We grow up in the world seeking reputation and esteem and praise from man, but it’s the opposite in the kingdom of God.
Satan tempts us to live a low life, but God tempts us to come up higher. One of the worst mistakes we can make is to get complacent, thinking that what we have right now is okay. A mindset of low expectations holds us back because God can only do through us what we believe for.
Be careful not to get in an ‘okay place’ spiritually. I don’t want to be average because I don’t serve an average God. God is a God of excellence, and I want to follow His example. And like the scripture above says, we can gain all the world has to offer and end up forfeiting the blessed life He has for us.
Low living has a high cost. Nothing is worth giving up the wonderful, peaceful, joyful, righteous, holy life we can have in Christ here on earth. If you spend your life resisting the will of God and living your way, you’re living the low life.
God wants you to be blessed, but He doesn’t want you trying to provide it for yourself. He doesn’t want you to seek things or put things ahead of Him. Remember that as we seek first God and His kingdom, all of the blessings He has in store for us will come. And that’s living the high life!
Prayer Starter: Lord, I don’t want to settle for a low life. Help me to keep my focus on You, so that I can live the high life of Your kingdom today.
MAT 16:26 KJV
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Joyce Meyer: Promises For Your Everyday Life - A Daily Devotional
Wives: God already knows that your husband is not a perfect man. That is why God made in you “a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18. Therefore a virtuous woman does not waste time criticizing her man’s flaws, faults and weakness. A virtuous wife knows that her first divine responsibility is being “a suitable helper” for her man. The reason you don’t find it hard to see your husband’s faults is because God designed you to help your husband become a better man. If your husband was perfect, he wouldn’t need “a suitable helper.” Every man has the potential for greatness; but it takes a virtuous wife to nurture & develop him into greatness. Therefore stop complaining and get to work. Pray, encourage and build your man up. Behind every successful man is a virtuous wife who understands that it is her responsibility to help her husband become the man God desires him to be.
- Isaac Kubvoruno
Z Zegna F/W 2014
II Timothy 4. 🙏
Much can be said (and has been said) about the incident last month in which explicit pictures of multiple celebrities were hacked and leaked online.
I don’t want to spend time talking about what a stupid idea it is to take and upload explicit photos of yourself (a.k.a. porn), nor do I want to talk about what an even stupider thing it is to hack into people’s private accounts, steal their photos, and spread them online. Those who committed this crime are guilty of both theft and sexual exploitation, and I’ve been glad to see those crimes condemned. Actor Lucas Neff, for example, tweeted “Stealing someone’s naked photos is the same as tearing someone’s clothes off in public. It’s sexual assault.” Quite right!
This week, Jennifer Lawrence — one of the victims of this crime — made her first official response to the incident in an interview for Vanity Fair. An article onMTV News, relates Jennifer as saying:
“I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for,” she said. “I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.”
It’s that last line that I want to talk about. I find it, with all due respect to Lawrence, sexist, false, and sad.
It is sexist because it portrays men as only being interested in one thing and incapable of self-control. These may be the sorts of “men” Lawrence runs circles with, but it doesn’t describe many of the men I know — men who are virtuous despite the temptations the world throws at them, who fight valiantly against selfishness, and desire to love the women they’re with as Christ loved the Church. That is, they’re willing to sacrifice things (including their immature desires) for the good of their beloved.
Secondly, it’s false. She says men have two options: 1) look at porn, or 2) look at you.
And by “look at you,” I assume she doesn’t mean, “look at you while you’re praying the rosary on your evening walk together.”
No, she means either a guy will lust over you or someone else. It’s like saying, “either your boyfriend will be obese or he’ll be anorexic.” Isn’t there a third option? Like, maybe he’ll be healthy? And there is such a thing as sexual health — we call it chastity. Though chastity may conjure up images of either uncomfortable belts or the notion of repressing sexuality in the name of “abstinence”… chastity is neither of these things but so much more.
Chastity is a virtue, like courage. Just as courage enables a man to be brave in the face of fear, so chastity enables a men and women to love in accord with their inestimable dignity and worth. A person who cultivates the virtue of chastity is one who is in control of their sexual desire, rather than their sexual desire being in control of him or her. To be chaste is to be free.
Finally, this statement from Lawrence is just sad. It’s as if she’s resigned herself to the belief that men are weak and lustful and so the best you can hope for is that they’ll lust over you instead of the women in porn.
However, I can still see a flicker of hope. She at least doesn’t want a man she dates to lust over other women. That is, she wants a love that is faithful and exclusive. It’s funny isn’t it? That despite our culture’s mockery of marriage, there still resides deep within the human heart a desire for a love that is exclusive, faithful, and permanent. We call that kind of true love marriage. The Church, in calling us to the virtue of chastity, and in extolling the Sacrament of Marriage, isn’t asking us to suppress our deepest desires, she’s telling us they’re attainable.
True love is attainable, but not without the cross.
It’s a cross to sacrifice the temptation of lust for the dignity and freedom of virtue. Love is not always easy, but it is worth it.
I can only pray that the men Jennifer Lawrence dates, as well of the rest of us take to heart the words of St. Josemaria Escriva:
“There is need for a crusade of manliness and purity to counteract and nullify the savage work of those who think man is a beast. And that crusade is your work.”
It is our work to be examples today. You can show the world that there is a better, healthier way to love. True love is not resigned to the inevitability of lust. True love does not mean you need to take off your clothes so that your boyfriend or girlfriend will remain faithful to you. True love is found in the freedom of chastity.(via worshipgifs)
Pray in sorrow, pray in anger, pray in joy; pray, pray, pray.
Pray until Heaven responds, and the Earth is restored to holiness; Pray until Christ wipes away our tears, and puts to death sin once and for all.
"As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend."
NLT Proverbs 27:17
A true and REAL,brother, sister, friend is the one who cares about your soul as much as they care of thier own soul. Just as David and Jonathan were; and the scipture even goes on to say that they became ONE in SPIRIT because they loved each other as they loved thier own souls. (1 Samuel 18:1). The same, it shall be with the church. The Church is the body of Christ and we are one, just as Christ is One with GOD, so is the church one with Christ. Therefore we shall live as one. To sharpen your brother or your sister and neighbors in this lifetime, we shall hold each other accountable out of grace and love. Give Love by telling the Holy spirit filled truth to each other just as our Lord and Savior did. A true companion will tell whom they love what They DONT want to hear at times. Do not compromise with the fleshly ways of God’s people. Silence is sometimes deadly. If you have truth from the holy spirit, speak it unto the ones who NEED to at least hear it. This is How we not only sharpen up our friends and family, but ourselves and most assuredly the Kingdom of GOD