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What If I Don’t Feel Saved?

Well, I think everyone has gone through that at one point. I know I have.

The thing is, when we don’t feel saved we are looking at ourselves. We don’t feel saved on our own, because we don’t deserve to be saved. But Jesus paid the price anyway. It’s all because of Jesus. So look at Him.

Jesus gave you all the perfection He possessed so that you and I could be in right standing with God. When we don’t feel saved it’s because our adversary wants us to doubt our redemption. If we doubt, it opens us up for an attack.

Think of it this way:

Joanna has a beautiful house that is well built and has just been remodeled. She loves her house and decides never to sell it.

But here comes the bad guy: Gary wants the house too. He knows that it is a perfect house, but he wants Joanna to sell it, so he goes to Joanna and begins to point out imaginary flaws in the house.

Now Joanna can believe Gary and say, “Wow, I didn’t know this house had so much wrong with it. I’ll take whatever you think it’s worth.” Or she can remember that she’s had it remodeled and trust the construction workers who did the work and see that Gary is a liar who just wants a good house for cheap.

Faith is trusting that God has redeemed you even when you feel a wreck. Feelings are not reality; they are just flimsy glasses you see the world through. You can choose to see yourself the way God sees you regardless of the way you feel, or, you can unconsciously decide that you are not saved because you don’t feel like it, regardless of what God says.

I hope this encourages you to trust God no matter what you feel!

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 Entire Bible is Relevant

 

I believe a common problem found in the Church today is that Christians don’t believe the entire Bible is relevant. Sometimes we pick and choose what parts of the Bible we believe are true. Nobody would ever say that, but it’s what some folks do:

Some Christians have decided that the account of God’s creation in Genesis 1 is not literal, that it really means millions of years and all that stuff.

Others have decided that when the Bible says homosexuality is an abomination, it really means people of the same gender just love each other and we ought to participate in their agenda.

Still more Christians have decided that when Jesus said heal the sick, cleanse the lepers and raise the dead, He was speaking only to the disciples or the apostles.

Some have decided that when the Bible says God is Love, it means He refuses to heal you because He is trying to teach you something.

I’ve noticed a pattern in these four doctrines: somebody “decided”. And you notice it isn’t God who is doing the deciding. We don’t even realize that we are doing it, but we should stop telling God what He means.

I’m thinking about doing a series on these four particular doctrines in the near future, but for now, I want to encourage all Christians to get this one thing straight: the Bible is God’s Word and if it contradicts your doctrine, it means you are wrong (not the Bible) no matter how much you may dislike that.

This should be fairly easy for most Christians to agree with (note I don’t say it’s easy to carry out) on surface level. When we get deeper, though, we have to start thinking about things like why we believe, do we really believe what we say we believe, and so on.

I would like to encourage you to count the cost, because there are really only two sides: with God or without God. Unfortunately we’ve tried to find the middle and I’m afraid it’s not going to work. If we stand in the middle, we’ll get hit by both sides. Not the place we want to be.

So, because we need a point of reference, let’s try a perfect one: the Bible.

 

I hope this encourages you to look to God as the final authority in your life.

Comment to let me know what you think.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

His Higher Ways

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

 Many Christians use this passage of scripture to say that God causes or allows tragedy to teach you something. If a tragedy occurred in your life, some people (trying to comfort you, or explain tragedy) might say something like: ‘God works in mysterious ways’, or ‘His ways are higher than our ways’.   I’m here to tell you that is not true. Yes, you can learn from tragedy, but God does not cause or allow bad things to happen to you.

My goal in this post is not to explain or prove the above statement, but to counter the common misconceptions that some Christians have in regard to this scripture. I plan to do that using one simple factor that many don’t see: context. I recently read Isaiah 53, 54 and 55. Isaiah 53 is a well-known chapter that prophesies about Jesus coming and becoming sin for us. Chapter 54 is describing how we will be reconciled with God and He will never be angry with us again, then Chapter 55 continues to describe Jesus becoming flesh, dwelling among us, and bringing us into right standing with God.

Right in the middle of that is Isaiah 55:8-9. Commonly used by itself with no context at all.

