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Our Armor Has Been Proven

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One thing the Lord brought to my attention recently, is the fact that the armor of God, described in Ephesians chapter 6, has been proven.  It is a necessity for armor to be proven, before you go into battle, as we see in 1st Samuel, when David tries on Saul’s armor.  It didn’t fit him, he wasn’t comfortable in it, and so he wisely took it off to fight Goliath.  Instead, he relied on the spiritual armor he had proven, and found faithful:  the armor of God.  And he defeated the giant.

When Christ became a man, He proved the armor for us.  It fits us, because it fits Him.  When you don’t know which piece goes where, look at Jesus.  See how He put it on, and how He used it.  Fully God, fully man, Jesus perfectly walked the line between human weakness, and spiritual strength.

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What To Do When You Feel Like You’ve Failed

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Most of the time, when I feel like I’ve failed, I usually find that I’ve come short of my expectations for myself. I already know I fall short of God’s criteria (“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23), but I’ve accepted Jesus as my savior, so I’m forgiven (“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us” Psalm 103:12).   However, I seem to set expectations for myself that I’m sure I can meet. How much greater my disappointment when I find I can’t even meet that standard!

One of the first things I do when I make a big mistake (besides cry) is sit down and remind myself that God still loves me, and my mistakes don’t change who He says I am (“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.“ Hebrews 13:8). Then I have to forgive myself. This can be challenging. I have to make the decision to get over it. To get up, dust myself off and not look back. Sure, I find out where I messed up, and I try never to do it again, but a big part of life is moving on and not letting your past dictate your future. Also, forgive any other people involved, or ask forgiveness, depending on the situation.

Here are some good things to remember:

  • This did not surprise God. He knows we mess up, that’s why He sent His Son.
  • God has already supplied the atonement for your mistake, your sins are forgiven, past, present, and future.
  • The world will go on turning. It’s really nice to know I’m not the center of the universe sometimes.
  • A lot of times, the problem is not nearly as bad as we make it out to be.
  • It will be okay. Even in worst-case scenario, you’ll probably at least live through it.

I hope this helps you next time you feel like you’ve failed. Please comment and let me know what you think.

Being Kind is Displaying God’s Heart

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There are thousands of ways to be kind, and we all know being kind is important. But do we know why?

Here are a few reasons from the Bible:

  • When we are kind to other believers, people want what we have (“A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:34-35, and “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” Acts 2:46-47).
  • Being kind shows God’s heart to the world, drawing people to repentance and grace (Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16).
  • Being kind is good for you, in Bible terms; it’s called laying up treasure in heaven (But lay up for yourselves treasuresin heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” Matthew 6:20).

As Christmas is getting closer, it’s especially important to keep this in the forefront of our mind and show God’s kindness to the world through the Gift of his Son. Here are a few ways to be kind in every day life:

  • Curb your tongue, if it doesn’t need said, don’t say it.
  • Smile.  We may never know how much it meant to someone.

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  • If you know someone, acknowledge them. This isn’t always possible, but at least smile. Sometimes you can just ask how they are doing, and if you remember their name, use it. I had this happen recently, I asked a little girl how she was doing, and I used her name in my question. She looked up at me and said, “you know my name.” It adds something to a simple question that shows you care.

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  • Hold the door open, especially for elderly folks. They were taught to respect their elders when they were young, it must be sad for them to see an almost total lack of respect in today’s youth. This is really important for young men to do. Little old ladies probably miss men doing this, and in today’s feminist society, it must be nice to meet a young man with a healthy respect for women.
  • Be happy about your chores. There is something particularly aggravating about seeing someone in a huff, so try to be happy about a chore, even when you don’t like it.
  • Serve others. If you can do it, do it. Don’t wait for someone else, take the initiative and serve others.

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  • And, above all: Love God. If you love Him, you’ll do all the other stuff on accident.

Well, there you have it!

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Being God’s Princess is not for the Faint of Heart

Well, I sort of disguised the title so that I would trick some girls into reading this post. Yeah, I know, trick is a rough word. Because I want girls to keep reading this, I will refrain from offering any explanation and get right to the point.

So, admit it. When someone says God’s Princess, you think of this:

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But how many of us young women think of this:

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Or this:

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Or this:

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Or even this (for those of us who like a little action):

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Wouldn’t we all like to be like that?

