As women, we love to shop for shoes, clothing, and make-up, not to mention the latest trend….hair! We get so caught up in our appearance and the material things that we have forgotten to tend to our emotional soul and dying spirit. A spirit that is dying is usually depressed, angry, sinful, unsatisfied, unashamed (of their actions or words) and without restraint. So to make sure that the world doesn’t see past the beauty and fashion, more luxury and self-gratification is applied which then turns into what Jesus calls “whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean (Matthew 23:27).” Ladies, looking beautiful is what we do, but if we don’t allow God to wash us (cleanse us) and make us whole (heal us) then we are just beautiful women with a dead spirit and a decomposed soul.
but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives. 1Timothy 5:6 (ESV)
When a child asks for something they always ask with the mindset of receiving what they have asked for, and if the answer is no then they continue to ask until the person gives in and the child receives what they want. Just like that child we should go to God with the expectation of him giving us exactly what we have asked for and if we don’t get what we have asked for then we should always trust God to give us better. The key to receiving is believing. The key to believing is trusting. We should trust God when things don’t look good, we should believe God when things are at its worst. Prayer with expectation tells God that you have come to him empty but with arms open ready to receive. Prayer is the door to expectation while faith is the key that releases break through.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Mark 11:24 ESV
Most fights involve two people whose anger has gotten the best of them, they either say words that are hurtful or use bodily harm that endangers them. Bodily harm brings about unnecessary forces while hurtful words destroys emotions and the willingness to forgive. Although a hurtful word may go further than a punch, we have a Savior and Advocate that will protect us and fight for us during times of turmoil and chaos. No longer do we have to waste our time shouting frivolous words and using acts of violence, all we have to do is take our concerns to the Father and watch him win the war, speak a calmness into our soul and give us a peace that is hard to understand.
Exodus 14:14 – The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace