Proverbs 5

Hey guys!! Happy Friday afternoon!! I had quite a successful morning!! My sister and I got up and went running! It was so peaceful!!!! So glad to be getting into a daily routine of exercising! And blogging!! Today we will be covering Proverbs chapter 5! To be honest, I kind of had trouble understanding this one, but I did my best!! So, with further ado, grab those Bibles and let’s get to studying!!! Take a minute and read chapter 5 and then continue reading below!

Verses 1-14

Christ is referring to “evil” when He says “her” or “she”. Like we learned yesterday, evil is everywhere we look. There is no way to get away from it! So much evil has been going on in just the last month. From the gay couples, to the taking down the 10 commandments, to trying to put up a devil statue, to selling aborted baby parts. And it won’t stop there. Satan is still at work. What has this world come to? Why have we as Christians not done something? We have gotten to the point where we overlook anything and everything simply because we just don’t want to “rock the boat” on any particular matter. Guys, including myself, if we don’t start “rocking the boat” and taking a STAND for what Christ INSTRUCTED us to do, Christ himself is going to rock the boat. And his boat is way way wayyyyy bigger than ours. We have got to do something. And fast. Lets start by praying for our country. Every night or morning or anytime during the day, take just a minute or two and just pray that God would heal our country. Pray that he would give us as Christians a second chance to make a stand. Pray that God would not take the blessings we have in America away and give it to another country who will be willing to take a stand for Him. Something has to be done. And you want to know where it starts? Our churches. Our friends. Our families. Our HEARTS. Us realizing that this world is EVIL and that we all need the help of our Lord Jesus Christ. And evil is not just dealing with our country. Evil is the cussing, the drinking, the drugs, the sex before marriage, clothes make you look half naked, and on and on and on. Evil comes in many different forms and fashions and if we don’t open up our eyes and REALIZE evil when we see it, we won’t know what to do. God warns us many times in these verses to stay away from evil, to avoid it at all costs. In verse 11 it talks about how once our bodies are consumed (with evil) eventually we will realize what we have done. We will ask ourselves why did I not listen to instruction? Why did I let myself do this? As Christians, we KNOW right from wrong. We have GOT TO open our eyes and see what really is evil. And then we need to get away from it. Want to know how to get away from evil? RUN! Run so hard after God. If that means picking up your Bible, then do it. If that means falling on your face and crying out, then do that. If that means asking for forgiveness, then do that. If that means getting a new friend group, then do that. If it means to not wear those short-shorts or that shirt, then don’t wear it. Whatever it takes for you personally to get away from evil, and to have opened eyes to notice evil, then just simply do it. Christ will reward and bless you beyond measure! The world may be evil. But the world still has some Christians with a fire burning in their souls to see America turn back around. Light your fire! Shine your light in this dark dark world!

Verses 15-23

Lets focus on verses 21-23. God knows everything. Everything we think, say, feel, etc. He knows everything and he ponders it. We are all human. We are going to sin. Its our nature. But as Christians, we have the Holy Ghost to nudge us to realizing that what we are doing is wrong and we need to ask for forgiveness, and move on….meaning don’t do it again. A person who is literally living in sin does not get this nudging. Therefore, they are going to keep living in sin, and doing evil. And God knows this. And in verse 22 it says that “he shall be holden with the chords of his sins.” One thing God hates is sin. And we warns us that if we live in sin, basically, we are going to die. It will be like the chords of our sins wrapped us up and we are done for. This is why it is SO important to seek God; so that we can really truly open up our eyes and see what evil that we need to flee from.

And can I tell you, evil looks good. If evil things were not appealing, no one would be doing them.So how can we decipher what is evil and what is not? Well, you are a Christian. You should know right from wrong. You should know what the Bible says. And maybe you do know all that, but you still don’t know if you will be able to tell. Well, then what you and I can do is simply pray. Pray, “Lord, I want to live for you. I want to make a stand. I want you to forgive me for ALL the times I have failed you. I pray that you open up my eyes, heart, and mind,and help me to realize what is evil when I see it. I need your help Lord. Help me to stay away from all evil, and help me to be a shining light for you. Thank you for loving me and dying for me. Amen.” Prayer is such a powerful thing! Use it, its free!!! And He’s always, always, always there listening to you heart!!!!

