12 February 2015

An Attitude Adjustment

 A woman once walked out into a river and screamed to every one that she was going to drown herself. Police talked to her; ministers came and talked. A great crowd gathered on the banks to watch. People begged her to come out of the water but she seemed determined to take the suicide's way out of trouble.
A young boy seventeen years old was working in a school for disabled people near the river. He looked out the window to see what the commotion was all about. In a few moments he hobbled on two hand crutches to the river bank. He waded into the water and called: "Look at me, woman. I can't walk without two sticks, but I am not giving up."
The young woman, strong and healthy, looked at the boy and shame overcame her. She walked out of the water. "I'll try again."
That's what you call an attitude adjustment!

There are people who have life a lot more difficult than you and they are not giving up--just like the boy in the story.
God promises in 1Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Whatever you are going through, there are others who have been through the same thing. And there are people who have been through much worse and have become beautiful people because of their trials.
No matter how big your trials are, God will help you through if you ask Him and look for the way of escape that He will provide.
With God there is never a reason to give up. With God there is always hope. With God there is always a reason to be thankful.
 
 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalms100:4

 
 
Do you need an attitude adjustment?

6 February 2015

Where is the Wisdom in That?

(Lessons from the 2 Harlots)
Then said the king,'...
Bring me a sword...
Divide the living child in two, and give half to one, and half to the other. 1 Kings 3:24-25

Imagine you were there, watching to see the king's wisdom. You wonder how he is going to solve this difficult problem. Then the king speaks. You listen intently.
Bring me a sword!”
Your heart misses a beat. A sword? What for?
“Cut the live baby in half and give half to one mother and the other half to the other mother.”
No!” You scream silently. You can't kill that poor helpless little thing. Where on earth is the wisdom of that? Have you lost your mind?
One mother cries out desperately “O your majesty, give her the live child, and please don't kill it!”
You cringe.
The other one says heartlessly, “Let it be neither yours or mine. Cut it in half.”
What?You think in shock.
Then light begins to dawn.
Looking at the desparate mother, the king commands “Give her the live baby, and definitely don't kill it: she is the real mother.”
It all makes sense now. You give a sigh of relief.
You are filled with respect for the wise king. The king knew what he was doing all along.

We don't always understand what God, our great King, is doing in our lives. It sometimes makes no sense. It's seems unfair or even crazy.
But one day the light will begin to dawn, we will see the big picture and it will all make sense. The King knows what He's doing. Just trust Him.

2 February 2015

Open My Eyes

(Prayer Requests from Psalm 119 #2)
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. v18

In another words we would say, “Open my eyes to see wonderful things in the Bible.”

Do you ever read a chapter and forget what you've read by the time you're finished? Do you ever read a story and think “What in the world can I learn from that?" Do you struggle to get anything helpful out of your Bible reading? Do you see any application to your life in what you read? Do you ever read something and think “I've read this so many times, it's become boring!”

I definitely have these problems sometimes. I've been reminded to pray this prayer each time I open my Bible. “Open my eyes to see wonderful things in Your Word.”

If I wrote a book and you had difficulty understanding it, it would make sense to come to me and ask me for help. Since I wrote it, I would be able to explain it. God is the Author of the Bible and He is more than willing to help us when we are humble and ask.

What kind of wonderful things are there in the Bible anyway?
There are answers to the questions about life that we have.
There is wisdom on any topic (relationships, friends, money, time,etc.)
There are stories of real people whose mistakes and good examples we can learn from.
There are promises that we can trust.
There are Biblical principles that will keep us from a lot of trouble.
It tells us what God is like.
It shows us what we are really like and what needs changing in our lives.
It shows us how we can be saved.

The Bible is a treasure chest filled with wisdom for life in 2015. The only problem is that we are often too blind to see the applications and the relevance.

Pray for God to open your eyes and show you something every time you read the Bible. I can guarantee your Bible will come alive!

28 January 2015

Wisdom for Difficult Times

 (Lessons from the Two Harlots)
Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.
And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.
And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house. 
 And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid it.
And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.
And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.
And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king. 1Ki 3:16-22

What a predicament for Solomon! There was no proof either way with the two women. There were no husbands on the scene. Newborn babies look alike--especially to men! They must have both been boy babies. It was a very tough problem to solve. Too hard for most people. But nothing is too hard for God. And since Solomon got his wisdom from God, he was able to solve the difficult problem. God gave him the wisdom to know just what to do.
Are you facing any difficult problems at the moment? Difficult decisions---how are you supposed to know what to do? Difficult people—how do you deal with them? Difficult circumstances—how do you know how to act?
 
