What You Don’t Know About Ladies In Your Church

Think about the things you don’t know about ladies in your church or other sisters in Christ…

I want to encourage you not to jump to conclusions.

You don’t know…

*how much they have prayed about something before they have done something you may not agree with. Stop judging so quickly and labeling and in some cases avoiding.

*if they are following the leadership they are Biblically asked to follow. (They may not wholeheartedly agree with their leadership but they’re following peacefully in faith). Commend her for being obedient instead of being upset. Pray for her, she may not be able to tell you.

*the amount of spiritual attacks they have faced while trying to do right, in the last day, week, month, year. It may be adding up.

*their heart is well-meaning even if they are ignorant on the things they are trying to do or help with or maybe the sins they commit. Young Christians and young people need grace and someone faithful to teach them.

*how care-taking may be playing a toll on their heart and mind. Mamas and women taking care of parents or special needs children don’t need more burdens from your opinions.

*their past or present and how stress taxes their heart from the trauma of dealing with whatever it was or is in their life. Sometimes the past haunts your present and sometimes the present can oppress people’s spirits because they may struggle with looking up at God rather than their burdens.

*that there may be hidden abuse in their life and they’re trying to make everything appear normal but they’re under the strain of doing things however the people in their life are wanting them to do it. In Christian circles some would not even know their sister-in-Christ is pasting a smile on her face because she doesn’t want you to know things aren’t 100% beautiful in her home.

*the silent lies Satan is whispering to them when they are alone. Lies from Satan are divisive and always trying to cause confusion and distraction from God.

*the temptations they are facing and how they may already be frustrated with themselves already for failing. Speak the truth in love when it’s needed, but don’t over preach/teach to people when they’re already beating themselves up.

*they feel a calling or God impressing them to do something and they are worried already that it will be a drastic change in their life and people will be critical of them. Big steps of obedience need encouragement. It’s God’s job to help people go and do what He wants.

We can only see so much into the lives of those around us. Use the Holy Spirit to give you discernment on how to speak and encourage people because you don’t know the situation behind a person’s smile, frown, or tears.

Proverbs 25:11, ” A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”

No Jesus AND _______ – You Just Need Jesus

I see a lot of memes, posts, and shirts about “Coffee + Jesus = Great Day!” “All I need is Jesus and Chocolate.” Jesus and donuts, sugar, essential oils, and your favorite Facebook group, friend, and more (!) will help me do this/that to make it through the day.

I’m gonna be a big fat party pooper and just say, “You just need Jesus.” I know sister, how hard it is to feel like a normal human being in the morning, keep the house clean, deal with situation after situation with your kids and your schedule and then add in being a sweet wife, concentrating on your health, or ministry work, fulfilling personal goals, etc. etc. etc. But you don’t need sugar or coffee mixed with Jesus to make your life better when it’s hard. You just need Him. You just need to pray and wait in the moment of prayer for peace.

Unhealthy associations and “needs” for specific things lead to addictions and consuming things upon our lusts. I know all about going to a closet to chomp on a snack and hide from the kids or extra-long bathroom breaks to get a moment of quiet and sanity while taking a scroll through social media. Those moments can be useful to take a breather. The food stuff may make us feel better in the moment (uh–sugar high!), it may be what we like to help bring us happiness. But be careful not to share a wrong type of doctrine or belief in your mind that you NEED Jesus AND something else. No, you need Christ alone. No friend, no sugar rush, or happy smelling oil will wash away your struggles if God is trying to grow you through difficulty.

I heard a sermon once about trials and how if we are always running through the situation trying to get away then we miss the nuggets of wisdom God has for us there. We have so many band-aids in our culture to keep us from really plugging in to being strengthened when life is hard. How many of you feel like sometimes life is just hard every day? Yeah, sometimes I do too.

Yes health needs are real and you should be supporting your body and mind with healthy things and they do effect your overall well-being — your outlook and your thought life. Yes, do things in your day that you enjoy (coffee, tea, diffuser, connecting) but don’t substitute them for Christ. Keep your body and mind in subjection so you can be in obedient unity with the Holy Spirit when those wild moments of life happen to you and He speaks. You don’t have to be a slave to the ideaology of Jesus AND ______.

Just Jesus, that’s all.

His grace is sufficient. His Word is undeniably relevant to every day living. His shoulder big enough for tears and ear sensitive enough to your heart’s desires and complaints. His love deep enough to sustain you. He is the bread, the honey, the sweet smell, the beautiful song, the love that reaches around and holds you close. HE is enough!

I Like Sin & Combating It with Hebrews

Years ago I saw the saddest bumper sticker. It said “I like sin.” I got to thinking about it though, I think that most people do, they just aren’t bold enough to put a bumper sticker on their car that says it outright.

We watch fellow believers more and more walk down a path toward doing what is right in their own eyes away from Biblical truths and sin. It can be heart wrenching to watch people justify their choices and like it.

What can prevent us from becoming an “I like sin” bumper sticker wearer? Read Hebrews. It speaks of unbelief and hardness of heart causing people to depart from the faith (3:12-19). It mentions slothfulness in spiritual matters (6:10-12). And it refers to those who should be mature believers being spiritual babes unable to handle the strong meat of the Word (5:11-14).

When we begin to shirk from doing hard spiritual things in obedience we have begun to creep away. I think it begins with notwithstanding temptation because Hebrews refers so many times to Christ being tempted, yet without sin (2:17,18; 3:14-16) and His ability to help us.

Hebrews then speaks of the importance of faith (chapter 11), and the damage of faithlessness, provoking others unto good works, and not avoiding church gatherings(10:24-25). Chapters 12 & 13 lead us again to Christ our example who never changes and urges us to push forward in Biblical living and following our spiritual authorities, pleading for people to be restored.

Little things and little thoughts begin to pull people away. Guard your hearts dear friends and get into the Word and live there. Grow in grace and stick to the old paths of Bible living so you won’t become a casualty of accepting sin.