The Lord is my Strength

Have you ever woken up in the morning and didn’t feel the strength to get out of bed? I have. What do you do in that scenario? I depend on The Lord. The Lord is my strength and the one I can depend on day and night. Continue to read as I share about how The Lord is my strength.

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Join me as I go inside one of the Bible study workbooks I’ve created and show you exactly the process I go through to dig deeper into scripture. 

These workbooks were created so that you do one day every day of the week or sometimes five to six days in a seven-day week. But instead, we’re going to take it slow and we’re going to do one day per week for the next couple of weeks.

Following a daily, or weekly bible study workbook is a really good way to dig into God’s word. 

Bible study can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day and answering some questions. 

So the workbook that we’re going to be going through is this one called Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. It is free for you right now to use, so if you don’t have your copy, fill out the form below this paragraph. The workbook will go straight to your inbox. You can then print it off and join me as we go through it together. 

Verses to Read Today

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Deuteronomy 31:6  Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Part 1: Be strong and of Good Courage

Bible Study Questions & Answers

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9
1. What is Joshua telling us not to do? 

Do not be afraid. 

2. Who is with us? 

God himself is with us. 

3. Why should this verse give us comfort? 

Before you answer this question, it would be good to ask yourself, does this verse scare you or does it comfort you? 

If it scares you, why does it scare you? If it comforts you, what is it about God being with us that comforts you? 

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We are never alone

This verse comforts me because it reminds me I’m never alone.

And that because he’s with me, he knows me. Still loves me. He wants that relationship with us. 

There have been many years in my life where I’ve had a really hard time making friends. I’m not really great at making friends and so there have been portions in my life where I felt extremely alone. But even in those times, I knew I wasn’t alone because God was with me.

I also have a really hard time opening up this. I feel like if I tell people my thoughts are going to hate me.

But then I think they’re God, and he knows all my thoughts. He knows everything. I’ve been through. He knows all the different things and even with everything he knows he still loves me. He still wants to spend time with me. He still wants to have that relationship with me. 

These truths give me so much comfort, so I’d love for you to take a minute and let me know in the comments why this verse comforts you.

Part 2: I am with you always

Bible Study Questions & Answers

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Isaiah 41:10

This is a little bit repetitive, but if your brain is like mine, you need to hear the same thing 100 different times and it says it in a different way so that we can really fully get this truth ingrained in our mind. 

1. Why should we not be afraid? 

I am with you? God is with us.

2. What will God do for us? 

He will strengthen us. He will help us. And he will uphold us. 

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The Lord is my strength: What does that look like in our lives? 

So we see from the verse The Lord gives us strength. He helps us. He upholds us. 

What’s an example of that in your life? 

When I think about strength, I think about how, in my own strength, I would be very short with my children.

But The Lord gives me strength to be patient and loving and gracious to them. 

In the comments, I would love for you to share an example of the time when the Lord gave you strength or he helped you, or he upheld you. 

When I think about the word uphold, it’s those times in your life where you feel so weak and just so incapable of really even thought or movement. You don’t think you can face the day. But through the Lord’s strength, we can go on. 

I’ve had those moments in my life where I just don’t feel like I can continue where I kind of want to give up. I want to walk away, but through the Lord’s strength it’s like he is holding all of my body weight, helping me, you know, get up out of bed, take the next step, move on in my day and so that’s what I think of when I read the word uphold. 

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Part 3 In Christ, we have nothing to fear

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 
1. What should we not be afraid of?

 In this context, God is talking to Joshua. The Lord has just appointed Joshua to be the leader of the people of Israel. 

Moses has passed away. They are instilling a new leader. It’s going to be Joshua and this is The Lord speaking to him saying be of good courage. Do not be afraid of them so them. They need people you lead.

2. Why would Joshua be afraid of the people around him? 

I’ve been a spiritual leader in many different areas. I love this verse for the encouragement to leaders to not be afraid of the people we lead. 

As a church leader, as a small group leader, and even as a parent, you’re leading people, and it’s easy to become afraid of people.

Certainly when you’re in a position of leadership or power in a church, let’s say it can be easy to be swayed by the people around you, the congregation, because you want to please them. 

Or maybe you’re afraid of criticism or anything else, this verse is reminding us to not be afraid.

The Lord himself had appointed Joshua, and he’s telling him you’re not going to lead by yourself. 

I’m going to be right there with you, and it’s the same thing with parenting. 

My Fears

I remember how scared I was when my eldest daughter was first born. And even to this day when I think about the next stages that we’re facing, I’m afraid. 

She’s turning 13. I’m going to have a teenager. And then we’re going to get into those years where they start becoming more and more independent, leaving the home, you know, going to university, getting married, all those things, those stages scare me.

And so I remember this verse because it’s saying don’t be afraid. I’m going to be with you. I am with you in whatever scenario we’re in, and however capacity that we’re leading, we don’t need to be afraid of the people we’re leading because God is with us. 

3. What promise are we given? 

God is with us. And I know that’s repetitive, but it’s really important that we remember this, 

4. Since we’re not Jewish does this promise extend to us? Why?

Yes, this promise extends to us!  In this series, we read Matthew 1:23 which says Immanuel means God with us.

