Thursday, September 29, 2011

#4 - Faithfully His

Faithfully His
A resolution to be devoted to Christ and defined by His Word

~ Divine Appointments ~
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”

~ Psalm 27:8

But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
~ 1 Peter 2:9

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints
~ Ephesians 1:18

You have been invested with gifts, talents, and uniqueness that God Himself deemed you suitable to carry:
- Surprisingly satisfied
- Purposefully feminine
- Authentically you
- Faithfully His

This is the resolution of the woman who is faithfully His:
- We are women who lean into His voice - listening, heeding, conforming our will to His.
- We are women who uphold the laurels of Scripture in the face of contrary opinions.
- We are women who do not ultimately answer to earthly authorities but to the One who created us, loved us, and called us to Himself.
- We are
women who live with heaven's purpose in view and heaven's whisper in our souls.
- We are in the world, but we are not of the world - not controlled by it, consumed by it, compelled by it.
- We are heaven called, pursuing His purposes and driven by the passions He has placed within our hearts.

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house.
~ Hebrews 3:1-2

Examples of "Heaven Calling":
1.) It's why a mother might choose to stay home in an effort to prioritize her family, because she knows how that enticing yet all-consuming job offer could take her away from what matters most.
2.) It's what causes a single woman to refuse the offer of a distinguished gentleman who's got everything going for him except a passion for spiritual things and an interest in God's plan for her life.
3.) It's what compels a ministry leader to keep moving forward with her study and planning and the building of God's "house" even when finances and outside interests look bleak.
4.) It's what a wife faithful to her marriage, compelling her to hang in there without any real, earthly security worth mentioning left to hang on to.
5.) It's the call of the faithful.

Questions to Ask Yourself:
~ How is Moses' example encouraging and inspiring to you?

~ How will you be required to go against rationale or cultural pressure to stay committed to what heaven is calling you to do in this season of your life?

~ Faith vs. Faithfulness ~
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
~ James 1:3

saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
~ Luke 22:42

In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
~ Hebrews 5:7-10

Questions to ask Yourself:
~ In your own words describe the difference between having faith and being faithful.

~ Would you describe yourself as a faithful person?  If so, in what areas of life?

