Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Be A Put On



 
In Colossians 3, Paul says we are to play a "part" – Put on the new man/woman. Put on kindness and mercy, longsuffering and love. 

Colossians 3:9-10 … since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

What does it mean to "put on" the new self? It means that your conduct should match your faith.

Most Christians say, "Accept me the way I am. I'm grumpy before I have my morning coffee, and that's just the way it's gonna be."


Put off that old man/woman, counters Paul and "put on the new."

Everyone is deciding who to be in the drama of life if you're not careful, you'll make the wrong choice and pick the wrong part.

Whenever we try to put on roles, the question will be "Will it work, or will you end up with a mess on your hands? There is only one role that will ultimately any man/woman. It is the role of putting on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14)

What does it mean to put on Christ? In verses 12-14, Paul list the following characteristics, traits also clearly seen in Jesus: mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, forbearance, forgiveness and love. Therefore, to put on Christ means to exhibit these same qualities.

You see, all of true biblical Christianity is, in a sense, put-on. It's a choice I make to put on Jesus Christ. It's a choice I make to ask, "What would Jesus do if He was tired and a woman came to Him with a problem?"

As He sat by a well, exhausted, a woman who was living with a man and who had already had five husbands approached Him. Jesus began a dialogue with her that resulted not only in her salvation, but in the salvation of many (John 4:29, 30)
 
To put on Christ means to continually ask "What would Jesus do in this situation?" and as you choose to put Him on, you will ultimately find yourself becoming in the role and the role becoming you. Being grouchy or brusque, impatient or unforgiving because "that's just the way I am" is then no longer an option because God didn't save us to keep us the way we are. He save us to change us into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29).

The word "Christian" means "little Christ." That is the only role that will satisfy us presently and reward us eternally. Put on kindness. Put on longsuffering. Put on mercy. Put on patience. Above all put on love. But you'll fail miserably if you try to put them on without putting Him in.

You can say, "I admire Jesus' kindness and compassion, so I'm going to try to imitate Him." If you have Him in your heart, that's great. Without Him, you don't have a chance. You'll fail over and over again until finally you say, "This doesn't work!" and give up.

In this drama of life, Jesus is the Director in our hearts. He's the One who whispers in our hearts and brings Scriptures to our minds, the One who enables us to play His part once we open our hearts to Him.

We run in circles until we finally say, "The one thing I am is a Christ-Follower, and I'm going to play that part all the days of my life." 

The Bible uses many illustrations to teach what happens when we choose to let Jesus be Lord of our lives.
  1. Because Christ died for us, we have been crucified with Him (3:3-5)
  2. Our old, rebellious nature died with Christ (3:9, 10)
  3. Christ's resurrection guarantees our new life now and eternal life with Him later (3:1, 3)
The process is acted out in baptism (Col. 2:12), based on our faith in Christ. (1) The old sinful nature dies (crucified). (2) We are ready to receive a new life (buried). (3) Christ gives us new life (resurrection).











Resources: The Glo Bible App, NIV Life Application Study Bible, Jon Courson's New Testament Commentary on Colossians



 


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Yes to God Wrap-up




What Happens When Women Say Yes to God
Wrap-up

 

God wants His people to live to say yes to Him.
God's will is all about how He wants us to be. What we are supposed to do will unfold from there.
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thess. 5:16-18 NIV)
Consider it pure joy, my brothers (and sisters), whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything – James 1:2-4 NIV
"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace removed, says the
Lord,
who has compassion on you" (Isaiah 54:10 NIV)

Pray continually.
  • God says, "Just be with Me." (Psalm 46:10)
  • Every day, moment by moment, we can pray, "God I want to see You. I need to hear You. I need Your truth. I need to know You right now. Help me say yes and follow hard after You even in this situation."
Be thankful. Give thanks in all circumstances.
  • Recognize what God has already done.
  • Sometimes when we have too many blessings, we forget to be thankful.
Sometimes saying yes to God means to simply be in the center of His will in the small, everyday things.
If we want to be unusual – different, holy, and set apart for an amazing work of the Lord – we must be joyful, prayerful, and thankful every day.
Life is like making a cake.
  • It takes all different kinds of ingredients to make a life – dry times, sweet times , and yucky times.
  • We say to Jesus, "I am going to trust You and be a woman who says yes to God no matter what kind of time I'm going through"
Once we learn how to say yes to God and commit ourselves to ling that out, we start to wonder, What does God want me to do? What is God's will for me? Is there some big assignment God wants for me to complete? How will I know?

The good news is that God's will is not a mystery. We can move closer to the center of His will every day by becoming women steeped in joy, prayer, and gratitude.

 

God's will is all about how God wants us to be. When we are the kind of person who determines to be in the center of God's will, what we are supposed to do will unfold from there.
The apostle Paul describes three key components of becoming the kind of people God wants us to become: "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thess. 5:16-18 NIV)
Hard times are not the time to push the pause button on this great adventure with God…We can find joy in the midst of our circumstances. This is God's will for His people who want to live with a yes-heart.
It may be surprising to think of joy as something we experience in the absence of trials but in the midst of them. Bust some Bible scholars believe it's actually impossible to experience true joy any other way. In difficult times, we can experience joy by saying "a defiant Nevertheless."
I am struggling; nevertheless, God is good to me. I am hurting; nevertheless, I know God loves me. I am confused; nevertheless, I know Go is with me.

