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Queens' Monthly Mentoring March 2017
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Queens' Mentoring Mission

To encourage women to receive the abundant life Jesus
came to bring 
them through
the teaching of the 
Word of God while pursuing their
Kingdom purpose!
Queens' Update
 

We will meet for our next Queens' meeting
May 19th at 7:30pm.
If interested in attending, contactthe email address:
wifeofvirtueQM@gmail.com
Word to the Wise

I want to talk to you about faith and walking into the unknown. Living a life of faith requires us to live by God's Word rather than focusing on the present circumstance. God's Word is always true. Our circumstances or the facts can lie to us. If what you presently see in your life does not line up with God's Word, it is lying to you. Instead of allowing the present circumstance to upset you, start speaking God's Word to it. 

There have been times in my life when I had to admit that I became snared by the words of my own mouth. You really do have to walk by spiritual sight rather than what you see with your physical eyes. You have to treat what you see in the spirit as more real than what you see with your natural eyesight because it is. What's in the spirit determines what will manifest in the natural. Living by faith may mean that every step or life decision may not be mapped out for you, but there are promises in God's Word that you can rely on even when you cannot see your way.

Every time I consider giving up on what God said concerning my life, I think of Abraham and how impossible his situation looked. Romans 4:18-20 encourages me to use spiritual sight in my faith walk and to live by God's Word, even when things look crazy.

Numbers 23:19 
Deuteronomy 8:3

Using God's Wisdom in Relationships


Last month, we studied the example of relationships that Jesus gave us in the Word regarding how to function in the relationship and in the world. This month, we will look at how to use the wisdom God shares throughout the Word in each of our relationships. if we really desire to live a victorious Kingdom kind of life in the area of relationships, then God's Word gives us the steps to do it.

In the book of Job, we read about all the trials that Job goes through and most of us can relate to that. Everyone in this life has trials that we go through. But, that is not what we are going to focus on. We need to look at the dynamics of the relationship of Job and his friends. It is good to have friends when you are going through, but sometimes friends don't always understand, have the answer or even know what to do.

Jeremiah 17:5 ESV "Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD."

Psalms 118:8 "It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man."

We must not allow bitterness or grudge holding to take place in our lives because the people we expected to be there for us somehow disappointed us in how they handled what we were going through. Don't put unfair expectations on your friends or relatives. Only God is God. When we go through trials, we must learn to turn to Him. God is the only one who has the answer to whatever it is we are going through.

In Job 42:10a, it says "And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends."

Now Job's friends had not spoken well of him while supposedly trying to comfort him. Job had to be willing to forgive his friends and to pray for them despite the wrong done. God did not turn Job's situation around until he did just that.

In our lives, bitterness, grudge holding and unforgiveness could be what is holding us back from God turning our situation around. If people that you have been in relationship with have done you wrong, forgive them, pray for them and let it go. God has so much more for you.

This next topic is one that I am sure you have experienced sometime in your life. There is a saying that is fitting to introduce this topic. "Loose lips sink ships". We are going to talk about how to use wisdom regarding relationships with people who talk too much. God's Word is very clear and concise on how to handle this type of relationship. 

Proverbs 11:13 AMP "He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy and faithful in spirit keeps the matter hidden."

Proverbs 16:28 "A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates close friends."

Proverbs 17:9 AMP "He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends."

Proverbs 20:19 KJV & AMP "He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips."
"He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; therefore associate not with him who talks too freely."

There was once a situation, many years ago, in my life where private, secret things were being revealed to people from a friend I had once trusted. I was not sure if these things were being revealed by this particular friend or another friend. So, I confronted the other friend to see if this friend was revealing these secrets. This other friend denied having said anything, but gave me this piece of advice. "If you don't know if you can trust someone; give them a test. Give them a small, insignificant amount of information and tell them it is a secret, then see what happens." I took this friend's advice and to my dismay, the particular friend was not trustworthy, but a talebearer. That experience is one of many I have had. God's Word has given me so much wisdom on how to handle relationships that I am now living in a place of peace regarding my relationships because I did what the Word said.
 

Here are a few things to avoid if you want to have fruitful relationships with people:

 
  1. Do not build relationships with people who are always eager to reveal other people's secrets.
  2. Stay away from strife sowers. People who are always starting trouble should be avoided.
  3. Be discerning with people who struggle with envy, jealousy or control issues. They can make having other friendships difficult.
  4. Be discerning with people who have difficulty with forgiveness and are constantly bringing up past hurts.
  5. Be aware that people who talk a lot are always looking for things to converse about. Make sure that you do not reveal things that will be a problem if they make you their next topic.
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