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Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Power of the Tongue

In chapter 2 in the book of James, the author makes it clear that faith yields works when it is genuine. If not it is useless and dead – and useless and dead faith is non-existent faith! James explains:

You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” 19 You believe that [God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that faith was working with his works, and [s]as a result of the works, faith was [t]perfected; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. 24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”

So, IF you have allowed God to truly work in you through being born again and submitting to His will, the faith that He grants you will manifest through doing works for the Kingdom.

Mark 16:17 defines the works or signs that accompany believers: They will cast out demons, heal the sick, speak in other tongues – these are works of the Kingdom of God and signs that you are a believer in Christ Jesus. This is Jesus’ own definition of a true believer. So, let me ask you, what do we have to do to allow God to work through us to heal the sick? We have to speak! We have to take a hold of the authority...

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Earning the Proverbs 31 Wife

What does it mean to be the husband to a Proverbs 31 wife? Adam changed his definition of who he was when Eve came on the scene. Adam changed because there was a ‘helper’ created from him and given to him. He changed to become worthy of a mate, a life partner, a wife. We as men, must change our definition of who we are to become worthy of a Proverbs 31 wife. We must change our perspective and realize that in our natural state of being, we are not worthy of that which is valued more precious than anything on earth. We must “rise up and bless her and praise her” as it says in verse 28. We must conform ourselves to be worthy of that ideal which God has brought to us, as He brought Eve to Adam. We must alter our thinking, our very being, in order to be deserving of such a love as this. 

I realized that I wasn’t worthy of such a love…how could I be worthy of this kind of love? I began to cry and all I could say was “I’m not worthy” – “I’m not worthy Lord. I’ve messed up every relationship I’ve ever been in” After a minute He stopped me and simply asked “Are you worthy of my love?”  I began to sob uncontrollably and I asked “but how Lord? How can I be worthy of her love? How can I rise up and bless her Lord? How do I praise her? How can I become worthy of her?” 

Then the Lord began to teach me. He showed me that we do this not being the macho man who usurps her wisdom but by listening to her wisdom, by being sensitive to her needs, her wants and her desires – showing every consideration to her needs as she is sensitive to ours by her very nature - just as Christ is sensitive to the needs of His bride, the church.

And He showed me what the husband to a Proverbs 31 wife looks like in Ephesians 5. There are four characteristics or principles of what a husband is to be and how he is to love his wife.

      Give Yourself Up for Her

Verse 25 in Ephesians 5 tells us that just as Christ gave Himself for the church, husbands are to love their wives. Jesus loved the church more than he loved himself and he did everything in his power to protect her, to love her, and to honor her with a love that is sincere, pure, and...

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