2nd Post today~

I have just read 2 great posts that I would love to share with you! Both spoke to me, as these Truths burn in my heart!!! I wrote about similar topics awhile back.

Passion and Purity

I believe God has a call on this generation, women today, to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to change this generation and to teach the next generation. God is raising up women who have hearts desiring change. We have been a generation belonging to this world. We have been distracted, deceived, and led astray by our longings for the worldly. But, that time is over!

In this generation, we have been so entangled with worldly pursuits. We have been obsessed with our physical beauty, trying to have a perfect body, younger looking skin, and a beautiful wardrobe. Our generation has been on a pursuit of perfection- perfect bodies, perfect husbands, perfect children, the perfect career or volunteer career, and the perfect model home. In the process, we have traded in what is “perfect” for God’s best in our lives. We have missed out and gotten “sucked in.” But that time is over!


Many of my friends are just now coming to a relationship with the Lord later in life. As Christians, we feel a sense of relief for finally knowing the Truth, but a sense of loss for our wasted time and the many mistakes we’ve made. This generation needs to EMPOWER the next generation- our daughters, our young women in the church, to be mighty women of God! 2Timothy 1:7 says, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or fawning fear, but a spirit of power, love, sound mind, and self-discipline.” We need to be awesome Christian examples! The world’s view of the Christian woman can best be illustrated by Saturday Night Live’s “Church Lady”- paranoid, hypocritical, and unattractive. That is not how I want to be seen, and it is not how I want my daughters to be seen. This is not what a woman of God looks like.


But, Christian women MUST look different than the rest of the world. Peter tells us to live as “aliens and strangers in this world.” And then says in 1Peter 2:12, “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.” I want the light of Jesus shining so brightly in me that everyone around stops and says, “I want what SHE has!” I want to “spread the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.” (2Corin. 2:14) I want my life to point the next generation to the Lord!


Two areas of ministry that speak to my heart to empower women are 1) having a passionate relationship with the Lord and 2) living a life of purity. First, we should hunger for a wild, crazy love for Jesus! We need to be completely abandoned to Him. We need to surrender to His love and allow Him to “allure” us. In Hosea, God says, “Therefore, I am going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her.


Why does God need to lead us into the desert before speaking to us? Because we are so distracted and caught up in the world, God needs to get us alone, away from telephones and commitments, away from the busyness of life. Then, He can speak and be heard. We need to seek our Lord to fill our desires and longings- not food, money, alcohol, clothes, exercise, or earthly relationships. We need to break free from the chains of bondage and begin living for the Lord! We need to “love the Lord with all of our hearts, minds, souls, and strength!”


The other passion God has placed in my heart is living a life of purity. I believe God is bringing the Church back to this ideal. For so long we have shied away from the idea of “purity.” We never wanted to be “stuffy,” and now we want to be “politically correct.” As a generation, we ran from the image of “Puritans” and today we embrace our “tolerant” views. We don’t want to be seen as “holier than thou,” and we think anyone who strives toward this ideal of holiness is being hypocritical.


But, God is calling us to a different standard. He is calling His Church back to purity and godly living. He is calling us to be sanctified- set apart in Him and for Him! Again, we need to live differently than the “world.” We need to have the aroma of Christ. “He has anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” We are His dearly loved children and His bride. We need to take that position, and take confidence in it! We need to “clothe ourselves” with the Lord Jesus Christ! We need to put on the robes of His righteousness and “live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way.” (Colossians 1:10)


God is raising up a new generation- a generation of godly woman who are totally and completely in love with the Lord! He is empowering Christian women to lead the next generation to a life full of godly passion and purity.


Two of these amazing women are Gina and Leah. Please visit Chats with an Old Lady and The Point to read more!!!!


4 thoughts shared....:

Leah said...

Tracy,

Thank you for the kind words!! I have not always lived a life that stood out in a Christ like way and so that is why I am so passionate about indepth Bible study and teaching the Word.

We, as Christian women, must set the standard for the next generation of ladies.

Leah

Laurie Ann said...

A hearty AMEN, Tracy! I long to see women have passionate relationships with the Lord and have lives of purity. I long to see them teach their children to guard their hearts for God! Will take a peek at the two blogs tonight. Thank you so much for sharing!

Michele W. said...

AMEN!!!! Well said.. Thank you for a great post. I totally agree.

Gina@Chats With An "Old Lady" said...

Thank you, Tracy! I am so grateful that God can somehow use the things He leads me to write! God is so good!
God Bless!
Gina