Week 9: 2 Thess. 3:3 (God is Faithful)

Life can be intensely overwhelming and confusing at times. As we go through circumstances in our lives, we will be met with the reality of our faith – as it stretches or shrinks.

| The key is in seeking Jesus with whatever we have to give. |

Lately, I have faced difficult days, but the truth is – those days have forced me to remember God is faithful. He is the One I can truly count on. While I can’t “count on” better circumstances, I can expect God to be faithful – regardless of what I face. He is always available, holy, authentic, and loving.

God is always faithful and true to His Word! God has much to give us as we seek His face. He wants to pour into us His truths and the reality that He is for us!

God has declared His faithfulness and everlasting love, to us, through His Son Jesus Christ!

. . . Praise God for His faithfulness!

God’s Faithful – Even When We Aren’t!

But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one (2 Thess. 3:3).

I am thankful for this week’s verse, because life can really beat me down. Yet in today’s verse, we are given the hope found in Jesus Christ.

. . . While I may find myself in a place where I am struggling to just hang on, God is ever-faithful! He is the One who gives me hope and carries me even when I feel like I cannot take one more small step.

The amazing part is – God meets each of us, right where we are, and reminds us He is faithful. He is absolutely for us and pursuing us. I am not sure what you are facing today, but know you are not alone.

God is with you, enabling you to hold on, and remember His hope found in Jesus!

God Reminds Us of His Truth

God reminds me in this place of sticky circumstances that it is about Him. It is about drawing near to Jesus Christ with our whole hearts and receiving what God has chosen to give us.

It is about the relationship we can have with our heavenly Father, because of His amazing love that reconciles.

It’s knowing that God

. . . will light the way.

. . .  offers us His hope found in Jesus.

. . . has made a declaration with His authentic love for us.

. . . stays with us, as we face life. Not only does He make His presence known, He is fighting for us – just as He has always done.

May We Resolve. . .

. . . to stay close to our Savior Jesus Christ and experience His hope and love for our lives. May we resolve to choose Him again and again, even if we are having a rough day. While difficult circumstances are not our preference, let’s allow this time to remind us of the great faithfulness of our God.

Yahweh, our great God, gives us three specific promises in this week’s memory verse –

(1) God is faithful.

(2) God will strengthen you.

(3) God will protect you from harm.

The Man I Met {You Can Meet Him Too}

Today, I am met with a man. A man who probably isn’t that much different from me. In Luke 5, we meet a man who is covered with leprosy. The disease has ran its course, and reached its capacity.

. . . And, he is sicker than he has ever been.

The Emotions

 It so happened that, as Jesus was in one particular town, there was a man whose body was riddled with a virulent skin disease. When he saw Jesus, he fell on his face. ‘Lord,’ he begged, ‘if you want, you can make me clean.’ – Luke 5:12

Illness brings heavy emotions, difficulty thinking, and crazy sleeping patterns, which admittedly is on top of the “typical” symptoms of our health issue.

While emotions can be beautiful and exhilarating, it can be a heavy burden to carry as well.

The emotions might be worse than the actual medical condition. It sticks to our side like glue, and reminds us of what we do not have. It reminds us of the past we cannot go back to, where we once had our family/friends and a place to call home.

. . . This is what this leper faced, and the reality for many of us on a daily basis. 

The life we once knew is – dissolved. Our new life is confusing. And, rarely understood by those nearest to us. They know not the debilitating emotions we struggle with. Even if it is suffocating, others often do not see the enormous burden we carry.

. . . But there is One who knows exactly what we face, as He is the only One who can carry us through this mess!

The Jesus I Know

I appreciate this man who is known only by his debilitating condition, because he knew the struggle, experienced the heavy emotions, and went running to King Jesus! He ran until he reached Jesus, because he knew Jesus is the answer.

. . . Jesus loved him {and us} and delights in taking care of us {just as He delighted in caring for this broken man}.

This Jesus is the same one who holds my heart. Jesus came, went to the cross, died and rose again to be with me. So, I may have peace with my Father.

My heart is safely held by Jesus, even on my worst day.

. . . He is my Protector, Comforter, and Friend.


This man encountered Jesus, and was changed.

Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. ‘I do want to,’ he said. ‘Be clean.’ And the skin disease disappeared immediately. – Luke 5:13

Honestly, this is enough to bring me to my knees. The man ran to Jesus, and was wholly welcomed as he was. We are, too.


Our Invitation

Just as Jesus welcomed this man, we are welcomed and invited to come running to Him right now. We don’t have to wait until x, y, and z resolves itself. We can come to Jesus right now.

. . . Jesus invites us to come to Him. Weariness, heavy circumstances, and all, we are invited to simply come to Him.

Make the Hard Decision {{Week 5}}

While I may have completed this day’s study exactly a week ago, it offered me a much needed reminder. Friends, we have to keep reminding ourselves to make the difficult decisions – to guard our relationship with the Most High God. He has called us His own. Let’s do whatever is necessary, to protect our relationship!

Even if it seems like a crazy thing to give up, but God calls you to let it go for a season. Listen to Him. Follow His guidance. Watch for the peace that surpasses all understanding, as you give “this thing” to Him. If only we protected our relationship with Christ more diligently, how much better our walk would be…


Welcome, friends!

