I wanted share with you a section in my "Living Beyond Yourself" Bible study by Beth Moore. It touched my heart in more ways then one and I was challenged to truly "live beyond myself".
First Corinthians 2:15 tells us that "the spiritual man makes judgements about all things." The Greek word is anakrino, and it means "to discern, judge, to examine accurately or carefully."...The spiritual man does not judge people. He or she judges "things." Very specifically, those "things that comes from the Spirit."
No wonder Galatians 6:1 says only those "who are spiritual" should restore one who has fallen. Only a spiritual person could judge the situation without judging the sinner. God even warns that the spiritual individual must restore very carefully and soberly, or you also may be tempted"! The spiritual man is constantly aware of the fine line which separates him from the carnal man-a split seconds hesitation. (This is huge for me!)
The spiritual man is the person in which the mind of Christ is activated! He or she is a person who delights in the meat of God and not just the milk. She lives and thinks in a capacity far beyond that of "mere man." Why? Because she "lives in the Spirit"!
The woman who "lives in the Spirit, " is "led by the Spirit." The one who keeps "in step with the Spirit" and is "filled with the Spirit" is the person we want to be!
If you are a young Christian, would you like to hear some really good news? These terms do not refer to the time you've spent, but to the today you've surrendered. You may be a new Christian who has just surrendered your heart, but if you're surrendered, you are just as "spiritual" as one who has known Him for 30 years.
Spirituality rests upon "yieldedness" to the Holy Spirit's control. Yieldedness is always the result of a deliberate choice to yield...to consciously surrender. The spiritual life will never come "naturally."
The carnal man does what comes naturally from his old nature. If we are going to live as a spiritual man, it will result from a deliberate, conscious surrender to the Holy Spirit of God.
Surrender must be a daily choice. We can be spiritual one day and not the next. We can be spiritual one morning and not that night (Have you noticed, oddly enough, that spirituality seems to be taxed by husbands and children?) We are spiritual when we are out of control and the Holy Spirit is in control.
"Let us not become wearing in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." (Galatians 6:9-10)
Sometimes we keep working and trusting and still don't see any change in our husbands, teens, an ill loved one, or other trials and circumstances. The striving is exhausting. Please hang in there and remember two things:
1. God brings results from your obedience; you do not. Let Him do His job in His "proper" time. He'll do it, all right. His name depends on it and He cannot lie. Keep waiting because:
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and, not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." -Isaiah 40:31
2. You have everything you need by virtue of the Holy Spirit within you to bear your load. If He has energy enough to speak the worlds into being according to the Father's will and the Son's Word, He has the energy to carry you through your burden. When we power walk in the Spirit, it is He who carries the weights.
Whew! I know that was long. But it made me think about so many issues that I am dealing with right now. Can I confront in love? If I can't, I should not make a stand. I should choose to keep silent. Until the Lord, works on my heart enough to be loving, my rebuke is futile. This is true with my husband and my children.
I am judging the sinner or the sin? Before I rebuke someone for their tone of voice, I must examine my heart heart and ask myself, "I am using the same tone of voice with them?"
After reading this, I had to ask God to help me control my tongue. My tendency when I am frustrated is to be sarcastic. I use it so often to defend myself when I feel I am wronged.
I am also too impatient. I want results NOW!!!
I need to be more mature in Christ. I need to stand, listen and not lash back. I need to remain calm and not raise my voice. I need to yield myself to Him daily with these things.
Oh, I hope I am not alone! I would love to hear your stories of what you are dealing with and how you could apply these truths to your life. And if you already are practicing yieldedness, tell us how it has changed your life.
No matter what, let's continue to grow and mature together in Christ Jesus.
"Show me your way , oh Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long." -Psalm 25:4-5 My Mission for this BLOG is to bring glory to God as I share what He is teaching me as I raise my children for Him. I want to encourage mothers all around the world to hang in there! Motherhood is tough, challenging and gritty. But through Christ's strength and the support of other moms who are in the trenches, I will keep pressing towards the goal to raise Godly children. Please feel free to leave comments. It blesses me so much! You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Stay-At-Home mother of six children. We LOVE having a large family. My first love, is Christ and the Words of the Bible. My passion is to teach my children about the Lord. I love to watch my children discover their own faith in God. My husband has been a firefighter for over 20 years and is now an officer. I am very proud of him. I long to be a Titus 2 woman who encourages other women to love their husbands and children and to thrive in their homes, not just survive.
The noblest calling in the world is that of a mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give. -David O. McKay Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrficing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountians of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life. -David O McKay We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. -Psalm 127:3 The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom -Henry Ward Beecher The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. -Elaine Heffner People who say they sleep like babies usually don't have them. -Leo J. Burke
To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens. -Spencer W. Kimball