And so there are verses in the Old Testament, but also the New Testament, speaking to us, saying God, I am with you. 

So this promise we can claim for our own because we know God is speaking not just to one person, not to just the Jewish nation, but to anyone who turns to the Lord who accepts him as Lord and Savior. He says I am with you and if you want.

More evidence we can think about the Holy Spirit. When we are saved, we are instilled with the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is one of the persons in the Trinity. God the Father, God the son, God the Holy Spirit. 

So when we’re saved, we get the Holy Spirit. And that is the God himself in us. So we went through a few more verses today, three different ones. 

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What have you learned today?

I want you to think of one thing that really you either learned or that stuck out to you. 

For me, it was about this leadership piece. As a leader, I don’t have to be afraid of people. God will help me. God will help me lead God is with me so again this is nothing new. 

I’ve known this. But today it really stood out and encouraged me, and even with my kids, I shared that. I’m afraid of the next stage. And it’s just this next reminder that the Lord is going to be with me wherever I go, whatever I do, whatever comes next, and so that piece was really encouraging to me today. 

So in the comments, I would love for you to tell me what stuck out to you today. Maybe you’ve learned something, maybe a verse just got a new perspective for you. Maybe something really just jumped off the page and stuck in your mind. Or maybe a word. It’s just being repeated in your brain and so whatever that is, I’d love for you to share in the group and the comments below.

A quick Bible study tip for you

Look for things we should not do or think

For example, in today’s Bible story we were seeing that God was telling Joshua to not be afraid is. So if you want to know what God wants you to do or what he doesn’t want you to do, there are lots of areas in the Bible that will be very specific.

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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Why is the Virgin Birth Important? 

As Christians, there are a few foundational truths we believe. One is creation, another is that Jesus is God. Today, I’m not going to share either of those. But, I will answer the question: Why is the virgin birth so important?

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Join me as I go inside one of the Bible study workbooks I’ve created and show you exactly the process I go through to dig deeper into scripture. 

These workbooks were created so that you do one day every day of the week or sometimes five to six days in a seven-day week. But instead, we’re going to take it slow and we’re going to do one day per week for the next couple of weeks.

Following a daily, or weekly bible study workbook is a really good way to dig into God’s word. 

Bible study can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day and answering some questions. 

So the workbook that we’re going to be going through is this one is called. Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. It is free for you right now to use, so if you don’t have your copy, fill out the form below this paragraph. The workbook will go straight to your inbox. You can then print it off and join me as we go through it together. 

Verses to Read Today 

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Matthew 1: 22-23 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

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Bible Study Questions & Answers

1. What is the sign that the Lord will give? 

We can actually find that in Isaiah Chapter 7? And the sign is a virgin, shall conceive, and bear a son.

2. What name will the child have? 

His name will be called Immanuel- God with us 

3. What events are being foretold? 

The fulfillment of a  prophecy- Jesus coming to earth. He is going to be born by a virgin and we’ll call him Immanuel. 

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4. What does the manual mean? 

We can find the answer in Matthew chapter one. Immanuel means God with us. 

So as you see here, these first couple of questions are just really simple, don’t get you to think too much, but just to make sure that you’ve actually read the passage and now to get deeper. 

5. Who is this child? 

The Child they are talking about is Jesus. 

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Why is the virgin birth so important? 

You will not find that in Scripture. There will not be a verse that says this is the reason it was important. 

But from the two verses we can at least think of 1 for sure, and one that it’s fulfilling a prophecy. 

The other reason the virgin birth is so important is the fact Mary conceived through the Holy Spirit. 

If she wasn’t a virgin. Then anybody could say, that could not have been the Holy Spirit it would have been her husband or this other man or somebody else. 

There would be a huge flaw in this plan, so it proves that Jesus is God and there’s no other way. 

If Mary wasn’t a virgin, people could poke holes.

What would change if Mary wasn’t a virgin? 

The miracle of the virgin birth. The credibility of the story would change and so would Jesus’s parentage.

Because if Jesus wasn’t born through the Holy Spirit, then somebody else would have had to be his father. And if somebody else was his father, then Jesus himself would not be God. So that point is really important because like I said, any other plan, it’d be too easy to put holes into right if she was already married. If she was older. 

If people had known that she had been with somebody else whatever the reason was, there would be just so many other theories about this birth.

The virgin birth just gives so much more credibility to Jesus and who he is. Because it was through the Holy Spirit and not through some other man. And so this virgin piece is the credibility of who Jesus is that his father had to be somebody else than Joseph because she was a virgin when she was born.

And so it’s really a critical piece here that we know she was a virgin and that’s just one way we can prove that Jesus is God, because who else could be the father? 

How does this child fulfill the promise of God being with us? 

We know Jesus is God. Because we have God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. 

John 10:30 I (Jesus speaking) and the father are one. 

This verse confirms that Jesus is God, that Jesus, the Son, and Jesus the father are the same person.

By sending Jesus on Earth, it tells us that God is here with us because they’re the same person. 

Now that we have taken some time to read through the verses and answer the questions, it’s time to share something that sticks out to you. 

What have you learned today?