While I was reading I came across these verses and knew that some misinterpreted them, but I’d never actually tried to figure out what they really meant. Then God pointed out to me that the context of this passage does not have anything to do with judging you for your sin or causing you pain at all. Verse 7 of Isaiah Chapter 55 says: ‘Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.’

Then it goes on to say that God’s thoughts are higher than ours. That leads me to think that the thoughts the Lord is talking about are not thoughts of judgment or instruction, but thoughts of pardon and mercy.

No fleshly human being, without God’s help, would have ever imagined God’s Son coming and dying for us. It was entirely supernatural and God orchestrated. We deserve death, but thank God His ways are not ours!

In verse 7, I want to point out that God said He would abundantly pardon our wickedness and unrighteousness. I’m pretty sure that when God says abundantly it doesn’t mean: “I will pardon you, but if you sin again look out!”

I think some may struggle with verse 10, because it says things about rain and snow, and people say that sometimes God sends you rain instead of sunshine. But don’t worry, verse 11 explains everything. Verse 11 says: “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

 I believe that God is saying that just like water brings forth wonderful things out of the earth, so, His Word will not return to Him void, It will accomplish the wonderful things that He sent It to do. Jesus is the Word made flesh, so God is saying that Jesus will accomplish what God sent Him to do: offer us salvation and a relationship with God.

I hope this revelation helped you, comment to tell me what you think.

Raising Godly Children: A Child’s View

 

Most parents don’t know how much their kids imitate them; every action, every word, every tone of voice is noticed by their child. This statement isn’t meant to scare you; it’s meant to energize you to be a better parent and Christian. You’re not being stalked, you are being the example of a godly (or ungodly) grown up, which is what your child wants to be. I don’t remember who said it, but I’ll always remember hearing someone say: ‘We shouldn’t try to raise godly kids, we should try to raise godly adults.’ Like it or not, your kids will grow up. They have a habit of doing that.

When I was growing up, I remember going to church with my parents. I watched everything they did and then imitated it. I still remember thinking about them when I was little, and I was firmly convinced that my Dad could do anything he wanted to. In my mind he was the strongest, smartest, biggest man ever: He was my hero. I thought my Mom was the wisest, most loving, and most perfect woman in the world. Of course I knew they weren’t perfect. They taught me that only one Man was ever perfect, that only one Man was the world’s hero. But aside from that one Man, Jesus Christ, my family is number one. And today, at fifteen, I still think of my Mom and Dad in the same way.

Please, instill in your child the godly values that my parents have taught (and still are teaching) me: Faith in the Lord, honesty, obedience, thankfulness, kindness and contentment.

Every child wants to ‘be like mommy or daddy’, so make the most of this time you have on earth. Teach and demonstrate these godly values to your child. I can tell you, no one will ever take your place as a parent, no matter how inadequate you feel.

 

 

Raising Godly Children: Don’t Send Them To Public School!

 

As the homeschooled daughter of the greatest parents in the world, I firmly believe that public school is one of the worst places you can send your kid. No matter how much you trust your child, you should never send them somewhere where their faith is constantly ridiculed, countered or forbidden. We would never send our child to a place where people routinely hit them, call them stupid or threaten them. And yet this is what we are doing. Teachers may not physically hit them, verbally abuse them, or anything like that, but do Christian children still pray openly over their lunches? Do other students bully or hector them? With the deteriorating morals of today’s culture, a young man can now enter the bathroom or shower with your daughter. I’m sure we would all agree that the language of other students is not the kind of language we would want our child to use. But, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1 Cor. 15:33. Should we send them there anyway, when the Word of God warns us to remove ourselves from evil influences?

