Who’s Fighting Harder?

It is always through words that ideas and concepts are conceived. It is through communication that things are understood among people. Words are what create and develop morals in a society as a whole. They encourage, discourage, insult and compliment. They give advice and counsel as well as display opinions and decisions. So why, if words are so crucial in so many ways, are they so passively used? Why are they flying from our tongues without consideration a lot of the time, if these exact words are what hold the “power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21)?” 

I believe it is because the enemy is alive and well and is in full pursuit of our lives. Because he wants to make sure we are fed lie after lie, and he does it through conversations and relationships as he knows how impactful those things are-on even national levels. False teachings and harmful ideas enter our minds and slip so seamlessly off of our tongues, and spread from person to person to where it becomes a normal and accepted way of thinking. Then, our society begins to idolize and develop itself around that idea. This is how the devil easily invades our lives. And imagine the leg up he has now that information can be passed to millions with the push of a button. 

With this, we see a call to believers, to counter the ideas that are being spread, with our words. When we decide to speak our ideas, the devil finds that he is held back from his plan to destroy. But if we are being honest, who is really speaking louder in this world right now? The devil or God’s people? We know that God’s voice is louder than the devil’s ever could be, but we are His church-His bride-and we are called to be His voice, His love and His passion here on earth. We are given the divine calling to be Jesus to the lost and broken. So are we stepping up to override the devil’s lies with God’s truth? Are we creating roadblocks for him or just enabling him to pass right through? 

The words you may speak to somebody may decide where they spend eternity. They are surely being fed plenty of deceitful thoughts, and it is our call to oppose those thoughts. God will do the rest, as His voice can be heard much louder than any of ours. But He has given us a purpose, to love and stand up for those who are far from Him. Don’t let the devil fight harder for those souls than you are. 

Everything Beautiful

Let’s be honest for a moment. How many of us focus A LOT, probably too much, on our own beauty? My hand is shooting high into the air right now, ladies, so don’t be ashamed if yours is too. I tend to spend a lot of time zoning in on my appearance and assessing my physical beauty in comparison to other women. We all know this concept to be vain and narcissistic at its very core. Some of us might even deem it a tactic used by the enemy to create self-consumed (and therefore less humble) Christians. But what if I told you that God created beauty with the intention that it would be one of the most important and significant things in our lives? Let’s take a look at the Word and what God has to say about beauty. 🙂

We are going to start in Ecclesiastes 3:11, which says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”

Let me reiterate that the Bible says that God, “has made everything beautiful in its time.” Everything. Because we know that He created all things (John 1:3), and all things are for His Glory (1 Corinthians 10:31), we can recognize that He makes all things beautiful according to His will. But what does “in its time” mean? It means that God only does this in His divinely perfect timing, which contrasts greatly to our flawed and human idea of timing.

God will make us beautiful only by His will and for His glory.

So what exactly is beauty, in God’s eyes?

1 Peter 3:3-4 says, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

To God, beauty isn’t what we see looking back at us in the mirror, but is rather marked by a spirit of peace, faithfulness and submission. This kind of beauty is eternal, it is unfading, and it is the kind of beauty that the Lord truly values. He looks at a heart that is in full submission to His truth, and sees great worth.

This beauty, this unfading beauty that we are talking about, is not something that you either have or don’t have. This beauty is something that we, as women of God, get to strive towards every day. As we spend our precious time with the King, leaning into His heart for us, we are becoming more beautiful. As we love our families and stretch out willing hands to those who are hurting, we are becoming more beautiful. We will never truly grasp the ideal beauty in this life, for only one human that has walked this earth could and ever can. Spend your time running towards the most beautiful man to have ever lived, and pray that you will be able to grasp just a bit of the beauty of Jesus in this lifetime.

God has made everything beautiful in its time, and when we are in eternity with our loving Father, we will finally be made truly flawless and beautiful.

Revelation 21:4

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Facing Your Faith

I was saved about 2 years ago. At that time, my heart filled with constant, unshakable joy like I had never known before. Now, 2 years after Jesus filled my life with hope, purpose and a future…I am finally facing my faith.

When we make the decision to follow God with our lives, there is inevitably going to be a season where we are called to “face our faith.” This is the time when you begin to struggle and feel the very real pain of living in this world. This is when your faith and dedication to the Lord is being tested. For me, this time has shown itself since I got married 3 months ago. As an 18 year old girl who went straight from living with her parents in Colorado to her husband in California, I had a lot of adjusting to do all at once. I was suddenly dropped into a situation where I needed to learn how to love my new husband, take care of our house and his needs, find friends, get connected and start serving. All of this with an unexpected full-time job and a very tough ongoing situation at my husband’s work. I have been very overwhelmed, questioning if I have enough strength for all that I’ve taken on. I find my heart in a state of fear instead of joy, and my mind in chaos rather than peace.

Thankfully, I serve a God of greater than! He showed Himself in a church service and a conversation last night, just to show me that He is greater than my struggles.

The sermon last night was named “Get Up.” Must I say more? It was about those seasons that challenge you more than you think you can handle. Those situations that test you and break you down. But mostly, it was about that dream that was lost, that opportunity that was shattered, that hope that you had once but have lost along the way. The pastor spoke very bold and confident words over the congregation, telling us that our season of struggle is over, and the resurrecting power of Jesus is here to tell us to GET UP! He spoke from Luke 8:40-56, but the verse that stood out to me the most was verse 52.

“Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. ‘Stop wailing,’ Jesus said. ‘She is not dead but asleep.'”

If you read the entire passage, you realize that Jesus is saying this about a girl who He raises from the dead. That power, that resurrecting power that raised that girl from the dead, that raised Jesus Himself from the dead, is within us. And these things that we thought were dead, actually are just sleeping in God’s eyes. The pastor spoke about this, telling us that God can take that marriage and bring it back to life. He can take that business and bring it back to life. He can fill your life with purpose again, and your heart with joy. Because we serve a God of the second chance, the third chance, the millionth chance.

He wants to give you patience-ask for it. He wants to give you strength-seek it. He wants to give you hope-knock at the door. And don’t quit knocking until that door swings open and Jesus hands it to you Himself.

Trust Him for the impossible, pray BOLD prayers because bold prayers honor the Lord! He doesn’t need to see you succeed, He needs to see your faith.

So it’s time for you to face your faith?

God is greater than that. GET UP. Verse 53 and 54. “They laughed at Him, knowing that she was dead. But He took her by the hand and said, ‘My child, get up!‘”

Romans 8:11

“And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you.”