I want you to think of one thing that really you either learned or that stuck out to you. 

 For me today, it was this virgin piece, and why it was so important. That’s not new information. I already knew that going in, but today it really stuck out for me in my brain and so that’s probably something I’ll be going through in my mind for a couple of days.

I’m thinking about the miracle of the virgin birth. The importance of it and what it proves for us in our faith. 

So in the comments, I would love for you to tell me what stuck out to you today. Maybe you’ve learned something, maybe a verse just got a new perspective for you. Maybe something really just jumped off the page and stuck in your mind. Or maybe a word. It’s just being repeated in your brain and so whatever that is, I’d love for you to share in the group and the comments below.

A quick Bible study tip for you

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Highlight words you don’t know or ones you’re not sure of their meaning. Then use a Bible dictionary to find the meaning. 

This is really important because when we read Scripture, we think we understand a word. But then when we see a Bible dictionary and the Hebrew or Greek meaning behind it can change the meaning of the word or just get a really new perspective.

For example, in the English language, there’s only one word for love, Greek or Hebrew. There are four different words for love, so that’s why we want to completely understand that Scripture was written in a different language, and sometimes in translation. Something’s a little lost, so we will always want to go back to a Bible dictionary to see the true meaning behind a specific word. 

If you want to take this further, you can then look up the word in a regular dictionary and compare the meanings, and this is just a really great way to get just a deeper understanding of what scripture is actually saying. 

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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A 5 minute thanksgiving devotional

As Thanksgiving draws near, it’s important to take a minute and remember everything The Lord has done for us. Giving thanks to The Lord is a great way to worship Him and encourage each other in the works He has done. Our family always takes the time to read a short 5 minute thanksgiving devotional at dinner. It helps us focus on the real reason we take a day off.

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A 5-minute thanksgiving devotional

Thanksgiving is a day we take aside and give thanks for everything we have. Some people just share with each other what they are thankful for, but for Christians, this day is so much more. 

Psalm 100:4-5 10 5 minute Thanksgiving devotional

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations

Psalm 100:4-5

As I read the verses above, there are 3 things that stand out: 

1. Enter The presence of God 

As Christians, we have the privilege to enter The presence of God. 

One of my dreams is to one day walk the halls of Buckingham Palace and have a self-led tour of the place. I want to check out all the nooks and crannies, look for secret passages and sit at the Queen’s desk. 

I know that my dream will never come true. And even though the truth makes me a bit sad, I know I have access to something far better. 

Jesus is the King of the universe, the King above every other King!

And since I’m saved, I have access to His throne room! I can be is His presence as often as I want. 

Not only that, I get to spend eternity in heaven. 

As Christians, we often forget God’s power and don’t take advantage of the privilege we have to be in His presence every moment of the day. 

So let today be a day where you enter into His courts, and may the reality of who He is lead you to praise His name! 

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2. Our Posture towards The Lord 

Psalm 100:4-5 reminds us that even though we have access to God, we should approach Him with gratitude and praise. 

According to the Oxford dictionary, Praise is: the expression of approval or admiration for someone or something

A few nights ago I went on a date with my husband to a steak house. As we sat down to eat, we couldn’t help ourselves from commenting on how good the food was. 

If praise comes so easily when we eat good food, how much more praise should we give to The Lord? 

He is the creator of all things and we should remember to thank Him for His goodness as often as we can. 

3. What we can thank The Lord for

I have met many women who have a hard time knowing what to thank The Lord for. Psalm 100:4-5 tells us 3 things we can thank The Lord for. 

  • The Lord is good 
  • His mercy is everlasting
  • His truth endures to all generations

On this Thanksgiving day, I hope you take some time to enter God’s court and give Him praise for who He is and what He has done for you.

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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45+ amazing Bible Verses about The Word Of God

The word of God is also known as The Bible. As Christians, we know The Lord gave us The Bible to know Him more. But, The Bible is so much more than that. That is why today, I share with you 45+ amazing Bible verses about The Word of God.

45+ amazing Bible Verses about The Word Of God

A picture of a Bible open on a table with a pen in the Bible. Under The Bible are the words 45+ amazing Bible verses about God's word.

The Word comes from God

  • John 7:16 Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me.”
  • John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  • Ezekiel 12:28 Therefore say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: None of my words will be delayed any longer; whatever I say will be fulfilled, declares the Sovereign Lord.’
  • John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The word of God is Perfect & True

  • 2 Samuel 22:31 As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.
  • Psalm 119:160 All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.
  • Psalm 33:4 For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
  • Psalm 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
  • Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

The Word of God endures Forever

  • Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.
  • Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

The Word of God directs us

  • Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
  • Proverbs 4:20-21 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart.
  • Colossians 3:16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
  • Proverbs 4:10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.

