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Devotions Diving Into Corinthians

Get Cozy with God {Part 2 // Diving Into Corinthians}

Welcome to part two of our “Get Cozy with God” message, my dear friends! ♥

In part 1, I bravely shown you what the inside of my Bible journal and notebook looked like from my other morning’s quiet time. I hope you were able to gain some encouragement from that.

Today, I want to focus on some of these key things that stood out to me – as I spent time with 1 Corinthians 1:1-3. Before we dive in, let’s just pray and read through the passage today.

Lord, fill this place. Meet each person where they are at, and let their confidence remain in You and the incredible work You alone do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (NKJV).

Called. . .  by the will of God: We have been invited by God, to His banquet. He has chosen us! We have been handpicked by our great God. How often do we realize the gift we have been given? It is an absolute gift we have received. It is worthy of celebration, that we have been gifted this opportunity to be with our risen Lord forever.

Kletos {Called} is defined as: Being invited (by God in the proclamation of the Gospel) to obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom through Christ.

We have been called by the Lord, and now are able to rest in Him. It is God who has called us to be His followers and people. As we live out our faith in Christ, let us remember this gift of completely depending upon the Lord. It is a complete gift to be led by God.

“The apostle. . . was called . . . by the will of God; he did not thrust himself into that high and honourable employment, but was chosen, called and sent by God. . . (William Burkitt).”

Sanctified in Christ Jesus: We have been called by God, and this changes everything. In this process of becoming His, we are thoroughly changed. We are no longer defeated by our sinful nature, but we now experience victory because of our Lord Jesus Christ and what has been done on our behalf through the cross and His resurrection.

“The word “saints” does not differ materially from the word “sanctified” in the former part of the verse. It means those who are separated from the world, and set apart to God as holy. The idea which Paul introduces here is, that they became such because they were called to be such. The idea in the former part of the verse is, that this was done “by Christ Jesus;” here he says that it was because they were called to this privilege (Albert Barnes).”

In Every Place, Both Theirs and Ours: This letter is to be used for all of Christ’s beautiful bride. “All who profess Christianity, both in Corinth, Ephesus, and other parts (Adam Clarke).”

“Jesus Christ is the common Lord and Savior of all. He is the exclusive property of no one Church, or people, or nation. Calling on or invoking the name of the Lord Jesus, was the proper distinguishing mark of a Christian. In those times of apostolic light and purity no man attempted to invoke God but in the name of Jesus Christ; this is what genuine Christians still mean when they ask any thing from God for Christ’s Sake.”

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Until next time,

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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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In Him,

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Inspiring Women (05/17) Truth in Trials

My Own Story: Strength in the Fight {Inspiring Women}

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are invited to lean on the Lord for strength. Today, I will be sharing my own story of facing difficult circumstances with God’s strength. This is part one, as we look at Ephesians 6:10 –

In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides] (Eph. 6:10, AMPC).

We can be strong in the battle, because we are relying on our Lord Jesus for strength and protection. It brings us back to our need for a relationship with our King! As we come closer to Jesus, He provides all we need to face the storms of life.

My Own Battle –

Summer is my hard time, as I have shared before. I feel like everything within me, becomes greatly tested – during Summer time. This reminds me why I need Jesus Christ in my life. I cannot deal with the things of my life without Him. My strength is not nearly enough to tackle a small portion of the things I deal with.

Jesus Christ is my source of Strength, Deliverer, Companion, Savior, and even calls me His friend. He continues to show me who He is.

I am thankful He doesn’t ever leave my side. I can sit in His presence, and allow everything else fade into the background – as He equips me to carefully handle everything. This is where I am renewed and find healing, as I sit in His presence, talk with Him {prayer}, and read my Bible.

God’s Strength –

Even though this is my difficult time, I am constantly reminded that God’s strength is more than enough to get me through. The strength of my God is all I need.

Throughout Scripture, we are taught about the character of God – His goodness, love, justice, strength, etc. However, it is in these moments that I am able to experience who God honestly is. I am not alone in my battle.

Through the Holy Spirit, God’s gift to remind His followers they are saved, He stays with me regardless of my circumstances. He is my Constant in the midst of a very unpredictable storm. While I cannot do anything to earn His favor or love, He has chosen to love me and stay with me – simply because He wants to.

Because of Jesus Christ, who has saved me, I can enjoy an intimate relationship with my great God and my soul can literally burst with joy – regardless of how unwell I feel.

God’s Passionate Pursuit –

God reaches out to us in the midst of our troubling circumstances. Even though we cannot begin to figure out what is going on or why it is happening, God remains. He constantly pursues us.

