Posts Tagged ‘heart’

Lock Your Door!

Mar 11

by Victoria Robinson

I would never consider leaving the door to my house unlocked, yet that is what I sometimes allow to happen spiritually. Through the carelessness of sin I allow the “thief” to come right in and take what he wants. Sometimes I even hold the door open for him so he can carry my possessions away. That is a sad thought!

When you sin it is like giving Satan a key to your life. The apostle Paul gave us a clear example of this when he said, “… don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil.” Think of it this way—when someone knocks on your door, do you open it just a little thinking if you do not want them in, you can keep them out? Certainly not! That would be foolish because if their foot could get wedged in, this would give them leverage to push the door open and come right in.

When I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart I not only received the free gift of eternal life, but I received the key to lock the “thief” out. The thief of course is Satan. My sin unlocks the door for him to come pillage my life. Dearest girlfriends, let us stay alert and lock the door so the thief cannot steal from us.

But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. ~ Matthew 24:43 NIV
 
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. ~ John 10:10 NIV
 
And “don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil. ~ Ephesians 4:26-27 NLT

Who’s Responsible?

Feb 27

by Victoria Robinson

Who’s responsible? Our dear ancestor Sarai tried to blame her husband for her misery. Yet as we back up in the story we see it was actually Sarai’s idea that started her misery. When Sarai grew impatient waiting on God to give her a child, she concocted a disastrous plan. She told her husband Abram to go sleep with her maidservant Hagar. After he did and Hagar became pregnant, Sarai’s  idea that gave birth to sin blossomed into full-blown misery for all involved. Now Sarai tells Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering.”

Really girlfriends??? Do we really believe Sarai? Should she not have realized she was responsible for her own conduct? Yes, there were plenty of guilty parties involved, but the point of this is we are responsible for our own conduct. We are to conduct our lives with the awareness of God’s truth. The apostle Paul said, “For we are each responsible for our own conduct.” The prophet Jeremiah said this about our own conduct, “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.” Notice he does not say we would be judged according to our neighbor’s deeds.

It is always easy to look around for someone else to blame for our problems instead of looking inward and examining our own hearts. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would conduct ourselves responsibly.

Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct. ~ Galatians 6:4-5 NLT
  
Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my servant in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the LORD judge between you and me.” ~ Genesis 16:5 NIV
 
Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. ~ Genesis 16:1-2 NIV
 
 “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.” ~ Jeremiah 17:10 NIV

When In Doubt… Rely On the Black & White

Feb 17

by Victoria Robinson

There are times in all our lives when we cannot seem to understand God’s direction. To solve this mystery we must rely on the truth of His written Word. The answers are all there in black and white. Clearly He is using these circumstances in your life to bring you deeper into His Word. Embrace what He is doing and dig as deep as you possibly can into the black and white truths He has so graciously given us.

You may want to make a list in black and white by writing down your questions and His answers according to His Word. An excellent resource for searching His Word is: biblegateway.com. You can search using words or topics. This free website provides plenty of great material to assist your search for black and white answers to your perplexing questions.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray that when we cannot understand our heavenly Father’s direction, we will dig deeply into His Word and allow the black and white truths to navigate us to safety.

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. ~ Psalm 119:133 NIV
 
May my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding according to your word. ~ Psalm 119:169 NIV
 
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. ~ John 17:17 NIV
 
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. ~ Hebrews 4:12 NIV
 
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. ~ Psalm 119:105 NIV
 
Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. ~ Psalm 119:35 NIV

There’s Gotta Be Thanks In There Somewhere

Feb 13

by Victoria Robinson

Ever feel like giving thanks is next to impossible? Maybe so many things are going haywire in your life at one time that it takes no time to rattle off your requests to God, but finding something to be thankful for is a real chore. I believe that can happen to all of us at some point in our life. In His great wisdom God has placed two precious children in my life to constantly remind me of the scriptural truth of giving thanks. I never hear them pray without giving thanks for a whole list of things in their life. It is a sweet reminder of how we should all pray.

The psalmist tells us to enter His gates with thanksgiving. This should be an integral part of all our prayers to our wonderful heavenly Father. The book of Philippians tells us we should pray and petition with thanksgiving as we present our requests to God.

Dearest girlfriends, let us always approach our heavenly Father with a heart of thanks when presenting our requests.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. ~ Psalm 100:4 NIV
 
 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ~ Philippians 4:6 NIV

Why Have I Not Received?

Jan 29

by Victoria Robinson

This is certainly a perplexing question. All of us have known someone who appears to be godly and yet have not received what they have asked for. It could even be you are the one who has not received from God. We can never presume to know the motives of other’s hearts, but we should examine our own hearts. Not every request to our heavenly Father that has not been received is from an impure heart. Maybe the answer is simply no or maybe we just need to wait patiently as Abraham did.

If our request does stem from wrong motives, the apostle James tells us we will not receive. It is so easy to fall into the trap of wanting to receive just so we can use it for pleasure. Not at all meaning we cannot request of our heavenly Father some frivolous items. He does tell us He will give us the desire of our heart as long as we delight ourselves in Him. The book of Isaiah shows that as we do not focus on our own pleasure then we will, “ride on the high hills of the earth”.

