I’m perplexed! What should I do? (May)

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by Guest Writer Hannah Heinritz

Have you ever been at a point in your life that you have been truly perplexed?

Where you’ve sat down, put your head in your hands, and said, “Lord, I really don’t understand what you’re doing in my life and the world around me.” Have you ever felt like you’re troubled on EVERY side?

Have you been burdened by living under persecution, not being in danger of your life per se, but rather that daily nagging rejection and disapproval of those around you because you’re living for the Lord? Or do you feel “cast down”; you just don’t have the strength or energy to go on? You wake up in the morning exhausted and pray, “How long Lord?”

As I have walked through a lot of troubles these past few months, I have often felt completely perplexed, troubled, persecuted and “cast down.” But over and over God keeps bringing to mind a precious message on 2 Corinthians 4.

“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.”
(2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

God does NOT sugar-coat our suffering. His Word acknowledges the pain we endure, and the emotions we feel. But even in that, He offers us something so much bigger and more powerful – HOPE.

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There is HOPE.

I don’t know what you are going through today, what you have been going through or what you will be going through in the days to come…but God does, and He has a plan for your suffering.

He never allows suffering to come needlessly. He is not a cruel God who takes delight in our misery and pain. There is ALWAYS a purpose to the trials He sends. He is equipping you to minister His healing and His grace to those around you who are hurting. It’s only as we receive the comfort of God that we can give that same comfort to the broken people all around us.

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulations, that we may be able to comfort them, which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

God opened my eyes to the fact that all the books and all the great conferences in the world will never be as valuable as the tailor-made trials that God brings into my life. God knows exactly what lessons you and I need and what dross needs to be burned out of our lives, and in His love and wisdom He knows exactly the best way to accomplish that purpose in each of our lives. When you are broken and feeling like your life is falling apart, God is at work and it is through that pain that He is equipping you to minister to others now and in the future.

You may be at the point the Apostle Paul was at when he said in 2 Corinthians 1:8,

“For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life.”

Maybe you’re in that same place and you’re thinking, “I feel like I’m drowning and I can’t make it up for air. I think I’m dying inside. If I make it through this, I’ll never be the same.”

The painful truth is that God does not intend for you to be the same! 2 Corinthians 4:10 says, “Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”

For you or me to be effective in ministering to any person, God must strip and mold us. The suffering God sends is PURPOSEFUL. God is sovereignly ordaining these circumstances of suffering in each of our lives. As the sinful selfish part of me dies, the life of Jesus will be manifested more and more in my life.

In the fires of affliction, God does His work of sanctification in our lives (Romans 5:3-5). For this we should praise Him.

When we grasp this beautiful perspective, we can truly come to the point where we can say with Paul, “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

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So what do we do in these moments where we are perplexed?

“For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
(Hebrews 4:15-16)


Go boldly before the Lord for the grace and mercy you so desperately need.
Jesus is there for you. He understands. And remember, there is a purpose for your pain, and if you let Him, God will use this for His great glory and your good.

This guest post was written by Hannah Heinritz. If you’re interested in writing a guest post for KBR Ministries click here. 


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What Master Are You Serving? Sin or Jesus?

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Last month, at KBR’s Joyful Daughters Conference, it was a joy to see so many young ladies with a desire to walk with and please our Lord Jesus. We thought you would be blessed by notes from Megan Craig’s session, “The Sweet Aroma of a Poured Out Life.” If you would like to listen to her session, you can download it here.

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The Sweet Aroma of a Poured Out Life

 

We all serve one of two masters: Jesus Christ or sin. Who we serve determines where we will seek approval and acceptance from, what reward we will seek, and ultimately, what we are willing to pour ourselves out for.

When Christ is our Master, we are accepted by God. He accepts us not because of our own works, but because He chooses to for His good pleasure! Jesus is the only Master worth serving.

We find in the sinner woman of Luke 7 a beautiful example we can follow, as she demonstrated four character qualities as she poured herself out for her Master, Jesus.

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Just as the sinner woman did, we should walk in these four qualities:

Humility

The disposition of those not seeking to earn acceptance, recognizing we do not earn our positions as daughters of the King! We have no self-image to preserve even in the sight of others; we just live out of humble worship for Jesus. Jesus makes us lovely and our value is in Him!

Gratitude

…is the joyful attitude that understands we have been freed from a debt that we could never repay; we have everything to give thanks for!

The man in Matthew 18:23-33 owed 160,000 years of debt! When we realize how great our sin debt is – we could never pay it – we will realize the immensity of our redemption in Christ!

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Sacrifice

Our life should be a living sacrifice for the Lord – a life transformed by His grace.