The word of God compels us to do something

  • Philippians 2:14-16 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.
  • James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
  • John 8:31-32 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
  • Matthew 7:24 Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
  • Psalm 119:9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.
  • Luke 11:28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

The Benefits of God’s word

  • Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
  • Acts 2:41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
  • John 7:38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.
  • John 15:3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
  • Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them.
  • 1 Peter 1:23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
  • 1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.
  • John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
  • Romans 10:11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
  • Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
  • Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
  • James 1:21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

Our feelings toward God’s word

  • Psalm 130:5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word, I put my hope.
  • Job 23:12 I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.
  • Psalm 119:114 You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.
  • Psalm 56:4 In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

The Word of God Nourishes us

  • Deuteronomy 8:3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
  • Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Other Bible verses about God’s Word

  • Isaiah 55:11 So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
  • Psalm 107:20 He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
  • Matthew 13:22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.
  • Matthew 5:18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
  • Exodus 34:28 Moses was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments.

I know that Bible study can be intimidating. I also know that you may feel you don’t have the time, or you don’t know where to start. I get it. 

That is why I am so excited to invite you to The Faith in Action Conference.

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The Faith in Action Conference is a FREE 4-day virtual event to help Christian women take action in their faith through a deep dive Bible study of Mathew 5-7 & James.

The conference is all about helping Christian women take action in their faith through a deep dive into Bible study.

16 speakers over 4 days will help you discover how to live out your faith by looking at Mathew chapters 5-7 & James. These chapters are filled with practical advice for us. Everything from how to treat one another, to marriage advice.

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On my blog and in this Facebook group, I talk a lot about reading your Bible and Bible study. Today, I want to make sure we all understand the difference between reading The Bible and studying The Bible and give you some simple guidelines regarding which to use & when. 

Christian circles can use lots of words that don’t make sense to other people. Sometimes, we can also use words we think we know their meaning, but we actually don’t.

 

What is the difference between reading The Bible and studying The Bible?

It’s important to know the differences between the 2 and what they mean so that when I use a particular term so we can all be on the same page. 

To start us off, let’s define the terms and then, I’ll talk about what each can be used for. 

Reading The Bible

This definition may seem simple, but it’s still worth covering. 

Reading The Bible is exactly what it sounds like. It’s when someone opens the Bible and reads one verse or more. 

This may sound simple but it’s oftentimes hard to implement. 

We may look down on just reading our Bible, but I want to share a quote with you. 

This was said by Billy Graham

“The very practice of reading [the Bible] will have a purifying effect upon your mind and heart. Let nothing take the place of this daily exercise.”  Billy Graham

In today’s world, our minds are filled with images we see, dirty or mean thoughts that go through our minds, and so much more. 

One way to cleanse ourselves from all those things is to fill our minds with the word of God. 

When we know what the word of God says, we can use it to fight against the enemy. 

A perfect example of this is the temptation of Jesus. 

After 40 days of being in the wilderness, the devil came to tempt Jesus. 

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

Matthew 4:1-4

This verse quotes a verse from the Old Testament. 

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 8:3

I love this story because Jesus is showing us how to fight the devil’s lies and temptations. 

Jesus used scripture and so must we. 

The scripture is full of truth and the only way to fight against the lies of the devil is to respond with The Word of God- The truth. 

But, we can’t fight with truth unless we know it. One way we can know the word of God is to read it every day. 

Studying The Bible

Many people may have different definitions, but this is mine. 

Bible study is when you read the scripture and then take time to understand what it says through asking questions, defining words and looking at scripture and comparing it to other scripture looking at larger themes and connections across scripture. 

Studying The Bible takes Bible reading to the next level. 

I’ve just covered why it’s so important to read God’s word, but there could be a danger as well. 

When all we do is read scripture, it can become an exercise we do to make us feel like we are “doing what we are supposed to do”. 

There have been many times when I’ve read scripture, but it just went through my brain without any stops or convicting me whatsoever. 

The Bible gives us a good example of this. 

James 1:23-25For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”

How many times have you read the word of God, or heard the word of God- and got distracted by something and forgotten what you read or heard? 

This happens all the time, and is normal- so please don’t take this as a judgment on you. If anything, it’s a conviction for me- because this happens more than I want to admit. 

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So, what is the remedy to this? 

I truly believe that the word of God becomes so much more precious when we spend some time and study it. 

I often feel like Bible study is like a treasure hunt. You spend some time reading God’s word- contemplating it, comparing it to other scripture, and thinking about how it applies to your life. When you do that, you will always find a gold nugget. Something The Lord reveals to you shows you, teaches you. And because you were the one to find it- it’s precious to you and you remember it longer than if someone else found the nugget and told you about it. 

So, you may be asking yourself, which one should I choose?

The simple answer is- Both. 

As Christians, we should be doing both. Reading The Bible and studying The Bible for ourselves. 

They are equal to each other and not in competition. We should not be using our Bible reading habits to compare ourselves to other Christians or as a way to feel “more spiritual” than another. That is not what God intends. 

God’s desire is for us to know Him and be close to Him. He’s given us His word for us to read and holds court for us to enter into His presence anytime we want. 

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Hebrews 4:12

I’ve been reading The Bible for a long time and I just want to tell you how great it is. It is living, and it is powerful and it can change your life. 

I know that Bible study can be intimidating. I also know that you may feel you don’t have the time, or you don’t know where to start. I get it. 

That is why I am so excited to invite you to The Faith in Action Conference.