Before this story, God asked Solomon what he wanted. Solomon answer was, “Wisdom.” That's why Solomon knew how to solve this problem.

In James 1:5-6 God promises us, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
 But let him ask in faith...”

God promises wisdom to those who'll ask for it in faith. He can give you the wisdom to know the answers to the questions you have.

27 January 2015

Let Me Not Wander

Recently, for a Bible reading project, I read through Psalm 119 and wrote out all the prayer requests that are in there. It was quite neat as it gives me good ideas on how to pray. I thought I would share a few of them over the next few weeks.
"O let me not wander from thy commandments." Psalm 119:10b
In another words, he is praying, Keep me close to God's Word. We need to pray this prayer too.  The Bible is so important, and when we wander away from it we are in danger. We are capable of anything. God's commands are for our good.
When I talk about staying close to God's Word, I don't mean just reading it out of habit. You can read it every day and be miles away from God. I am talking about reading it to get to know God better and to spend time with Him.
Why is God's Word so important?
God's Word is like...
 ...a mirror--that shows us what we are really like and what needs changing in our lives.
...a map-- that gives directions
...food-- that gives us strength spiritually and satisfies us.
...a light-- that shows us what's right and wrong.
...a sword--that we can use as a weapon against Satan.
Do you ever wonder how in the world a Christian could do what they did? Like David with Bathsheba? The answer is "They wandered away from God's Word." Of course, in some cases the person might not be saved. But in other cases, like David, it's just because the person is not walking with God. That's scary!
I heard a man preaching who had met with some Christian men who had all done wrong things. The preacher said to them, "I don't even need to ask what went wrong. You neglected time with God and that's why you are here today."
Make it your prayer, "O let me not wander from thy commandments."

20 January 2015

When You Have Everything, but...

(Big lessons from a Little Maid)
Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper. 2Kings 5:1

Naaman had everything going for him. He was a very important man. But... he had a BIG problem. In spite of all that he was, he wasn't happy. He was a leper! He had the dreaded disease—leprosy.

Why was leprosy so bad?
Leprosy makes you unclean.
Leprosy makes you look horrible.
Leprosy begins small but always spreads.
Leprosy defiles everything that it touches.
Leprosy isolates you.
Leprosy eventually kills you.
No wonder Naaman wasn't happy! What good does it do you to have everything in the world if you're a leper?
 
Did you know that you have a problem similar to Naaman? You may have everything, you may be popular, you may be pretty, you may be talented, but you're still not happy. You're not happy because you're a sinner. You have the dreaded disease—sin! Not a skin disease but a soul disease.
Sin does the same damage that leprosy does.
Sin makes you unclean in God's sight.
Sin makes you into a horrible person.
Sin has never made a person more attractive. Sin is ugly and it makes you ugly.
Sin starts off small, but always spreads. 
There is no sin that will satisfy you. Sin will take you farther than you want to go. Sin spreads.
Sin ruins everything that it touches.
It ruins relationships, marriages, families, purity, reputations, dreams, careers etc.
Sin isolates.
Sin separates us from God. But it can also bring us loneliness. Remember the story of the prodigal son? When he had lots of money, he had lots of friends, but when his money ran out, his friends disappeared.
Sin kills.
It's because of sin that we have to die physically. Its sin that takes us to hell.

No wonder we're not happy! No matter what we have or who we are, we can never be truly happy while we have this dreadful disease.
There was only one hope for Naaman and there is only one hope for us—God.
Though only God could heal him, he still had to do something. He had to go find the prophet and he had to obey the prophet's command. He had to seek and obey. It didn't happen while he was sitting at home moaning and groaning about his leprosy. And even though only God can save us, there is something we need to do. The Bible teaches us to “Seek the Lord.” We need to look for the answers and then we need to believe and obey the answers that God gives us.
What Naaman had to do was very simple—wash in the river 7 times. What we have to do is simple—repent and believe the gospel.
What Naaman had to do was humilating! That's why he refused to do it at first. And salvation for us is humbling, too! We have to face the fact that we are sinners and that our ways are wrong and God's ways are right. We have to face the fact that we cannot save ourself.
Naaman became a changed man.
His ugly skin became like the skin of a little child—brand new. He also started to worship God instead of idols. And so, when we are saved, we are made clean! We don't become perfect but we begin to love God and follow Him. The Bible says,
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 
Naaman became a thankful man.
He went back to the prophet's house to thank Him. The prophet told him to thank God, since it was God who healed him. When we are saved, we should never stop thanking God! Never forget that it was Him who saved you! Without Him you had no hope.




