is something so very pure, simple and beautiful about Gensis 24:67. Isaac saw
Rebekah for the first time and the bible says he: “took Rebekah, and she became
his wife, and he loved her” (KJV).
love is an unconditional love; a love based in faith, not on anything the other
does or does not do for us (1 Cor 13:1-13). God’s love never fails (1 Cor 13:8)
and we are commanded to love with the God kind of love (John 13:34.
was God’s idea (Gen 2:24) and to be successful it must be done God’s way. In
Ephesians 5:21 married couples are told to submit: “one to another in the fear
of God”. This means to listen, communicate, submit, defer and agree in
unselfish love. Husbands are to love their wives as Jesus loved the church and
gave himself for her (Eph 5:25). Husbands are to love their wives as their own
bodies (Eph 5:28).
an environment of harmony, the sacrificial love of her husband and mutual
submission, the wife is to submit to her husband as head of the home (Eph
knew, that in all facets of life, we needed order and authority for his peace
and fullness to be experienced. A marriage based on God’s love and with God at
the center is a pure, beautiful, simple and successful thing (Eccl 4:12).
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will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help" (Psalm
121:1; KJV). Hebrews 12:2 tells us we should LOOK to Jesus because he is the
beginning and the end of our faith. The meaning of: "LOOK" in that
verse means giving Jesus our undivided attention.
Numbers 21:5-9 we read about the Israelites who had been complaining to God and
as a result God sent fiery serpents amongst them. However, Moses interceded on
behalf of the people. God told Moses to hold up a bronze serpent and that if a
serpent bitt anyone and they LOOKED at the bronze serpent, they would live.
John 3:14 Jesus compared the raising of the bronze serpent to his being lifted
up on the cross. If we LOOK to Jesus (with believing eyes) then we are delivered
from spiritual death. Plus, if we look on Jesus with the eyes of faith he will
deliver us from all the works of the devil.
also had to look to God in his life; John 5:19-21 reveals that Jesus could only
do what He SAW the Father doing - all the more reason for us to keep our eyes
on him from whom our help comes.
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the Bible we are told to be prepared for the coming of Jesus (Mark 13:33, Matt
24:42, Luke 21:34 and 1 Thess 5:6). The story of the 5 virgins in Matthew
chapter 25, is also a reminder that we should be ready because Jesus could come
when we are not expecting him. In fact, everything the Bible has to say about
the rapture is that it will happen suddenly: "in the twinkling of an
eye" (1 Cor 15:52), when we least expect it. Revelation 1:7 confirms that
Jesus will definitely be coming back.
don't believe there has been very much preaching about the Lord's return in our
churches, but none the less in the scriptures, we are definitely advised to be
ready. I believe this means we should be thinking about it, anticipating it and
excited about it. Watching for the Lord's return doesn't mean neglecting our
earthly duties or guessing what date it will be, because we are told that only
the Father knows that (Mark 13:32). We need to be busy about the Father's
business as we wait.
Bible doesn't tell us a whole lot about what heaven will be like but we do know
this, there will be non-stop worship (Rev. 4:8), there will be no more pain and
sorrow (Rev. 21:4), we will enjoy the fountain of the water of life (Rev. 21:6)
and we will have unbroken fellowship with God (Rev. 21:3). Now that is cause
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has placed clear order and authority in our lives and it is for our benefit. In
the Old Testament there were judges, prophets and kings. Through Moses father
in law, Jethro, God created a whole hierarchy of leadership to judge and govern
Israel (Ex 18:13-26).
are commanded to submit to governing authorities and to pray for them (1Tim
2:1) that: “we may lead a quiet and peaceable life” (1Tim 2:2; KJV). This would
involve obeying the laws of the land, including traffic speed limits; ouch!
Within the church we are also to submit to and obey those leaders who walk in
the love and wisdom of God. (Heb 13:17). In fact, we are to honor leaders and
make their work easy, as they represent God (1Tim 5:17; Heb 13:17). Our leaders
watch over us and they will answer to God for the job they do (Heb 13:17).
the marriage relationship, although there is to be mutual submission (Eph
5:21), the godly husband is to be the head as Christ is head of the church (Eph
5:22-33). Children are to obey their parents: “Children obey your
parents---that it may be well with thee---” (Eph 6:1-3).
discipline and submission were not put in place by God to limit us but to
ensure our freedom, protection, prosperity and peace. When we do things God’s
way, we can enjoy the abundant life Jesus came to give us (John 10:10). Try it,
I guarantee that it works.
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I may know him, and the power of his resurrection" (Phil 3:10a KJV). Is
this your heart cry? That we might know Jesus, be like him and be empowered to
walk and minister as he did. Paul, in his letter to the Phillippians went on to
say that he had not arrived yet but he put the past behind him and pressed on
to grasp what Christ had for him (Phil 3:12-14). There was nothing casual about
his quest but a sense of urgent, earnest pursuit; this pressing was serious
Hebrews chapter 6 and verse 1, Paul said, let's move on from the basics of our
Christian walk and aim for maturity (Heb 6:1). How many Christians have a form
of godliness but lack the power (2 Tim 3:5)? If we all sought after God as Paul
did we would be transformed, growing in godliness and holiness and more like
Christ each day.
we want the power to change, the power to impact our world and fill it with his
love and peace we need to press in as Paul did. Signs, miracles and wonders
should follow the "Acts of the Apostles" church. This is the kind of
church we should all be a part of; the "normal church".
need to take our cue from the early church, immersing ourselves in the word,
prayer, fellowship and unity; directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit (Acts
2:42). Our hearts should throb with Paul's heart cry, "that I might know him";
that we may be emptied of self and be filled with him (John 12:24-25; Eph
3:19). These are the people, this is the church that will shake our world and
the principalities of darkness (Eph 3:10).
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