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The Gospel Demands Forgiveness {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!

In order to truly become transformed women, who are changed by our Lord Jesus Christ, we need to become women of humility. Humility, or its opposite – pride, shows up the moment someone has wronged us.

Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others (Col. 3:13, TLB).

How Do WE Respond… when someone has wronged us?

This is the moment where we realize a lot about ourselves and the grace that we are given through the suffering, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is impossible for us to truly forgive those who have deeply hurt us, except by the power of our risen Lord.

King Jesus is the One who is doing this beautiful work inside of us.

And you will know God’s great power. It can’t be compared with anything else. His power works for us who believe. It is the same mighty strength God showed. He showed this when he raised Christ from the dead. God seated him at his right hand in his heavenly kingdom (Eph. 1:19-20, NTE).

Reminded of the Gospel

When these deeply conflicted situations arise, we are reminded of the Gospel. The Gospel reminds us that all people need God’s forgiveness – which is found only through Jesus Christ. They need our forgiveness, too.

God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. . . Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:19, 20b-21, NIV).

Because we have been changed by the reality of the Gospel, we will seek after God’s heart in our relationships. We need to be willing to pursue reconciliation with others, after being made right with God. If we want to see God bring healing, let’s choose to work toward forgiving others.

Letting Go of “The Right”

We may have “the right” to be angry with someone for the way they have hurt us, but we can willfully choose to “count it as rubbish (see Phil. 3:7-14)”.

Why would we do such a thing? Because, we have met Jesus Christ.

From the moment where we said “yes” to following Jesus, our lives have been changed – for the better. Our hearts and minds are being renewed. Now if we haven’t met Jesus Christ or been changed by Him in this dramatic way, we will try to forgive in our own efforts. We need Jesus Christ and His power to forgive. 

Forgiving others is hard, but made possible with Jesus Christ. Every hint of willingness reminds us of the Holy Spirit’s work in our midst. Through walking by the Holy Spirit’s leading, we are able to remember none compare with Him. His truth always wins.

In Christ,

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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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I invite you to join us for our next study. For nine weeks, beginning on September 11, we will be enjoying bite-size portions of Matthew 4-7. This amazing section of Scripture, we will finally get to sit down and study at our own level. You can pick up your journal, over on Amazon. (Please Note: As an Amazon Affiliate, I receive a small earning from any purchases made using the link at no expense to you.)

Trials Tuesday: The Truth Concerning Wealth

Truth Concerning Wealth

For the past few months, we have been studying the book of James. Below, you can find the devotions we have covered thus far:
  1. Good Things Found (James 1:2-5)
  2. Endurance (James 1:2-5)
  3. Wavering Faith (James 1:6-8)
  4. Wrestling Doubt (James 1:6-8)
  5. Eternally Rich (James 1:9)
  6. Raised with Christ (James 1:9)

The Rich’s Own Mortality

While those in a humble position, can get excited in the truth that they are raised with Christ, the rich need to grow in humility. In James 1:9-11, we are taught that each man and women will one day die. No amount of money can spare one from suffering or death. Scripture reminds us that…

A man’s days are numbered. You know the number of his months. He cannot live longer than the time You have set (Job 14:5-7, NLV).

  • In your life, what circumstances are you facing today?
  • Does it feel like things are within your own control?
  • How are you realizing God’s power upon your life?
  • Who has set your life in motion?
  • In Psalm 139:16, we are reminded that “every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed (NLT).” Consider who has planned out your life, far better than you could.
  • How are you come to terms with knowing your days are numbered?
  • Celebrate the truth that He holds you in the palm of His hand. He is in control. “He holds all things together (see Colossians 1:17).”

Who is Really in Control?

When we have a certain status or amount of money, it can be easy to feel like we are somewhat in control of our lives or situations. The Word of God makes it clear that we are not in control. God is the One who has planned out our days. He knows what will happen tomorrow or next year. He knows if the rich will suddenly lose all of their money playing the Lotto. God knows. Not only does He know, He cares for each one of us. Because of the level of compassion God has for us, He has sent His only Son to redeem us.