So, with all that said, I want to leave you with this. Each day you wake up, is a gift from God. There is SOME reason that you are alive and breathing today. Seek that reason, find it. See what God has in store for you! You know evil when you see it, so just simply obey INSTRUCTION and flee from it. Your life will be so much better if evil is not apart of it! Don’t you want that? I know I do! I want to be fully blessed and I want to run after God more than I ever have before! And can I also say this, if you are reading this, first of all thank you,and secondly, if something came to your mind while reading this that maybe you thought you need to stop doing or get away from, then follow that! More than likely its the Holy Spirit! It’s never too late to start over. It’s never too late to turn your life around! Do it NOW so you can have life more abundantly! Jesus is always there; waiting with open arms to welcome you! Life with Him is so much fun and it’s totally worth it! I hope that this helped with understanding my heart on what Proverbs 5 means to me!

Stay strong! God is so so so SOOOO much more powerful than Satan. Flee evil and run full force towards God! And I am going to do the same!

-KB

Proverbs 4

Grab your Bible, get a snack, get somewhere comfy, and let’s hear from God today! Hey guys, Its KB here! I have decided to do something super special! For my personal Bible study, I am studying the book of Proverbs! And I want to share it with you! Maybe you’re looking for a book to study, but just don’t know which one…..well, now you have one! We can study Proverbs together! 🙂 Each day, I am going to try to blog about the chapter that I read! I am currently on Chapter 4 (which is what this blog will be about), so tomorrow’s will be on chapter 5, and so on…So all you have to do, is either at night before you go to bed, or in the morning when you wake up, grab your Bible and read the chapter that the latest blog is on! And my blogs will be about what spoke to me or what I learned! I hope that this will help ya’ll study God’s word and understand what you are reading! And if you learn something different that what I blog, leave a comment on what God spoke to you, I would love to hear it! So here we go! If you are reading this, go get your Bible and read Proverbs chapter 4……then continue reading and even take some notes as you’re reading the chapter and the blog! Hope this helps 🙂

So let’s break it down a section at a time! Look at verses 1-9.

You know how we all have parents, and we have to follow their rules and listen to everything they say? We may not necessarily want to listen or do what they say, but we have to obey our parents! If you really think about it, there is a reason they give you the rules you have. There is a reason they won’t let you go to that party that all your friends are going to. There’s a reason they won’t let you date that girl/boy. They have a reason for everything they are teaching you! Parents ultimately are on your side! As teenagers, we don’t see that. They only want the best for you because you are their child! So just remember that! And just like we have parents that we have to listen to, we as Christians also have a heavenly Father who we also have to listen to! He cares about us so much and wants nothing but the best for us! In verses 1-9 that is what this is talking about! God is our Father and he gives us instructions. We find these instructions in the Bible! And it is important that we are picking up the Bible to read it, and not leaving it lying on our night stand for decoration. This goes for me to! The only way we can learn, and gain wisdom and understanding, is through the Bible, and prayer! How will we know what we are supposed to do as Christians if we do not see what God says about it? Seek Him through his word!

Verses 10-19

In verse 10 it says “Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.” It is so important that we listen to the instructions of Christ! As you can see in that verse, it says that we will basically be blessed with life! WOW!! When we turn to Christ for instructions, he will lead us on the right path and will ALWAYS be there to help us and support us….always!  That is why it is SO important for us to gain instruction, because following Christ will be what gets us all through life! Another reason, and like verse 14 says, is that there is EVIL all around us. Everywhere we go, Satan is at work. It’s sad, but it is never more true! Instruction is important, because it keeps us close to Christ and helps us know what to do in all situations. We have got to stay away from evil. Plain and simple! Verses 14 and 15 say this: “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.” These verses, read them again…..they are an INSTRUCTION from Christ! Take a look again! He tells us to not enter into the paths of wicked. He tells us to avoid evil, to not pass by it, and to turn from it! Evil is everywhere, like I stated a few lines up. It is impossible to be a Christian and be affiliated with anything that is evil! Why? Because God just told us in verses 14 and 15 of this chapter. He gave us an instruction to stay away from evil at all costs. It doesn’t matter if your friends are doing it, stay away from evil! You will be blessed, don’t worry!! Find those Christian friends who think the same as you:) You can do it!!!