Our bodies, formerly slaves of sin, should be set apart for holy service to the Lord, demonstrated by service to the least of those around us. Following Jesus will require sacrifice. The pain of saying “no” to your will is the birth pain of your reward for serving Jesus! Remember His example, as He gave all!

Love

To whom little is forgiven, the same loves little: we have been forgive much, and ought therefore to love much! How much have you been forgiven of your sins?

Now consider, how much has the world forgiven you? Nothing! Therefore, don’t love the world!

Do you delight more in loving JESUS or in loving the world? Do you love to obey His commands? Do you love to being His daughter? 

Our death proclaims His life:
and that is the most beautiful aroma of all.

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Memorize These Verses…

  • Luke 7:36-50
  • Matthew 12:30
  • Proverbs 20:17
  • Matthew 18:23-35 I
  • I Corinthians 5:17, 9:15
  • Romans 6:19
  • Colossians 3:5-13
  • Matthew 25:37-46
  • Hebrews 11:24-26
  • John 14:21
  • Ephesians 5:1-2
  • II Corinthians 4:10

How about you?

  • What validation/affirmation do you seek?
  • What reward do you seek?
  • What association do you seek?
  • Where are your affections filled?
  • How much has the world forgiven you?
  • Do you delight more in loving Jesus or in loving the world?
  • Do you love to obey the commandments of Jesus; do you love to be what Scripture defines as a godly woman?

Jesus is the ultimate sweet-smelling aroma (Eph. 5:1-2), and so as we die to ourselves, our death proclaims His life (II Cor. 4:10), and that is the most beautiful aroma of all.

The world is ALWAYS A BAD MASTER. And Jesus is ALWAYS A GOOD MASTER.

Choose your master! Will it be the world or Jesus?

Only Jesus is worth it!

Why pour out your life for Christ? Because He is the only master worthy of serving.


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Are you Walking with Jesus? (April)

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Last week, at KBR’s Joyful Daughters Conference, it was such a blessing to meet many of you! It is a true joy to see so many young ladies with a desire to walk with and please our Lord Jesus. The opening session was given by Lolly Hale and was titled “Walking with Jesus: It’s All About Him.” This session was such an encouragement that we wanted to share its critical message with you as well.

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Walking with Jesus:
It’s All About Him

Our goal as young Christian women is to become more like our precious Lord Jesus. Only as we keep Him our Object and Center, can He work that beautiful work in our lives. He is the Hub in the center of the wheel. Your salvation is only the beginning of the greatest love relationship of your life! It is by believing on Jesus finished work on the cross, and not our measly “good works” that we can experience the joy of true salvation.
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Walking in the Spirit becomes natural when we recognize that we need Him on a daily basis. It is then that we automatically lean on Him, and fellowship with Him, because we realize we can’t do anything without Him. We learn to talk with Jesus all the time, walking in the Spirit. This is what praying without ceasing can mean in our lives. We constantly thank Him for the gifts He puts in our lives.
As our needs draw us to Him, our relationship moves us from a mere acquaintance level to a deep friendship. Spending time with Jesus becomes naturally a part of our every day lives because we love Him. It is then that we begin to realize that discouragement on any level only drives a wedge between us and our dearest Friend. It is His desire that we do not focus on our failures or our victories, but that we focus on Him alone – “Looking unto Jesus.” It’s all about Him.

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How about you?

Are you walking with Jesus minute by minute? What does your relationship with Him look like right now?
  • Are you relying on Jesus’ goodness for your acceptance with God, rather than your own attempts to please Him?
  • Are you seeking to learn to hear His voice, at the same time remembering that you are His little lamb who needs lots of time with the Good Shepherd in order to know His voice?
  • Are you setting aside a time each day to spend with Jesus, not out of duty, but because you love Him?
  • Are you rejecting discouragement, as Satan’s ploy to trap you into negative thoughts and actions? Are you looking unto Jesus, remembering that your relationship is “all about Him”?
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If you sense a need to walk with Jesus more closely…
  • Practice bringing your mind back to Jesus every hour today.
  • Thank Him for being part of your life.
  • Smile and tell Him you love Him.
  • Tell Jesus you want your life to be “all about Him.”

Memorize God’s Word

Philippians 2:13: “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”  This reminds us that He will do His good work in us as we look to Him.

May the Lord bless you as you seek Him!

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The Matchless Love of God (March)

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God’s love toward us is simply amazing!

The Scriptures contain the story of God’s love for us, which was demonstrated through the sacrifice of His Son on the Cross.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
(John 3:16)

It is so amazing that God would love us – sinners who have sinned against Him throughout our entire existence. The Bible explains a lot about God’s love. Here are a few characteristics about His love I would like us to ponder.

