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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Cleaning Out My Closet – Establishing Intimacy and Making Room - Purity 565


 Cleaning Out My Closet – Establishing Intimacy and Making Room - Purity 565

Purity 565 11/02/2021     Purity 565 Podcast

Good morning

Today’s photo a bird flying into a rainbow over Lake Ontario comes to us from SUNY Oswego’s FB page who testified that Monday morning brought a brilliant display to the sky as some areas near their campus reported seeing as many as a triple rainbow!  

The Bible states that the rainbow was a sign of God’s promise to never flood the earth again and its appearance should remind us of our ultimate dependence on the Lord for all that we have.    

As the next two months promises the changes that come with the progression of a holiday season that ushers in a new year, I would like to remind my friends of the benefits of being proactive to do what we can to change unpleasant circumstances and that the best way to navigate through a season, and a world, that is in a constant state of change is to draw close to God and to make room for Him in your experience by sharing all the aspects of your life with Him. 

As I have recently become engaged and my fiancé and I have promised to be married and spend the rest of our lives as husband and wife, we have agreed to draw close and to make room for one another in our lives. 

Over the last several months my fiancé and I have established intimacy as we, who started as friends, have “unpacked” ourselves to one another by sharing our stories, hopes, and dreams. We have grown closer and when we made room for the possibility of being more than friends, we realized that our love for one another would be best expressed in a marriage covenant.  Every day we seem to have a deeper bond of love growing between us as we get closer to our wedding day and make room for each other in our lives.  

I have already confessed to all who will listen that the love I have with TammyLyn is unprecedented as she makes me feel accepted, desired, and cherished like no other person ever has.  Her love humbles me and because of my dysfunctional past makes me wonder if I am worthy of it. Because it is unlike anything I have ever experienced I wonder if I am dreaming as TammyLyn continues to find new ways to express her deep affection for me. Her messages, notes, letters, and words are a continual reminder that I have been truly blessed by God with a woman who shares my faith and loves me without reserve.   The intimacy we enjoy is amazing as we are both perfectly content just being in silence in one another’s presence and look forward to our marriage.

The latest expression of TammyLyn’s love for me has been her literally making a place for me in her home as she recently made some Herculean efforts to clear out some space in the closet in her bedroom for a desk where I can pray, study the Bible, compose my blog, and record my podcast when I stay at her place in cow country.  

As much as her words of affirmation and her hugs and kisses tell me of her love, this latest labor of love shows me that TammyLyn’s love for me knows no bounds and is the real deal.   To clean and get rid of things to make a place for me speaks volumes to me as I know how sacred a woman’s closet can be and how much work was involved in reordering her life to make me feel accepted into her home and into her life.  In fact, we both stopped referring to our separate residences as our “homes” because our sense of home now comes only when we are in each other’s presence. Regardless of the locations where we find ourselves,  when we are together, we are at home.

I have shared that I believe that TammyLyn was sent to me by God and that the love she has for me is an expression of God’s love poured out into and through her. If I didn’t know the love of God for me already, the love TammyLyn is the latest reminder of how God cares for me and provides for all my needs.  

I knew God’s love and presence in my darkest hours of loneliness and now I know it in the midst of the love that He sovereignly directed to come in my life in the person of TammyLyn.

TammyLyn’s evidence as a Christian is all over her house and I recently saw this saying on an index card mounted to a cabinet in her kitchen that ties in with today’s photo, It says:

“Sometimes God sends the brilliant light of a rainbow to remind us of His presence, lest we forget in our personal darkness His great and gracious promises to never leave us alone.”   And it references,

Romans 15:13 (NKJV)
13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

In believing in God and seeking His presence, we can have peace and joy in our lives and because His Holy Spirit indwells us we can abound in hope even in the bleakest of circumstances.  

 

So if you think you are walking all alone in your walk of faith, I would remind you of the love God has brought into your life in the form of a life partner, family, or friends  that you had in the past or who are in your life presently.  All those love relationships are a reflection of God’s love for you and if you find yourself in a lonely season on this second day of November, I encourage you to keep walking and talking with God because His love for you knows no bounds and is an ever present reality for those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ.  

 

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Today’s Bible verse is drawn from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.  

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Matthew 5:5 (NLT2)
5  God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.

Today’s verse speaks of God’s counterintuitive plan for His eternal kingdom.

 

Today’s verse also reminds me about the man who was so humble that his church presented him with a humble award one Sunday. The man’s unassuming manner and selfless service to the church community caused the pastor, the elders, and all the members of the congregation to unanimously decide to honor him by presenting him with a “medal” for his humble nature and humble service.  Unfortunately, the church ended up taking the medal away the following week when he proudly wore his medal to the next worship service, demonstrating that he wasn’t so humbler after all!    

But seriously, the reason why that little joke is amusing is because not only would humble people not do such a prideful thing as boast about a commendation they received, in our world the truly humble would most likely fail to be recognized in the first place!  

