Friday, May 29, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

"A Word to the Married Women"

The days we are in a women is expected to be a certain way. Most of the time the focus is all ungodly. Independent, in charge, and her own women. I grew up in a house where women were in charge. The men were ungodly and thoughtless. Some of you have too. BUT, that does not mean you have to follow that ungodly way. The world would say it is OK to say what you want, you have the right, you are in charge of your own life. You are to think your own thoughts. You don’t have to agree with your husband. You can just divorce him if you don’t love him anymore, or don’t like what he says. Or you just are not compatible anymore. This is what Satan wants. He is after the family. He will stop at nothing to break up families. I feel women are very influential and really need to be careful of their actions towards their husbands.

I read something from a women’s Lib article that I thought was interesting. The women libbers argue that centuries of being “brainwashed” by a male dominated culture have made women passive, seeing their role as inferior, and oh the last one is a big one, they even like their roll as a homemaker and child-raiser. Wow! Oh what a bad thing to like being a homemaker and a child-raiser. There is much to say about both husband and wife, both male and female. But I only want to share some scriptures on the wife. Yes, the husband is to treat his wife as Christ does the church. He is to be and do many things. But lets look at some scriptures about how the wife is to be.

Eph. 5:33 (AMP)

let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates, and esteems him; and that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly].

1 Peter 3:1-2 (AMP)

1) IN LIKE manner, you married women, be submissive to your own husbands [subordinate yourselves as being secondary to and dependent on them, and adapt yourselves to them], so that even if any do not obey the Word [of God], they may be won over not by discussion but by the [godly] lives of their wives,

2) When they observe the pure and modest way in which you conduct yourselves, together with your reverence [for your husband; you are to feel for him all that reverence includes: to respect, defer to, revere him--to honor, esteem, appreciate, prize, and, in the human sense, to adore him, that is, to admire, praise, be devoted to, deeply love, and enjoy your husband].

Eph. 5:22 (AMP) Wives, be subject (be submissive and adapt yourselves) to your own husbands as [a service] to the Lord.

Col. 3:18 Wives, be subject to your husbands [subordinate and adapt yourselves to them], as is right and fitting and your proper duty in the Lord.

Wow, look at all the detail of how we should act, honor, esteem, appreciate, prize, respect, admire, praise, love, enjoy, and much, much, more. The part that most women have is “be subject, be submissive, adapt yourselves”. One reason is the world has made those bad words. They have twisted them so women feel if they follow this way they are brainwashed and less of a women. They look down on Christian women.

Don’t worry about your husband doing his part. You pray to God and ask Him to help your husband. You are the Father’s daughter and your husband will have to answer to God and so do you. Don’t be pulled into the worlds way of thinking. As the scriptures say above it is your service to the Lord, your proper duty in the Lord, and it is right and fitting.

Even though the world puts women in a lower position, the Bible exalts women who found fulfillment in many ways.
For instance:
• Hannah’s life centered on her family (I Samuel 1-2)

• Miriam excelled as a prophetess (Exodus 15:20)

• Deborah achieved greatness as a judge, military leader and poet (Judges 5)

• Esther successfully led her people through intriguing political conspiracies (Esther 4-7)

• Naomi and Ruth sold real estate (Ruth 4:3-9)

• Women aided in the defense of Thebez

• An woman turned the tide of that battle against the wicked aggressor, Abimelech (Judges 9:50-55)

• The inspired description of an excellent wife given in Proverbs 31 contains ambitious standards for her family relationships, but no one can honestly say that she was a domestic slave to a chauvinistic husband. Indeed, she found fulfillment, in addition to her home, in real estate investments (31:16), as well as in retail and wholesale distribution of the clothing she manufactured (31:24).

• The first European convert to Christianity, Lydia of Thyatira, was a “seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God” (Acts 16:14).

One interesting scripture that really stands out is the Proverb 31 women. She does not look to me as being a passive low life of a women. She is strong, creative, loving, and very devoted.

Our relationship with our husbands need to be as our relationship with Christ. Which is sincere, pure, and constant. Walking in Love.

I know there are women whose husbands are not Godly. You still need to do your part. Pray for direction and guidance. In the last days Satan wants to divide. He wants to divide the family, friends, church, and more. A house divide can not stand. You can do your part. You can be a Godly women in an ungodly world!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

"Remember your Past Victories" By Len Paxton

When it appears that your dreams will never come to pass, remember the previous victories that God brought to pass in your life. I heard another preacher say one time, your live moves in the direction of your most dominate thoughts. If you think negative thoughts all the time, such as I can’t, it is impossible, it will never come to pass, then that is the way your life is going to move. That is the direction your life will move in. The Bible says, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Prov. 23:7

When you think positive and remember that God has done it before and He can do it again. When you remember that God is bigger than this adversary, then your life is going to move in the right direction.

I heard this same preacher say, “your memory has two files of your past”. File number one, failures. File number two, successes. File number one contains all your painful experiences. File number two contains all your most pleasurable experiences. Your memory will give you the one you seem to lean on the most. Have you ever seen a file cabinet that is so full, worn out and beat up and the handle is about to fall off because it has been so used more than all the others. The reason some people have so many negative thoughts about so many unpleasant experiences is because they go to that file cabinet more than they go to their victory file cabinet.

It doesn’t matter how bad your life has been. You have had some good times somewhere in the midst of all that hurt and pain. You might say Preacher you don’t know my life. There has never been anything good. Well I can tell you one thing, one good thing right now, You are still breathing. And the Bible says “Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord” So start praising God for the breath that you have. That might have to be your starting point. When the painful memories come up cast them down. When those memories of failure come up, cast them down. Think about the times that God came through. Think about the times the Blessings came. Praise God. Think about the lion and the bear that God has delivered you from and then old Goliath won’t look so big.

Replaying past triumphs and victories is a powerful way to keep your attention focused on your dreams. If you keep replaying them, the dream you are waiting for won’t look so impossible.

Lets read Phil. 3:13, “forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which are before”.

Don’t give a thought to the bad experiences of the past. Don’t even bring the up. Forget them. Rejoice in what God is doing right now and what He will do in the future.

Ps. 101:3 (NAS) “I will set no worthless thing before my eyes. I hate the work of those who fall away it shall not fasten its grip upon me.”

There is nothing you and I can do to change the past. So don’t bring it up. It is worthless! And it is designed to fasten its grip on you. Seize you and capture you and to cause you to let go of your dream. Let go of the past and focus on your Glorious future that God has for you in Jesus Christ. Amen

Heavenly Father I thank you for Jesus today. I thank you for the Cross today. I thank you for the God dreams that you have given us today. Father let us rise up in 2009 as the body of Christ, as a mighty marching army. Father God, let us minister to those who are in need. Let us minister hope, victory and joy to people everywhere. Father do a work in us this year. Do a work in us by the Blood of the Lamb. In Jesus Name. Amen.