of peace (Ephesians 4:3).
• Do you rejoice or weep with those doing such?
• A church is for loving and serving, not vice versa.
• The ultimate – celebrating a repenting sinner!

“The locusts have no king, Yet go they forth all of them by bands;”Proverbs 30:27

“Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” Ephesians 5:21

“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3

21-Conservative

• The least risky of two otherwise neutral options.
• All things may be lawful … are they expedient?
• What two animals best describe a foolish surety?
• Christian liberty is a fact … but not your license!
• Successful men are temperate in all things.
• Violating your conscience makes anything a sin.
• It is better to understate than to exaggerate.
• Music and television should be ruled harshly.
• The stricter you are with friends the better.
• Modesty is not for concluding … close enough.

22-Classy

• Cultured, refined, liberal way of doing things.
• Opposite of redneck, crude, rude, country, etc.
• There is more than one way to perform every act.
• Classy conduct adorns what you do with grace.
• What of Elijah and John? They were exceptions!
• It does not have to be costly … just done well.
• Don't expect elegance from your wife, if brutish.
• This is derived from being without offence.
• This is connected to devising liberal things.
• This is doing everything to adorn Christianity.

23-Clever

• Prudence and wisdom for examining and acting.
• A synonym for knowledge and understanding.
• Clever answers take study and careful thought.
• Clever choices require cynicism and caution.
• Clever men handle matters wisely (Proverbs 16:20).
• How clever are you at managing your wife's life?
• How clever at winning your children's hearts?
• Watch and learn from those older and wiser.
• Ask questions and use a multitude of counselors.
• God will give liberal wisdom to those that ask.

“He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: And whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.” Proverbs 16:20

24-Charity

• The greatest grace and bond of perfectness.
• The definition is sweet and thorough (I Corinthians 13:4-7).
• This is how you should treat each person in life.
• Your religion is totally vain without godly love.
• How glorious are you to overlook faults (Proverbs 19:11)?
• Do you believe and hope all things for peace?
• Is it a pleasure to devise liberal things (Isaiah 32:8)?
• It is more forgiving others than sending cards.
• Divide the Samaritan from Haiti earthquake.
• Love is the greatest proof of God, for He is love.

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

“The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; And it is his glory to pass over a transgression.” Proverbs 19:11

“But the liberal deviseth liberal things; And by liberal things shall he stand.” Isaiah 32:8

Friday, August 24, 2012

18th C of Character

 

Confident

• Bold courage to do anything needed or wanted.
• The righteous are bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1). Are you?
• What kind of man sees lions (Proverbs 22:13; 26:13)?
• Not self-confidence … but godly-confidence!
• David ran thru a troop and leaped a wall. How?
• The fear of man brings a snare … so trust God!
• If Jesus is with us, we may boldly say … (Hebrews 13:6).
• Do you know that guilt will remove manhood?
• Do your reasonable best, trust God for the rest.
• Nothing is too hard for Him: submit plans to Him.

 

“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.”

Proverbs 28:1

“The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.”

Proverbs 22:13

“The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.”

Proverbs 26:13

“So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

Hebrews 13:6

Thursday, August 23, 2012

17thC of Character

 

Communicative

  • Verbally open, honest, thorough, and helpful.
  • The "strong, silent type" cannot be a great saint.
  • Silence abuses your wife and children (Colossians 3:21).
  • True friends are open and transparent (John 15:15).
  • The most help you can give others is by your lips.
  • A good word fitly spoken is beautiful (Proverbs 25:11).
  • Gracious speech is what wins kings (Proverbs 22:11).
  • A good thought not expressed is worthless.
  • A good word makes a heavy heart glad (Proverbs 12:25).
  • Being thankful falls short: you must give thanks.

“ Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.”

Colossians 3:21

“Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”

John 15:11

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”

Proverbs 25:11

“He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.”

Proverbs 22:11

“Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: But a good word maketh it glad.”

