Ladies, Who Should You Fight For?

Sisters, do you view Jesus as someone totally worth living for, worth listening to and obeying, worth spending time with; worth loving? 

We love because He first loved us. Love literally is not possible in a world where Jesus does not exist. He showed us what love is and it’s Him! Plain and simple: God is love, Jesus and God are one. Outside of them, there is no perfect love. (1 John 4:16-19)

That means there isn’t a single human being on the planet–including yourself–who can “complete” or fulfill or love you sufficiently. 

True love paid the price to forever love you perfectly. Jesus died so if you stopped looking elsewhere for love, and instead trusted in His love, you can be forgiven for every single sin you’ve ever done or thought, and be freely welcomed into heaven where He will faithfully love you for all eternity! 

If He isn’t worthy, then who or what is more worthy than Him? What or who deserves more devotion and attention? 

I’ve been getting this conviction more and more to live to please Jesus. The world, movies, books, TV shows, music, it’s the most popular message out now: you should be pleased, you are number one. Humanism is really all about the human and his or her goodness and worthiness. The problem is, who in the world decides what’s good and why, and who is worthy and why? 

God is the whole reason behind morality. Without God, morality will eventually crumble and decay until there’s nothing left of it. Don’t believe me? Take a look at our society and how much we’ve fallen. We are now becoming evermore what this biblical prophecy described would happen in the last times:

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires.(Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.)-2 Timothy 33:1-7

Today I will fight the devil and my own selfish desires that shout, “Live for you! Do what you want!” And instead, I will fight to love and please Jesus. Will you?

Is Modesty the Best Policy?

There’s a new phenomenon in American fashion: super-duper, bottom-of-butt-cheek short-shorts and midriff-exposing shirts. To many of us ladies, it’s all just cute. We walk around like baby unicorns rather than the enticing mares we are. We are, after all, women, not little girls. (Click to Tweet)

However, I’m preachin’ to the Christian woman.

Girl, I first of all commend you for professing Christ in a time where it is beyond taboo to do so. There’s so much mockery and disrespect out their toward Jesus and His children. It takes guts to claim Him as Lord so again, for that, I commend you, sister. Keep it up, for He who confesses Christ before others, Christ will likewise confess before His Heavenly Father on the day you face them (Matthew 10:32-33).

Remember how deeply Jesus loves you and how patient He is with you. But He’s patient because there’s something He’s waiting for: our sanctification. God doesn’t save us just so we can go to heaven as is. He saves us as is to give us access to heaven, but He also transforms us in the process. But it’s a relationship that goes both ways.

There’s things I’ve done to annoy my husband and displease him. And there’s things my husband has done to annoy and displease me. What looks like greater love: if I say, “Well suck it up and take the good with the bad.” Or instead, “I hear you, love, I’ll work on it because I want to make you happy.”

If Jesus says, “Immodesty displeases Me, but modesty makes Me happy,” what would your response be?

And Jesus DIED FOR YOU. He gave us everything so if He wants us to cover up some, will we die? Well, Jesus did command us to take up our cross, deny ourselves and follow Him (Matthew 16:24-26). And the Bible speaks of “crucifying our flesh.” (Galatians 5:24)

There will certainly be many times as a daughter of God where Heavenly Daddy will say, “Don’t do this, don’t do that. I want you to do this, I want you to do that,” and those commands will be hard; they will take some sacrifice–sacrificing our pride and our desires.

It’s preached incessantly by the world, “Do what makes YOU happy.” But as a daughter of God, as a Christian, we are commanded the opposite: deny yourself, crucify your selfish desires, don’t just look out for your own interests, but for the interests of others as well (Philippians 2:4); love even your enemies (Matthew 5:43-48).

Still wanna be a daughter of God?

Did I tell you JESUS DIED FOR YOU? If someone dies for you and will literally take you by the hand and pick you up whenever you fall, countlessly forgiving you and taking you back, and then lead you to heaven’s gates where He will love you for all eternity with a perfect love, is it really too much to ask to live a life that’s devoted to loving Him back?

“If You love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.(John 14:15-17)

Did ya catch that? Jesus tells us to obey His very difficult commandments, but then immediately after, He promises that He will give us a Helper to help us obey! And this Spirit will show us the truth and literally live inside of us so we can walk it out!

Ah, indeed, there is no God like our God. And that, my sweet sister, is why you should pursue modesty.

 

Know your worth,

Natasha ❤


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“I Follow Jesus Because It’s The Right Thing To Do.”-Wrong Answer

If we are following Christ simply because we know it’s the right thing to do, we are missing the whole point of our salvation. Not only are we missing the point, but we are walking in religion rather than in love.

