10 Virtues of the Proverbs 31 Woman

January 29, 2012 at 7:11 am (Beauty, Christian, Family, Marriage, Motherhood, Priorities, Purpose, Wife, Wisdom)

We want to encourage women to serve God in every aspect of their lives.

1. Faith – A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways. (Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 31: 29 – 31, Matthew 22: 37, John 14: 15, Psalm 119: 15

2. Marriage – A Virtuous Woman respects her husband. She does him good all the days of her life. She is trustworthy and a helpmeet. (Proverbs 31: 11- 12, Proverbs 31: 23, Proverbs 31: 28, 1 Peter 3, Ephesians 5, Genesis2: 18)

3.  Mothering – A Virtuous Woman teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go. (Proverbs 31: 28, Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 22: 6, Deuteronomy 6, Luke 18: 16)

4. Health – A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31: 14 – 15, Proverbs 31: 17, 1 Corinthians 6: 19, Genesis 1: 29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)

5. Service – A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable. (Proverbs 31: 12, Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20, 1 Corinthians 13: 13)

6. Finances – A Virtuous Woman seeks her husband’s approval before making purchases and spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31: 14, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 18, 1 Timothy 6: 10, Ephesians 5: 23, Deuteronomy 14: 22, Numbers 18: 26)

7.  Industry – A Virtuous Woman works willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 24, Proverbs 31: 31, Philippians 2: 14)

8. Homemaking – A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20 – 22, Proverbs 31: 27, Titus 2: 5, 1 Peter 4: 9, Hebrews 13: 2)

9. Time – A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 19, Proverbs 31: 27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs 16: 9, Philippians 4:8 )

10. Beauty – A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones. (Proverbs 31: 10Proverbs 31: 21 – 22, Proverbs 31: 24 -25, Isaiah 61: 10, 1 Timothy 2: 9, 1 Peter 3: 1 – 6)

Source: A Virtuous Woman

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How To Live An Effective Prayer Lifestyle…

November 19, 2009 at 7:51 am (Christian, Intercession, Prayer, Spiritual)

To be an effective person of prayer, you must have relationship with the One to whom you pray.

Above all else, prayer is an opportunity to enjoy intimacy with God. Prayer is all about relationship with Father God. God longs to have relationship with you.

To know God is to realize that we are in relationship, covenant relationship with Him. You are His child. He is your Father. You are His bride. He is your Groom.

Jesus warns us that we can do His works and not be known of God.

Matt 7:21-23 (NIV) “Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

How Can I Develop an Intimate Relationship with God?

* A. Spend Time with the Lord, daily.
* B. Study the Word of God
* C. Worship
* D. Repentance
* E. Practice the Presence of the Lord

A. Spend Time with the Lord, daily.
In any earthly relationship, the way to develop relationship with someone is to spend time with them. Intimate relationships are born by learning to trust. Being open and vulnerable and being willing to show all of your heart invites intimacy. To be intimate is to be willing to show all that is in your heart to the person. To be an intimate friend of God, you need to be able to pour out your heart to Him, sharing the most intimate details of your life, your hopes, your dreams and your very heart with Him.

Prov. 17:17 (NIV)
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

This scripture not only applies to God’s heart toward us, but it should be our stance toward the Lord. Our hearts should long to be with Him no matter what the circumstance. As His people, We are to love Him and be His friend first. From that base of intimacy, we can pray effectively.

If our prayer life consists only of petition and

intercession

, it can lead to anger and frustration. If prayer is not answered in the speed that we wish it to be answered, we can become bitter and resentful toward God. However, If we grow to know God, a delayed prayer will only be an opportunity to pray again. Spending much time with the Lord is one of the only methods to truly know His ways, and not just His acts. Knowing God leads to resting in the assurance of His ultimate goodness, despite the circumstances we see around us.

Hab. 3:17-18
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
To be in intimate relationship with God is to make Him number one in our lives, above all others, and above all else.