Proverbs 12:25

Saturday, August 18, 2012

16th C of Character

 

~Conventional

  • Living in a way accepted by most – in most ways.
  • Before thinking outside the box, try inside it!
  • The truth is strange, but Paul gave no offence.
  • Loving others includes seemly conduct (I Corinthians 13:5)!
  • If you like being weird, then limit it to your mind.
  • Convention generally means tested and proven.
  • How do you pick attire, speech, conduct, etc.?
  • The farther away from convention the more risk.
  • The farther away from convention more offence.
  • Christian liberty is true … but wisely restricted.
  • Paul was made all things to all men. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
  • Truth is strange enough… We need not add to it.
  • The more outsiders… less or more conventional?
  • It is our duty to avoid offense whenever we can.
  • If throwing out the bathwater… Save the baby!

”Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;”

1 Corinthians 13:5

“For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.”

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Friday, August 17, 2012

15th C of Character

 

~Christ-Centered

  • Your life is prioritized and structured around Him!
  • God chose you to conform to His Son (Romans 8:29).
  • Glory in Christ more than anything (Galatians 6:14).
  • God's kingdom is always FIRST in life (Matthew 6:33).
  • Anything detracting or dulling from it is rejected.
  • Do most you meet soon know you are a Christian?
  • If a parent, children soon figure our your zeal.
  • What did Moses lose for the reproach of Christ?
  • What did Paul count everything in his life as?
  • Home, bedroom, auto… Jesus should be Lord!
  • The greatest love is to help others please Christ.
  • Can you remember, “He is Altogether Lovely!”?
  • What is your favourite song? Who is it about?
  • How much is your life like Paul’s? (2 Corinthians  5:14,15)
  • Love those who correct anything offending Him.

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

Romans 8:29

“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”

Galatians 6:14

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Matthew 6:33

“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”

2 Corinthians 5:14,15

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

14th C of Character

 

~Curious

  • Interest in learning the how and why of many things.
  • This is intermeddling with all wisdom. (Proverbs 18:1)
  • A concern is curiosity about doctrine and truth.
  • A good father, unlike David, is curious (1 Kings 1:6)
  • Growth in wisdom requires it, or you get dumber.
  • Prudent men know their industries well (Proverbs 27:23).
  • They go beyond industry to find the best jobs.
  • Good husbands learn women and wife (I Peter 3:7).
  • Wisdom is to be hunted as hid treasure (Proverbs 2:1-5).
  • You can get answers faster today than ever.
  • Do you want to dig into God’s Word for details?
  • Do you pray “Open thou mine eyes...”? (Psalm 119:18)
  • The Eunuch was not content to read the Bible.
  • You are to consider one another to help wisely.
  • All in authority should search out things. (Proverbs 25:2)

“Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with allwisdom.”

Proverbs 18:1

“And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after Absalom.”

1 Kings 1:6

“Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.”

Proverbs 27:23

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

1 Peter 3:7

“My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.”

Proverbs 2:1-5

“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wonderful things out of thy law.”

Psalm 119:18

“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”

Proverbs 25:2

Monday, August 13, 2012

Back to Character…

The 13th C of Character!

Thank you for allowing me to take a tiny break from character to talk about the character of a wife : ) Now let us dive back into the C character traits study together… And our next trait is…

~Childish

  • Humble and simple approach to many things.
  • You must be childish to enter Christ's kingdom.
  • Be childish when it comes to malice (I Corinthians 14:20).
  • Enthusiasm to enjoy the simple things of life.
  • How will you condescend without being childish?
  • Do you eagerly listen to truth like a child to you?
  • Solomon's attitude brought God's great blessing.
  • Our attitude of being babes will bring blessing.
  • Instead of pretences, let us promote innocence.
  • Every family needs some "love and fun." Recall?
  • Are you as humble to correction as a little child?
  • Compared to God, you are dumber than a child.
  • What dulls your zeal? Pretenses? Stoicism?
  • Why do you resist exhortation to joy? Be a child!
  • Are you too grown up to love Abba Father?
“Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.”

1 Corinthians 14:20

Pretenses: Feigning to be nonchalant or dignified or other excuses to avoid David’s exuberance.

Stoicism: False worship of the “strong, silent” type as having some virtue.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

25 Ways to Communicate Respect

 

~I found the following article on a blog entitled “Loving Life at Home” the author of this article is Jennifer Flanders. She is a wife and a mother of 12. Her words hold the wisdom of experience.