~ I'd Like a Word with You ~
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Read these biblical statements over your life and the lives of your loved ones, your mind will be renewed, your faith strengthened, your actions, and attitudes transformed:
"Faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ"
~ I love the Lord my God with my whole heart, soul, and mind (Mark 12:30)
~ I walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)
~ The Lord is on my side.  I will not fear what man can do to me (Psalm 118:6)
~ I am competent not in my own abilities but because He has made me competent by His Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:5-6)
~ I abide in Christ, He abides in me, and I bear much fruit (John 15:5)
~ I have the mind of Christ; therefore I act in a way that is consistent with His actions (1 Corinthians 2:16)
~ He will never leave me or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5)
~ I do not look with disdain upon my weaknesses.  I see them as opportunities for God to display His powerful strength and grace through me (2 Corinthians 12:10)
~ No weapon formed against me can prosper, and every tongue that rises up against me in judgment will be condemned (Isaiah 54:17)
~ I will be hospitable without complaint (1 Peter 4:9)
~ I will not use my tongue to speak cursings, but rather I will speak life-giving blessings to everyone I meet and in every situation I face (James 3:8-10)
~ The Spirit indwells me; therefore I am the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16)
~ I am faithful over a few things, and I will be made ruler over many (Matthew 25:23)
~ I humbly submit to God, and I actively resist the work of the devil, knowing the must flee from me (James 4:7)
~ I will not give the enemy an opportunity or foothold in my life (Ephesians 4:27)
~ The One who is in me is greater than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4)
~ I choose to obey the Lord and receive the prosperous abundance and blessing He will bestow on me (Deuteronomy 30:8-9)
~ My heart keeps the commandment of God.  They will add length of days and peace to my life (Proverbs 3:1-2)
~ I walk by the Spirit and do not fulfill the desires of my flesh (Galatians 5:16)
~ I am enabled to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)
~ The Lord guards my going out and my coming in, today and forever (Psalm 121:8)
~ I rejoice in the Lord whether circumstances are good or bad (Philippians 4:4)
~ I will not be afraid when I lie down, and my sleep shall be sweet (Proverbs 3:24)
~ I obtain the favor of the Lord (Proverbs 12:2)
~ The Lord is in my midst, and He sings over me with joy (Zephaniah 3:17)
~ I am the apple of my Father's eye (Deuteronomy 32:10)
~ Goodness and mercy will follow me not only today but all the days of my life (Psalm 23:6)
~ I have been made in the image and likeness of God Himself.  This is my heritage (Genesis 1:27)
~ I have not been given the spirit of this world; rather, I have the Spirit of God that I might know the mind and will of God for me (1 Corinthians 2:12)
~ I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16)
~ My steps have been ordained and ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23)
~ I only allow my mind to entertain what is honorable, right, pure, lovely, noble, excellent, and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8)
~ I long for the pure milk of the Word that I may grow to spiritual maturity (1 Peter 2:2)
~ I seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14)
~ I am a necessary and useful part of the body of Christ, and I will use my spiritual gifts to edify others (1 Corinthians 12:7)
~ Faith, hope, and love - especially love - abide in me (1 Corinthians 13:13)
~ I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21)
~ I have been given victory in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:57)
~ I am meek, and I will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5)
~ I extend mercy to others, and I will in turn receive mercy (Matthew 5:7)
~ I have a pure heart before God, and I expect to see His manifest presence in my life (Matthew 5:8)
~ I discipline myself for the purpose of godliness since it holds promise for the present life as well as the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8)
~ My ambition is to be pleasing to Him and Him alone (2 Corinthians 5:9)
~ I do not judge fellow believers so that I will not bring judgment on myself (Romans 2:1)
~ My priority is to seek first the kingdom and God's righteousness, and I expect all needed, secondary things to be added unto me (Matthew 6:33)
~ I am a true worshipper.  I worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23)
~ I do not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Deuteronomy 8:3)
~ Rivers of living water flow out of my inner being (John 7:38)
~ I have been chosen by God to bring forth fruit that shall remain (John 15:16)
~ I am a brand-new person.  My old sin nature has passed away, and everything has become new (2 Corinthians 5:17)
~ No matter my past, I am forgiven of my sins because of the lavishness of His grace upon me (Ephesians 1:7)
~ I have been given every spiritual blessing in heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3)
~ Because He was wounded, I am healed (Isaiah 53:5)
~ In Christ, I am whole and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:4)
~ Whatever I ask for in prayer according to the Father's will, I believe that I have received it (Mark 11:24)
~ I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation.  I am one of God's own people (1 Peter 2:9)
~ I will not be afraid because I know the spirit of fear is not from Him.  He has given me a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)
~ I am not a stranger to God.  I am a citizen of God's kingdom and a member of His household (Ephesians 2:19)
~ I have been sealed by the Holy Spirit who indwells me. He is a pledge from the Father of my coming inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14)
~ I am a masterpiece created in Christ Jesus in order to walk in the good works He has prepared for me to do (Ephesians 2:10)
~ For freedom I have been made free.  I walk daily in this gift of freedom (Galatians 5:1)
~ I am dead to the power of sin (Romans 6:11)
~ I have been raised with Christ, and I sit with Him in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6)
~ I am the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-14)
~ I will not fear because the Lord is my light, my salvation, and the strength of my life (Psalm 27:1)
~ The joy of the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10)
~ I trust completely in the Lord; therefore I will be like a fruit-bearing tree that continually finds nourishment despite dry, parched weather (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
~ No good thing will the Lord withhold from me as I walk uprightly before Him (Psalm 84:11)
~ Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, and I will do the works that He did (John 14:12)
~ In Christ I have become a child of God, and I receive the blessings of God has for me (John 1:2; Romans 16:17)
~ In Christ, God has chosen me as His own and made me strong.  He has placed His mark on me.  He has placed His Spirit in my heart as a guarantee for all He has promised (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
~ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)

Today God invites you to live a life marked by faithfulness.  By His Spirit and with the guidance and encouragement of His Word, this is an attainable goal for you.  No matter what your past has held, this resolution can mark a new beginning.  Read the resolution prayerfully and sign your name to it when you are ready.

Faithfully His
I will live as a woman answerable to God and faithfully committed to His Word.

A Note From Myself:
After reading these several sections of "Faithfully His", I eagerly and truly want to live as a woman answerable to God and being faithfully committed to His Word!  Reading over the biblical statements and typing them all out onto this blog post has truly made a deeper desire in my heart to grow and be more faithful to God.  I know it won't be easy, but I pray I strive to be the woman who will stay faithful to God.

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