Worthy Of Your Calling

By Georgia (Jo) Kent
 
“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:1-2
 
How monumental is the command that we walk in a manner worthy of God. Stop and consider His divine perfection, there is nothing to equal Him! The good we do is God at work within us. It doesn’t matter if our calling is a stay at home mom, a wife or a career mom, the point is that we live worthy of whatever it is God has called us to be. It means being honorable and admirable at all times and telling the truth when a lie looks so much easier. It means saying no when everything within you wants to say yes and loving when you’d rather hate. It means giving God what you have and trusting Him for the rest and giving your time when it would be easier not to. It means being like Christ.
 
“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
 
Sometimes we dwell too much on our own weaknesses. It is easy to dwell on the feelings that we are unworthy. Unless we learn to look at ourselves like God looks at us, we will never reach the potential that He has for us. The devil bombards our mind, and he comes against us in every way and tries to condemn us and make us say bad things about ourselves. But we need to realize that we are a child of God and dearly beloved by Him. Therefore, walk worthy of His call. When discouragement comes, stand firm in your faith, and God will mold you into an instrument of His love to others.
 
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
 
God has called you to be a light of His love and forgiveness to a world locked away in utter darkness. Are you doing your best to walk in a manner worthy of the sacrifice that has been made for you, Holy, acceptable to God? If not, begin today by the renewing of your mind in Christ Jesus our Lord and begin to cultivate the life of faith in you. Abraham Lincoln wisely said, “It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.”
 
Father, Please help us to be worth of our calling. Help our actions and words glorify You and point others to Your amazing love. Help us to lift up those around us and challenge those who know You to pursue Your heart more passionately. In Your Precious Name. Amen. 
 
Sweet Blessings

Advertisements

“But For The Grace Of God…”

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1-2 NIV

We’re all guilty of being critical of other’s. It’s so easy for us to judge others because they are different then us. We often see other people as sinners and ourselves as saints. When, in reality, we are just as big of a mess as they are. We forget our sin without any difficulty while pointing fingers at other’s sins. We judge on appearances, we judge based on attitudes and temperaments on education or employment, and on social status. The truth is none of us are saints. We are sinners saved by grace! God will hold us all accountable for being judgmental.

“You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5 NIV

Self-respect is the key to self-esteem. We should follow Jesus’ example, He extended love and grace to everyone. He looked past the sins of others; He looked beyond the rough edges of fishermen, tax collectors, and adulterers and reached into their hearts. He interceded for those who hung on the cross beside Him, asking, “Father forgive them, for they don’t know what they do.” He interceded for everyone despite all the sin they were mired in. He never once judged or criticized.

“Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.” Romans 14:4 ESV

Jesus set an example for us to follow. We cannot hope to feel good about ourselves unless we are living a life of respect that values others above yourself. God did not give us knowledge/discernment for self-righteous elevation. Our godly character should give us a greater capacity to love. When you hear yourself putting someone down, stop and lift them up in prayer instead. Let us always thank God for His grace and extend His magnificent love to others. Never forgetting the simple phrase, “But for the grace of God go I.”

Lord, I ask you to keep me humble. Help me to keep my eyes focused on my own behavior and to show your love through my actions. I ask this in Your name, Amen

Sweet Blessings

Cups Of Grace

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.” Romans 12:10

‘HOSPITALITY’ the Webster’s Dictionary defines hospitality as: Kindness to visitors: friendly, welcoming, and generous treatment offered to guests or to strangers. Let’s take a journey through Our history of Hospitality beginning with…BIBLICAL HOSPITALITY

Biblical times Hospitality…As presented to us in the Bible was not merely a practice. It was a way of life. Christian hospitality was a sacred process of ‘receiving’ outsiders and changing them from strangers to guests. However, the biblical customs concerning how a person should treat travelers and temporary residents was much different from our idea of hospitality today. It was more than simply ways to be polite or friendly that went beyond entertaining guests. Hospitality customs were a vital part of the culture and people followed these customs as sacred, codes of conduct. The host was obliged to provide a traveler with food, water, and shelter. They even provided them with water to wash their dusty feet and often a servant washed the feet of the guest. This symbolized the acceptance of the stranger and the absence of any hostile intent by the host.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24

Hospitality today…We are living in much different times today. We think of hospitality more as entertaining friends and family. It has become more of a social event. However, just like the early Christians, we must also offer hospitality as a means of sharing The Lord Jesus Christ. By creating a welcoming home, we make the Christian life attractive. The benefits of the act of hospitality can offer friendship, acceptance, fellowship, refreshment, comfort and love in one of the richest and deepest ways possible for others to understand. Friendship provides arms to console [a hug] a heart to understand and feet to walk along beside us when we are going through trials or celebrations. God weaves our lives together, strengthening old friendships and creating new ones.

