Bible Study

My women’s Bible study group (which used to be called Sunday School class) is currently studying the book of Matthew, one chapter at a time. Why? Because we were tired of Bible study books focused on us. So many of these studies are not Jesus – focused but us-focused. Isn’t Jesus what we need? Yes! So we are skipping the self-study and going right to the source… the Bible. I highly recommend it.😄❤

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“Christianity is a Crutch”

I have heard that most of my life. Today, while fasting, God popped this phrase into my thinking and showed me the root of it. See, the phrase “Christianity is a Crutch” reveals the prideful heart of the speaker. It shows their lack of wisdom in choosing prideful sickness of spirit over humble acceptance of help for same sickness of spirit. For the propensity to sin is a sickness if spirit inherited in all of us. Jesus is the cure. Call Him a Crutch if you want but I prefer Great Healer. For there is no doubt within me that I need help and that Jesus Christ is the Healer and cure. And wisdom and maturity tells me that humbly, you accept and take the medicine for healing of the spirit. But God always takes it further and not only heals but loves and draws to Himself. And that is the most beautiful, beneficial relationship of my life. ❤

Not Free but Free After All

Certain non-physical circumstances in my life provide me to not be completely free. I cannot make all my own decisions, cannot freely do what I want, go where I want, spend what I want. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a prisoner but I am not free either. It is how it is. I am thankful because it n keeps me humble and close to and trusting in God more. But it turns out that no matter what limitations you have, we are all truly free after all to do everything God expects of us. We can all humbly pray. Every one of us can pray as much as we want because God hears our heart prayers, they do not have to be audible. In fact, if everyone started praying, revival would happen immediately and life would change for the better. But more than just praying, we can all be fruitful spiritually, showing and sharing live, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. Everyone can smile and encourage people, share truth. So despite any challenges that limit our freedom, we are free after all in Christ and we can pray, read our Bible, teach our kids about God, help and contribute and be lights in the world. This is the beautiful freedom we have b in Christ and I really really dig that.😄❤

Excerpt from “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young

From May 7:

“If you learn to trust me– really trust me– with your whole being, then nothing can separate you from my peace. Everything you endure can be put in good use by allowing it to train you in trusting me. This is how you foil the works of evil, growing in grace through the very adversity that was meant to harm you. Joseph was a prime example of this divine reversal, declaring to his brothers, ‘You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.’

“Do not fear what this day, or any day, may bring your way. Consentrate on trusting me and on doing what needs to be done. Relax in my sovereignty, remembering that I go before you, as well as with you, into each day. Fear no evil, for I can bring good out of every situation you will ever encounter.” (From Isaiah 26:4; Genesis 50:20 NASB; Psalm 23:4)❤

The Fairest of Them All

Walking with Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit changes your viewpoint, changes your vision. You become more mature spiritually so see the world through the eyes of Jesus through His Holy Spirit. You start seeing the bully as pathetic and in need of spiritual healing. You start seeing the homeless person as needing physical help and maybe mental help but definitely spiritual healing. You start seeing power hungry politicians in their lies as needing punishment to get their attention because they are needing spiritual healing. You start seeing immature Christians as needing spiritual guidance and training. And so on. You start seeing lonely on people, sadness in eyes, joy sometimes thank God, shallowness when deeper is the longing. And the fairest of them all is the humble who want and long for and seek God as much as He has always loved them. That can be poor or rich or in between, but you see that soul humble and crying out for God. That is true beauty, the glory within us built in allowed to shine through. It is the connection to God only possible through the impeccable strength of humility (humbleness, not humiliation). And this I can see now and it is gloriously beautiful.😄❤

A Friend in Jesus

There is a verse whrte Jesus calls us friends. (John 15:13. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14. You are my friends if you do what I command. 15. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” – Bible Offline) It is a beautiful thought. It is truth.❤