Overflowing

Saturday, October 24, 2015

John 4:14 says: 
“The water that I [Jesus] shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” NKJV
Time for a heart check….
As a Christian woman; do you overflow with Christ’s love? Does the way you act radiate with Christ-likeness?

 Oswald Chambers has a great insight on this:
“The picture our Lord described here [in John 4:14] is not that of
a simple stream of water, but an overflowing fountain. Continue to “be filled” (Ephesians 5:18) and the sweetness of your vital relationship to Jesus will flow as generously out of you as it had been given to you. If you find that His life is not springing up as it should, you are to blame- something is obstructing to flow…. We are to be fountains through which Jesus can flow as ‘rivers of living water’ in blessing to everyone.”
Is there anything in your life that is “obstructing the flow” of living water in your life? There have certainly been times that I have had to really evaluate my life, but beyond that; times that I have asked the Lord to cleanse me of anything in me that would not be pleasing to Him (shouldn’t we always be asking the Lord to do so?). In my own life, I have found these things to hinder my relationship with the Lord:
•             Not spending enough time in His word and/or in prayer
How can I expect to be spiritually strong if I do not take time for spiritual nourishment?
•             “Hidden” rebellion
Disrespecting parents or other authorities in “small” ways.
•             Trying to gain a certain reputation (pride)
Have any of these thoughts influenced you- “I want to seem like that godly girl who is sweet, popular, and outgoing.”, “I need to act smart around them.”, “If I dress like this, everyone will love me.”, “Posting this selfie Facebook will totally get their attention.” Worldly thinking will never produce the fruit of the spirit in our lives.    
•             Ungraciousness
Snappy remarks to a sibling who yelled at you, giving your opinion to everyone all the time, acting like you deserve better than you have received-are all examples of ungraciousness. Each one of us has fallen short of the glory of God, yet He is willing to pardon every sin. We have been shown grace in the most amazing way, will we not show grace to others?


Are you overflowing with Christ-likeness today? If not, what is obstructing the flow?  

Defining Beauty

Saturday, October 17, 2015

In our culture, it seems outward beauty always makes the "ten most important things every girl must have" list. Many women have become obsessed with having the most beautiful appearance, trendy clothes, and perfect hair. They would rather have a certain social status than think about their heart status. Webster's Dictionary defines beauty as: "Loveliness; good looks; pleasing, attractive person or thing." In contrast, how does God's word define beauty?





Your beauty should not come from outward adornment… Instead, 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.”
— 1 PETER 3:3-4

When we think of beauty, the latter definition should come to mind.  This verse does not say it is wrong to look beautiful on the outside (God is the creator of outward beauty!), but it is a reminder that we need to have our mindset in check, as it was when God sent Samuel to select a new king over Israel - “When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.’ But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” David, the youngest guy in the family, who took care of the sheep, he was God’s choice for king.
Biblical beauty really isn’t about us at all - it’s about the incredible beauty of our Creator. He is the most beautiful of all, and He wants to shape us into His likeness, that we might be truly beautiful.  As Charles Spurgeon once said: “If any soul has any such beauty... Christ has endowed that beloved soul with all its wealth of charms, for in ourselves we are deformed and defiled… There is no beauty in any of us but what our Lord has worked in us.”

QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:

  • Do you define beauty as Scripture does?
  • Have you allowed beauty to become an idol in your life? When you’re headed to church, going to school, or driving to your friend’s house do you worry about being accepted by friends or others? If so, what steps should you take to change?
  • Do you base your opinion of others on what they wear or how they look?