Girlfriends, if you have requests to your heavenly Father that have gone unanswered, then seek Him for the reason. The apostle James also told us, “If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking.” He goes on to tell us we will only receive if we do not doubt, but expect an answer.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would examine our hearts when it comes to unanswered requests and either, wait patiently, realize He said no, or change the motives for asking.

When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. ~ James 4:3 NIV
 
If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. They can’t make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do. ~ James 1:5-8 NLT
 
When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. ~ Hebrews 6:13-15 NIV
 
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. ~ Psalm 37:4 NIV
 
“If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the Lord honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words, Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken.” ~ Isaiah 58:13-14 NIV

The Cure For the Disease of Jealousy

Jan 25

by Victoria Robinson

Jealousy is an ugly disease like no other. It will ravage a person to the point of disfiguration.  Quarrels are a constant symptom of this disease. Fortunately there is a cure for this disease of sin. It is walking in the freedom of happiness for those in our lives who have something we do not.

Girlfriends, what  jealousy issues are you struggling with? Possessions, a better job, beauty, an easy life … ? Could it be over someone else being married or having a boyfriend? What about talent or intelligence? Jealousy does not necessarily have to be over good things. Instead it can focus on envying sinners and bad things. In which case, the Word of God tells us, “Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” What a wonderful cure!

Whatever you might be dealing with, it is wise to remove this “cancer” immediately. One way to overcome jealousy is to pray God’s blessings on the one you envy. Take beauty for instance. Has it occurred to you that envy will rot your bones therefore making you even less beautiful?

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would not allow the “cancer” of jealousy to destroy our well-being, but rather give thanks to our heavenly Father for the great things He has chosen to give us.

… You are jealous and argue with each other. This proves that you are not spiritual and that you are acting like the people of this world. ~ 1 Corinthians 3:3 CEV
 
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. ~ James 4:1-2 NIV
 
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. ~ Proverbs 14:30 NIV
 
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. ~ Proverbs 23:17-18 NIV
 
And I saw that all labor and all achievement spring from man’s envy of his neighbor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. ~ Ecclesiastes 4:4 NIV

Wherever I Go …

Jan 24

by Victoria Robinson

There once was a man named Jacob who had total assurance that God was his constant companion throughout his life. Sounds so comforting to think of his thoughts recorded in the book of Genesis, “… God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.” God had assured him earlier in his life that, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go …”

The psalmist also proclaimed great hope that the Lord would never abandon him. Girlfriends, rejoice in the fact we have that same hope. Whatever you may be dealing with in your life today, rest assured God is with you at all times and will never leave your side.

Dearest girlfriends, let us be strong and courageous allowing the words of God to comfort us in knowing He is with us wherever we go.

Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone. ~ Genesis 35:3 NIV
 
… I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. … I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go … ~ Genesis 28:13,15 NIV
 
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. ~ Proverbs 18:24 NIV
 
Be strong and courageous. … for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. ~ Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
 
David said about him: ”‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’ ~ Acts 2:25- NIV
 
But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God. ~ Nehemiah 9:31 NIV
 
The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. ~ Zephaniah 3:17 NIV

The Eye of a Critic

Jan 08

by Victoria Robinson

I have a very beautiful and stylish niece who has a critical eye when it comes to color. She can match colors perfectly when not having a sample with her. She is a great asset to have along when shopping. (She has great tastes as well!) Having a critical eye can be great. On the other hand, it can also be detrimental. Jesus had some people following Him who had a critical eye. No girlfriends, they were not helping Him match His robe to His sandals. They were instead looking to catch Him doing something wrong. For most of His life, Jesus was being watched like a hawk by critical people. Not a very comfortable position to be in was it?

One solution to cure a critical eye is to gouge it out. OUCH! Sorry girlfriends, Jesus did say if our eye causes us to sin, we should gouge it out. But hang on, there is another remedy I think you will prefer. An easier, and much less painful remedy to cure a critical eye is love. If we truly love others we will hope for the best in them, not looking for their faults.

Another important aspect of eliminating a critical eye is prayer. Not only for ourselves, but the ones we are critical of. Examine your heart and ask yourself if you spend more time looking for faults in others or praying for them. If we truly have love in our heart, we will be eager to intercede to our heavenly Father on their behalf.

If we come to the realization of how we wish to be treated, it becomes easier to stop having a critical eye towards those around us. Every one of us has plenty of faults and have no room to be critical of others. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would be more concerned about our own faults rather than those around us.

Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be honest. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” He saw through their duplicity and said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose portrait and inscription are on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. He said to them, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent. ~ Luke 20:20-26 NIV
 
For the whole Law can be summed up in this one command: “Love others as you love yourself.” But if instead of showing love among yourselves you are always critical and catty, watch out! Beware of ruining each other. ~ TLBGalatians 5:14-15
 
Enemies spend the whole day finding fault with me … ~ Psalm 56:5 CEV
 
And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell. ~ Matthew 18:9 NIV
 
Love is kind. … it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ~  NIV1 Corinthians 13:4-7 
 
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. ~ Colossians 4:2 NIV
 
Treat others just as you want to be treated. ~ Luke 6:31 CEV
 
… The way you treat others is the way you will be treated. ~ Luke 6:38 CEV