Verses 20-27

If you haven’t noticed yet, each passage starts off by saying something about listening to instruction, or inclining thine ear unto my words. From this, I notice that God is super serious about us listening to Him! Wonder why He says it so much? He knows we are human, and we will mess up, but if we just stay in the Word, we can make it! In verse 21 it tells us to keep all instruction and words of Christ in the midst of our hearts. It even says they are life and health to all who find them.

Lets take a close look at the rest of these verses. Starting with verse 23 and ending at verse 27. “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Our hearts are so delicate. What goes into them is who we are. It is so important to guard our hearts and to fill them with scriptures, truth, wisdom, and instruction!

Verse 24 says this: “Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.” Do you know what I get from this verse? To me, this means to not cuss. Ummm KB, did you really just say that I can’t cuss! Yes, I absolutely did! You cannot be a cussing Christian. That is what this verse means. Not only that, but don’t say anything that would point people away from Christ! As a Christian, it is our calling that everything we say, do, think, etc. should ALL point others Christ! Everthing including the words that come out of our mouths! Before you speak, think this: Is what I’m about to say kind, true, or necessary? (-from the best smallgroup leader ever).

Verses 25-27 say this: “Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove they foot from evil.” Keep you TOTAL focus on Jesus Christ! The waves will crash all around you, you will be tempted, you will fail (but Christ forgives), things will happen, but if we choose to make Christ our main focus, we will see that He is always, always, always there! He is our prize! He will keep us on the right path and help us think before we make a decision! He will keep us away from evil and give us the Holy Spirit to help us know that we aren’t supposed to be doing this or that. He is so powerful that we can’t even comprehend what He can do through us if we just allow Him to!

I hope that ya’ll learned as much as I did through Proverbs chapter 4! I’m so excited to continue to study His word and share it with you all! Tomorrow I will be blogging on Provers chapter 5! I encourage you to read it tonight or in the morning, and then check out my blog! Lets dig into the Word! The world is falling apart, and yes we do need to pray about this, but let’s not let what Satan in doing distract us from what GOD can do! He is so mighty!! Let’s learn and study His instructions! Together we can change the world for Christ!!

Hope this helped:) Have a blessed day!

-KB

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Just Because It’s What’s Done, Doesn’t Mean It’s What Should Be Done

Okay. I know what you’re thinking: Really? Another blog about modesty? And to be honest, about a year or two ago, I would be thinking the same thing. If you have read this far, thank you so much, but don’t stop now! I hope to reach someone out there. I am writing this because I feel led to do something about what society is throwing at us every single day (as girls). All of my life, I have heard that girls need to be modest this and modest that. So what does that really mean? Do we even know that the word MODEST exists? Through this blog, with the Lord’s help, I hope to bring Modesty back and I hope Modesty will attack!!!

Modesty?

So honestly think to yourself; do I know what modesty means? I believe that many people do not even know the meaning of this word anymore, which breaks my heart. What is modesty? Well, if you type that word into Google, it says that modesty is “behavior, manner, or appearance intended to avoid impropriety or indecency.” In my opinion, modesty = respect. Respect for yourself.

Modesty does deal a lot with how we dress, but it also deals with the aspect of our behavior. We can dress in a modest manner, but if we walk around thinking we are “hot dookie” then our witness is ruined. Our actions and how we present ourselves speak volumes. What volume are you speaking?

As a little girl, and even a teen, I was one of the ones who wanted to fit in; the one who wanted to be able to do everything her friends were doing. My parents did not let my sister and I wear bikinis. And of course, with summer comes bikinis, and all of my friends wore them. So being the brat that I was, I fought with my parents constantly. I argued, fussed, complained, to the point where they decided to let me learn for myself. For 2 summers, I wore a bikini. Can I tell you how wrong I was?? All those years I thought these were like magical bathing suits and just the greatest thing, because all of my friends were wearing them. I have never been more UNCOMFORTABLE in my life. My cover-up hardly ever left my body. Looking back now, I realize that I was beyond stupid to even ever give in to the “bikini.” Why did I do this?

