30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH (32)

30 Days of Reading, Hearing, and Speaking God’s truth into our lives; God call us!

Welcome to day 23! This is where it gets good guys! There is no greater privilege and honor than to be used by God to enlarge His Kingdom, cheer one up, and love on another!

God calls us……..verse of the day!

Matthew 4:19

 

When we are willing, God uses the love bestowed on us. He uses us as conduits to pour His great love out onto the lives of others. He does this in many ways, in many countries, and through many people. If you are willing and available, He will use YOU! An you will be blessed because of it!

What did Christ come give us to share with others?

The Gospel story, which is the news that God has entered the world in Jesus Christ to achieve a salvation that we could not achieve for ourselves. The good news of Jesus is capable of transforming everything in a person, their community, and their world! (The Gospel Primer)

Let’s take a peek at who Christ called to share His Gospel story!

The twelve disciples were mainly fishermen, and a tax collector. He called them to share His message to the world. That same message is still alive, and  He desires that each heart that believes will participate in sharing!

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father ( John 14:12).

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14).

Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples (Psalm 96:3).

And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15).

I love this chapter Mark 5, Here Christ meets a man possessed by demons, sets him free, and then what does He tell him? This man that was set free wanted to stay with Christ, but Christ said,

Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”

I love this story, because sometimes we think we don’t know God’s word enough. We feel ill equipped or inadequate to share the Gospel with others. However, here in this story you see that Jesus said go and share with those you know what Christ has done for you! This was a demon possessed man, crazy! 

It is so exciting to me that we get to be a part of Christ’s work by making ourselves available to Jesus and how He wants to use us! He desires for us to share with those around us what Christ has done for us. As we continue to come He will grow our faith and enlighten our minds to the truth of God’s word.

We don’t have to be Bible scholars, we just have to open to sharing! God calls us to plant seeds, His power grows those seeds planted.

We all get to be a part of sharing the amazing and transnational Gospel story!

xoxoxox,

Missy

Instead of a song, I would love for us to pray, and perhaps journal the things that the Lord is speaking to our heart! Let’s sit in quietness and let Him fill us up & speak to our hearts!

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30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH; HOLY SPIRIT, DAY 22

30 days of reading, hearing, and speaking God’s truth into our lives; The Holy spirit.

Welcome to our last nine days together! Today is day 22!

In these last few days, together I want to look at what God’s word says about our purpose as followers of Jesus. My hope is that God will give us each a greater understanding of what it looks like to serve Him. I trust that He will reveal to each one of us the next step in our walk with Him. Deeper we go!

As a child I always heard of the Holy Spirit, but didn’t fully understand His role in our lives. Once I understood this, I realized the power in asking for more of the Holy Spirit in my life!

Holy Spirit…… verse of the day!

John 14:16

There is much to be learned about the Holy Spirit. Together I want to look at a a few key characteristics of the Spirit that we can tuck away in our hearts, and think on!

  • Who is the Holy Spirit
  • Who has access to Him
  • The work of the Holy spirit

Who is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead (Trinity), and has His specific work. God the Father, gave us His son Jesus, the Father and the Son sent the spirit to us to abide in us forever if we will let Him. Before Christ’s death, He told the disciples; in a while I will go away but I will pray to the Father and He will give you another Helper (Mathew 28:19, John 14). Before Christ’s death we didn’t have access to the Spirit. 

Who has access to the Holy Spirit?

All of us, anyone who is willing to receive Him! Whoever asks, will receive. God desires for all to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38-39, 1 John 3:24, John 3:34).

The work of the Holy Spirit.

One of the Holy Spirit’s purposes is to bring to completion all that God had planned by sending His Son Jesus, to die for our sins. The Holy Spirit was sent to us all to draw us, work in us, to bring about regeneration. Regeneration is the work of the Spirit in our hearts that brings about change. It is His power that makes us more like Christ Jesus! ( Ezekiel 37:14)

The Bible says in  Romans 8:1-12,

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

The Holy Spirit was given to us all. As we come to Jesus for more, we can ask for the Holy Spirit to do His work in us; to change our hearts. It is the Spirit that brings about change. Together, let’s keep asking the Spirit be poured out on us, so we can be all that Christ desire us to be!

xoxoxoxo,

Missy

Song of the day!