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4 Free Christmas Organization Printables to help you stay focused

Christmas is the busiest time of the year. There are parties to attend, gifts to purchase, a home to decorate and so much more. In busy times, my trick is to stay organized and focused on a particular task. I get so much satisfaction from checking something off my to-do list. Continue to read to see how you can use these 4 free Christmas organization printables.

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4 free Christmas organization printables

The trick to staying organized during the holiday season is to stay organized. With Christmas around the corner, it’s important to get ready now. Starting your gift shopping and making your lists now will save you time and stress in December. Use each of the printables below to help you stay organized.

1. Grocery List

I love a good grocery list. With all the meals you plan to make and your Christmas backing, you need a list.

Print this list once or many times to help you keep track of what you need to get at the store.

In our family, I make just one big meal, enough to feed lots of people because I love leftovers.

For Christmas dinner, I make a turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, stuffing, waldorf salad, cranberry sauce, and sometimes green bean casserole.

I keep it simple and used boxed stuffing, canned corn, and cranberry sauce.

Dinner Shopping List

  • turkey
  • boxed stuffing
  • cranberry sauce
  • canned corn
  • potatoes
  • red delicious apples
  • celery
  • carrots
  • onions
  • raisins
  • walnuts
  • mayonaise
  • green beans (canned, frozen or fresh)
  • mushroom soup (condensed)
  • Dried onion toping
  • dinner rolls

Even though I only make one big meal, I make lots of Christmas cookies. To make sure my pantry and fridge are ready for my baking needs.

Baking List

  • butter (better to get this a few weeks before you need it because one year the store was out the week I wanted to bake)
  • chocolate chips
  • skor bits
  • brown sugar
  • powdered sugar
  • cinnamon
  • sugar
  • flour
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • raspberry jam (for these cookies)
  • frozen pie shells
  • cookie tin

2. To-Do List

This to-do list will help you write everything you need to do and set your priorities. 

Some things that I add to my list includes: (There are Affiliate links below, read my disclosure policy)

3. Chore Chart

Christmas is a busy time of year but chores still need to get done. If you are planning on having people over, then more chores may need to get done.

Don’t do it all alone.

Get all the family involved in getting the house clean. The chore chart includes space for all family members. That way, everyone knows what they have to do on which days.

Below is what my chore chart looks like.

4. Weekly Schedule

If your family is anything like mine, the weeks coming up to Christmas are full of special events, concerts, shopping, and much more.

Keep everything organized with a Weekly Schedule. You can print this schedule as many times as you want. It will help you organize your week and help you accomplish everything on your to-do list.

December and Christmas can be a crazy time of year, but with planning and some simple tools, you can reclaim the season, reduce your stress and enjoy the season.

In the comments below, let me know your go-to time-saving trick at Christmas.

The SOAP Bible Study Method

I want to share with you a simple and quick way to dig deeper in your Bible Study. Today, I want to walk you through the SOAP Bible Study Method.

If you are like me, you want to study your Bible but you aren’t sure where to start. There are so many Bible studies and methods that it’s easy to get lost and not start at all. To make the process easier, I want to share simple Bible study steps with you to dig deeper into your Bible Study. The first Bible study method I want to walk you through is the SOAP Bible Study Method. 

The SOAP Bible Study Method

The SOAP Bible Study Method is a self-lead Bible study method that walks you through 4 things you can do during your bible study time. 

SOAP Bible study method stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer. 

Before you start studying your Bible, you need to know how much time you have to dedicate to Bible study. Once you know how much time you have, you can then pick how much to read and how many questions to ask yourself. Those two factors will help you determine how much to read and what Bible reading plan you could follow. 

Once you know how much time you have, make sure you have everything you need so you can be productive. 

Once you are all set, go through these 4 actions in the soap bible study method. 

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1. Scripture

The first place to start with the soap Bible study method is to pick what part of the Bible you will be reading. If you have a hard time choosing where to start, follow a Bible Study plan. You can get free Bible reading plans here. 

Then, read the scriptures for that day. Take the time and read through the words, the sentences and the paragraph. 

If you find yourself distracted, read it again. Even if you’re not distracted, read through the passage 2-3 times. 

The first time you read a passage, do nothing else. Just read it. 

I find making observations during my first read-through distracts me and leads me down some thinking paths that actually are distracting to me. So, I don’t take any notes or anything else while I read through the passage first. 

2. Observation

The second step in the Soap Bible study method is observation. Once you have read through the passage at least once, now it’s time to make observations. 

There are 2 ways you can go about this:

  1. Read through the passage and write any thoughts or lessons that come up as you read. This is really easy and anyone can do this. Every time you read a piece of scripture, it reveals something new. So, you can read through the verses twice and just write what comes to mind. 
  2. Use guided questions. Another way you can approach observations is by having a set of prepared questions you can then apply to the passage you are reading. You can choose how many questions to use and mix them up so that it’s not always the same. For a list of guided questions, click here

3. Application

The third step in the soap Bible study method is application. Application is the action of putting something into operation. 

As you read the scripture, chances are The Lord will speak to you. You will read a verse and know that something in your life has to change. 

Reading and then doing nothing about it, remedies me of this verse. 

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

James 1:22-25

When we read the word and don’t apply it, then we haven’t really learned anything. We need to know how to take what we have read and then apply it to our lives. 

