Month: November 2017

Food for the Single Soul

While you are single, not in a relationship, not dating seriously, not married, you may be regarded as lonely and missing something, even the best out of life. However, despite your empty datebook, single relationship status, and subtle disdain by a society that views singleness as the plague, you are whole and not awaiting your better half, you are the better whole to your one day husband if God wills you to marry. Do not let society, age, or any other pressure rush you into marriage by encouraging you to write your own love story because that is an opportunity for the enemy to send you one of his children which would not be God’s best for you. During this upcoming holiday season, family, friends, people with good intentions, and others without good intentions will ask, “So, when are you getting married?”, and wait patiently for your hesitant answer. One of many appropriate and gracious ways to answer is by saying something to the tune of, “God has not sent my husband, but I trust God’s timing.” Understand that God will not withhold any good thing from you. He is a good God who knows how to give good gifts to His children, better than any earthly father ever could, that’s for sure. While He will not withhold any good thing from you, including the good thing that is a husband, that does not mean that He will not allow that thing you desire to be delayed, to await perhaps his or your necessary preparedness and the perfect timing for the presentation of your perfect for you gift, into your life. Though your meeting with your one day husband tarries, wait for him, because God will make your wait worth your while if you trust Him with all matters especially matters of your heart.  While desiring the temporary pleasure of life that a husband and family brings, desire more fully, and crave more earnestly what is eternal, the love relationship between you, your Maker and your Savior that will last forever. Today, I encourage you to spend your single days, your free, undivided time being devoted to God. What can you do for Jesus that would not be as feasible if your status were different?

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Citizens of Heaven

Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. Philippians 3:17-20

When I focus on earthly things–cares of this world, senseless tragedies, I am concerned, anxious, and upset. In the midst of my unsettledness, God elevates my thinking and reminds me that this ain’t home. I’m not home here on earth, I’m going home to a celestial place that is prepared for me and all those who love God and accept His Son, Jesus. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ready to go home just yet, however majestic, magnificent, and perfect it is. I’m just encouraged by the fact that, heaven is going to reduce this “momentary affliction” of a lifetime of constantly being between two extremes– trouble or tranquility, heartache or happiness, sorrow or joy to its proper size–so small, so temporary when compared to the eternally “far more exceeding weight of glory” that is to come (2 Corinthians 4:17 KJV). So, I am a citizen of heaven, the highest ground, a place whose God we will all one day, bend our knees before and declare our total allegiance to, above this country, above this world (Romans 14:11 NLT). So take heart, be encouraged that, the trouble, heartache, sorrow all serve as reminders that there is a better place that those who believe are destined to go.

Thank God that, this ain’t home.

Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. And you already know the road I’m taking.” John 14:1-4 The Message