Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Humiliation


"You can't get Humility without Humiliation" - Sunny Shell

A scary prayer is to ask God to humiliate us that we may share in the humility of our Savior Jesus. Humility cannot be present where pride is present. The only way to break pride so that it may not be present in our lives anymore is for God to bring circumstances that are humiliating to us. I find that when God brings humiliating circumstances to me, I run and ask God, WHY?!?

I see now that I can't run, but only praise God that He's humbling me so that I will not be BLINDED by pride anymore. I must continue to ask God for more humiliating circumstances until I have fully grasped humility. Our Savior knew humility...

"Although he was a son, he (Jesus) learned obedience through what he suffered."
(Hebrews 5:8 ESV)

Jesus suffered. Jesus was humiliated. Jesus was humble. Jesus is the Son of God.

Let's not run from the humiliating circumstances God brings us through, He's only doing His work in us, to make us more like Christ. That we may be obedient, Christ-like children that walk in all humility. Lord, I pray for me and all who desire to have the humility of Christ, that by your grace we would understand that the only way to get humility is by your disciplining hand. Help us not fear your correcting hand, but praise you for it. For our lives are but a breath, and eternity is forever.


Proverbs 15:33 

The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom,
and humility comes before honor.

Proverbs 18:12 

Before destruction a man's heart is haughty,
but humility comes before honor.

The reward for humility and fear of the Lord
is riches and honor and life.1

Zephaniah 2:3 

Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land,
who do his just commands;1
seek righteousness; seek humility;
perhaps you may be hidden
on the day of the anger of the Lord.

Acts 20:19 

serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;

Ephesians 4:2 

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

Philippians 2:3

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Colossians 3:12 

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

1 Peter 5:5 

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”



Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Sad Reality...

Sometimes I desire more to check my facebook or blogger,
           rather than spending time & getting affirmation from Christ.

Sometimes I'd rather wake up 30 minutes later than normal,
             thinking that I can be make it through the day without spending time with my Savior.

Sometimes I choose to take care of my business,
             before taking care of the Lord's business.

Sometimes I want to just relax,
              instead of calling/praying for that person that needs the love & encouragement of Christ.

Choosing myself over Christ...
 Is a sad reality,
That Christ DIED for me not to have.

Christ laid down his life,
that I my know Him & fellowship with Him.

I must lay my life down,
that others may see the Savior.

-Me



"The economy of the Kingdom is simple. Every new step will cost us everything to date. It may cost us our reputation or any security we've accumulated, but we simply just need to remember, Jesus said, 'it will cost us our life'.."
                                         - John Wimber

Help me, Lord. Help me take up the call. To forget the voices. To forget the disobedience I see all around me, and take up your true call to holiness; to humbly walk with you- that costs me my life. Identify me and all who desire to glorify you, to your sacrificial love. In Jesus Christ's Holy name, Amen.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

We've been APPROVED!

        For those who are not aware, Kalen and I's apartment got broken into in November of 2010, and we've been living at my gracious in-laws house since then. The break-in was on a Wednesday, during the day when normally I would have been home. By God's gracious covering & protection, I was not home, I was studying for a test with a friend. The burglarer stole about 2,000 dollars worth of stuff. The most disheartening thing they stole was our video camera with our wedding on it. Gratefully, a friend from church actually had footage from our wedding and we got to see that for our anniversary, so that was extremely awesome.


        The burglary taught Kalen and I a lot. First off, we were sad that we had to leave our first home together in such circumstances, but again, God works everything for the good of those who love Him! Even though this burgaler stole some of our most valuable things, he couldn't take the MOST valueable thing from us; our relationship with Jesus, our eternal salvation; which is the MOST important thing! It's easy to forget that though. This burglary really taught us to keep our treasure in Heaven like the Bible commands us.


    The next thing God taught us was humility. To come from having our own place, to back into a parental units home for 6 months, was very humbling for me and exposed a lot of pride in my heart (of doing things my way). By the Lord's grace & strength I learned to live in an environment that I wasn't used to, you know, because everyone does things differently when it comes to managing things around the house!  I really enjoyed getting to learn from my mother-in-love. She is very efficient in all things she does to honor the Lord, and I admire her for that. I learned a lot from her in this time! I also feel closer to my in-laws, and that's a blessing as well!


        We don't know all the reasons why the Lord allowed the burglary to happen, but we are thankful for God's redeeming, faithful hand. We are so thankful for our gracious parents that have taken us under their wings for this season of our lives! (THANKS pops & mom [DAVID & KEELY HOUCK], WE LOVE YOU!)

    So, to some exciting news... We are officially new apartment renters as of this MONTH! Wahoo, after about 5 months of searching & praying, we've been approved!! April 28th we will be moving into a new apartment. We found a great deal in the back of the Woodlands and we ARE so excited & thankful! It's definately an upgrade from our other apartment, with a price that is perfect for our budget, such a blessing.... God is GOOD.

1 Praise the LORD, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins

and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
PSALM 103:1-6

 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
(Romans 8:28)

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 6:33

Some pictures :
 Our dog Neila!
Pretty View we had on our picnic date!
 Beautiful sunrise :o)
 Kalen and I at a conference in Downtown Houston
 First time to ever go inside the Galleria!
 Huge flag in the Galleria, God Bless America!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ!

       lately I have been thinking about the majesty, dominion and authority of Christ. The fact that only because of Christ do we have access to our Heavenly Father is SO amazing to me and has really opened my eyes to a gratefulnesss that I've never known before. Jesus literally took the WRATH of God upon Himself that we may live in freedom and have the ABILITY to have a relationship with God.

Only because of Jesus. Only because of Him. Only because what He did for us, dieing on that cross... He died in my place.

In my prayers lately, instead of going straight to God with all of my concerns, needs and wants, I have been coming to Him in the acknowledgement that Jesus made a way for me to come to Him.It's easy to come to God with a feeling that "I have a right", but that is very prideful & not true. I don't know if that makes sense, but the fact is, it's revolutionizing my prayer life! I'm not just coming to God with a bunch of needs, I'm now coming to God in extreme gratefulness that I can even speak to Him first, because of Jesus! And I feel very happy about that.

Here is a video that I watched a few weeks back with Kalen. There is part where Jesus is on the cross bearing the wrath of God, protecting and saving a young man from the wrath deserved for him. Let this image seep into your heart, and help you understand that Jesus TOOK YOUR PLACE. And when Christ's blood is being poured out, and sprinkling on the young man, Imagine yourself in the place of the young man, being cleansed and purified by the death of Christ from your sins, and be filled with the awesome knowledge of our Savior, Jesus-
"who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."
(1 Timothy 2:4 ESV)