When we read The Bible, we can apply it to our lives in multiple ways. 

  • The verses can convict us of Sin and lead us to seek forgiveness. 
    1. Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart
  • Our eyes can be open to truths that we hadn’t seen before 
  • We can turn what we have read into a prayer, either for ourselves or other people.
  • The scripture can convict us to start something or change something in our lives. 

So what? 

To open ourselves to these possibilities, it’s important to read scripture and ask ourselves: so what?

For example, when reading the gospels, what does it matter to us that Jesus washed His disciples’ feet? 

How can we read this account that then leads to true action or change? 

We can apply the Bible in 2 ways.

  1. Ask application questions: Every time you read a piece of scripture, ask yourself at least 1 application question. You can get a list of guided questions here. 
  2. Be held accountable: The best way to change something in your life is to be held accountable. Join the Digging Deeper Christian Community. This membership program offers reading plans, Bible studies, fellowship and accountability. Click here to learn more. 

Telling someone that God has convicted you to stop something, or to start something, is the best way actually to do it. When someone else knows what you intend to do, you are more likely to do it because you don’t want to let them down. 

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4. Prayer

The last step in the SOAP Bible study method is prayer.

Prayers is probably the most important part of Bible study. The Method should really be called: PSOAP: prayer, scripture, observation, application, and prayer again. 

Praying before you open the Bible, praying throughout your Bible reading time, and praying at the end will transform your Bible study time. 

When I start my Bible study time with prayer, I find my mind more focused and my spirit becomes more teachable. The words have more meaning and my heart seems to hear The voice of God through scripture. 

Also, when there are things in The Bible I don’t understand, I know that I can turn to God and seek wisdom. 

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

John 14:26 

Jesus is the one speaking to us, so he can teach us what He wants us to learn and how He wants us to apply it to our lives. 

Jesus is going to be the one who reveals sin to us and areas of growth. 

God will also use scripture to guide our decisions and the way we live our lives. 

How should I pray? 

You may ask how you should pray. That is a good question. 

I know for me; I got wrapped up in the mechanics of prayer. I have heard so many sermons on prayer and I was convinced there was a right way to pray and a wrong way to pray. 

There was a time when I believed that If I prayed a certain way, or in a certain order then my prayers would have more power. If I prayed a certain way, then I could be assured that God would answer yes to my prayers. 

But that way of thinking was totally wrong. 

There is no formula to prayer!!! 

If we say the “wrong words”, or don’t express ourselves the way we want doesn’t mean that God won’t hear or understand us. 

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 

Romans 8:26-27

The best example I can give is telling you about my son. When he was 3 years old, he was diagnosed with a severe speech delay. I think at the time of his first assessment, he may have had 5 words. 

Even though he didn’t have many words, I understood everything he said and tried to say. 

I don’t know if that’s because he was my third baby or the fact that he had great expressive “language”. Regardless, I always knew what he wanted. 

With God, it’s the same way. 

God created you in His image. He knew you before you were born and knows everything about you. Even when you don’t know what to pray or how to pray, He knows your heart and what you desire. 

God longs for us to come to Him. How we come or what we say can matter, but He cares more about our hearts and our relationship with Him. 

Ideas of things to pray during Bible Study: 

  1. That you would understand what you read. 
  2. That God would open your eyes to things He may want you to do.
  3. That God would reveal an area of growth in your life that He wants you to change. 
  4. That God would forgive you for the sin He has revealed to you. 
  5. That God would help you act on any convictions He has given you. 

Conclusion 

Spending time in God’s word regularly is the best way to learn who God is and how He wants you to live. But spending time in His word doesn’t have to be complicated. It also doesn’t have to be legalistic. 

Having children of my own has opened my eyes to a parent’s love for their child. I don’t love my children any more or less depending on how much time they spend with me. 

God’s love for us is the same way. He loves us regardless of what sin we have committed or how much time we spend with Him. His desire is that we come.

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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5 Powerful Results of Spiritual Growth

As a mother of 3, I spend most of my days making sure they are fed and dressed properly. Their clothes and behaviour reflect the type of home they live in and most people judge parents by their children’s actions. As Christians, we reflect The Lord. If you are like me, I want people to see that I’ve grown and become spiritually mature. But how can you know if you are growing in faith? Continue to learn 5 Powerful Results of Spiritual Growth.

This blog post was written by Sacha. She is the owner/creator of Clothed With Dignity Co which is a Christian blog and apparel store, encouraging women to be strong, honourable and faithful to God. Learn more about her here.

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When someone repents and believes in Jesus as their Lord and Savior, they are saved and
become born-again. They are now a new creation unto God and have the Holy Spirit
dwelling inside of them. Although they are still living in the flesh in this world, they are
also walking in the spirit.

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” –

Galatians 5:16.


Even though we are walking with The Spirit, there is a constant battle between the flesh (represented by the old self/ways) and the spirit (the new creation).

Each and every day we have a choice to make: will we follow the Lord and walk in the spirit, or fall into temptation for the lusts of the flesh?

“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are
contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” –

Galatians 5:17.

What is Spiritual Growth?

