Friday, March 16, 2012

No Exceptions?

Ps2:11-12.NLT Serve the LORD with reverent fear,
and rejoice with trembling. Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,
and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—
for his anger flares up in an instant.
But what joy for all who take refuge in him.
The lord dealt with me this morning in prayer about complete surrender. We love to tell the Lord he is in control of our lives. I want the lord to be in control of every part of my life. Or do I? There is one part of my life that I had to admit I want to control. I don't want to let it go. I don't want to surrender because it feels good to indulge.
I failed to realize that if God is not in control of all, he is not in control at all-as far as my entire life is concerned. I am fearful of giving it up to the lord, because I feel I will no longer enjoy such an enjoyable thing as- I'll say it now- eating food.
I like to tell myself that it does not have a negative spiritual impact so, there's really nothing wrong, right?
Wrong!
Anything that I try to take out of God's hands leaves room for idolatry. If he is not on the throne in every room of this earthly house, then something will take that seat.
When surrender its not complete, we set ourselves up for idolatry. I heard it said, that if he's going to be your Lord at all ,he has to be Lord of ALL. No exceptions.
Besides its less worry when the Lord of all handles it all. No greater security than that.
Warmest thoughts and prayers,
Chantel

Monday, March 5, 2012

Enough already with the Virtuous WOman !

Proverbs 31: 10-31 may evoke sighs of defeat from some of us. From those on the other end, it may evoke a sense of prideful accomplishment. Neither one of these responses is what God intended.

Here are some things I learned this week in Study of this chapter( that seems to be nothing left to be studied... : )
(C) Chantel Dillard, 2011

1. The virtuous woman is not a guidepost, but a goal to move toward
2. When all is said and done, the most important message to glean when we reach verse 31 is that HE ( God), not she, is to be our focus.
3. The book of proverbs is to teach wisdom. Proverbs 2:1-4 incites  us to incline, apply, cry out, pray, seek, and search- in response to the wisdom and the teachings of this book. It is a process.
4.Again Proverbs 31 is not a focus on immediate results, but ultimate ones.
5. . The virtuous woman has her priorities straight. It is walking in God's grace that makes us agents of Grace to others.
6. We can not make ourselves into a virtuous woman, but if we walk  with God day by day, yielding our lives to his control, He will keep making us more like Jesus until he returns.
"steeping  a perfect pot of tea" (C) C.Dillard, 2011
7. We are in process: Luke 2:52 marks that Jesus kept increasing in wisdom, in stature, in favor with God, and favor with men. Even Jesus was involved in process.
8. Victory is not me overcoming sin, it is Jesus overcoming me.
9. The first step toward change is not gritting your teeth and trying harder, it is in complete surrender to God. Commitment is one thing, surrender, saying I can do none of this without you Father, is another.
-from my notes on Life Principles from the Women of the Bible Book 1

Be encouraged sisters and friends.