Archive for April, 2011

Playing the Waiting Game

Apr 30

by Victoria Robinson

Life is a waiting game. All little children are just eagerly waiting to grow up. As they grow there is a series of things they just can’t wait for: going to school, riding a bike, driving a car, their first job, graduating from school (One of the things they were so eager to start!),  dating, marriage, and on and on the list goes.

There was a man named Joseph who played a very long waiting game. Can’t you just imagine when he was little how he must have been just waiting for the day his father told him he could join his brothers at work. Well that day certainly came and ended very differently than anyone could have guessed. (His brothers sold him into slavery!) Then our dear Joseph had to wait for seventeen years for his nightmare to end. Yet through it all he recognized God’s timing was everything. Joseph seems to be one of the most patient men who ever existed. No tantrums, no screaming, no faithlessness—only pure devotion to his Lord.

Girlfriends, what are you waiting for? Do you really believe your heavenly Father is in total control or are you trying desperately to circumvent His ultimate plans for your life? Waiting requires total trust in Him and patience to allow Him to do what is best for us. The prophet Habakkuk wrote this wonderful admonition concerning waiting, “Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.”

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would play the waiting game in a Godly manner, trusting in His plans.

Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. ~ Psalm 37:7 NLT
  
But if we look forward to something we don’t have yet, we must wait patiently and confidently. ~ Romans 8:25 NLT
 
Then the Lord said to me, “Write my answer in large, clear letters on a tablet, so that a runner can read it and tell everyone else. But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. ~ Habakkuk 2:2-3 NLT
 
Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. They give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises. ~ Romans 14:4 NLT
 
Soon after this, Joseph’s brothers went to pasture their father’s flocks at Shechem. When they had been gone for some time, Jacob said to Joseph, “Your brothers are over at Shechem with the flocks. I’m going to send you to them.” “I’m ready to go,” Joseph replied. “Go and see how your brothers and the flocks are getting along,” Jacob said. “Then come back and bring me word.” So Jacob sent him on his way, and Joseph traveled to Shechem from his home in the valley of Hebron. ~ Genesis 37:12-14 NLT
 
Let’s sell Joseph to those Ishmaelite traders. Let’s not be responsible for his death; after all, he is our brother!” And his brothers agreed. So when the traders came by, his brothers pulled Joseph out of the pit and sold him for twenty pieces of silver, and the Ishmaelite traders took him along to Egypt. ~ Genesis 37:27-28 NLT
 
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh placed his own signet ring on Joseph’s finger as a symbol of his authority. He dressed him in beautiful clothing and placed the royal gold chain about his neck. Pharaoh also gave Joseph the chariot of his second-in-command, and wherever he went the command was shouted, “Kneel down!” So Joseph was put in charge of all Egypt. ~ Genesis 41:41-43 NLT
 
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. ~ Psalm 27:14 NLT

Shhhhhhhhh!!!

Apr 28

by Victoria Robinson

They say “Silence is golden.”, but one might say, “Silence is godly.” The apostle Peter wrote to ladies telling us, “Your godly lives will speak to them better than any words. They will be won over by watching your pure, godly behavior.” He was giving a godly admonition to us on how to handle an unbelieving husband, but this seems to be a truth we can use whenever our husbands or anyone for that matter does not believe the Word of God in any given area. For instance, if you have spoken the Word to someone and they have not accepted it as truth, you might need to keep quiet and allow the purity of your behavior to speak to them. Silence is Godly!

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would take the apostle Peter’s words to heart and keep silent when we need to and allow God to bring conviction to those who are not receptive.

