Can you say this?

Posted: June 23, 2017 in "Potent Quotables"

For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.
2 Corinthians 1:12 NASB


Posted: June 20, 2017 in "Potent Quotables"

From an article by Deny Burke

The interview above reveals an attempt to sanctify promiscuity by calling it marriage. Nevertheless, marriage is not an infinitely elastic institution that can be reshaped and redefined according to individual tastes. It is not something that can be customized to include unfaithfulness and adultery within its purview. Marriage is the covenantal, conjugal union of one man and one woman for life. Any arrangement outside of that divinely ordained structure will eventually lead to frustration and pain. We cannot alter the nature of marriage, though some are certainly trying. And they do so to their own hurt.

Your adornment must not be merely external-braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.
1 Peter 3:3‭-‬4 NASB

Peter is not railing against dressing well. He is against those who would seek to adorn themselves exclusively with external things for appearance same without reference to the heart. Proper adornment, adornment which is precious to God, addresses the heart. This is the woman who tends to her heart, seeking to cultivate a quiet and gentle spirit before the Lord and men. 

This is antithetical to the spirit of the world among women today. Women of the world today are neither quiet nor gentle. And this is often portrayed as liberating for women. An outspoken and harsh spirit among women is precious in the sight of the world. Moreover, their adornment is almost exclusively focused on physical appearance to be noticed by others, to somehow find a sense of worth in whether or not they are appraised as “beautiful”.  A review of the daily/hour by hour selfie documentary of your Facebook/Instagram neighbors feed will show this. The irony is that no matter how diligently one cultivates their physical appearance, it will fade and there will probably always be someone “better looking” to compete with. Conversely, the spirit of man endures.  Thus the Christian woman is here exhorted to more diligently tend to that which pleases God of primary importance and that which is eternal, namely the heart.

This proper adornment, of a quiet and gentle spirit, is foundational to the “chaste and respectful” behavior of a believing wife which the Lord is able to use as a testimony of His grace to her unbelieving spouse. In principle it is foundational for the spiritual development of all “holy women who hope in God” as Peter will go on to say. By implication, if you desire to be a “daughter” of such holy women, one who seeks to do what is “precious” to God, you will pursue the same.  

If you want to dress well ladies, dress your heart in humility and gentleness before the Lord and men. That is truly beautiful to Him and will be to any godly man. It is ok to wear nice clothing but if you want to impress, impress your husband at home. And if you are not married, save it for him and not the world. If you want to send a selfie, let it be a picture of your heart with the HD resolution of chaste and respectful behavior.

See also 1 Timothy 2:9-10

Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness.

The testimony of submission

Posted: June 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior.

The mystery of the effect of a godly wife in the life of an unbeliever. Peter says that the submission of a wife in such cases, her “chaste and respectful behavior”, could be instrumental in “winning” him to the Lord.  He does not say that they will be won because it is not up to us to save, it is the Lord who wills and saves. Nevertheless, her behavior can be an instrument in the Lord’s hands in bringing him to faith. Chaste and respectful, submission as opposed to disrespectful, harsh, nagging or critical behavior. A demanding and unloving wife is not only dishonoring to the Lord who bought her, it could also likely seal the fate of her unbelieving spouse.

At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
Isaiah 26:9 NASB

O King of the Nations

Posted: June 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

There is none like You, O Lord ; You are great, and great is Your name in might. Who would not fear You, O King of the nations? Indeed it is Your due! For among all the wise men of the nations And in all their kingdoms, There is none like You.
Jeremiah 10:6‭-‬7 NASB

The conclusion…

Posted: June 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.
Ecclesiastes 12:13‭-‬14 NASB

To the young

Posted: June 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things. So, remove grief and anger from your heart and put away pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting.
Ecclesiastes 11:9‭-‬10 NASB

Evil and full of insanity

Posted: June 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that there is one fate for all men. Furthermore, the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil and insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives. Afterwards they go to the dead.
Ecclesiastes 9:3 NASB


Posted: June 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices.”
Ecclesiastes 7:29 NASB