Society = Satan

Have you ever felt pressure to do something? Maybe it was to fit in, or to look cool, or just the fact that you wanted to be like your friends. This is why I got a bikini. I wanted to be a follower instead of a leader. Society is constantly throwing new fashions in our faces, and advertising that if we do not conform to this new style, then basically we will not fit in. I was very stupid. I thank God for opening my eyes as quickly as he did. In Romans 12:2, God says this: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Society is constantly pushing us, especially as girls, to conform to the world. This is nothing more than Satan. You see, God clearly states in the Bible that we are to not conform, so Satan is going to do everything he can to make us believe differently. I let Satan get ahold of me. I do not want this to happen to you. Summer is one month that I look forward to!! No school, lots of free time, family vacations, time with friends, the beach, the pool, snow cones, and just TONS of fun! I enjoy summer so much! Something that bothers me about summer, however, is that it seems like each summer the new style is less clothing than last summer. Which once again, is Satan himself. So, after feeling super uncomfortable in that bikini, I realized just how stupid I was. As I began to grow more in my faith, I was able to see that clearly and with a good attitude. God also brought some amazing people into my life to open up my eyes and give me a new perspective as well. God just really showed me that by wearing that bikini, I was not being the example I was supposed to be. And that is what my parents were trying to say all along! Mom and Dad, thank you for that! I now understand your NO answer. Christ says in many different verses that we as women need to be modest and cover up. Our bodies are not for anyone and everyone to look at. They are solely made for Christ and our future husband. What are we thinking by going around with this worldly stuff on? That is the question I asked myself. Last summer, I decided that I was going to quit wearing bikinis. I was probably not considered the “trendiest” person that summer, but I can tell you, I felt much more comfortable and much more valuable.

So, a few weeks ago, I posted a video to my Facebook page. I saw this video about 2 years ago, but didn’t really think anything about it. So, I saw someone else post it, I watched it again, and I decided to share it with my friends on Facebook. The video is truly amazing!! The girl who did this presented to a group of people basically the evolution of a bikini. When a girl or a woman put on a bikini, they feel pretty, skinny, and like they are worth looking at (which literally breaks my heart.) In this video, the girl talked about a study that had been done on what guys think when they see a girl/woman in a bikini. Do you think he sees a beautiful human being? No, he does not. That is not how the mind of a male works (just how God made them.) Instead of seeing how beautiful you really are, all he sees is a “tool”. And that is all he sees. Sometimes, looking at a girl in a bikini, a man cannot even register them as a young lady. Did you know that we as girls/women are not supposed to be a stumbling block to our brothers in Christ? The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 8:9 “But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours becomes a stumblingblock to them that are weak.” What this verse means is that men have very weak minds. And it does not take much to distract them. Now, we as females can definitely not control how guys look at us. But we can, however, choose how we present ourselves. For instance, how we dress. Now I am not saying that a one-piece will not cause a man or guy to look, but it will be less enticing than a bikini. As a young Christian female, it is my responsibility that I do not become a stumblingblock to anyone. I am reading a devotion book on modesty and this last chapter gave a ton of scripture about not becoming a stumblingblock. After reading Mark 9:42, I realized that God takes modesty seriously. This is what that verse says: “And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.” HOLY MOLYYYYYY!!!!!! Tonight is the first night I actually really understand what this verse is saying! God takes sin seriously. He cannot stand it. He also takes modesty seriously! If we as girls walk around showing off and making guys look at us, that is causing them to sin, and according to this verse, it would be better for us to basically drown. WOW! And because things such as a bikini can cause a guy to lust, and lusting is a sin, I don’t need to be wearing one. Why would I want to CAUSE anyone to sin? I feel a huge responsibility to take modesty seriously. Think about this. Any summer church camp/trip, girls are not allowed to wear a bikini. We have to wear a dark-colored t-shirt so that what’s under can’t be seen. Does this not show a sign? If you can’t wear it to church, or at a church camp, why should you wear it at all? That is how I started looking at the situation of a bathing suit choice for the summer. And I am here to say that I will not wear a bikini ever again.

To back everything I have said up, here are just a FEW scriptures that deal with Modesty!! Enjoy, look them up, memorize them!!!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”

1 Timothy 2:9 “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;”

Proverbs 31:30 “Favour [is] deceitful, and beauty [is] vain: [but] a woman [that] feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.”