Matt 10:37
“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;

Ask the Lord to show you any idols in your lives that would be number one instead of Him. These idols can take the form of family, friends, ministry, work or even personal dreams .

B. We get to know Him through the study of the word of God, in prayer.

As you daily study His word, you will soon get to know His will, His ways and His heart, which will give you keys to know how to pray. When you understand the way He moves in the lives of people, you can pray prayers that line up to His will. Psalm 119 is a wonderful passage to meditate upon, as it tells us the rewards of studying His word.

C. As we worship the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, He births intimacy in our hearts.

In worship, we are lavishing all our attention and affections toward Him.

Worship cleanses you from the “dirt” you pick up as you walk your everyday life by just living in an unsaved world.

A good anointed worship time refreshes and revives you. It speaks to your spirit the truth about God and His power. To be an effective intercessor, you must be awake in your spirit. Worship will awaken and sharpen your spirit to be in tune with the will of the Lord.

D. Repentance

Ask the Lord to search your heart, and to show you if there be any wicked way in it. The Lord is faithful to show us our motivations and secret desires. Keep a short account with the Lord.

1 John 1:8-9 (NIV)
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

If you know there are wounds from hurts you have received, allow the Lord to heal those areas as you forgive and receive forgiveness and

healing

. If you find it hard to hear from God, ask Him to show blockages or walls in your own life that are hindering you from receiving and giving to the Lord. Some blockages are unforgiveness, unconfessed sin, disobedience, wounds and hurts.

To pray effectively, pray out of a pure heart, so you don’t pray in bitterness, anger and judgment.

Prayers prayed out of impure motives are sometimes known as soulful prayers. They are usually not very effective. When the Lord begins to show us things to pray for and our hearts are free from unconfessed sin and judgments toward others, we can pray without prejudice.

Praying For Others is front line

spiritual

warfare. It is essential that you pray for protection

for yourself and your family as you enter into

intercession

. Sin can provide an open door for the enemy to attack us. If, when you pray for others, you find things falling apart in your own life, ask the Lord to search your heart and show you any doors left open because of your own sin, or sin against you.

E. Practice the Presence of God.

Practice just “being with God.” Just enjoy each others company. Sometimes, just sitting with the Lord in silence can bring deep communion and refreshment to your spirit, soul and body. An earthly example of this sort of “being”, would be a loving couple who have been married for years. They do not have to say a word to each other yet a glance or a smile can pass on deep intimacy and “knowing.”

You don’t always have to be talking to Him. You don’t always have to be expecting heavy revelation from heaven, in prayer, you can just enjoy being with Him.

Part of practicing the presence of God is to understand he is with you always. It is a biblical fact and is not based on your emotions.

Deut 31:6 (NIV)
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

The presence of God is there all the time. Learning to know He is there, however, will take time and patience. Just drink in His love for in the presence of God, fear cannot reside, anxiety cannot reside, heaviness cannot abide. You need to learn to tune into His presence, it is always there, but we need to practice becoming aware of it.

General Helps in Prayer

  • Have on hand your bible, a pen and a notebook
  • Find a quiet place to pray if possible. This is not always possible, however, and God still blesses your prayer time in the midst of distractions.
  • Be accustomed to periods of silence and don’t be afraid of pauses.
  • If you find your mind wandering in prayer:
    • Pray out loud.
    • Read scriptures out loud. If you don’t know what to pray, then pray the prayers of the bible, there are dozens of prayers that you can take as your own. Pray the Psalms for example. They are songs, after all, perhaps they are better to be heard by the ear to reach the heart, like all songs.Paul prayed as an apostle over his charges all through his letters so grab a pen and paper and make note of where these prayers are and pray these in faith for yourself and for those you have made prayer priorities. There are many prayers in the Old Testament as well that you can make your heart’s prayer. As you read the Word out loud, you will find certain passages leap out at you that you never noticed before, as it takes longer to read out loud than to scan the page silently. Your heart and mind will have a longer opportunity to “chew” on the Word.

