Saturday, October 29, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
I confess with my mouth the Lord Jesus. I believe in my heart that God sent His Only Son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. I believe in my heart that Christ Jesus came to this earth, lived a sinless life, died on the cross, took the wrath of God upon Himself for the punishment of my sins so that I may recieve the gift of eternal life. I believe in my heart that Jesus died and the Spirit of God raised Him up on the 3rd day. I believe that Jesus is alive forever more and He is now seated at the right hand of God ever interceeding for me. I believe that Jesus sent His Holy Spirit to live in me and be with me so that I may live this life according to His will. I have confessed with my mouth and believed in my heart that Jesus is my Lord and Savior and that I am saved. Hallelujah! I believe in my heart and therefore it is accounted unto me as righteousness, therefore I am in right standing with God. My name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life. Hallelujah! I am no longer a slave to sin because I have recieved the Spirit of adoption by whom I cry, "Abba" Father! I am adopted into the Family of God. I am accepted by God. I am loved unconditionally by God. I am valued and valuable. I am precious in His sight. I am the apple of His Eye. Jesus has made me worthy. I am adequate. I am unique no one can do what God has created me to do. There is only one of me. I am adored by God. I am clean because of Christ. I am a daughter of the King and that makes me a Princess. I am eternally secured, because God will never let me go. I am forever forgiven. I am sealed by the Spirit of God that bears witness with my spirit that I am a child of God. I belong to Jesus, I am in Him and He is in Me. I am anointed by God. I am a powerful woman of God. I am a joint heir with Jesus. I have power, Holy Spirit Power! I have love, God's love dwells in me. I have a sound mind. I have the mind of Christ. I am led by the Spirit of God because I am a son (daughter) of God. I am free because Jesus has made me free. I am a new person (creation). The old has gone and everything has been made new. I am filled with the Spirit of God. I am a bold and courageous witness for Christ Jesus. Amen!
Monday, October 03, 2011
Divorce/Remarriage??? What does the Bible say?
"Furthermore it has been said, 'Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.' But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery. (Matthew 5:31-32 NKJV)
So He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery." (Mark 10:11-12 NKJV)
"Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery. (Luke 16:18 NKJV)
Tim and Susan are married. Susan had an affair in the relationship. Tim divorces Susan because of her marital unfaithfulness.
Scenario 1: Tim marries another woman name Sally. Sally was never married before. Sin or no sin? Adultery or no adultery?
Scenario 2: Tim marries another woman name Sally. Sally was married before but is now divorced. Sally is divorced because she committed adultery against her husband in her previous marriage. Sin or no? Adultery or not?
Scenario 3: Tim and Sally gets married. Both Tim and Sally were previously married and both of them divorced their spouse due to the fact that their spouse both committed adultery against them in their previous marriage. Sin or no? Adultery or no?
Should any of the above scenarios even matter?
Summary:Is the sin based upon the one who committed the adulterous act in the marriage which would lead to the divorce? Therefore would the sin be on the one who committed the act and as a result should not remarry or he or she will be committing adultery? And is the one who did not commit the adulterous act free to remarry without it being accounted to him or her as sin/adultery?
Maybe a valid point/ Just my thoughts and opinion:
I think it is just this simple... If you are married and get a divorce because of infidelity, you should not remarry period. I think 1 Corinthians 7:10-12 supports this point: "Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife. But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. "
The answer lies in defining the word "adultery." What is an adultery?
Adultery according to Easton's Bible Dictionary is— conjugal infidelity. An adulterer was a man who had illicit intercourse with a married or a betrothed woman, and such a woman was an adulteress. Intercourse between a married man and an unmarried woman was fornication. Adultery was regarded as a great social wrong, as well as a great sin.
Now go back to the scripture verses and reread them with this definition of adultery in mind.
Therefore Marriage is to be regarded as a covenant relationship. So much so that even if you get a "divorce," you are still married to that person until death do you part. A divorce is simply one of the party dismissing the other party or separation from each other. You are still married because of the covenant/vow that you spoke before God and to each other.
This reveals to us God's character. He is a covenant keeping God. He is faithful! Whenever he makes a covenant he never goes back on the deal. He is faithful to it and remains faithful even when the other party decides to (divorce) dismiss or walk away from the covenant. I believe God desires us to do the same. He wants us to remain faithful to the covenant that we make with each other in marriage regardless of what your spouse does wrong and even if they divorce you, you are still to remain faithful and not remarry.
