Guided by Christ Alone {Inspiring Women}

Hi friends! For the month of May, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

As women of God who passionately follow Jesus Christ, the Living God, we need to be intentional in how we live. For this, let’s look to our God-given instruction in today’s passage.

3 In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and honor others more than yourselves. Don’t be interested only in your own life, but care about the lives of others too. In your life together, think the way Christ Jesus thought (Phil. 2, ERV).

We have not been called to allow our flesh (that is, our sin nature) to continue reigning. Instead, we need to allow our lives to have a much different guide. His name is Jesus Christ, and He holds all things together (see Col. 1:17).

Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, is who we need to seek after, and allow Him to transform us.

New Life

In Galatians 5, we are urged to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in our lives.

Jesus Christ went through unbearable pain to bring us reconciliation and our new life. Let’s not forget the moment He lit up our dark world (see Eph. 2).

We have been given new life, but often we are still living our old life versus the new one of great cost. God can radically change our lives, as we walk closely with Him.

We can lay down our selfishness and pride.

We can surrender our old way of doing things.

Our relationships can experience radically reconciliation.

As women passionately seeking Jesus, He can take us from a world of darkness and give us His amazing light – which includes an identity rooted in Him where we are made whole.

The Transformative Power

Even though our lives seem like a disaster (ohh I am sorry, maybe that’s just my life?), God is going to transform our hearts and lives – as we seek Him.

From the moment where we began to follow Jesus the Christ, we have had the Holy Spirit, the Transformer, take up residence in our lives. God is pursuing us, and loving us unconditionally. He will work in our lives, as we draw near to Him.

This same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead – is working in you and me. Our lives are not hopeless. On the contrary, our lives are exploding with hope.

When we are guided by the Holy Spirit, everything becomes much clearer. We can move into the person God is making us to be. We will no longer be empty, because we know our need for God and find our wholeness in Him (see Col. 2:10).

The entire fullness of deity dwells in Christ; therefore the experience of fullness is to be found in him, and in him alone. Christian experience is indeed filled with significance and power (Asbury Commentary).

 

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The Divided Road – Humility or Pride

Divided RoadThree months ago, I began to unravel this idea that our world won’t change until we do. I firmly believe this. Until the world comes to Jesus, the Christ, our world will not change. It is only, as we forsake sin and cling to Jesus – that the trends of our world begin to change.

If Jesus, our God and Savior, is not at the center, we will be on the wrong side of the road (so to speak). We will become people doing the opposite of what is best for us.

The choice is ours. Will we become a people that seek after God and put away our sin? This is a big message – for any of us. We need to consider the groundwork for our lives – humility versus pride.

The Showdown

This is a showdown that is evident in everyone’s lives. Not just your life is messed up. It’s everyone. We each have pride deep in our hearts that clouds our minds from the truth. This part of our heart becomes evident to all. You just can’t hide pride. It infects everything…

Truth: We will either have a heart of humility or pride. The outcomes are different: seeking Jesus or ourselves (and sin)… And, it affects everything.

Humility or Pride?

Humility and pride are two different life tracks.

In a heart of humility, we willingly seek God, accountability from other believers, and turn our lives around – knowing our relationship with God is more important.

In pride, we could care less about consequences. Our lives become about what we want. It is about getting our next “fix”.

Truth: We are no different than anyone else. We need to surrender our pride and ways to God through Jesus Christ.

Reflection

Knowing we wrestle pride, isn’t the end of our story. The grace and power of God is far greater.

Read Ephesians 2:1-5

I must choose.

What old desires, thoughts, and motives have I clung to (see Eph. 2:3) – even as I commit myself to Jesus, the Christ? Those things need to go. How is God growing me – and helping me learn how to live in a much better way?

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Eph. 2:10, AKJV).

Galatians Challenge: Week 5

I had a good week with moments of focusing on parts of Gal. 5:19.

The results of following sinful nature is clear, and it includes:
sexual immortality, impurity, and debauchery.


Week 5:

As I continue this week, here is the next part of the Scripture.

The results of following our sinful nature are clear and include:
idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts
of angerdisputes,dissensions, factions,..” – Galatians 5:19a, 20
(Click each word for its proper definition from the Interlinear Bible)

Reformation Study Bible includes this note:

5:20 idolatry . . . divisions. Paul lists gross sins that the legalists
would condemn, but follows them with the very sins they were guilty of (v. 15).

See Intervarsity Commentary for more.

Head Games…

“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the
Spirit is life and peace. 
For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile
to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” – Romans 8:6-8

The battle between my flesh and seeking His Spirit in my life is something I am starting to refer to as “head games”. It is by no means “a game”, but it explains there is a struggle that exists there. It isn’t me versus another human being. It is my flesh rebelling against God. It is my flesh rebelling against wanting anything to do with God. It is in a heavy mental battle that cannot be won on my own. I need my Savior to help me. I need my Protector – to aid me in this battle. Scripture has much to say on the battle between flesh and spirit. We don’t have to go far to realize that it indeed is a battle. It can be an exhausting one on different levels.

As I am aware of the struggle, I must ask: How do I conquer these spiritual “mind games”? Three things I know would help me in this struggle.

  • God’s Word. I need to make sure I am in the Word of God, and meditate on passages that deal with the flesh battle that I am facing. I need to meditate and seek to remember Scriptures such as: Galatians 5:1, 16-25; 1 Peter 5:7-10; Matthew 28:41; 2 John 1:8; Philippians 4:8. I need to write out these Scriptures, and strategically place them around my home.
  • Prayer. I need to be Spirit-led in my prayers. I cannot allow my needs to overshadow the importance of being in God’s Presence. God has given me the Holy Spirit to comfort and teach me all kinds of things. God wants to equip me. My problem is not making use of the resources.
  • Faith. The last one possibly requires the greatest explanation. I need to grow in trusting God to do what He says He is capable of doing. I need to believe that God is faithful and my Deliverer. I need to cling to what God wants to teach me in Ephesians 3:20 where He says:

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all
that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…”