Words can never express my heart’s feeling of thankfulness to all the folks at Victory Baptist, for the love and care they have showed me and my family.
A Beautiful Woman In Christ
“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman
that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30
Some may have heard about the little boy who asked his mother why she was putting on cold cream. She replied that she was making herself beautiful. When she went to take off the cold cream the little boy wanted to know what was the matter. Was she giving up? That little boy misunderstood the concept of the art of becoming beautiful. Sometimes we as Christian women misunderstand God’s concept of becoming beautiful in Christ.
There is nothing wrong with working on our outward beauty in itself. We are children of the King so why not look the part? We should always do our best and look our best but many times we forget about the inside and the way we project ourselves. Perhaps sometimes we just concentrate only on one feature or area of our Christian life but not the whole and our beauty in Christ becomes skewed.
Being beautiful in Christ involves more than just the outside or just one part of us. Our verse says, “…a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30. That is the beauty that transcends time and doesn’t fade away.
One thing about beauty that we all know as women is that it is a daily thing. In other words we have to keep ourselves up. If we let ourselves go what happens? We’re not quite so beautiful anymore are we? It is the same with being beautiful in Christ. We have to constantly work at it. Here are some things to help us improve our beauty in Christ.
In order to make ourselves beautiful, we have to first cleanse ourselves of all unwanted impurities. Our cleansing agent works through our confession and God’s forgiveness.”If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Having compassion can be a good moisturizer. When we start seeing others and their needs instead of our own it can really soften us up!”Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference.” (Jude 21,22)
- Wrinkle Cream.
If we want to smooth out those wrinkles how about applying a meek and quiet spirit?“But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” (1 Pet 3:4)
- Wrinkle Cream.
We need to start with a good foundation and what is better than the Word of God? If we have the Word of God in our hearts the rest of our spiritual make-up can be easily applied.“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psa 119:11)
- Eye Makeup.
To keep our eyes shinning the brightest we need to guard them from seeing things that are not fitting of a beautiful woman in Christ.“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Cor 6:19)
- Eye Makeup.
To make the face complete don’t forget your lips. Apply lipstick in the shade of ‘Pleasantness’ daily for best results.“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” (Prov 16:24)
The blush we apply should be God’s love radiating through us.“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Rom 5:5)
- Hand Lotion.
We don’t want our hands to become dry and brittle so we need to apply some generosity and good deeds.“Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” (Prov 31:31)
- Hand Lotion.
- Foot Therapy.
Sometimes when we overlook our feet they can get callused and rough so we need to get them going in the right direction. Take your feet only to the places that Christ would approve.“Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (1 Th 5:22)
Don’t Forget Your Upkeep!
Possums are known for their ability to play dead. When this happens, the possum’s body wilts, its tongue flops out, and its heart rate declines. After about 15 minutes, the animal revives. Interestingly, animal experts do not believe that possums purposefully play dead to evade predators. They faint involuntarily when they become overwhelmed and anxious!
King Saul had a similar response to danger at the end of his reign.”Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night.” (1 Sam. 28:20). He responded this way when the prophet Samuel told him that the Philistines would attack Israel on the next day, and that the Lord was not going to help him. Because Saul’s life had been characterized by disobedience, rashness, and jealousy, God was no longer guiding him (v.16), and his efforts to defend himself and the Israelites would be futile (v.19).
We may be in a place of weakness and despair because of our rebellion or because of the difficulties of life. Although anxiety can steal our strength, God can renew it as we lean on Him (Isa. 40:31). He “neither faints nor is weary” (v.28), and He is willing to reach down and revive us when we can’t take another step.
80 year-old woman getting married for 4th time
An 80 year-old woman was recently married to her 4th husband. A reporter questioned the occupation of her newly acquired husband. She replied that he owned a funeral home. Curious about the other husbands, the reporter also asked about their occupations. The woman paused for a while and stated that her first husband was a banker. The second one she was madly in love with and he was a circus master. The third one was a minister. Puzzled by her answers, he replied, “None of these people have anything in common! Why did you marry these?” She stated that she married number one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.
