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Truth!

In my last post I stated that God’s word is the only source of truth. You may think, “That book was written thousands of years ago, you can’t apply it to our lives now, how can you believe that?’’ It was only written by men.”   Yes, the book was written by men thousands of years ago but that does not disqualify it from being true. “Well, it was just written by ordinary men, what if they were just making it up?”

He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. – John 3:18

For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” – John 3:20-21

Would ordinary men write a book that would so easily convict them of being guilty sinners before a Holy God?

The Apostle Paul wrote almost half of the New Testament. Paul was a Jew, a Pharisee, of a very high rank and well studied in the Old Testament. He persecuted Christians and killed many of them, but God showed him his evil heart and he became a Christian. Only a man that truly was chosen by God Himself could have written and done what Paul endured. He endured imprisonment, starvation, stoned and left for dead.

Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” – Acts 21:13

Paul the former murderer of Christians eventually did die for his faith.

I can’t make anyone believe the bible, we have been taught many things but we have to know why we believe them. I believe God’s word because that is where I put my hope and trust in God who is eternal.

So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. – Romans 10:17

The word of God exposes the sin in the human heart and causes them to believe, it is never through the wisdom of man, your belief must be planted in you by God.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12  

For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.  For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God –   1Corinthians1:17-18

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Not by Chance

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Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep.

Mankind was, in the beginning, created by God to bring Himself glory. One man’s transgression plunged the entire human race into sin through disobedience when Eve ate the forbidden fruit. Mankind places his hope in science with all its limitations instead of God who has no limits. Many people believe today that mankind, evolved by random chance but the Bible says otherwise.

Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said,” let Us make man in our image according to our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

In this life man has many choices, but the most important question he can ask himself is “why am I here?” We ask these questions because, if man evolved by chance, then what are we really on earth for? This important question also leads to more questions. “What is wrong with the world?” “How can we fix these problems?” These questions have been asked for generations can only be answered by the source of truth, the Bible, God’s word.  However, that is not the first place men go to look for answers.

Romans 1:18-21 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,  because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

If we live with the “truth” of evolution, men’s lives would be singularly based upon pointless perfection only to die and have it all go to waste. If evolution was true and God does not exist then a “good” person and a murderer would share the same fate. If God does not exist then right and wrong are merely human ideas and people have no point in being “good” at all.

Even though God has clearly shown himself; man suppresses the truth because he does not like the truth. This decision has everything to do with how men live their lives. If there was no God then, man is free to do as he wishes, with no accountability.   Those who are called to love God willingly obey the commands of His word. They will live their lives pleasing to God.

Man’s sin has him separated from God. That sin must be paid for, Jesus Christ came to earth and lived a perfect, sinless, life and died on a cross taking on the wrath of the Father. That is good news for sinful man, through Him we can be made right with God.

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Temporary & Eternal

All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers the flower fades…but the word of our God stands forever. – Isaiah 40:6-8

I love this verse. It is a very powerful; it shows the everlasting beauty of the One who sent His son to die on the cross, taking my ugliness of sin and conquering it. He rose from the grave and defeated death. That is true beauty.

Is our hope in temporal life? Having the best of life here and now? Is it in temporal beauty of our flesh?   I never want to forget where my hope truly lies.   Not in physical beauty here and now, but in the cross of Christ.

Blessed the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. – 1 Peter 1:3-5                                           

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True Beauty

Proverbs 31:30- Charm is deceptive and beauty is passing but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

I have read this verse many, many times but its meaning is just now becoming clear to me. I do not have perfect skin. I struggle with breakouts everyday and I’m tired of it. Sometimes all I can think about is, “I hope I have on enough concealer”. I become so caught up in my pathetic flaws I’m blinded to what really matters. Even though I don’t have perfect skin, I do have a beautiful God.

With this battle in mind I think to myself, what is God trying to show me? I was talking with my mom and she says, “Grace the fact that you can consider that is a wonderful thing, millions of girls will have the same struggles as you and they won’t even consider that.”

