Embracing the Fruit of the Spirit within your marriage “Joy” Part 2

Embracing the Fruit of the Spirit within your marriage “Joy”

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Part 2

Joy can be exhilarating and refreshing! Wow! You feel as though you are literally bursting at the seams as though you are elevated to a level of almost inexpressible happiness. Joy at times simply  brings a quiet warm feeling of inner contentment. Joy is a fruit of God’s Spirit!

 

God wants you to delight yourself within Him, your marriage and life itself. He wants us to have joy! This does not mean that you won’t go through some things, you will. Be open and honest with one another and continuously make your marriage a priority. Joy will help you weather the tempestuous storms of life as they arise. It is from your happier moments you can draw from, when turbulence of any kind hits your marriage.

 

Marriage and commitment

Marriage is about having a committed relationship. Fidelity is important! Building strong healthy marital boundaries is also important. It is within marriage you can become closer as you build an intimate, trusting and transparent union. Within a loving marriage you both can freely learn to seek pleasure in one another without shame or embarrassment.  You both can build a desirable   mutually safe place to meet your physical needs.

 

The Word of God teaches us that; “The Joy of the Lord is your strength!” Nehemiah 8.

 

Within marriage you can learn to freely give of yourselves to one another. Affection in marriage is important. Every physical encounter does not  have to lead to sexual intercourse. Snuggling can be most comforting. God is clear about becoming one as husband and wife. Resting in the arms of one another can be a welcomed safe haven to look forward to. A time to bond. 

 

Good  healthy communication  is a great asset to having a “Great Marriage!”  

 

Think of your marriage as a wonderful  circle. Keep God in the center of your circle. If you have not I suggest that you do. Marriage is the first institution God made. All of us are totally transparent to the Lord.  He knows everything about everyone.  God is omniscient and  there is absolutely nothing or anything  hidden to Him anywhere.

 

Embracing  Joy!

You can learn to rise together to overcome challenges that life at time presents, realizing that they are but for a season and do not define your marriage. This is really a time to gain strength and learn to work together.  It is a time to really  endeavor together to not allow discouragement take up residence although disappointed.  Learn to nip things in the bud whenever possible. Being able to enlist “critical thinking”  means to objectively assess a situation from many facets.  By this you can acquire  sound  judgment.  Staying positive is a real plus.  You want to  always be aware  and know what is happening around you.   

 

There is always HOPE in the LORD!

 

The Lord is the true vine and we are the branches. When we remain connected to Him the fruit of His Spirit will continue to flourish within us. God did not design marriage to leave us on our own to be without His assistance. Keep in mind that He knows everything about everyone.   God wants you to have a husband or wife that is willing to commit for life to building a strong healthy loving marriage. He said that “it was not good for man to be alone. I will make him a suitable helper.” Genesis 1.

 

Bone of my bone!

How you together express yourselves physically is between the two of you.  There should be mutual respect and consideration for one another. Together you can learn how to pleasure and romance one another.  Abandon the world’s idea of  pleasure which is usually self serving.  Think more in terms of of making your spouse happy, safe and content.  The desire to come  together is natural. After all you are becoming one. 

 

The marriage bed is undefiled. In the eyes of the Lord it is the only  honorable place  for a man and woman to physically join together. God is the Creator and Sustainer of life.  He can help us in every area of life.  

 

When you both are fulfilled physically there is no need to look elsewhere. This will help you fireproof your marriage from the perils of infidelity. There are some very beautiful passages of scripture that reflect the beauty of coming together as one in marriage.  The Word teaches us that, “You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride, you have stolen my heart with on glance of your eyes, with on jewel of your necklace. How delightful is your love, my sister my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice! Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride; milk and honey are under your tongue…” Song of Songs 4.

 

Spend time in the Word alone as well as together.   Allow the Lord to speak to your heart. Song of Songs contains a marvelous wealth of passionate poetic scriptures that can enrich and enhance your marriage and love life.

 

Becoming One!

Whoever you join yourself to becomes part of you. This is why you want to be selective in whom you marry.  As your hearts continue to knit together you both can learn to freely share the essence of who you are intimately, spiritually, emotionally and physically. Marriage is about two becoming; “bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.” Genesis 1. You are the most invaluable gift that you have to give to your spouse.  Spiritual Oneness within marriage brings supreme joy!

 

Seek to together make your home a loving, safe, warm, inviting sanctuary away from the world…

Having a date night is important. It can be simple or elegant. Refresh your marriage and keeping the embers of love burning should be a priority. This keeps your marriage interesting and your joy flowing. A committed monogamous marriage creates an environment where you both can safely get your needs met. Devotion, commitment and loyalty are key ingredients in any good marriage. Make it a goal to live a life of quality.  You honor God when you honor your marriage. When we love with godly love, we can also experience His everlasting love, joy, peace and security in Him.

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Where Does God Dwell ?

March 16, 2010 by  
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GOD Dwells In The Hearts of HIS People!

Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. We in America have a freedom that you just don’t find in the rest of the world. We have freedom of speech, freedom to vote, freedom to live and go where and when we please. But most importantly we have the freedom to worship. There are many types of worship services but there is only one true God. The only way to worship Him is in Spirit and Truth. On our many journeys throughout the world the LORD has allowed us to see many marvelous things. On them all the presence of the LORD has been apparent.

 

Journey to Athens Greece

On our trip to Athens Greece and Istanbul Turkey I was able to see some of the world’s most exquisite architecture. Turkey is a country that is 95% Moslem. In Turkey there is the renowned Hagia Sophia Cathedral. It was built for the Christian community to reflect the beauty that Solomon’s Temple once beheld. In spite of its elaborate intricate handiwork full of gold mosaic tiles, marble and brick walls, it is now a museum. Lord Help us!

 

It also contains various artifacts derived from Greek mythology and its continence is a shadow of it’s once intended purpose. Ironically across from it is the beautifully kept Sultanahmet mosque. Its known as the Blue mosque due to an extravagant array of blue mosaic tiles. Adorned with its intricate splendor and stately statueous marble columns and stained glass windows. It is scrupulously maintained and it is a place of worship for the Moslem community. Turkey is full of ornately designed mosques and Mohammed is whom they worship.

 

Where the SPIRIT of the LORD is there IS LIBERTY!

Words cannot express my gratitude to God for the things my eyes have beheld. The scriptures continuously came to my mind as I/we walked through the Hagia Sophia. “God does not dwell in a temple made by hand’s” In His time; “God is coming back for a CHURCH without spot or wrinkle.” “It is in HIM we live & move and have our being…” Acts 17 “Where the SPIRIT of the LORD is there is liberty…” We can not confine GOD & HIS majestic magnificent omnipresence to the confines of a structure made by human hands no matter how large.

 

Yes we can worship the Lord within the walls… But it is clear that we can worship the Lord wherever we are inside or outside.  Christ Jesus preached prayed and taught from a boat,  within houses, from the base of  a mountain, in a garden, by a well  and numerous other venues.  There is nothing I enjoy more than a Spirt-filled Worship & Praise Service. But remember GOD’S CHURCH consists of HIS people from ALL over this world.

 

GOD LIVES IN  the HEARTS of HIS PEOPLE

God lives within the hearts of HIS people that have accepted HIS SON JESUS CHRIST into their hearts as SAVIOR & LORD!!! Our bodies are the Temple of the Living God. We must ask continuously for the infilling presence of HIS HOLY SPIRIT! There is absolutely no doubt in my mind to the unmerited grace the Lord has bestowed upon all of us. Truly the Lord Is patient, loving & kind.

I am forever thankful that we had a most interesting journey. The one thing the tour guide who was of Moslem decent (in Turkey along with our guide we were required to have a Turkish guide as well) said that stuck with me was; “Why would a powerful God allow His Temple to turn into a museum?”  I would not let him undermine who God is! I could not help but respond and say; GOD IS AWESOME! HE IS THE ONLY TRUE GOD! But; “God does not live in a Temple made by the hands of man…” GOD IS A SPIRIT!  He was surprised!

 

My point is and was God is so gracious and kind that He allows us so much freedom. He even gives us the freedom to choose who or what we want to worship. God wants HIS true worshipers to Worship HIM everyday; “In SPIRIT & in TRUTH!” Whenever or wherever I lift up Holy Hands, to Him and Him only my heart is eternally grateful.  I will bow to none other. It is by His Grace and His Grace alone are we saved. We are not SAVED by our works… God is truly worthy of all the PRAISE! Above GOD is no other. Our GOD IS OMNIPOTENT, OMNISCIENT & OMNIPRESENT!

 

Journey  to Ephesus

In Turkey is the city of Ephesus. There are miles and miles of ruins. Original artifacts, columns etc. and remains to testify to the fact Ephesus existed. To this day approximately only 10% of it has been uncovered. It is still currently under excavation. Primitive hand tools are used in order to carefully preserve whatever archeological finds are uncovered. This was such a memorable experience to see and witness. The Apostle Paul wrote the book of Ephesians to the church at Ephesus. Just look at God! Despite the fact Turkey is a Moslem country Ephesus remains a monument to Christians of God’s eternal presence, grace and mercy.

 

 

Some of my most invigorating spiritual enlightening moments were spent in Athens Greece. Here I hold dear to heart many cherished memories. We together walked up the steep incline to the Acropolis saturated with aged columns made of marble. The Parthenon and majestic ruins were filled with slippery marble laden paths. The highlight was when I observed my husband humbly climb on his hands & knees up “Mars Hill!” The infamous hill that the Apostle Paul speaks about in the book of Acts. How interesting when we approached Mars Hill there was a woman preaching to a congregation out in the open, under the beautiful canopy of the blue skies. It was a beautiful sight. Once my Pastor/husband determined it was safe I too climbed up on my hands and knees to meet him and we together Worshiped, Praised & Thanked the Lord for ALL HE has done, for ALL HE is doing and for ALL WE KNOW THAT HE WILL DO!

