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God Bound http://godbound.com/blog Wrapped by God, there is only one direction. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 06:20:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.9 God’s Grace http://godbound.com/blog/2013/11/gods-grace/ http://godbound.com/blog/2013/11/gods-grace/#respond Fri, 29 Nov 2013 06:20:26 +0000 http://godbound.com/blog/?p=51 In our house, my wife is grace. I lean more to the “truth” side of things. I’ve heard it quite a few times that Truth without Grace is like surgery without anesthesia. Truth is easy for me though. I am pretty much the same at work, at home, at church… pretty much where ever I [...]]]> In our house, my wife is grace. I lean more to the “truth” side of things. I’ve heard it quite a few times that Truth without Grace is like surgery without anesthesia. Truth is easy for me though. I am pretty much the same at work, at home, at church… pretty much where ever I go. I am not emotionally driven but I analyze… pretty much everything. Many times I will ask people questions that I already know the answer to, just to see how they will answer them. It can actually become neurotic at times. I can walk away from an event or situation and for hours I will take the experience apart and play it back differently trying to figure out different outcomes and how it could have been different if this or that changed.

Grace on the other hand… that does not come as easy to me. I wouldn’t say that I hold a grudge (even though I can, and do, I just won’t say it) but I can certainly remember the facts of how something happen. How they either did something against me, or did not treat me as I thought I should be treated.

I’m thankful that my God is not like that. He gives grace. He gives grace to the point that He died for me, knowing every sin I would commit, knowing every time I would turn my back on Him, He loved me right where I was and He gave me grace.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8-9

I am working on being less truth and more grace, but I also know that I am the way I am, because He created me that way. I don’t go around asking “What Would Jesus Do”. I don’t know the mind of my God. However, I do my best to be quiet and just see what God can do through me. When I try to do things on my own I screw them up more times than not, but when I can step aside and give the glory to God, His grace comes through and I can see amazing things happen.

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Who do you do it for? http://godbound.com/blog/2012/04/who-do-you-do-it-for/ http://godbound.com/blog/2012/04/who-do-you-do-it-for/#respond Sun, 22 Apr 2012 14:31:12 +0000 http://godbound.com/blog/2012/04/who-do-you-do-it-for/ As I have said before, the bible states…

For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her (Ephesians 5:25 NLT)

Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to [...]]]> As I have said before, the bible states…

For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her (Ephesians 5:25 NLT)

Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28 NLT)

This can be difficult at times. We as men like to be recognized for what we do. When we put away the dishes, load the dishwasher, mow the grass, we want to be patted on the back and recognized for what we do. Sometimes the things we do don’t get recognized. Sometimes they do get recognized, but as we keep doing them, they become expected and we don’t get that appreciation that we look for.

I had to get past that. I had to change my focus. I had to learn to serve for the sake of serving, not doing it for what I would get in return. It was only then that Jesus taught me how to do this. Now I serve my wife because Christ asked me to. He has charged me with that as her husband. I am never without rewards and blessings from Jesus. He sees all that I do and my service to Him never goes without reward. If my wife never recognizes what I have done, I know that my God sees all and rewards even more. In this I have learned how to die to self. How to let my wife’s needs come before my own wants, and in turn, how to let God love my wife through me. It has taught me what true love is. While I may do this for my wife, I also do this for my Lord, and He never fails to reward me.

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The Company We Keep http://godbound.com/blog/2011/10/the-company-we-keep/ http://godbound.com/blog/2011/10/the-company-we-keep/#respond Wed, 26 Oct 2011 15:30:38 +0000 http://godbound.com/blog/?p=44 In 43 years, I have seen many changes in my life. Mostly, changes in myself.

I can remember when I was rebellious, self centered, egotistical, wicked, and down right evil. Am I being harsh when I say that I was evil? Maybe, but I don’t know. Webster describes evil as “Morally reprehensible: sinful, [...]]]> In 43 years, I have seen many changes in my life. Mostly, changes in myself.

I can remember when I was rebellious, self centered, egotistical, wicked, and down right evil. Am I being harsh when I say that I was evil? Maybe, but I don’t know. Webster describes evil as “Morally reprehensible: sinful, wicked” and “arising from actual or imputed bad character or conduct”. I cared for nothing but myself and my own pleasures. I “played” the good role when it suited me, and made it easier when I was around the right people. When left to my own devices, I flirted, I lied, and I did what it took to get my way and to enjoy life. I dated with the thoughts of conquest, not with my future or the feelings of the person I was dating. My walk was mine alone. I lived my life, from day to day, on how it suited me best. I hurt people along the way. I used people along the way.