Holy Spirit, by Kari Jobe

 

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30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH; MY STORY, DAY 20

30 days of reading, hearing, and speaking truth into our lives; my story.

Welcome to day 20!

Yesterday we talked about or walk with Jesus, and that we can expect to fail sometimes.  Let me tell you, I know that word well! Today I simply want to share a bit of my story in hopes that in can be encouraging to you! 

Day 21! No post! What? Instead a video, a recap of our journey so far! And an inside look at my mornings with Jesus! They are not glamorous by any means, but filled with Jesus!

Being broken leads to opportunity……………..

Running into Jesus in the best thing one can do. It took me awhile to figure this out, although somewhere in my subconscious I knew it to be true. For many years, instead of running into Jesus, I ran away. Why?  I didn’t see being broken as an opportunity, but a weakness.

There was a time in my life when I ran, and lots, almost daily. To some degree the miles that I put on my heart and shoes was temporarily helpful. It gave me some measure of peace and rest, but not the kind I longed for, searched for, and desperately needed.

Without fail, the minute life started to feel out of control; whether it was the restlessness in me, or circumstances, out the door I would go to find some sort of relief through physical exhaustion.

 The more I hurt, the harder I would run.

 We all have our vices, mine just happened to be running.

I was literally running from the chance to be broken. Yet, in all my running, God was there. He continuously and patiently waited for me to exhaust myself, to give up.

Then something amazing happened. I completely broke…..I reached a point……I couldn’t run anymore….It wasn’t working….I had no choice but to look outside of my own efforts, to God. I knew I had to surrender.

Absolute surrender comes after complete brokenness. We willfully make this choice, when we have no other. What I once foolishly ignored quickly became my only source of hope.

What I fought against for so long became my biggest blessing, being broken.

 Being broken is an opportunity to let God in. It is a time to surrender all. So how do we get to this place of absolute surrender? Let me share with you how God helped me do it:

  1. I let go and let God be in control. Psalm 46:10, Isaiah 64:8, Matthew 16:24-25.
  2. I recognized my need for Him, and daily. John 15:5, Philippians 4:19-20
  3. I allowed myself to be broken. (I laid down my pride, my desire to please everyone in my life, and starting looking to God for all my needs: love, healing, deliverance, clarity, and His power to bring about the healthy change in my life that I needed). Psalm 34:18, Jeremiah 30:17

Absolute surrender is not easy. It takes courage, because it goes against our natural fleshy propensity to do things our way, to try harder, to depend on ourselves, and ignore our pain.

When I made the decision to completely let go, surrender, and let God in, I experienced a breakthrough!

He provided me with all that I needed and so much more. He knew my heart, hurt, and need far better than I did.

 I still run, and I still cry when I run. The difference is, I run to Him; now I shed tears of joy and thanksgiving for what He has done in me and for me. He desires to do the same for you. It’s ok to be broken, being broken leads to opportunity.

I hope this blessed you dear friends,

Tomorrow I will have a video for you! As we recap these last 20 days, thank God for what He has done in your heart! Thank Him for what He is going to speak to your heart in the next 9 days! Together Let’s begin to pray asking God to lead us, change us, and to show us the changes He desires for us!

xoxoxoxox,

Missy

Song of the day! This what God does for us!

Fall afresh on us, by Kari Jobe

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30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH; UPWARD & ONWARD, DAY 19

30 days of speaking God’s truth into our lives; onward & upward!

Welcome to day 19!

Two more days, and we have officially  made coming to Jesus, and soaking in His love a new daily habit! Praise Jesus!  

Yesterday we talked about worry and what to do with it. Today I want to talk about the blessing that comes when we keep coming back for more! More of Jesus! And the importance of not letting our failures get in our way.

