Archives For Devotionals

A daily Bible study for ladies called Chocolate & God.

episode Boundaries LISTEN01


Ladies,

Bill and I just recorded this podcast cast.  Today’s program is “Boundaries.”  Every one that is reading this needs to hear the program.  Without boundaries in your marriage you are at risk.  Today’s topic is very close to the heart of both Bill and me.  We believe in boundaries in our marriage.  We believe in protecting what God has given us.  I am encouraging each of you to listen to this podcast and also share it on your FaceBook and Twitter.

HUGE FAVOR:  After listening to the program, would you place go to iTunes from your computer (CLICK HERE) and RATE and REVIEW the podcast.  When we get enough reviews iTunes promotes the podcast all over their platform.  So many marriages are hurting.  This is a great tool and Bill and I would be forever grateful if you would review the program.  You will see a picture below of what you will see when you go to iTunes.

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 10.17.38 PM

Bill and I share stories from our marriage.  Our goal is for you to see what we have gone through, what we have learned and provide tips for your marriage. You can also listen at hour web site at Reality at Home.

Have a wonderful week.

 

God bless,

Janet Scott

2 Chronicles 6:18
But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? Behold , heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!

Solomon had just built the “house for God” when he made this statement. He was in awe of the fact that God was willing to live among them when Solomon knew that God could not be contained in the entire universe let alone in a house. Solomon had the right view of who God is, he saw God as bigger than anything, and he understood the vastness of who God is. That is why when God asked Solomon what he wanted from God, Solomon asked for wisdom. He knew God could handle any problem that came Solomon’s way but He wanted the wisdom of God to lead His people in the right direction. Solomon knew that if He led the people in the ways of God everything else in his kingdom would fall into place.

I think sometimes we take the fact that the Holy Spirit of God lives within us when we accept Him as our Savior for granted. Where do you take Him? When you need wisdom for a situation do you think about the fact that God lives within you? How amazing is it that we don’t even have to go to the church to be in the presence of God, He resides with us. Are you in awe of that fact or is it really no big deal on a daily basis for you? When you face struggles today are they too big to deal with or will you go with the confidence that your God cannot be contained? I love the song “Sing Along” by Sixteen Candles. I love the line in that song where it says, “The way the moon pulls the oceans tide – you are never contained.” The song is such a song of praise of the power of God and how even the universe understands the magnificence of God and His power.

We have those everyday Mountains in our lives that can overwhelm us if we are not careful to take it to God and ask for His wisdom and power in the situation. I long for the day that the mountains are removed but I know that right now they are there for my growth and in some cases it could be because we built the mountain ourselves and now need the power of God in that situation to lead us out of the mess we created. Don’t underestimate Him today in your situation. Read Psalms and or listen to music that attests to the greatness of God and His majesty! Fill your thoughts and heart with the awe of just who He really is and watch as your mountains melt away in comparison. Stand back for a minute and look at your problem this way; pick out a big object you can see out your window across a field or down the road and then hold your thumb up and compare the size – you know that the tree down the road is bigger than your thumb but when you step back and hold it up in comparison it doesn’t look all that big, now if you will look at that mountain in your life and hold your Bible up and some praise and worship music like you did your thumb you will see that your God is by far bigger than your mountain. When you start getting down today about it all, hold your thumb up and remember, you have the Almighty, All Knowing Incredible God of the universe on your side, nothing can compare! He cannot be contained so what is that mountain to Him? Do all that you can in your situation and then watch as God does the rest!

Quote:
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Mac Anderson

2 Kings 15:3-4
And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done; save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

What high places do you still hold onto in your life? Are there areas that you haven’t given over to God because you don’t want to see it as a big deal?

I was a part of a Ladies Bible study at my church years ago in Michigan and one of the ladies there had a great walk with God and loved the Lord but she liked to swear on occasion I think more for the “shock affect” and she also felt it was part of her “freedom in Christ” Ok, first of all you are probably thinking “how could her walk be close to God if she was using bad language” because somehow ladies we tend to even categorize “little sins”; swearing is worse than gossip or a bold lie is worse than a white lie (if there is anything really white about a lie) being rude isn’t quite as bad as someone who can’t control their anger and the list goes on! I am all about the freedom we have in Christ but we serve a HOLY GOD an ALMIGHTY GOD who hates sin and I mean all sin! There is nothing small about the idea that His son gave His life for a lie or out of control anger or gossip and because of all of that He deserves our best all the time!