… Your godly lives will speak to them better than any words. They will be won over by watching your pure, godly behavior. ~ 1 Peter 3:1-2 NLT
  
It’s better out in the desert than at home with a nagging, complaining wife. ~ Proverbs 21:19 CEV
 
It’s better to stay outside on the roof of your house than to live inside with a nagging wife. ~ Proverbs 25:24 CEV
 
A nagging wife is as annoying as the constant dripping on a rainy day. ~ Proverbs 27;15 NLT

Knowin’ Ain’t Doin’

Apr 03

by Victoria Robinson

Having the knowledge that using the contraction “ain’t” is not correct grammar is of no use if you keep on using it. In the same way having spiritual knowledge without applying it to your life is of no use. In fact, it is shameful. The apostle James warns us that we are deceiving ourselves if we merely listen to the word.

One of the infamous cases of having knowledge and not using it is King Solomon who has been described as the wisest person ever. This mighty king’s downfall came when he did not do what he knew. He knew he was not to marry a foreign woman who would turn his heart towards other gods. Not only did he disobey God in marrying a foreign woman, he married multiple women and had many concubines. He had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. Because he did not do what he knew, God told him his kingdom would be torn away from him and given to a subordinate.

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.” — Samuel Johnson

As King Solomon found, it is easier to attain knowledge than apply it to our lives. Girlfriends, most of us are guilty of knowing more statutes of God than we obey.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would take heed of the scriptural fact that “knowin’ ain’t doin'” and therefore put into practice the knowledge He has given us.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. ~ James 1:22-25 NIV
 
King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the LORD; he did not follow the LORD completely, as David his father had done. On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites. He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods. The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the LORD’s command. So the LORD said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. ~ 1 Kings 11:1-11 NIV
 
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. ~ Philippians 4:9 NIV

Wholeheartedly Burning Your Bridge

Apr 02

by Victoria Robinson

The story of the Lord calling Elisha to serve as a prophet is a strong reminder that we are to serve the Lord wholeheartedly. As soon as Elisha is called, he goes home to say goodbye to his mother and father. He then proceeds to take his yoke of oxen, slaughter them, and using the wood plow, cooks the meat and prepares a farewell meal for all the people. He essentially burned his bridge and had no intention of turning back. This man had confidence the Lord’s call would work out.

Have you “burned your bridge” when the Lord called you, or have you hung on to something just in case your new life did not work out? We should all have the dedication of Elisha when serving the Lord.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would “burn” anything that is holding us back from serving the Lord wholeheartedly.

So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother good-by,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?” So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant. ~ 1 Kings 19:19-21 NIV
 
In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered. ~ 2 Chronicles 31:21 NIV

From Sinner to Saint Instantly

Apr 01

by Victoria Robinson

There are two ways one can go from sinner to saint instantly. The first way can be demonstrated at funerals everywhere. It is amazing how when a person of ill repute dies, they are instantly spoken of as if they lived the most saintly life possible. I suppose this comes from the fear of speaking evil of the dead. An interesting example of this is found in the eulogy David gave King Saul. He said, “Saul and Jonathan— in life they were loved and gracious …” It is easy to understand why he spoke these beautiful words concerning his dear loyal friend Jonathan who was like a brother to him. However, including Saul in this sentiment baffles the mind. Remember, it was Saul who became David’s enemy and tried to kill him more than once. David’s motive does not appear to be fear, but rather he had always shown respect for Saul out of reverence to the Lord. He was obeying a command given in the book of Exodus which states, “Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people.”

The second way to obtain instant sainthood is much easier and a lot less painful. That is to allow the shed blood of Jesus to wash away your sins. Our Lord actually chooses to have selective memory concerning our sins. He has told us, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.” A common misconception is what a saint really is. A saint is one who has a covenant relationship with God through Jesus Christ. There is death involved in becoming a saint, not mortal death, but spiritual death.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray if you are not a saint, you will invite Jesus Christ to wash away your sins today. Click here to learn more.  Heaven

Saul and Jonathan— in life they were loved and gracious … ~ 2 Samuel 1:23 NIV 
 
I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins. ~ Isaiah 43:25 NKJV
 
Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people. ~ Exodus 22:28 NIV
 
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God ~ Hebrews 9:14 NIV
 
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. ~ Ephesians 2:1-5 NIV 
 
To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Romans 1:7 NIV