- Sun Jun 15, 2014
When I am tempted to lose hope and find
myself unable to look in the mirror because
of my shame and guilt, Father, I know that
I can call on You. You are the Kingdom, the
Power, and the Glory. You can change my
perspective. You can give me new eyes to see
what You see--that You love me deeply,
that You long for me as Your precious child.
I am humbled by Your pursuit and by the
thought that You see beauty when I struggle
to see beyond darkness. The depths of sin
shackle and bind me, but You hold the key
to freedom and Your love breaks the bonds
that burden me.
- Sat Jun 14, 2014
Servant leadership is more than washing your wife's feet once in a while or vacuuming before she returns home from a trip to the mall. It's more than washing dishes, running a load of laundry, or filling her car with gas. We have neighbors who would do these things for us in a pinch.
Serving isn't something we do--it's something we are.
We can't just act like a servant from time to time, whenever it happens to suit our purposes. Rather, we need to become a servant--our minds transformed to think like one, and our hearts transformed to submit like one--all of the time. Jesus became a servant. We, too, must become servants.
How do we do that?
- Fri Jun 13, 2014
What do rules and obedience have to do with great sex? Everything. After all, why did God give us these commands? To torture us? To test us?
No. He gave them to complete us.
God knew our desire for intimacy--and how we could attain it--from the beginning. He knew that women give and receive intimacy through sharing, talking, hugging, and touching. After all, He created her so that men might not be lonely. These traits are perfectly fitted to that purpose.
But God also knew that men would be too hardhearted to appreciate these subtleties and that they would ignore their wives' needs. When they do this, their wives wither emotionally or they become embittered and independent. Oneness never grows. God couldn't leave something this important to the whims of mood.
- Thu Jun 12, 2014
The means to sin rests in our bodies--we can't walk away from our eyes and mind like we can walk away from drugs. This also explains why prayer alone is often not enough for total victory. We can go to the alter of prayer and be freed, but if we stop short and never fully close the gates of our eyes to sensual pollution, the sewage seeps right back in day in and day out. The chemical highs return, and we're captured again.
While we're to pray about sexual sin on the spiritual front, we have our orders on the physical battlefront as well. We're commanded to actively avoid sensual sin by choice--"to flee." It isn't unspiritual or "fleshly" to take an active role in this battle and to build defenses. We're commanded to do so by God. What's more spiritual than obedience?
- Wed Jun 11, 2014
For many men, going to church, attending a Bible study, serving in a ministry, and making an effort to connect with other men are definitely doable things. But embracing a partnership with the Holy Spirit has been something they've never pursued.
The Holy Spirit, like a good vacuum cleaner, is not effective unless, in a sense, He is plugged in. God's Word makes it imperative for God's man to initiate, cultivate, and maintain a close partnership with the Spirit. Like any strong relationship, this one requires desire, dialogue, and ongoing decisions to work together. If we choose not to pursue the relationship, both God's man and the Holy Spirit suffer a genuine loss.
Do not bring sorrow to God's Holy Spirit by
the way you live. Remember, he is the one who
has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that
you will be saved on the day of redemption.
(EPHESIANS 4:30, NLT)