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The Scriptures – Matthew 5:29-30; Romans 6:6-7

If your right eye causes you to sin, poke it out and throw it away. Your eye is only one part of your body. It is better to lose an eye than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. Your hand is only one part of your body. It is better to lose a hand than for your whole body to go into hell (Matthew 5:29-30, NIRV).

We know that what we used to be was nailed to the cross with him. That happened so our bodies that were ruled by sin would lose their power. So we are no longer slaves of sin. That’s because those who have died have been set free from sin (Romans 6:6-7).

Devotion

We need to make the real decision to remove any and every stumbling from our lives. Stumbling into sin – is a big deal, and we have to be prepared for those moments. So, we aren’t caught off guard.

If stumbling is substantial enough to use the example of being physically blind or without limps, then, you know it is not something to take lightly. We need to be on our guard and get rid of stumbling blocks.

Some of our hard choices, can seem extreme to some folks in our “tribe”. A tribe is just another way of saying – the community of people rallied around us. Some of “our people” won’t understand why we would take such an extreme step. However, (and this is a big one) we cannot allow anything to interfere with our relationship with Jesus Christ!

Stumbling drops us into the pit of sin, which brings the cost of death and separation from God. We must ask ourselves – “What are the hard decisions I need to make – to protect my walking with Jesus?”

Don’t concern yourself with how extreme that decision is or what people might say. After all, it is for your Author of Life. Let’s be absolutely deliberate in making sure that we are not causing our relationship with Jesus to be stunted or resemble a roller coaster, because we didn’t have the faith to make the extreme decisions God was leading us to make.

Let’s be deliberate in making Christ Lord over our lives.

Lord Jesus, stumbling into sin is a dangerous game I definitely don’t want to play. Father, I pray You would show me what extreme decisions I need to make – in order to protect my relationship with You. Give me the strength and peace to do whatever it is. Amen.

Proving Identity {Week 1}}

Welcome! Welcome!

Welcome to our newest study!

I am looking forward our nine week long journey, that is ahead. We will be taking these next several weeks, to intently study what Jesus has to teach us through Matthew (chs. 4-7). This takes us through the temptations of Jesus, and the Sermon on the Mount. This will be an awesome experience. At the end of this blog post, I will be sharing where you can get your study journal. Please don’t wait for your journal to arrive, before joining in the fun!

I encourage you to break out your Bible and study journal, and join in the fun!

The Scriptures: Matthew 4:5-7 (*Ps. 91:9-11, not shown below)

“Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”(Mt. 4:5-7, NIV)

The Enemy’s Taunts

Jesus’ identity is questioned by the enemy, the devil. His job is to twist God’s holy Word, or at least that is what he tends to do. The enemy has rejected God’s commands and was kicked out of heaven – as a result. His name is now “deceiver,” and this is how he spends his time – deceiving all those who try and seek Jesus Christ. His goal is to just distract us enough, to forget about our relationship with Jesus and His ultimate mission!

The deceiver’s goal is to just distract us enough, to forget about our relationship with Jesus! (Click-to-Tweet)

The Identity

The devil will do anything to confuse Jesus and us, of our God-given identity! Each day, there is new opportunities to get distracted and forget that our identity is determined by God. God has called us His own, because of Jesus Christ!

Jesus is God’s beloved Son!

This is His identity!

Jesus didn’t need to jump off a high, sacred building (the temple) – to prove His identity. He didn’t need to do that, to know He’s fully protected by the Father. Jesus doesn’t need to do that, to prove who He is. Jesus’ identity is set in stone. Likewise as followers of Jesus Christ, our identity is set in stone. Our identity has been carved into the palm of all we are.

… because of Jesus Christ!

Our identity is forever in our great God.

Our identity is forever in our great God, through Jesus. (Click-to-Tweet)

The Temptation We Face

Often times, we face the same type of temptation – to step outside God’s will for our lives, and somehow expect to experience His protection. We are taught to not test God. How are we walking with God as my Dwelling place, to be protected and know my identity?

Lord God, Thank you for teaching me about your protection. Help me to remember I don’t need to prove my identity to anyone. I just need to keep living it out, for us (it’s for you and me). Help me to recognize temptations as they arise, so I can be prepared and overcome them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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God Gave Us Angels Review

God Gave Us AngelsMy favorite set of children’s books are by Lisa Tawn Bergren. I love the stories that are used to teach God’s truth in an easy-to-understand way. Bergren teams up with Laura J. Bryant for the artwork. Each page is filled with the most beautiful pictures, that go so well with the story that is being told.

I was given a free copy of God Gave Us Angels, by Blogging for Books (Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers). This review is my honest opinion of this book and all that is mentioned. God Gave Us Angels reminds me why I enjoy Bergren’s books and Bryant’s artwork.

In this book,  a bear cub begins a search to deliberately find angels. The bear’s papa catches onto this, and it just a teachable moment to pour into the young cub and share the truth of God’s Word concerning angels. This is an excellent book for young children. Angels are a topic we don’t talk about too much, especially with our young children. This book is perfect for providing our kids with a book that is filled with truths about angels. The characteristics of angels are described throughout the book.

My favorite line in this book:

“Angels live to serve God. Whatever he wants them to do, they do. And he loves us. So sometimes they bring messages from him to us. Other times they guard us or even fight for us. And they’re always worshiping God.”

This is an invaluable resource for helping us teach our children concerning angels. And, it is such a blessing to receive this book! It is one definitely to keep on hand, and use it every chance I get.