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Devotions Diving Into Corinthians

Our Sacred Works (Diving Into Corinthians)

 

I am ready to rejoin Diving into the Corinthians. Feel free to join me. The journal is different than others, but available for purchase.

Read 1 Corinthians 1:10-23.

Build with Care (v. 10-11)

Like a skilled architect and master builder, I laid a foundation based upon God’s grace given to me. Now others will come along to build on the foundation. Each serves in a different way and is to build upon it with great care (v. 10, VOICE).

It begins with our choosing to follow our Lord Jesus Christ. He is to be King over our lives. When our Lord is in full control of our lives, this is where we get the opportunity to truly build with care. Friends, what we do matters. Through Jesus Christ, our Resurrected Savior, we can make an eternal difference.

We may have little energy, but God can do so much with our little. Let’s be intentional in how we choose to live.

Everything we do/say can be used to spread the Gospel, and to show others the magnificence of God.

Works of Eternal Weight (v.12-15)

. . . Everyone’s work will be put through the fire so that all can see whether or not it keeps its value, and what was really accomplished (v. 13, TLB).

We can’t judge the quality of our deeds based on this world. Only our great God can determine what was honestly accomplished. This is what will happen on the Day of Christ’s Judgment. Was our works done with a pure heart and for God’s Kingdom?

This can be a scary thing to think about. But, let’s point our gaze on the works of Jesus Christ who has saved us! God can do so many amazing things on our behalf. His grace not only saves, but enables us to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

Holy Temple (v. 16-17)

Do you remember in John 14 (v. 15-17), where we are promised the Holy Spirit as Christ’s followers?

The Holy Spirit lives in every single person who has chosen to trust Jesus Christ as their King. He is the One doing this amazing work in us, as we live out our faith in Christ. Because of this relationship we are changed!

This sacred friendship we have with God impacts every aspect of our lives.

The Wisdom (v. 18-23)

So don’t be proud of following the wise men of this world. For God has already given you everything you need (v. 21, TLB).

If you are like me, you might need to reread that last sentence. God truly has given us all we need! We do not lack anything, because God is our Awesome Shepherd who has provided for every single one of our needs.

Make God’s wisdom more important in your life, than anything else. While some might trust in this world, our trusting priority needs to be reserved for Jesus Christ. Let us remember that all things belong to our Lord Jesus Christ!

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Ambitions Goals

Wisdom Opportunities {May ’18 Goals}

I haven’t set any “official” goals these past few months. Because I am homebound for the most part, I have to alter my mindset – so I make the most of my opportunities. Many things I cannot do, but I have control over how I spend my time and draw nearer to Christ in my affliction.

So be careful how you live. . . Make the most of every living and breathing moment (see Eph. 5:15a, VOICE). 

Do –

  • guilt free resting
  • my best in keeping up on housework
  • find way to exercise without flare up’s
  • eat more plant based
  • listen to short Christian teachings (or half message)
  • use praise music and coloring (stencils) as a way to worship

Learn –

. . . the truths found in Psalm 90.

I want need our great God to satisfy me on an intimate level with His unfailing love. My goal is to sit with Psalm 90:14 for the month of May. Perhaps, I will sojourn to other places of Psalm 90.

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days (Ps. 90:14, NIV).

When morning comes, let your love satisfy all our needs. Then we can celebrate and be glad for what time we have left (CEV).

The Lord Jesus is truly all I need. May this become my focus verse. Even as our weather changes, our great God will continue to love me, puruse me, and satisfy my deepest needs.

Read –

There is so much I want to read! I have many books to choose from. Here are my top picks for the month of May. I may end up reading something else, but here we go!

  • Spoken For (Robin Jones Gunn; Alyssa Joy Bethke)
  • Called and Accountable (Henry and Norman Blackaby)
  • God’s Story, Your Story: When His Becomes Yours (Max Lucado)

Ideally, I will read more than these. But, it is enough to get me started.

Be Flexible

If there was “a word” to describe how I need to be (as I adjust to Summer), it would be “flexible”. I need to pursue my goals, while taking especially good care of my body. This may look differently each day.

