Do you ever feel like you can't live up to the high standards the Bible has for a biblical woman? I feel like that sometimes when I read Proverbs 31. Meditating on a verse from this passage reminded me of the important piece that I often miss - and that happens to change everything.
We serve a mighty, faithful, and loving God. None compare to Him!
As we are talking about meditating on Scripture, let's dwell on God's character. As we do, our hearts will be filled with worship towards our Creator and our minds will remember to put our full trust Him.
I know what you are thinking: Combat bitterness with patience? I don’t know how to be patient either… I’m right there with you, I promise. That’s exactly what struck me about this passage. Here is a little secret: It’s about mindset. We are about to fix our eyes on Jesus!
What would your life look like if your mind was solely focused on Christ and His ministry? How would your attitude change towards the circumstances you are facing? Would your heart be more at peace? How would you spend your time, and what would be on your mind?
The apostles are amazing examples to us of believers totally given to a life of ministry, loving God and loving others, and advancing His kingdom. Let’s learn from them.
Have you ever heard the Bible study tip that suggests you slow down? Read small portions of Scripture and really zoom in? We will do that today.
What will we learn? You will walk away with a deep appreciation for each of God’s words through Paul, and you will be challenged to allow God to transform your mind so that you can more fully commit to His will.
We have been made alive in Christ. Now, what do our lives look like? What should they look like? And what impact may that have on the Church?
Paul encourages us to live renewed lives by the mercy of God and to enter into God-centered community with one another. Which of these six attributes do you already wear by His grace, and which do you need to put on today?
Recently, I took a few hours off to be by myself and get away with Jesus. I sat on bench by a fountain in town and envisioned myself in the presence of God - something that is always a reality, but I chose to focus in on this beautiful truth. My heart felt burdened and overloaded and I brought this feeling before God. In my heart, I spoke out, “Lord, please don’t take this as a feeling of ungratefulness. You are nothing but present with me and have blessed me in countless ways.” His gentle voice spoke back, “I know. I see your heart. You are not here to complain. You are here, so I can fill your cup.”
I don’t want to speak for God. Ever! However, the Bible tells of many encounters Jesus had with sinners - and one included a number of religious leaders who were eager for His response. See how Jesus handled them, and what He may have to say to us Christians today as we encounter people living in sin.
It’s not fun to experience hardship, but it is oddly helpful to know it has a purpose. Are you going through or just getting out of a season of pain? See what God has to say about this hardship and your response.
God gives us a lot of freedom. He has plenty of instructions for us that keep us safe and close to Him, but He also leaves much to enjoy freely and without concern. However, there is the case of a perfectly permissible action causing another to sin. That’s a problem. Our knowledge and our rights will have to take second place.
Living out our faith boldly and faithfully is not always easy. Every day, we are confronted with a world that teaches lies and has no interest in the truth. We meet opposition - and often shy away from it. How do we remain faithful, continue to make disciples, and discern between true and false teachings in a world that’s drifting further from the truth?
I talked to a dear friend of mine the other day. Her life is currently full of trials and illnesses but her heart and mind are at peace because of her faith in God’s presence and power. She described that even while she is waiting on God to answer her prayers, she is overcome by an unexplainable peace that can only come from God. Isn't that how all of us want to face our trials?
Praise is an essential part of worshipping God. We don’t approach our heavenly Father only to ask more of Him but also to remember not only what He has already given us but also Who He is. We praise Him simply for being God, our faithful Father, our loving Creator, our righteous King.
How can we praise Him with worthy words? Let’s take the example of King David’s psalms.
You won’t be surprised to hear me say that time spent studying the Bible is never wasted. However, when we leave without heeding the following advice from the book of James, we are fooling ourselves into thinking we did something noble to grow our faith.
Do you know that a war is waging inside you? Have you experienced the pull in both directions - to follow God or worldly desires? Are you asking yourself, “How do I overcome? How do I have victory over sin?”