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Monday, July 28, 2008

Fear and Impatience

The Cafe is thrilled to welcome Carmen Schroeder of Women of the Word
Be sure to check out the Bible Study that Carmen is going to be doing beginning August 4th!
The Way of Cain, based on the life of Cain and Ezekiel 16:49

Today Carmen shares with us this devotional;
Bid the older women similarly to be reverent and devout in their deportment as becomes those engaged in sacred service, not slanderers or slaves to drink. They are to give good counsel and be teachers of what is right and noble, So that they will wisely train the young women to be sane and sober of mind (temperate, disciplined) and to love their husbands and their children, To be self-controlled, chaste, homemakers, good-natured (kindhearted), adapting and subordinating themselves to their husbands, that the word of God may not be exposed to reproach (blasphemed or discredited). ~ Titus 2:3-5 AMP

FEAR and IMPATIENCE are the two main inhibitors that keep us from a fulfilled life. FEAR holds us down while IMPATIENCE kicks us forward...FEAR causes the Believer to fall far behind while IMPATIENCE causes the same Believer to run ahead and out of the position and favor of God. These two are the antithesis of DISCIPLINE and DEVOTION in our lives. Does that bring back memories of 2 Timothy 1:7?

Both words hail from the combined root word sozo - ‘to heal, deliver and make whole’ and phren - ‘the mind, feelings and understanding’.

2 Timothy 1:7 declares that our LORD has not given us a spirit of fear, but rather the Spirit of Power and Love which ‘MAKES a sound and whole mind’! Powerful wisdom for living!

Now, with that, comes the great responsibility and privilege of TEACHING and TRAINING the younger women of the church ‘making them of a sound mind’ through teaching them to love. Did you notice that the Teacher is a ‘teacher of good things’ both in word and deed? That is where we really learn, isn’t it - through both a woman’s LIPS as well as her LIVING? Here are FIVE beautiful ways to G.R.A.C.E. one another so that the Word of God is not blasphemed, our lives are fruitful, we are completely satisfied, and a lost and perishing world can’t help but notice the difference!

G - GROW in the grace and knowledge of the LORD Jesus Christ - 2 Peter 3:18

R - REMOVE THE OLD - Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 4:20-23;Colossians 3:8-9

A - ACCEPT THE NEW - Galatians 5:22-23

C- CONTINUE IN STEADFAST PRAYER for one another - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17; Philippians 1:18b-19; Acts 2:42

E - ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER to persevere and grow in the grace and knowledge of the LORD - Hebrews 10:24

Father God, You are the One Who is able to bring ORDER and LIGHT from the chaos and darkness in our lives. I thank You that You are faithful to do so and even now, Your Spirit is regenerating our lives
from the inside out. Baruch

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Blogger Denise said...

This is such an amazing post, blessings to you.

July 28, 2008 at 4:50 AM  
Blogger Carmen said...

thank you Denise! There is actually a revision of this article @ my site today that explains the 'two hooks' of discipline and devotion mentioned here...

blessings Sisters!

July 28, 2008 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger Darnelle said...

What an awesome word for a Monday morning! Preach Friend!
Welcome to the Cafe'!

July 28, 2008 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Amydeanne said...

I"m going to have to try and memorize the GRACE. Great post for this morning! ;)

July 28, 2008 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger windycindy said...

Hello, I enjoyed the way your used the word "GRACE!" Your post makes a lot of sense to me. Thanks for your insight and wisdom. Cindi

July 28, 2008 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Colored Heart said...

ive another way of writing my name...

thanks for the empowerment!!

July 29, 2008 at 5:41 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Hey Carmen,

This was just GREAT!! I will always remember this...

Shalom my sweet friend♥

July 29, 2008 at 9:59 PM  

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