The inheritance that we have in Christ is far greater than any thing that we could inherit from anyone here on earth. Our inheritance is not because we are young or old, male or female, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, or for any other human reason. Its ours because we are in Christ alone.
When Holy Spirit reveals the truths of the Word to our hearts, His purpose is to allow us to see more of Jesus. Revelation can be compared to a lifting of a veil, which allows us to see what is behind it. The more we know Jesus, the more our lives will change.
God has actually given us His Spirit (not the world’s spirit) so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
1Corinthians 2:12 NLT
Taking care of ourselves, both inside and out, is crucial to our survival. When our idenity is firmly rooted in who we are in Christ, we have so much more confidence. We are connected to the power source of love. God almighty. Having the resources to be cleansed, healed, and made whole. And when we are whole, we have more to give away to others.
….come as you are.
Peace is possible, as we seek the One of peace through prayer.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
I’m sure that many of us will agree that emotions are a normal part of life. As human beings each one of us has a full range of emotions. Love, happiness, joy, delight, peace, disappointment, loss, grief, doubt, compassion, sadness, depression, jealousy, anger, bitterness, guilt, fear, and the list goes on and on. We are overjoyed when a friend comes for a visit, sad when our furry friend dies, and get frustrated if we don’t lose weight.
Men and women throughout the Bible, including Jesus display all sorts of emotions too. I can only imagine how happy Adam and Eve must have felt living in the Garden of Eden. The woman caught in adultery and pushed before the crowd ready to condemn her, must have felt humiliation. Mary, the virgin mother of Jesus was fearful when she found out that she was pregnant, then joyful when she discovered the news was in fact true, she would give birth to our Lord and Savior of the world. David running for his life, as Saul pursued him with murderous intentions. And then Jesus, who felt so alone to the point of breaking into a sweat of blood, as He prayed to God, before the crucifixion.
Yes, emotions whether negative or positive, are powerful and even overwhelming at times. Managing our emotions displays a role in our maturity. When we process our emotions in unhealthy ways we become like a clogged drain. Our liquid drain opener is Jesus, who has the power to blast away our emotional clogs of congestion.
Prayer and meditation is crucial in managing our emotions. Offering positive solutions to the way in which we view life and its joys and sorrows. With God’s help we CAN get through both the valleys and the victories that lie ahead.
“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2
Everything Jesus knows the Holy Spirit knows, and the Holy Spirit is in us if we are Christ’s. The Holy Spirit can tell us everything we need to know about Jesus. The Scriptures were written under the Holy Spirit’s inspiration. He is the One who reveals the truth of the Scripture to us.
The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:26 NKJV
Yesterday was Mother’s Day. A day of celebration and remembrance of the vessels used by God to birth little people into the world. And even if not a birth mother, women who chose the role to be used mightily of God, to nurture and care for the needs of others around them.
In scripture there was a woman who loved God, who worked her fingers to the bone, who took care of her family, and the poor in her community. She was a woman of much prayer, faith and wisdom, who made good use of her time. Doing everything with a smile, dignity, and humility. This womans name wasn’t mentioned, however an account of her life can be found in Proverbs 31.
The women of today are similarly the same in some aspects, and largely different in others. Many women of today have chosen to work outside of the home, which was not common in that era. Yet, the core values of wisdom, faithfulness, dignity, strength, laughter, hardwork, community involvement, and placing God first, still hold true today for most. I would also like to add excellent home manager to the list.
Therefore, in honor of all women whether married or single, working outside the home or not, living or have gone to heaven to be with Jesus. You are celebrated, for being wise stewards of your time and with the resources provided by God to make your homes and communities a place of refuge and blessing for others.