Last point it is very important to pay attention to this:
Matthew 19:3-9 NKJV The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?" (4) And He answered and said to them, "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning 'MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE,' (5) and said, 'FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH' ? (6) So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate." (7) They said to Him, "Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?" (8) He said to them, "Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. (9) And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery."
It is important to note that from the very beginning God intended that a marriage covenant be established between a man and woman for a lifetime. Divorce was never intended by God. It is important to note what Jesus said in verse 8, that Moses permitted divorce because of hardness of hearts. Which means that you can always work out your marriage with your spouse regardless of what has happened if you will not allow your heart to become hard (callous, unforgiving, unrepentant, etc.).
Furthermore, God is married to the backslider. Even all the more we should realize that just because we think something is invalid does not make it invalid. Everything has to be judged according to the word. Marriage is something that was established and ordained by God, therefore man's thoughts, opinions, and or actions cannot invalidate it, negate it or cause it to become invalid. WOW! That's why He said What instead of Who... The what being the institution of marriage... "What God has joined together let no man separate or the KJV says put asunder." A lie has crept into the church which is basically making people believe that God has one perfect person for you to marry. And if you don't marry that one perfect person then you can get a divorce. LIE! I think based upon the fact that the institution of marriage is ordained by God. It is the act of marriage that is to be revered and not the who. When you make a vow before God to be joined in a marriage covenant with another divorce should not be an option. In doing so you are honoring God and what he has established which is the covenant of marriage.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Correction is Biblical!"For whom the Lord love He reproves, even as a father the son in whom he delights."
"Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For He inflicts pain, and gives relief; He wounds, and His hands also heal."
"Blessed is the man whom You chasten, O Lord, and whom You teach out of Your law; that You may grant him relief from the days of adversity, until a pit is dug for the wicked."
"But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world."
1 Corinthians 11:32
"Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison."
2 Corinthians 4:16-17
"My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by Him, for those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives. It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? ... Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness."
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Things parents should do for their children:
1. Pray for and with with your children. I believe one of the most powerful things a mother can do for her child is to pray for them. Pray for their well-being. Pray for their spiritual health, physical health, emotional health, social health, mental health, and their future success.
2. Teach them about Jesus Christ. I wish all parents would realize that the most important gift that you could give your child is the knowledge of Who Jesus Christ is and what He has done to redeem man back to the Father. Then give your child the opportunity to receive the gift of salvation - Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
3. Help your child to discover who they are according to the Word of God. Teach your child about themselves and help them to have a positive self-esteem. Help build confidence in them by praising their efforts, encouraging them, and allowing them to explore different things in life so they can begin to have an idea of who they were made to be when they grow up.
4. All parents should recognize that you are to be the primary influencer in your child's life. Not the t.v., video games, friends, the babysitter, etc. You are to be your child's primary influencer. God has given you that ability - please don't pass it off to someone else.
5. Parents should realize that your children will learn more about life and what to do by your example. Children learn by what they see quicker rather than what they hear you say. "Do as I say and not as I do." -- Does not work! If you want your child to be obedient, respectful, loving, caring, kind, gentle, patient, etc.... You must first model that before them and be consistent.
6. Discipline is not a bad word and you can discipline your child without spanking them. Spanking is not the only form of discipline. Discipline is love. Love is not just kindness, goodness, caring, and gentleness. It also includes selflessness, correction and discipline. Your love for your child will (when necessary) sometimes lead you to discipline your child because true love brings correction. Discipline should flow out of a genuine love and concern for your child and not anger. Seek God for wisdom when disciplining your child.
7. Spend time with your children. Kids spell love - T-I-M-E. NOT, T-H-I-N-G-S. Parents take time to spend good quality time with your children. It will help to build a sense of love and security for your child and they won't feel the need to look outside of the relationship to get what they are lacking at home.
8. Communication is very important in any relationship. Communicate with your child and allow them to communicate with you by listening to them when they speak. It's very important to them and it builds security, love, and trust. I cannot begin to tell you how many children I have taught and the majority of them say their parents don't listen to them.
9. Let your yes be yes and no be no. Don't change up, don't be fickle. Mean what you say and say what you mean. Stand firm! They want to know that there are boundaries and they are looking to you who is the adult to teach and show them.
10. Be Consistent.