Even though we have made ourselves God’s enemies through our choices to rebel against Him, He still loves us and sent His Son Jesus Christ – so we may be with Him again. We can experience forgiveness from our sins and a right relationship with our heavenly Father. All we need is Jesus Christ who paid the ultimate price. He laid down His life, so we would be saved.

For many of us, we don’t have a father figure in our lives. This weekend can be difficult for that reason, but keep remembering how much God loves you and is pursuing a love relationship with you.

He wants a relationship with you. He wants to give you His strength among many other good gifts. He is simply waiting for you to respond to His love invitation.

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Inspiring Women (05/17)

Giving Our Best {Inspiring Women}

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

Dear friend, you are important. You are important to those within your community of family and friends, but most importantly you are soo much more important in the eyes of our generous God! This is why God sent His Son Jesus Christ, to redeem us! God has poured out His love, and shown us how much we mean to Him.

As God pours out His love into our lives, through His Son Jesus Christ, He is inviting us to join Him in inspiring those around us. We get the opportunity to share God’s amazing good news with others and love them as He does.

We have been offered the opportunity to influence others, through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By the power of God, lives are changed.

God is taking all the necessary steps, to ensure you are equipped to inspire other women who are in your midst. Sometimes it feels like our best isn’t enough to inspire others, but it is – because of the power of God. In a variety of circumstances, God is pointing others to His love through our lives. It is all coming together, and for His glory!

Whatever work you do, do your best. This is because you are going to the grave. There is no working, no planning, no knowledge and no wisdom there (Ecc. 9:10, ICB).

As we follow Jesus Christ, we are invited and even urged to give God our best. We can give God our best in many areas. Our relationship with Him is the most important of all areas, though.

God wants for us to give ourselves fully to Him. He has held nothing back from us. In our lives, every single choice allows us the opportunity to worship and grow more deeply in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

We make decisions every day. Let’s consider how we can give God our best. Instead of settling, let’s dig deeper and give Him our best! He will lead us on and impact many others in their response to His pursuit of them.

As those who have chosen to follow Jesus Christ, let’s be willing to fight to give God our best. May we resolve to fight in this battle, so we can give God our best in whatever we do.

The best part is seeing how God allows our inspiring moments, to touch lives in a memorable way. These things last long after we got up the courage to love and inspire other women in our lives.

While God is infusing our bodies with His supernatural power, there is no limits to how we can inspire others and help them to seek after Christ. Each decision to give our best, can draw others to Himself in the process.

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Inspiring Women (05/17)

The Jesus-Girl Who Reads Her Bible

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

Some of us are quite familiar with Psalm 1. Contrary to what one might think, it isn’t because of the actual Psalm itself. There is a different reason for it.

For myself I am familiar with many first chapters of the Bible, because I have “attempted” to read through a particular book of the Bible. Even though I am aware of the first chapter’s existence, this doesn’t mean I am without a lesson to learn. Neither are you, my friend, because God stands ready to meet us here.

But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night (Psalm 1:2, AMPC).

Instead you thrill to God’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night (MSG).

How much do you want to be an influential woman whose life is stamped by God’s transformative power?

We become God’s daughters, from the first moment of our responding to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him. As God’s daughters, we are invited into a whole new world, that we would not be able to experience – outside of our spiritual adoption.

As God’s daughters, He wants to joyously overwhelm us with His presence and power. This happens, as we dive into His Word.

We are invited to sing – dance – jumping up and down – and thrill after God’s very word – the Bible! This is a desire God wants to give us, as His daughters. It is something we can only do, as God gives us that craving for the spiritual things.

While this world may leave us feeling empty, God wants to fill us up. He wants to make sure that our spiritual cup (lives) never run low on His living water (Jesus). God wants to make sure we stay satisfied, and it is in Him that we find such satisfaction.

In Jesus, we are made whole. Our faces don’t need a make-over, but our hearts do. God wants to give us a spiritual make-over and He does this, as we willfully seek Him through the Bible and prayer. God wants to give us the eternal make-over.

Reading the Bible needs to be something we habitually do. In our daily lives, let us run and grab our Bible at the chance of eating spiritually and becoming fully nourished.

Everything in our lives has a tendency of revealing how well (or unwell) we are being spiritually nourished. As we sit with Jesus, reading our Bibles, soaking up the Holy Spirit’s influence in our lives, we are being transformed. Our attitude changes from distasteful and anger-filled to that of a patient Jesus girl who loves and explodes with kindness on those around her.

When the Bible becomes our daily companion, God shows up in our lives – in growing amounts. As we go through our day today, may we become Jesus girls who run to Him and soak up His Bible-based truths – seeking to apply them!

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