What did he deliver you from?

Jesus was preparing to leave in the boat. The man who was now free from the demons begged to go with him. But Jesus did not allow the man to go. He said, “Go home to your family and friends. Tell them about all that the Lord did for you. Tell them how the Lord was good to you.” (Mark 5:18, 19 ERV)p

There are many times that I have looked at what I was going through and could not make any sense of it. I looked at how my life went from happy to sad, marriage went from fun, loving and supportive to defensive, dead and unproductive. I could not understand why God saw fit to allow me to go through the things I went through. But now I’m in the By and By…the old southern hymnal said you will understand it better by and by. I look at where I was spiritually and how there came a day that I had to trust God, whole heartily no reservation Trust God. I had no one to depend on, I felt lost and alone and there was no one but God. By and by, I realize how else would I learn to lean on God if I was never challenged to lean on God? How could he restore my marriage unless it was broken, how could he strengthen me unless I was weakened?
Tell somebody what God did for you so they can get to their by and by.

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I am a rock

So I tell you, you are Peter. And I will build my church on this rock. The power of death will not be able to defeat my church. I will give you the keys to God’s kingdom. When you speak judgment here on earth, that judgment will be God’s judgment. When you promise forgiveness here on earth, that forgiveness will be God’s forgiveness.” (Matthew 16:18, 19 ERV)

On this rock I will build my church..I am the Rock are you? I’m walking in faith and trusting God for many things. I am convinced, I have decided, I am fully persuaded that God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly in my life. I am convinced that all things work to the good for those that love God and are called according to his purpose. I know I have a purpose because I am still here in my right mind in spite of my bad choices, in spite of my ignorance and despite my evil nature. I’m standing on the word that said to me All Is Well! That tells me that no matter what it looks like to my worldly eye I am still ok. I am blessed, healed, delivered and any other word that covers my well being. The statement All is Well has kept me because it means I accept that God is in charge. I accept his will for me and I challenge you to do the same. Jesus told Peter he would build his church on that rock, Peter was the rock and so am I.

And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is. Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you. With God’s power working in us, he can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of. (Ephesians 3:18-20 ERV)

Mustard seed faith

Jesus answered, “You were not able to make the demon go out, because your faith is too small. Believe me when I tell you, if your faith is only as big as a mustard seed you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. You will be able to do anything.” (Matthew 17:20 ERV)

I decided to look up a masted seed?
Mustard seeds are the small round seeds of various mustard plants. The seeds are usually about 1 or 2 mm in…

What this says to me is I can do anything if I believe a little bit. It started me to thinking of worldly things that I put faith in all the time. How many of us have faith in our paycheck? We have so much faith in it coming when the job said it would that we make plans and major decisions based on the fact that we know it is coming. We tell bill collectors “I can pay you on X day, because that is when I get my check. We promise our spouse and our children things based on when this magical event happens. We put faith in our retirement. How many times do you see and hear of people making plans for a retirement that is not promised? They buy that vacation home or save all this money for retirement. We put major faith into anything google says, we put an address in google maps and then blindly follow wherever it takes us.

Imagine what could happen if we put that same measure of faith into Jesus. What if we counted on him doing what he said he would do..you know like
“Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 ERV)

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. (Matthew 6:31, 32 NKJV)

What if we trusted in our faith enough to face our fears?
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (II Timothy 1:7 NKJV)

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV) we only need to take one step in faith and God will do the rest. Test what I say, don’t trust me anymore than you trust google, Trust God and challenge him in your life to do what he said he would do.
The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, “Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, And as I have purposed, so it shall stand: (Isaiah 14:24 NKJV)
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11 NKJV)

Trust him!

Marriage Finale

The bible says:
How hard it is to find the perfect wife. She is worth far more than jewels. Her husband depends on her. He will never be poor. She does good for her husband all her life. She never causes him trouble. She is always gathering wool and flax and enjoys making things with her hands. She is like a ship from a faraway place. She brings home food from everywhere. She wakes up early in the morning, cooks food for her family, and gives the servants their share. She looks at land and buys it. She uses the money she has earned and plants a vineyard. She works very hard. She is strong and able to do all her work. She works late into the night to make sure her business earns a profit. She makes her own thread and weaves her own cloth. She always gives to the poor and helps those who need it. She does not worry about her family when it snows. She has given them all good, warm clothes. (Proverbs 31:10-21 ERV)

