Susan Jane King

Thriving with Jesus in life's ongoing challenges

They’re Married! The Lord is Faithful

My daughter Sarah married Ben DeCelle, the love of her life, on September 16. We recently were given a “sneak preview” of their wedding photos by Irresistible Portraits (irresistibleportraits.com). (All the photos in this post were taken by Karen Goforth at Irresistible Portraits.) As I looked at those images, tears welled up in my eyes. Every photo reminded me of the Lord’s faithfulness in bringing these two together and giving them a future full of hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

Sarah and Ben have a beautiful love story, and it reminds me ultimately of the great love Jesus has for each of us. Here are some truths I have witnessed in their relationship:

The Lord wants to bless us with His absolute best

I remember getting a phone call from Sarah one Saturday when she was a junior in college: “Mom, I have been reading my Bible and praying, and the Lord keeps telling me to break up with my boyfriend [not Ben—someone else]. What should I do?”

“If God is telling you to break up with him, then you need to break up with him,” I said.

We talked about it quite a while. It would not be easy. Sarah had invested years in that relationship. She was comfortable in it. But in the end, she broke up with that young man. Two months later, she met Ben. They fit and complement one another so well. They each found “the one” God chose for them.

Sarah set that other young man free to find “the one” for him. He married her, and they have a beautiful little girl together.

God knows and wants the absolute best for us. Because He is all-wise, all-loving, and all-powerful, He knows what that absolute best is, and He can make it happen—if we trust Him and cooperate with His plans. That means trusting and obeying Him, even when He challenges us to step out and do uncomfortable things.

I shared in my comments at the rehearsal dinner that Ben is the young man I have been praying about for 26 years, and the Lord truly answered those prayers exceedingly and abundantly beyond anything I could have asked or imagined (Ephesians 3:20). I know he will love, respect, protect, and provide what Sarah needs, and I know she will do the same for him.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben DeCelle

The union of a man and woman is meant to reflect Christ’s love for us

Husbands are called to love, nourish, and cherish their wives, like Christ loves the church, even sacrificially. Wives are called to respect and honor their husbands like the church respects and honors Christ (Ephesians 5:25-33). In other places in scripture, husbands are told to honor their wives (1 Peter 3:7), and wives are told to love their husbands (Titus 2:4). It’s all about love and respect, seeing value in one another and recognizing the beautiful picture the Lord paints in marriage.

I shared this scripture at the rehearsal dinner: “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NASB). Of course, two of those strands in the cord are husband and wife, and the third strand that holds everything together is the Lord. He loves married couples, and He works to bring them and keep them together.

The Lord tells us we are created for His glory (Isaiah 43:7). In Colossians 1:27, we are told that Christ in us is the hope of glory. In the New Testament the word glory is doxa, and it means glory, as very apparent, to manifest, or give an estimation of; hence [resulting in ] praise, honor, and glory [for the Lord]. In other words, the Lord put some of His qualities in each of us, and He wants them to be seen, that others might be drawn to Him.

When I look at Sarah and Ben, I think of the scripture that says the Lord is both strong and loving (Psalm 59:16). I see the Lord blending these qualities in Sarah and Ben’s marriage.

My husband David shared in his wedding toast that “When you are around Ben, you just get the sense that everything is going to be okay.” He talked about the time Sarah and Ben went skydiving and Ben told him that he was nervous until he saw Sarah’s parachute open. “That resonated with me,” David said. “I know he’s going to look after and take care of Sarah.”

I also shared at the rehearsal dinner how Sarah was sick once, and I was trying to take care of her. Ben said to me, “It’s okay. I’ve got her.” I know he does. I know he will stand by her and lend his strength to care for her.

I also see Sarah fulfilling the “loving” component. She has a deeply caring heart that loves fiercely. I shared at the rehearsal dinner how she found a hummingbird in our garage once. Its legs were all tangled up in some sort of string or webbing. It was very weak from not feeding for a while. Sarah freed its legs, mixed up some hummingbird food, put a drop on her smallest finger, and fed that tiny bird for an hour and a half until it was strong enough to fly.

David shared in his toast how Sarah sent a letter and devotion book to a young mom who lost her baby. We were told at church how that mom kept the book and letter on the nightstand next to her bed for months.

I know Sarah will devotedly love Ben. I also know the love and strength they bring to their marriage will bless others too.

This is just the beginning

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6, NASB).

The Lord did something beautiful when he brought Sarah and Ben together as husband and wife. I know He will continue to work in and through their marriage to bless one another and to show the world how wonderful He is! He was faithful to bring them together, and He will be faithful to walk with them as husband and wife. I can’t wait to watch the rest of their story!

Question: How has the Lord been faithful in your life? Comment at the link below.

 

Jeremiah 29:11; Ephesians 3:20; Ephesians 5:25-33; 1 Peter 3:7; Titus 2:4; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Isaiah 43:7; Colossians 1:27; Psalm 59:16; Philippians 1:6

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Update on New Radio Ministry!

I am pleased to announce that my weekly radio Bible teaching broadcasts, as well as the scriptures shared on them, will be available on my website susanjaneking.com beginning this Sunday, September 17. (Click on the Radio tab.) That way, you can have access to them any time after they are on the radio. This offering has been made possible through my tech-savvy son Patrick. Thank you, Patrick!

Also, I have received some updated information about the radio broadcasts, and here it is:

The programs will air every Sunday, including this coming Sunday:

6:30 to 7 am on WSAT 103.3 FM and 1280 AM, Salisbury, NC

9-9:30 am on WTIX 98.3 FM and 1410 AM, Concord, NC

You can also listen live by going to either radio station website and clicking on the LIVE button:

1280wsat.com

memories983.com

Thank you for your continued prayers for this new ministry. May God’s Word would go forth with power to let people know how much He loves them and to impact them to shine His light into the world.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”—2 Timothy 3:16-17, NASB

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Armed and Dangerous!