This may mean:

  • getting up while it is not yet light to food prep, then go back to sleep
  • willfully choosing to listen to the Bible only versus taking detailed therapeutic notes
  • sitting in front of a fan, when my heart would rather be absorbing sunshine
  • missing family time and sleeping all day, for tomorrow’s opportunities.

Whichever, I need to be flexible. There needs to be flexibility in accepting opportunities to be drawn into deeper intimacy with Christ and how I use my days. I want to make the most of my days, but this requires wisdom, patience, and dedication. While I want to make the best out of my days, I have to protect my body from worsening symptoms.

Oh friend! It is a new month. What are some of your “hopes” for this month? Any particular goal you are striving for?

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Devotions Diving Into Corinthians

Exploring Wisdom {Diving Into The Corinthians}

 

However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory (1 Cor. 2:6-7). . .

Today, I went on a little exploration. I have been experiencing trouble getting in the Word lately. I have felt distracted and fatigued, but here I am. Because of this struggle to read (and study!) my Bible, I opted to use the “Interlinear Bible” on Bible Study Tools. This is a place I love to visit, because it helps me to dig deeper into the Word of God.

I wanted to focus on the word “wisdom” today, so I looked up the Bible verses relating to it.

The Bible has so much to teach us about the wisdom of God, and why God’s wisdom is far  better than what this world has to offer us!

The God we know, love, and serve is all powerful, and wants to share His great wisdom and knowledge with us. Remember what it says in John 1, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name (1:12).”

As our heavenly Father, He is giving us the ability to ask and receive all that is His – including wisdom. Are you ready to receive what God has to say about His wisdom, and how it differs from this world’s?

Is God’s wisdom the same as man’s?

20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe (1 Cor. 1:20-21).

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33)

God is ready to give us His wisdom.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him (James 1:5).

for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist (Luke 21:15).

Examples of how God has shared His wisdom

[God] delivered [Joseph] out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house (Acts 7:10)

And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds (vv. 22).

Using God’s wisdom to worship Him

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord (Col. 3:16).

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time (4:5).

Ladies: Don’t forget about our Facebook small group, where we will go through this study together step by step! Also: you can pick up your Corinthians’ journal here (or other online book stores).

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Inspiring Women (05/17)

That One Compliment {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.

In high school, a teacher called me something that I have never forgotten. It was one of the greatest compliments I could ever receive in my life back then. I was awkward, detail obseessed, and a passionate worker when solo. Yet, all that stood out was one word – conscientious.

The mind of the prudent is ever getting knowledge, and the ear of the wise is ever seeking (inquiring for and craving) knowledge (Proverbs 18:15, AMPC).

Conscientious. It continues to be something I think on, and encourages me in my endeavors. I want to work well. While I can work well with giving less, I want to become a woman of God who strives to give Him her best.

As women seeking to inspire, let’s become prudent women who love Jesus and continue to pursue Him.

As women who understand what is right, we need to make knowledge of God and His Word our highest priority. For the conscientious woman, she will want to not only gain the knowledge but seek to apply it to her life as well.

Nearly three years ago, we learned the value of prudence. For the God fearing, we need be careful, not careless, in order to avoid pitfalls.  Our relationship with God through Jesus Christ is worthy of all required efforts to live a lifestyle – where our decisions are significant; we know and do “what would glorify God,” and have a lifestyle where “God would be honored.”

Those who do what is right, will seek to better themselves. They will look to the Proverbs and other books of the Bible to learn and grow in their relationship with our risen Lord.

While each had their failures as they were human, Abigail and David were seen as a couple who both displayed prudence before they got together.

  • Abigail was a prudent woman who was quick to soften the conflict, possible disaster against her imprudent husband.
  • David was seen as prudent in words long before his reign as king. It was right up there, with his musical capabilities.

Friends, let’s become prudent people. This characteristic will affect not only our own lives, but the lives of others around us. It can become tempting to consider and overwhelm ourselves with all the changes we need to make, but let us focus solely on the most important change we need to make – which is to have a heart desire to listen to and act upon God’s instructions for our lives.

We need a heart’s desire for Jesus, friends.

It has been several years ago since I received my conscientious compliment, but I hold it dear to this very day.

I want to be known as the girl who loves Jesus and gives Him her best. That is a legacy worth having!

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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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