May 7, 2018
I was asked in an email if I will be continuing the daily OHA blog over the time we are traveling and the answer is of course! Now, if I don't have internet (which I should) on any days, it will be up as soon as I do. I cannot go without reading the Word and spending time with my Lord each day!
Sandi is caring for the church along with the other leaders. Sandi is also caring for our home and dogs so all is taken care of here. Bless her all you can! She is doing a mission trip to Bolivia in October so that would be a great way to send blessings her way :)!
Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 CSB
Our Lord Yeshua stepped in on the divorce issue (see Matthew 19, starting in verse 1) and said the only reason to divorce was for sexual immorality. I do add one to that – if there is physical abuse. How can I do that? If a man loves his wife like Messiah loves the church he will do everything to protect her and not harm her. Lord Yeshua said, “Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.” Matthew 19:8 I would never equate myself with Moses but as your overseer, I permit a woman to leave if she is beaten by her husband. Ladies, if you are being beaten, get out! 25% die from beatings from spousal abuse! Children that are abused have a high statistical percentage of becoming abusers themselves. This is not the plan of our God for you!
I love that the husband stayed home from war with the wife for their first year of marriage “so that he can bring joy to the wife he has married.”
The Lord always cares for His people and it is expected that we absolutely do the same!
Song of Solomon 4
We are beautiful in our Lord’s sight without imperfection. He made us, He should know! He passionately loves His people!
1 Timothy 5
Families are supposed to care for their widowed mother as long as she lives for the Lord. To stay in right standing, widows are only to marry those who wholeheartedly serve the Lord so the widow not be taken out by satan. The world thinks preachers should be poor but the Lord does not! Good works and sins that are hidden will all be known.
Meditation: My God loves me with all of His heart and there is nothing anyone can do about it. I am my Beloveds and He is mine and His banner over me is love! God gives great wisdom about marriage, elders, the poor and all people whom He loves. If it were listened to there would be many fewer difficulties.
Application: Love the Lord with all of my being and others as the Lord loves me.