musings (part 2)

Before God can vindicate us, He must first scrutinize us.  1 Corinthians 4:4
 
Jesus’ first action on this earth was to completely trash Mary and Joseph’s reputations. Being Spirit-led is more important than man’s opinion.
 
“When you’re a child of the King, your relationships are an affair of state. you no longer have the right to just do what feels good. choose your friends accordingly.” (adapted from Stephanie.  Her words below)
 
“You are a king’s daughter and your marriage is an affair of state. You can’t go shacking up with just anybody. Your affections, while significant are not the bottom line. The bottom line is the kingdom. Hear me out. A world lies in misery and poised on the brink of hell. You are of royal blood. You have duties of state that are incompatible with marriage for the sake of your own feelings alone. Your marriage must strengthen the kingdom and make those alliances which will guarantee the lasting peace, the salvation of souls, the triumph of mercy. You must trust the King your Father to arrange matters according to his plan and purpose which is to maximize your joy and his glory through you. He loves you. Love Him back. No more sheets. Get married God’s way or don’t get married at all.”
 
 Love that does not shine under pressure is worthless when all is peaceful.
 
From rags to a wedding dress–this is the great exchange. My sin nature for His glory; my ashes for His beauty. I just have to say ‘yes!’
 
I will never fully experience God’s love directed towards me until I can first grasp how much I needed His cross.

Wisdom is simply defined as viewing the world through God’s perspective.

He loves dancing with me…even when I step on His feet. 

It is when we reject the comfortable, turn our backs on all we’ve known, burn bridges, and cut ties that we enthrall the heart of God.  Psalm 45:11

To walk with an ear open to the Holy Spirit is to live in that tension between people screaming, “don’t judge me” and Ezekiel 33:6.  We cannot be so focused on not offending people that we fail to draw attention to sin; and we cannot be so wrapped up in addressing the sin that we begin to judge the person.

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7 Responses to musings (part 2)

  1. cherish says:

    much sounds very familiar (:

    i especially like the quote from stephanie [she seems a wise soul whoever she is]

    don’t forget about the new bridges dear. . .
    always keep your hammer && nails handy 😉

    • Chrystal says:

      i’ve seen a few other things she’s posted. there’s great power there.
      and i’m trying to remember that. glad i have someone walking with me who’s an expert carpenter =)

  2. slamdunk says:

    I appreciate the way you closed the post in not being afraid of what we look like in the opinion of others versus not having the ability to separate the sin from the person. Quite a balancing act, yet only possible in understanding our need for (as you state) “His cross.”

    • Chrystal says:

      there’s such tension there. i know i mess it up over and over and over again. God is kind to forgive me when i do, though…. thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  3. ServantBoy says:

    I love the verse that remind us that God’s mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23). Yes, God certainly is the epitome of love and forgiveness when we admit our frailties and shortcomings to him and being open and able to admit our sinfulness is the first step to his forgiveness. Thank you for the wonderful encouragement. God bless you and your ministry!

  4. timbob says:

    Good morning chrystal. All of these observations are notworthy. The final one really hit home because of a particular situation in my extended family. A situation so complicated that I tried to write about it here as an example of the need to stand for truth. But the situation is so perverse and twisted that I removed it in favor of a generic mentioning. (Plus the fact that, when I had it almost completed, I glanced to the right and saw the tag “gossip.” Thanks. I needed to see that.)

    The truth is, we are in a very perverse generation and must lovingly stand for truth; (I Timothy 2:25) even when it agitates everyone around us. We find the fellowship with the Lord most incredible and the separation from this fallen world a little more defined.

    Awesome and needful reflections in this post. Thanks. Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

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