I admit it, I’m a bible thumper. I enjoy being in church and when we travel I miss fellowship with those who are dear to my heart, my church family. I enjoy learning about the history of the gospel, the truth of God’s Word and the approach of which we should all be living out our lives if we are truly sheep of His flock. I am continually held accountable through conviction of my own sins and am blessed by the knowledge that I will never be perfected in Christ until my redemption through death.
I remember the day I sought out His will for my life and that of my unborn child. The day I wept in prayer seeking forgiveness for a life spent looking for happiness and “fun”. Oh, it has been a journey and sanctification can be long and sometimes difficult. Attending a world wide bible study with over 17 denominations, yes there are many, I learned about reading the bible and how to study scripture. I learned about how to be a wife and a mother as God intends, a friend, a servant and a daughter to an almighty sovereign Father. I learned about forgiveness and the blessings that follow and learned about the toll bitterness can take on one who does not seek it. I have been encouraged in times of trouble, I have been comforted in times of darkness, and I have listened hearing words spoken that I had not before understood. I remember feeling as Saul must have felt when the scales were removed from his eyes and he became a servant. I felt as if I had been blind and was finally seeing colors and shapes as they had never been seen. Things have over the years become clearer and the journey has not been easy. Taking me from being a nominal christian in the worship of several different denominational churches where my stirring heart to hear truth in a way I could not explain was not satisfied, to the community of which I call home. A community of like minded believers that see things as I see them. Where truth comes from God’s most holy word, through teaching that is scripturally sound and thoroughly studied. Christ has led this sinful mind, body and soul to a place of humbling grace surrounded with unconditional love and forgiveness. I praise God that I have been led out of darkness and into the light. I praise Him for His continued watchful eye over my family, grabbing hold the hearts of my husband and children so that generations will share in His kingdoms glory, serving Him together for an eternity.
As we sat in church this morning, I once again felt that society needs to hear truth. Truth spoken from a pulpit that does not focus on “bringing in the numbers” by pleasing the people, yet a pulpit that seeks to honor the Father on His day with truth from His own book. Do people really understand why we have the family platform we have? Do they understand that it was not a man made concept that just took off in tradition? How many people understand that the bible is the most widely read book in the world? What is taught on Sundays and any other day of the week for God’s faithful should not just be left at the door step of the building as they leave, it should be carried through out their week and taken seriously. Hell is real. Heaven is real! (And no, I do not watch movies that try to tell me it is, I know it because I read it in God’s spoken word in the scriptures and I feel it in my heart.) We live in a corrupt world of deception that tries to destroy families and what they stand for. We as believers in truth and followers of Christ need to stand up for what we believe in and teach our children to be strong in their faith, protecting the Word as God would have us. He will overcome!
Therefore, I am posting today’s message spoken from the pulpit. This is a subject dear to my heart as I teach my children about marriage, expectations in relationships and the honor and glory commitment is to our almighty sovereign God. To Him be the glory!
I pray that you are blessed by the message and that you will be given the ears to hear it as God intends. If you are a sinner seeking forgiveness, I pray that this gives you hope. If you are a parent, I pray that it gives you a clearer vision into the scriptures to teach your children.
Please read these first and then listen to the audio. (If you do not own a bible, please google the verses in ESV.)
Psalm 30:2-3, Proverbs 5:1-14, Ephesians 5:22-33 and Exodus 20:14
(Courtesy of CRBC.us, and with permission to post.)