I have since repented of those sins. I have turned away from the person I used to be. I did not, and do not have the power to do this myself. I rely on Jesus to give me the strength do this. Daily I work to die to self and let God fill me and flow through me. As I look back on who I was, I realize something that I feel is very important, and it helps me to be who I am today. When I was at my worst, I realize now that I was around people that were just like me. I was the company I kept.

Psalm 1:1 states

1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.

I have to be mindful of the company I keep. This company now includes Christ as well as the people I spend time with on a daily basis. Are the people you spend your time with, walking in the direction you should be going? Are you taking council from people that have the same direction? Let this be your thought for today and take an inventory of the people you let influence your own walk.

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How often to we hear our wives? http://godbound.com/blog/2011/09/how-often-to-we-hear-our-wives/ http://godbound.com/blog/2011/09/how-often-to-we-hear-our-wives/#respond Fri, 09 Sep 2011 18:29:28 +0000 http://godbound.com/blog/?p=41 I sometimes wonder how often we husbands hear our wives, and how often we listen to them. Believe it or not, these are not the same things. How often to we just hear them talking and nod our heads or say, “yes dear”. How often are we absorbed in what we are doing, consumed in [...]]]> I sometimes wonder how often we husbands hear our wives, and how often we listen to them. Believe it or not, these are not the same things. How often to we just hear them talking and nod our heads or say, “yes dear”. How often are we absorbed in what we are doing, consumed in where our focus is, and miss listening to our wives and instead we just hear them. In John 4:7-10

7 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” 8 He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. 9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” 10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

Here Jesus not only hears the woman, but listens to her. He saw that she did not come to the well with the other women. He saw that she came in the heat of the day when she knew no others would be at the well. He listens to what her heart is crying out for. He takes the time to listen to not only the words she speaks but understands what she is really asking for.

I don’t claim that we men can listen and know what is on the heart of our wives all the time, but I do believe if we take the time to know our wives, we can learn them. I try to listen to my wife. I don’t just listen to her words, but I listen to her tone, her body language, and the pauses she makes while she is processing what is going on in her head before she can speak it. There are times I know what is going on before she does. Before she has had time to process the emotional side and get to the root of the issue. Sometimes I will offer up what I feel is going on, and sometimes I just give her time to process it all. I don’t have to prove to her that I know what she is thinking, but being aware helps me to prepare for when she is able to talk to me about it. In Mark 10:46-52 we see…

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” 52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Now, of course Jesus could see that the man was blind, it would be difficult not to, but Jesus asked the man “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus let Bartimaeus ask for what he needed.

I don’t have to “fix” every problem my wife has. I don’t have to tell her what her thoughts are or tell her what to do. However, I can help her to understand what she is feeling and dealing with. I can support her and give her my own perspective about the situation that she is upset about. I can speak truth to her, love her and care for her. I can take the time to stop what I am doing and “listen” to her. I can give her security in knowing that I will not judge her and I will always be there for her and that I will do my best to understand what she is telling me. Deeper than just the words, but to understand what is there that she can’t communicate.

It takes time, it takes forever, but each moment we spend with our focus and attention on our wives, is one moment closer to being able to be what God intended husbands to be.

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How to love your wife, like Christ loved the church. (Part 6 final) http://godbound.com/blog/2011/08/how-to-love-your-wife-like-christ-loved-the-church-part-6-final/ http://godbound.com/blog/2011/08/how-to-love-your-wife-like-christ-loved-the-church-part-6-final/#respond Sun, 28 Aug 2011 12:03:15 +0000 http://godbound.com/blog/?p=14 Continuing with Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

How else did Christ show His love for the church? Jesus died for the church. Christ came to die for us all. Only through His death could Jesus become the perfect sin sacrifice. In John 19:30 it [...]]]> Continuing with Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

How else did Christ show His love for the church? Jesus died for the church. Christ came to die for us all. Only through His death could Jesus become the perfect sin sacrifice. In John 19:30 it states,

When Jesus had tasted it, He said, “It is finished!” Then He bowed His head and released His Spirit.

When Christ died and release His spirit, He became the perfect sacrifice. He came to be that perfect sacrifice that paid all our sin debt.

