Wednesday, January 13, 2016

WHAT'S AN IDOL?

IDOLS

We hear this word a lot when we’re in church and the topic is likely to be The 10 Commandments. People say phrases, such as, “If you skip church to watch T.V. then it has become an idol,” “If you listen to music more then read your Bible, it’s an idol.” Do we even understand the word idol? What’s an idol? Doesn’t it sound ancient? Or do you think of the popular TV show, American Idol?  I don’t know about you, but when I hear that word, my mind paints a picture of old day Egyptians bowing down to a golden god singing a song in a language I can’t even recognize. Even growing up in church, I myself still had some distant thoughts as to what that word meant until recently…

This past Sunday, January 10, 2016 I sat down in my Sunday school ready to hear my favorite pastor speak. I was ready to hear and apply whatever he shared to my life. What he spoke on blew my mind! The topic was idols out of Exodus 20, to describe what we need to do to put God first, after having my heart filled with new challenges, he played a song called ‘Clear the stage’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6smGew7dGto by Jimmy Needhan.

Let’s go back to that question, what’s an Idol? The song so beautifully put it; anything I put before my God is an idol, anything I want with all my heart is an idol and anything I can’t stop thinking of is an idol, anything that I give all my love is an idol! How clearly put can this message be? That means almost everything in our life slowly becomes an idol, God wants to be on our mind all day, He wants us to want Him with all our heart, He wants His creation to give Him all our love. If you can imagine creating the world and then having your creation not give you everything they could, how would you feel? I pray that this was heart touching and helps bring light to what you may need to change to give our God what He deserves.
Clear the Stage - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6smGew7dGto

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A Tall Tale

                                     
Can you think back to a time when you felt as though someone thought less of you, or they seemed to look down on you? I know I’ve witnessed this in my brother’s life, numerous times from his peers. Let me paint a picture for you of my brother so you understand more so; Caadyn (my little brother) is over 200 pounds, 6’3”, played football, plays basketball, had a personal trainer, oh and he’s only my “little brother” by default, not because of size, he’s only 14! Not so LITTLE brother…

His peers can be “not so friendly” at times and pick on him because he’s far above average in height and stature.  It has been an interesting dynamic for him to be the tall guy…yet looked down on.  This also caused difficulty for him in school because he stands out more than his (average) sized friends…so who do you think got noticed first if a group of friends were talking when they weren’t supposed to?  You guessed it…the tall guy!  He feels as though the girls seem to like and pay attention to the loud and “normal” guys, there again he feels looked down on, causing insecurity. Don’t get me wrong, my brother gets a lot of high fives and attention from the older guys who wished they were as tall as him, or as big built as him, however, being only 14years of age, he doesn’t see the opportunities that lay before him in the future. I try to convince him that someday…the gentle giant is exactly who everyone will want as a friend and husband.  When my brother gets the cold shoulder or he feels as though his friends ‘look’ down on him for is above average size or boundaries he has placed in his life, such as: phone curphew, no texting girls, and going to church every week, a piece of scripture pops in my mind. 1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” We all face both choices and physical characteristics that are not by choice that may cause people to look down on us, having people do so gives us a chance to shine even brighter when we continue with a Christ-like attitude.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Standards for a Lady

Standards for A (LADY)
We discussed God’s standards for men in Titus 2:1-3. As we continue to read we find the standards for women; the standards for which a man should have and the goal for women to be.
We see in Titus 2:3 it begins with the word ‘likewise’ it’s about to tell us ladies that we share some characteristics with the men.  Just like men, we are to be reverent in behavior, not slanders; we are to teach good… Hold your horses! Let’s break this down, Reverent means ‘showing deep or solemn respect’ Slander means ‘the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation.’ Good means ‘that which is morally right; righteousness’
Within this one verse Paul is writing that women are to show sincere respect, not say words that are against another person, and to teach God’s morals. Wait…there is Still more to go!  This next one seems obvious to most, even so we can always get a freshness from something we’ve heard many times.. “And so train young women to love their husbands and children” Duh! Well of course were supposed to ‘love’ our hubby and kids…wait, do you know all the other words that are involved in the word ‘LOVE’?
As a wife you may have to sacrifice your T.V. shows so your husband can watch football. As a mom you may have to lose sleep because little Jimmy may not want to sleep in his own bed, so he’s kicking you all through the night. Words such as, Sacrifice, loss, tired, and doubt are all part of love, however so is joy, beauty, patience, perseverance, strength, passion, and kindness. So many beautiful memories and feelings are in a relationship that involves love.
The last verse contains quite a bit of words pertaining to us women. “… To be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” Take it piece by piece, self-controlled means ‘the ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires or the expression of them in one’s behavior, especially in difficult situations’ this applies to sports, relationships, and family interactions.
I can relate to this from the perspective of playing sports at a Christian school…yet the opponents may not be. It is difficult to maintain a Christ-like attitude when the opposing team and their fans can be so vulgar and disrespectful. Difficult as it may be, I am commanded to do so in this verse.
A relationship, it takes a lot of emotional toll, especially on ladies. We like to feel important and wanted, to appear beautiful all the time, well these desires tie in with purity too. We women have such a unique ability and beauty, we have the ability to bring the sweet smiles and genuine heartfelt care into a relationship. We should realize the beauty we have is the light of Jesus in our heart… beauty we get is the light of Jesus in our heart, be careful with these tools you possess, it’s so easy to use them for wrongdoing.
Women working at home has changed over the years, being a strong hard working woman is the goal nowadays, what people don’t understand is being a mom is the best job you can have. It is work, hard, rewarding work. It’s also not wrong to work and have a family, on the other hand, the house is the woman’s first priority when compared to her job. Not to throw old fashion styles on you but having a clean house, dinner set and her family is the top of any wife/mom’s job.
The reason why Paul threw in kindness verse, I have no idea again it’s one of those words that just falls under love. Be kind, tender, soft spoke. Yelling causes tension and fear, being harsh creates toughness that is unnecessary, the mother/ wife is the calm and sweetness in the mix of the family.
Oh Mentos! This next part is the hardest to obey in any situation! Be submissive, be obedient, be compliant, listen and Do. Submit to your parents, submit to your boss, submit to your teachers, and submit to all authority in your life. This one will take your whole life to learn, listen and obey, even when you have your own great way of doing so, it’s not wrong to give your opinion as long as you do it respectfully and if the answer is no, then leave it at that.
The last few words said are “that the word of God may not be reviled” The word of God being the Bible may not be criticized in an abusive or angrily insulting manner. We as women, wife, and/or future moms are to follow this guide laid out for us, how lucky we are to have such a guide? Share this with everybody, tell people what you know. Be a woman who gives respect, speaks truth, teaches well, loves others, learns to listen & do, pray & practice self-control, take care of your home, be kind, and love God’s word.