Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Marriage to GOD.

Today is was thinking about GOD and His love. I then started thinking about marriage and how we honor our marriages. Then I remembered that GOD always uses marriage when talking about His love for us and Christ's relationship with the church.

I think when we commit to GOD, we need to commit like a marriage covenant with His. You know the vows right? Make them to GOD. You married? Have your spouse make them to GOD as well.

To have and to hold. This means daily having and holding. For a relationship with GOD this means to study Him, to pray to Him, to consistently get to know.

For better and for worse. This means to literally stay in GOD's will, in His love no matter what! Doesn't matter who gets sick, who leaves, who dies. You remain by GOD's side, never letting go of His hand.

For richer and for poorer. You are now vowing to GOD to stay by His side, doing His will, living for Him regardless to what blessings He bestows upon you. You are saying GOD doesn't matter if I'm a millionaire or a homeless person, I will remain faithful and committed to You Lord. If you go into ministry, you don't care if you have a mega church or a church of 10; as long as you doing GOD's will. GOD I will worship you regardless to my financial circumstances.

In sickness and in health. You are vowing to worship and praise GOD no matter how you feel. You can be at 100% in health and worship GOD or you can be on your death bed and you will still worship GOD. You are telling GOD, I will worship regardless to my physical circumstances.

To love and to cherish. This is major! To love and to cherish GOD is what makes you want to change your life. When you love Him, you are more than willing to obey His commandments and His decrees. When you are cherishing GOD, you are showing that you appreciate Him, and when you appreciate Him and what He does, you reflect that in your behavior.

Until death do us part. Now this is the tricky line because when you have truly committed to GOD and have received salvation from Him, there is only the physical death but you will have spiritual life with Him.  When you give yourself to GOD, nothing can separate you from Him not even death.

These are the vows I undertook when I married my husband and these are the same vows I undertake with GOD. I encourage you to take them with me. 

God's Love and Peace to you!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Tithes & Your Pastor

I've noticed that many people who sit in church every Sunday have a problem with (a) tithing and (b) their pastor's living being paid for by the church. I know this because at one point I was one of those people. I thought that if a pastor preached, that it was his choice. So why should my tithes pay for his lifestyle. Then I got under a certain leader, my current leader, and I was able to see her on a more regular basis so I am able to see all the work that goes into being our leader and I knew that her being provided for through our tithes was more than fair. 

Then I've been reading lately and I come across 1 Corinthians chapter 9. In my opinion its the chapter that completely discusses the fact that its a pastor's 'right' to be provided for from the gospel that he/she preaches. Paul also states that he does not assert this right. It would probably take away from the gospel to assert this right, so he focuses on the preaching the gospel. Paul takes this from Leviticus 6:16,26 where God tells the people of Israel that Aaron & his sons (the priests of the tribe of Levi) had the right to partake in what was left over after the offerings.

This is to remind people to remember to tithe. Many of your blessings are dependent on your obedience to faithfully tithing. Do not worry or ask about where your money is going for it is not of your concern. What is of your concern is that you are obedient to God's Word. 

Your pastor is someone who prepares regularly, throughout the week. Its not an one night crash session to be ready, they are prepping all week and receiving instruction from God all week. Believe it or not, them preaching to you, sometimes takes a lot of of them. Because your pastor is being used and when being used it takes a lot of energy. So thank God that you have a leader who wants to be used to bring the gospel to you from Him and that they are obedient to Him.

Go pray for your leader and tell them thank you!

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