Can’t stick with your Bible reading?

TODAY’s SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 3: 16-17

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped gfor every good work.

Every Christian woman knows how important it is to read her Bible. We all make promises to ourselves to read daily, but sometimes those promises are hard to keep as we get caught up in the whirlwind of housework, kids, jobs, and husbands.

TRY A DIFFERENT TRANSLATION: Some are better than others, and the King James Version is still said to be the one most true to the original manuscripts. Written in the 1600s, it used the language of the day, so many women find it hard to follow. The New King James Version uses modern language. The New American Standard Bible is also a good choice.

PRAY: Ask  God to give you a thirst for what is in His word.

JOIN A BIBLE STUDY GROUP: Take notes and re-read the passages at home. Read ahead to the next session.

DOWNLOAD AN APP: There are apps to remind you to read your Bible, and there are also apps that will download the Bible right onto your phone.

FIND A GOOD SPACE: Look around your home for a good place to read the Bible daily. It should have a comfortable chair and good lighting, and perhaps a beautiful view to gaze upon while you ponder what you have read.

BE ACCOUNTABLE: This is a good reason to join a Bible study group, but you can also read alone and have a friend check up on you occasionally.

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How Trustworthy Are You?

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 31:11

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

TODAY’S MESSAGE:

Proverbs 31:11 reads differently in each translation of the Bible. Many modern translations say that she will enrich his life or that he will have no lack of gain.

The King James Version says it a little differently: he will have no need of spoil. This is rather unfamiliar to today’s language, so let me explain: in Old Testament times it was common to bring back money or other valuables that were looted during a battle. This was called “spoil” and was meant to compensate the family for the loss of income while the husband and father was away. The proverbs 31 husband had no need for the spoil, as his wife was competently keeping the home fires burning.

Three thousand years ago, it was not unknown for husbands to lock up the family assets if they went to war, to protect them from their wives. In contrast, the Proverbs 31 woman had the trust of her husband. He knew that if he was suddenly called away he could leave her without the fear that she would drive him to bankruptcy. He was free from the worry of what she would do in his absence.

Her husband was able to take his place in the city council and know that she was handling their household affairs competently. He confidently let her take over teaching the children and running the household so that he could concentrate on doing his job.

In his political position, he needed the kind of wife who could conduct herself with dignity and discretion. She could be counted on never to be an embarrassment to him. She was virtuous to the point where he had no jealousy, fear, suspicion, or anxiety.

The Proverbs 31 woman spent her life helping her husband to be everything God wanted him to be. She provided freedom from the things that tied him down.

Can the same be said about you? Let that be your goal.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 3:6

…a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away.

TODAY’S MESSAGE:

Like many of you, I’m enjoying Marie Kondo’s Netflix show!

The average home of today is larger than the Proverbs 31 woman’s house, and the average family has much more accumulated “stuff” than her family had.

Not everyone is born organized, and there is nothing wrong with having to work harder at it. It is wrong, though, not to work at it. You owe it to yourself and your family to provide a clean, neat, and orderly environment. Everyone can become more organized.

There is actually a Biblical precedent to being organized: God is not one who likes things to be disorderly or upset. How can we justify keeping cluttered and messy homes?

It’s best to start with just a half-hour; any longer might be overwhelming at first. In true Proverbs spirit, make it thirty-one minutes!

Decide where to start. If you are faced with the task of de-cluttering your entire home, begin with the easiest area to build up momentum and create the feeling of instant gratification. Once that area is cleared of clutter you must strive to keep it that way, while at the same time working on other areas.

Begin by placing five boxes in the center of the room. Label them as follows:

  • Throw away: Anything that is missing parts, broken or no longer usable
  • Give away: Anything that is in good shape but hasn’t been used in at least a year, is a duplicate, or is cluttering up the room. Share it with a friend or donate it to charity
  • Sell: Items for a yard sale
  • Put away: Anything that belongs in another room
  • Store: Seasonal items or those that will be used again within a year

Place as much into these boxes as you can in thirty-one minutes. Plan to return to the job again each day until the entire room is finished.

At the end of each thirty-one minute session, put everything in the “put away” box where it belongs.

Deal with the “throw away” box immediately.

When the “give away” box is full, place it in the trunk of your car until you get a chance to drop it off for donation. Don’t let these items back into your home, or they may take root again.

If you don’t plan to have a yard sale, don’t use the “sell” box. Simply place those things into the “give away” box. Yard sales take effort to set up, and you cannot expect to get for your items the price that they are worth. Yet, many people enjoy the satisfaction of letting go of their unwanted objects and making a little extra cash at the same time.

Find an out-of-the-way spot to place the “store” box until it is needed again.

 

Spiritual Warfare

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 6:11-12

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against m principalities, against powers, against n the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

TODAY’S MESSAGE:

The spiritual realm is invisible to us, yet we sense it. God allowed Daniel and Elisha to see into the realm. Angelic and demonic forces are constantly at war, and we are often the weapon of choice. One of the best know examples is the story of Job.

Visible or not, we need to be aware of the powers of Satan in the world and how they attack Christians. When we accept Jesus as our saviour, All hell literally breaks loose. Satan unleashes his demons to attack us and make us doubt are faith and our salvation.

Often, his strongest weapon is found in a person around us. The term “Jezebel Spirit” has been coined to describe such a person, one who will attack your faith, your loved ones, and everything you hold dearest in an attempt to destroy you.

Notice God’s weapons: “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” God want us to fight the war with truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and His word.

We cannot lose! God is more powerful than all of them combined. Pray for His protection and for fortification to withstand the attack.