Together we have been setting the groundwork for the last nine days of our journey together! In the last nine days we going to bring all this goodness together and ask God to show us how we can bless others! 

Onward & upward we must go if we want continual change in our lives. God is doing a new thing in you and me! Together let’s not loose heart, but keep pressing in! Let’s not treat this journey like a diet. Rather, let’s embrace it as a lifestyle change. Can I get an Amen!

Verse of the day!

Proverbs 24:16

Onward & upward with our Lord is not about perfection. It’s about failing forward. However, it’s not about ignoring God’s word and doing what we want either. Rather, it’s about giving ourselves GRACE in the moments that we need to. As we look back over the years, we will see the mistakes we have made. Our lives will most likely be sprinkled with dry seasons. Our hope is that as we look back through our ups and downs, that the trend is upward. 

It’s imperative as followers of Christ that we understand that we are all in this together. We need GRACE, and we need to give others that same GRACE Jesus daily gives us.

Our lives will be a reflection of Jesus not because of what we can do in ourselves, but because we keep exercising our will to come. And we keep coming with and open heart and mind, ready to receive more of HIM.

The Bible says,

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73:26).

The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand (Psalm 37: 23-24).

Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon ( Isaiah 55:7).

It’s is the continuous act of failing and coming that changes us! The change we desire comes from a constant pursuit. It’s what we do with our failures that makes the difference. We can let them get us down, or we can let them spring us forward in to Jesus hands!

I’ll leave you with this dear friends,

“There are those who have known the pardoning love of Christ and who really desire to be children of God, yet they realize that their character is imperfect, their life faulty, and they are ready to doubt whether their hearts have been renewed by the Holy Spirit. To such I would say, Do not draw back in despair. We shall often have to bow down and weep at the feet of Jesus because of our shortcomings and mistakes, but we are not to be discouraged. Even if we are overcome by the enemy, we are not cast off, not forsaken and rejected by God” (Steps of Christ, pg 64).

Together let’s not grow weary, but keep coming!

xoxoxox,

Missy

Song of the day!

Until you came along, JJ Keller

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30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH; WORRY, DAY 18

30 days of reading, hearing, and speaking God’s truth into our lives; worry.

Welcome to day 18!

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Worry………

Do you worry? Does worry like to take over? Do you ever give God your worries at 8am only to take them back by 3pm? Well, you are not alone! I think sometimes we all do. However, as more truth is spoken out, worry will lessen! Amen to that!

God’s word has many similar promises for a reason. In His word, He tells us the same things over and over again. God’s word is full of men learning the same lessons as they walk out life with Him. Life for all of us is a constant growth process. He knows we need to be daily reminded of How great He is and how trust worthy He is…….He knows our sin nature!

Instead of worry, let’s glean some wisdom from Paul on this matter! Verse of the day!

Philippians 4:6-7

We all have many things to worry about:

Finances, our kids, jobs, our health, broken relationships, difficult circumstances, to much to get done, and on and on it goes! If you are prone to worry read this passage over and over. It will remind you that God has us covered! Matthew 6: 25-43 says……..

 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;  and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

How to daily overcome our worry!

We will always have days of overwhelm. Worries will always try to creep in stealing our focus, robbing our joy. When this happens, we know what to do! We have a game plan! 

Pray- we can ask God for help! Ask Him to switch our focus back to Him & His ability to help us overcome. Remember, Christ fights all our battles for us!

Praise- we can begin to thank Him for what He is doing, and has already done! We can speak truth, and recount the many blessings in our life!

I will leave you with this last scripture!

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”( Matthew 11:28-30)
We are so blessed to serve a God that wants to meet all our needs! He wants to carry our load, fight our battles, and depend on Him! What an awesome and loving God we serve! 
 
Thank you Jesus for all that you do for us, together we choose to turn our worry into worship!
 
xoxoxoxox
 
Missy 

Song of the day!

10,000 Reasons, by Matt Redman

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