When we invite our neighbors to church, we are asking them to enter our world in the hopes that they might discover Jesus our Savior. When we invite our neighbors into our homes, we are inviting them to enter our world to see how we as Christians live our lives. Often doors can be opened in the hearts of friends when we first open the door of our home. A time for tea is a way to connect with other Sisters. Hospitality is a crucial element of Christianity that empowers us in God’s service. Tea is a tool we can all use to share hospitality. Offering and sharing a cup of tea gives us many opportunities to witness, share the gospel, teach from the Scriptures, pray with women, and encourage others to simply savor an afternoon moment with God….I think of these moments as ‘Cups of Grace!’

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2

Throughout the Bible, God commands us over and over to take notice of and care for those around us. Did you know that hospitality is considered a virtue? We serve Christ directly when we show hospitality to those we don’t know. Christian hospitality is the most important influence on any aspect of Christian living from the biblical days to today. Do you have the gift of hospitality to use for The Lord?

Sweet Blessings

A Servant’s Heart

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” Matthew 24:46

Do you have a servant’s heart? Servant means to serve; Serve means to help, assist, or attend to. Servants in God’s kingdom do the will of God with a humble attitude and with the desire to not only serve God but help others along their journey. God places a desire to help others in all of our hearts. You may be sensitive to help the homeless or the disabled person in their times of need. Maybe He calls you to help little children when their home life is less then perfect or take meals to the bereaved.

“God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.” Ephesians 2:10

God will speak to you differently than He will speak to others. He reveals His heart personally to each person. When you listen to him every single day, you will learn what His will is for your ‘Servant’s Heart? Find whatever ignites your heart. The fire of your heart is the light of your path. Someone once said, “Missionaries are ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances expected to do numerous things with nothing much!” We all need to have a Missionary heart so that when Gods calls us to be His Hands, we will be ready with an earnest willingness to serve.

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Galatians 5:13-14

To give and not to count the cost, takes a special attitude. It takes a servant spirit to stay, and to be faithful to the loving God who has called you to His work. A servant’s heart is a special attitude of willingness, trust, and perseverance. If you want to be like Jesus, you will need to be a servant with a good heart and when you get to Heaven you will hear…

“Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21

Sweet Blessings

Grace To Forgive

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“For if you forgive others when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14-15

Do you need to forgive someone? Is lack of forgiveness keeping you from serving God today? Forgiveness is not a feeling, it’s not forgetting, it’s not pretending you weren’t hurt, it’s not trusting the person again, it’s not even reconciliation. Forgiveness is a decision that you make to obey God. No one, not even God can make you forgive someone. If you can’t forgive you’ll be controlled by the person you aren’t willing to forgive. You must decide to give up your right to hurt the person back. To forgive those who hurt you because God has forgiven you for the hurts that you have caused him.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

Forgiveness is not easy but it’s also not optional, the Lord commands it. We are all called to forgive as our Father in Heaven forgives. Forgiveness is not initially about the person who wronged us, it’s about us. If we will not forgive someone who hurt us, we start to change on the inside. We grow in anger and resentment. Forgiveness is a process, it takes time, but it is an act of grace that reflects God’s treatment to us. When we forgive, we release God to work directly on the person the hurt us.

“Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:13

If you are having difficulty forgiving someone today, take a moment and examine your reasons. Are you having difficulty because they have not apologized and show no signs of changing their behavior? Remember that your forgiveness is about you, not about them. Are you struggling because you are still so angry and hurt? The pain will not subside until you make the choice to forgive. You will know when you have truly forgiven when the love of God can flow through you to the person who wronged you…when you are free from the pain, anger and hatred towards that person and experiencing God’s peace in your heart.

‘To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.’

Sweet Blessings

Anger Hurts

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45

Why are you angry? If someone’s angry in my presence, I automatically assume that they are mad at me? I frantically begin to search through my thoughts for what I did wrong. It wasn’t until I began to grow in my faith that I learned how wrong that was. I think of two things. First, why was I so insecure that I automatically assumed that I had done something wrong? And, secondly, what causes someone to become so angry that they feel its okay to share their anger with those around them? I realize, were not all so insecure that we take blame for another person’s anger. That insecurity was birthed from emotional baggage in our lives, and usually only effects us as individuals. Anger, however, is wide reaching and destructive to everyone in its path. It takes a deep relationship with God to begin a work of healing in both of these areas.