1 John 2:16 “For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do it all to the glory of God.”

I did not mean to step on anyone’s toes, I just felt led to share my thoughts on this. I want girls and even women to know that you do not have to get approval or compliments of a guy just by the way you dress yourself. You are so much more than that! You definitely do not have to dress in the way of the world to get attention. Do not feel like you have to do that to yourself! You are beautiful and wonderfully made in the image of God. Psalm 139:14 says this: “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:” If you are a Christian, it is our responsibility to present ourselves in the likeness of Christ. How we dress, the bathing suit we choose to wear, the music we listen to, the shows/movies we watch, the friends we hang out with, should ALL reflect Christ in our lives. I can’t say a bikini is modest, because in my eyes, and verses in the Bible, it isn’t. It is basically a bra and underwear. Would you really go out in your bra and underwear? That’s all it is, just with different types of designs. Why let others see that when your body was made solely for Christ and your future husband? And I understand that many of us (myself included) want to fit in and get the approval of our friends and others, and we just want to be “in style” and up-to-date with the latest fashions. But life is SO MUCH MORE than that. My heart truly breaks at the girls and women who think the only way to get attention or to feel love is by dressing half naked. Because it isn’t. Christ will reward his daughters for dressing in a way that pleases him. We can still be so super cute and in style without showing off everything God gave us. WE CAN GIRLS!!!!! I cannot tell you how uncomfortable and weird I felt wearing a bikini around my father. I know I was ALWAYS trying to cover up as much as I could. I know he did not like it one bit and I know that he wants me to present myself in a Christ-like manner in how I dress, because he is a man and he knows how guys think. If you aren’t sure about something you have on, ask your dad or brother what they think, because they know and they will be honest with you! And listen to what they say! I thank God I have Christian parents. And I am so thankful that they let me learn this for myself, because it has made me the person I am today! I am most thankful for God, and his word, and opening my eyes to see the bigger picture! I am also thankful for a Jesus-loving boyfriend who helped me as well! God has plans for everything and I have learned so much!

A few blogs ago, I wrote about Cinderella. When talking about modesty, Cinderella always comes to my mind. I’m talking about the newest Cinderella!! I want myself, and other girls to strive to be like Cinderella. She was so kind and giving no matter what. Not only that, she was MODEST! She did not dress in a way that made everyone stop and look at her. In fact, she wore what was known as “rags”. But, because of this, she was rewarded, and got the Prince. He did not notice her by what she had on, he noticed her by her inner beauty! Girls, let your inner beauty shine! I know that this blog is long, and I probably rambled, but the point I’m trying to make is that modesty is really important. It has been taken away from society, and I can’t help but think that Christ is upset with this. That is why I believe this has been on my mind for this long. Something needs to be done! How have we as Christian girls let it get to the point where girls think they have to be half-naked to get attention? THAT’S SO SADDDD TO ME!!!!! I want better! I want girls to know they are BEAUTIFUL just the way they are. I want girls to know that they can dress in a way that pleases God, and still fit in!

So I am proposing a challenge to every girl out there. My good friend and I have been talking about starting a #MODESTYMOVEMENT. So here’s my challenge. For this summer, dress in a way that is pleasing to Christ, and won’t allow you to be a stumblingblock to your brothers in Christ. Maybe that means not wearing a bikini this summer. If a few girls would put on a cute one-piece, they would be back in style in NO TIME and bikinis would be in the Decline stage of the market. Do you realize that we, (as shoppers) determine the style? If we would stop buying bikinis, crop tops, high-wasted booty shorts, and so on, they would be OUT of stores! We have the power! Let’s use our power for good….for Christ! So that is my challenge for all girls out there! Let’s create a #MODESTYMOVEMENT!! Take a look at what you wear, just like I did, and dress in a Christ-like manner! If someone asks you why you don’t wear this or that, HEY, that’s a GREAT time to be a witness and let your inner beauty shine! I hope you all have a FABULOUS summer and enjoy some time off!!!

Have Courage and Be Kind – Cinderella

You are beautiful, God’s princess, and he LOVES you!!!!!!

– KB