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Acceptance, Obedience, Self Control and Sin

You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master. Genesis 4:7

You will be accepted if you do what is right
God gave us the ultimate statement of acceptance. He WILL accept us as long as
we are living the right life. Therefore, if we are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27), we as parents need to set these same expectations of acceptance for our children. Today’s society tells us to back off our children and “let them express themselves” However, I feel we need more discipline, rules and guidelines like we once had. For me, this reaffirms my discipline with my children at home and the high expectations I place upon them.  What greater gift can we give our children than the gift of God’s acceptance?  Now that is the “in” crowd I want to be a part of…….

But if you do refuse to do what is right, then watch out!
God gives us warning of what is to come if we disobey. He gives us rules and holds us to high expectations for us as His children. We must do the same for our children. We cannot have rules without consequences.  We must share these consequences with everyone in our lives not just our children.

Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you.
God tells us that sin can control our lives if we allow it. We must cast Satan out of our lives continually. We need to stay away from sin or it will take over our lives. Every day there is spiritual warfare. I face it daily myself. Therefore, I must put on my armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) and be prepared to battle. To do this I must pray, live in the Word, and live the Word.

Armor of God

But you must subdue it and be its mater
4. God gave us self-control to subdue sin. He gives us the will to be the masters of our own sin. If we are living in the Word, we can control ourselves better. I know my prayer sometimes is very simple “God, remove the negative influences and strongholds from my life”. It’s amazing what happens when I pray that prayer. Sometimes it removes people from my life and sometimes I lose things. Either way, God is always with me no matter what I lose.

Tonight’s memory verses:

16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. ~Romans 6:16-18

Good night and God Bless!

A Blessed Woman

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At Last

21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs[a] and closed up the opening. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.

23 “At last!” the man exclaimed.

“This one is bone from my bone,
    and flesh from my flesh!
She will be called ‘woman,’
    because she was taken from ‘man.’”

                                                                   Genesis 2:21-23 NLT

Today I started Reading Through the Word with Wendy Pope.  In our daily readings we journal our take away, something old and something new.  My something new that stood out to me today was reading Genesis 2:23 “At Last” the man exclaimed. This one sentence struck me.  All the years I have read this book and Adam’s excitement to have a companion was overlooked.  This tells me that God created man to rely on us as women. After all, he did take us from the man’s rib. (Genesis 2:21-23)  We are an extenstion-bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh-of the man God has intended for us.

Men want us in their lives and live for us to be with them. God created them that way! However, God also created them to be the leader in the relationship. This is where we as a modern day woman struggle.  Not unbelievable since we are now single mothers, business women, and live on our own.  However, He gave man the power and control not us. He tells us this here in Genesis, he tells us this in Ephesians and it is a repeated theme in the Bible. The man is the spiritual head of the relationship. God wants us as women, even today, to submit to them and let them lead.

Easy task?  Not really.  When you are truly submissive you put someone else’s needs above yours.  For us a mother, we are submissive to our children with no problem.  But not our husbands or significant other.  This is what causes so much strife in our lives.  We as a modern day woman place our children and our careers above all else. But in doing so, we are living against God’s will.  God tell us in Ephesians 5;22-23 we must submit to our husbands.  He does not say your children, your job, your friends.  He says, YOUR HUSBAND!!!

As I look back on my own relationships I know submission was a problem for me for a long time. It was the downfall of every relationship I had before Lee came into my life. I would not give up that control. I would not give up putting my children, family and friends first.  Why would I?

At the time, I was not aware that God created one man for me.  I was not aware that God not only created this man but he made him have a burning desire for me!  Think about that ladies–God created this man who will say “AT LAST!” just for you.  WOW!  How good does that make you feel?  I see some mustard seeds being replanted in a lot of lives right now.

Now as I look back on my past relationships I know that was not what God had intended for me. I know because the men I was with I was not equally yoked with much less did we live with God at the center of our lives.  Instead I lived for the “next big thing” that came along.  Never feeling that WOW that God had waiting for me.  I did not feel it because that was not the man God intended for me and I forced something against God’s will it did not work.

These verses in 2:21-23 for me shows me that God creates one woman for one man and that man is waiting for us to find him. However we are always looking for the beautiful and overlook what God has given us. That man over there is more handsome, that man has more money, that one is better than this one.  Because of those things we pursue what is bright and shiny instead of what God has intended for us. It’s our typical “the grass is greener” phenomenon we fall into repeatedly in today’s society. However, if we look at what God gives us and has placed in our path we see the true beauty of a relationship between a man and a woman as God intended.

Every morning I wake and say WOW!  I have been given the gift of God’s love not only through my children but through a man who truly loves me and adores me as God loves his church.  Yesterday when I picked up Lee this was our convo:

Me:  How are you?

Lee:  I am a blessed man honey

Me:  Blessed?

Lee:  Yes, I am with you now!!!

As simple as that convo is, it means everything to me.  I get convos and texts like this all day long every day.  Lee constantly shows me that kind of love and I truly feel as though I am an extension of him.  I feel him saying “AT LAST” every time he sees me. Never a doubt in my mind that I have made the right choice.  However, had I made some judgements and not forgiven him for past mistakes life would be different.  I would have looked for the next shiny thing to come along and I would be missing out on what is the most amazing person God put on this earth just for me.

This is why I am blessed.

Goodnight and God Bless!

A Blessed Woman