Every person has different abilities at different stages in life. Maybe you are just starting college and exploring possible future jobs. Maybe you are a newlywed or a young mother. Maybe you are getting started on your career or moving to a new country. Whatever you are doing, God has placed you in this place at this moment for a reason.
Never let anyone or anything keep you from doing what God has called you to do. 1 Timothy 4:12 states:
Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
Imagine if you lived your daily life believing God gave you the ability to do what only you can do – no matter your age, gender, race, or disabilities. This is the truth. You have the ability to set an example for others. As a believer God has given you the ability to take your personal gifts and use them to bring others to Him.
There are countless examples in the Bible of the most unlikely people being used by God to do incredible things. David killed the enemy with a sling. He was a young shepherd at the time. Esther became queen and helped save the Jews. She was a young woman at that time. Samuel became an amazing prophet at a young age. All of these people were used by God – despite age and circumstances.
As you go throughout your day, look for opportunities to be used by God. Never doubt that you have worth. Who knows, maybe you will be a David, Esther, or Samuel?
A lot of us girls have wish lists for our future husbands. But then the question becomes: would the kind of man you’re describing on that list choose the woman you are today? For example, if you have on your list “studies the Bible regularly” and yet you rarely study your Bible, you’ll probably be on two different spiritual levels. Or if you want a church-going man, yet you only attend church on the holidays, then that may cause its own set of obstacles.
So, if you want someone like the man described in 1 Timothy 3 – someone who is temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach, not given to win, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrels, not covetous, and one who rules his own house well, then you also have similar traits.
Now, I’m not saying that you need to be an exact copy of the man you hope to marry, but as Paul writes, a wife of such a man must be reverent, not slanderous, temperate and faithful in all things.
Ladies, we spend a lot of time day dreaming and praying about our future husbands. And I’m sure we all want them to be Godly men who are active in church, read their Bible regularly and pray. But in turn, we must also nurture those habits and traits in ourselves. To be the kind of woman that would be compatible – and equally yoked – with the kind of man on that wish list (and in 1 Timothy 3).
“Obey Me, and then I will be your God, and you will be My people. You must walk in every way I command you so that it may go well with you.” -Jeremiah 7:23
So often, we tend to think of God’s commands as a list of rules, a series of do’s and do-not’s that leave us wanting to hide in a corner, away from guilt and shame and pressure to perform. But you know what? That’s just the enemy’s perspective of God’s commands – he wants to confuse us and create doubt in us, just like he did to Eve in that garden. He wants us to believe that God is being overbearing, over-controlling, laying heavy burdens on us that really aren’t fair, or that He’s withholding good things from us. But that couldn’t be the furthest thing from the truth.
I once heard Francis Chan put it this way (paraphrase): “We often think, Wow, God’s commands are too strict. Like seriously, He’s harsh. But if we really examine what He commands us to do, it’s things like, Don’t lie or cheat on people. Don’t steal. Don’t hurt people. Gee, what terrible commands – we actually have to treat people nicely!”
The sarcasm in his last sentence really opened my eyes to the wrong perspective I often have of God’s commands. His commands are always intended to bring life to us and to the people around us. They are intended to bless, to benefit, and to help us live beautiful lives.
So Dearest, are you with me? Let’s take back a love and admiration for God’s commands, instead of hiding from them.
// This article was originally written by Kimmy Miller for TirzahMag.com
Don’t give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith. -1 Timothy 1:4
As the elections in the U.S. draw near and thanks to the plethora of conspiracy theories on all things religion, there is plenty out there to conspire about. Some speculate about the last days and the antichrist. Others buy into various theological or even mythical explanations for certain Bible occurrences.
Friend, don’t engage in such worthless and irrelevant discussions. Pray for wisdom to discern the difference between deepening your faith and wasting your time trying to prove that the earth is in fact round. Because if God wanted you to know the name of the antichrist or the intricate design/logistics of angels, then He would have opened them to you (and maybe someday He will!). But for now, focus on what matters: growing and guarding your faith.
In the Greek version of this verse, godly edification is the Greek word for stewardship – as in where a person looks after another’s affairs. But not another’s like your neighbor’s business, but God’s affairs. In essence, don’t speculate but instead look after God’s affairs, which is faith. It’s that simple – no conspiracy involved.
Y’all, reading chapters 3 and 4 of Jeremiah just about breaks my heart. Although the words were written to the people of Judah around 600 B.C., God might as well be speaking directly to me.
