Posts Tagged ‘christians’

I Cannot … or Can I?

Sep 06

by Victoria Robinson

The answer to whether I cannot or can in a given situation depends on two things. First, what our heavenly Father allows and secondly, will we allow Him to use us His way. Job felt such frustration when he said, “He has blocked my way so I cannot pass; he has shrouded my paths in darkness.” Poor Job’s life had been hijacked by the enemy of his soul and yet the truth is this—the Lord is the One who had allowed the assault on this faithful servant causing him to feel penned in and not able to do anything. Or is that a true statement that Job could not do anything? Today as you read the story of Job and how it unfolded, you have the luxury, unlike Job, of seeing a victorious ending to his excruciatingly painful saga.

The truth is that Job did do something—something very important that affects us all these centuries later.  Even as his life was going from unbelievably bad to worse the important thing Job did was what he did not do. He did not sin! His faithfulness in a difficult situation has spoken loudly to countless believers including you and me.

The Apostle Paul had many “cannot” times during his ministry and yet he always served in the circumstances God placed him in. Whether he was in prison, on a ship about to wreck, or other reasons, Paul always ministered where he was. Prison guards were saved, a ship’s crew saw the hand of God rescue their lives, he discipled Christians from his prison cell and so much more!

Girlfriends, your usefulness to the kingdom of God is NEVER dependant on whether you cannot do something, but only are you willing to allow God to use you in your situation.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would always remember how God CAN use us wherever He has placed us!

He has blocked my way so I cannot pass; he has shrouded my paths in darkness. ~ Job 19:8 NIV

He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. ~ Job 2:10 NIV

God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you. I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles. ~ Romans 1:9-13 NIV

Behaving Like a Proper Widow

Jan 10

by Victoria Robinson

I know girlfriends, it is not easy to discuss being a widow or the thought of becoming one. Yet there is an important lesson found in God’s Word concerning behaving like a proper widow. The qualifications for being considered a godly widow found in the book of First Timothy are a wonderful admonition for us all.

Whatever your current situation, whether you are a widow or not, this Scripture is so important. If you are not a widow it is good to understand the importance of attaining these godly characteristics whether you ever become a widow or not.

A proper widow should not be a gossip, or seek only pleasure. A proper widow must spend much time in prayer, have been faithful in marriage, be well thought of, known for her good deeds, brought up her children well, kind to strangers and Christians, and helped those who are sick and hurt.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would seek to possess the godly characteristics of a proper widow.

The church should care for widows who are poor and alone in the world if they are looking to God for his help and spending much time in prayer; but not if they are spending their time running around gossiping, seeking only pleasure and thus ruining their souls. This should be your church rule so that the Christians will know and do what is right. A widow who wants to become one of the special church workers should … have been married only once. She must be well thought of by everyone because of the good she has done. Has she brought up her children well? Has she been kind to strangers as well as to other Christians? Has she helped those who are sick and hurt? Is she always ready to show kindness? ~ 1 Timothy 5:5-7,9-10 TLB
 
Stay away from gossips—they tell everything. ~ Proverbs 20:19 CEV
   
“It is silly to be laughing all the time,” I said. “What good does it do to seek only pleasure?” ~ Ecclesiastes 2:2 NLT
 
… Instead of loving God, they will love pleasure. Even though they will make a show of being religious, their religion won’t be real. Don’t have anything to do with such people. ~ 2 Timothy 3:4-5 CEV 

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. ~ Hebrews 13:4 NIV

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. ~ Ephesians 6:18 NIV
 
A good reputation and respect are worth much more than silver and gold. ~ Proverbs 22:1 CEV
 
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. ~ Hebrews 13:2 NIV
 
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. ~ Colossians 3:12 NIV