Today’s lesson is about natural selection. Have you ever wondered why so many male animals must fight each other before the breeding begins? I have. The experts have concluded that this is “nature’s” process of natural selections, which they explain helps ensure that only the strongest and most viable male will inseminate the females for the best offspring. At least this is how I recall it being taught. While I am just as intrigued as the next person about nature, I also understand that this is not “nature” but rather it is God who has a purpose for everything.
Job 12:7-10 King James Version (KJV)
“But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind”
Job 35:11 King James Version (KJV)
“Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?”
God gave us rule of the animals of the earth, but that does not mean that they do not serve his purpose or are valuable as he cares for them and just as we reveal the glory of God, being made in his image, so do the animals of the earth. There are many passages in scripture which explain to us life lessons related to how animals behave in nature. One example is given regarding how the ants work hard (Proverbs 6:6), another is telling us to consider the birds of the air, how God cares for them (Matthew 6:26). Since there is so many lessons about life regarding the ways of animals, then what can we learn about male competitiveness and rams? ??
…. As I considered these things, the Lord helped me understand something about himself as compared to the way of rams according to my understanding. He showed me that two rams butting heads for the right to mate with the female, is like him and Satan butting heads over who wins the affections of our souls. When our egos are at war with one another, when the carnal part of us is warring with the conscience, it is like two rams butting heads. The beauty of this is that God has allowed us to have natural selection. He doesn’t force us to choose him, but instead he will butt heads with Satan over you. The stronger one always wins in the end. Part of the natural process is that the one who we truly love the most will be revealed. Hallelujah!
I often don’t even know what I’m going to say when I open a new blog. This is the title that keeps coming to my heart, yet I don’t know what to say. He makes all things work for my good. This means that all the little things that we feel ashamed about desiring or maybe it is a personal struggle that really weighs us down, are allowed to be there for God’s purposes. We don’t have to think that we are alone or fear abandonment by God for having these “light and momentary afflictions” because he is the Alpha and Omega, which means that he is ultimately in control of the happenings of our souls and we are not alone. Don’t think that what you go through is so unusual, as a matter of fact it is a common occurrence to many believers, yet many are not at liberty to discuss it. That is also the wonderful thing about shedding light in the darkness, because when the light exposes the darkness, it leaves. It loses its power. When we hide issues and truths that we would rather not be brought to the light, then instead of going away, they grow into a big ugly monster. When the light illuminates what is in the dark, then it becomes small and powerless, and thousands of demons go to flight. Demons cannot stand the light. Their powers are in their lies. As long as we allow them to stay in the shadows then they will pull us down into the their depths of despair. Despair is not of God and cannot continue when in the light. Bring the truth to the light. Amen.
I have an issue with questioning who my future husband will be. I inspect many people who come across my path. I have always been husband focused. I hate this. It is a desire that never meets satisfaction. I believe that everything will work out for my good, even the minor, more pesky challenges that I face. Even this issue I keep having. I believe that God uses this need within me to help me understand that he is my husband. No, I don’t believe it is wrong to remarry and I know I will marry again, but this time I have a new purpose, and that is to please Jesus and have true contentment. Not a life of my own making, but rather of his choosing. As I keep asking, “who is my husband”, I am reminded of the way God showed my heart to me today and revealed to me that he is working on my behalf about diverse things. Then I am once again reminded that God is my husband. What does it mean to call God my husband? It means that he watches out for me. He is faithful to me and is thinking about me. He understands me like no one else can understand me, and he is for me and not against me. He is the best listener. He is the most loyal friend. He is there even when I don’t deserve it. He cherishes me and tells me how much he adores me. He gives me gifts. He is Sovereign and reveals to me that he is in control and that I have to only trust him and obey. God is so Sovereign, when I look upon this I have a deeper need within me met that wants to be submissive. I want to let him lead me. I want to be cared for and loved. I don’t want to be mistreated. God is truly my husband, and I can enjoy this union with him even better than if I was married to a carnal man. Lord, help me forget about this need or put it in its proper place. Amen.