 

Think of it this way; in the movie Lord of the Rings, I’m sure quite a few young ladies think of Arwen as their favorite character. Wouldn’t we all agree that Arwen is a very regal sort of person?

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Is she strong? Is she dedicated? Is she wise? Is she a good leader?

Yes, she is all of those things, and more.

  • She is strong enough to defy ring wraiths.
  • Dedicated to Aragorn and her father.
  • She is wise in her advice to Aragorn.
  • As Elrond’s daughter, her role would often be to lead servants, and as the wife of the King when Aragorn was crowned, she would be looked up to as the queen. Many women would follow her example.

Would you consider Arwen a Princess? I would. Only a Princess could be as responsible as she is. She was willing to take responsibility for her actions.

Doesn’t it seem a bit odd then that most people think being a Princess is only a little girl thing when the word is used in relation to Disney princesses or being God’s Princess?

Being a Princess is so much more than what is usually portrayed. Being a good Princess is hard work.

Proverbs 31 tells us what a truly royal woman looks like, and let me tell you, that is a high standard.

A truly royal woman is described as:

  • Being able to keep her husband’s heart safe.
  • She is a hard worker, ready to take on a new task and accomplish it well.
  • She is kind to people. Not simply nice, but kind. And she is not afraid of reaching into the mire to help them.
  • She is emotionally strong. She does not take offence easily, and she is not frightened easily because she knows the Lord is her strength.
  • She is honorable, someone to look up to.
  • She is joyful.
  • She is wise; people come to her for advice. She is known for her truthfulness, and for her faithful heart for the Lord.
  • She is diligent. She keeps moving forward in the place God has for her.
  • And lastly, God amply rewards her by the fruit her life bears.

There is a definite need for real Princesses in this world: Young women who are known for their devotion to the King of Kings.

And, here are a few easy ways to start thinking and acting like one:

  • Make Jesus your King; obey Him just like a real Princess would obey her Father.
  • Renew your mind to God’s purpose for your life through reading the Bible.
  • Trust Jesus to change your heart.
  • Think of the consequences of your actions. Decide whether or not they portray your Father well.

 

I hope this helps you realize that you really are special and necessary to God’s kingdom. Don’t be afraid to show others real royalty!

Thoughts on Luke 17:10

 

So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, we are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. Luke 17:10

The Lord brought this scripture to my remembrance as I read a book about working hard as unto the Lord. As I thought about it I realized that everything we do on earth will seem so thin when we get to heaven. We struggle to trust the Lord, forgive our friends and family or watch our tongues, but when we get to heaven, no matter how good we are we’ll say that we did nothing out of the ordinary.

For example: Justin’s Mom asks him to mow in the afternoon. Justin hates mowing but keeps up a good attitude about it anyway. When Justin finishes mowing, he decides to do something nice for his Mom and weed eats around her house, then sweeps her sidewalk also. His Mom is so happy and thankful for her son.

Now that was nice of Justin, but did he do anything that God would not expect him to do? No. Jesus told his disciples to go the extra mile. Jesus doesn’t think going the extra mile is unusual at all. In fact, Jesus expects us to do more, even when we don’t want to or nobody asks us to.

 

I hope this encourages you to go the extra mile and do all things for the glory of God!

 

True Royalty

The Lord has really been speaking to me about the actions of a true Princess, the daughter of the King of kings.  Really, we tend to think of a princess as some limp-wristed girl with a pointy hat and a pink dress (nothing against pointy hats and pink dresses). This imaginary girl gets locked in a tower and must be rescued by a knight in shining armor, which she marries after fainting a couple of times.

But that is not what a true Princess looks like.

Let’s try this picture instead: A Princess is sent by her Father to rule a city. Her grace and mercy are unmatched throughout the land, and she rules the city justly, passing righteous judgment on those who transgress against her Father’s laws. She is strong (Prov. 31:25) and she honors her Father in all she does. She is not idle (Prov. 31:27); she regularly looks after the citizens of the city. Her hands are not weak (Prov. 31:13/19); she does not let others do her work. She knows when she is doing what her Father desires; her heart is in tune with His (Prov. 31:30). She helps those who are in need (Prov. 31:20); she is ready to pull them out of the mire if they will let her. She is not afraid (Prov. 31:21); she has a strong mind that is not given to fear. She is wise and responsible; she knows she will render an account to her Father and she knows she has done His will. She is honest (Phil. 4:8); she does not lie in word or action. People trust her (Phil.4:8); they know she will tell them the truth. She has a pure motive (Phil. 4:8); her love for her Father banishes any self-seeking desires. She is not tainted by the darkness of this world, because she is full of light: the light of Christ.

