Posts Tagged ‘purity’

The Purity of Praise

Nov 16

by Victoria Robinson

The Word of God shows us that God inhabits the praises of His people. Since God is pure, then when we choose to praise Him we are focusing on purity.

The psalmist said, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”  Wow! If we would align our hearts with this same truth and praise our heavenly Father for how He chose to create us then the purity of praising Him would set us free. Free from thoughts like …

 I hate being short!

 I hate being tall!

 I hate my thin and stringy hair!

 I hate my thick and frizzy hair!

 I hate the color of my eyes!

 I hate my small feet!

 I hate my big feet!

 I hate my nose!

When we use the purity of praise we align with the truth. The truth is that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made by our heavenly Father. Therefore whatever height, hair, eyes, and feet we have were designed in perfection. Yet as women we can easily get focused on what we do not like about our bodies instead of understanding the freedom that protects us when we praise God for His wonderful creation.

If you are ready to focus on the purity of praise then Psalm 150 is a great place to start. This psalm is a doxology which is a declaration of praise to God or a brief hymn expressing His power and glory. Within this short Psalm the word praise is found thirteen times! Have fun praising the Lord girlfriends!

Psalm 150

Praise the LORD. 

Praise God in his sanctuary;

praise him in his mighty heavens.

Praise him for his acts of power;

praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,

praise him with the harp and lyre,

praise him with tambourine and dancing,

praise him with the strings and flute,

praise him with the clash of cymbals,

praise him with resounding cymbals. 

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. 

Praise the LORD.

Dearest girlfriends, let us focus on the purity of praising our heavenly Father rather than bemoaning the lies the enemy of our souls tells us.

But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel. ~ Psalm 22:3 NKJV 

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. ~ Psalm 139:13-16 NIV 

Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! ~ Psalm 147:1 NIV 

Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. ~ Psalm 150:1-6 NIV

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

Who You Really Are

Dec 13

by Victoria Robinson

One of the most endearing characters in the classic movie, Gone With the Wind, is Mammy. This precious woman had some great character qualities and wise words as well. When Rhett and Scarlett are on their honeymoon, Rhett says to Scarlett, “Don’t you think it would be nice if you bought something for Mammy too?” To which Scarlett replies, “Why should I buy her a present when she called us both mules?” As Rhett responds, “Mules? Why mules?” Scarlett then repeats the wise words of Mammy, “Yes, she said we could give ourselves airs and get ourselves all slicked up like race horses and we were just mules in horse harness, but we didn’t fool anybody.” Rhett is left to agree with Mammy and says, “I never heard anything more true. Mammy’s a smart old soul. And one of the few people whose respect I’d like to have.”

So girlfriends, are you just a mule in a horse harness? In the book of Matthew, Jesus described Mammy’s sentiments when He said, “Outside you look good, but inside you are evil and only pretend to be good.” Are you putting on a “good show” or are you being genuine? Is the person others see, who you really are? If you are a mule in a horse harness, you are fooling no one except yourself.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray our hearts would truly desire the purity that only comes from our heavenly Father and not be a mule in a horse harness.

That’s what you are like. Outside you look good, but inside you are evil and only pretend to be good. ~ Matthew 23:28 CEV
 
You Pharisees and teachers are in for trouble! You’re nothing but show-offs. You’re like tombs that have been whitewashed.  On the outside they are beautiful, but inside they are full of bones and filth. That’s what you are like. Outside you look good, but inside you are evil and only pretend to be good. ~ Matthew 23:17-28 CEV
 
People with hate in their hearts may sound pleasant enough, but don’t believe them. Though they pretend to be kind, their hearts are full of all kinds of evil. While their hatred may be concealed by trickery, it will finally come to light for all to see. ~ Proverbs 26:24-26 NLT
 
But evil people who pretend to be what they are not will become worse than ever, as they fool others and are fooled themselves. ~ 2 Timothy 3:13 CEV