      Walk or pace as you read the Word out loud, you’ll be amazed how it will inspire you and keep your mind from wandering. The combination of reading out loud and walking trains your brain to concentrate on the task at hand. If you can’t walk, then be creative in finding another way to keep your body a part of your prayer experience.

    • Put on a worship tape.
    • Ask the Lord to protect you as you pray.
    • Declare you are determined to pray.
    • If there is a pressing need of your own on your mind, submit it to the Lord in prayer. Write down those things that are causing your mind to wander and submit them to the Lord.
    • Walk! Stand, change your posture. If you find you are dozing off regularly in your devotions and prayer times, then stand and walk around the room you are in.
    • Ask the Lord if this is the best time for you to be praying. Some people are morning people, others can press in to the Lord in the wee small hours of the night. Find out what works best for you.

Source: I Lift My Eyes Ministry

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Using Time Well

November 15, 2009 at 12:24 am (Christian, Devotional, Encouragement, Priorities, Purpose, Wisdom)

Matthew 25:14-28

As today’s passage indicates, the Lord gives us resources and abilities, and He desires that we use them well. One such gift is time.

In order to manage our days effectively, we should continually review them: What activities did we choose? How long did each one take? What were the results? This discipline will reveal what is most important to us.

In looking closely at our assessments, we can determine what drives our decisions about how to use time. Some people merely respond to circumstances for a majority of their day. They jump from one thing to the next, answering phone calls, reorganizing shelves, or doing anything that appears in their world at the moment. But this style of living misses the mark.

Other people spend their time according to desires. They want to relax, so they get home and watch television for the evening. Or they love to hunt, so they use their time to research equipment and locate wildlife in the forest. Desires are not bad, but they should not drive the bulk of our actions.

Thankfully, there are also people who live according to what they deem important. Loving God and serving others, for instance, are two biblical values that should, ideally, determine what we do with our time.

If you itemize your activities and their time consumption over the course of a week, you might be surprised at the dominating events. Each moment is a gift, so set aside a few minutes each evening to plan. Then revisit the way you spent the last 24 hours. This will help you to live purposefully. 

Source: In Touch Ministries

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Guidance for the Young…

November 14, 2009 at 1:09 am (Christian, Encouragement, God's Promises, Life, Qoutes, Thoughts, Trust, Wisdom)

Proverbs 3 

1 My son, do not forget my law,

    But let your heart keep my commands;
       2 For length of days and long life
      And peace they will add to you.
       3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
      Bind them around your neck,
      Write them on the tablet of your heart,
       4 And so find favor and high esteem
      In the sight of God and man.
       5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
      And lean not on your own understanding;
       6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
      And He shall direct  your paths.
       7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
      Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
       8 It will be health to your flesh,
      And strength to your bones.
       9 Honor the LORD with your possessions,
      And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
       10 So your barns will be filled with plenty,
      And your vats will overflow with new wine.
       11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
      Nor detest His correction;
       12 For whom the LORD loves He corrects,
      Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
       13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
      And the man who gains understanding;
       14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,
      And her gain than fine gold.
       15 She is more precious than rubies,
      And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
       16 Length of days is in her right hand,
      In her left hand riches and honor.
       17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
      And all her paths are peace.
       18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
      And happy are all who retain her.
       19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth;
      By understanding He established the heavens;
       20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up,
      And clouds drop down the dew.
       21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes—
      Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
       22 So they will be life to your soul
      And grace to your neck.
       23 Then you will walk safely in your way,
      And your foot will not stumble.
       24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
      Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
       25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
      Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
       26 For the LORD will be your confidence,
      And will keep your foot from being caught.
       27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
      When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
       28 Do not say to your neighbor,

      “ Go, and come back,
      And tomorrow I will give it,”
      When you have it with you.
       29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor,
      For he dwells by you for safety’s sake.
       30 Do not strive with a man without cause,
      If he has done you no harm.
       31 Do not envy the oppressor,
      And choose none of his ways;
       32 For the perverse person is an abomination to the LORD,
      But His secret counsel is with the upright.
       33 The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked,
      But He blesses the home of the just.
       34 Surely He scorns the scornful,
      But gives grace to the humble.
       35 The wise shall inherit glory,
      But shame shall be the legacy of fools.

