Beware!

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The boy wrote it:

Adam and Eve lived in a beautiful and perfect garden called Eden. They were happy there. They had everything they needed, but one day Satan came to the garden. He didn’t want Adam and Eve to be happy so he disguised himself as a tricky SNAKE.

Who was the snake?

SATAN.

On the next page he described what happened. He ended with this:

It was very sad.

I have seen that snake working overtime.

He is out to destroy marriages. YOURS in particular. Mine too.

He is very crafty. And subtle.

It never starts out with, “let’s have an affair and destroy my marriage and crush my children.”

It starts out with a little nibble of an apple.

Beware.

Flattery always leads to compromise if your not careful.

Flattery: excessive and insincere praise, especially given to further one’s own interests.

A little text from an old friend.

And a little compliment. Innocent conversation.

You can bet it comes on the heels of a bad week with your man. Satan waits for an opportune time. He is very patient. Don’t take the bait.

Married women should never converse privately with a man who is not her husband.

Facebook, text or phone.

If you never converse with a man in private, you significantly reduce or remove any chance of an affair.

Is that legalistic? Billy Graham wouldn’t so much as get on an elevator with a woman.

How would you feel if you knew your husband was chatting with another woman?

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

We don’t even want a hint of impropriety.

Proverbs 31:11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her…

Don’t try to make your husband jealous.

Dress modestly. Don’t display what belongs to him.

Honor him.

I love this truth that Camden wrote:

They were happy but…

Satan plants those little seeds of discord and they grow rapidly.

If you’re considering divorce because you’re not happy, stop.

You’re being deceived.

Your life won’t be better. It will be much worse. Ten times harder. And Satan will be laughing.

Invest in your marriage. Don’t give up. Give it all you have.

Marriage isn’t always about being happy. That is a fairytale that belongs in a Disney movie.

I am so glad God didn’t give up on me when He wasn’t happy with me. I would’ve been kicked to the curb a long time ago.

If you’re receiving counsel from a friend or professional who is telling you to get separated, run from that counsel. It is not biblical.

If a friend comes to you for advice, don’t give your opinion. Your opinion doesn’t count. Encourage them to seek the Lord. Even if there has been adultery, God can restore.

He is in the business of resurrection.

Matthew 19:6 Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.

Maybe you’re thinking, “Renee you don’t know this guy. He isn’t doing his part.”

What about you? There are many times each of us fall short.

Marriage is not 50/50.

There is a percentage in the Bible: ALL.

Jesus gave all.

Even to the one who betrayed him. Jesus loved Judas to the end.

1 Corinthians 13:7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Fight for your man. Not against him. He is not the enemy.

Ephesians 6:12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits…

We are battling the powers of darkness. Satan himself. Don’t let him have the victory.

Your marriage is a picture to the world of Jesus and His love for His church. His love is endless. Always pursuing. Never leaving us. Staying with us. To. The. End.



Do You see me?

 
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I see the moon spilling over into the darkness. A light to my path. Speaking softly the words of God,

“I am with you.”

 

With that, a calm covers me.

 

So many things to be overwhelmed by this morning. Things that are out of my control. I don’t like that. There are situations I can’t change. Mountains standing in the way I seek. I need answers. None coming.

 

 It’s easy to feel like you’re out there on your own.

 

 God do you see me?

 

 He whispers, “Just because you can’t see Me, doesn’t mean I can’t see you.”

 

 We can never trust our feelings.

 

Oh my. Our feelings can deceive us. They tell us our situation is hopeless. There’s no way God can fix this. This is never going to happen. I could never love her again. He will never change. I’ll never find anyone. No way can I make it through this. I don’t know what to do. I can’t.

 

 2 Corinthians 5:7 We walk by faith, not by sight.

 

Depending on the season, the moon appears larger and brighter or smaller and dim. Clouds may cover her over. Circumstances may prevent us from going outside to see her. None of these things change the moon.

 

 The moon remains the same.

 

 So it is with God.

 

God never changes. He can be trusted. He remains the same in every season. A constant source of strength when we are weak.

 

 He is always with us.

 

 How do I know?

 

 His word says so.

