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Let’s face it, we all sin. We may all sin differently but we all sin. The only real power sin has over a Christian is the shame that causes us to try to hide it, to keep it a secret. Sin only has power over us when we keep it in the dark. Sin loves the dark. We need to do something about…
Date a guy who aims to be a Job 29 Man. Do you know the characteristics of a Job 29 Man? Well.. Let me tell you.
He is the kind of guy who would rather stay at home reading his bible on a Friday night and spending time with God worshiping Him than to be out partying with a group of friends on a Friday night.
He is the kind of guy who constantly longs for God’s presence and who walks closely with Him. He desires for his heart to be transformed into His. Even if life gets tough, he knows that The Mighty One is holding his every moment and nothing seemed to be too difficult for him.
He is also a genuine follower of Christ. He knows that in order to be a great leader, he needs to learn how to be a genuine follower. Don’t be surprise if this guy is well respected and everyone greets him & honors him. That’s because whenever he speaks, he speaks with love and grace. And when he walks, he walks with confidence and boldness Just like King David, he knows that his identity isn’t based on his height or stature, but on Christ alone.
With that said, he is also very passionate about Jesus and His Gospel. You’ll know that he is because he will find a way to always help other people. He will help that blind lady cross the street and become her eyes, or even help that lame old man to stand up and be his feet. He will also stand up for those who are being mocked and persecuted. Even if it means him getting hurt, he will not fight back just like how Jesus did not fight back when He was being brutally tortured and beaten to death. That’s when you’ll know he is a solid follower of Christ.
Also don’t forget, if ever you get to sit next to him during worship, watch and observe him how he worships God. . I’m talking about eyes closed, hands raised or perhaps you’ll see him open His bible and even read and then next thing you know, he’s on his knees crying. It’s contagious! So you want to make sure you sit next to him during worship coz man, He knows how to worship Jesus with such reverence and awe
One of the coolest things about a Job 29 Man is that he knows that he’s not perfect. He acknowledges his flaws and mistakes. But that doesn’t bother him because he knows that he is constantly being renewed everyday by His perfect Savior Christ. So it’s normal for him to be prideful sometimes, but whenever that happens, he immediately repents and turns his eyes to God.
Another thing about a Job 29 Man is that unlike any other guys, he has made a covenant with his eyes to not look at any woman lustfully. He knows that your beauty is far more than what you look like on the outside, it’s about letting Jesus shine from the inside. So for him, what matters is your heart, not any of your body ‘parts’
So Ladies, If you end up dating this kind of guy, a Job 29 Man, consider yourself blessed because you know God gave him to you. The LORD has specifically hand picked him just for you and prepared the both of you for each other. He’s not the kind of guy who jumps from one girl to the other. No, he is patient and he waits upon the LORD and His perfect timing. He embraces Matthew 6:33 ‘to seek Him first and His kingdom and let the other things be given at the right time’
So Ladies, if you’re single and not married and you have the desire to be married one day, this is probably the right time to for you to pray for your Job 29 Man. Why? Because this man is going to be the man who will love you, lead you, help you, defend you, cherish you, adore you, raise your future kids and teach them the way of Jesus.
So yeah, date a guy who has all these God-given characteristics. Someone who is a Job 29 Man. Or better yet,
.. marry a guy who loves Jesus.. period.
(via iwilltrustinyou)Source: markmuldez
Sometimes God raps gently at the door, but we don’t know it’s Him, so we ignore the disturbance. He whispers through the door, but His words fall on deaf ears.
A little later, He knocks again, a little louder.
“Go away— I’m busy,” we can be heard saying as we tend to our usual routine.
The knocks keep coming, but the door is never opened. His voice grows louder, but we run from the message.
He beats on the door even harder and more frequently. His presence is known, but we still turn our heads and ignore Him standing in the portal to our room. “Not now— I have other things and more important to tend to. Stop bothering me.”
God doesn’t leave, He is still watching, caring, loving. He doesn’t intrude because He knows it’s not time. The whole while, He wants to make sure we know He is there, but gives us time to recognize Him and realize that the knock is real and He is there… Waiting. He knows timing is everything.
The knocks increase and are not only known— they are felt, but still, we turn away.
Then, there is silence.
“Where did He go?” We wonder.
All is still.
Finally as sure as the candle lights the dark, the door is kicked open and there is no running from His presence, His power, His grace. He grabs our heart and fills it with His love for us, igniting the fire in our souls that can never be extinguished. We become one with God.
God knows when we are ready.
Timing is everything.
FROM THIS DAY FORWARD—2
- 1. SEEK GOD
- 2. FIGHT FAIR
- 3. HAVE FUN
- 4. STAY PURE
- 5. NEVER GIVE UP
… Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.James 1:19-20
GOD’S RULES FOR FIGHTING FAIR
- STOP TO LISTEN CAREFULLY.
…Everyone should be quick to listen…
A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
- GUARD YOUR WORDS FAITHFULLY.
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak…
Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.
Proverbs 21:23 NLT
- Never call names.
- Never raise your voice.
- Never get historical.
- Never say never or always.
- Never threaten divorce.
- Never quote your pastor during a fight.
- HANDLE YOUR ANGER RIGHTEOUSLY.
… Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…
26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
FOUR SIGNS YOU AREN’T FIGHTING FAIR
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
TALK IT OVER
- How would you evaluate the way you fight? Do you typically fight fair or unfair?
- Which of the three rules to fighting fair found in James 1:19 do you practice and which do you not? Explain.
- What steps do you need to take in order to fight fair in all of your relationships?
Find resources that will help you learn to fight fair athttp://resources.lifechurch.tv including printable small group discussion guides for both married couples and singles for this message.