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Remembering the Importance of His Word October 30, 2007

Posted by theregenerateme in Thoughts that sanctify.
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We have all been created by Him, to worship Him, to repent and confess of our sins, to die to self, to saturate our minds and hearts with His knowledge-found in the Bible, and to go out and be His disciples that share the Good News, unashamedly.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17)

I think this is my new favorite verse in the Bible. I had never heard it before a couple of weeks ago, (which is somewhat normal for me, since I wasn’t raised to read and get to know God’s Word). It made me think about this situation: people that claim to be believers of the Christian faith by fitting it into a “part” of who they are, but do not find the importance, and complete necessity to read and know His Word, are deceiving themselves and others (maybe), but are NOT deceiving God. For no one can hide their heart from Him.

“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Sam 16:7)

 That “situation” was me just a few years ago. I remember telling several people at different stages in my young adult life that it wasn’t a big deal to read the Bible if you “knew” that you loved God. I would even take it a step further and, in a very defensive manner, accuse whomever it was that was holding me accountable (as a professing Christian), that they were “judging” me! What? It is only now through reflection and transformation, that I am able to see how completely lost, and unsaved my soul really was. Loving God, and one another, is not like the love we see the world display or define. Love isn’t about what is in it for me….or for you, for that matter. It is the love that only the Supernatural can teach us, because afterall, He created love. He is love. Not man, who has distorted and corrupted everything Godly love stands for. Remember that today as you think about this final thought:

To believe in God is to know God

To know God is to love God

To love God is to know His Word. Amen.

In Him,

Lauren

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Thankful for trials… October 22, 2007

Posted by theregenerateme in Thoughts that sanctify.
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This morning God placed something on my heart I felt convicted to shout from the mountaintops. It’s this new desire He has given me to be thankful for my trials:

 “It is good for me that I was afflicted,
         That I may learn Your statutes.” (Psalm 119:71)

 “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Cor. 4:17)

His gentle and merciful ways of allowing us to go through difficult times, in order to be taught to lean on Him completely. I have been told recently by different people that I am having a stream of “bad luck”. How blessed I felt to know that that simply wasn’t true. There’s no such thing as bad luck. I love that God has given me the strength and confidence to reply to those comments with His knowledge. My reply each time has been that God is a Sovereign God, and has a specific purpose for everything that happens. He knows every detail of my life, and has allowed these trials for His bigger plan. I just love that! Believing in God and knowing that gives me such a peace…”a peace that surpasses all understanding.”(Phil 4:7) So today, my prayer is this:

Thank you Lord God for the trials I have endured, that they may bring me closer to you. Lord Jesus, that I might find comfort during these trials in your precious Word of Life. That I give you all the glory for Your work I clearly see being done in Your faithful children at Community Bible Church. And that if it is Your will through my trials, that I may witness to others around me, and they would see what True Joy looks like in the midst of a storm. Thank you for dying of the cross for me. Thank you for your abundant grace. I love you Father. Amen.

In Him,

Lauren