Posts Tagged ‘sincerity’

Playing Games

Feb 15

by Victoria Robinson

One of the ploys of the enemy of our souls is to get us to play games. More specifically spiritual games. In other words, to live a life not motivated by a sincere heart. It can become so easy to play games by putting on a holy facade out of fear others will see who we really are. My favorite people are those who just allow you to see them as they really are—no games!

The most dangerous game you can play is to pretend to be something you are not in front of your heavenly Father, who by the way, knows your true heart regardless of your outer behavior.

The wisdom of this world tells us we need to play the game of keeping up appearances, while the wisdom of God guides us to live a life of honesty and sincerity. Dearest girlfriends, let us live honest and sincere lives that reflect our heavenly Father’s wonderful character.

We can be proud of our clear conscience. We have always lived honestly and sincerely, especially when we were with you. And we were guided by God’s wonderful kindness instead of by the wisdom of this world. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:12 CEV
 
Nothing is hidden from God! He sees through everything, and we will have to tell him the truth. ~ Hebrews 4:13 CEV

Lord Help Me!

Jan 31

by Victoria Robinson

A woman came to Jesus, knelt before Him and said, “Lord help me!” Sounds familiarly like the story of my life. I am in constant need of my Lord’s help. This is a suspenseful story that has some intriguing twists and turns. Though the outcome does look dark at first it does have a happy ending. My favorite kind of story!

Within this story we see the wonderful mercy, help and provision of our Lord. However, we also see that not all request presented to our Lord are immediately answered. This distressed woman is in dire need to have her daughter set free from demon-possession. She begs for mercy. Of all the responses our Lord could have given, He says nothing. That must have been a deafening silence to this poor woman who came to Jesus in sincerity. Now His disciples made the matter worse. They urged Jesus to send her away because she kept crying after them. Fortunately for her, Jesus knew He was sent to help her. This is where she kneels before Him and cries out, “Lord help me!” But a happy ending is not here yet girlfriends! He starts debating with her. He tells her, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” To which she persist in seeking His help by saying, “Yes, Lord,” … “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Voila! Her great faith has rewarded her! The Lord now says what we all wanted to hear all along, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.”

What a great story of need, persistence and mercy! Girlfriends do you need to cry out, “Lord help me!”? He is waiting to listen patiently to your deepest needs. Whatever His answer will be, will be perfect. His timing will be perfect as well. Trust Him with the same great faith this woman had.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would come and kneel before the Lord with all our needs and allow Him to help us.

The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. ~ Matthew 15:25 NIV
 
Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. ~ Matthew 15:21-28 NIV
 
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be astounded. They will put their trust in the Lord. ~ Psalm 40:1-3 NLT
 
Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. He who vindicates me is near. … Let him confront me! It is the Sovereign LORD who helps me. … ~ Isaiah 50:7-9 NIV

Is an Informal Invitation Acceptable?

Jan 12

by Victoria Robinson

I enjoy collecting antique etiquette books. One in my collection is Etiquette—The Blue Book of Social Usage written in 1922 by Emily Post. It is interesting to see the different societal changes that have taken place. One such change is the use of a verbal invitation via the telephone. Apparently at some point this informal form of invitation was considered to be a disgraceful way to invite someone to an event. By 1922 Emily Post now finds this informal verbal invitation acceptable.

THE INVITATION BY TELEPHONE
Custom which has altered many ways and manners has taken away all opprobrium from the message by telephone, and with the exception of those of a very small minority of letter-loving hostesses, all informal invitations are sent and answered by telephone. Such messages, however, follow a prescribed form:
Emily Post,  Etiquette—The Blue Book of Social Usage, 1922

Yet long before 1922 there came a verbal form of invitation that was considered wonderful. This invitation has a prescribed form as well. It requires a couple of important things be included in the invitation: sincerity and praise. The psalmist tells us our heavenly Father inhabits the praises of His people. Praising our heavenly Father is a verbal invitation to have Him come over. So get your invitations ready girlfriends! Start praising Him now and expect Him to show up.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would live a life of praise to our heavenly Father so that we continually extend an invitation for Him to come over.
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. ~ Psalm 22:3 KJV
  
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
 
My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long. ~ Psalm 71:8 NIV
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Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. ~ Matthew 22:9-10 NIV