My grandson Landon, walking with his “knife” and his Papa

This summer, my husband David and I enjoyed some time in the Blue Ridge Mountains with our grandson Landon and his parents. One day, we decided to take a walk, and Landon insisted on taking a knife from his kitchen playset with him.

“He wants to be armed and dangerous,” David said, winking at me.

As I looked at my “fierce” grandson during our walk, it reminded me of how the Lord calls His Word “the sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17, NASB). When we know His Word and live it out, we are armed and dangerous ourselves, and we have a powerful weapon for fighting the enemy.

In His Word, we also find truth. Real truth. Psalm 119:160, NASB, says, “The sum of Your Word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.”

I know this from experience. I attended my first Bible Study 21 years ago. I felt like I had been a beggar on the street, and someone had brought me inside and seated me at a huge banquet table full of food. I fell in love with the Word of God because it taught me so much about the God of the Word, who He is and how He feels about us. The Lord’s Word is a valuable gift from Him to us. We are told, “The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces” (Psalm 119:72, NASB).

 

Since I know the power and worth of God’s Word, I am thrilled to let you know that the Lord has opened a door for me to share it on the radio every Sunday at these times on these stations, beginning this Sunday, September 10:

6:45 – 7:15 a.m., WSAT 1280 AM, Salisbury, NC

9 – 9:30 a.m., WTIX 98.3 FM, Concord, NC

You also can listen live online at 1280wsat.com and memories983.com.

 

I would appreciate your prayers for this new ministry. I pray others will come to know the Lord better and love Him more as we walk through His Word together.

Why is it important to engage with God’s Word?

We encounter the Lord in His Word.

Psalm 138:2 tells us the Lord has magnified His Word according to all His name. For the Hebrew people, the word name represented the authority, power, character, nature, and ways of a person. So, in this scripture, we see that everything God says is backed up by everything He is. His Word is on the same level as His very existence. Because He is God, He can keep His Word. In Jeremiah 1:12, NASB, He says, “‘I am watching over My word to perform it.’”

In the Word of God, we can discover all the attributes of God—through what He says and how He acts. For example, in Exodus 34:6-7, He says of Himself, “’The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet, He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.’” [He hates sin because He has to deal with sin’s consequences on future generations.]

The Lord makes over 8,000 promises to us in His Word. He can keep them because He is God. Those promises reveal a great deal of His heart toward us, and we can know this: “For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding ‘Yes!’ and through Christ, our ‘Amen’ (which means ‘Yes’) ascends to God for His glory” (2 Corinthians 1:20, NLT).

In His great love, the Lord sent His Son Jesus to us to solve our sin problem (John 3:16). We can learn about Jesus in the Bible too, and when we do, we learn even more about our Father who loves us. As He (Jesus) said, “‘Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!’” (John 14:9, NASB). According to the will of God, Jesus “became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30, NASB). We learn a great deal about our Father when we learn from His Word what He accomplished for us through His Son Jesus. All these truths makes us armed and dangerous.

God’s Word transforms us.

Romans 12:2, AMP, says, “be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind.” The word renewing carries the idea of renovation. When we renovate a house, we throw out the old and bring in the new. In a spiritual sense, we get rid of the old, worldly thinking, and replace it with the truth from God’s Word.

Scripture changes us. It is alive, and it acts on our hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit (John 6:63). It works to make us more like Jesus, sanctified [set apart unto God for His purposes], clean, “having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but . . . holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:26-27, NASB). God’s Word moves to accomplish that purpose.

When we expose ourselves to the Word of God, we open our lives to be transformed by the God of the Word. Second Timothy 3:16, NASB, says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” The word inspired means, God-breathed. Just as God breathed life into man (Genesis 2:7), He also breathes life into His Word. He says, “’So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it’” (Isaiah 55:11, NASB).

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12, NASB). It points the way, showing us how to live: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).

God’s Word repels the enemy.

In Ephesians 6:17, NASB, we are told, “And take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” That word take means, to take with the hand, take hold of, take up. In other words, we are to use the Word of God in combat against our enemy. We are warned about our enemy in 1 Peter 5:8, NIV: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.”

The word for Word (of God) in Ephesians 6:17 is rhema, and it means a specific word for a specific situation. The Lord has specific scriptures to fight specific attacks of the enemy. You can see how Jesus demonstrated this truth as He used scriptures to combat the devil in Matthew, chapter 4. The truth and power of God’s Word slice away at the lies of the enemy (John 8:44). The enemy cannot gain any territory in our lives if we resist him by putting our faith in what God says in His Word. We triumph over our enemy by the blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:10).

I loved watching my grandson walk through the woods with his “knife”. Very soon, when he can understand, I will teach him how to take up the sword of God’s Word—and then, he truly will be armed and dangerous!

Question: How have you made God’s Word a priority in your life? What advice do you have for others to incorporate God’s Word into their lives in order to become armed and dangerous? Comment at the link below.

 

Ephesians 6:17; Psalm 119:160, 72; 138:2; Jeremiah 1:12; Exodus 34:6-7; 2 Corinthians 1:20; John 3:16; 14:9; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Romans 12:2; John 6:63; Ephesians 5:26-27; 2 Timothy 3:16; Genesis 2:7; Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 119:105; 1 Peter 5:8; John 8:44; Revelation 12:10

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