I want to know what my duties as a wife will be before marriage, and am very thankful for godly older women who are Titus 2 women, such as Mrs. Flanders and my own mother, who may impart their wisdom to me. So whether married or single I think this is a good article to read and examine oneself by. Thank you Mrs. Flanders for graciously allowing me to repost your article on my blog!

~ Brytni

Actions speak louder than words. You can say you respect your husband, but he’ll have a hard time believing that unless your behavior backs it up.

What does respectful living look like? Here are 25 ways you can communicate respect to your spouse without uttering a word. If you’ll make it your habit to do these things, the next time you tell your husband how much you respect him, he won’t have to wonder if you really mean it.

  1. Choose Joy
    It’s true: A happy wife makes a happy life. Please don’t use moodiness as an attempt to manipulate your man, but in all things rejoice, because that’s the right thing to do. (1 Thessaonians 5:16;Philippians 4:4)
  2. Honor His Wishes
    Give weight to what your husband thinks is important. Make those things a priority that matter most to him, whether it’s having dinner ready when he gets home from work or keeping the house tidy or limiting computer time. Don’t make him ask twice. (Philippians 2:4)
  3. Give Him Your Undivided Attention
    Yes, I know that women are masters of multi-tasking, but when your husband is speaking to you, make a point to lay other tasks aside, look into his eyes, and listen to what he is saying with the goal of understanding and remembering his words.
  4. Don’t Interrupt
    Have you ever been around a person who won’t let you finish a sentence? That gets old fast. Even if you think you already know what your husband is going to say, allowing him to say it without cutting him off mid-sentence shows both respect and common courtesy.
  5. Emphasize His Good Points
    Sure, he has his faults (as do you), but dwelling on them will only make you (both) miserable. Choose instead to focus on those qualities in your husband that you most admire. (Philippians 4:8)
  6. Pray for Him
    Take your concerns to God. Faithfully lift up your husband in prayer every day, and you will likely notice a transformation not only in him, but in yourself, as well. (Philipians 4:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
  7. Don’t Nag
    Your husband is a grown man, so don’t treat him like a two-year-old. Leave room for God to work. You are not the Holy Spirit, so do not try to do His job.
  8. Be Thankful
    Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Don’t take your husband for granted. Be appreciative for everything he does for you, whether big or small. Always say thank you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20)
  9. Smile at Him
    Smiles spread happiness. Smiles have even been shown to create happiness. Smiles are contagious. And a smile makes any woman more beautiful.
  10. Respond Physically
    Did you know that the way you respond (or don’t respond) to your husband’s romantic overtures has a profound effect on his self-confidence? Don’t slap him away when he tries to hug you or make excuses when he’s in the mood. Your enthusiastic cooperation and reciprocation will not only assure him of your love, but will make him feel well-respected, too. (1 Corinthians 7:3-5)
  11. Eyes Only for Him
    Don’t compare your husband unfavorably to other men, real or imaginary. It is neither fair nor respectful and will only breed trouble and discontent. Avoid watching movies or reading books that might cause you to stumble in this area, as well. (Psalm 19:14; Proverbs 4:23)
  12. Kiss Him Goodbye
    I once read about a study done in Germany which found that men whose wives kissed them goodbye every morning were more successful than those who weren’t kissed. Success and respect often go hand-in-hand, so be sure to send him off right, and don’t forget to greet him with a kiss when he returns home, for good measure. (2 Corinthians 13:12)
  13. Prepare His Favorite Foods
    Although the rest of the family is not overly-fond of spaghetti, my husband loves it, so I try to make it at least two or three times a month as a way to honor him. Next time you’re planning meals, give special consideration to your husband’s preferences. (Proverbs 31:14-15)
  14. Cherish Togetherness
    I love to sit near my husband, whether at home or away. Our church shares potluck dinners every Sunday afternoon, and although the men and women normally sit separately to visit, I like to position myself close enough to my husband that I can listen to the conversation, as I think everything he says is so interesting. At home, I’ll take my book or handwork to whatever room in the house he’s working in, just to be close to him, because I enjoy his company, even when neither of us is talking.
  15. Don’t Complain
    Nobody wants to be around a whiner or complainer. It is grating on the nerves. Remember the serenity prayer: accept the things you can’t change, courageously change the things you can, seek wisdom to know the difference. (Philippians 2:14)
  16. Resist the Urge to Correct
    I know one wife whose spouse can’t tell a story without her stopping him fifteen times to correct inconsequential details: “It wasn’t Monday evening, it was Monday afternoon…. It wasn’t blue, it was turquoise…. He didn’t ride the bus, he took a shuttle.” Please. Please. Please. Don’t ever do that to your husband — or to anyone else, for that matter! (Proverbs 17:28)
  17. Dress to Please Him
    Take care of your appearance. Choose clothes your husband finds flattering, both in public and around the house.
  18. Keep the House Tidy
    To the best of your abilities, try to maintain a clean and orderly home. Seek to make it a haven of rest for your entire family. (Proverbs 31:27)
  19. Be Content
    Do not pressure your husband to keep up with the Jonses. Take satisfaction in the lifestyle he is able to provide for you. (1 Timothy 6:6-10; Hebrews 13:5)
  20. Take His Advice
    Do not dismiss his opinions lightly, especially when you’ve asked for his counsel in the first place. Make every effort to follow your husband’s advice.
  21. Admire Him
    Voiced compliments and heartfelt praise are always welcome, but you should also make it your habit to just look at your husband in a respectful, appreciative way. Think kind thoughts toward him. He’ll be able to see the admiration in your eyes. (Luke 6:45)
  22. Protect His Name
    Honor your husband in the way you speak of him to family and friends. Guard his reputation and do not let minor disagreements at home cause you to speak ill of him in public. Live in such a way that it will be obvious to others why your husband married you in the first place. (Proverbs 12:4; 22:1)
  23. Forgive His Shortcomings
    Please do not hold grudges against your husband. Do not allow a root of bitterness or resentment find a home in your heart. Forgive your husband freely, as Christ has forgiven you. (Mark 11:25; Matthew 18:21-35)
  24. Don’t Argue
    You are not always right, and you do not always have to have the last word. Be the first to say, “I’m sorry.” Be willing to accept the blame. It takes two to argue, so “abandon a quarrel before it breaks out.” (Proverbs 17:14; 21:19; 25:24)
  25. Follow His Lead
    If you want your husband to lead, you must be willing to follow. Neither a body nor a family can function well with two heads. Learn to defer to your husband’s wishes and let final decisions rest with him. (Ephesians 5:22-24)