If nice guys finish last it is only because the humble are too humble to draw attention to themselves by having a position that would stand out or are too humble to compete in the first place!

So the fact that Jesus proclaims that the meek, or the humble as the NLT puts it, will inherit the earth it was undoubtedly a proclamation that would have been received with skepticism by some and hope by others, because His statement promises something that would have been considered unlikely.

In our dog eat dog world, the meek generally don’t inherit anything. The meek would generally be forgotten as others, who are not been shy about receiving rewards, would work toward a position to gain favor or would use other cunning means to get what they want or would simply take what they desired by force if they should not receive what they want through legitimate means.   

But Christ who came to earth the preach the gospel of grace, let’s His audience know that the new earth in God’s kingdom will be distributed to the meek, pointing to an economy that is different from the current world system. 

Christ’s proclamation that the meek shall inherit the earth points to the doctrine of salvation by faith alone as it is only through the humble surrender of putting one’s faith and trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior will one inherit eternal life and a place in God’s kingdom.  

So humbly come before the throne of grace and rejoice that if you know Jesus as Lord and Savior, He has bestowed upon you a blessing that is so valuable that it cost the Son of God His very life and it comes with an assurance that comes from the Creator of existence itself.    

We don’t have to worry that we will somehow lose our reward or that someone will take it from us. God has graceful chosen us to receive it and it’s a promise we can stand on because the One who made it is faithful and true.   

 

As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

 

Today we continue sharing from June Hunt’s Dating: Secrets to Great Relating When Dating  

 

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase June Hunt’s books for your own private study and to support her work. If you need this title you can find it online at several sites for less than $5.00:

 

E. Dos and Don'ts for Dating

Penny keeps trying...and keeps trying...and keeps trying. Just like the proverbial penny, she turns up time and time again. She asks her friends and family to "fix her up." She dates and goes on blind dates. She tries speed dating and group dating. She registers online with every matchmaking site, and she scours personal ads day after day. Penny won't give up. She knows her soul mate is out there...somewhere.

Penny wonders, Why would God pair up all the animals on the ark, but He won't send me my mate? She's tired of being alone and she's even more tired of being single. She's tired of living her life halfway and she wants to feel complete. Instead, Penny should know her worth and value in Christ. She should understand that one is a whole number. She should learn to trust in the Lord and to be content in whatever circumstances she finds herself....

"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." (Philippians 4:11)

A couple may believe that the two of them are truly in love, but instead they could simply be "in love with love." Even if their dating leads to marriage, they still could be in real trouble if they haven't waited long enough—for God.

What if they are deluded by the fantasy of love? What happens when they are challenged to allow the relationship to mature, but they are too impatient, too impulsive, too impetuous? They would be wise to consider the words of the psalmist. ...

"How long will you love delusions...?" (Psalm 4:2)

Don't date non-Christians.

"The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit" (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Do...Trust God's plan for your life.

'"I know the plans I have for you, ' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'" (Jeremiah 29:11).

Don't focus on romance but rather on friendship.

"A friend loves at all times" (Proverbs 17:17).

Do...Be aware of both the benefits and dangers in dating.

"Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course" (Proverbs 15:21).

Don't lie if you don't want to accept a date.

"Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment" (Proverbs 12:19).

Do...Be under the authority of your parents (if living at home).

"Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching" (Proverbs 1:8).

Don't dishonor God.

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Do... Follow wise counsel of trusted advisors.

"Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise" (Proverbs 19:20).

Don't confuse lust for love.

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres" (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

Do...Reflect Christian values on your dates.

"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel" (Philippians 1:27).

Don't wait to determine your standards.

"Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways" (Proverbs 4:26).

Do...Become a good and honorable date.

"Honor one another above yourselves" (Romans 12:10).

Date Rape Drug

Question: "What can I do to prevent someone from slipping me a date rape drug?"

Answer: Someone may plan to immobilize you with a date rape drug by putting it in your beverage without your knowledge. However, if you are wise and discerning, you can avoid being caught in a covert sexual trap. You would be wise to take the following basic precautions:

  • Be observant, making sure that any beverage handed to you is poured from the original container.
  • Don't drink a beverage handed to you by a stranger.
  • Don't date a man unless you or someone you respect can attest to his character.

"Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you." (Proverbs 4:6)

WARNING: A victim of date rape may not be aware of being raped due to the nature and availability of date rape drugs, also referred to as club drugs. For example, a very small amount of GHB (Gamma hydroxybutyrate) slipped into a drink can quickly drug a woman to such an extent that she loses the ability to resist unwanted sexual advances. She not only loses complete control of her body, but she also loses consciousness of her surroundings. Once under the influence of what is called "liquid ecstasy," she becomes a prime target for date rape and, for some, this "ecstasy" literally leads to death.

"Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, but in their hearts they harbor deceit. Though their speech is charming, do not believe them." (Proverbs 26:24-25)


Biblical Counseling Keys: Dating: Secrets to Great Relating When Dating.

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