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learning respect… part 6…

God… He didn’t make me wait for the final letter… in the teaching… whose genesis… came… in the dark…

Yesterday… in the midst of writing the C

R… revere
E… engage
S… stand at the crossroads and look
P… pure
E… earnest
C… choice
T

… the T… was revealed…

Today

The time… is nowtoday

There is no waiting… for a husband… to earn… respect… God says…

…the wife must respect her husband.
Ephesians 5:33
(emphasis added)
Today… is the day to begin… 
When we exercise… respect… by faith… we wield the God-given tool… that encourages… our husbands… as Adams… to become the men… the keepers… God created them… to be… turning them into… men… we… will… respect…
Respect… it flourishes… in the present… where we find… His presence… 
Our God… He is a present-tense God… the Great… I AM… 
There is no benefit… to being guilt-ridden… by all the opportunities… missed… to encourage… with respect… guilt it paralyzes… and condemnation… is not found… in Christ…
There is no benefit… in waiting… for tomorrow… or… for the moment… when you feel like respecting…  
Obedience… to a command… does not require… feelings… 
So as the Holy Spirit says:
Today if you hear his voice,
do not harden your heart
as you did in the rebellion,
during the time of testing in the desert. …”
Hebrews 3:7-8
(my emphasis)
The test… it comes in the desert… the wilderness… where it’s hard… when you hear Him speak… 
Do it NOW… waiting… hardens your heart… turns it… into a wasteland… 
To wait… once you know… when you’ve heard… that’s rebellion… and leads to an extra… 40 years… in the desert…!
It is an act of faith… to hear… and obey… especially… when you don’t feel like it… 
Today… now… in this moment… is where the Great… I Am… is found… there is no… What if…? there is ONLY… What is…

The past… it requires… confession… repentance… and confidence… in forgiveness… and grace… and His power to work all… for the good… of those who love Him…
The future… is… yet to be written… paths not yet chosen… words not yet spoken… thoughts that can be taken captive… for His glory… 
Faith… exercised… today… stands on His promise… to empower His people… to do… what He calls them to…
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
2 Peter 1:3
Humble yourself… before God… today
Confess… that you are unable… to respect… your husband…
He is faithful… to enable…
Father God… I thank You… for Your teaching…
root it in my heart… for Your glory…

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