Public school is (I would almost venture to say completely) plugged into the world. How can anyone possibly miss the perversion of this system? Public school is a perversion of our innocent children. Will no one stand up and fight for them? Will no one protect God’s precious children? Where are the parents God set as a protection over their children? Where are they when their child is at the most impressionable age? Where are they when their child marches off to school to hear they came from slime, or an “expansion” of an “infinitesimally” small “something”? Where are they when their daughter hesitates to enter the restroom with a boy, but gives in because everyone else does? Where are they when their child accidentally cusses, but is cheered on by classmates?  What will they do when they go to be with the Lord and they realize that they failed to fully cherish the time they had with their children, and instead gave someone else the responsibility of raising them? Most of these parents seem to be at work, providing for their children’s outward needs, but neglecting their spiritual welfare. These parents risk regret. God doesn’t want them to regret anything. And neither do I, that is why I’m writing this.

You may think I’m prejudiced, I am. Who wouldn’t be prejudiced against something they have seen destroy a friend? I have friends who go to public school and are still wonderful, godly people, but the few I know are vastly outnumbered by the masses of ungodly kids public schools turn out every year. Even the friends who are Christians that attend public school are undeniably changed. I hate to say it, but it’s true. And I want to tell the truth.

Christian kids were not intended to spend the day with unbelievers. That is not God’s plan. God created men and women to have children. And then raise them. End of story. Some of the scriptures that uphold my opinion are: “He who is not with me is against Me.” Luke 11:23; “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20; “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:21; “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” 1Timothy 5:8; “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14; “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 6:17; “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child,” Proverbs 22:15; “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7; “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:” Proverbs 1:8; “Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.” Joel 1:3; “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4

I am aware that some parents use the “salt and light” argument as an excuse to send their kids to public school. They claim that Matthew 5:13 says that their children need to be salt and light to the other students in the schools. In response to that, below I have included links to some wonderful articles countering that argument. I highly recommend that you read them. Once you read them, I think you will see that the “salt and light” argument is in contradiction to the Word of God.

Godly parenting is the most important duty you have as a Christian, besides following the Lord with all your heart. Don’t blow it. So many children live without godly parents: don’t let your kid be one of them. If you are going to have children, you must be prepared for the greatest job the Lord could give you: telling others about Him – raising up a new generation of believers.

Continued in: Raising Godly Children: A Kid’s View

Salt and Light: A Valid Argument or a Misuse of Scripture?http://homeschooling911.com/salt-and-light-a-valid-argument-or-a-misuse-of-scripture/

Public School, the Bible & Christians: Are We at Fault For Society’s Decline?  http://www.generationcedar.com/main/2015/07/public-school-the-bible-christians-are-we-at-fault-for-societys-decline.html

 

Raising Godly Children: The Importance of Godly Parenting

Alright, so how do you raise godly children in today’s culture?

First, you must understand how important your role as a parent is. Parents are the engine of their children. Proverbs 22:6 says: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Parents either push their children forward in a godly, wholesome way, or hold them back (sometimes unknowingly) from their God-given purpose. Holding your child back results in a struggle between the family, and, unseen by blind parents today, a struggle between good and evil.

When parents refuse to protect and guide their children, Satan gains a huge inroad into their lives. Without the protection God intended them to have, these children become vulnerable to the designs of the devil. Proverbs 4:23 says: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

Godly parenting isn’t a choice; it is a duty. Psalm 146:4 says: “One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.” It is your duty as a Christian parent to raise your children in a godly way. 1 Timothy 5:8 says: “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

You are dealing with a person, very precious in God’s sight. You are a steward of God’s greatest treasures. Impress the ramifications of this responsibility on your mind.

If you protect your children, guide them to the Lord, and try to be a good example of a godly Christian adult, your children will most likely soar beyond your wildest dreams. You will find great delight in their passion for the Lord. 3 John 4 says: I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” You will watch your children grow from that small bit of life totally dependent on you, to fires that burn so brightly for the Lord that you are continually in wonder.

God, the Maker of the universe, blessed little children. Then rebuked the Disciples because they forbid the parents to bring their children to Jesus (“But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:14). Do not try to depreciate the value of something He has set such a price on. Also think of your own parents. I’m sure not all of you had ideal parents, but for those who did, are you not glad they protected you, guided you, trusted you, and always watched over you as their greatest treasure? Most of us would never consciously throw away God’s treasure, but unconsciously some parents do!

Continued in: Raising Godly Children: Don’t Send Them to Public School!

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