I’ve been wondering why I haven’t been able to successfully date someone? I mean I recently had a boyfriend who was far away, we never met in person, but when it comes to dating men nearby I have anxiety. Honestly, I have had anxiety anyways which also made it hard for me to enjoy my long distance relationship. I realize that I have just not been really ready. I know that God will make all things clear, and that he knows this is a topic that concerns me and he cares. Sometimes it is the seeking that gives us the answers we need. Only if we know the questions we seek. I know that God will cause all things to work out for my good. How do I know when its time? I think that I will know it is right when I am not trying to force it. I think I will know it is right when I am not trying to compromise. I think that the reason I can wait, even though I hate waiting, is because I do not need a partner, though God may bless me with one. I need only one, and that is God. Two are better than one, but two is not mandatory, and should not replace our relationship with God. God has made it clear to me that he makes me sufficient for my girls who don’t have their dad. His love for me is also sweeter than that of any man. When we have God, then we have all that we need. I need to complete God’s project that he gave me. I trust him to provide for all of my needs. It is in the waiting he has shown me. Maybe it is when I am certain that I am enough that I will be ready. I don’t know if my self-concept will ever change, but God knows what I need. He knows when I’m ready. Lord, please lead me and enlighten the eyes of my understanding. Amen.
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:” 1 Peter 4:12-13 KJV
There are the promises of God that we receive from him personally that excite us, and then there is the time of testing. What we often don’t realize is that as we endure trials of many kinds, we are shaped and molded into the person we need to be in order to be ready to receive the promise that God intends to give us. When we consider the Israelites who wandered in the desert for forty years after being delivered from captivity, we can understand that the minor trials that they had endured while on their journey to the promised land would had prepared their faith for the giants that they would have faced. The truth is that there might always be giants to deal with, and there may always be challenges, but we won’t overcome unless our faith is in Jesus. Do not be surprised at your trial, if you are waiting for God to bless your marriage, yet you and your spouse can barely hold it together, then consider that if you two hold onto God and the faith he gives you in the dry desert place, then your marriage will reap a harvest once you enter into the promised land of milk and honey. If you have an unfair boss and you seek God while working for him, then when you enter into the promised land, you will have the strength of faith to endure an even bigger challenge. It is the testing of our faith that truly proves our faith. What is this faith anyways? It is having faith in God, and not looking to anything else as our refuge. God, shake our faith.
I have noticed something that occurs within me every time I get close to someone for a relationship. I get scared. There is this subconscious thing that occurs in which I become hyper vigilant and I start looking for everything wrong with them. What happened to the days in which I just enjoyed a relationship? When I didn’t question their words when they said “I love you”? I mean, I enjoy those words for a moment, but later my guard is up and is questioning it. We are certainly supposed to guard our hearts, and this is what the guard is doing, but what happens when that guard won’t let you live and enjoy a relationship? Do we wait for perfect? What happens when we discover that no one is perfect? I have an off and on again relationship in which I just cannot let my guard down in. Thanks to God’s grace, he has shown me the real issue. You see, I can see green grass in other people’s yards, yet the minute that grass becomes my yard I get out the magnifying glass and look for dry spots. When we look for dry spots, our lawn doesn’t seem so satisfying any longer. The issue is that I have my guard up and it is time to let the guard take a break so that I can enjoy my relationship. This is also true in our relationship with God. We can either hear his voice and be satisfied with it, or we can keep searching for the answers in every flower pot and vessel that comes along. If we just remember what God said, and remind ourselves of this, then we can rest from searching. The answer is already with us. The Israelites questioned God repeatedly after he delivered them from captivity. After they left Egypt, they just did not understand how to handle freedom. God said that they tested him and tested him even though he constantly worked to prove himself to them, finally he had enough and promised they would not inherit the land he intended to give them. He called their hearts hard and unbelieving. That is really what this all amounts to, belief or unbelief. Do I believe what God has told me? Do I accept that no relationship is perfect and stop being so nit picky? Do I trust God with my life? Do I believe? I am so grateful that God is patient with me. I am so grateful for his mercy. Without it I would have not hope. Love is long suffering and all enduring. We put our guards up because before God, we were at the mercy of a tyrant called Satan. Now if God has delivered us from evil, and is leading us to our land that will bless us, won’t he take care of every need that we have? No guard is needed when we have Jesus. He is able to lead the way out of the desert. I believe.
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen” 2 Corinthians 13:14
There is nothing more pleasant than having peace with our heavenly Father, and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. The only thing that adds to this is communing with others who are also like minded, who also fellowship with the Holy Spirit. When you connect with another person who is made from dust just as you are, and the two or lot of you seek the Lord together, also using each each other’s allotted gifts from the Holy Spirit to bless, correct, teach, and encourage one another. It is satisfying for the soul. We are encouraged to do this, to fellowship with each other. Doing this in the Lord’s name, for his benefit and our fellowship is what church is meant to be. This is what fellowship is meant for, and we all become one with the father, even as he is one with us. This is fellowship with the Spirit.