Cranky Beautician Arguing with her Customer
A woman came into the beauty shop one day to get her hair fixed. Her beautician was noted to always be complaining about most everything. The customer stated that she was planning on leaving for Rome in a few days.
Beautician: Rome…Rome…Why that is one of the dirtiest cities you could ever go. How are you going to get there? Customer: We are flying Continental Airlines.
Beautician: Continental…They are the worst airline! And they have the ugliest hostesses. Where are you staying? Customer: We are staying in the Villa.
Beautician: Villa…Villa! Why that is so overrated and way too expensive. I wouldn’t stay there if I were you. What are you going to see? Customer: We are planning on seeing the Pope.
Beautician: Why girl, you would be lucky to even see him from long distance. Don’t you know everyone wants to be around him. You won’t be able to get within a mile of him.
A month went by and the customer went back to the beautician, hoping to break her of her bad habits. The beautician asked her what she has been doing and the customer replied that she had just got back from Rome.
Beautician: Rome…I bet your flight was bad. Customer: No, the flight was great. They had actually overbooked the flights and gave us first class seating and fed us steaks all the way to Rome. And our hostess was the most handsome man I had ever seen!
Beautician: Well. What about the Villa? Customer: Funny you should ask. The Villa had just completed a $5 million restoration. They were also overbooked and we were forced to stay in the owner’s personal villa. Wow! The accommodations, the service, we had everything, we lived like kings!
Beautician: Well…what about the Pope? Customer: We took the tour to the Vatican. One of the guards taped us on the shoulder and stated, “The Pope often entertains a few people now and then, would like to have a personal visit with the Pope?”
Beautician: I can’t believe that. What did the Pope say? Customer: He took one look at me and asked, “That’s the worst hair-do I had ever seen! Who fixed your hair?”
SATAN BOUND 1-3
This angel removes the devil from the earth for 1,000 years. Imagine a world with no devil! It will be almost like Heaven! There will no one to tempt people to evil. No one will whisper lies into the ears of our minds. No one will remind us of how wicked we were and are. No will to set traps for us to fall into. A world without the devil will be a wonderful place! Without a devil peace, prosperity, joy, holiness and blessing will be the order of the day!
SAINTS REWARD 4-5
This verse is speaking of all those who will reign with Christ during His Millennial kingdom. It includes all the Old Testament saints, the saints that comprise the church of God, and those who were saved and killed for their faith in Christ during the 7-year Tribulation Period. Before they do reign with Christ, all those who had died will be raised from the dead. Scripture calls this the “first resurrection,” as we see in verses 5-6:
“But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the FIRST RESURRECTION. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the FIRST RESURRECTION. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”
If there is a “first resurrection,” it stands to reason that there must be a “second resurrection” and that it will take place one thousand years later. We saw that those who were part of the first resurrection are “blessed and holy,” and that “the second death has no power” over them. Again, it is logical to assume then that the “second resurrection” will include all those who died without believing in Jesus Christ and that instead of being blessed and holy; they will be cursed and will indeed experience the second death. Let’s see if Scripture supports this view.
In John 5:28-29 .”Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice. 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” Here we see the TWO RESURRECTIONS; the first resurrection involves LIFE and the second resurrection JUDGMENT. No wonder the apostle John called those who participate in the first resurrection “blessed and holy,” for ETERNAL LIFE will be their portion. But those who are raised in the second resurrection will experience ETERNAL JUDGMENT in the lake of fire (as we shall see in our next portion).
