Wednesday, May 25, 2016

How Godly Contentment Makes Us Better Daters


Before I begin this post, I would like to include a few disclaimers:

1.) When I use the term “dating” or “date” I am actually referring to courtship. Courtship is how believers “date” essentially. So as I say date or court, I am using the terms interchangeably. I choose not to get hung up on terminology in this regard simply because after reading so much Christian literature on courtship and dating from sound and good Christian authorities, I have decided that it is a battle that none of us can win. Depending on who you talk to, the term “dating” can mean anything. In this regard, just trust that I mean courtship and I will define it in this post.

2.) This post is for all those who are both currently pursuing courtship and especially those who are not currently pursuing courtship but would like some pointers once God opens doors in that area. If God has specifically deemed it not the time for you to pursue courtship, please still feel free to use this material among other references (firstly the Word of God) for when He presents you with the opportunity to court. Otherwise I would insist that you check out my post on Godly contentment instead that I will link later. Thanks!

3.) If you are struggling to find contentment in Christ, I would personally not recommend pursuing courtship at this time. As you read this post, you will see why I say so. Now, this is only my recommendation simply because I know that God always works even in spite of our unwise decisions (but not without additional problems that lead to more pruning we could have avoided altogether). Ultimately, it is your choice. But starting off content in Christ makes for a healthier and HOLIER dating experience for both individuals. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Gold Nugget #8

Contentment in Christ says,
"I am not concerned with comparing where I am in my life right now to where others are. I am going to be thankful to the Lord for what I do have and where I currently am. And I am going to trust the Lord for what I do not have and not worry about it, knowing that He has it all under control. I will keep moving forward in His strength without feeling pitiful for myself!"

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Just Real Quick: "Bring On The Tests!!"

-The Gifts Are Great, But I Want the Growth!

Just Real Quick!!

Man, it has been a beautiful and wonderful season of learning in my life so far this year. I look back and realize how grateful I should be when I see how far I have come. One of the most important things I have learned is how important it is to find my contentment in Christ, especially through tests and trials.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Gold Nugget #7

Contentment in Christ does not mean giving up your desire to be married. It is simply the desire to put all of our desires second or last compared to what we know God desires for us in any particular season of our lives. 
Only HE can give you this desire. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Gold Nugget #6

Tired of being single? Pray. But don't pray this: 
"Lord, please help me to be content in my singleness."
Instead, pray this:
"Lord, please teach me and help me to be content with You throughout all seasons and situations in my life."
Contentment in singleness is not the goal -- Contentment is.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Gold Nugget #5

"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, BUT mighty through God..."
(Read this scripture in its entirety here)

There is a reason why the writer chose to use the word mighty instead of a word that our society would consider an antonym to the word carnal, which might include the word spiritual.

So why use mighty instead of spiritual?

Perhaps the reason being is that Paul wanted us to see that carnal weapons do not produce the extent of victory that spiritual weapons do indeed produce. In this case, carnal weapons are the opposite of mighty weapons; they are not mighty at all.

If you can reach the heart and mind of a murderer and change his inward views, he will be changed and will ultimately make his own decision against killing people. He will not desire to kill, so he will not kill. But when you outwardly restrict the murderer -- perhaps by binding him up or physically disabling him or even institutionalizing him, it will only stop his hands -- not his heart. He will kill again, once he is free.

Spiritual weapons (i.e. PRAYER) change the heart, the mind -- the spirit and soul of a man. If the soul of a man constantly submits to God and his spirit is changed by God, this can stop killings, hatred, wars, and all types of havoc in our lives so that battles never even begin.

What battles are you currently facing that require utilizing spiritual weapons to bring about true and lasting change? (perhaps in a situation, a person or entire nation? perhaps even in yourself?)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Gold Nugget #4

Unlike health insurance, the coverage that comes from the blood of Jesus never expires due to approval limitations and is never cancelled due to non-payment. The debt's been paid already and the insurance is free. There's just one sign up fee, and it's affordable to everyone:
"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)

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