It was such a humbling reminder. Beauty promises a lifetime of happiness, fulfillment, and true worth it simply can’t deliver. Beauty is also passing. But something God promises is true happiness and fulfillment and true worth in Him alone. If we try and put it somewhere else we will be disappointed.

If you seek your own praise you will want more. But if you find it in Christ and what He has done you will have praise from Him. What a promise!

Psalm 115:1- Not unto us O Lord not to us, but your name give glory, because of your mercy, because of your truth.

If I look to clear skin for happiness I’m going to be extremely let down but if I look the One who truly is beautiful, I will find true happiness.

Matthew 6:33- But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.

I have benefitted and highly recommend reading – True Beauty 2014 by Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre published by Crossway

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Seasons of Change

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Wow, just like that summer has come and gone. Is anyone else going to miss it? Do you sometimes just want to stay right where you are? You are so content where God has you that you are scared to grow? I know I feel that way sometimes.

Well just like seasons change we also change. New seasons are a time for us to grow in our relationship with God. In every season we are able to bring him glory. I need to keep this in mind each day as I would live for God.

Hebrews 13:8- Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Something that I find very comforting about God is that He will never change. Because He doesn’t change I can. You and I can change to become more like Him each day. So as everything keeps changing remember that you need to be exercising your faith and growing in your knowledge leading to fruitfulness.

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. – 2 Peter 1:5-9

What a wonderful way to test ourselves. To see if we are growing in the faith God has given us. If not, why not? Because God never changes, we must.

Grace


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pink and khaki

Hello,

I wanted to share something else I enjoy doing which is styling outfits.  We can still be modest and fashionable in a God honoring way.

This is an outfit that is timeless. It is professional and tailored. You could wear this to something more on the formal side or just to lunch with a friend. I wore this outfit to “God’s Design for Family Conference” a while ago and it was the perfect setting.

Top-Anne Taylor Factory Store (old) you could use any white top

Sweater-Banana Republic Factory Store Spring 2014

Skirt-Banana Republic Factory Store Spring 2014

Shoes- Marshalls via Tommy Hilfiger (old)

You can take elements from this outfit and use them in other outfits. Use any bright color with a plainer skirt. Using classis pieces with modern elements are stunning.

Grace

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Tea with Darah

Often we live our lives on autopilot, have you ever considered this? I take harp lessons from a friend at my church and then we sit and chat after the lesson, an important part of the Christian life is to have different forms of discipleship and that is why I enjoy meeting with her.

A couple of weeks ago Darah challenged me about what I wear. I had wanted to wear more skirts, but that idea had been forgotten for about two years, although it sounded like a good idea and I liked them, I had been living on autopilot for a while and my friend knew this.

She reminded me of my convictions that I had so conveniently forgotten about. It was easy to use excuses like, “Skirts are difficult to find”, or “I can’t get things done as quickly”. God greatly used her to help me see my laziness on this issue; I finally took action, and bought some skirts.

You may be thinking, “Well Grace I don’t think you were being lazy, you just wear pants.’’ It’s not necessarily the dress that matters, as much as the condition of our hearts, and isn’t that what true Christianity is all about, the condition of the heart?

1 Peter 3:3-4,  Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. [NKJV]

We need to remember that God looks at the heart and He is concerned with the inward appearance far more than the external appearance.

Proverbs 31:30- Charm is deceptive, and beauty is passing; but a woman who fears the Lord she shall be praised. [NKJV]

This is so true in my life. It is far more important to fear the Lord than to have your hair perfect every morning. A pretty face covering a dark heart is white wash on a tomb. “True beauty is not skin deep, says Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin, “but shines out of a heart overflowing with true love and beauty for Christ.”

No matter how nice I may look, I really need to focus on the condition of my heart. Am I getting ready on the inside as well as the outside in prayer and reading the Word? We need to remember who we are dressing for.

I don’t believe there is anything wrong with looking nice. What we wear matters, it shows a lot about our hearts, and once our hearts are right I know that our outside will be just as beautiful.

 

Grace