SINNERS JUDGED 11-12
This solemn event is the “second resurrection” where all the “unsaved dead” will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ as He sits upon His great white throne of judgment. (white, pure judgement) It takes place at the end of the one thousand year kingdom (as we saw in verse 5). The Lord Jesus will open the “Book of Life” (the Book which records the names of all who were given eternal life by believing in Jesus Christ as their Savior) and He will show them that THEIR NAMES ARE NOT THERE! They will recall the times in their life that they had the opportunity to trust in Christ and be saved, but because they refused to accept the Savior they died in unbelief and they will be damned. This is brought out clearly in one of the most sobering verses in all of Scripture. I’m referring to verse 15, “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” This is the “second death” (see verse 14), which will mean they (their body, soul and spirit) will be separated from God for all eternity.
SECOND DEATH 12-15
Believers are not affected by the second death. Revelation 20:6 “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”
The final judgment, or the lake of fire, is the time when the second death occurs. v. 14
The second death is reserved for unbelievers. Those who experience this death are all those whose names are not found written in the Book of Life. 21:8
Those who are born once will die twice, but those who have been for again will only die once.
Put Your Hand to the Plow
By Dr. Charles Stanley
But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62)
Very few people in this day and age appreciate Jesus’ use of the plow as an illustration of a life dedicated to the Lord. The ancient plow, shaped much like the antique version of more recent centuries, was a single wooden blade attached to two handles. A mule did most of the work by pulling the apparatus forward, but the farmer held on to direct the path of the blade.
I tried out an old-fashioned plow once and discovered that using it was no easy task. The simple machine bumped and jerked under my hands as it tore up the ground. There was only one way to make a straight line, and that was to stay focused on the work and keep my eyes forward every single second.
When believers trust Jesus Christ as Savior, they “put their hand to the plow.” The idea is for us to follow the Lord in absolute obedience—always keeping our eyes focused on Him. That’s how we reap a harvest of faith.
Discouraged believers oftentimes plow a crooked row, because they’re looking over their shoulder to dwell on past regrets or peering around to see what pleasures await. Their field of faith looks like a disorganized mess. Moreover, distraction slows them down, with the result that spiritual growth is sluggish, if they mature at all.
Give up whatever draws your attention away from the heavenly Father. Believers who focus on past failures and present distractions end up all over the place in their Christian life; peace and joy are elusive and prayers go unanswered. Follow the Lord earnestly, and He will bring forth much spiritual fruit.
by Karen Icenhour
When This Life Gets Hard
When this life gets hard, God will always be there,
Nurturing us with His tender love & care;
He’s the Bread of Life, feeding the hungry soul,
Everything will be alright when He’s in control!
When this life gets hard, He’ll give us strength to stand,
He doesn’t make us walk without giving us His hand;
When He was on earth, His burdens & trials were real,
As Lily of the Valley, He knows just what we feel!
When this life gets hard, God sees it taking place,
And He never makes us do without His grace;
The First & Last, He cares for His every child,
Faithful & true is God’s great, awesome style!
When this life gets hard, place it in God’s able hands,
He can manage all things by only His command;
So if troubles & trials in life may come along,
Give it to God, & your heart will never go wrong!
If you’re like me, you seldom read the full text of contracts for online services before you agree to them. They go on for pages, and most of the legal jargon makes no sense to ordinary people like me.
I was quite surprised, therefore, when a friend from Africa made me aware of this one-of-a-kind service agreement for online software. Instead of a wordy license telling people how not to use it, the developer offers a simple blessing urging people to use it for good:
May you do good and not evil. May you find forgiveness for yourself and forgive others. May you share freely, never taking more than you give.
At first I thought, Wow. Imagine if more terms of service agreements were written as blessings instead of legal documents. Then I thought, The agreement Jesus makes with us is like that. He offers us forgiveness of sin, peace with God, and the presence of the Holy Spirit. In return, all He asks is that we do good (Gal. 6:10), forgive as we’ve been forgiven (Luke 6:37), and love others as He loves us (John 13:34).
The beauty of Jesus’ agreement with us is that even though we fail to live up to the terms, we still receive the blessing.
Sent from the Father above;
Mercies and blessings abounding,
Gifts of His marvelous love. —Anon.
