United with Jesus Christ

 Imagine that you were stuck in a burning building, the fire is raging all around you and you have no where to go but out of the window. The problem is that it is a three story building and if you jump you could die but if you stay in the building you will also die. So you edge over to the window look outside to assess the situation, the firemen down below, have there big tarp spread out below the window and are screaming at you to jump, they will catch you.

 You are terrified but you jump, trusting in the fact that those firemen below are trained to catch you. You manage to land safely and you feel great love and appreciation for the firemen who just saved your life.

 Now, imagine a slightly different scenario, one where you are in a burning building, the only way to survive is to jump out of the window. But when you look out of the window, you see that the people down on the ground are not firemen, they do not have any equipment that could save your life if you jumped, and they are basically standing around having a beer while encouraging you to jump.

 How willing would you be to jump out of that window, could you trust that they would actually catch you when you jumped?

 Well the moral of the story is this:

We as human beings have an easier time putting our trust in someone whom we know has had the training to save our life, than in someone who has never had a day of training in their life.

 In order for us to truly be able to trust in God, we need to know Him, know that what He says is true, and that He can truly save us from death, caused by sin in our life.

 How do we do this, how do we know that God is completely trustworthy? We need to study his word, the bible; we need to understand that what He tells us in the bible is as true today as it was thousands of years ago when it was written.

Then we need to be willing to obey those words and put them into practice into our lives, letting the word of God, change how we think and act towards him and others.

We can only do that by letting the words of God soak into our inmost being.

 Take a moment and read through these verses in Philippians’ 2 and see that we are united with Christ. What does that mean for us a Christians to be united with Christ?

Does that give us a privileged standing in society, a free ticket to a pain free life?

 No, it does not, but by being united in Christ, we get the privilege of having our sins washed away, our hurts healed and then we get to encourage others in their walk with Christ Jesus.

 If you are a Christian you are united with Christ.

 Philippians 2

Imitating Christ’s Humility

  • 1. If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,  
  • 2. then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
  • 3. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
  • 4. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
  • 5. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
  • 6. Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
  • 7. but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
  • 8. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!
  • 9. Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
  • 10. that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
  • 11. and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

So what does being united with Jesus Christ look like for a Christian?

  • Isaiah 61
  • I get to partner with the Holy Spirit and preach the good news to the lost world
  • I get to bring comfort and healing to the broken hearted
  • I get to proclaim freedom for all those who have been captive to sin
  • I get to be a partner with the Holy Spirit as I help those who need to be released from the prison that their sin has placed them in.
  • I get to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor to all those around me
  • I get to tell the people that one day there will be judgment proclaimed by God, but if they repent and turn away from their wicked ways, then they have nothing to fear!
  • I have been given the oil of gladness instead of mourning
  • A crown of beauty instead of ashes
  • I have comfort, from the mourning that my sin has brought into my life
  • I have a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair,
  • I am oak of righteousness a planting of the lord for the display of his splendor
  • I am a minister of God
  • What the enemy tried to ruin in my life, I have been given back a double portion
  • I no longer live in shame and disgrace
  • I will have everlasting Joy
  • I can rejoice in my inheritance from the lord
  • All who see me will acknowledge that I belong to God and that I am his Cherished possession
  •  I am part of a people that is blessed by God
  • I have been set free from death, due to my sin
  • My soul can freely rejoice in the lord
  • I am clothed with garments of salvation
  • I have a robe of righteousness that has been given to me by God.

Isaiah 61:1-11

  • 1. The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
  • 2. to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
  • 3. and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
  • 4. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
  • 5. Aliens will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
  • 6. And you will be called priests of the Lord, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.
  • 7. Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs.
  • 8. “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity. In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them.
  • 9. Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the LORD has blessed.”
  • 10. I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
  • 11. For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.

In this passage of Scripture the prohet Isaiah was looking forward to what Jesus would ultimately do for us as human beings on the earth, but because we have been given the Holy Spirit and we have been given the mind of Christ, these promises are for us, Jesus Christ’s brothers and sisters in Christ.

This passage is so encouraging to us, to know that we are not only given all of these gifts, of redemption, gladness and joy, but we are the carriers of these things to the world around us as well.

Be encouraged dear brother and sisters that you are united with Christ, and he loves you so very much.

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Wives are told by God to respect their husbands.

What does that mean for us as Christian women? What does that look like in a family? How do I implement it in my life? Why does it seem so hard to do sometimes?

These questions and many more I have asked myself over the 17 years of being married to my Husband. What does my side of the marriage partnership really supposed to look like and how can I implement it into my life. I want to make a quick disclaimer here and say, that I have by no means being able to always have these next points that I am about to write; work perfectly in my life.

I realize and recognize that I am a sinful human being, that has been called by God, and saved by Him and therefore I have been given righteousness and salvation.

 I have also been given the gift of His Holy Spirit, which enables me to act and behave way better than I did before He came and set up residence in my Life. I have also being shown by God, that he has given me the gift of repentance, so that when I mess up and He shows me where I have been at fault, if I come to Him and repent, He will forgive me and restore me back into right standing with Him.

Repentance – 1 John 1: 8-10

8If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

10If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

I believe that I have been given some insight as to how God wants me to respect my husband, so as I share this with you know that we all walk on this road together in figuring out what God wants for us, His Daughters.

