The heart of Christ is important in the home. Christ loved the church and gave His life for it. It is His bride and His body. He nourishes and cherishes the church.
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The husband is to love and cherish His wife which means there are no others that will come before her outside of the Lord. The wife is to love the husband and reverence Him as the head of the home.
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He is the spiritual leader of the home and should be respected as such. There should be nobody before him save the Lord Himself.
In marriage the physical relationship is pure and undefiled. It is a sweet reward to the husband and wife who are true to each other. But any physical relationship outside of the bonds of marriage is corrupt and defiled. It does not have the approval of God and abides under the condemnation and the judgment of God. The marriage is to be a picture of Christ and His bride.
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When it is impure and unholy as it is with fornicators, whoremongers, harlots, adulterers, and adulteresses it dishonors the picture. God said he would judge His children if they continue in this ungodly act of having physical relationships outside of the bond of marriage. It does not exemplify the heart of Christ in the home. It is just a temporary pleasure that will burn to ash one day. We should focus on the eternal things of God for those are the things that will last forever.
There is nothing in this world that you can take into eternity with you. To hoard out of covetousness and greed here will waste the precious little time that we have in this world to do good for God and to do good for others. That is what will earn us eternal rewards for Heaven Mat. We need to be content with what we have. God has said that He would supply our needs, not our greed. He has given power to some to gain wealth for the purpose of using that wealth for His glory and to be a blessing to others.
Those who give away what God gives them seem to have more than they could ever need and yet they are always giving it away. You can never out give the Lord. No one has ever become poor by taking what God gives them and giving it away. Rather than spend all our time chasing after the things of the world we should spend more time walking and talking with the Lord.
The greatest thing that we can have on this earth is a close personal relationship with Him. He has promised that He would never leave us alone. He is always with us, even when we ignore Him and do not spend time with Him. Too many times I think we may treat the Lord like that annoying little brother or sister who always wants to be with us and do what we are doing.
We should learn to take more time with Him because He is always faithful to be there when we need Him.
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He loves us even when we are unlovable. When we spend our time doing what pleases the Lord - walking and talking with Him and doing good to others for Him - we have a holy boldness to announce to the world that He is our Lord and King.
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We can give an answer to every person that asks us why we can have such high hope in a dark and evil day that if so full of uncertainty. God is our helper. When all else fails in this world God will always be there for us. He will make sure that we are delivered from the wrath to come.
He will make sure that we always have sufficiency in the things that pertain to life. God will take care of you through every day and all the way to the end. You need not worry, and you need not fear, because God will take care of you. Man may threaten you and try to get you to recant your faith, but God is with you. The three Hebrews knew that God would deliver them from the hand of the ungodly king. They knew it would either be by miracle or by death. They stood their ground on their faith that God was with them and that He would supply their need in that hour.
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They knew that He would supply them with the help they needed to stand up for their faith by giving them the courage and strength they needed. They had no fear as they stood against the earthly king for they knew the High King of the Universe had their backs. God delivered them and He has promised to deliver you.
No matter what, have the heart of Christ and be bold in your outspoken faith. Do not let the world stop you from being the spokesperson that you ought to be. Have the heart of Christ in your home, in your family, in your relationships, and in your endeavors. Realize that He is with you and that you can have His compassion and love towards others by using what God has given you to be a blessing to those around you. Do not allow worry and fear to stand in the way of what you can accomplish with the life that God has given you. Make the most of it and live life to the full.
One of the gifts that He gave was the pastor of the church. His office is the office of authority over the church. Now it goes without saying that these men must be men who meet the qualifications that are outlined in I Timothy and Titus They need to be reputable and honorable men. They must be honest and sincere in the calling which God Himself has placed upon their life. They must be the example for others to follow as they follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
They should be an example of the living sacrifice Rom. Here in these verses in Hebrews 13 we find a Word About Remembering. We are here told to remember them. Remembering speaks of consideration. We are to be mindful of the man of God.
We must be thoughtful of the things in his life because his life is given to the congregation of people that God has placed under his watch care. He is the under shepherd of the Great Shepherd and he has rule over you as a servant of God and a servant of the people. He has been put in this position of authority, not as a dictator, but as a servant to minister to the needs of the people. Therefore, we must consider his needs as we consider the needs of our church family.
That means that he is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, days a year. His time is important and it is delicate. He must tend to his family wife and children and personal family while tending to the flock. He must give copious amounts of time to praying because as the one who is over the flock, he needs to receive from God the things that are necessary to care for the flock and his personal family. There are also great amounts of time that must be given to diligent study of the Word of God.
Remembering speaks of compassion. There is a great need of compassion for the man of God in all of the burden of responsibility that he bears. He bears the load of every family within his congregation and then some. He needs kindness from those whom he diligently serves and ministers to. Be kind to him and to his family. His family also must make great sacrifices as he must delicately schedule his time with the needs of the people and the needs of his personal family. Remembering speaks of conversation. We must make mention of the pastor as we go to the Lord in prayer.
Pray for him and his family. Pray for their time together and for their needs. Pray for their health and their wellbeing. Pray for wisdom to use his time wisely as he ministers to the church family and their families.
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Stand for him in the work of the Lord and do not make the man of God go it alone. He needs your help in the ministry as the church tries to fulfill the Great Commission. He needs volunteer workers and laborers to do the physical lifting as well as the spiritual work. Stand for the man of God and support him for he needs you as much as you need him Exo. When we are talking about the office of the pastor, we are talking about one of the gifts that Christ gave to His Church before He returned to Heaven.
In verse seven we see that there is a Word About Remembering. This remembering speaks of consideration, it speaks of compassion, and it speaks of conversation, both verbal conversation and lifestyle conversation. Now we see in both verses before us that there is a Word About Ruling.
To rule means leadership and authority. It is His gift to the Church. The man of God is called to and placed there by God. Therefore, the authority of the office of the pastor is placed there by God. This is a personal choice of the man who is submissive to the call and the will of God for his life.