Proverbs 18:22 tells us, “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” Do these 25 things consistently, and your husband will never have trouble believing that fact.

 

To see Mrs. Flanders original post click HERE.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

12th C of Character


~Contented
  • Satisfaction with your place and possessions.
  • Contentment is a choice and great gain (I Timothy 6:6).
  • Contentment is a commandment (Hebrews 13:5-6)
  • Discontentment will ruin you as a Christian.
  • Discontentment is lose-lose:  fantasy and reality.
  • The happiest people are the most contented.
  • It does not allow for complaining. (Jude 16)
  • It does not allow for murmuring (1 Corinthians 10:10)
  • God chose your life for His glory and your profit.
  • If walking with God, nothing else matters at all.
  • Discontentment does not allow relaxed pleasure.
  • Discontentment wastes energy, thought, etc.
  • It is a denial of our beloved sovereignty of God.
  • You deserve hell fire – anything else is better.
  • Our things surpass all nations and generations.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
1 Timothy 6:6
“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. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
Hebrews 13:5-6
“These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.”
Jude 16
“Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.”
1 Corinthians 10:10
 
CHALENGE ~ Comment with the things that you have that surpass all nations and generations, then go forth and CHOOSE to be content!
I’ll start:
Vehicles- Including cars, trains and plains etc. We can GO! Now, the place that I am the most thankful to go is the house of the Lord… Sunday when I meet with the Church at St. Louis is the most precious time and glorious spot on earth to be! Our modern convenience of cars allow the who knows how long it would be walk or buggy ride to be a 30 minute drive! Thank you Lord!