Every day, Christians have access to two of the most powerful weapons to help them on
their walk with Christ and deny the desires of the flesh each day: the Word of God
and prayer.

When we choose to study the Bible and meditate on His Word, in order to learn, mature and grow in the faith, we are seeing spiritual growth within our own selves.

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth” –

2 Timothy 2:15.


Spiritual growth is where we yearn to be more like Christ, and less like our own selves,
or those in this world. We make choices each and every day to serve the Lord in the
spirit, and deny the desires of the flesh. Although we still sin and fall short of the glory
of God, He is merciful towards us.

Why is Spiritual Growth Important

Spiritual growth is important for Christians because it helps us understand God more, and
also what His purpose and plans are for our lives. We are no longer living in this world,
for the world; we are following God and His Will for us.


God knows what is best for us. He created each and every one of us with a plan and
the purpose for our lives.

For many, they will never follow through with said plan and purpose, but for those Christians who are actively seeking the Lord and desiring to grow and mature in the faith, they will actively do God’s Will in their lives.

What Can You Achieve?

There is so much that you can achieve when you walk in the spirit of Jesus. Aside from
the obvious – spiritual maturity and growth, there is also a deeper sense of wisdom and
understanding of the Bible. We also get to know more about who God truly is, and why He
created you, others, and this world around us.

We also receive unique spiritual gifts that can not only help ourselves but also others
around us.

For example: Joseph’s gift was interpreting dreams, Solomon had wisdom, Samson had such strength, Deborah was a strong leader, and Paul became one of the greatest apostles known to mankind for his faith and leadership.

When we become closer to God, we can start to receive these spiritual gifts that He has
given us, and use them according to His purpose.

5 powerful results of spiritual growth

1. Spiritual Growth Leads You Closer Towards God

As you choose to spend more time with God, studying the Bible, praying, sharing the
Gospel with others, attending Church and so on, you will feel closer to God.

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you” –

James 4:8a.

2. There is a Greater Understanding of The Bible


The more you study the Word of God and pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you, the more you will understand what The Bible says.
The Bible compares this process to a child being able to stop drinking milk and start eating meat.

A great example of this is being able to read the less exciting scriptures in the Bible, such as the
genealogies or measurements of the temple, and see the real hidden messages behind
those Bible verses.


“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” –

2 Timothy 3:16.

3. Better Mindset During Spiritual Warfare


All Christians will go through trials, tribulations, and spiritual warfare. Spiritual maturity allows you to go through these trials and hardships with a better mindset.

As you grow closer to The Lord, you depend on His strength more, are more aware of The Lord’s presence, and can work through these struggles easier than when you were not as spiritually mature.


“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the
devil”

Ephesians 6:11

4. You Share the Gospel With Others

Once you understand the Bible and the Gospel a lot better, you will be convicted to share the truth of the Gospel with others.

The Bible also encourages you to pray for others, especially for their salvation.

Overall, when you grow in your faith, you have a stronger desire to make God known and glorify Him daily.

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every
creature” –

Mark 16:15

5. Gives You a Better Understanding of God’s Plan and Purpose

Have you ever asked yourself these questions:

  • What is my purpose in my life?
  • What is God’s plan for me?

These questions are ones that most Christians face. Through reading The Bible and getting to know God more, we slowly get answers to these questions.

There needs to be a lot of patience, consistency and a change of mindset towards how you go about seeking
these answers.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who
are the called according to his purpose” –

Romans 8:28

The Importance of Spiritual Growth In Christianity

God loves you and has a plan for you in your life. He desires for you to get to know Him
and to make Him known to others.

Our lives are no longer about ourselves once we see
and believe in the truth about God and His creation. Our lives are transformed, for we are
no longer the person that we were before we were saved.

The ultimate reason for us being here on this earth is to glorify God. As such, spending
time in the Word, praying to God and actively choosing to do other things that will result
in spiritual growth and maturity in the faith is of paramount importance for us Christians.

In the comments below, tell me your results of spiritual growth.

Author:

Sacha is the owner/creator of Clothed With Dignity Co which is a Christian blog and
apparel store, encouraging women to be strong, honourable and faithful to God. She shares
various different topics about the Christian faith, including Spiritual Growth,
Motherhood and Encouragement for Single Christians/Single Christian Moms. She has
recently created a secondary store/blog called Scripture + Prayer which can be found on
her blog. Check out her blog here!

Why should we Know Who We Are in Christ

As a Christian, it is sometimes hard to know who we are and what we were created to do. Click to read Why It’s Important to Know Who We Are in Christ.

As a Christian, it is sometimes hard to know who we are and what we were created to do. That is why I wrote a blog series about our identity in Christ. This post has been written by Brooke Grangard. To learn more about her, please go to the end of the post to read her bio. Thank you, Brooke, for writing this wonderful piece called: Why It’s Important to Know Who We Are in Christ.

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An Illustration

I recently read a story about two baby boys born in Tokyo, Japan in 1953 who were switched at birth.* 

One of the babies was the biological son of poor parents but was instead raised in a wealthy family, while the biological son of wealthy parents was raised in poverty. It wasn’t until a DNA test was done 60+ years later that people knew the switch had occurred.