God is love. And God so loved the world He gave His only Son. It does not say, “For God so wanted the world to obey Him He gave His only Son.” Obedience is important, but notice what Christ says should be the only precursor for obedience:

“If you love Me, you will obey Me.” (John 14:23)

Are we fooling ourselves into thinking we are obeying God because behaviorally we are “good?” I guarantee if you do not have a deep love for Christ that is rooted in the understanding and conviction of all that He has done for you though you don’t deserve it in the slightest, then you are not really obeying Him. The bible says if you break one commandment, you’ve broken them all. You may not be lusting, but you’re gossiping. You may not be a drunkard, but you’re prideful.

When someone is just trying to obey Jesus because he knows that’s the right thing to do, it’s somewhat obvious. And when someone is obeying Jesus because he really loves Him, it’s also obvious.

My challenge to you is to really examine your heart; your motives. Why do you follow Christ? If the first answer is not something along the lines of, “Because I’m so utterly grateful for all that He has done for me, He is so worthy of my love and devotion because of who He is and what He did for me and does for me on a daily basis,” then I would suggest you really pray and ask God to help you fall in love with Him. Ask Him for a revelation, a great understanding of the depth of His love and His worthiness to be worshipped. Ask Him to give you a passionate love for Him. If you’re sincere, He will answer.

I pray you come to that most powerful revelation and begin to walk in genuine love for Christ.

Grace and peace to you,

Natasha

I Am New And So Are You

We are ambassadors of Christ. We bear His name like a cross on our back. We have put on Jesus and taken off our old self. Everything we do, we do for His glory, not ours. We magnify His love and beauty, His holiness with our bodies, which we offer up to our Blessed Savior as living sacrifices.

We desire to be shining lights in the midst of this crooked generation. We are His light. We represent Him. And we do so out of love and devotion for Him and for the sake of the lost, that through us, they might taste and see that the LORD is good. We no longer live for ourselves; too much time has been wasted on selfish living in our past. We now live for the only King and LORD.

We are not of this world, so we do not act, talk or dress like they do. We stand out for Christ. We are unashamed of the gospel because we know by it we have been saved. We proclaim it boldly, knowing it is the truth based off the transformation we’ve experienced in our own lives.

We cling to Jesus because the devil is pulling at our sleeves, but in Christ, satan has no power over us. We hate sin because we know it brings death and dishonors, angers, and hurts our most Holy God. We don’t desire it. We don’t need it. As we read the Scriptures we understand we have all we need in Christ.

We refuse to compromise and taint our witness for Jesus, for He lived and died for the Father and for us, and we do not take His sacrifice lightly. We will stand in the truth by God’s keeping us through His powerful Holy Spirit who now lives in us. We have been redeemed from our old ways and now can walk in a new way: God’s way. He has promised us:

“Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God. But as for those whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 11:19-21 NKJV)

This promise has been fulfilled in we who have surrendered our whole heart and desires in exchange for Jesus. By His power, may we always walk worthy of Him.

Let’s make Better Than Edward a Community

So for months now, I’ve been receiving emails from princesses asking for guidance in different areas. It’s been a complete honor and blessing to be able to counsel these women, but I wanna take it two steps further.

I don’t want this blog to be all about me, i.e. I’m the only one sharing.

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” (Proverbs 27:17 NLT)

I wanna see sparks flyin’! True fellowship is when two or more are gathered together in Jesus’ name. If it’s only me sharing with you princesses in Jesus’ name, sure God can use it, but we’re limiting the power of His Holy Spirit and the ministry He desires to work in our lives when we don’t obey Him. What do I mean? Genuine fellowship is when we do these things:

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2 NLT)

Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. (Galatians 6:1 NLT)

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. (James 5:16 NLT)

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24, 25 ESV)

So you see sisters, if we really want to grow strong in our relationship with Jesus, if we want to be able to effective for Jesus and truly be able to help others (disciple others), we need to have genuine fellowship with each other. I’m going to have a forum soon, and I really encourage all of us to do what these verses say. I want to help you princesses stand firm for Jesus and become weapons of righteousness that help advance Christ’s kingdom here on earth. I want Jesus to say to you on that Day, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” So, ladies, what do you say?

What are your thoughts? Would you like to see this happen? How do you think this kind of fellowship and openness with other sisters in Christ will help you grow? Have any prayer requests? Feel free to leave it all in a comment.

Until next time,

❤ Natasha