Sep 10, 2012

Monday SHINE....

Reading plan for week of 9/10-9/14:
  • Monday 9/10: 1 Corinthians 4
  • Tuesday 9/11: 1 Corinthians 5
  • Wednesday 9/12: 1 Corinthians 6
  • Thursday 9/13: 1 Corinthians 7
  • Friday 9/14: 1 Corinthians 8

Happy Monday, SHINE sisters!

Oh man, 1 Corinthians is packing a punch! Would you agree? I love Paul. I will say it again and again:

I LOVE PAUL! I LOVE PAUL! I LOVE PAUL! I LOVE PAUL!

Okay, you get the picture.

Two themes that the Lord keeps showing me over and over again in our reading is Grace and Humility.

It's spilled all over 1 Corinthians. I just want to sop it up with my spongy heart, don't you?

Just last week, I had one very rotten day. Some things were going on and I was hurt, I was angry and I was sad all at the same time. A lot of emotions going on. (surprised?)

I was driving to get the kids from school and I was just about to pick up the phone to call my Mom or my sister to vent. The Lord stopped me dead in my tracks. I clearly heard Him tell me not to call anyone, but to go to Him with these emotions.

It was HARD. I had to fight against my flesh. My flesh was screaming for validation of my feelings being hurt.

The Lord knew this. He knew I needed only Him.

Against every fiber (and I do mean every fiber) of my flesh I submitted and I put down the phone. I went straight to Him in prayer. I confessed my frustration and hurt to Him. Over and over I spilled my heart out to Him right there in my car.

After praying, I needed a word from Him. Anything. I just needed something from Him.

Since I was driving, I could not read my bible. So, instead, at the next light I turned the Bible app on my phone on and without looking scrolled to find a chapter and a verse to read. I prayed as I scrolled and asked the Lord to speak to me. I needed Him.

The light turned green and I hit play. The man on the bible app started reading from 1 Peter 3. Oh boy.

It was about submission to husbands and stuff like that. I was a little puzzled because I thought I was actually doing pretty good in that department. (that week anyway)

I continued to listen, and then the brick hit me over the head.

"Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight."

Okay, stick with me here. 

God was telling me to close my mouth (don't call my mom or my sister or anyone), and keep quiet.

Loud and clear, I was hearing the call to be quiet. (this is not easy!)

To top it off, as I continued to listen, the scripture goes into living in unity and harmony with one another.

"Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing."

So, bottom line:  God was telling me to be quiet, keep my mouth shut, and love this person. Not only love this person, but to bless them.

Not exactly what I was looking to hear from Him.

What does it take, girls, to be quiet? Humility. 

How do we get this Humility? His Grace. 

Right?

To make it even clearer, listen to what we are reading today in 1 Corinthians 4:

"When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;  
when we are slandered, we answer kindly."
1 Corinthians 4:12-13

Are you seeing a theme hear? Oh snap. Me too.

Humility is not for the weak, sweet girls. Oh no. It's for the strong--the strong in Christ. 

Only by His Grace do we have the power to humble ourselves and love anyway when we have been hurt, slandered, talked about, put down, rejected, or judged.

We must trust Him in our pain. Completely.

Oh, so much more to come in our reading girls. Hang on tight. We are in for a roller coaster ride. A life changing one!


white knuckled.,

jill


9 comments:

  1. Anonymous9/10/2012

    Love it. I also like the fact in 1 Corinthians 4:18 where Paul is telling the Corinthians that having the word memorized and giving false speeches doesn't mean you are living right with God. The kingdom of God is to be LIVED not just discussed. This gave me such hope. So often I feel inadequate because I do not have the bible memorized. God just took away that doubt in the scripture this morning. I will continue to chase after God and SHINE for him, reading his word daily. The nice thing about this is..... Knowing my God loves me, and that he will provided just what I need every day. Going to let me light shine…. Angela Miller

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    1. Anonymous9/10/2012

      SHINE Angela!!!!!

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  2. Anonymous9/10/2012

    Thank you for setting a high bar for us Jill! You are awesome and I know He was smiling down on you when You submitted that to Him. I'm sorry you were hurt. :( He knows, He cares, and He has you doing just what will really make it all better! I'm going to tuck this nugget of wisdom you have shared in my pocket, because I know I'll need it in the future, thank you! Love, Sarah

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  3. I actually needed that passage too, as I was hurt also. Thank you for sharing. I will pray even harder for humility because it has definitely been my theme lately.
    KIM

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    1. Anonymous9/10/2012

      I will pray for you, Kim. (=

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  4. Anonymous9/10/2012

    Thank you, Jill. This reminds me of a song, "Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus. Tell it to Jesus, alone". I don't remember all of the words but it goes on to say that Jesus cares and loves us like no one else does. We are such needy people and we need Jesus so. Thank you for reminding me to go to Jesus with everything and to do everything as unto the Lord. Love, Gloria

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  5. Anonymous9/10/2012

    Grace and humility are two beautiful things. Jesus was perfectly both, and so much more. It really does take much humility to live in this world. People are throwing stones all of the time, and we must have His GRACE to overcome and stand back up without throwing stones back. It is a very hard thing to go to God before calling a friend. I will remember this next time I feel the need to vent. I will call HIM! (=

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  6. Anonymous9/10/2012

    Thank you Jill for your transparency when writing these things on your heart. Those scriptures were a dead ringer for the situation going on in our family. My flesh wants to repay evil with evil, until each of us experience the hatred of evil, hear it's voice, feel the pain of the injustice, it is knowing first hand of Satan's divisive tongue that is out to destroy families and relationships. How I praise you Lord, the healer of broken hearts, and vengeance belongs only to You. Proverbs 6:16-19"These are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:17. "Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18,a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers." all I can say is thank you Jesus for ministering to me through my Jilly. Praying for Him to strengthen us with His promises of His word. I love you baby, never get weary in well doing. Your Mom

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  7. Humility IS for the strong and it purifies us, you're right Jill. God SO honors it! When we are persecuted, we bless and it (thank you God) causes blessing to fall back on us. We are weak but He is strong and this strength is supernatural because its HIS Word and it's true. We do NOT glory in evil nor rejoice in it nor honor those that do. We CHOOSE the spirit of the living God and as it says in 1 Cor 2;10 - 'but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.' It is foolishness to the world why we don't strike back when we are struck, but we instead take it to God and lay it at the alter and ask Him for wisdom. (He or His Word provides it and it WILL come to you from sources you never would believe, but he Spirit witnesses to us that our Father is whispering 'this is Me, this is Me.' Hang on girls, God is doing a work here and I say, come Lord Jesus, choose me, choose my sisters, equip us to be Your Handmaidens. I love you Lord and I love you SHINE girls. Here's my hand to hold and thank you for each of you who have offered me a hand. God bless us.

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