He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor.
Proverbs 21:21 NASB
The Christian journey is a pursuit. We are called to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness. When you are pursuing something you pursue it with everything that is within us. To many today simply treat their relationship with God as something very casual. The only time they may spend in prayer and God’s word is when they attend church on Sunday.
But God desires something much deeper and greater. He desires a daily relationship in which we share all things with Him. He desires to teach us of His kingdom and who He is in all that we go through and experience. There is true blessing that is found in pursuing the Lord and His kingdom. Not only will we spend all eternity with the Lord in His kingdom, but while we are on this earth we will be filled with His perfect peace. May we set aside every sin and idol that would hinder our walk and relationship with the Lord.
A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1 NKJV
How are we to respond when people speak harshly to us and persecute us for the name of Christ? We are called to respond in love. We are not called to respond in anger or to use harsh words for those who would speak against us. We live in a world of lost and broken people. People are blinded by the lies and deceptions of Satan. When we operate in the flesh we simply fuel the anger and hatred against us and it avails to nothing.
But when we respond in love by the leading of the Holy Spirit we make an impact for God’s kingdom. People today are use to the coldness and lovelessness of most people. Jesus said because of the increase of sin that the love of most would grow cold. Sin continues to increase upon the earth and the hardness and bitterness of people continues to increase. We are called to be a light in this dark hour. We are called to be filled with the love of Christ and be led by the Holy Spirit in all things. May we simply be the sons and daughters God has called us to be.
“Charm and grace are deceptive, and [superficial] beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD [reverently worshiping, obeying, serving, and trusting Him with awe-filled respect], she shall be praised.”PROVERBS 31:30 AMP
We live in a world and culture in which women are given a message that if you desire to move forward and succeed then sex must be the focus. But in God’s kingdom it is the opposite. In God’s kingdom a woman who fears the Lord and honors Him with her life and body is highly honored.
What does this mean you may ask? It means that in everything a woman does she does it to please the Lord. This includes everything from the way she dresses to the way she interacts with men. There are many women today who simply use their bodies to manipulate men and get what they want. This desire is driven by the sinful nature and by the lies and deception of Satan.
But in Christ a woman is a new creation. She is set free from the curse of sin and death. Her body and her life is a living sacrifice to the Lord and this truth will drive every decision she makes. If we believe we can claim to follow Christ but still live and pursue the world then we are sadly mistaken and deceived.
God created sex to be a beautiful thing shared between a husband and His wife. To be shared with a man and woman in the covenant of marriage. Satan and this world has so distorted God’s original design and today we live in a world in which people merely view sex as something to be done at any time and in any context.
When we live outside of the will of God and live for the desires of the flesh we bring destruction upon ourselves. This world will one day be destroyed and this life upon the earth is very short compared to eternity. May every women in the body of Christ understand her value in the eyes of her Heavenly Father. Desire to simply be a woman who fears the Lord and desires to honor Him with your life.
An excellent woman [one who is spiritual, capable, intelligent, and virtuous], who is he who can find her? Her value is more precious than jewels and her worth is far above rubies or pearls. She looks well to how things go in her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired); Her husband also, and he praises her, saying,
Proverbs 31:10, 27-28 AMP
A virtuous wife who serves the Lord with all her heart is one of the greatest gifts God can give a man. A woman who supports her husband in prayer and encourages him when he faces trial and struggle is beyond value or measure. In a marriage it is vital that the husband and wife pray for one another on a daily basis.
Marriage is a physical picture of what our spiritual relationship looks like between the body of Christ and the Lord. We are called to be a virtuous bride whose sole purpose is to bring honor and glory unto the Lord. We are called to pursue Him with our whole heart and set aside every idol and hindrance that would keep us from walking in all that God has for us.
To be the virtuous bride that God has called us to be requires us to pursue Him daily. Our strength and power for walking in obedience and holiness does not reside within ourselves. It is found in the power and leading of the Holy Spirit. If we will but abide in Him we will walk in every plan and purpose He has for our lives.
17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17
We are called to sharpen one another. We are called to challenge one another onto deeper faith and character in Christ. If our lives are not challenging people to a deeper walk with Christ then we simply need to ask ourselves what are we truly living for. If we are simply seeking the pleasures of this world and to be received by everyone and liked by everyone than we are simply wasting our time upon this earth. The desires of this world are empty and in the end lead to destruction. Being liked by everyone is a pointless exercise and is not biblical but is actually founded in our fleshly nature. In the end Jesus was rejected by all, but He was faithful to the Father’s plan. In this life if we truly follow Jesus Christ we will be rejected and we will be persecuted, but the pain and sorrow of this world is temporary compared to the glory of His kingdom. Commit yourself to live daily for the Lord and be the living sacrifice He has called you to be. The hour grows short for the body of Christ upon this earth. May we be who the Lord has called us to be and spurn one another onto a deeper walk and intimacy with the Lord.
“He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise. He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.”Proverbs 15:31-32 NASB
Being able to listen and heed correction is a huge element of growing in maturity. There are some who are not willing to heed correction because of pride and arrogance. One of the most dangerous things on this earth is pride. We will never arrive as long as we are walking on this earth. Walking in humility will guard our hearts and will give us eyes to see and ears to hear. We only are able to walk in humility as we abide in Jesus Christ. Let us walk with the Lord each day of our lives.