This is an image worth trying to be like. We are all given a city: our realm of influence, whether it is our home, our work place, our church or school, we all impact the people around us. True Royalty is not supposed to be rare, we are all supposed to be like Jesus and Jesus is a Prince: the Prince of Peace, royalty at it’s very best. As daughters of the King, we should try to rule our realm of influence as shown in Proverbs 31 and Philippians 4:8. We should also remember that ruling our realm of influence does not make us in charge of other people. Our Father will not force anyone to do anything, and neither should we. True leaders, and true Princesses, are servants of the people they lead or rule, just like Jesus was the Creator of all, but He served.

Sisters, I hope this will bless and encourage you, just as I have been blessed and encouraged by this revelation.

 

 

The Joy of The Lord

The Bible has a lot to say about the joy of the Lord. God is a very happy person (unlike the common misconception that God is stern and is usually pointing out our faults). One reason I love the Psalms is because they are praising the Lord for the mighty things He has done.

Take Psalm 148 for an example: Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.  Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.  Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.  Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.  Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.  He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.  Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:  Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word:  Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:  Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:  Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:  Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:  Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.  He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord.

Amazing! The psalmist is pouring out praise to God in a very eloquent way. Since all scripture is given by inspiration of God, this is an indicator of how God feels: Happy!

Also consider this: In Hebrews 12:2 it says: Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

What was set before Jesus? We were. Jesus came to gather us to Himself and live in us. So, guess what! We are His joy: who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross; Jesus is incredibly happy. It’s all over the Bible: Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11

 And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness: Psalm 105:43

 For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. Isaiah 51:3

 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer. Isaiah 56:7

 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

In the New Testament too:

 Enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Matthew 25:21

 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, Luke 15:7

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. John 15:11

 If we want to be like Jesus, we can start by being happy.

 

I hoped this encouraged you!

Comment to tell me what you think.

 

Purity, More Than Physical

 

In a recent conversation with two friends, I was asked if I had a crush on anyone. I promptly answered “no”, but had to add honestly that I have not been completely pure in regard to my thoughts. They were both surprised that I thought being pure was more than a physical thing.

I would like to revisit some of the topics that were discussed in the aforesaid conversation in an effort to fill the need for young women to tell young girls that emotional purity is possible.

As this blog is geared more toward young Christian girls or women, the points I make will be coming from the assumption that readers are born again and are trying to find advice or opinions on crushes, boyfriends and dating.

First, I believe that girls should not consider a relationship without the intention of marriage. If marriage is not your intention then I would ask you to reconsider the motive behind the relationship. If you are honest with yourself, I believe you will find that such a relationship is purely self-centered (you like the attention, he makes you feel special, he brought you flowers. You, you, you…) and will hinder your walk with the Lord, because you are more likely to focus on what a certain person thinks instead of trying to be constantly in tune with Jesus.

Paul states in 1 Corinthians 7:34-35 that: “There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.”

(There is an entire blog post in that scripture, and I’m not going to get into all that, suffice it to say that this scripture does not forbid you to marry, and does not say that God doesn’t bring two people together to serve Him in unity.)

So we see here that marriage – something that God holds dear as a type of Christ and the Church – can add distractions to your walk with the Lord. How much more will a relationship that is not a prelude of marriage?

Second, I believe you should save all romantic thoughts and feelings for your husband. Crushes distract you from your walk with the Lord the same way self-centered relationships do. It is not good to put an unnecessary priority on a certain person’s opinion, especially if you don’t intend to marry them. Someone will probably say, “That’s impossible! I can’t do that!” Well, don’t wake me up; ‘cause that’s the way I’m living!

Third, one thing my friends said is that sometimes they notice a particularly attractive person and think: “ he’s cute!” I don’t think there is anything wrong with noticing someone is attractive, but thinking “he’s cute” as in “I would like him to notice me”… probably not a good idea. Because of a natural attraction to men, girls so often let those feelings go haywire on them. Instead of controlling their feelings, they unconsciously go too far and do not consider that the other person could be married, have a future wife, or may not even be a Christian.

I’m a young woman, I’ve dealt with almost everything young women deal with. It is possible to control yourself and nip romantic feelings in the bud.