Every difficulty is an opportunity to practice joy, to say a resounding 'nevertheless."
The apostle James affirms the connection between joy and suffering:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers (and sisters), whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything – James 1:2-4 NIV
Prayer isn't something (for which) we have to sit down and find all the official words and do it just right. God says, "Just be with Me." …It is an everyday conversation.
God accepts every expression of gratitude, but He loves to know that His gifts are noticed and appreciated just as we do. One way to do this is to "get small" – to focus on the everyday gifts and graces we sometimes take for granted.
Take a few minutes and "get small" with your gratitude.
  • Things I am grateful for within the last week…
  • Things I am grateful for within the last 24 hours…
  • Things I am grateful for within the last hour…
  • Things I am grateful for this very moment…

 
 
Week 5 includes links to the previous weeks of this study.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How to Build Truth into Your Life


  • Recognize the need I the more energy & time invested, the greater the reward
  • Desire - whatever God places in your heart - He will provide
  • Decision/Commitment - build truth into your life daily. Daily Quiet-time
    • Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you sow - 2 Cor 10:15-17
  • Identify a point of need in your life - Sometimes God calls us to do things just for a "season"
  • Begin searching The Word to find related scriptures
  • Make personal application of what you read
    • God wants to give His power to those who hope & trust in Him
  • Apply the results
    • Live according to God's Word...Keep God's Word in your hearts - Psalm 119:9
  • Continue to embrace the truth
    • Let God's Word dwell in you richly - Col 3:16
  • Pursue knowledge and truth
    • Record it -write it down - JOURNAL IT!!!
Knowing and obeying the Word is what brings victory and spiritual maturity.

Daily Decisions - Decide Destines


Monday, October 13, 2014

What Does God Want Me To Do

Alright. You are ready for an amazing week!

 

WEEK 6 – What Does God Want Me To Do
Upcoming Events for Week 6~

So, here's what we need to do to really prepare for this week:
    Read Chapters 8 & 9. When you finish reading, begin the questions at the end of each chapter.
    Verse of the Week – Psalm 118:24 (NIV)
The LORD has done it this very day; let us rejoice today & be glad.
This week's topics ~
  1. Phrase of the Week – "I Said Yes" –what have you said yes to and what led to your decision of obedience?
  2. A Heart at Rest – How has saying yes to God through this study helped you find a heart at rest?
  3. The Great Life – Read & journal what Psalm 81:10 means to you.
  4. On page 143, Lysa challenges us to pray for the next 30 days asking God to reveal Himself to us with a desire for Him like never before.
    1. Journal your 30 day prayers.
God owns it all. We are simply managers of His resources.
Two things happen when we say yes to God. 

  • We come up against opposition and obstacles that could keep up from being obedient.
  • We experience radical blessings.

 Be blessed ladies!

 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

WEEK 5 – I Want to Say Yes, but I’m Afraid


 

WEEK 5 – I Want to Say Yes, but I'm Afraid

 

Read Chapter 6, If It Were Easy, It Wouldn't Be Worth Doing. . When you finish reading Chapter 6, begin the questions at the end of the chapter.

Then read Chapter 7 – the title is, "Keeping Our Vision Clear." I love the subtitle of this chapter too… "Our life will follow where we focus our vision."
Our key verse this week is James 4:7. – Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
This week's topics:
  1. This week's phrase – Fresh Vision
    2. Lower Your Nets – Simon Peter had no idea that his obedience to something that seemed so small and insignificant could help him discover his calling in life, but it did! What little thing is God asking of you today?
    3. Glimpses of God – How can your life experiences help provide people with glimpses of God? (Phil. 2:14-16)
    4. Inspired By Obedience – Have you been inspired by someone else's obedience to God?

Consider this – Lysa says, God's goal isn't necessarily to make us happy but rather to make us holy, positioning us to be set apart to be used for a high and noble reason.
One of the qualifications God requires of us is holiness. Read the verses below slowly and prayerfully. You may want read them aloud or read them over more than once. Underline any words or phrases that stand out to you.
    Now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, "You must be holy because I am holy" (1 Peter 1:15-16)
    Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. The will receive the Lord's blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior (Psalm 24:2-5).
    Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth? Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you (Psalm 86:11).
    Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world (James 4:8)
Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey Him? Shout for joy, and you whose hearts are pure! (Psalm 32:11).
  • Drawing on the verses above, list three to five words or phrase in each sentence below to describe what holiness is or is not.
Holiness is…                    Holiness is not…
  • What connections do these verse make between holiness of heart and holiness of behavior?
  • What might be God's invitation to you through these verses? What would it mean to say yes to that invitation?
What a great weekend this is going to be as we Stick With It and keep saying Yes To God! I love you and I love doing Bible study with you.

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Big Hugs,
Cheryl

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