Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday is: It's All About God Day

As a Christian, my first purpose, my first desire, and my ultimate priority needs to be to bring glory and honor to God. But, we are also called to enjoy God. As the Westminister Shorter Catechism states, "The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever." Our lives as believers are to centered on Christ, to the glory and praise of God the Father, through the changing and refining work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It's all about God, our lives and our interests, our passions and desires, all point to one thing, that we were made in the image of God, created to reflect Him to the world. Because of this, I am going to make Monday my "All About God Day", starting next week I am going to write on a different character trait or attribute of God. I am also going to write how each specific attribute relates to us as followers of Christ and specifically how it connects to purity in our lives.

Today I am just going to present you with an overall passage, it is found in Romans 11:33-36, which says:

*"Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
   or who has been his counselor?”
“Or who has given a gift to him
   that he might be repaid?”
 "For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen"

God rules over and has charge over all living things. There is nothing in creation that is not under him, including us. He is the ultimate Lord and Master. He owes no-one anything, for no-one has ever given or loaned to him a single atom. What a mighty and glorious God he is!

When was the last time you really praised God? Not thanked him for what he has done for you, but just praised him. According to the dictionary on my computer (mac) praise is: "To express warm approval or admiration of." Have you admired God today and told him about how much you admire him? Have you ever been in the habit of thinking through who he is and how much he deserves to be honored for who he is? If you have not, then I would like to encourage you to do so today. It is a habit well worth forming. And once you have praised him, enjoy him. Not only is he wonderful and mighty and powerful, but he also loves you and lovingly made you.

*(The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Purpose of this Blog

My purpose in writing this blog is to explore and record my thoughts on a topic that has been on my heart for nearly a decade. Though I am not a theologian or a pastor, I have spent nearly 10 years working on developing a solid theology of purity and I believe that through prayer and searching the scriptures God has given me a keen insight into this subject. Through this blog, I plan to keep a record of my thoughts as I work on writing a book about this subject, the title of which will be the same as the title of my blog.

Who am I writing to? I am really writing to three groups. Firstly, to those who are discouraged and troubled because they have failed and fallen in this area. Young women who are seeking and struggling to understand purity. To you, I love you and I understand because I have walked that path and been in those shoes and I know the heartache, confusion and pain that you have experienced. Secondly, to those who have yet to face the temptations of the world, those who have not yet been tested, but will be facing temptation and trial in the future. I have also been where you are, and I want to teach you what God taught me, but without the agony and distress of failure and disobedience. And thirdly, to you women who are considering Christ, who do not yet understand what purity is all about and why it is important to Christians. Many of you, I know, find Christians to be hostile, judgmental, and hypocritical in this area. Let me show you the heart of God, as much as I know of it, in this area, and I hope you will be amazed as I once was.

Please take what is helpful, leave what isn't, and tell me if you believe that anything I write is not Biblical or godly. I love accountability and even if I don't agree with what you say, I will appreciate that you said it. My prayer and petition to God is that He will use what I write here to help and serve Christian women and women who are considering Christianity, to the glory and praise of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.