When you consider all that is going on in the world today, consider how sin has brought us to this point.
When we struggle with overcoming sin in our own lives, we must remember that we have a helper. It is really simple, all we need do is ask God for help and this is the kicker, then obey Him! He will help you if you sincerely desire His help and He knows! In my own experience, I have found that The Holy Spirit will always guide me in those moments when I am considering doing wrong.
I was so serious about pleasing God, that I asked Him to allow me to feel the disappointment He feels when I allow my selfish ways to take control instead of obeying His voice, and then I asked myself why it was so easy for me to willfully disobey Gods word if I truly loved Him, and if I believed that Christ suffered, blead, and died for me.
If you truly love Jesus, pay attention to that “still small voice” (Jesu living in you) when He says to you, “Don’t do it” or “Stop before it’s too late”. That’s the voice of the Holy Spiritin you.
If our sin does not break our heart, we make a mockery of Christ’s supreme sacrifice, Psalm 51.17
In order to get along with others, we must sometimes be willing to accept constructive Criticisms. Have you heard this saying; “If people in your life who don’t know each other say the same thing about you, then it might be true”. If this is you, try not to become defensive, or frustrated, instead evaluate what is being said about you, and be brutally honest with yourself in the process.
In my house we say “Check yourself”. So when you realize an unflattering truth about yourself, don’t get down about it, instead ask God to help you to change it. I say “Ask God” because we all know when we are wrong for the most part, and we sometimes try to change and we may always seem to fall short, and fall back into those old ways or habits, and they are probably things we don’t even like about ourselves.
Remember, if it were simple, we wouldn’t still be trying to change. The best way to become a better person is by being a loving person, a person who loves enough to change hurtful or harmful ways or bad habits. The change will be for our own good as well as for the good of those who love us and those who are forced to deal with us each and everyday.
17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
While on a road trip recently , my husband was listening to one of his favorite old school CDs when a song (Put it on paper) came on. It reminded me of something our minister said in his sermon that Sunday . He talked about how he counseled a couple who were having problems first of all because the man in the relationship didn’t want to get married. His statement to the minister was, “Why do I need a piece of paper to say I’m committed to a person”. The minister responded so wisely in my opinion with this statement; He said, Do you drive, you must have a drivers license. Do you have a weapon, then you must have a permit to carry it. Do you fish, then you have to have a fishing license, So if you are willing to obtain a license for all those things, why not love her enough to do the legal and spiritually correct thing and marry her if you are truly committed to her and the relationship???
And just this morning I heard on the morning show why Opra Winfrey said she couldn’t marry long time partner excuses, excuses, excuses! Bottom line is, don’t allow anyone to devalue you with their selfish excuses or childhood issues and personal hang ups. If they aren’t willing to do the right thing by you, they might not be the right person for you.
Hebrews 13:4. Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
I believe that my husband and I are experiencing “Abundant Life” because of our obedience to Gods Word as followers of Christ. God’s word was written to guide us through this life in which He knew, we would encounter the challenges we face sometimes daily. The Bible was given by inspiration of God and is our instruction for a successful life.
(Joshua 1:8-9). “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
(John 15:7) “If you abide in me and my word abide in you, ask anything (according to His will) and it shall be given to you”
(Deuteronomy 11:26-27) “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— 27 the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today”
Yes, we have gone through tough times, growing pains and yes, life happens, but we never lost faith in Gods promise; I will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). (Romans 8:28) “All things work together for the good of those who love God”
You ever heard the statement, “when you know better, you do better”. Well, that’s what God’s word says. (James 4:17) “If anyone knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is a sin for them”.
One thing I am positive about, is that sometimes holding my tongue (not speaking what’s on my mind all the time) has often kept the peace in my marriage.
Have you ever heard the saying, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. This is also true if you find yourself saying the same thing over and over and over again, you get the point? One of my husbands favorite sayings in the midst of a disagreement is, “Can we leave the past in the past”, and you most definitely should, if you want to move past the issue, especially if nothing has changed and you are still bringing up a past issue or pointing the finger of blame. It’s probably time to stop the madness. You need to find another way to deal with the issue because the old way just isn’t working for you.
The bible tells us that we should, “Pray about everything and worry about nothing” (Philippians 4:6). Trust God to fix what you are not able to do on your own in your relationship, while you continue to live in obedience to His word. You should concentrate on the things that are in your power to change (Serenity prayer). Praying for patience every single day helps too ; 0).
Those of you who are dating, when it comes to sex before marriage, you may have said something like, ” I can’t help myself”, “times are different now”, “everybody’s doing it” or even, “I’m gonna do it and ask for forgiveness”. That is premeditated (thought out in advance) and you can not do that to God without consequences.
Speaking from experience, I know it can be done because my husband and I dated for three years before we were married. We both truly loved The Lord and for that reason we obeyed His word and did not engage in any sexual activity before we were married. Yes! We had some close calls but God always gave us a way out of our temptation. (1 Corinthians 10:13) “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind”. Anytime things got too hot and heavy between us, and there were a few times, one of us was strong enough to halt progress! if you know what I mean.
The Holy Spirit lives within us. He is that still small voice which tells us when we are about to make a mistake (we call it our conscience).
I once heard a minister say, “If the Holy Spirit is living within you and you allow your body to be violated, you are willfully allowing the Holy Spirit to be violated against His will. Remember, your body is His temple, His dwelling place. We all have choices to make when faced with temptation. Take heed (listen) to that “still small voice” because each time you overcome temptation, you are made stronger for the next battle.