Perfect submission. In todays culture submission is almost a hate word – especially to some women. Today it is all about YOLO (You only live once), you do you, anything goes, etc; to submit to anything or anyone is out of the question. Even throughout history to submit to another person has bad connotations. We think of slaves, indentured servants, degraded wives, tenants of noble families of old, and many other examples.
According to Oxford American Dictionary the definition of submit is to yield oneself to the authority or control of another, to surrender. However submission is actually not that bad. Through out our lives we have had to or are submitting ourselves to people. When we were younger, we submitted ourselves to our parents, we submit to our employer, we submit to laws and government. We know that our lives are better when we submit to certain people and authorities.
I think you know where I’m going with this... There is a perfect submission that we can do that can give us a freedom like no other. A freedom from our desires, sins and control. Freedom from the burden of pleasing others and keeping up with the culture. This freedom free us from lies, guilt, shame, condemnation and lasting pain the enemy tries to pin us with. This freedom comes when we willingly submit ourselves to Jesus as our Lord and savior.
When we willingly submit to God we are blessed, we grow in righteousness and holiness. We will live a thriving, prosperous and abundant life! It doesn’t mean we won’t have trials and troubles in this life.I have experienced some this week! Monday I witnessed a child I know get hit by a car, she was slightly injured praise God, and my furnace broke Tuesday night! But because of my perfect submission to Jesus and God (and praying without ceasing), I know things will be alright.
The key word is willing. God doesn’t make us do anything because that isn’t what perfect love does. He wants us to do it on our own, cheerfully, without grumbling. When we submit willingly it exhibits a level of strength and intelligence, because it is not easy (I know that for a fact!). It takes a wise and strong person to submit to the Lord; to give up trying to control our lives (and others). In losing control we are actually gaining something priceless: Life!
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8: 1-2 NIV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5 – 6 NIV
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7 NIV
“Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blessed
Watching and waiting, looking above
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love”
This second stanza of Blessed Assurance (Crosby, 1873) beautifully shows how perfect submission is. Choose perfect submission.
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Happy New Year! Welcome back to the she who honors 5 day challenge. Be the She who honors God with her everything. I pray the forgiveness challenge (week 4) broke some chains and you are feeling lighter. Thank you, Lord for helping us to forgive others. In Jesus name. You made it through to the last week of the SWH 5 week challenge. I knew you would. When you commit your plans to the Lord you will succeed.
Day5: She Who Honors God with her money.
Money, money, money, money, money! Last summer I had a poll on twitter and asked what type of posts they would like me to do. I had 4 choices: relationship with God, money/ finances, relationships and substance abuse. The results surprised me! It was a tie 39% wanted posts about their relationship with God and 39% wanted posts about money/finances! That is why I decided to talk about it in this challenge.
Where ever we go, internet, social media, magazines, tv, newspapers we are bombarded with ads, business propositions, saving money, how to make millions in 2 days, how to get more money, how to have side hustles, make money with your passions, spend this to get that, etc. Personally, I get a little tired of it.
Money is an essential, that is true, but the world tells lies that money will make us happy, win friends, have respect, the top dog and nothing can touch us. Money isn’t a magical potion for those things. Please don’t be deceived. It does not fill the void that only God does.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:10(NIV). Money isn’t evil it is the love of it that can make people do some crazy things.
I’m not saying being rich, wealthy or having lots of money is a bad thing. It's what we do with that money or how it affects us is what God looks at (our heart). Is it honoring God? What did I cover on day 1 of the challenge? Putting God first in all things, that includes money. Whatever our income give at least 10% back to God. That’s called tithing (I’m sure you know). Tithe is usually given to our churches. Think about it, 10% is not a lot of money. Some probably have spent more than 10% of income on hair, clothes, shoes and other things!!! I know I have. A tithe can also be to charities that are doing God’s work, like homeless shelters, starving kid and missionaries.
The main principle about money is when we give generously God blesses and good comes to us.
“Praise the Lord.[b]
Blessed are those who fear the Lord,
who find great delight in his commands.
2 Their children will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in their houses,
and their righteousness endures forever.
4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
5 Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,
who conduct their affairs with justice.
They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,
their righteousness endures forever;
their horn[c] will be lifted high in honor.”
Psalm 112: 1-5, 9
“6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
God will provide, trust Him, give generously and we will be just fine. There are many more scriptures about giving and how God gives in return. I know because I have trusted the Lord and followed this principle in my life and He has never failed. I love giving, it makes me feel good (which is another perk).
