Archive - June 2015

What’s distracting you from your purpose?

For centuries, women have been comparing themselves to woman next door. It’s one of our “things”. It’s what we do.

Whether it’s the perfect suburban soccer mom, or the has-it-all-together downtown businesswoman, or the deliciously crunchy rural homemaker, we all have our vision of the ideal woman we aspire to be.

The problem is, now thanks to the Internet and social media, every woman is the woman next door. We feel constant pressure to maintain a perfect appearance while we shuffle our kids from activity to activity, run our own businesses, make homemade granola, and plan elaborate Lego themed kindergarten graduation parties, complete with home crafted decorations.

But is a themed party for every minuscule milestone what our children really need from us? Is running a business our most important work? Do we, and our children, need to be constantly entertained and engaged in some activity? Is our physical appearance so important that we need to spend several hours and dollars each week maintaining it?

As women of God and Daughters of the King, we need to have our priorities in order. There is nothing wrong with taking pride in our appearance, running a business, or having our kids in some kind of activity, but these things need be put in their proper place. We can’t let them become our sole focus.

As women of God and Daughters of the King, we need to have our priorities in order. There is nothing wrong with taking pride in our appearance, running a business, or having our kids in some kind of activity, but these things need be put in their proper place. We can’t let them become our sole focus.

As soldiers in the army of God, we are told not to be absorbed by the affairs of this life.

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 2 Timothy 2:4

The Devil loves it when Christians are distracted by the things of this world. He loves it when we don’t have time to pray, or study the Word Of God. He gets giddy when sports or entertainment take priority over church. And he celebrates when we get miffed when someone doesn’t R.S.V.P. to the party we spent weeks planning, but we wont take the time to witness to our neighbor.

The Bible tells us over and over again that we are in a war. (Ephesians 6:12, 1 Peter 5:8) The battle is raging all around us, in every aspect of our lives. Satan wants to neutralize us and make us ineffective tools for the Kingdom. He’ll do everything he can to make us into his own tools to be used to turn others away from Christ. When it comes to distracting us from our true purpose, he doesn’t have to do much.

The world provides all kinds of distractions, and we are all too ready to pounce on them, and immerse ourselves in the lifestyle of the world. But, we have a higher calling. Our lives are not our own, and they’re not about us.

Our purpose here is to reach the lost. To do that, we need to strip away all of the things that keep us from that purpose. The Bible tells us:

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Hebrews 4:12

Running a business, or competing in a marathon, isn’t a sin, but it might be a weight. A distraction that keeps us from fulfilling the destiny that God has planned for us. Might it also be the way God plans to reach the lost through us? Sure, but we need to know the difference between what God wants us to do, and what we want to do.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; Hebrews 12:5a

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; Ephesians 5:1

The Call Of The Stranger

The daughters of the King have been given many beautiful things. He has promised to meet all of their needs and to never forsake them. They drink living water, and eat the bread of life. They have Light to guide them on their journeys and the best armor to protect them from harm. There is no better care anywhere than in their Father’s house.

But sometimes, they become dissatisfied with the gifts their Father gives them, and they begin to look for something new. A stranger catches their eyes, and they turn to see what he has to give.

The stranger tells them that their Father’s bread is stale, and His waters muddy. He tells them that the armor they wear is heavy and burdensome. He offers to dress them in rich clothing and jewelry. And he promises them a life of ease and pleasure.

Intoxicated by his beautiful lies, and pretty things, they follow after him with visions of being just as lovely as they perceive him to be. But, they don’t see the chains that bind the stranger to the enemy that their Father has so carefully warned them of. And, they don’t see the wounds caused by the chains. They forget that the path the enemy leads him on leads only to destruction and darkness.

The King would rescue the stranger and all strangers. He has salve for the strangers’ wounds. He would turn their path from darkness to light, and make them princes and princesses, if only His sons and daughters would lead them to Him.

But, they don’t hear His voice calling them home, and bidding them bring the strangers with them. They only hear voice of the serpent as he whispers in their ears the original lie, “Ye shall not surely die.”

 

The Daughters Of The King

Once upon a time there was a great king. He had many sons and many daughters. To his sons he gave strong armor, swords, and shields. To his daughters he gave sparkly tiaras, beautiful ball gowns, and lots of shoes.

The king’s sons were strong and fought many battles. While his daughters stayed safe behind palace walls planning spectacular parties and waiting to be rescued…

Wait, sorry. That’s the wrong story…

The king in this story isn’t just any king. He is the King of kings, and the Lord of lords. He is a wise and loving father. And He knows that his daughters, as well as His sons, have an enemy that seeks to devour them. He also knows that there may not always be a Prince Charming to come and rescue them from the dragon’s teeth.