 

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“It is better to live naked in truth than clothed in fantasy.” ~Brennan Manning

“If you have comprehended God, you have not. God is always greater because… He is God.” ~Thomas Aquinas

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

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“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.”~ Denis Waitley

The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.” ~ Brian Tracy

“Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think.”~ Dale Carnegie

 

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The Significance of the number 40 in the Bible…

November 13, 2009 at 5:48 am (Christian, Significance of 40, Thoughts)

The number 40 holds particular significance in the Bible and refers to a precise number, not just a long period of time. There are at least ten instances in the Old Testament and New Testament where 40 occurs, either in years or days, e.g. it rained for 40 days and 40 nights, Moses was on the mountain 40 days and 40 nights, the Israelites wandered 40 years, Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days and was seen on the earth for 40 days after His crucifixion.

A 40-something time period, whether days, months, or years is ALWAYS a period of testing, trial, probation, or chastisement (but not judgment) and ends with a period of restoration, revival or renewal.

Thankfully, God is consistent, so the meaning of a number in Genesis remains the same all the way to the book of Revelation. Sometimes the spiritual significance is not revealed directly, but in the case of “40” and its many examples throughout the Bible, we can be certain of its importance and significance.

(Source: WikiAnswer)

The Number Forty

The number forty has long been universally recognized as an important number, both on account of the frequency of its occurrence, and the uniformity of its association with a period of probation, trial, and chastisement—(not judgment, like the number 9, which stands in connection with the punishment of enemies, but the chastisement of sons, and of a covenant people). It is the product of 5 and 8, and points to the action of grace (5), leading to and ending in revival and renewal (8). This is certainly the case where Forty relates to a period of evident probation. But where it relates to enlarged dominion, or to renewed or extended rule, then it does so in virtue of its factors 4 and 10, and in harmony with their signification.

There are 15 such periods which appear on the surface of the Scriptures, and which may be thus classified:—

Forty Years of Probation by Trial

Forty Years of Probation by Prosperity in Deliverance and Rest

  • under Othniel, Judges 3:11,
  • under Barak, Judges 5:31,
  • under Gideon, Judges 8:28.

Forty Years of Probation by Prosperity in Enlarged Dominion

  • under David, 2Samuel 5:4,
  • under Solomon, 1 Kings 11:42,
  • under Jeroboam II. See 2 Kings 12:17,18, 13:3,5,7,22,25, 14:12-14,23,28,
  • under Jehoash, 2 Kings 12:1,
  • under Joash, 2Chronicles 24:1.

Forty Years of Probation by Humiliation and Servitude

  • Israel under the Philistines, Judges 13:1.
  • Israel in the time of Eli, 1Samuel 4:18.
  • Israel under Saul, Acts 13:21.

Forty Years of Probation by Waiting

  • Moses in Egypt, Acts 7:23.
  • Moses in Midian, Acts 7:30

Forty Days

There are eight of such great periods on the surface of the Bible:

  • Forty days Moses was in the mount, Exodus 24:18; and to receive the Law, Exodus 24:18.
  • Forty days Moses was in the mount after the sin of the Golden Calf, Deuteronomy 9:18,25.
  • Forty days of the spies, issuing in the penal sentence of the 40 years, Numbers 13:26, 14:34.
  • Forty days of Elijah in Horeb, 1 Kings 19:8.
  • Forty days of Jonah and Nineveh, Jonah 3:4.
  • Forty days Ezekiel lay on his right side to symbolize the 40 years of Judah’s transgression.*
  • Forty days Jesus was tempted of the Devil, Matthew 4:2.
  • Forty days Jesus was seen of His disciples, speaking of things pertaining to God’s kingdom, Acts 1:2.

