A Beautiful article on the unity of LOVE!
Here’s some pretty cool findings not so surprising for us believers, but interesting nonetheless. Enjoy!
Recently a dear sister of mine told me I should blog about a warfare pattern I have noticed because it may affect many Christians. I notice patterns every day, everywhere, in everything. Some people would call this “over-spiritualizing”, but God is Spirit and He seeks those to worship Him in Spirit and truth, so how can one be “over-spiritual? Anyway, maybe more on that later, but for now, let’s just say that throughout the Bible we see patterns. Patterns handed down on the mountain in Genesis, moons and stars for signs and seasons, there’s even literary patterns in the actual writing of the words of the Bible such as chiasms in every book it seems.
One of the patterns I see that applies to my life is an evil pattern that seeks to kill, steal, and destroy. I have noticed that this pattern occurs in this very order almost every single time.
- The enemy seeks to separate you from the body so that you will be crippled in the work God has prepared for you beforehand.
- The enemy seeks to separate us from our spouses or parents because a house divided cannot stand for Christ and will fall for anything.
- The enemy seeks to separate us from our children so that we cannot lead them in the way that they should go.
- The enemy seeks to take our identity in Christ and cause us to sin, have shame, and hide from God in darkness.
If we are aware of the enemy’s tactics, we can be wise enough not to fall for them. Always be on the lookout for offence. Anytime you feel offended, you should throw up the red flag! Hope this helps some brothers or sisters out there that have trouble with this trap! God bless!
“Christ is the glory of God. His blood-soaked cross is the blazing center of that glory. By it He bought for us every blessing-temporal and eternal. And we don’t deserve any. He bought them all. Because of Christ’s cross, God’s elect are destined to be Sons of God. Because of the cross, the wrath of God is taken away. Because of His cross, all guilt is removed, and sins are forgiven, and perfect righteousness is imputed to us, and the love of God is poured out in our hearts by the Spirit, and we are being conformed to the image of Christ.
Therefore, every enjoyment in this life and the next that is not idolatry is a tribute to the infinite value of the cross of Christ-the burning center of the glory of God. And thus, a cross-centered, cross-exalting, cross-saturated life is a God-glorifying life-the only God-glorifying life. All others are wasted.”(John Piper’s book “Don’t Waste Your Life”p. 59)
Beautiful encouragement for single Moms and Dads as well!
Originally posted on Greggpotts's Weblog:
Yesterday I mentioned a movie that I watched on Friday while substitute teaching. In the movie, there was another scene that made an impact on me.
The movie was about 5 kids whose Mother is a drug addict. Custody of the kids was given to their grand-mother and then, their oldest sister. In one scene, the Mom comes back home. She is angry because her oldest daughter has the kids. The Mother begins fighting with her daughter in the kitchen and at one point, the Mom tells the daughter; “You go to hell!”
The daughter responds, “I was born in hell!”
Tough, tough scene… “Born in hell.”
It may be that someone reading this feels like they were born in hell. Maybe your home life was tough. Maybe your family was dysfunctional. So, you feel like you were born in hell.
If so, even thought it will be tough, you…
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Originally posted on A DEVOTED LIFE:
“Give me the Love that leads the way
The Faith that nothing can dismay
The Hope no disappointments tire
The Passion that’ll burn like fire
Let me not sink to be a clod
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God”
~ Amy Carmichael
In honor of Amy Carmichael, a missionary in India, who sheltered her first temple runaway on this day in 1901. The runaways from the temples were young girls dedicated to the Hindu gods and forced into prostitution to earn money for the priests.