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Glorious Hope

“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future (Ephesians 4:3‭-‬4 NLT).”

Like many of you, I am finding it difficult to stay engaged on social media due to the lack of peace and unity. When I step away from social media and find myself celebrating God’s biblical truth, I am in a far better place.

This week, I have been basking in the glorious hope of our Risen Savior and Lord Jesus Christ and Colossians 3! Even though our world is spiraling out of control, it does not change who God is or His ability to save us (you and me)! Because of Christ Jesus as our Savior, we have a steady hope that can never be taken from us.

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. 

John 10:28-29

How are you being reminded of His glorious hope? And, how are you staying united in Christ?

Spend extra time with the Lord this weekend, my friends. Our souls need Him so much more than we realize. Right now, everything feels as though it is flared up. We need to spend time with our Lord Jesus, so we can keep the mind of Christ and remember to be taught by Him (instead of allowing ourselves to be taught by the world).

We get the opportunity to be Disciples of Jesus, to be intimately taught and guided by our Mighty God. What a privilege to love God and others in our daily lives!

The hope found in Christ is nothing like, “I hope we can eat out for dinner.” The kind of hope we have through Jesus Christ is so much greater than anything this world can give us!

Hang in there, and keep seeking Christ!

Stace

P.S. . . Please keep me in your prayers. My mental health is experiencing its own flare up these past several weeks. Here is a little “pick me up”, if you find yourself in a rough place also.

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How Big of a Dream

“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:19‭-‬21 NLT).”


I don’t believe I have had many of these moments. But today, I wish God healed me instantly on a physical and emotional level. Chances are, I am not alone in this dream.

This Scripture reminds me of our Mighty God’s potential to speak, act, and heal, as He wills.

He can do far more than we could ever think or envision for our lives. Even though my life isn’t turning out like I hoped for, our God is so amazingly good to us!

I want to help us focus on our Savior Jesus Christ and God’s unlimited abilities. Friends, our God can do absolutely anything He wants in our lives. And, that is a statement that bears repeating: Our God is so big He can do absolutely anything He wants in our lives. Ultimate anything. How high would you dream, if you had that kind of unlimited resources? Maybe, it is time we start dreaming bigger. . .

Excuse the shorter blog post, it has been a dozy of a week as far as my health goes. I did get my facial pain under control for now, but the new medicine comes with a low blood pressure price.

Blessings, my friends. Celebrate His goodness and His unlimited power! He can do ultimate anything in our lives! If I could do anything, ultimate anything, I think growing an avocado tree is as big of a dream that I could think up. How about you? How big could you dream?

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Faith-Infused Living {{Week 6}}

Friends,

This is our last post for our Ephesians study. It has, sadly, come to an end. But, God’s treasures are ever present. God still has much to teach us, through His Word! The learning never ceases. God continues to pour out His knowledge, truth, and grace onto us, as draw near!

I invite you to open up your Bible and journal. As a way to prepare and take in all God has for you, I encourage you to take some time to reflect on Ephesians 6:14-17 and its accompanied verse (1 Thess. 5:8). After you have spent some time with these precious words given to us by God, hop back over here and we will get started.

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I absolutely heart Ephesians 6:16. This is the verse I have held near and dear – as I fight through my current battle. I have taken the time to stencil certain verses I have come across this Summer. This is definitely one of those Bible verses to write out and concentrate on.

See, whatever battle we face, we need to allow faith to be our main spiritual weapon. They are all equally important, but notice what the Apostle Paul writes here:

In every battle, you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan (vv. 16).

There is something we need, regardless of the battle we are facing. We need to trust that God will show up in a big way, as we give these “things” to Him. In James 1:5-9, we learn the importance of expecting God to show up.

How are you expecting God to show up in your current battle?

We need to be on our guard, against the Devil. He is making himself our enemy, because we are following Jesus Christ – the Lord and our God. See, God is far greater than any of the Devil’s schemes. The Devil may act tough, but he is reduced to nothing – in comparison to the greatness of our Living God.

God has given you specific weaponry to defeat the Devil. We need to take out our faith from the shed, when we put it away – deeming it as unimportant. We need to put away all of our earthly methods of “handling things,” and turn them over to our great God.

Our faith in Jesus Christ is the absolute best weapon we have on hand. And, hear me folks: Our faith in Jesus is more than enough. You have power over Satan, because of who your heavenly Father is. He reigns. From the beginning to the very end, when the earth is no more, God reigns.

Our faith in Jesus Christ is important.

