Tag: God’s Pursuit

My Own Story: Strength in the Fight {Inspiring Women}

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, 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 followers of Jesus Christ, we are invited to lean on the Lord for strength. Today, I will be sharing my own story of facing difficult circumstances with God’s strength. This is part one, as we look at Ephesians 6:10 –

In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides] (Eph. 6:10, AMPC).

We can be strong in the battle, because we are relying on our Lord Jesus for strength and protection. It brings us back to our need for a relationship with our King! As we come closer to Jesus, He provides all we need to face the storms of life.

My Own Battle –

Summer is my hard time, as I have shared before. I feel like everything within me, becomes greatly tested – during Summer time. This reminds me why I need Jesus Christ in my life. I cannot deal with the things of my life without Him. My strength is not nearly enough to tackle a small portion of the things I deal with.

Jesus Christ is my source of Strength, Deliverer, Companion, Savior, and even calls me His friend. He continues to show me who He is.

I am thankful He doesn’t ever leave my side. I can sit in His presence, and allow everything else fade into the background – as He equips me to carefully handle everything. This is where I am renewed and find healing, as I sit in His presence, talk with Him {prayer}, and read my Bible.

God’s Strength –

Even though this is my difficult time, I am constantly reminded that God’s strength is more than enough to get me through. The strength of my God is all I need.

Throughout Scripture, we are taught about the character of God – His goodness, love, justice, strength, etc. However, it is in these moments that I am able to experience who God honestly is. I am not alone in my battle.

Through the Holy Spirit, God’s gift to remind His followers they are saved, He stays with me regardless of my circumstances. He is my Constant in the midst of a very unpredictable storm. While I cannot do anything to earn His favor or love, He has chosen to love me and stay with me – simply because He wants to.

Because of Jesus Christ, who has saved me, I can enjoy an intimate relationship with my great God and my soul can literally burst with joy – regardless of how unwell I feel.

God’s Passionate Pursuit –

God reaches out to us in the midst of our troubling circumstances. Even though we cannot begin to figure out what is going on or why it is happening, God remains. He constantly pursues us.

Even though we have made ourselves God’s enemies through our choices to rebel against Him, He still loves us and sent His Son Jesus Christ – so we may be with Him again. We can experience forgiveness from our sins and a right relationship with our heavenly Father. All we need is Jesus Christ who paid the ultimate price. He laid down His life, so we would be saved.

For many of us, we don’t have a father figure in our lives. This weekend can be difficult for that reason, but keep remembering how much God loves you and is pursuing a love relationship with you.

He wants a relationship with you. He wants to give you His strength among many other good gifts. He is simply waiting for you to respond to His love invitation.

In His Hands,

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Job 21-23

Chapter 21 – Job speaks

“Listen to what I say. Let this be your way of comforting me. Be patient while I speak. Then after I have finished speaking, you may make fun of me (vv. 2-3, ERV).”

All Job wants is – comfort. He is hurting on an intense level, and his friends aren’t showing much comfort or compassion toward him. He desperately needs to hear from God.

Even when we have been given good comforting friends, we still need comfort and to hear from God more than anyone else.

Jesus, as our Comforter, reminds us that we can draw near and allow our relationship with Him to be the most important thing in our lives.

Jesus Christ is the Comforter we stand in need of. No matter what kind of friends we have, our need for Jesus never changes!

We need Him to overwhelm our souls with His goodness, hope, and eternal salvation.

We have Jesus Christ as our great Savior. He came to give us a new beginning, where we dwell in the presence of our God. God loves us, and pursues us – daily!

Chapter 22 – Eliphaz Responds

Haven’t you done many evil things? Don’t you sin again and again? . . . That’s why traps have been set all around you. That’s why sudden danger terrifies you (vv. 5, 10, NIRV).

This is why Job’s friends have a bad reputation. They are convinced that sin has caused all of Job’s trouble. These men didn’t know about Job 1-2. This is where we learn that our relationship with God, causes the Devil to become angry and seek to devour us.

The closer Job got to God, the more the Devil wanted to try and destroy him. As we see from the last few chapters, Job gets even more prosperous as he sought God.

Let’s stay steadfast in our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. God is far greater than the Devil or anyone else, just like verse 12 teaches us.

You agree, don’t you, that God is in charge? He runs the universe—just look at the stars! (MSG)

Lastly, we have verses 21-30. This is a Scripture worthy of our attention, which teaches us three key points –

  • Obey God and be at peace with Him.
  • Let’s put away our sin and return to the Lord!
  • Make Jesus Christ your delight.

Chapter 23 – Job Speaks

But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold. For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside. I have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food (vv. 10-12, NLT).

Amen! When the time of testing is over, we will come out as gold. Our time of testing shows where our faith has stood in our darkest hour.

How will we come out of our testing time, and will we cling to the hope found in Jesus Christ no matter what?

I want to live my life in such a way, so that after the testing I can feel unashamed about how I responded.

 

Dwelling in His Beauty {{Inspiring Women}}

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, 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!

Women of God, we have been given an imperishable beauty – that comes from Christ alone. In this day-and-age, it is easy to be consumed with our outward beauty, but we are far more than just external beauty. God has made us His daughters, and we can become even more beautiful with each day that we follow Jesus Christ.

Our Scripture

Be beautiful inside, in your hearts, with the lasting charm of a gentle and quiet spirit that is so precious to God (1 Peter 3:4, TLB).

