Saturday, February 1, 2014
"On Fire": VIDEO OF THE DAY: Are You Allowing Yourself to Be MADE?
The Holy Spirit and I penned a devotional based on the following Scripture:
"Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, 'The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously'? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: 'God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.'"---James 4:1-6(NKJV)
Specifically, what it means to "pray amiss":
Amiss: out of the right or proper course, order, or condition; improperly; wrongly; astray
Y'all know the Garden of Eden, *by far*, is my favorite place in the Bible; including this part:
"And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man."---Genesis 2:21-22(NKJV)
A rib. Some of y'all might remember from my Facebook days that I shared something the Spirit (John 4:24) once said to me:
"*Of course* a lot of single men are uncomfortable. You would be too if you were missing a rib." (The Lord is so practical. And awesome.)
And here's the thing about a rib. It's meant to provide strength and support and also to protect vital organs. As the Woman was made to help her husband, she was taken from the very spot where Adam needed support in order to live---comfortably and well.
I also shared the fact that I adored how we never knew which rib that God took out of Adam. To me this represents that different wives help to protect different parts of her husband.
The heart. (Emotions)
The liver. (Detox area)
The lungs. (Life source)
OK but let me stay focused...
There are so many single women who "pray amiss" for their husbands. In other words, they are praying out of order when it comes to him and God is the God of order (I Corinthians 14:40). God does not desire to give you the man you are designed (DESIGNED) to help to strengthen, support and protect, especially in his most vulnerable places, until you are *made into that kind of woman*. And a big part of that is being *made into a whole single woman*(James 1:4).
To that, in walks Maya Penn. A 13-year-old entrepreneur who should cause *all of us* to ask ourselves if we are really making the most of our calling, gifts (Romans 11:29), talents (Matthew 25:14-30) *and time* (James 4:14).
Is praying for our future husbands wrong? *Absolutely not*. In fact, I posted a list of different things to pray for when it comes to "him" earlier this week. However, should that come before seeking (Matthew 7:7-8) the Father about if we are doing what we need to become the kind of woman who will be his best "rib fit"? Absolutely not.
So, I encourage you to take out eight minutes or so and watch this TED Talks video featuring Maya and then go to God for divine wisdom (James 1:5) on if you are doing the best (and most) with what you have. For all you know, the "hold up" on your husband is simply that you are still being made...and in order for that to happen, you need to be more actively responsible with your life:
"Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life."---Galatians 6:4-5(Message)
I salute you Miss Maya. Even at 13, you are showing girls and woman what it means to live a truly inspiring single life! What you are being *made* to be is...absolutely amazing to watch. Keep us posted.