As I read all this I thought about what we expect versus what God’s word shows us. Many of us did not have real examples of being a Godly wife. Let’s face it many of our mothers were not married or they had men that were not truly leading and guiding the family in a spirit filled home. I don’t know about your mom but mines was hard in the yard, she made it happen for us and men were used and discarded and very rarely was any respect shown or given. My aunts were unmarried my grandparents had crazy relationships. How was I going to learn to be a wife amiss all this? I had to learn the hard way, trial and error. But what changed it all for me was getting to know God. Having a relationship with The Lord changed my relationship with my husband. I’ve learned when to press my point and when to let God handle it. I’ve watched my husband grow in The Lord because he saw me trusting and standing on the word. God can change anyone and he will honor his commitment to your marriage. You formed a covenant with him and he is faithful even when you aren’t. To be the best wife you can be means trusting his word on your marriage and trusting the process. It won’t be changed over night, no you won’t always know what to do and say and no your husband won’t miraculously be changed because you read this but what do you have to lose?

Marriage part 3 of many

As you enter the wife phase,
This is my prayer for you: that your love will grow more and more; that you will have knowledge and understanding with your love; that you will see the difference between what is important and what is not and choose what is important; that you will be pure and blameless for the coming of Christ; (Philippians 1:9, 10 ERV)

If you have chosen to accept this man as the head of your life you will need more than love. You will need to make a vow right here and now to keep everyone out of your business. No girlfriends, besties, day ones, mothers, fathers, brother or sisters. Your mate should be your number one, your only. When your man falls short of your expectations in ANY AREA, fall to your knees. Tell God your concerns and ask for the peace of your salvation to sustain you until God’s will is made manifest in that man. If your faith is as small as a mustard seed, stand on the word of God and see how great is our God. I am not promising that he will change your husband but I am saying he is able. Don’t despair, it may be you he changes. Keep God in your decisions and in your indecision he will make a way.

Remember to pick your battles, you need not win every fight, you don’t even have to fight every fight. It’s OK to allow time to cool your thoughts so your conversations can be productive. No real decisions can be made in anger. A wife’s role can be wonderfully fulfilling if you accept that you need to trust God and be faithful to your husband and to God.

More to come

Marriage part 2 of many

The honeymoon is over and real life begins. You have to actually be a wife. I’m not talking about sexing the man to death, really he can get that anywhere. I’m not talking about cooking the best fried chicken and greens either. Both of those items are necessary for the survival of the marriage but the reason he chose YOU to be his wife is not because of those things. His wife should be a person who loves him, as is, no warranty, black black no trade back. If he never changes, if he never makes more money or has more drive and ambition you love him. He is expecting you to understand what he can’t say, be there for him no matter what. It sounds like a lot, almost unreasonable but there it is, the truth.

Remember this:
Wives, be willing to serve your husbands the same as the Lord. A husband is the head of his wife, just as Christ is the head of the church. Christ is the Savior of the church, which is his body. (Ephesians 5:22, 23 ERV)

Marriage is work, it means sometimes you have to be quiet and let that man be “The Man”. You have to allow him to make the decision and support it, do whatever you can to make his dream a reality. Get on board ladies, it’s time for us to take our rightful place in the marriage. We are called to be a helpmeet, not the director but the assistant to the director. Pray for that man, trust that God is God Enough for him. Trust that the God who you formed a covenant with knows what you are in need of, He also knows what your man needs to lead your family. Trust the process’!

More to come

Marriage Part 1 of many

If your excited about being married, this message is not for you. If your ready to be a wife, listen close.

I know many women who are doing whatever it takes for a man to get “A Rock”. Should the carat weight of the diamond be a reflection of his love for you. I’m curious, what represents your love for him? Are you truly ready to be that Proverbs 31 woman? Have you ever looked at what God is calling you to be?

I know weddings are beautiful. The church is decorated, the ladies are looking stunning, the groomsmen are tapered and shaven and those flower girls with their little faces all aglow and the ring bearer crying up the aisle way is adorable. The cake is a beautiful rendition of white confection and flowers, the Food is well planned and delicious. Weddings are great, marriage is work.

The church is now cleared of trellises, glitter and flowers. On the way out of the door they
look back to make sure it’s ready for Sunday’s sermon, they turn off the lights…..fade to darkness.

The hall is now rid of backdrops, food tables, streamers and balloons. The DJ has packed up the music and the lights go off…fade to darkness

Now what is the plan?

Come back tomorrow for part 2