. . . but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious (ESV).

Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in (MSG).

Circumstances Can Make Us Beautiful!

No matter what is going on in our lives, we can cultivate inward beauty. We can become women who are quiet and gentle – without losing our chance to “be strong and courageous” as Joshua 1:9 teaches.

Each of us is given an unique set of circumstances in our lives. Although these things are difficult, they continue to make us more beautiful on the inside. This is part of the pruning process we are given. We learn about this dreaded, but beautifying process in the book of John. In chapter 15, Jesus has a much needed talk with His disciples. Although He was going away, He reminds them of their need to stay connected to Him (which is accomplished with the Holy Spirit).

Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me (John 15:4, AMPC).

As followers of Jesus, girls, we need to stay deeply connected to Jesus. We need to find ourselves clinging to Him – regardless of the circumstances of today.

The difficulties of today, will enable us to experience the fruit of tomorrow. This is the beauty that lasts. Jesus wants to make us even more beautiful.

Our eyes need to be on the prize, which isn’t a stash of newly bought makeup for our faces to hide the real appearance of who we are.

Instead this eternal prize is the beauty of Jesus Christ, powerfully on display – as we live out our lives.

This is the goal worth pursuing. This is the beauty that can still remain when we are old and grey.

As long as we are pursuing Jesus Christ and welcoming His love pursuit of us, we are choosing inner beauty as the priority. Choosing inwardly beauty doesn’t mean never wearing makeup again. It only means, we are choosing the better thing.

True Greatness {{Week 3}}

We have been studying Isaiah 40, over the past few weeks. It has been an amazing time of worship and connecting with God. I hope you have been able to join us. If you haven’t, it’s not too late. We still have a few days left. You can pick up your free journal and schedule, and join in the fun!

The Scriptures – Isaiah 40:23-24; Psalm 107:40; Isaiah 5:21

“He dooms the great men of the world and brings them all to naught. 24 They hardly get started, barely take root, when he blows on them and their work withers, and the wind carries them off like straw (Is. 40:23-24, TLB).”

“For God pours contempt upon the haughty and causes princes to wander among ruins (Ps. 107:40).”

“Woe to those who are wise and shrewd in their own eyes! (Is. 5:21)”

We aren’t as awesome, as we would like to believe.

As humans, we sin and are powerless (on our own). When we stand alone, we are so small compared to God and His righteousness. Even the greatest people of the world will give an account to God for their actions.

When we stand alone, we are so small compared to God and His righteousness (Click to Tweet).

Absolutely none are exempt from the judgment of God. God is sovereign and we need to know that. Our whole world is rampant with conceit and pride. In today’s society, we waste our own effort in becoming great in the world’s eyes versus knowing the One who is truly great – the Greatest One of all!

One thing is certain – destruction becomes ours from the moment we think we are wise and clever in our own eyes. The truth is – we need to be humble and seek God. Knowing His vastness, should bring us to our knees and make us rethink the way we are living. If we try to live for the world’s applauds versus God’s, we are inviting His judgment to sit with us – ignoring His sacred truths. We need to live like we know God’s all powerful. We need to revere God, through how we live – because He is the One in control.

While He passionately pursues, and meets us on a personal level, I need to invite God to be the most important part of my life – for He is true greatness. God’s sovereignty isn’t superficial or going to fade with time. God is Awesome in His power. The best kind of power, is God’s eternal power.

God’s sovereignty isn’t superficial or going to fade with time (Click to Tweet).

Lord Jesus, you are the very picture of greatness. It is not found in anything I could ever do. But, it is found in You. Thank You, Lord!

See 1 Cor. 10:12; Matthew 23:11-12

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The Blessing of Knowing I am His Chosen Daughter

This morning, I am reminded of the celebration I get to have: my heavenly Father has chosen me. He has called me His daughter, and invites me into a daily relationship with Him. I never have to go through life alone, or without Him by my side.

My heavenly Father – who willingly chose me, adopted me into His family, sent His Son Jesus, lavishes His love onto me, and gives much better gifts than any in this world could give.

‘[T]o all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
They are… [given] a birth that comes from God (John 1:12-13).’

‘… Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his
own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”
 For his Spirit joins with our spirit
to affirm that we are God’s children. 
(Romans 8:15-16)’


Knowing we are called His own, is a tremendous blessing and a celebration all in itself.
It is the greatest gift we can receive. We get the joy of entering an adventurous, glorious relationship with our Creator. Simply because He loves us. This is why He came. This is why God sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins. Out of His love for us. He came to be with us, and wants to give us the greatest gifts we could ever dream of. He has poured out His love for us – like none other.

‘See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and
that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that
we are God’s children because they don’t know him. (1 John 3:1)’

If you are waiting for that special man to enter your life…

It is easy to observe others’ “happy-on-the-outside” relationships. We need not look any further in the world – to find the One who will love us and transform our lives. It’s comforting to know we are God’s first choice. He knows our flaws, and chooses us anyways! And, He continues to pursue us on a daily basis. That’s a glimpse of our heavenly Father’s love for us. He gives the right to be called children to those who believe in His Son Jesus Christ, and the gift of salvation we are given through Him alone!

How about you? Do you realize His pursuit of you? He hasn’t stopped pursuing you or caring about you, my friend. He is crying out for you to ‘come’, to recognize He is desiring a relationship with you through His Son!