  The following list is by no means an exhaustive list of ways to respect your husband, and if you have found other ways of showing that respect to your husband please share it with us so that we may be encouraged and built up together. That our families would grow strong and that we as daughters of the Most High God will walk in love and dignity.

 To show Respect to your husband, takes a choice on your side, you may have many excuses as to why you shouldn’t or couldn’t or won’t, but God tells us to do so. We have to choose every day to show our husbands respect.

  Notice that I have not mentioned your husband’s responsibility in “Acting in a way that would make you want to respect him” No, we are responsible to God for our own actions, our own attitudes and our own motives of our heart.

  Therefore these next points deal solely with us as woman. What our responsibility is!  God is responsible for your husband, you are not.  Your Husband is responsible to God for how he treats you. You are not.

 If you find yourself in a situation where it is extremely hard to show respect to your husband due to any kind of abuse that he is inflicting on you, please go and seek good counsel for your marriage and other issues. Hang on to God and he will most certainly see you through it as well.

 Ok, so here is the list of things that I believe that God has shown me in connection with how my attitude should look towards my husband:

  • As a wife, I need to have a personal relationship with my Heavenly Father,
  • I need to seek God’s will for my life,
  • I need to ask the Holy Spirit to come in to my heart and set up residence.
  • I need to be willing to allow the Holy Spirit to teach, correct and lead me into the truth of God’s word.
  • This will enable me to know and live a life of love and respect, both for myself and my husband.
  • I need to ask God to help me to guard my heart, mouth and mind.
  • I need to remember that if I do not guard these things, and I allow the enemy to enter destructive thoughts into my mind, I will be more apt to spew them out of my mouth.
  • I need to watch what comes out of my mouth when I speak to him,
  • Am I speaking life into him or death over him?
  • I need to be prepared to build him up and not drag him down. (remembering always, that words sting, they destroy, and they inflict damage for much longer than what we ever anticipated that they would)
  • I need to not bad mouth him in front of other people,
  • I need to not gossip about him to my friends
  • I need to not make him look like a fool in front of other people, by my words and attitude towards him.

 Thank you for taking the time to read through this list. I believe that through Christ Jesus we can put these things into practice in our lives. We can walk victoriously in our marriage and we can look more and more like Christ both on the inside and the outside.

Christian women, are told by God to respect their husbands

Why do we as Christian women need to respect our husbands and what does that look like for us as a woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend.

The women liberation movement in the 1960’s said that we no longer needed to be subject to man, we could be free, free to choose how to live our lives, what to wear, free to choose to use our bodies in any way we wanted to, free to have any attitude about men and marriage that we wanted to, burn our bra’s and make a statement. That is what they advocated.

Well almost 50 years has passed and I am not sure that the mindset of the women liberation movement has done anything to help the modern woman. Why would I say that, well look around you and see the devastation of our society. Look at families, and the devastation that has taken place there. Look at how society depicts men and their role in the home as well as at the work place, it has stripped them of any dignity and their God given role of being a man.

Popular sitcoms depict men as dumb, and the woman to be the stronger of the two. The depict men as totally incapable of making decisions, of being nothing more than part of the sperm donation, and paycheck at the end of the week.

I do not believe that that was what God intended when he set up society thousands of years ago. Yes I agree, in those days, woman were not highly valued, respected as people or treated very well, and if you really take a critical look at our society, we have turned the table and now in a lot of cases the shoe is on the other foot.

But I believe, that when God set about to create a relationship between a man and a woman that he intended for it to be a place of mutual growth, fellowship, understanding, love, companionship, encouragement and grace.

For most of us we might not outwardly show our agreement to treating men in our lives the way that I have described it, but those subtle messages are there all of the time, through media, books that we read, and maybe even through our own thinking.

I believe that God wants to bring about in his daughters some right thinking; right thinking about how we look at ourselves and how we treat others around us, especially for those of us who are married, or are contemplating marriages. We need to know what God requires of us when it comes to loving, respecting and honoring our husbands. God is very clear in scripture that we are to continually renew our minds.

 Romans 12:1-3 – Renewing your mind

  • 1. Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.
  • 2. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is –his good, pleasing and perfect will.
  • 3. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

So as I write these words to you, please know and understand that I write them for myself as much as for you, God wants us to live our lives with an attitude of love, repentance, and renewal.

 He tells us that by renewing the way we think, we can start to think the way he does, on any given subject that pertains to our living our lives as Christians. Part of that for us as a Christian woman, God wants us to learn to  respect our husbands, to walk beside them as their help mate and not as a force to destruct them.

So having said that, let’s have a look at what the bible says about our role as a woman, (I am focusing this discussion on the woman’s responsibility for now, I will focus on the man’s responsibility in a future article)

Ephesians 5: 22-33 –  Wives and Husbands

  •  22. Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.  
  • 23. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 
  • 24. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
  • 25. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
  • 26. to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 
  •  27. and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.   
  • 28. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 
  • 29. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church—
  • 30. for we are members of his body.  
  • 31. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”   
  • 32. This is a profound mystery–but I am talking about Christ and the church. 
  • 33. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

 

To find out more about a christian’s woman role in respecting her husband, click here to read part two of this series

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