What Master Are You Serving? Sin or Jesus?

Megan Craig

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 book One Thing I Desire will challenge and inspire you to a deeper walk of Jesus Christ


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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?

-Guestpost by Abigail L. (12)


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.


Choose Joy! (January)

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by Laura L.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
{2 Corinthians 4:17-18}

A gray, dreary day...or was it my outlook? In the fourth chapter of 2 Corinthians, we see that in spite of struggle and failure in us and around us, we can find joy and it does not come from ourselves or surroundings…it comes from the Lord.

By God’s mercy, we were granted the blessed gift of walking with God in His presence each day. Because of this fact alone, we can rejoice and live cheerfully every moment. Even the moment that when your family gets a flat tire and everyone is hungry and some are complaining. Ever had those moments where you just didn’t think surely you had to be joyful, and that it is ok to be grouchy?

God does not want His children living like this. When life is stressful and you feel like flying off the handle, consider this. In the light of eternity, how much does this current petty stress matter? Wouldn’t it be better in eternity to have been cheerful, trusting the Lord, rather than grouchy?

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“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
{2 Corinthians 4:6-7}

What is this treasure we are given to carry about in these earthen vessels (our bodies)? It is the light to shine on our path, that comes from our knowledge of God’s glory that we see in Jesus. We have this treasure in prone-to-failure vessels—when we realize this light and it brings victory and power in our daily reactions to life’s circumstances, and it will only bring glory to God.

In Titus 3:1, Paul instructs Titus on how to admonish and instruct Christians on this very subject of choosing joy in all circumstances.

“Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.”

Why? “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.” (Titus 3:3-6)

It is Scriptural to seriously consider our relationships and dealings with others. In these few verses we are admonished to give respect. We are to have willing, servant hearts on the lookout or people to serve. A life free from gossip and vehement ordering with a gentle, kind, considerate outlook. In these verses is tucked a very key ingredient to remaining joyful in life. It is realizing who we really are, and who God is and what He is doing for us, and our responsibility to be a light for Jesus. On our own power, we cannot do this.

Remember we are dusty vessels – but through Christ’s redeeming work in our lives and by His power, we can overcome and live victoriously.

Let us be joyful at all times! God is our joy and our strength!

“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”
{Philippians 4:4}

-Guestpost by Laura L.