As I read his flashback post today, "How an Affair Really Begins" (from September 28, 2015), I thought of a number of Christian friends who progressed down the path he describes, the evolution of an affair.
"Affairs do not begin with sex," he says. "Falling into bed with a man who is not your husband or a woman who is not your wife is never a sudden, unplanned event. Instead, it is a culminating decision in a long list of terrible, self-centered decisions." (Emphasis mine.)
My heart grieves for these friends... cries out to the Lord for their marriages.
And I recognize within my own heart the sinful seeds of destruction as well.
We must all guard our lives, renew our mind in the Word of God and commit our hearts afresh each day to our spouses.Challies ends his post with this reflection by John Owen on Hebrews 3:12-13:
That is my prayer for marriages today. Let us, especially, who name the name of Christ, take heed ... consider... and watch!"
Read Challies' post, and consider:
Some Related Scriptures:
Hebrews 13:4 - "Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous."
Proverbs 5:15 - "Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well."
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 - "For it is God's will that you should be holy: You must abstain from sexual immorality; each of you must know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in lustful passion like the Gentiles who do not know God."
Constitution Day. Unlike Independence Day, this day tends to fade into the background. Yet the Framers of the Constitution promoted a vision of liberty that is well worth remembering.
The Preamble to the Constitution begins with three key words: We the People.
- The powers and limits of the Congressional branches of government: the Senate and House of Representatives.
- The responsibility and authority of the Executive branch - the President and executive officers.
- The Judicial branch - the court system made up of the Supreme Court and lower courts.
- The responsibilities and duties of the states in the Union, and the responsibilities of the federal government toward the states.
- The fact that the Constitution can only changed by adding amendments.
- The establishment of the Constitution as the highest law of the land, to be upheld by all officers and judges (as well as statements about debts and engagements the US had before the adoption of the Constitution).
- The explanation of how many states needed to ratify the Constitution.
Back to school gives many moms more "free time" (or at least, different strategies for using their time). I love this quote from Dr. David Jeremiah's Turning Point devotional, "Back to Your Future - Back to School" (9-3-16).
In the devotional, this scripture is quoted:
That's not just for a young man - maybe a child going off to school - but also for the parents. We change as we "take heed" (pay attention to and obey) God's Word.
The devotional began with a description of Billy Graham's childhood experience of loving to go into a barn as a young man and listen to raindrops hitting the tin roof. It was in that quiet place, he says, that God shaped his character, and he is still in the habit of finding a quiet spot to talk to God.
Here is the part of the devotional God used to speak to me today:
I'm a busy, type A+ person, always on the move. Stopping to meditate is hard for me. And the distractions in our culture multiply as technology feeds us new forms of diversion (and in some cases, perversion.)
For me, personally, I've found a quiet time in our backyard jacuzzi early in the morning, meditating on a single scripture for 15 minutes, is a life-changer.
The important thing is: develop a strategy to get alone with the Lord.
What is your place and time for meditating on God's Word?
He and others are calling us to cry out to the Lord for grace and mercy. The One Cry! movement is part of this. Find out more at OneCry: A Nationwide Call for Spiritual Awakening.
Women will gather, September 22-24, 2016, for the Cry Out! National Women's Conference, sponsored by True Woman 2016.
As part of that, a Cry Out! simulcast is planned for September 23, 2016 (6-9pm CT/PT and 7-10pm ET/MT).
Believing "When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears" (Psalm 34:17), these and other ministries are urging women (and men) to bow together before the Lord and cry out for mercy and supernatural intervention in our world, nation, churches, cities and homes.
But first, let that cry come from your own heart, for your own life.
Ask the Lord to revive your heart (Psalm 85:6) and then pray about how you can join with others this fall to seek Him and Cry Out! in this critical time.