So He teaches them to be strong, and to endure hard things, and He gives them armor. He gives them shields to extinguish the blows of the enemy. And He gives them a sword, forged by the fiery tongue of the Holy Spirit, and etched with name of the Lamb that was slain. He carefully watches over them night and day, and calls them to rest in the shadow of His mighty wings.

If you ask any these daughters of the King, they will tell you that they have fought many battles. They have been wounded and sometimes scarred. But behind the scars there is strength, and there is beauty in the brokenness. For their loving Father gathers the broken pieces and makes them into wonderful mosaics.

These warrior princesses fight with courage and confidence, knowing that the defeat of their enemy is already written, and that he can cause them no harm as long as they follow their Lord and bear His armor. They trust, not in their own strength, but in the strength of their Father, and the power of His holy name. They are clothed in His righteousness, made clean by the blood of the Lamb. Their jewels are wisdom and knowledge.

These princesses are not the stuff of fairy tales they are real. They are the beloved daughters of The Great I Am.

 

The king in this story isn't just any king. This King is the King of kings, and the Lord of lords. And these princesses are not the stuff of fairy tales they are real. They are the beloved daughters of The Great I Am.

Ye Shall Not Fear Them

Ye Shall Not Fear Them

 

 

  • June 8, 2015

If you need courage today, if you are facing a battle you didn’t see coming, remember you are a child of The King and He always watches over His own.

Becoming A Child Of The King

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: 1 John 3:1

To be born the son or daughter of a king is a pretty big deal. It doesn’t happen every day and certainly not to just anyone. When it comes to physical births that is. 

To become a child of the King of kings, we must have a spiritual birth.

Everyone has a physical birthday. The day we left our mothers womb was the day we began our lives. We would never have known life if we had not been born. Spiritually, we can never know eternal life unless we are born again.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John‬ ‭3:3‬ ‭

There was a day when we came into this world, and there will be a day when we leave it. Our bodies will die, and our souls will enter into eternity. We will live forever in one of two places: Heaven or Hell!

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Hebrews‬ ‭9:27‬ ‭

We don’t have to worry about where we will go. God has made a way that we can know for sure that when our time comes we will spend eternity in Heaven.

Are you sure you will go to heaven? Or, do you have some doubts?

There is only one way to know for sure. That is the Bible way.

The Bible says you must:

1. Admit That You Are A Sinner.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans‬ ‭3:23‬ 

2. Admit‭ That You Owe A Debt.

For the wages of sin is death… Romans‬ ‭6:23‬ ‭.      

Though you are not dead physically, you are dead spiritually. Sin has separated you from God. If you enter eternity without being reconciled to God, you will face an eternity in Hell.

3. Admit That Only Jesus Can Pay Your Debt.

…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans‬ ‭6:23‬ ‭.          

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts‬ ‭4:12

‭It’s popular today to believe that living a good life is enough to buy your way into Heaven. Many people trust in living a good life, being a member of a church, taking communion, of being baptized. But the Bible is very clear that the only way to be freed from our debt of sin is through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ never sinned, yet chose to die for all of us who have sinned.

4. Admit That Jesus Christ Is Lord.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans‬ ‭10:9‬ ‭  

If you believe this Gospel, (good news of God) and will trust Christ as your Lord and Savior; believing that He is God in flesh, you can be saved!

5. Ask God For Salvation.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭

You must make the decision to trust Christ as your Savior. Simply knowing all of this will not save you. He has promised to save you from your sins only if you will ask Him. Salvation is a free gift, but you must choose to accept it. Admitting that you are a sinner, and asking for salvation is a sign of humility. The. Bible tells us:

…God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. James‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭.  

There is no time to wait! There is no time to put it off! Today is the day of salvation! Hell is full of people who were waiting for better time that never came.

Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Proverbs‬ ‭27:1

If you are willing to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, your prayer might be something like this:

Heavenly Father, I know that I am a sinner, and that my sin has condemned me to an eternity in Hell. I believe that Jesus is God and Savior, and that He died on the cross for my sins. I am willing to turn to turn my life over to Christ. I am placing my tust in You to forgive my sins. I believe that You will and I thank you for giving me salvation. In Christ,s name, Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, or one like it, I love to hear about it!

If you still have more questions, I would love to get those too! Leave a comment or send me an email through the contact page.

We Wrestle Not Against Flesh And Blood

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  • June 1, 2015

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:12-13

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