Skeptical about the usefulness of a small lunch, Andrew said to Jesus, “What are [these five loaves and two fish] among so many?” (John 6:9). Yet the little lunch in the hands of Jesus turned out to be a huge blessing. So, before you think that you don’t have much to offer Jesus, consider this:
Edward Kimball, a Sunday school teacher in Boston, decided to visit a young man in his class to be sure he was a Christian. That day he led that man, Dwight L. Moody, to the Lord.
Moody, the Billy Graham of the 19th century, had a major impact on Wilbur Chapman. Chapman, a prominent evangelist, recruited Billy Sunday to join in his evangelistic campaigns. In turn, Sunday launched a national ministry that had great results in cities like Charlotte, North Carolina. An organization that started as a result of Sunday’s revival invited evangelist Mordecai Ham to Charlotte. In one of those meetings, Billy Graham received Christ as his Savior and later became the most prominent evangelist of our time.
When you think you don’t have much to offer, remember Sunday school teacher Edward Kimball, who spent a Saturday afternoon reaching out to someone in his class. God has a special way of using routine faithfulness in the “small things” to accomplish great things!
By, Tracie Miles, lightsource.com
John 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
It was just an old broken can opener, but Michael, my young son, saw something of great value.
When he walked into the kitchen, this “treasure” on the cabinet piqued his curiosity. He asked if he could play with it as he ran his little hands over it, checking out all its nifty parts. Better yet, could he keep it?
I didn’t really think he could get hurt since it was broken, but I explained why it was not a toy.
Despite my insistence, he proceeded to make his case for gaining possession of the can opener. Finally, growing weary of this discussion, I used my maternal “I mean it” tone and told him to throw the broken can opener away and go play.
Suddenly, little Michael’s demeanor changed. His shoulders slumped and his skinny little arms hung limp beside his body, as if all the bones had left them completely.
Then for sentimental effect, he poked out his bottom lip and stared up at me with big, blue, puppy-dog eyes, uttering this question in the sweetest sounding, most pitiful little-boy voice he could muster: “Well Mommy, if I was broken, would you just throw me away?”
Whoa! Didn’t see that one coming. Our conversation about a silly can opener just got complicated. I chuckled, gave him a big hug, and reassured him he was too valuable to me to ever be thrown away — even if he were completely broken.
Satisfied with my answer, he skipped off with the can opener, cord flopping behind him. I was left stunned, pondering the weight of his question.
My thoughts went back to years earlier when I felt like that can opener because of mistakes in my past: broken and useless, void of value. But then a smile washed across my face as I remembered the day God told me I was too valuable in His eyes to ever be thrown away, much like He did for the woman found in John chapter 8.
John opens this chapter with Jesus confronting a group of religious leaders who had brought a woman before Him who’d been caught in adultery. They asked Jesus what they should do with her.
Before shaming her before Jesus, the crowd had already decided this woman was a throwaway person. A useless sinner. A woman who had made mistakes and wrong choices and should be held accountable for her actions to the highest degree: death by stoning.
But Jesus saw more when He looked at that woman. He looked past her sin and shame and saw her value — a value she most likely didn’t even see in herself.
The leaders asked Jesus what He thought of her sin. They wanted Him to accuse her and affirm her worthlessness so they could begin the stoning, but He did just the opposite. He not only refused to accuse her, but also challenged her accusers: All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!
One by one, they dropped their stones, turned and left. Jesus’ words proved to the crowd and to this broken woman that, despite her sin and the mistakes she had made, her life mattered.
Certainly this woman knew she’d done wrong. Maybe deep in her heart she felt she deserved her punishment. Maybe she hung her head ready to accept the blows, thinking her life-lacked purpose. But Jesus knew her worth. Her value. He knew the purposes for which He’d created her. And He wanted her to know that, too.
None of us is a throwaway person, because no one is ever beyond repair in God’s eyes. He is the ultimate restorer of people, hearts and lives. Restoration brings transformation, and the faith to believe our lives truly do matter to God.