 

 

The Book of Acts teaches us; “AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS IN THE LAST DAYS SAITH GOD, I WILL  POUR OUT OF MY SPIRIT UPON ALL FLESH; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS: AND ON MY HANDMAIDENS I WILL POUR OUT IN THOSE DAYS OF MY SPIRIT; AND THEY SHALL PROHESY:  AND I WILL SHOW WONDERS IN HEAVEN ABOVE, AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BENEATH, BLOOD, AND FIRE, VAPOR AND SMOKE… ACTS 2 “

 

Journey to “MARS HILL!”

Paul spoke concerning an altar with an inscription representing the unknown god on Mars Hill. That unknown God happens to be the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob I love, worship and adore.  For HE is the Father of us as well.  He is The only true and living God. He is truly the Great “I AM!” The Lord is Jehovah Raah meaning; My Shepherd! Mars Hill today is in a magnificent open place. High above Athens for all to see. (I will forever cherish what it felt like sitting there and praising God for all He has done!!!)

 

I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL! It’s walls and canopy are the blue firmament that God Himself spoke into existence through His Living Word. That Word is Jesus Christ wrapped in pure sinless flesh. Who sacrificed His life for the sins of the entire world!!!

 

We are quite thankful for all the places  the Lord has allowed us to go and ” Live Out Loud the Gospel.”  To preach, proclaim, teach and share the Gospel and readily give an answer for the hope that lies within us…  Chrisitanity is  truly an everyday lifestyle.  When you really believe that God is  real and that He is Omnipresent you will live and think differently.   You learn to live daily for; ” An Audience of One. “

 

It is amazing to see since our visit all the things that have come upon Greece. We all had such  an absolutely marvelous time. One would never have imagined that such a pleasant, warm, robust inviting place could suffer and experience such a decline. We should never take for granted the freedom we have here in America. Lord Help them… I am thankful that America has been founded upon Christian Principles. I pray that America embraces those principles more and more… May we not take that for granted… Yes please; “God Bless America!”

 

HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON…

The gates of hell will not prevail against the Church of God. Glory! Glory! Halllelllujah! HIS TRUTH is marching on!!!

 

“The earth truly is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof the world and them that dwell therein.” Psalm 24.  There is not a place that can be built that can contain the fullness of God’s majestic awesomeness. The earth is His mere footstool. The early church had no building they met in homes. We have dedicated our home to be a place where God’s way prevails. It is important to keep God as the Center of your marriage, family and life. The heart of each of His Children is where His true Church abides.

 

 

There is nothing wrong with a church made by hands.  I am thankful that we both were raised up going to worship every Sunday.   We both accepted Christ into our hearts as children and have been forever growing in His grace.  I was taught by a wise Mother who truly loved the Lord and was committed to the Service of the Lord.  My Father was raised by a Rev. Lady.  I thank the Lord for  a  “Solid Rock” foundation in Him. My Mother taught me early to  know that as long as we are on this side of Heaven we are “Forever Becoming,”  We arrive when God Calls us home to our destination.  Or when  Christ Jesus comes back for His Church. 

 

 

CHRISTIANITY  is a Daily Lifestyle lived unto GOD!

However,  the focal point of the Church should not be a hierarchy laden with cliques, clichés, how do we pay our bills programs and solemn auxiliaries; a mere shadow of what God originally intended.  God will always provide for His Church. Whenever, however and wherever we as True Worshippers are to;  “Worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth!”  We are committed to the “Call” the Lord has upon our lives as His, Elder/ Minister and Ambassadors.   It is so very important to know GOD and HIS WORD for yourself. There is only One Worldwide International Christian Church in the eyes of the Lord.  And it  is made up of all colors, cultures and nations from all over the world… 

 

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.” We should praise Him in song, WORD and deeds. No, we are not saved by works. But our works do display our faith. We are SAVED by HIS MARVELOUS GRACE! Our main focus should be to cultivate an environment where God receives the preeminence in everything. Whenever or wherever we worship & Praise the Lord we should leave with a desire to want to grow even closer to HIM!

 

Christianity is supposed to be our daily lifestyle. We as believers can continue to grow in His Grace & Knowledge as we embrace and implement His principles within our lives until the day He calls us home. Then we get to live with Him through Eternity! Halllelllujah Amen! It is God’s Word and His power that will draw men, women, boys and girls from all cultures, creeds and colors worldwide. His Holy Spirit can and will change their lives when we sincerely spread this Awesome Gospel of Jesus Christ. Whether it be within the many Places of Worship, via TV, radio, internet; on Face Book, Instagram, Twitter or in song. As well as in person, taught, proclaimed or preached inclusively by the Gospel Message in the Spoken Word.

 

GOD dwells in the hearts & souls of HIS people HIS CHURCH! THANK YOU LORD! WE RISE TO BLESS & PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME! “THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!!!”

Everyday we are to live; “TO GOD BE THE GLORY!”

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