Friday, October 3, 2014

Love as stong as Solomon's

Once married you think that happiness is forever locked in. Right, don't bet your life on it.  But it can be, if built on the right model.
 
As I sat and read a magazine the other night before bed I came across a article on marriage.  It was how to keep things fresh in your marriage from a biblical point of view.  As I read down the normal list of things, like date nights, talking at least 15 minutes a day with each other, taking a nap together and so on, the one thing that stuck out was the Take some Time to Read Song of Solomon together.  Okay so I admit I never thought of doing that to keep things fresh in my marriage. It makes sense though. Think about how much the Shulamite woman loved Solomon and how much he loved her back. Think about what discussions could come from just reading that great love story.  Reading this together could open up all kinds of exciting areas in your marriage and keep it fresh and new at all times.

How awesome it would be to have a love that strong? Just think about reading that with your husband or wife. 

What area's would it open up in your marriage? 

Would it lead to conversations that would be otherwise left out?

Happiness comes in different forms, we have the feel-good happiness and the value-based happiness. The feel-good happiness is where you are doing things that feel good at the time and enjoying it for the moment.  Value-based is more on the lines of spiritual thinking.  

Would reading Song of Solomon with your husband or wife open you up to a more Valued-based marriage?

Is valuing happiness in your marriage and feeling the love that Solomon and the Shulamite woman had being selfish? A husband and wife should connect the way these two people did. They should have that love and longing to be with each other.  Solomon and the Shulamite woman had a deeper connection and a sense of shared meaning. In Song of Solomon 7:10 it says I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me.  She is representing herself as a true wife, whose husband is wrapt up in her love. She was the desires of his eyes. 

How many marriages still have that kind of desire?

Do you have a marriage that you both want to be wrapt up in each other?

Do not let distractions get in the way of your happiness, go ahead and give this a try. Read Song of Solomon and see. But remember to read it together and discuss it. I know it will lead you to great happiness.  What kind of greatness in your marriage will you pursue today?  Are you up for the challenge? Get reading! I am sure you will find that kind of strong love in your marriage.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Studying is time well Spent

For the past several months I have been studying Revelations in the bible.  This book of the bible is really a hard book to study. It is all about what is to come for us in the future and will come to pass.  As I have been studying the churches in Revelation, my eyes have been opened to many things in our churches.  Many issues that have happened in our present day churches was happening in the churches of John's day.  Just when you feel as though there is now hope for your church or for a church around you, go look in at the churches in the bible.  You will find the same kinds of problems, and the promises that Jesus promised each one of them if they turned and did what they wanted them to do. 


Matthew 6:33 - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.



Pray for your church, and Pray for your Pastor daily if not several times a day.  Your pastor is dealing with the same kinds of situations the leaders of the churches were dealing with in Revelation.  There is nothing new in our churches that Jesus has not already dealt with. PRAY, PRAY, PRAY.

Ephesians 3:14-21King James Version (KJV)

14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.


Praise





Where has everyone's praise went to? While looking around me I see sorrow, doubt, fear and much more. But as for Praise, there is hardly any showing anywhere.  When we awake in the mornings before our feet even hit the floor we should give the Lord praise for waking us up one more time.  When we set our feet on the ground for the first time in the morning we should thank Him for allowing us to walk once again.  Praise doesn't always have to be because of a happy event that has happened.  I see more and more people giving praise because a prayer was answered, or test results came back clean, and in just different things. But what about the everyday things, the things that we are given everyday and do not think on it enough to even offer praises? The bible says in :  

Hebrews 13:15 - By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

See we are to continually give praise to him.  Not just when the good comes.  But also in the bad situations or the everyday situations.