NIV Color Code Bible {BookLook}

If you are looking for a new Bible, I have one to share with you all. If I was searching for a new Bible, this is the one I would want. As a highlighting girl, this Bible is perfect!

The NIV Color Code Bible is designed to be a children’s Bible, but would be extremely beneficial for anyone.

Honestly, this is probably my favorite Bible {excluding my personal, well highlighted, Bible}.

I seriously love this Bible. I am so glad to have this opportunity to share it with you. I know, there are many choices when considering a particular Bible for our personal study. Add this one to your list!

The Introductions:

Well over 50 pages are devoted to introducing us to the Bible! In these pages, we are given a well informed introduction as we learn many things. It is such a rarity to have a deliberate introduction like this, about the things that truly matter. Making this Bible the best choice.

The Highlights:

This gorgeous Bible has 3,000 passages highlighted to show us important Scriptures. Colorful highlights. Each fitting into 10 different categories. Not only does it highlight Scripture, we are given an “easy-to-understand” teaching on each category – which equips us with the truth.  As we search the Scriptures on God, New Life, or other areas, we are taught and led closer to our Lord Jesus.

While designed for children, this Bible with its added features would be extremely valuable to anyone who is seeking the Lord through His Word – the Bible.

The Teachings:

In the introduction, we are met with Bible teachings in an easy-to-understand format. We are taught things like –

  • What is the Bible?
  • Who wrote the Bible?
  • Why we should read the Bible?

“God wants you to know Him. He made you and He loves you more than you can imagine. . . (p. 21).”

Designed to Help Us Draw Near

The features are just amazing, my friends. I am excited about this Bible and how it can lead others into the Word of God. The highlights are intriguing, especially to someone like me who loves to highlight. My mom loves this Bible too. We actually decided to share it.

In Christ,

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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).

 

Week 4: The Ultimate Goal – Part 2

While I deeply want to pour over a specific passage of Scripture, this is not the day for that conversation to take place. Yesterday, we began to talk about how God is the ultimate authority in our lives. I want to continue that conversation, before we move on.

Before we can go enter the depth of this precious set of God’s commands found in 1 Thessalonians 4, we have to recognize who God is and see Him as the One in authority over our lives. He is the Supreme authority in our lives. His Voice is the only One that will matter at the end of the day.

What is Your Focus?

Knowing this means: He is designed to be the Source of our focus.

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth (Col. 3:1-2, ESV).

. . . let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb. 12:1b-2).

When we have placed God in the appropriate place in our lives, as our focus, we are in the absolute best position to please Him in our lives. After all, God is after our hearts (see Matt. 22:37).

Well – Pleased

God wants to enable us to live a pleasing life. As I think about learning to please God, I am reminded of what could be our motivation. We are reminded in Zephaniah 3:17.

The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing (NKJV).

God’s love for us is personal, present in our relationship with God through Christ, and will last for eternity.

Our relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, is brand new. We have been reconciled to God. While we have our old way of life peeking into the corners of our minds and hearts, just as the Thessalonians did, God is still even more present. God is our source of strength, and He is the One leading us to a brand new way of life.

 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. . . That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus (Eph. 4:17, 20-21).

Closing Thoughts

At this moment, we may struggle terribly with accepting God’s authority in our lives. Perhaps, we don’t want to listen to His Voice and obey Him based on what He teaches us in His Word. While these moments are hard, they will lead us closer to the Lord. As we face decisions of listening to His Voice, let’s remember the goal: to draw near to the Lord our God who is singing and dancing over us, and wants us to experience an intimate relationship with Him!

How can you become closer to the Lord? Focus on the goal, where you are closer to your heavenly Father than you have ever been.

Until next time,

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I Need Thee Every Hour {{Week 9}}

Tonight my heart is heavy, but in prayer. As you all probably know, this week is a fairly big week for those in the States between presidential election and terrorist threats. I have to remember God is still on the throne! And, we all need Jesus. We all need God to be on our side. This happens through one way – trusting Jesus Christ to be King of our lives!

While we are all unworthy of God’s overflowing love and grace, this is the gift we have received in abundance. This is the Good News we need to hear over and over again.

 In the Bible, we are reminded of one who we could deem as “unworthy” of the Gospel – yet God saved him while he was on his way to attack the Church. Apostle Paul was indeed a terrorist (see Acts 8:3, 9:1-31). But, he was a terrorist whose heart was changed as the Holy Spirit worked in his life. I am reminded of the amazing power of God tonight!

