Archive for March, 2016

The First Cord

“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken” Ecclesiastes 4:12, New Living Translation (NLT).

It is a three-fold cord that is not easily broken. It is God’s desire to make your marriage stronger than ever, but He must be the first cord and an integral part. Without Him, you won’t have an anchor to keep you close during the rough seasons. For the believer, this is not optional. It is our responsibility to let God be the first cord so that our marriages will be godly examples and shine bright in a dark world.

God becomes the first cord when you let Him take His rightful place in your heart and in your home. When His Truth settles every issue, when His love is the bond that keeps you together, and when you worship Him together with your lives, your marriage will not be easily broken. Your marriage will be powerfully blessed.

Challenge: Get three cords and hold them in your hands. Together, ask the Lord to be the first cord. Then husband, acknowledge that you are second and wife, acknowledge that you are third. Tie the cords together and tie a knot at the end.

three cords

Seen and Felt

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor” Romans 12:10, ESV.

God’s love is much like the sun. You can feel it’s warmth and you can see it’s light. In marriage, you know it’s real love when it’s seen and felt. God’s Word tells us in 1 John 3:18, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” If you tell your spouse you love him, but they cannot see it or feel it, it’s not love.

The sun shines on us because God commanded it to. Centuries later and the sun is still being obedient to God’s single command He gave at the beginning of creation. It shines on the just and on the unjust, on the good and on the evil. God wants us to love our spouse the same way.

God always pour out His love and grace on us when we least deserve it. There’s nothing we can do to deserve His love. He lavishes it on us as His children. We can see it and we can feel it. Show that same love God has shown you to your spouse. Be obedient to God’s command and let your love be seen and felt. This doesn’t mean you stay in an abusive home environment trying to love someone. Love means you will do as God’s commanded. Leave the rest to Him. Remember, it’s the goodness of God that leads us to repentance .

HIS alone

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!”

What love the Father has lavished on us indeed! We are His children. Let our identity be found solely in Him – who has loved us so much that to be called His.

Where is it that you put your hope? Where do you find your value? Is it in your success? Failure? Body size? Numbers on a scale? Scars? Accomplishments?

When you think about your identity – what thoughts cross your mind? Is it, ” What do you like?” or “What do you want?” or even “Who do you want to be?” When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

It is not your body size, the number on the scale, your successes, your failures, your accomplishments, your scars, your status, your deeds, or even what you see in the mirror looking back at you. THAT IS NOT WHO YOU ARE. You are not your age, your physical beauty – or lack thereof. You are not your flaws, your bank account status, or your profession.

You are God’s children. You are HIS – nothing else defines you.

“Your worth is found in God.