Now, how do we use this to love our wives as Christ loves the church? If I asked you “Do you love your wife”, most husbands would say yes. If I asked you “Would you die for your wife”, again, most husbands would say yes. We are brought up to be the protectors of our family. We envision someone breaking into our home with a gun and we would step in front of them to give our life to protect our family. My next question would probably confuse most men though… “How many times would you die for your wife?” To die is to give up everything. To give up that new boat you want, to give up the remote to the TV, to give up your time to take out the garbage or help in the kitchen. To give up the newspaper and spend time with your wife. To give up your attention to the sports so that your wife can have your attention. To give up serving yourself so that you can serve your wife. It’s a hard thing to wrap your head around at times, but Jesus did it for the church and he commands us to do it for our wives.

Our natural response is if I am giving up everything to serve, how will I get anywhere? Christ answers this in Matthew 16:25

If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it

Men, the simple way to look at this, and I know it from experience… If you love your wife enough to die to self and serve her, she will want you to have and do the things you love to do. If I spend a rainy day serving my wife, she will ask me to go fishing on a sunny day.  When you love your wife as Christ loves the church, you bring the blessings of God on your whole family. You are leading as Christ would have you lead. You are ministering to your wife that you can be trusted with her submission. By doing as God commands, you are growing closer to Him.

  1. Serve your wife. That you will bless your family.
  2. Minister to your wife. Keep God in the center of your relationship.
  3. Lead your wife. Take the role Christ has charged you with.
  4. Pray for and with your wife. It will encourage her and strengthen her.
  5. Pay attention to your wife. You will learn much about her.
  6. Die for your wife. That you will come closer to God.

 

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How to love your wife, like Christ loved the church. (part 5) http://godbound.com/blog/2011/08/how-to-love-your-wife-like-christ-loved-the-church-part-5/ http://godbound.com/blog/2011/08/how-to-love-your-wife-like-christ-loved-the-church-part-5/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2011 13:42:21 +0000 http://godbound.com/blog/?p=24 Continuing with Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

Jesus spent time with the church. We see Him constantly with the masses. How could He have come to “serve” if He was not with the people? In Matthew 14:13-21

  As soon as Jesus heard the news, [...]]]> Continuing with Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

Jesus spent time with the church. We see Him constantly with the masses. How could He have come to “serve” if He was not with the people? In Matthew 14:13-21

  As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns. 14 Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered.“Bring them here,” he said.  Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people.  They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers.  About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children!

Jesus had to be with the people to know their needs and to minister to them. He gave them His attention and listened to them. In Mark 10:51

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “My rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”

Jesus asked Bartimaeus what he needed before He blessed him. Jesus gave attention to the church and asked their needs before He met their needs. Just as we need to do with our wives. They need our attention and we must give them our attention in order to know their needs. Once we know the needs of our wives, we can then serve them.

 

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How to love your wife, like Christ loved the church. (part 4) http://godbound.com/blog/2011/08/how-to-love-your-wife-like-christ-loved-the-church-part-4/ http://godbound.com/blog/2011/08/how-to-love-your-wife-like-christ-loved-the-church-part-4/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2011 20:27:14 +0000 http://godbound.com/blog/?p=22 Continuing with Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

Pray for your wives and pray WITH your wives. Is your wife on fire for God? Pray over her and with her and she will be on fire for you too. Are there things in your marriage that you [...]]]> Continuing with Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

Pray for your wives and pray WITH your wives. Is your wife on fire for God? Pray over her and with her and she will be on fire for you too. Are there things in your marriage that you are having difficulty with? Take it to God. Give voice to what troubles you. I can assure you He already knows, you will not surprise Him with your requests or your concerns. He is just waiting for you to humble yourself before Him. If Jesus were to fix everything before you asked him for it, how could you know to thank and praise Him for it? If all things were given to us before we asked for them, how long until we give ourselves credit for what we have obtained, instead of praising and thanking God for what He has blessed us with? Jesus even prayed to the Father. Luke 6:12 states…

One day soon afterward, Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and He prayed to God all night.

Jesus took the time to pray, and He prayed often. The bible shows how Jesus went before us to show us the way. He did it before He asked us to, and in 1Thessalonians 5:17 He tells us to

Never stop praying

So in closing today, when you get in the Word to study what God has for you today, remember to pray and ask for guidance before you study, and afterwards remember to thank Him for the many blessings He has given you, including your wife!

