January 4, 2013 Rev. Pat’s Blog
Title: A Continuation of: “God’s Makeover For Purpose Driven Women.”
Beauty Session # 2
After the bath and shampooing, you must add conditioner. Though a Jew, Esther had to learn the customs of the Persians in order to fit into her role of the queen. She could not revert back to her native ways and tongue. The Apostle Paul uses a military term when describing the Christian Believer. He says: “We must condition ourselves as a good soldier.” We must endure hardness and beat our flesh into submission so that it doesn’t do what it wants to do. We must make it do whatever “The Master” wants it to do. Paul says, “A good soldier punishes his body to make it fit for service, Fit for the Kingdom. (2 Timothy 2:3, 4)
How do we condition our body you might ask?
1. Start following the Word of God instead of our own emotions.
2. Cultivate the Spiritual Fruit of joy in our lives.
3. Read, study, pray and have faith, which means to be totally dependent on God. Position yourself to hear God’s voice constantly
4. When you pray, believe that you already have received the petition that you ask for.
5. Do not think like the world does in getting ahead.
6. God has his own rules and means of promotion/ (1Peter 5:5-10)
Beauty session #3
Let’s proceed to the next beauty item. Well, your hair is wet and you need to dry it. Use the hairdryer. Esther no doubt, spent many years yearning and crying over her plight. She was an orphan. The loss of her parents was devastating to her. Like many of us who have lost a parent or both parents, it is an awful loss beyond comprehension. We all experience loss and grief. There will be many tear stained pillows. When the tears fall use the dryer metaphorically, to dry up your tears. “Weeping endureth for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5,6)
Sometimes it seems like the morning will never come, but hang on in there; it is always darkest before the storm. Know that even in the midst of the storm, Jesus will show up walking on the waters of your life and say to you, “PEACE BE STILL!”
How do we go on when it seems like the very person or thing taken from us causes us to want to give up and abandon hope? Let these words of hope encourage you.
1. You must know that the Lord keeps count of every tear that you have shed.
2. Every time God gets ready to promote you, he sends a trial or test to gird up your faith. He wants to make sure that your trust is in Him.
3. We are not to fear or lose hope. We must not succumb to other addictive behaviors to deter us from our goals; not drugs, alcohol, sex, low self-esteem etc.
4. Find someone who has experienced some of the same painful hurts that you are currently going through.
5. Talk with your pastor or seek out a Christian counselor.
6. Pray, pray, and then pray some more.
7. Read books that deal with the area you need healing in.
8. Attend church regularly so that Word of God continues to feed your spirit.
See there, I gave you 2 Beauty tips for the price of one today. LOL. I hope these beauty tips are helpful to you; as you look forward to the day that your complete make-over in Christ Jesus is completed.
And as my usual saying or motto goes: “Don’t Forget To Say Your Prayers.”