So, back to the question: is there something you know you are saying or doing that you know you shouldn’t OR is there something you know God has told you that you need to do and you aren’t doing it? (James 4:17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.) What “high places” haven’t you removed from your life? In this kings case God gave him leprosy. I am sure the king didn’t attribute his leprosy to the fact that he didn’t remove the high places but I don’t think it is a coincidence that verse 5 of this chapter says “and the Lord smote the king so that he was a leper unto the day of his death”.

Ask God today if there is anything you are holding onto or not doing that He would like to show you and then take care of it. Maybe you aren’t setting a standard in your family because it may upset your children. Don’t hang onto a “high place” in your life and miss out on the blessing of God like this king did all because he was willing to follow God but only to a certain point and then it would get uncomfortable. Serve Him with your whole heart, mind and soul, don’t hold anything back. Love Him like you have never loved before and show Him that love by holding nothing back from Him in your life.

Quote:
“Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility. In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility.” Michael Korda

Psalm 40:1-3
I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear and shall trust in the Lord.

God wants to rescue you from whatever pit you feel you are in and if you aren’t in a pit He still wants to bless you while you are on that mountain top! Soak it in and give God glory while He works in and through you because He is in the process of establishing your goings. God is continually going before you preparing your way so if you follow Him the right people are there at the right time in the right place and order will keep you from falling again.

Hard times come to all of us how we handle it is the key. Do people see a frantic you when things are not right or do they see someone whose completed faith and trust is in God? God allows us to keep going through the same learning lessons until we get it right so let’s start focusing today on asking Him what we need to change in how we are handling our situation. If you notice the psalmist says here that God put a new song in his mouth, even praise to God and because he was willing to allow God to move in his life in that way, “many would see it and fear and would trust in the Lord” because of it.

No matter where you are this morning and no matter how your day has started take a moment and ask God if there is anything you need to change in your behavior or attitude so He can have the glory today. Trust me ladies, it is so much easier to turn those frustrated irritating feelings over to God even if they are justified and allow Him to fill you with His power, peace and love! Do it for your sake, don’t allow Satan to rob you of a day God has given you to enjoy!

Quote:
“If you don’t think every day is a great day; just try missing one.”

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not parish but have everlasting life.

This is a verse that most of learned at a very early age and sad to say we can become complacent about it as the years pass because we have accepted Christ as our Savior and we start thinking that the Gospel is only for those that are lost.

How many struggle with one sin or another, show of hands please? Maybe you don’t struggle with drugs or stealing or anything else that the world would consider an obvious sin, maybe you struggle with a critical spirit or gossip or maybe you have a complaining spirit. We make the mistake too often of categorizing sin – SIN IS SIN. Jesus had to die for the person who lies just like He had to die for the murderer. This is where the gospel still plays a part in your life!

Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Jesus death has given us the ability to live a life that is free from the “control” of sin. We were all born sinners but we can be free from sins death grip if we just get the full understanding that we are free, there is now NO condemnation through Him. Whatever you are struggling with you can win, Jesus is on your side. Don’t let Satan defeat you today by telling you that you messed up! Ask for forgiveness and claim the victory that is already yours and move forward with the victory over that thing!
Today is a new day and a new beginning, we can’t change the past but that’s ok, Jesus already has!

It’s like the song by Casting Crowns “East from the West” when he says,
“Jesus can you show me
Just how far the East is from the west?”
Cause I can’t stand to see the man I’ve been
Come Rising up in me again.
In the arms of your mercy I find rest
Cause you know just how far the east is from the west –
From one scarred hand to the other.

Jesus death doesn’t license us to live any life we want in sin, if we truly understand the Love of God and the price He paid for our salvation we want to live for Him. The more we grasp His love for us the less desire we will have to sin and the stronger we will feel in our victory over sin. A great example of this: “If you want to lose your taste for a .99 cheeseburger at McDonalds then you need to taste a nice juicy steak.” I would say, “If you want to lose your taste for those southern grits try Godiva Chocolate!” If you want to lose the taste for whatever you are struggling with try getting a better understanding of how much Jesus loves you and the price He paid for that struggle.

Give Him whatever you are struggling with today. If you struggle with it tomorrow, give it to Him again and the next day and the next day and while you are doing that ask Him to fill you with a better understanding of His love for you. You have victory so claim it and live in that victory today!

Quote:
“It’s not where you start – it’s where you finish that counts.” Zig Ziglar

I would also like to ask you to pray for me and my daughter and her family as we travel north today for my Mom’s funeral!  Thank you!