Day 5 challenge is take some time to think about your spending habits. Are you giving to God first? Are you spending your money wisely? Is money ruling your heart? If you are having money troubles pray for wisdom and guidance and for God to fill your heart in place of money. Seek help from a financial professional if needed. Start tithing if you haven’t.
Woo hoo! You have completed the five day challenge! Awesome! Thank you for doing the 5 day She Who Honors challenge! I pray this will help you be the she who honors God with her everything. When you are honoring to God remember you will thrive! Let your light and life point others to seek Jesus!
I pray for us to get complete knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding to be fully pleasing to God in all that we do. In Jesus name, Amen. (see Colossians 1:9 – 10)
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Hope you all had a joyous Christmas. Welcome back to the She Who Honors 5 week challenge! Be the she who honors God with her everything!
Week 4: She who honors God by forgiving others (and herself).
I am sure you have seen or heard of movies, tv shows, videos and read books that had revenge in it. A husband who tracks down and kills those who killed his wife. Girls getting back at another girl who disses (disrespects her). A wife who slashes her husbands’ car tires and burns his clothes when he is caught cheating on her. A man who kills his wife when she threatens to leave. Someone gets offended by something that was posted online and they post gossip and untruths to hurt the other person.
What is missing in these plots or story lines…? No one is quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. (see James 1:19). The characters immediately plot revenge for the offense (sin against them) and don’t forgive the offender. Forgiveness is pardoning an offense. Think of a judge who pardons a criminal from a crime he has committed. Or a debt that doesn’t need repayment.
Most of these movies, books, tv shows and videos are usually general media, not Christian media. One of the main Christian tenants is forgiveness, a clean slate because of Jesus.
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. Romans 3:22-25c NLT
Let’s think on that for a second. Jesus gave His life for you and me, he took on our sins, offenses, crimes and other dumb things we have done so we can be in the presence of our awesome God. Yet we can get offended at trivial things that someone has said or done and may even hold grudges against that person for life. Or plot our revenge! It sounds really dumb if you think about it.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not trivializing us getting hurt. It is no fun and can cause some serious heartbreak. However, taking offense and getting revenge is not how God wants us to deal with it. God wants us to forgive others as he has forgiven us. Remember we are made new in Jesus; trivial things should not get us so testy (when we are in the spirit).
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:12-15 NLT
I pray you see the pattern of the challenge – putting God first, keeping our minds on what is pure, true, right, healthy thoughts and emotions etc., bearing the fruits of the Spirit and today forgiveness are all things and characteristics of the Spirit in us. When we go back to our default flesh is when we get offended, angry, an attitude and sometimes a little bit of self-righteousness, too. Stay in the word!! It leads us to the path of righteousness, wisdom and a thriving life.
Revenge is never a good idea. What does it solve?
Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
Dear friends never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,
“I will take revenge;
I will pay them back,”[g]
says the Lord.” Romans 12:17-19 NLT
Vengeance is mine saith the Lord. When someone does us wrong forgiveness doesn’t condone what the person did. We give it to God and let him handle it. Remember everyone will have consequences to their choices. When we don’t forgive and hold on to grudges it can actually affect us physically and mentally. We can get illnesses, stress, stomach issues and other ailments from holding on to that offense.
Most importantly if we don’t forgive others God will not forgive us.
If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15 NLT
Lastly, I want to speak about forgiving yourself. Please forgive yourself, too. I believe us Christians can be hard on ourselves. We are supposed to be living right and a good role model that when we fall we can beat ourselves up. I know I have done it to myself. But God knows our hearts. If we are truly sorry, confess our sin or sins to God ask forgiveness and repent, which means to be truly sorry and change our ways. Then forgive yourself. He forgives us and wipes the slate clean. He doesn’t bring it up, he doesn’t ruminate on our sin, it is done! We need to remember that when the wrong we did creeps up in our mind or something triggers that memory. Say I’m forgiven when it comes up, put it in the vault and seal it tight. It may take some time, but it will happen.
Day 4 challenge. If you have been carrying a grudge, hurt, offense and unforgiveness for someone forgive them. You don’t have to tell them you forgive them because some people don’t even realize they offended you and then that can be a whole other issue! Write it down and lay it at the altar. Give it to God. Forgive yourself, too. Let’s start a new slate for everyone, just like God did for us when Jesus died for our sins.
Thanks for taking the She Who Honors challenge. I pray that you are getting emboldened, enlightened, compelled and educated to be the She Who Honors God with her everything. It is awesome to see how lives are changed when we honor God, trust and obey Him.
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Christina Leeman MPH, CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) emboldens Christian women to live lives worthy of God.
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