30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH: HOPE, DAY 29

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

Welcome to day 29!

Hope…..don’t ever loose it. Cling to it! Let it fuel your faith always!

This is a special word, a feeling inside that keeps us pressing on. Hope really is a prerequisite to our faith. Without hope, what need would we have for our faith. Still, without faith, there would be no hope.

Verse of the day!

bible verse

As I think about what I want to leave with you, something that provides great impact, HOPE comes to mind. Although we are claiming with complete confidence, BLESSING this year in our lives! Reality is, we will have some bad days. Days when we feel weathered, stretched, and a little hopeless.

But that’s ok. Because we know that we live in a broken world. It would be silly to have any other expectation. There is no escaping the sin of this world until Jesus comes and we meet Him in the clouds of glory! (Oh, how I look forward to that day!). Until then, it is an impossibility for our lives and those around us to be void of sin.

However, what we do have, is Jesus! We have the absolute unwavering Hope in who He is, and what He did for us on the cross, and does for us daily! Together we can take our God given hope and cling to Jesus by exercising our faith. In Him, no matter what comes our way, we will be victors! 

We may find ourselves in some storms this coming year, but we will weather them victoriously because of the one that stands by us, lives in us, and holds us up with His mighty hand. 

Together let’s look at some of God’s promises that we tuck in our hearts for those rainy days,

No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their vindication is from Me, declares the Lord (Isaiah 54:17).

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1: 2-4).
 
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8: 37-39).

Jesus is our blessing, as long as we have Him we can withstand anything and come out triumphantly blessed!

Together let’s claim blessing & victory! In Christ Jesus, we are conquerors. Nothing can stop us from His best and His blessing if we keep saying YES to Him. Together, let’s continue pressing in, following His lead, and leaving the consequences of our obedience up to Him.

Because that is the very heart of blessing!

xoxoxoxox,

Missy

 

 

 

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30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH; COURAGE, DAY 28

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

Welcome to day 28!

I am so excited about today’s topic, COURAGE…….

As we are nearing the end of our journey, I want to encourage us all to be courageous, especially for Jesus! Over the last few weeks you have received lots of my thoughts, but today want to share a fresh perspective! 

This is so good I had to pass it on to you! These thoughts and the Lion-Chaser’s Manifesto are not my own. They come from Mark Batterson, author of In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day. You can learn more about him, his work, and books here! Another great read!

COURAGEOUSLY CHASING LIONS

His thought comes from 2 Samuel 23:20-23. Benaniah’s life is summed up in three scriptures. These three scriptures tell us enough to know that He was courageous. He didn’t run, but chased a Lion!

I love the idea of chasing lions, because it’s scary, a bit crazy, and for sure uncomfortable. I think it is safe to say, chasing lions is way out of all our comfort zones. Right? However, as I look back on my life, some of my biggest regrets are the things I ran from because I didn’t have enough courage. This story and Batterson’s thoughts on chasing Lions really spoke to me, which is why I am sharing it with you! 

A bit from his book, GUTSINESS AND GODLINESS

This may not sound very academic, but I believe that one of the most under-appreciated dimensions of spiritual maturity is good old-fashioned guts. Gutsiness, which manifests in different ways, is a big part of following Christ. It’s challenging the status quo. Daring to be different. Refusing to play things safe. Think about it: no one was more gutsy than Jesus. He wasn’t afraid of offending powerful religious leaders. He defied social mores by reaching out to touch lepers-some of society’s  most reviled outcasts-and restored their dignity. Unconcerned about His reputation, He boldly befriended and defended prostitutes, tax collectors, and outsiders who came to Him looking for a new life.

 

It takes courage to step out in faith. It take courage to say YES to Jesus. The things He places on our hearts and calls us to do are not always easy. Not always comfortable. They require trust. They require great courage!

A Lion-Chaser’s MANIFESTO, by Mark Batterson.

  1. I WILL quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.
  2. I WILL quit focusing on self-preservation and be willing to take risks.
  3. I WILL quit trying to be who I’m not and start being myself.
  4. I WILL quit holding out or holding back.
  5. I WILL quit running away.
  6. I WILL burn new bridges and blaze new trails.
  7. I WILL NOT let what’s wrong with me keep me from worshiping what’s right about God.
  8. I WILL go after the dream He’s given me that’s “God-sized” enough to fail without Him.
  9. I WILL stop complaining and find creative ways to become part of the solution.
  10. I WILL step out of my comfort zone and value every experience-even the difficult ones.
  11. I WILL worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks.
  12. I WILL follow Him wherever He leads me.