This is the Good News of Jesus Christ that we live and breathe for. Jesus can save us and completely change the direction of our lives for all eternity and the here-and-now. Jesus went to the cross and rose again on our behalf. To bring us to God in a right standing relationship and to give us brand new life.

How are you seeking this brand new life
God wants to give you, through His Son Jesus?

The Scriptures – Matthew 7:13-14; John 14:6; Psalm 16:11

“Enter God’s kingdom through the narrow gate. The gate is large and the road is wide that leads to ruin. Many people go that way. But the gate is small and the road is narrow that leads to life. Only a few people find it (Matthew 7:13-14, NIRV).”

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6).”

“You always show me the path of life. You will fill me with joy when I am with you. You will make me happy forever at your right hand (Psalm 16:11).”

Life is found in Jesus Christ, and Him alone. There is no other way to God the Father. Jesus is the only way. Our good works will never be enough to erase all (or any for that matter) of our evil deeds and disobedience to God.

… But, Jesus promises to be more than enough.
He is the Way to God.
He is the Way to life and joy, too!

While we have become enemies of God by our actions and disobedience to God, we can be given His glorious life and joy too. If we will choose to accept His Son Jesus Christ into our lives. Jesus went to the cross on our behalf, to give us new life through His resurrection. Our new lives must begin with Jesus Christ. Jesus has many promises He wants to fulfill in our lives. And unlike this world, Jesus does what He promises to do. All we have to do is come!

How can you enjoy Jesus more this week?

Lord Jesus, teach me that You are the Source of life! Help me to hold tightly to You. You are the King of the world! Be also the King of my heart and life. Amen.

See Matthew 10:28-31

Preparing to Serve

It has been one of those weeks.

I need to clear out the spaces in my spirit.

… Tomorrow is Sunday.

The Privilege of Serving Sundays

Sunday is the day, where I am given the abundant privilege to serve God and my brothers and sisters in His family! Don’t get me wrong, we are given opportunities to serve God and His people on a daily basis. But, Sunday’s always feel a bit different than those other opportunities. Perhaps, it’s just me.

For me, Sunday’s are long – yet there is something beautiful about them. It is a time to hear the Word of God faithfully preached, meet with His people, laugh with His people, and to be vulnerable with His people. All of which is actually an opportunity to see God and His handiwork more.

Preparing for Tomorrow

I just want to be prepared for tomorrow. Like I said, interesting week. More like, an interesting “encounter” (since I don’t want to divulge more information, we will leave it there). And, I just can’t get it off my mind. I am wondering what is the next step. I am wondering about a lot of things – actually.

Thankfully, I am talking with my Risen Savior about it. While the thoughts creep in and I can’t imagine vulnerably telling others in a face-to-face conversation, I am sharing it with my great God who already knows what is going on.

Tomorrow, I am given the opportunity to serve. As I look back through my serving posts from this year, I can see how it has been quite a year (something I have meant to write about at some point). I have wondered and wandered about where God wants me to serve. I finally have places, where I am serving. God has been providing this year, because I asked and He answered!

How does one prepare to serve?

  1. Get alone with the Lord. Carve out very specific time, to shut out distractions and seek the Lord (see Exodus 19:3a and Luke 5:16).
  2. Recognize God’s greatness. Pore over Isaiah 40, and remember God’s vastness (see Psalm 77:13-15). Our faith is dependent on what we know about God. Keep remembering the God you serve!
  3. Remember what Jesus has done for you! We can offer up ourselves as a living offering, because of what Jesus has done for us. The mercy of God needs to be our motivation. Keep looking to the cross and His empty tomb. Keep looking to the new life He has given you (see Romans 12:1; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21).
  4. Repent of sin. In Scripture, we are reminded that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Because of the God we serve, we can come asking for forgiveness and rest assured that He is faithful and just and will do it (see 1 John 1:9).
  5. Enjoy God’s Presence. Take time to simply rest in Him. Celebrate who God is. Celebrate the kind of relationship God has given you with Himself, through Jesus Christ. Celebrate that God will equip you, to serve Him (see Exodus 33:14; Psalm 16:11, 27:4).
  6. Pour out your heart. Share your heart with God. Tell Him what is going on, right now. Honestly. God sees you. God sees your brokenness. God sees the masks you tend to put on, before you leave the house. God knows what you face. Nothing you can think or say, will shock God. Use this time, to simply be with Him. In the book of Psalms, we are given examples of how people have prayed through their brokenness (see Psalm 13).

I will stop today’s post right here. I have tons to say on brokenness, serving, and other semi-related topics. we will have to pick up where I left off – another time.

Until next time,

Stacey