Prescription for Life

I’ve been reading lately in the book of Timothy and there are some verses that are really touching my heart regarding the way we are to live.
Did you know that the old fashioned word “chastity” is another expression of godliness?  It means living within the boundaries of innocence, modesty, perfection and purity.
When God chastens us He is doing several things in our hearts.  He is convicting us of our sinful ways and His Word educates and instructs us in the way of righteousness. We are not bound by lock and key ~ His love liberates us!
The chastening of God causes me to rein in my self will and live a life of inward purity which is then reflected through our righteous and holy behavior.
We are to “train ourselves toward godliness” which keeps us spiritually fit, not growing lax in our desire to exercise godliness in our daily lives.  To keep ourselves spiritually fit we must be self-controlled, exercising the fruit of the Spirit.
Resisting the desires of the flesh and choosing to walk in step with the Holy Spirit will result in our looking for places to do deeds of kindness, to speak words that are edifying and bring blessing.  Our hearts will become more tender as our ears are attuned to the voice of the Holy Spirit and our flesh becomes quick in obeying the promptings of the Spirit.
Paul isn’t giving us a list of things to pick and choose from, he is giving us a prescription for life that will bring continued health and healing to us.  A doctor “prescribes” or writes out a particular medication for specific ills and this “prescribed” medication brings about healing.
“Prescribe and teach these things”.  1 Timothy 4:11
“Prescribe” in the Hebrew means to write ~ to engrave, describe, subscribe, inscribe,  inscribe indelibly.
We are, as people who belong to God’s household of faith, to inscribe, have engraved in our hearts and minds the Word of God so that all of our living may be in agreement with the Written Word.  We subscribe to that which is true and right and that which we are instructed through His Word to do we are quick to take action.  We become doers of the Word and not hearers only.
Psalm 119: 111 -112  I have inherited Your testimonies forever, for they are the joy of my heart.  I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, even to the end.
Will you join with me in walking through our days consistently having our inner eye illuminated with the Light of the World, for then the essence of our lives will be confirmed by the love that motivates our faith and actions.  We will have a walk of faithfulness and truth as we set the ordinances of God before the eyes of our hearts.
In times of affliction we will not flinch from the fire. Grace will flow freely and we will escape the snares set by the wicked because the Law of Love is etched, inscribed upon our hearts and no matter the test or temptation, we will not stray in our hearts because we have fully embraced the presence of Jesus with us.
We will be eager and willing to walk out the precepts He has set forth for us to live with liberty, joy and freedom.  We will no longer be torn between two masters ~ there is only one Lover of our souls and His bountiful love is forever entreating us to do that which is right.
We will experience the liberation that comes when we no longer cry out for His grace and mercy to cover us but, instead, live out of the fullness of the Holy Spirit within us.  Purity then brings forth unity as we have learned to live being empowered and emboldened by the Spirit’s holiness.
Doesn’t this sound like a great way to live ~ free.
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He Calls Us Beloved

He gazed long upon  His beloved.  She was alone at the well and He saw her scars from the past and her fear of the future.

He knew it was the shunning and scorn by others that drove her to the well alone.  Craving she was and satisfaction and contentment eluded her as shame haunted her.

This place at the well, this was her alone space.  And here He was, right in her space, speaking with her face to face.  Her ears perked up as He spoke about being refreshed if she drank of the living water He wanted to give her.135

How did He know she felt so shriveled and dried up on the inside?

He wants to give her a gift unlike any she has ever received. He wants to quench that dreadful aching thirst deep within her soul.  She is thirsty, parched and her voice breaks as she chokes out the words as she dares to ask for His holy water.

He knows her thirst. He knows her hunger and longing for peace and fulfillment.  He knows her to the core, her desperation and longing to stop hiding behind her masks of indifference and bravado.

She implores and captures the heart of Jesus.

Jesus invites her to come into the light.  He is completely unfazed by the darkness and shame of her past as He asks.  

She hears Him, she hears the love in His voice.  She didn’t know how He could wash away her darkness and shame, but her heart knew – somehow, she could not explain it to herself, but she knew she could trust Him.  

He had revealed Himself to her by revealing who she was.

And that was the thing.  It was who she WAS.  He didn’t see her black listed, scorned, shunned and shamed.  He loved her.  She could see the love in His eyes, see it in the curl of His smile and the gentleness of His spoken words.

He called her Beloved.  Her heart bowed in awe of such love.

His presence was so pure. And yet He neither convicted, condemned or belittled her.  Jesus knew the depths of her  plunge.  He knew because her heart was fully exposed to Him.

He called her His Beloved.  The compassion Jesus showed her melted her heart.  Oh, the mercy and loving- kindness she felt from Him!

Listening to Him, she was amazed at the joy His presence gave her.  All of life seemed to funnel down to this one moment.  Filling her water jug suddenly seemed so trivial.

Deep within her heart and soul, settled peace rests. She knows she has found what she has been searching for all of her life.  Oh, she knew she had not lived as she had dreamed of as a child, but here was the Savior, the Blessed Messiah offering her a newness of life and she was saying Yes! to Him with her whole heart.

She received Him and accepted Him within her heart.  She felt different.  She felt clean and pure, determined to set for herself a brand new standard of faithfulness.

She bowed in worship as her spirit grasped how faithfulness was a quality she would grow in as she continued drinking of the Living Water.

She would never stand all alone and be lonely again.  She was one with Him, completely known and fully loved by Him.   Jesus, King of the Jews had chosen her as His daughter.

She no longer had to scurry about in the shadows.  She was encircled by the Light of His glorious love,  her sin was forgiven and she knew she was released from her burden of guilt and shame.

Jesus had set her free from burdens so long carried.  Joy overtook her as she realized she was a brand new woman lovingly fashioned and formed to bear the Image of the Son.142

She was Beloved of the Lord.

Laughter burst from her lips at the irony of it all.  She remembered all the details of her life as they flashed by in her memory.  She remembered, she saw pictures, she saw shame.  She saw Jesus loving her through it all.

Knowing her place in His heart, she smiled, her face glowing contentment. The joy of forgiveness.  Love unlike anything she had ever known. She loved Him and never wanted to leave Him.

She wanted to shout out her happiness, instead she found herself spurred into town.   The one once shunned, scorned and shamed, she had a message of hope to share.  She longed to share His love and goodness.

The Messiah had put a new song in her mouth and she would sing His song the rest of the days of her life.  She was His Beloved and His banner over her was love.

Others would hear this new song and they too would sing.

The song would spread all across the land, throughout the ages.

Today we hear the same song.  Can you hear it? Are you singing?  

He calls you His Beloved and invites you too to drink of His living water.

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