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POTF {Titus // Tim}

Love Based Law – Part 1 {POTF}

Hello friends –

I invite you to join me in a two part blog post, where we will be looking at 1 Timothy 1:8-11 –

But we know that the law is good, provided one uses it legitimately. We know that the law is not meant for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and irreverent, for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral and homosexuals, for slave traders,liars,perjurers, and for whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which was entrusted to me (1 Timothy 1:8-11, CSB).

We know the law is good if we use it properly.

The law is holy. . . just, and good. . . [If we] use it for the purpose for which God has given it [then it becomes] a schoolmaster to lead us unto Christ, and Christ is the end of that law for justification to every one that believes (Clarke Commentary).

The Truth About God’s Law

This sacred law of God teaches us about our broken relationship with God. As hard as it is to talk about, this is the truth. This is why the law of God has been given to us.

Admittedly we may think the law of our great God is something horrible, but honestly it isn’t. God has given us His law – His rules to meet and teach us. God teaches us we are sinners. We are not holy, righteous, or close to perfection, but our great God definitely is and has chosen us to be His own people!

Came For the Broken

Just as the law is given to sinners, I am reminded this is why our Lord Jesus came. He came for us, to redeem us!

I am reminded by the Holy Spirit of what it says in the book of Luke.

I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (5:32).
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost (19:10).

Our blessed Savior has come for you and me personally. He didn’t come to call the righteous, but He did call the broken, the lost, people like us who just don’t “have it all together”.

With God’s grace, we don’t have to be perfect people. We just really need our Lord Jesus and to keep drawing near – so we aren’t going through life alone.

Instead of shrinking back, God has wholeheartedly continued pursuing and loving us – and is inviting us to become His own people.

God’s Love

In John 3:16-17, we see the absolute depth of our Creator’s amazing love for us. God wants to be heavily involved in our lives. He loves us and longs to be with us!

16 For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Friends, our great God’s love for us goes above and beyond anything we could ever imagine! While the law shows we have sinned against God, every one of us, our story doesn’t have to stop there.

Our great God sent His Son Jesus Christ to be the Savior of the world! He went on a rescue mission – for you! Will you choose to accept what Jesus has done on your behalf through His suffering, death, and resurrection?

I invite you to join me tomorrow, as we talk specifically about God’s love and role as our Eternal Father.

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POTF {Titus // Tim} Truth in Trials

My Gospel – Filled Story {{POTF}}

Ohh friends, let’s dive into the heart of God! I know, it is so easy to feel unwanted. Unwanted by our employers, friends, family, neighbors, online contacts, I mean you name it. It is easy to feel out of place and unwanted. But friends, the Lord wants us. Even if it feels like the entire alphabet doesn’t seem to want us (way further than just A, B, C, etc), the God of the Universe wants YOU! He has handpicked you to be His child. He wants us. He loves us.

I have been thinking about the movie, “Mom’s Night Out,” lately. this scene is what comes to mind tonight.

You Are WANTED!

We are invited to come before the Lord. Friends, let’s just come before the Lord Jesus and choose to follow Him as we are. Let’s choose to have our precious gift that is a relationship with the Lord.

Friends, I encourage you to join me – as we look at Titus 3:3-6.

Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But— When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior (NLT).

Several years ago, I was met with a Holy Spirit driven comment. This person pointed me the Word of God and showed me my sin. I was someone with a lot of anger and not much love. But today, I could see how the Lord is transforming me into the woman He has designed me to be! Which leaves me awe struck and abundantly thankful for God given miracles!


I was all those evil things, yet the Lord still chose to pursue and draw me nearer to Him. My Lord stepped into my mess – radically changing me from the inside out! He has chosen to love me and make me spiritually alive – and renew me by the strength of the Holy Spirit.

. . . I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you (Jer. 31:3, AMP).”

We can become such messes, when we try to live apart from Christ. It is only when I have laid everything else down and focus on this relationship, that the transformation occurred.


This Sacred Rescue

Our Lord Jesus is the One who has saved me. It is nothing I could ever do on my own. It is this union with Jesus Christ that has literally changed my life!

I need to remember my need to keep running toward our Risen Lord Jesus Christ, because I want the old me to stay buried. So that, I may keep following our Lord Jesus.

We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin (Rom. 6:6, NLT).

Truly Wanted!

The Lord is the One who wants us! We never have to worry about being truly unwanted, because our Creator is the One who wants us. He is recklessly pursuing you, seriously loves you, and acts on it. I pray you will realize just how much He wants to be with you, and will pursue us – no matter what it takes.

Our God has poured out His love for us through the gift of His Son – Jesus! Our great God has loved us and taken care of us in such abundance. This is my story to live out and share. As He reveals this transformation, it makes this road of suffering worth traveling.

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POTF {Titus // Tim}

COME As You Are, Friend!

Friends,

Welcome to Gracefully Overcoming! This blog started out, mainly just as an outlet to the things I was going through in my life. However, it has turned into much more. This has become a beautiful place to seek the Lord with friends – near and far. While this blog begun out of chronic illness, it is wholly about seeking the Lord Jesus with whatever we have to offer.

. . . Even our messes is absolutely acceptable offering to our great God!

Just Come, Friend!

“Jesus said, “Come follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” So Simon and Andrew immediately left their nets and followed him (Matthew 4:19-20, NCV).”

“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18, NASB).”

“The sacrifices God desires are a humble spirit–O God, a humble and repentant heart you will not reject (Psalm 51:17, NET).”

In the Scriptures, we are reminded that we can just come. We don’t have to wait until our lives are picture perfect and oh-so-neat to meet (or even better experience) our gracious God. He is yearning to be with us, and allow us to see this new and abundant life He has created for us. While sin has messed up things, they are not beyond repair – because we have our amazing Savior Jesus Christ who has come to repair everything. All we have to do is come.

Maybe, you aren’t uber excited about doing a Bible study right now. I wasn’t either, but the Lord awoke that spiritual desire today when I began my time reading through Titus. So just know, the Lord will meet you. Wherever you are, the Lord will meet you.

Let’s just come and realize our deep need for our Savior Jesus Christ!
Let’s invite Him into our broken (and often messy) lives, and wait to see how the Lord will transform us, our circumstances, and entire lives.

 

The biggest thing we need, as believers, is to get closer to the Lord Jesus. Whether it is through this study or another one, the ultimate goal has to be just that – to get as close as you can to the Lord.

This weekend, I want for us to begin praying about possible goals. Rather, goal.

What is one goal you can set, to help you get closer to Jesus these next eight weeks?

Because God has wired us differently (personality, interests, etc), that goal is going to look differently for each of us. Now I am setting aside a separate post specifically to talk about goals, but I am not talking about a year long goal. You may have one. You may have five. If you do, I think that is fantastic! My goals never seem to stick, so my one goal I am fixed on – is to sit quietly before the Lord.

Just think about these next eight weeks. What is ONE goal you can set that will draw you nearer to the Lord?

There are a variety of ways to get involved in our Bible study. You can find an eight week journal on Amazon to use for this (or another) study. Also: You can follow my Facebook page. Or even join the women’s small group to dig deeper into this Bible study!

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Prayer Testimony Women in the Bible

A Struggling Woman’s Great Faith

Today has been a “roughed up” health day, but I am finding much comfort through one woman’s story. She was a woman who didn’t grow up exposed to God’s law (but likely worshiped many other gods),  but she was coming to know Him – in faith. Her daughter’s suffering would be the one thing leading her to Jesus and His beloved Kingdom. She would experience God’s power in her life.


Read Matthew 15:21-28

The Canaanite woman is an pioneer and example for us all. In the book of Matthew, we find her heart stirring story. We might even find parts of ourselves there, too.

In specific times of our lives, we face devastating circumstances. And, we need to instruct ourselves to run into the arms of Jesus. It doesn’t matter what others say/do or how we have responded to circumstances in the past.

We have Jesus, who stands by our side and waits for us to invite Him to become our ever-present help. He is our Hope and possesses every ounce of strength we need to overcome whatever it is that we are facing!

All that matters is running to Jesus and being wrapped up in trusting Him and knowing He is capable of handling all of the messy circumstances of our lives.

This woman, she kept asking.