The way to win the battle is – to make a consistent effort to strengthen and stretch our faith. There is no spiritual discipline that matters more. Our faith is to be in Jesus Christ – our King of Kings – who is advocating for us. He is fighting on our behalf.

We need to have faith that –

  • He loves us.
  • He stays with us.
  • He forgives us, when we confess our sin.
  • He offers us victory – amidst the hard looking things.

He is our Companion.

Our faith is essential to every battle. The full armor of God rests on our faith.

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Custom Designed Armor {{Week 6}}

Hi friends!

Welcome to week 6 of our study. Hard to believe – we only have a few days left of our Ephesians study. For those who have joined me on this journey, congratulations on this amazing accomplishment of studying through the book of Ephesians this Summer. For those who have popped in, to glean from the blog posts, you are reaping good things in your spirit – as you turn your eyes to Jesus and the bounty He offers to us – as His followers!

I invite you all to join me, as we peek at Ephesians 6:10-13 – which is today’s passage. As you prepare for what I have to share, please get out your Bibles and journals and spend time soaking up His Word (the secondary Scripture, is 1 Cor. 9:24-25). After you spend some time meditating on these treasures, meet me back here.

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The full armor of God is such a gift!

Our reality is this truth – While we face a heavy battle, God is standing by our side equipping us for all we need. He is equipping us to: 1) Fight the battle 2) Victoriously win.

I can stand firm in today’s adversity, because of the gift of God, His love and hope, and the armor He alone provides. The only way to defeat the enemy is, by keeping the armor of God on. Yes, it can get a bit hard – remembering to keep it on. But, this is where the battle is won.

Jesus wants us to win. He wants to help us achieve this victory. But, it only comes – as we stay close and listen to His instructions given to us through the Bible!

He wants to give us strength.

He wants us to win, but this can only happen – as we draw near to our beloved Savior! And, allow Him to help us to put on the armor.

Now, there is something we need to understand: The armor of God is custom designed for our individual fights. His armor is custom designed, so we need not worry that it won’t fit with our lives or struggles.

I know, for my own life, I need to run the winning way – this means putting on God’s armor. This is the living, where it desperately counts.

God is why we can stand firm and overcome.

Lord God, we are tired and our sinful self is raging. We need You to give us, Your followers, clarity on how to put on Your precious armor pieces and to know how they work. Thank You for Your trusted Word and for supplying all we need. Be our strength, today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Jesus Cleanses Us {{Week 6}}

Hi Friends!

Today, I want to talk with you about Ephesians 5:25-28. Open up your Bible and journal – if you are opting for the journaling thing. If not, just take a few moments to read the selected passage (along with John 15:3). Then, meet me back here.

The Ephesians study journal is still available on Amazon. So is our next study – Gleaning From the Heart of Jesus (on Matthew 4-7). (Please note: When you use this link for any Amazon purchase, I receive a small earning from your purchases. Thank you for your support of Gracefully Overcoming and helping it reach others for the Kingdom.)

I am working on the assumption that you have taken time to sit with our Scriptures, given thought to them, and began praying that God will give you His understanding and wisdom. God has a specific message for each of us, concerning today’s Bible study!

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Jesus is lovingly, willingly choosing to clean us up – as we draw near to Him (James 4:8; John 15:3). He is cleaning up you and me. He is doing it right now, as we get to know Him through His Word and talking with Him.

Now, Jesus doesn’t have to clean us up. He could leave us in the mess we are in – filled with sin, idols, and distractions. But, He doesn’t. God is filled with love and compassion for us, as we draw near to His Son Jesus Christ. This is why Jesus came. To pour out His love on us.

Jesus delights in being with us. He delights in spending time with you. He delights in spending time with me, too. All can come before the throne of grace – as we come to Jesus. When Jesus came to bring salvation to mankind, He made it available to all of us. We need to realize the love God has for us.

He has made us clean and holy, through our baptism with Christ. With Himself. He is making us clean. He is making us new. It is just so exciting to know what He is choosing to do on my behalf. I hope, it is for you too.

He knows our individual needs and He is putting all of Himself into His relationship with us. No area will be left untouched, by Jesus – as long as I keep drawing near and surrendering.

I can clean and precious in His sight. And, it is nothing I could ever produce on my own. Jesus Christ, my Living God, is the One who is making me clean. By His grace!

Week 6 is foundational. While I have been quite ill these past few weeks, chapter 6 is absolute preparation for this “pruning season” of my life. This is so good. You won’t want to miss any of it, so stay tuned!