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How to love your wife, like Christ loved the church. (part 3) http://godbound.com/blog/2011/08/how-to-love-your-wife-like-christ-loved-the-church-part-3/ http://godbound.com/blog/2011/08/how-to-love-your-wife-like-christ-loved-the-church-part-3/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2011 11:26:47 +0000 http://godbound.com/blog/?p=20 Continuing with Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

We as husbands are to be the leaders of our families. This is stated in Ephesians 5:23

For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church…

In this we [...]]]> Continuing with Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

We as husbands are to be the leaders of our families. This is stated in Ephesians 5:23

For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church…

In this we must lead our family. This means taking charge of the family attending church, the finances, upkeep of the home and the decisions in day to day living. It is time for the men and husbands to step up and make some decisions. When your wife comes to you and asks what should be done about something, make a choice. How can you expect your wife to  submit to her husband if he just sits on the couch, watching TV or is never home to submit to?

Going out on a date night with your wife? Don’t expect her to plan it all out. Don’t get into the “where do you wanna go”, “I don’t know, where do you want to go?” loop… step up and decide where you are going to take her. Don’t wait for her to ask to go out, just tell her she needs to make herself available on a certain date, at a certain time and make arrangements for the kids (if you have any). You don’t even have to tell her what you are doing or where you are going (you will need to tell her enough so she knows what to wear… ask me how I know). I can tell you from experience, your wife does not have to know everything if she has learned that she can trust your leadership. Want your wife to submit to your leadership? Then you have to become a leader.

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How to love your wife, like Christ loved the church. (part 2) http://godbound.com/blog/2011/08/how-to-love-your-wife-like-christ-loved-the-church-part-2/ http://godbound.com/blog/2011/08/how-to-love-your-wife-like-christ-loved-the-church-part-2/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2011 10:46:59 +0000 http://godbound.com/blog/?p=18 Continuing with Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

Christ was a minister to the church and as husbands we are to be the spiritual leader of our wives. We find this in the next verse Ephesians 5:26

to make her holy and clean, washed by [...]]]> Continuing with Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

Christ was a minister to the church and as husbands we are to be the spiritual leader of our wives. We find this in the next verse Ephesians 5:26

to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.

We as husbands are charged with being the head of the house and minister to the family. In order to minister, we must know the Word. In order to know the Word, we must be in the Word. We must spend time studying the Bible, surrounding ourselves with followers of Christ, and living our lives according to God’s living Word. Jesus did all these things as He set the example for us.

Jesus knew the Word. Matthew 4:10

“Get out of here Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only Him.'”

Jesus could not quote the scriptures if He did not know them. Jesus surrounded Himself with twelve disciples who were literally, followers of Christ. He also lived His life as God had set forth. In doing so, Jesus fulfilled prophecies that were set in writing hundreds of years before His birth. Get yourself and your life right with God. Pray over your family. Get yourself and your family in church. Instead of yelling at your wife when you feel she has done you wrong, use it as a life lesson and explain how God says it could have been done better.

In order to do these things though, you have to know God and His word.

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How to love your wife, like Christ loved the church. http://godbound.com/blog/2011/08/how-to-love-your-wife-like-christ-loved-the-church/ http://godbound.com/blog/2011/08/how-to-love-your-wife-like-christ-loved-the-church/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2011 15:26:03 +0000 http://godbound.com/blog/?p=7 Most of us, as men, know and understand Ephesians 5: 22-24

22Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to [...]]]> Most of us, as men, know and understand Ephesians 5: 22-24

22Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

To me, this has always been easy to understand. Wifes are to submit to their husbands and to their authority. Some men seem to either stop here or just don’t understand the next verse,

25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

For a while this verse was confusing to me. It just didn’t seem quite as simple to understand. As I could not get a grasp on this, it was difficult to put into action. Let’s break this down and see just “how” Christ loved the church.

First, Christ did not come demanding to be served. Instead he came to serve and to love. Philippians 2:7 states,

But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.

Christ took the form of man in body, and He took form of a servant in heart. Christ was a servant to all that He came across and ministered to. He washed the feet of his disciples in John 13: 1-17. He healed those that came to Him with faith. Jesus healed those that were brought to Him by people who had faith. Christ healed the blind, raised the dead, cured the sick and cast out demons. All these acts and miracles were done as a servant. Jesus did not do this to glorify Himself but His Father. In Mark 10:52, Jesus told Bartimaeus

And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.

As Jesus served the church, so we husbands should serve our wives. Minister to them, lead them, love them, and yes… serve them. We do not wait for our wives to submit to us before we love them. Where would we be if Christ had waited for us to submit to Him before he loved us? How long did Christ love you before you ever submitted to Him? Love your wife first. Love her like Christ loves the church. Be her minister, be her leader and serve her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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