A Proverbs Minute: Proverbs 15 Reflection
So much wisdom for life is in Proverbs 15, I am meditating right now on Proverbs 15:33.
"Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor."
When we fear the Lord, we cleave to His every word asking the Holy Spirit to help us walk it out. "If you love me, you will obey me" said the Lord Jesus (Yeshua). If we stumble or even fall, we are quick to Repent. Repentance isn't saying "I'm sorry". It is so much more than that.
Repentance is changing your mind from the ways of darkness to God's light which manifest as a New Behavior showing the fruits of Christ.
REAL WORLD APPLICATION:
Person A lies on Person B. Then feels guilty and bursts out to the Lord "I'm sorry" but never apologizes or confess to those he or she lied to that it was a lie to make things right (This is not repentance).
Person A lies on Person B. Then feels guilty and cries out to God to help them be a better person. Person A apologizes to Person B and makes things right by telling the other persons that she lied about Person B and ask for their forgiveness too. Person A even asks a Mature Believer (Person C) if they would help them to grow in their spiritual maturity. Now this is REPENTANCE that will bear much fruit!
OUR HEART'S CRY: Help us Jesus to have a humble spirit that yearns to please you above all else!!! We love you Lord Jesus!!!!
I once wrestled with this issue, but God Himself along with studying the scriptures has set me free to now understand more & more Marriage is for life. I share my journey in hopes of helping someone else with a sincere heart who wants to know the truth of God. With love, let's digest now the Living Word and may we be forever transformed into His image.
1). Now considering Mathew 19:9, everyone who reads that scripture should understand that there is no such thing as a "no fault" divorce in God's Kingdom. So I always understood that DIVORCE was not allowed except in the case of adultery and the innocent party could remarry (I now see this differently as shared in detail below). So this should help people recognize their sin and not remarry, or forsake adulterous relationships if they divorced their spouses for any other reason i.e. 1) we just didn't get along 2). I don't love him or her, etc . It should be real clear if you desire to obey and please God, you are not free to remarry but should remain unmarried or be reconciled to your spouse as stated in 1 Corinthians 7:10-11.
2.) Now the part that was most difficult to understand is could the innocent party remarry if they divorce their spouse for committing adultery. I do understand the confusion about someone in this position because of how Mathew 19:9 is stated. After studying the scriptures and context surrounding Mathew 19:9, I believe Jesus was referring to the Jewish betrothal period (similar to our engagement) where the couple is considered as husband and wife and had to follow through on the marriage unless one had fornication with someone else. Then they were free to divorce as in the example of Mary and Joseph. Joseph considered divorcing Mary during the betrothal period due to finding her pregnant before he knew and understood it was the Lord's doing. With this understanding, all the scriptures were lining up that states we are not to remarry as long as our spouse is living, the command to either remain single or be reconciled to your living spouse. It all makes God sense to me now. Plus Christ came and established God's standard as it was from the very beginning which is Marriage for Life between one man and one woman til death do they part who submitted to one another in the fear of the Lord and love each other with His love. There was no divorce in the beginning, and Lord Jesus came and reestablished God's Eternal standards and through His power equipping us to be Godly families on the earth where the children could grow in whole and healthy homes and crush the devil's head destroying the devil's agenda.
3.) BELIEVERS, please repent if you are in an adulterous marriage as they did in Ezra 10:3, and left the foreign, forbidden wives. And Yes, Jesus says it Himself in Mathew 19 that there is nothing wrong with becoming a Eunuch for the Kingdom of God. Christ gave His innocent life for us wretchful, no good sinners, and how could we not want to give Him back all we can. With His power, mercy, and grace, we don't have to continue in sin, We Now have the Power to live Holy, practicing abstinence and holiness. I believe if we trust in Our God, He is able and will work all things together for your good. Perhaps the true question, is a question of our heart, Do we love God enough that if we had to live Single and in Purity due to having married a living rebellious spouse, are we willing to do so for the sake of the Kingdom, for God and God alone, to show HIM We Love Him back by making this truly small sacrifice in comparison to the Sacrifice HE made for us! If one tries to save his life, he will lose it, but if he loses it for the King, he will find it. MATTHEW 16:24-26 @16 Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. @16"For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. @16"For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?…
Pray that God will open your eyes to see the truth. It's right there in the word of God, don't be persuaded by man that tell you what you want to hear, what satisfies the flesh. Here are biblical principles supported by God's word. I've decided with the help of the Holy Spirit to follow God's explicit words, and not put my soul salvation in the bias interpretation of mankind.
1a. AND A HUSBAND MUST NOT DIVORCE HIS WIFE.
1 Corinthians 7:11
1b. A WIFE IS BOUND AS LONG AS HER HUSBAND LIVES. (vice versa for the husband) 1 Corinthians 7:39
2. KEEP YOUR MARRIAGE VOW Numbers 30:2 ESV “If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.”
1 John 2:5 ESV But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:
3. Does that mean I have to stay with an abusive spouse? In a disturbing complicated issue as described above, separation is an option, but does not permit divorce and remarriage.
1 Corinthians 7:11 But to the married I give instructions, not I, but the Lord, that the wife should not leave her husband 11(but if she does leave, she must remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband should not divorce his wife.…
4. Singles, do not enter into marriage lightly. Marriage by God's standard is for life as long as you both shall live. The court system allows "no fault" divorce but God does not. He calls the Remarriage to someone else while you have a living spouse Adultery. Please really get to know yourself, the person, prayer, and people who love you to help you decide on this lifelong decision. Marriage is serious covenant business.
Did God give His Only Begotten Son so we could continue to live like the world: divorce, remarried, children from multiple people, broken homes, etc? The devil is a liar. JESUS said, "Moses permitted you to divorce because your hearts were hard, But it was not this way from the beginning (Matthew 19:8)." Lord and Savior Christ Jesus did not give His all for mankind to continue to live in sin. We must repent-forsake the sin and when we truly give our hearts to Christ Jesus, we are empowered to live holy, not live in compromise and act like the world. God is not going to let His Son shed blood be in vain. Bottomline, Living for God requires a SACRIFICE: You may lose friends, family , parents, or an adulterous union (legal by law not by God) that you have to give up. Are we going to be like the rich man who refuse to sell his stuff to follow JESUS or will we become like Jesus and let nothing separate us from our God.
Stay Curly, Stay Virtuous and always Wait For God's Best!
BE SINGLE & SATISFIED IN THE LORD!!!!
Ladies and Gents, please share your thoughts and words of encouragement!!!!
STAY TUNE FOR THE RESULTS!!!!!!
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My Super Growth Hair Challenge Update:
So Far, So Good! On a roll! Taking my vitamins daily, doing my inversion challenge, and wearing my protective style.
I noticed that the front part of my hair is starting to behave better. I've been having some issue with keeping moisture there, but it's doing much better.
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I am the lover of your soul. I, Christ Jesus, paid the ultimate price with my life to make you my bride. Will you marry me?
Yes, I,__________, ask for forgiveness of all my sins. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Jesus Christ please come into my heart, and I welcome the Holy Spirit to teach me your ways. Yes Lord Jesus, I am all yours. I give you my life!
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