AMAZINGNESS, RIGHT!

Dear friends together let’s live bold lives for ourselves, those closest to us, & mostly for our Savior, Jesus Christ! 

Thinking of you all & praying that God would not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind! 

xoxoxoxo

Missy

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30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH; PURSUIT, DAY 27

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

Welcome to day 27!

Yesterday we talked about blessing. Jesus blesses us, we bless others, and the blessing comes back. Our hope is that as we bless others, they get a glimpse of Christ’s goodness,  and enter into a deeper relationship with Him. As they become changed the blessing flows out, and God’s blessing never stops!

We get to be part of the growth, God’s eternal plan for man! How exciting! It’s the greatest work that can be done, and the main reason we are here on this earth!

Today I want to talk about…..

Pursuit……

I want to look at blessing in the light of God’s pursuit for us! We are blessed because He pursues us. We pursue others because He first pursued us. Lastly, let’s look at who Christ loved (pursued), and who He desire us to love!

Verse of the day!

Luke 15:4

 

My thoughts today come from Luke chapter 15: 1-10. This is so good! I encourage to read it!

If you were the only one standing on earth, Christ would have died for you! Jesus doesn’t pursue us because we do everything right. He doesn’t seek after us because we have properly repented from our sins and we recognize that we need Him (although that is a vital part of our relationship with Him). Rather, He searches for me and you because we are His. He loves us, and wants us to live forever with Him. 

We are the lost sheep, each one of us. It doesn’t matter how battered or torn we are. It doesn’t matter what we have done. He still seeks us out, just as the shepherd looks for the lost sheep!

We do not repent in order that God may love us, but He reveals to us His love in order that we might repent. (Steps to Christ, pg. 188)

Christ looks for us; beckons us to Him when are broken, ugly, and lost. He brings us back to the fold. Then He restores us. As He changes us, who does He ask us to search for? The lost, and the broken, just like you and me. 

It’s easy to go to church every week and listen to great message. It’s easy to encourage and be there for those that we invite into our lives because we enjoy them. 

But as I look at Christ’s life here on earth, I see a common theme. He constantly disadvantaged Himself for the advantage of others. Serving others is not always easy or convenient, but He did it. He desire to change us, so that we too have that desire!

 

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me ( Matthew 25:45).

The Lord keeps placing this verse on my heart. This is the change I desire, the change I’m asking for. This is what I believe Jesus desires for us all!

Together let’s lift each other up in prayer, and pray that God would change us, make us more like Him, and daily reveal to us how we can love the least of these. For that is exactly what He has done for us!

Thinking of, & praying for you all,

xoxoxoxoxo

Missy

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30 days of reading, hearing, and speaking God’s truth; Blessing!

Welcome to day 26!

Blessing……more specifically, blessing others!

I am so excited to talk about this topic and look at some quotes and scriptures with you! In the begging of this journey I shared with you that I had become a little complacent in my walk with Jesus! Together we have made that change, by showing up at His feet and asking for more!

I have also felt the Lord asking me to reach out and bless others with my time and service. This is something the Lord has been placing on my heart for a while now.

What have I done about it?…….given it a bit of thought…….only to make excuses, like: I am a  mom, I have a two year old, there’s not enough time.

But now is the time for me to say YES, to what God is placing on my heart! I don’t have to commit every night of my week. I can start with one day a month or 2 days a month to give to another my time, my service!  This is what the Lord has been placing on my heart. He may be speaking to you about something different. Whatever that is…….

My hope is that you will do the same! Say YES! What has God been placing on your heart that you want to do, but have been a bit hesitant about? 

Verse of the day!

PROVERBS 11:25

Together, let’s look at two quotes by others that have experienced the blessing of blessing others!

“The greatest blessing in the whole world is being a blessing.”  Jack Hyles

“God blesses us, so that we might bless others.” Charles Stanley

The 4 laws of God’s blessing by Rick Warren! Read his full thought here!

1. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing (Genesis 12:2).

This is the first law of lesson, it must flow outwardly.

2. So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life (Luke 18: 29-30).

When we bless others, God takes care of our needs. 

3. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you (Luke 6:38).

Our blessings to others will come back to us. 

4. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked (Luke 12:48).

The more we are blessed by God, the more he expects us to bless others.

It’s so exciting to know that God has specific plans for the blessings He gives us! Together, let’s pray that He would show us how He wants us to share the blessing so it keeps on blessing!

xoxoxoxoxoxo,

Missy

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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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