As this tale unfolds, we meet two sisters who repeatedly leave their husband to lay with other men. But the story doesn’t end there. Over and over again, God as the husband in the metaphor says: “Return to Me. Return, and even after you’ve done all these things, if you repent and put away your abominations out of My sight, then you shall not be moved. For I am merciful and I will not remain angry forever.” Anger, distress, and hurt all line this story, but Love is still underneath it all.
We play that harlot often in our lives. Like when an entire day goes by and we couldn’t spare more than a few minutes to spend in the presence of our God, because we had other things vying for our love and attention. Or the way we women run to men to fill that hole in our hearts, pushing the boundaries of our purity and sinking deep into heartbreak every time we end up alone yet again. Or how we fill our lives to the brink with material stuff and worldly concerns – leaving almost no room in our schedules, minds or souls for our heavenly Husband. Lift up your eyes to the desolate heights and see: where have you not lain with distractions, idols and “men”?
Yet, return to Him. Regardless of where you’ve been or what you’ve done. We’ve talked about it often but it’s an important reminder: you are betrothed to your Creator. He isn’t letting you go this easily. So, repent. Put your abominations out of His sight and return to your Father. Don’t turn away from the true lover of your soul.
If you haven’t yet had a chance to study the harlotry metaphor often used in the Bible to describe the sometimes strenuous relationship between the church and God, then head over to our shop to get a copy of our Proverbs 7 Woman study.
I imagine Jeremiah’s ministry was a lot like a crowded room with a dozen overlapping conversations and even more distractions. And there Jeremiah stands in the crowd, trying to preach, yet no one is listening.
Jeremiah was called by God to be “a prophet to the nations” and for nearly 60 years he faithfully confronted the leaders and the people of Judah with their sin, prophesied both their 70-year captivity in Babylon and their eventual return from exile. Jeremiah spoke, but the society around him was deteriorating economically, politically and spiritually. Above all, the people found God’s word to be offensive. As a result, Jeremiah earned himself the nickname of “the weeping prophet” – we’ll see evidence of this as we study his book this month.
But today, I want to focus on the beginning of Jeremiah’s ministry. In chapter 1 of the book of Jeremiah, we read a conversation between Jeremiah and God. The Lord bestows this beautiful calling upon Jeremiah and he reacts the same way we often do: “But God, I’m so young. I don’t know what to say. There is someone out there who is better for this gig! They won’t listen anyway. And besides she is doing it so much better than me!”
If you’ve ever thought these things about your calling (and let’s be honest, we all have at one point!), then I encourage you write out God’s reply and post it in a prominent place where you can see it often.
Because God reminds us that He’s in charge: He will give you words – in fact, He will quite literally put the words into your mouth. He will tell you where to go and what to do. He will deliver you, so you don’t have to be afraid of the haters.
Because the Lord has set you over the nations and kingdoms for such a time as this (even if it’s a tiny college campus or a corporate workplace), “to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.”
Thousands of years may have passed since Jeremiah was tasked with his calling, but the message is timeless. Each of us has a calling and each of us is uniquely and perfectly equipped to live out our callings.
We’d love to hear what your calling is! Share with us in the comments so we can further encourage and support you as you live out God’s will for your life!
I’ve met few people in this world who embody Isaiah 66:2:
“But on this one will I look: on [her] who is poor and of a contrite spirit and who trembles at My word.”
Because when was the last time your heart trembled at God’s word? Or how about the last time God reprimanded you in pointing out a sin or something harmful in your life…how did you react? Did you accept it with a humble heart and seek repentance? Or did you get defensive and tune the reprimand out?
A woman with a contrite spirit trembles at God’s word because she knows His greatness and His power. She recognizes that although compared to Him she is nothing, yet He loved her so much, He thought it was worth sending His son to die on a cross for her. She knows of His great wrath against sin and unrighteousness, but she also knows the warmth of His pleasure and the abundant blessings that arise from walking faithfully and obediently before Him. She is careful to listen to His instruction – even when He tells her she’s wrong and must change her ways, because her trust for Him runs deep. Humility seasons her interactions with others, because although she’s the daughter of a King, she knows her Kingdom is one of service and being last, rather than first. She treasures her Bible because it’s her Father’s words to her and it’s her only source of information.
And when He makes her a promise, she stands in awe, already firmly believing that the words will come to pass in His timing…and it will be good, so, so good. But she also knows that if she loses her way, there will be consequences to pay for her disobedience and sin. Still, He always welcomes her back – no matter how stained, dirty or wounded she is. And that is the root of her contrite spirit – that when she was nothing, He gave her everything. So, she bows down before her King, knowing there lies her true source of life.