P.S. Sorry for taking so long to get this next trait up… My family has had a very busy week+… Thank you to all you who have prayed for us! : )






Monday, July 30, 2012

11th C of Character

 

Circumspect

  • Examine every angle and degree of every action.
  • To be wise, you must be circumspect (Ephesians 5:15).
  • Godly men do not judge by appearance (John 7:24).
  • Exhaustively consider a thing before doing it.
  • Think others are too slow? You are too hasty.
  • Part of circumspect is a multitude of counselors.
  • Do you have a good feeling, or a good business plan?
  • Do you see consequences removed and distant?
  • Do you see effects on others and their plans?
  • How to be circumspect? Slow down, be critical, be exhaustive.

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,”

Ephesians 5:15

“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”

John 7:24

Thursday, July 26, 2012

10th C of Character!

 

Condescending

No… Not looking down your nose upon others… Getting down… Being humble :)

  • Getting down to properly learn and help others.
  • God’s definition is opposite the world (Romans 12:16).
  • No one in the church is too low for you to stoop.
  • From children to the aged, we should serve all.
  • If you want God to descend to you, then do it!
  • Get off your high horse and get down to others.
  • There are only brethren in our Lord’s kingdom.
  • Are children afraid of you, or happy to see you?
  • Jesus severely warned about offending children.
  • What does I Corinthians 1 and James 2 say about poor?
  • What are halt, lame, and blind for? (Luke 14:12-14).
  • Job was noted in the Bible for it (Job 31:13-15).
  • Paul was made all things for all men to save.
  • Paul would sacrifice any liberty for any man.
  • Are you willing to do anything for just one soul?

“Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.”

Romans 12:16

“Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.”

Luke 14:12-14

“If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me; What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?”

Job 31:13-15

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

9th C of Character

 

Compassionate

• Affectionate benevolence to an afflicted person.
• Empathetic sympathy for others in any distress.
• This has nothing to do with you … but others.
• Who and whom in Nain fit the matter (Luke 7:11-13)?
• Do you grasp, "As bound with them," in (Hebrews 13:3)?
• Do you have bowels of mercy for those suffering?
• When in authority, do you love to forgive others?
• Can you overlook faults, knowing others' frame?
• Think … others have lives … greater than yours!
• Stop thinking and talking about yourself … now!

“And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.”

Luke 17:11-13

“Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.”

Hebrews 13:3

8th C of Character

 

Considerate

• Thinking about others to be helpful and kind.
• We are bound to consider one another (He 10:24).
• We are to be kindly affectioned also (Rom 12:10).
• When it is good to say, "Thank you," then do it!
• When you can offer to help another, then do it!
• Recall, "Keepers of the Kingdom," means you.
• Consider what goes into large church events.
• Consider who might be fearful, nervous, worried.
• How many of recent visitors did you greet?
• What have you done recently to thank parents?

“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:”

Hebrews 10:24

“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;”

Romans 12:10

Thursday, July 19, 2012

7th C of Character

 

Conscious

• Well aware of what you are doing and its effects.
• This is not a medical definition for being awake.
• Some talk and act like their mind is far, far away.
• Awareness to others and your effect is crucial.
• Offence caused by insensitivity can be avoided.
• Some parents cannot hear their own children.
• Sarcastic souls can leave others bleeding.
• Conscious of announcements, or just careless?
• Going through the motions or pacing is not good.
• Do not just let life happen … take it by the horns.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

6th C of Character

 

Conviction

• Sense of guilt or shame calling for reformation.
• Some men are past feeling … past conviction.
• If not acted on, conviction will be less and less.
• No preaching or wisdom can then reach you.
• Pray for it … appreciate it … and run with it.
• It is the motive of heaven for doing things right.
• It remembers David, "Is there not a cause?"
• It takes all preaching to heart … not to neighbor.
• It looks to learn publicly or privately to improve.
• What are you going to do about your character?

“And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?”
I Samuel 17:29

“The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.”

Proverbs 15:29