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There are few people who really know what they’re getting into when it comes to getting married. We all have an idea of what marriage is all about. We have hopes, dreams and expectations of what it will look like. We watch movies, TV shows and even observe marriages in the world around us to try and get a glimpse of this thing we call holy matrimony. But we don’t really know until we’re there, do we?
1. Marriage is more intimate than sex
2. Marriage reveals selfishness, but can also cultivate selflessness
3. Oneness literally means one
4. At some point, you will be disappointed
5. Like it or not, you will learn the meaning of forgiveness
6. Marriage will cost you
7. Love isn’t a feeling, it’s a series of decisions
8. Marriage will require you to learn how to communicate
9. Marriage is not the end of your destination.
10. Marriage gives you a glimpse of so much more
There are many routes to holiness, and marriage is definitely one of those routes. I am a different person because of this sacred relationship, and I know God’s not finished with me yet. I’m so thankful for the blessing of marriage, and look forward to what lies ahead.
Success is knowing that GOD IS WITH ME. It is He who qualifies me, strengthens me, promotes me, causes me to increase. I still need to do what is in my hand, adjust my thoughts to line up with His thoughts, manage me; but it is God WITH ME that is my guarantee of success regardless of the circumstances (remember success to Jesus wasn’t avoiding death). With that truth as my anchor and foundation, I can navigate any storm. And the evidence of God with me is peace and rest. I must choose to enter His peace and rest, especially when I get my eyes on the circumstance or storm that surrounds me (or is just inside my head).
So what is your storm? What are the crazy thoughts that are trying to derail you on your journey to live the impossible? What is the core fear or lie behind that? Now what does God want to say to you?
Words leave your mouth, your keyboard, but words don’t ever expire quietly in a void — they always explode in hearts.
Every verb you utter causes a corresponding action, a movement, in every listener.
Measure your words — they determine the distance of your relationships.
Type up a Facebook status update — and it can be radioactive forever. Don’t be fooled by your keyboard: the Internet doesn’t have a delete button. Screenshots can make your words have a half life of eternity. Social media is exactly that — social. It impacts you socially for as long as you are a member of society.
One tweet can be the last tick in the bomb that detonates your life.
Speak slow. Off-the-cuff words too often slap.
Eliminate the fear of failing
Understand he or she may be afraid to ask
Give consistent, constructive, encouraging feedback
Tell them what they need to know, but don’t know to ask
Give them a seat at the table of influence
One of the things Jesus commissioned His followers to do is to not just make converts, but make disciples.
However, the church has seemed to take the word “discipleship” and made it out to be one of the most confusing, boring and irrelevant things we talk about.
ou may have seen this list… it is a list of bible refernces and statments about who we are as christians – the benefits and blessings we have as christians… and i think it is really important that we “get it” – that we know who we are as chrsitians, so we can live in that freedom and grace and relationship with God. so many of us have hang ups about whether God loves us or things like that… if we get who we are, and how we are related to God, and his work in our life, then that is all good! here are a few of my favs…. and then the rest of the list…
I am God’s child (John 1:12)
I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20)
I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15)
I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20)
I am chosen before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4, 11)
I am holy and blameless (Ephesians 1:4)
I am adopted as his child (Ephesians 1:5)
I am victorious (1 Corinthians 15:57)
I am born again (I Peter 1:23)
I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am delivered (Colossians 1:13)
I am set free (Romans 8:2; John 8:32)
I have been brought near to God through Christ’s blood (Ephesians 2:13)
I have peace (Ephesians 2:14)
I have access to the Father (Ephesians 2:18)
I am a member of God’s household (Ephesians 2:19)
I am secure (Ephesians 2:20)
I can approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12)
One of the most important things we can do in our recovery is to embrace our new identity and see ourselves through Jesus’ eyes . . . i.e., who you and I are “in Christ.” Below are listed (with supporting Scripture) just a few of the many TRUTHS contained in the Bible concerning our secure position in Christ Jesus. The facts are there . . . all we need to do is believe them!!
All around us Christians are seeking to convert the lost to Jesus. What is the best way to do this? And once men having been converted, what is the best way to aid them in attaining full perfection in Christ?
The way to reach the lost is to reach them by the heart.. If a new convert were introduced to real prayer and to a true inward experience of Christ as soon as he became converted you would see countless numbers of converts go on to become true disciples.
Burdening the new Christian with countless rules and all sorts of standards does not help him grow in Christ. Here is what should be done: The new Christian should be led to God!
By learning to turn within to Jesus and by giving the Lord his whole heart. If you are one of those in charge of new believers, lead them to a real real inner knowledge of Jesus. Oh what a difference there would be in the lives of those new Christians!
Or a new Christian, for all of us in fact , the heart is all important if we are to go forward in Christ. Once the heart has been gained by God, everything else will eventually take care of itself.
Madam Guyon from 100 Days in the Secret Place
I can relate to this both by experience and by theological thought. My own experience as a new Christian in 1993, and since then, was that my heart was won first and then once I was captivated by God it meant that he ruled and reigned and by love could correct me and change me and change the outward things that I was doing. I didn’t know what a Christian should and shouldn’t be doing. But God showed me bit by bit and revealed his heart to me and thus my desire was to follow and obey.
I think it is really important for new Christians to really encounter God. Not rules. Not church. But the one true living God who loves them and knows them and saved them.
New Christians don’t need to have their brains filled up with head knowledge, they need to develop trust and faith in God. They don’t need to know the meaning of the 3rd toe on the left foot of the beast, just that God is mighty and able to save and that he has a plan and purpose and works His good in all things. They need to know that when they pray God hears them and works in their life. There are complex things in christianity. God doesn’;t heal always because he is working the big picture. God sometimes says no as his answer to prayer. Life is hard and God uses experience to produce hope and faith and good things in our lives. Being a Christian and knowing God isn’t happy happy joy joy all the time. BUT do new Christians need the weight of all the negativity that older Christians sometimes have about such things. Nope. They need the truth in love and light and hope.
They need the opportunity to discover for themselves the complexity of the plans of God, but aalso how he is always GOOD and GREAT. They need to know that sometimes the answer is no, but that God always is with them and walks through the fire and flames with them.
When our hearts are devoted to God obeying Him is easier. All of us need to stir our hearts to love towards God, keeping the love fresh and real.