* Thus 40 becomes a number closely connected with Judah, as 390 (Ezekiel 4:5) is the number of separated Israel. The significance of this will be seen (on note on number 8), for 40 is a multiple of 8, and 390 is a multiple of 13. It may also be noted that 65 (5×13) is the number of Ephraim, while 70 is specially connected with Jerusalem.

(Source: BibleStudy.Org)

 

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God’s FAITHFULNESS & PROVISION for FORTY YEARS…..

November 12, 2009 at 5:55 am (Christian, God's Promises)

“The LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast desert. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.”

~Deutronomy 2:7~

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Letter from HELL…

October 23, 2009 at 7:07 am (Christian, Destiny, Eternal Life, Friend, Friendship, Gospel, Healing, Heaven, Hell, Jesus Christ, Life after Death, Purpose, Salvation, Savior, Spiritual)

Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment..” ~Hebrews 9:27~

“It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is  ” ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”  ~ Acts 4:10-12~

” But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;  the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” ~Isaiah 53:5~

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” ~John 3:16-18~

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” ~John 3:36~

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” ~John 14:6~

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Obedience or Independence?

October 22, 2009 at 4:20 am (Christian, Commitment, Contentment, Devotional, Encouragement, God's Promises, Holy Spirit, Inspirational, Jesus Christ, Life, Love, Obedience, Purpose, Spiritual, Success, Wisdom)

 
“If you love Me, keep My commandments…”
John 14:15

Our Lord never insists obedience. He stresses very definitely what we ought to do, but He never forces us to do it. We have to obey Him out of a oneness of spirit with Him. That is why whenever our Lord talked about discipleship, He prefaced it with an “If,” meaning, “You do not need to do this unless you desire to do so.” “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself . . .” ( Luke 9:23 ). In other words, “To be My disciple, let him give up his right to himself to Me.” Our Lord is not talking about our eternal position, but about our being of value to Him in this life here and now. That is why He sounds so stern (see Luke 14:26  ). Never try to make sense from these words by separating them from the One who spoke them.

The Lord does not give me rules, but He makes His standard very clear. If my relationship to Him is that of love, I will do what He says without hesitation. If I hesitate, it is because I love someone I have placed in competition with Him, namely, myself. Jesus Christ will not force me to obey Him, but I must. And as soon as I obey Him, I fulfill my spiritual destiny. My personal life may be crowded with small, petty happenings, altogether insignificant. But if I obey Jesus Christ in the seemingly random circumstances of life, they become pinholes through which I see the face of God. Then, when I stand face to face with God, I will discover that through my obedience thousands were blessed. When God’s redemption brings a human soul to the point of obedience, it always produces. If I obey Jesus Christ, the redemption of God will flow through me to the lives of others, because behind the deed of obedience is the reality of Almighty God.

Source : RBC Devotionals

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Women of the Bible – The Persistent Widow

October 18, 2009 at 6:52 am (Christian, Encouragement, Patience, Persistence, Success, Vision)

This woman is featured in the Bible in Luke 18:1-8. We are told right away that this is a parable.A parable is a short allegorical story designed to convey a truth or moral lesson.

Since it is a parable, we know that this widow did not really exist although there were many widows in Jesus’ time. They were powerless and among the most vulnerable in society. Many, who were without sons to take care of them would fall victim to thieves and other unscrupulous people.

The judge in the parable did not fear God, nor did he care about people. He did not live by the laws that govern righteous and moral conduct. But, the widow must have been strong. We know this because she was persistent. She kept going to the judge and asking for justice against an adversary. Even though judge did not care about her or about keeping God’s laws, he finally gave her justice because he was afraid that she would wear him out with her persistence.

