Armed and Virtuous “In My Life Lord be Glorified” Southeast Texas Abstinence Ministry

Southeast Texas Abstinence Ministry 

Armed and Virtuous “arms” Southeast Texas girls with the tools they need to meet their abstinence goals.

Abstinence is an important message to share with our families. For many Southeast Texas parents, it’s also a challenging message.

Over the past year, SETX Church Guide has been pleased to share messages from Southeast Texas Abstinence ministry “Armed and Virtuous”.abstinence ministry Hardin County TX

We hope they have been a blessing to you and your child.

John 12:27-28     “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say?  ‘Father, save Me from this hour?’  But for this purpose I came to this hour.  Father, glorify Your name.”… (NKJV) 

While reading the book of John, I came upon something I’ve never stopped to consider before.  I’ve always known that Jesus felt the stress of his impending death on the cross, and that we could tell this specifically when He prayed at the Garden of Gethsemane.  However, according to the verse above, He was feeling the pressure even earlier.

This didn’t really surprise me, but after pondering it for a while, I realized that Jesus was teaching us a lesson.  Even as He was feeling “troubled,” He demonstrated the proper attitude to adopt when facing our fears.

Jesus certainly did not look forward to dying an agonizing death on the cross.  But, instead of asking God to remove it from Him (as I so often find myself doing), He asked God to be glorified in His situation!  He recognized that His purpose on earth was to face this dreadful task, and He embraced it, for the glory of God, and for the restoring of our relationship with Him.

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How many times do we face a trial and become self-absorbed?  How often to we become selfish, even in our prayers?

“God, please make this problem go away!”

Do we ever take a step back and consider that God might have a greater purpose on the other side?  Could it be that our attitude in the storm is actually preventing us from achieving all God intends for us?

I was challenged to change the way I pray about every uncertainty.  Rather than praying for God to change the situation, I’m starting to say, “God, please help me to glorify Your name in this circumstance.”  Such a prayer will always be found acceptable to Him!

After Jesus spoke this prayer, what happened?  Then a voice came from heaven, saying “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”  Jesus recognized that the cross was not about Him; it was about God, who is both completely holy and completely loving.  Jesus fulfilled His earthly calling by seeking to reflect God’s glory.  If I can strive to do that in  my life, how much more can God do through me?

May this help your prayer life as well, my friends.  God knows our weaknesses, and He is full of mercy.  At the same time, He is challenging us to “grow up” in our walk with Him; to stare our giants down, and do mighty things through His power and for His glory!

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My name is April M. Anderson, and I’m just a girl with a story. God laid a burden on my heart to pray for my husband when I was in the sixth grade. I prayed and waited for him for six years, dated him for three, and we’ve been married for 15 years. By God’s grace, both my husband and I were virgins on our wedding day and we’ve been living out our “happily ever after” from that day on!

Armed and Virtous Abstinence Ministry encourages young Southeast Texas women to save themselves for the husbands God is preparing for them.

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We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature, Southeast Texas Abstinence Ministry Armed and Virtuous “arms” Southeast Texas girls with the tools they need to meet their abstinence goals.


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A bit thank-you to April Anderson and “Armed and Virtuous” for sharing the abstinence message with SETX Church Guide and our readers.

We hope you’ve been able to use their example as a guide in talking about abstinence with your child.

  • Daryl Fant, Publisher SETX Church Guide
  • (512) 567-8068

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