A Misinterpreted Verse

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This weekend my husband and I are in New Hampshire visiting family. Being out here reminds me of how the Lord has worked in my heart to make His desires my desires

Psalm 37:4 is one of the most misinterpreted verses in the Bible. The verse says:

 Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

We often take that to mean that if we are delighting ourselves in Him – aka loving and following Him – then He will give us what we want.

No. That is not what it means. It does not mean that you get whatever you want. Delighting yourself in the Lord is not some means of manipulation to get God to give you what you want.

Delighting yourself in the Lord is submitting yourself to God’s will. And when you submit yourself to the Lord He often changes what you want to be what He wants. So He does give you what you want. But because you have delighted in Him and submitted your will to Him, His desires become your desires.

So delight yourself in the Lord by submitting to His Word and loving Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and He will give you the desires of your heart by conforming them to His will.

Happy Lord’s Day!

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Countering Selfishness

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When I am tempted to fuss and fret,

Because all my “needs” have not been met,

Or when I am prone to great despair,

Despite working hard life isn’t fair.

I realize I’ve come to believe the lie,

That the most important person in the world is, I.

My anger or my wallowing sorrow,

Results from the selfish attitude that I borrow.

When I let self my conscience cloud,

Fleshly rule has been allowed.

But to counter my naturally sinful bent,

I have a help that’s heaven-sent.

I dwell on His most precious blood,

And to my heart the joy does flood.

How can I help but praise and sing,

When dwelling on the selfless King?

 

 

Screaming Your Priorities // Modesty pt. II

Yesterday, I wrote about what gets me fired up. I do not want to see the Gospel distorted and God’s principles negated. It makes me very frustrated. This week I am taking a look at the biblical principles for modesty. … Continue reading

You Don’t Want to See Me Mad

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You don’t want to see me mad. No, really you don’t. I get frustrated easily, but I don’t get mad easily. But when I do get mad, I rant and wave my hands around wildly. It’s not very ladylike. Or very Christ-like. Usually. 

Last week, I got mad. But it wasn’t because things did not turn out the way I wanted, it was because of an article that I read on modesty. I was so mad at the distortion of the Gospel and the disregard for modest dressing, I couldn’t even think straight. 

Basically, the bottom line was that us women are not responsible for how men react to what we are wearing. We should be able to wear what we want and the men need to control themselves. What in the world?! How did it come to be that we are not responsible for what we wear anymore? 

She was right. Men do need to be careful and to guard their eyes and minds. But I think that this Christian blogger has forgotten why it is that we wear clothes in the first place. Without even touching the issue of causing men to stumble (which I know is a very real issue), we can make a biblical argument for dressing modestly. Here are the reasons: 

1. God created clothes to cover nakedness. 

Think about the story of Adam and Eve. What happened after they sinned in the Garden? Adam and Eve realized that they were naked. Pastor Rick Holland points out that this was their first response to having a conscience. Next we see that God “…made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21). This was the first picture of the Gospel in the Bible. The Lord sacrificed an animal and covered up their nakedness. Clothes were created to conceal nakedness and when we do not cover our bodies it is a perversion of the system that God instituted. 

I think from that point alone we can make the argument that we need to cover our bodies. But there are more reasons than just that. Join me the rest of this week as I look at why it is biblically that we should be modest.

Saturday Challenge // How Are You Living?

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The Lord is working the most intricate details into things for His glory!

Last night as my husband and I were walking into our building, a resident came up to us and said, “Hey, I noticed you guys were religious. Where do you go to church? I want to go to church.” We were totally floored. We have never had a conversation with him about religion. This was just the Lord working subtly in his heart. It convicted us that people are watching our lives. We were challenged to live in such a way that reflects that we are ambassadors of Christ. 

Are you living in such a way that reflects that you are a servant of the Lord?