I would like you to consider this closing question carefully: What would you think if you knew that your future husband had a crush on a girl he knows?

I know that for my part, I hope mine doesn’t.

We all have those dreams that someday we will meet that young man who has never had a girlfriend and never had a crush. That emotionally pure young man who saved all his romantic feelings for you… Let us respect the hopes and dreams of young men desperately seeking emotionally pure young women.

Don’t let anyone (including yourself) tell you that your dreams are not possible.

 

In a future post, I may share more details on the importance of emotional purity and how to keep yourself pure.

 

I hope this inspires you!  Comment to let me know what you think.

 

 

 

 

 

Apathy: A Christian’s Worst Enemy Part 2

So now that we know what apathy is, how do we overcome it? The answer is through the Word of God. Jesus says in Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Apathy really is a burden, one that covers up the light that should shine out of us. Apathy also limits what God wants to do in our lives. I know some of you are thinking, ”limit God? What are you talking about? God is all-powerful!” But that is another post, for another time.

Now, where was I? Oh, apathy is a burden. Obviously since we couldn’t keep apathy out of our lives by ourselves, there is no way we can rid ourselves of it without help. That is where God comes in. To get rid of apathy, I would say first of all you need to give your life to Jesus. I know you might be born again, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m saying let Him have all of your physical and emotional self. Tell him you are going to try to do anything He tells you. Then when He tells you something, do it! No matter how painful it is to your pride.

Next, get in the Word. Choose a plan that is best for you and what you feel the Lord is leading you to do. It doesn’t matter if you read through the Bible in a year or you read one chapter on Sunday, just read it! Make sure you are not just reading it because you have to, or because I told you to. Read it because God loves you so much that you want to know more about Him.

Also, pray all the time (1Thessalonians 5:17 says: “Pray without ceasing.”). It doesn’t matter if it ends with “amen”, just talk to Him. Talk to Him like He’s right beside you: when your little sister breaks your stuff on accident and then starts crying; or when you and your brother are in an argument; or when you get in trouble and you know you deserve it, but are embarrassed or too proud to admit you made a mistake. It doesn’t have to be a fancy prayer either, sometimes all I’ve ever said is ”I know you went through this too, help!”

This is what really jumpstarted my relationship with the Lord. Just acknowledging He’s there, all the time, with the help I needed, was enough for Him to start changing my life. When I asked for help, it was there whether I saw it or not. The Lord helped me change me, which in turn changed how I acted toward others, and that changed how they acted toward me. When we see how great the Lord is, nothing we could ever do could ever satisfy our passion for Him.

If you want to be passionate for Him, be prepared to be “content to be hungry”. When you invite Jesus into your heart, you gain access to an eternity of riches that so dulls the things of this world that you will never be content with the world’s riches (1 Timothy 6:17 says: “charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy”). Instead, you will always be satisfied with following the Lord, and you will want to trust Him further, go deeper, and know more until you reach heaven where you will know all things. Let God walk you through overcoming apathy. Trust Him with everything and listen to Him talking to you, because He is the only One who can truly help you.

That concludes Apathy: A Christian’s Worst Enemy

Apathy: A Christian’s Worst Enemy Part 1

 

First of all, what is apathy anyway? The dictionary describes apathy as: “a lack of feeling or emotion; a lack of interest or concern. Indifference.” Sadly this is where most Christians are now. Apathetic Christianity is in epidemic proportions today, and it is obvious to the world.

It’s time to shake the notion that the world is stupid and blind. The Bible says in Romans 1:20 “For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse…” Therefore, when Christians are apathetic (when they show a lack of feeling in regard to the Lord), the world sees and knows that we are wrong. How many people do you know that claim to be Christians, but if you put them next to an atheist you couldn’t tell the difference? That is scary! We are supposed to be the salt of the earth but, if like Jesus said in Matthew 5:13 “but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” We can regain our saltiness through the Word of God.

It is time to renew your passion for the Lord (by the way, passion is the opposite of apathy). In Revelation 3:14-16, Jesus says: ”And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” That is a warning to the church today, but it is not without hope, for in verses 19-20 Jesus says: “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne. He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

I encourage you to be ready, brothers and sisters. Do not be apathetic, be zealous for the Lord and let Him light a fire inside of you that cannot be quenched!

Continued in: Apathy: a Christian’s Worst Enemy, Part 2

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