Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"On Fire": Does 'He' INSPIRE You?



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"Let everything you do be done in love (true love to God and man as inspired by God’s love for us)."---I Corinthians 16:34(AMP)

Earlier this week...

I was talking to someone about a dilemma that there are in concerning an engaged couple that has *more than a little bit of drama* between them but are *hell bent* (no pun intended...um...I think) on getting married. As I thought about all that the person shared with me about the two individual's journey, it was...revelatory, the sentence that came to my spirit:

"If the person is not inspiring you to be better than you were before them, then they are not God's best for you."

Inspire: to exert a stimulating or beneficial effect upon (a person); animate or invigorate; to arouse (with a particular emotion or to a particular action); stir; to prompt or instigate; give rise to; to guide or arouse by divine influence or inspiration

Invigorate: to give vigor to; fill with life and energy; energize

Yeah. Sometimes I'm not sure if we realize that if we're not in the kind of relationship that stimulates us (first and foremost and especially) spiritually; if we're not in the kind of relationship that God deems as being beneficial to our mind, body and spirit;  if we're not in the kind of relationship that will fill us with life and energy; if we're not in the kind of relationship that stirs us and prompts us to (catch it) be guided and aroused by the influence of God, Christ and the Holy Spirit, then while we might be in "something", while we might be in something that we "feel" might be good (and remember that Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that the heart can be deceitful), we're not in God's best for us.

Not just that but...

Remember that John 10:10(NKJV) tells us "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

OK...now let's put that together with this...

"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband."---Ephesians 5:25-33(NKJV)

Christ came to give the Church abundant life. Yes, he came to inspire us.

The Word instructs husbands to love their lives *as Christ loved the Church*. This means that a godly husband is going to bring abundant life into his wife's life. He also is going to inspire her as well.

So, if you're already in a situation that is *draining* you (and by that, I mean not only that it may be full of drama but it is pulling your further from God rather than closer to him), that is something to *really pray about* because that's not God's intent for you. A good man's influence should encourage you to wake up every morning and be *thrilled* about your God, your purpose and becoming a better person. *Consistently so*.

It's a simple message but it's a clear standard for all of God's daughters' relationships.

If "he's" right, if he's *really and truly right*...the relationship should INSPIRE you.

Luxuriant,

SRW

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