Her background didn’t matter, but her persistent faith is her legacy. She was a woman (and mom) who went to Jesus and resolved to not stop trusting Him. She knew beyond a shadow of doubt, that God (through His Son Jesus) was able to heal her daughter once and for all. While doctors couldn’t help her or solve this big circumstance in her family’s life, she knew God definitely was up to the challenge.

I read this passage of Scripture, while I was waiting in a doctor’s office. Her story can be described as “beyond encouraging”. I mean, her heart is shattered. This hard circumstance is like a punch in the gut, yet she chose to keep trusting.

… And, He healed her daughter!

It didn’t matter that the disciples wanted to shoo her away (which is enough to cause me personally to step back, but she didn’t… she stood strong in her faith!). In the light of eternity, all that will be remembered about this encounter with Jesus is – He listened, she trusted Him and kept asking, her focus was on God’s power, and that He would work in her life.

Jesus would touch her life in such a way that she would realize just how loved she was by her heavenly Father. She was blessed beyond measure as she knew Jesus’ power and ran after her opportunity to have her daughter healed.

What would happen if we would have this kind of persistent faith that caused us to continually ask Jesus and go to Him? What if we reached out for the healings no one else is willingly asking for?

He is willing, able, and has the power to heal many things in our lives. We have to reach a place of asking, like she did. I know, I need to grow in my own asking. I love the companionship I can have with my Savior Jesus, and our relationship can be defined by honesty and His grace.

I want to have this kind of faith like this gentile mother did. She crossed over cultural barriers, and displayed bravery in her faith toward Jesus Christ. She knew who He was, and she didn’t miss a beat. God is able to help us become more bold in our asking and seeking out His abundant life!

See Hebrews 4:16; John 10:10; Matthew 7:7

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Experiencing the Beauty of... Isaiah 40

Look Up! {{Week 3}}

We are at the end of our third week, for our current study. We have spent the past few weeks, studying Isaiah 40. Amazing journey, right?!? I am loving it! If you are new, it’s not too late to join in. We have one more week, before journeying through Matthew 4-7 (see end of post, for details). For Isaiah 40, you can pick up a free journal and schedule – to join in the fun!

The Scriptures – Isaiah 40:26; Psalm 89:11, 147:4

“Look up to the skies. Who created all these stars? He leads out the army of heaven one by one and calls all the stars by name. Because he is strong and powerful, not one of them is missing (Is. 40:26).”

The skies and the earth belong to you. You made the world and everything in it… He counts the stars and names each one (Ps. 89:11, 147:4).

God is calling us to “look up”. Look up, He says to us. Look up and see. God is the great Creator of the universe. He has uniquely made each star, but He doesn’t stop there.

  • God created them.
  • God has brought them out, so we can see His handiwork. We get the shear joy of witnessing His handiwork.
  • God has called each one, by its God-given name.
  • God counts them, to make sure none are missing.
  • While God counts each one, they are given a specific name. Our God is specific and deliberate in every action He makes.

To me, this shows just how involved God is in each one of our lives – as well. In John 10, we see most of these themes play out again. Only this time, they relate to us!

Just as the heavens and eath are His, we are definitely His too! God saw fit to create us and call us His own. God created us from nothing and has the authority to call us as His own.

God is weaving us into His grand plan for the universe, as we come to Him. (Click to Tweet)

God calls us, by name. It doesn’t matter what we answered to, before we began walking with Jesus. All that matters is the moment we are standing in. All that matters is the new name we have been given, at this very moment. God wants to call us His sons and daughters. This happens, as we come to His Son – Jesus Christ, the Messiah!

Jesus has chosen you (me too), and gives you a new name. Just like He did for Jerusalem, He is rebuilding us. He is bringing us back. He is healing us. He is shwoing Himself as our Awesome Creator. His understanding, in Psalm 147:5, is even described as “beyond comprehension.” He is that good!

Jesus has picked you! And, He has a new name for you too. (Click to Tweet)

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I invite you to join us for our next study. For nine weeks, beginning on September 11, we will be enjoying bite-size portions of Matthew 4-7. This amazing section of Scripture, we will finally get to sit down and study at our own level. You can pick up your journal, over on Amazon. (Please Note: As an Amazon Affiliate, I receive a small earning from any purchases made using the link at no expense to you.)