Friday, August 30, 2013

Married to Jesus

I received one of the best compliments from a stranger a few years ago.  A man told me as I walked past him that he could tell who I was married to.  I had to stop, turn around, and ask him what he had previously said to me.  I wasn't married to anyone.  Therefore, I didn't know what he was talking about then. However, it occurred to me that this man who I didn't know at all. A man that I had never seen before knew who I had been spending time with in those previous days.  The man knew that I was married to Jesus. 

To be married to someone doesn't come by accident.  It is intentional.  It is on purpose.  It takes effort.  You have to make the time.  You have to take the time.  You have to spend time with the person.  You have to communicate with the person.

When you spend time with someone, you begin to resemble that particular person.  In the same way, when you spend time with Jesus, you start looking and acting like Him.  I want people to know who I have been spending time with always.  I want to look and act more like Jesus.  I want people to know that I am married to Jesus.

How about you?  Who do you spend time with the most?  Who do you resemble now?  Who are you "married" to at the moment?  Is it Jesus?

(Scripture references:  John 15:1-17; Romans 12:1-2; Joshua 1:8)

Copyright 2013 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

God's Way

You just listened to the song, My Way, originally made famous by the old crooner, Frank Sinatra.  In the above song, the artist sings about doing things his way and having regrets but still doing it his way.

The world would have you believe that it is best to do it our own way.  They would have you to think that you don't need anyone.  You don't need anyone's help.  You don't need anyone's advice or godly counsel.  You will be fine just doing it your way.

However, our Father God says differently in His word known as the Bible.  Our Father clearly says that when we do things His way we will have the abundant life.  We will have a rich and satisfying life.  (John 10:10b)  We will have blessings which overtake us.  (Deuteronomy 28:1-14)

God says, "See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.  For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess."  (Deuteronomy 30:15-16, NIV)

Our Father loves us.  He wants to help us.  He wants us to choose His way.  He encourages us to go His way. 

He tells us what we can expect if we do not go His way.  "But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them,  I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess."  (Deuteronomy 30:17-18, NIV)

When we obey Him and go His way though, we can expect so much more from Him.  "This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."  (Deuteronomy 30:19-20, NIV)

Whose way are you going today?  Are you going your own way?  Or...are you going God's way?  His way is the best.  However, He leaves the decision up to you.  If you want / need His help though, He is always willing and available.  Just go to Him!  Ask Him to help you to go His way!  You will be blessed abundantly.

Copyright 2013 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.