13 January 2015

Tips on Modesty

One young guy said “To me modesty is anything that doesn't distract me from looking at a girls eyes.”
That says it all in one sentence!
But the question is, what distracts guys from looking at a girl's eyes? They think differently from us, remember?

Here are a few things I've heard and read that has influenced the way I think about clothes. It also gives you a little bit of an idea how guys think. I've added a few tips and principles that I use for myself and find helpful. We all have different styles and tastes and we don't have to dress exactly the same. I am not saying that you need to dress like me. I am a tomboyish person and like what's comfortable, simple and practical. I dislike dressing up!
We are all different, but we should all want to please God in the way we dress and not be a stumblingblock to any guy. Right??

Tops
This is what I read about Joni Erickson Tada's husband.
This is the man who could come home from a day of teaching at school, and if some girl in his class had a plunging neckline, he would tell Joni about it. He would say, “I looked, Joni. I'm so sorry I did. I feel badly about it.”
Guys shouldn't look, of course. But how are they supposed to talk to you without looking at you? And sometimes the only places for them to look is the floor or the ceiling!
 
Some tips about tops!
If your top is low, you can always wear a high singlet underneath. High singlets aren't always easy to find, so some girls buy boys singlets! :) Otherwise you can buy small thin t-shirts and cut out the sleeves. That's what I've done a few times. If I'm unsure whether my top is too tight or not, I ask my husband. When I lived at home I asked my mum. If my top is see through I wear a singlet. If you have a dress with no material up the top, you can always buy a little jacket to cover your shoulders etc. Make sure your straps are covered. If you buy a top with writing, make sure it's appropriate and not suggestive. I bought a hoody awhile back and when I got home I realized that I hadn't read the writing on it. I had to take it back!! Also be very careful when you bend over!

Togs
I was watching a video of Ray Comfort trying to show a man that he had broken the Ten Commandments. He explained how lusting after a person is the same as adultery in God's eyes. He asked the man if he had ever looked at a woman with lust. The man's reply was, “Of course, you only need to walk down the beach.” What does that tell us?
I also heard another man, at a course I was at, say something that implied his thoughts are not pure at the beach. Why at the beach?? Because that's a place where modesty doesn't matter for most girls.
In the video called “The evolution of the swimsuit” the girl who is talking explains how when a guy sees a girl in a bikini his brain sees her as an object not a person. That's scary! She also said that when the bikini first came out, the only person who would wear it was a stripper. Isn't it sad that today it's normal for Christians to wear them?
If a bikini is modest, what isn't??
 
A tip about togs!
In my country at least, it's easy to find nice board shorts and swimsuit tops for swimming. You can still be covered without looking odd. I don't like swimming myself, so I don't have to worry about this one! :) Also there are websites around that sell modest swimwear.
 
Skirts/Dresses
I read this quote in a book about some missionaries to the Philippines. (The wife was worried when she heard of other American men in the Philippines being unfaithful to their wives and she mentioned her fears to her husband)
“It's true, I'm tempted, darling,” he admitted gently, “I'm a man, not a stone. Every time a girl in a miniskirt walks by, I have to choose to avert my eyes. Adulterous thoughts want to take root in my mind.” For a wife, that's scary stuff! (He then went on to tell her that she needed to pray that He would stay close to God as that was the only thing that could keep their marriage safe.)
 
A tip about skirts/dresses
Be careful your skirts aren't too short, tight or that the splits aren't too high. (These principles apply to shorts and trousers, too) Otherwise the purpose of wearing a skirt will be defeated! Also, be careful when you sit! It's the others who see how you look when you're sitting, not yourself! I personally prefer to wear three quarter length skirts because then I don't have to worry about sitting too carefully! (Well, that's one reason!) If your skirt is see-through, you can always wear a good old petticoat!

To me modesty is anything that doesn't distract me from looking at a girls eyes."