 

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such is common to man, but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you will be able to bear it.

 

God never leaves us alone in our trials. There is no illness we are left to ourselves to get through. We will never be in a bad situation that He lets go of us. He always makes a way for us to endure beyond what we could possibly do on our own.

 

Even in situations where we have failed Him, He never gives up on us. Never. So many times I have not done His will. I have doubted Him. Shed a bad light on Him. Even disgraced Him. He never gave up on me though. I walked away from Him, but He never walked away from me.

 

God is so faithful.

 

If you can’t see Him today, He is still there. Quietly working behind the scenes.

 

2 Samuel 22:29-31  O LORD You are my lamp. The Lord lights up my darkness. In your strength I can crush an army. With my God I can scale any wall. God’s way is perfect. All the Lords promises prove true. He is a shield for all those who look to Him for protection.



Gentle and Quiet

 
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Life throws us some curves.

When it does, how we react is paramount.

1 Peter 3:4 … the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit…is very precious in the sight of God.

What does a quiet spirit look like?

A quiet spirit is of priceless value when performing outward activities. Nothing so hinders the work of God’s unseen spiritual forces, upon which our success in everything truly depends, as the spirit of unrest and anxiety. ~Streams in the Desert

Meekness in the Old Testament described those who wholly relied upon God to defend injustice. Thus meekness toward evil people means knowing God is permitting the injuries they inflict, and that He is using them to purify His people, and He will deliver His people in His time. It stems from trust in God’s goodness and control over the situation. The gentle person is not occupied with self at all.

Gentleness and meekness are the opposite of self-interest and self-assertiveness.

It is a calm mild disposition in the face of adversity of every kind.

A quiet spirit is an inward belief that God is on the throne. He rules and reigns, no matter what’s good or bad outwardly.

Revelation 5:8-9 When He had taken the scroll…they sang a new song…

The scroll of my life is in the hand of God. I am not in control of any of it. He calls the shots.

No matter what’s good or what’s bad, we can still praise Him. He is worthy of praise.

Here’s why:

Revelation 5:9 “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain,

 And have redeemed us to God by Your blood…

He bought us with His blood. He paid for us. He owns us. He gave His life for us.

Because He loves us.

We can sit quietly trusting.

God You are who You say You are.

I can trust you in every season of life.

Lonely on the outside and crying out for companionship?

God meets us in that lonesome place.

He takes us by the hand and teaches us to walk with Him and Him only.

God is faithful.

Nothing formed against us can stand.

 Psalm 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

 This is such a great word for singles.

 You don’t have to take matters into your own hands.

 Sit tight.

 Cling to Him.

 Get to know Him.

 Give yourself to Him.

 Keep the scroll in His hands.

 Otherwise you open yourself up to a lot of unnecessary heartache.

 Don’t compare yourself to others.

 Time is not running out.

 Daniel 2:21 …He changes the times and seasons…

 Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him

 Don’t let the expectations of the world weigh on you.

Psalm 37:3-4 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Enjoy your time with Him and use it to be used by Him.

There are certain things that you can only do when you’re single. It is a beautiful season of life. Don’t allow Satan to steal that joy from you.

How about if I’m married? My man is not walking with the Lord. In fact, he’s walking away from the Lord. Or my child, she is so far away right now.

1 Peter 3:1…even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives…

Love them where they are at.

Seek the Lord. Each of our situations is vastly different. And I think that God allows that so we must seek Him

Everyday.

Each new day the battle plan may change.

Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

We need to know what to say. And what not to say.

Sometimes less is more.

We can talk so much they can’t hear the voice of the Lord.

Psalm 141:3 Take control of what I say, O LORD, and guard my lips.

Lastly, nothing can rattle us more than physical illness. In myself or my child. When there is no definitive answer and uncertainty abounds, we can stay calm inwardly.

Tranquility can remain.

He knows us inside and out.

Psalm 139:16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

Our faith stands on an empty grave. Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Don’t limit His work in your life, your man, your child, you personally and your situation.

Don’t underestimate your God. Your life, and all the details are in His hands.

Keep possession of that gentle quiet spirit. It is very precious in the sight of God.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

 




 

 

 

 

 

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