God’s love is sovereign. He explained this to the Israelites:

“For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”
(Deuteronomy 7:6-8)

God does not choose us because we are good. He loves us simply because that is what He wants to do. What mercy!

God’s love is abiding.

This means that God still loves us no matter what situations we go through or what sins we commit. Because of His abiding love He will save us. The Bible says,

“The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is might; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.”
(Zephaniah 3:17)

God’s love is unalienable. Nothing can ever separate us from the love of our Savior!

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
(Romans 8:35-39)

Jesus also said that we are safe once we are His. “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:28).

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The Bible also tells some things we should do when we realize that God really does love us.

“Because thy lovingkindness is better than life,
my lips shall praise thee.”

(Psalm 63:3)

God does lots of things for us because He loves us. He provides for us in many ways. Some we do not even think about or know about. He gave you that breath that you just took. This should cause us to give Him unceasing praise.

David expressed this well. He said,

“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou has made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.”
(Psalm 8:4-5)

We are called to be like Christ. Therefore, we as understand how much He loves us, we should walk in His steps and show His love to others around us. Are you and I striving to be loving young ladies? This is a question that makes us search ourselves and our lives.

May we grow to understand the love of Christ for us, and live in the freedom of being His forever. Let’s strive to reflect that love to others in all that we do and say!

What are some ways you can show others love today?

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Cultivate Contentment! (February)

“Let your conversation be without covetousness;
and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said,
I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

(Hebrews 13:5)

Almost every Queen or King of old had his/her own taster. A taster was a trusted servant who ate some of the food and drink served at the royal meal to assure that it was not poisoned. If the taster died, or grew ill, the King knew the food or drink was poisoned.

Once, a young King was having his coronation feast. The banquet was abundant, with rich breads, delicious dishes, and luscious desserts. But, the King was looking forward to eating the main masterpiece, a towering Cherry Chocolate cake. His servant cut the first piece and handed it to the King’s taster as was the custom.

The King fussed at having to wait for his own piece, so he told the servant to give him not only the taster’s piece, but another one as well. “Oh, King,” the taster warned, “If you value your life, don’t eat that cake before I do!”

“But I must eat it,” insisted the King eyeing the cake, “surely it is safe.” The King ate two pieces, but the masterpiece had been poisoned, and it cost the young King his life. If the King had been content to wait until he had been served, he would not have had these deadly consequences.

You may be thinking, “How does this apply to me, it is almost too unrealistic to compare to my everyday life. A King in a castle, to a girl in a farm house?” But the same spirit of discontentment demonstrated by the young King, is the same we find in our heart today. It is the same ever-present, always-unsatisfied discontentment we are often plagued with in our Christian walk.

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King Solomon, in the book of Proverbs wisely stated concerning discontentment, “Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.” Many times when we recognize discontentment in our lives, but ignore it and it takes deeper root in our life. Discontentment is a stumbling block in our path and brings consequences!

Have you ever awaken in the middle of the night, finding that you were very thirsty? You decide to make your way to the kitchen faucet for some water, and while walking through a hallway stumble over a basketball your brother forgot to put away after dinner? This is how discontentment is in our walk with the Lord. It is a hindrance to our faith and trust in His will for us.

The only way to free ourselves from the entanglement of a discontent attitude is to pray for strength. Pray for contentment when you are given your-not-so favorite meal at breakfast. Pray for contentment when you hear that your friends’ mom is expecting a baby. Pray for contentment in just about any situation that comes up. Prayer is the best to deal with the discontentment that we face daily. Prayer is acknowledging that you are committing a sin when you are discontent, and asking Christ for help to conquer it.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
(1 John 1:9)

Jesus assures us in Matthew 7: 11, of his answer to prayer, “If ye then, being evil know how to give gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Jesus explains that if even us sinful humans can understand the joy of giving good gifts to ones we love, then why should we as His children, be hesitant to ask Him for good gifts such as contentment? May we pray for the good gift of contentment as we walk with Christ!

Here are five practical steps to developing a more content heart!

  1. Count your blessings. See how many things you can give thanks for in one day!
  2. Trust God with every detail in your life, even if it is not what you would like to happen. He has a purpose and plan for you.
  3. Seek to be a blessing to others wherever you are. Smile to them and give an encouraging word!
  4. Guard your thoughts. When an ungrateful or discontent thought comes to mind, immediately take it captive and cast it away! (2 Cor. 10:5)
  5. Study God’s heart and will for you in His Word. You will be amazed at all He has done for you in Christ, and begin to see how important it is to Him that you are content and submissive to His circumstances for your life today!

Sisters, let’s challenge one another to cultivate contentment in our hearts today!

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.”
(1 Timothy 6:6)

-Guestpost by Lily B.