There are many widows in our time. There are also many powerless and vulnerable people. Any of us could be that widow. Have you felt helpless and alone, when facing trouble over which you have no control? Jesus told the disciples this parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

We know that our God is not like the judge in the parable. God loves His children. So, how much easier it should be to go to Him than to that unjust judge. As the parable says, those who pray (cry out day and night to Him), will see justice and quickly. He answers prayer!

At the end of this Bible passage there is a bonus thought. Jesus adds, “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith?” Jesus is coming back and when He does, will He find us faithfully waiting for Him or will we be caught off guard? Will we be doubting that He is listening to our prayers? Or will we be faithfully persistent?

source: BellaOnline.Com

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Seven Habits for Living a Holy Life

October 18, 2009 at 5:48 am (Christian, Encouragement, Holy Spirit, Inspirational, Purity, Purpose, Self-Control, Spiritual, Success, Vision, Wisdom)

1 Peter 1:15 (HCSB) As the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct.

Sanctification….

1. We must be sanctified because God is holy (2 Chronicles 29:1-11)

2. We have been set apart to serve God (2 Chronicles 29:12-19)

3. The purification comes before the celebration (2 Chronicles 29:20-36)

4. Live a holy life, even if the world scoffs (2 Chronicles 30:1-15)

5. Sanctification is an inner decision that affects the outer actions (2 Chronicles 30:16-31:21)

How does Scripture want us to be able to define ourselves? 1 Peter 1:15-16 (HCSB) As the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy. There you have it, we are to be holy! Why? Because God is Holy!

A rather pompous-looking deacon was endeavoring to impress upon a class of junior boys the importance of living a “holy Christian life”. “Why do people call me a Christian?” the man asked. After a moment’s pause, one youngster said, “Maybe it’s because they don’t know you.”

Well, for those that know you, would they be able to say you are a Christian, that you are holy? Allow me to share with you seven habits assist you in living a “holy” life .

1. SAVIOR – You Must Devote Your Life to Follow Christ 2 Timothy 2:8-9a (HCSB) Keep in mind Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descended from David, according to my gospel. For this I suffer, to the point of being bound like a criminal.

2. SCRIPTURE – You Must Submit to the Authority of the Scripture as a Daily Guide In Your Life. Psalm 1:1-2 (HCSB) How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path of sinners, or join a group of mockers! 2 Instead, his delight is in the LORD’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night.

3. SUPPLICATION – You Must Seek God Daily In Prayer 1 Thess. 5:17 (HCSB) Pray constantly. (Imperative)

4. SPIRIT – You Must Allow the Holy Spirit to Lead You Daily Galatians 5:16-26 (HCSB) I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar, about which I tell you in advance—as I told you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. 26 We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

A life defined by the “fruit of the Spirit” is a life defined by the presence of the Holy Spirit

Example: Paul Acts 16:6-10 (HCSB) They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia and were prevented by the Holy Spirit from speaking the message in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. 8 So, bypassing Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 During the night a vision appeared to Paul: a Macedonian man was standing and pleading with him, “Cross over to Macedonia and help us!” 10 After he had seen the vision, we immediately made efforts to set out for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to evangelize them.

5. SAINTS – You Must Be Accountable to God’s House and His People Hebrews 10:25 (HCSB) Not staying away from our meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

6. SANCTIFICATION – You Must Be Obedient In Separating Yourself from the World 1 Thessalonians 4:3 (HCSB) For this is God’s will, your sanctification… 2 Corinthians 6:17 (HCSB) Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.

7. SERVICE – You Must Seek to Serve the Body of Christ – Find Your Ministry! Proverbs 3:28 (HCSB) Don’t say to your neighbor, “Go away! Come back later. I’ll give it tomorrow”—when it is there with you.

CONCLUSION:

 Part of living a life of holiness is developing habits in our lives that are holy. However, if you try to do these things on your own, you are doomed for failure! Only Christ, living in our lives, can make holiness a reality for sinful humanity Ezra Taft Benson said, “The Lord works from the inside-out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take the people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human behavior.”

Source: PastorJon.Blogs.Com

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