I love the truth found in Romans 8:31-32 where we are reminded that God has withheld nothing from us – and we are called His children!

Don’t Lose Your Eternal Sight

The rich, in particular are called out in James 1. It can be easy to live in today’s world, and hold onto our money. When we have a certain status, we lose sight of the important things. We lose sight of eternity. In Colossians 3:1-2, we are reminded to keep our sights on God and focus on Kingdom things. For the rich, they are reminded here that they need to remain humble. Are you familiar with Jesus’ encounter with the rich man in the book of Luke? Let’s review, shall we?

Please head over to Bible Gateway, and read Luke 18:18-30 in your favorite Bible translation. Then, head back here – so we can discuss what we are learning about the riches of this world and the Kingdom of God!

  • Who is Jesus talking with?
  • What is the ruler’s question for Jesus?
  • How does Jesus respond to him (see vv. 22)?
  • Why do you think Jesus instructed him like he did?
  • How can our possessions get in the way of walking in relationship with God?
  • Spend some time thinking on Micah 6:8. What is to be our goal, as we seek after God?
  • How can we trade in the things of this world (IE. Riches, possessions, friends, hobbies) for the things of God?

This man walked away saddened.

He wouldn’t give it up for Jesus.

His possession became more important than eternal life.

Back to James 1:10-11

We are taught that we should be glad that our riches mean nothing to the Lord.

But a rich man should be glad that his riches mean nothing to the Lord, for he will soon be gone, like a flower that has lost its beauty and fades away, withered—killed by the scorching summer sun. So it is with rich men. They will soon die and leave behind all their busy activities (James 1:10-11, TLB).

There is joy found in the Lord. I wish the rich man learned that. He didn’t have to walk away saddened at what Jesus instructed him to do. He wanted to “have it all,” but what he gained was nothing at all. Our possessions are nothing, in comparison to the riches of Christ!

In the Bible, we are reminded that all we truly need is Jesus.

We don’t need wealth.

We don’t need that dream job.

We don’t need that big house.

We only need Jesus, the Christ.

We only need our Savior of the world!

He is all we lack.

He is the One thing that is essential.

He is the non-negotiable!

Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty (John 6:35, NLT).”

He is all we need.

This world will try to compete with the riches of Christ, but they can’t. The devil can attempt to tempt us with his schemes and shiny things, but they are nothing. We will save our talk on riches of Christ vs. things of this world for next week, as it relates to learning our position in Christ.

Until next time,

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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).

It’s Good to Be Queen (A “Blogging-For-Books” Review)

51-CHnmPpzLIt’s Good to Be Queen is the latest book by Liz Curtis Higgs. She takes us on a journey, as we follow Queen of Sheba on her path to discovering Solomon’s character, the truth about wisdom, and even discovering Yahweh – the One true God. We get to go along, for the ride, to discover the treasures that she discovered first.

The world has their own perspective regarding Queen of Sheba, but this study offers us the chance to get the biblical perspective. Honestly, I had no idea who Queen of Sheba was… until I came into this study. This study, for me, was pretty life-changing. It was a way for God to reveal to me old truths and new, that I need to invite into my life.

Humility and boldness are two of those truths. While humility is something we are often taught, boldness is something we can somehow miss in the shuffle of life. But, God wants us to be bold. He wants to boldly follow Him, wherever He instructs us to go. Queen of Sheba was bold, and it changed everything for her (in the best way).

New to Her Studies? Me too!

If you haven’t ever had the chance, or found the time, to dig into one of Higgs’ studies, I invite you to join me. This is my first study by Liz, and I loved it. She is a fantastic Bible teacher. What I appreciate most about this study, is the rich depth of teaching. Through it, we learn: (1) what this Scripture means (2) what the experience was like (3) what we can glean from it. I really enjoyed her study, and look forward to hopefully reading more studies by this author. The author doesn’t just scratch the surface for the studies, but goes the extra mile (or two) to give greater insight than we would ever have if we studied it on our own.

Highly Recommend It’s Good to Be Queen!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the “Blogging for Books” book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.