“For man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” James 1:20

Anger is a God-given emotion that warns a person that something is wrong. You cannot stop the emotion from arising, but how you express your anger determines whether it is sinful or appropriate. Anger also gives Satan a foothold in our soul. Our actions when were angry hurt others and destroy our testimony. Habits are difficult to break.

“Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.” Psalms 4:4

We need to learn new ways to handle life’s upsets. The first step in overcoming problems, whether they are physical, emotional or spiritual, is to admit you are in need and desire to change. As we give ourselves over to the Holy Spirit, He will help us to grow in self-control. The Holy Spirit can teach us how to express our anger appropriately. We can never experience the fullness of God’s love through the veil of anger. The bible says, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 Ask the Lord to teach you healthy ways to manage your anger. Without Him, we will continue to be in bondage to our anger.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you are sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:29-30

Sweet Blessings

Power In Silence

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12/37

It is often said that there is great power in the spoken word, but perhaps there is a far greater power in silence. If someone can’t understand your silence, they probably won’t understand your words. Sometimes silence is all there is to say. In solitude, we often deal with what’s going on inside of us. Proverbs 15:4 reminds us that a “wholesome tongue is a tree of life. Words are powerful.” They can wound or heal. Spoken in love or in anger, words are often remembered by those who hear them for many years.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21

Hearts filled with destruction will produce destructive words. There is a definite and undeniable link between the negative thoughts of our hearts and the words that blossom from our lips. The words we say (even silently to ourselves) are the direct result of the thoughts we think and the emotions that we feel. Our hearts are like a fertile garden that sprouts the unseen seeds planted there. Unproductive and destructive self talk is like a weed that chokes the life out of us. Remember, a weed won’t grow in a garden where it can’t take root. So plant some truth within your heart where it will spring up and overflow!

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but harsh words cause quarrels.” Proverbs 15:1

Trust God to help you capture words before they leave your mouth, be thankful those words were never spoken. It’s very important to choose our words carefully so that they reflect your relationship with Christ. We need to think about the words that we choose before we say them so that they always impart grace to our listeners.

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life. Proverbs 15:4

Sweet Blessings

Seeds Of Kindness

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13

Be beware…there’s an enemy lurking around, set out to steal, kill and destroy the JOY in your heart. Satan is the master of deceit. And he would love nothing more than to discourage you and tempt you to sin. His traps are customized to each individual, knowing their vulnerabilities and areas of weakness. We are instructed to encourage one another so that sin cannot sabotage our hearts. Fighting Satan is not a one person job! We definitely need our Christian friends.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

We all need Christian friends in our life. I don’t just mean friends who make us laugh or smile, but friends who love us unconditionally that you know will always support you with faithful prayers. Friends who will stand beside you when your were sad, sick or feel defeated. Who give a word of encouragement when your down. A pat on the back for a job well done. A friend that will take the time to send you a little hand written note that simply says, “I Love you” “Thanks” “Just because.” Whenever friends take time to show us that they care, it makes us feel as if were on top of the world and makes us believe we can accomplish anything! It’s such a wonderful feeling of encouragement to feel loved and appreciated for just being you. Know that you are not alone and that you are loved! The Father has a beautiful plan for you and those around you. Stay strong and pass along a hug and a word of encouragement to a friend today!

“My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ.” Colossians 2:2

Sweet Blessings

A Heart to Serve

by Georgia Kent

“Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self controlled and pure. To be busy at home. To be kind and to be subject to their husbands so that love will malign the word of God’. -Titus 2:4-5

My deepest desire is for the world to see Jesus through me. If people are going to see Jesus through me then I must learn to have a ‘servants heart’ to serve others. My Husband, my children, my family, my church, my community, and anyone who God puts into my path.

This may be as simple as sharing a smile, or a ride to church, or a meal when someone we know is sick or had surgery, or a death in the family and are in need of our help. Sometimes these needs come at difficult times and we have to reach outside of our comfort zones. I have learned that when God asks these things of me and I Truly have to stretch to make it happen that He blesses me beyond measure.

“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver”. In order to serve others, we must be anchored in Christ. I challenge myself to meditate on the words of Titus 2:4-5 and to find ways to make them come to life in me. I pray that I will always be found willing and able to serve in any situation that God calls me into.

 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others, not looking to your own interests, but each of you. To the interests of others”. Philippians 2:3-4