The man who should have been raised by wealthy parents was brought up by a single mother on welfare living in a 100-square foot apartment. He dropped out of school after junior high to work in a factory and help support his family.

At the same time, the other boy went home to a wealthy couple and was raised in a large home with a pond, childhood tutors, and a private education. This boy became the president of a real estate company. The hospital where the mix-up occurred was ordered to pay over $300,000 in compensation to the man who missed out on so many economic opportunities because of his upbringing. 

I wonder how this man felt upon hearing the news that he was, in fact, the son of a very rich man. Instead of struggling to make ends meet, he actually had the right to an affluent inheritance. 

In so many ways, this story is the story of us all. 

Why It’s Important to Know Who We Are in Christ

We are the children of the King of Kings. We have been welcomed into the richest, most powerful, and most loving family of all time. Because of our brother Jesus, we have the opportunity to be reunited with our Father. But do we truly live out of our new reality or do we continue to go through life as if we were orphans? 

3 reasons why it’s important to know who we are in Christ

1. It changes who we try to please

When I was in my mid-20s, God began to reveal to me that I was a slave to the opinions of others. I cared so much about what other people thought of me that it had crippled my ability to make some decisions for myself. 

Without realizing it, I was spending so much of my day wondering if I was pretty or funny or smart enough and if others were noticing me or not. I desperately wanted the attention of others. 

On the surface, you probably wouldn’t have known this about me, but when the Holy Spirit began to open my eyes, I knew I had a problem. Instead of being free to serve others around me, I was a slave to myself. I was living like a pauper even though I was the daughter of the King. 

My Efforts

Once I realized that I had this attention addiction, I wanted to get rid of it. I wanted to act out what I knew- not just know who we are in Christ.

I tried to replace those thoughts with positive thoughts. 

I tried to ignore the urges to care about what other people thought.

I was determined to dress and act as I wanted to, not as someone else expected me to, but in the end, I failed. 

No matter how hard I tried to rid myself of these compulsions, I still had the ache in my heart to be pleasing to those around me.

I went to the woman who was mentoring me at the time and explained what was happening. 

She suggested that I begin to take time every day to ask the Lord “how he sees me.” I needed to know who I was in Christ. 

I took her up on the advice and every day during my quiet times; I began asking God to show me what he thought of me, what he saw when he looked at me. 

God’s work in Me

Over the next couple of months, God spoke to me in all sorts of ways. It was like He was just waiting for me to ask that question.

Most often, He spoke to me through Bible verses that confirmed his love for me. “You are altogether lovely,” (Song of Solomon 4:7) and “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you,” (Hebrews 13:5). These verses were whispered to my heart. 

At other times, God wooed me through songs on the radio, or even from lines in a movie. In very special and personal ways, He demonstrated His affection for me again and again.

And you know the amazing part? Once I became so full of God’s love, the desire to have the affirmation of everyone else began to fade away.

I began to notice that I was no longer constantly thinking about what others thought of me. I knew that I was loved, that I was pleasing, that I was cared for by my Father, and that was enough. I was free.

He had gently and lovingly guided me to know who we are in Christ.

2. We can live in Freedom

Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ set us free.” 

We have already been set free. When we put our trust in Jesus, our shackles fall off, and we can walk away from all that enslaves us, but it’s not until we truly believe this that we can live as free people. 

In the year 1863, there was an executive order given by President Lincoln: The Emancipation Proclamation. Because of this new law, the status of 3.5 million slaves in America was changed from slave to that of a free person. 

This was indeed life-changing news! 

One large complication occurred with it all though. 

Some slaves, especially those in areas more removed from the Civil War battles, did not know this law had been passed.

 It wasn’t until June 19, 1865, that this proclamation was announced and enforced in more remote areas, particularly in Texas. So for nearly 2.5 years, many free men and women were still functioning as slaves.

It’s not simply enough to be freed, we must know and believe that we are free! We must know who we are in Christ.

If we don’t know this, we will continue to live like slaves. 

Even though Jesus had freed me from caring about the opinions of others, I was still living like a slave. It wasn’t until I was able to hear the heart of God for myself that I became convinced I was indeed free. 

Until we know this truth, we will be at the mercy of every condemning voice that comes along our path. 

3. We know who we belong to

If we are accused of being fat or ugly or stupid, we will be prone to believe it unless we know who we are or who we belong to.

If we are still convinced that we are impatient or ungracious or cynical, we have not yet realized that we were made for more.

We were fashioned in God’s image. 

He is not ugly or impatient or unkind.

 Sure, we can still choose these attributes even after we are Christians, but that is not what defines us.

 In 2 Corinthians 5:17, we read, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away and the new has come.” This is good news!

If we find it hard to believe these words, it’s because we don’t yet know them to be true. We must lean into the love of the Father and let him show us how he sees us.  We need to know who we are in Christ.

The Bible says in 1 John 3:2 that when we see Him as He is, we will be like Him. In order to be like Jesus, we need to have a revelation of who He is. 

We need our eyes to be opened to see His gentleness, His respect, His sincerity, His kindness, His self-control. 

When we experience these characteristics that He possesses, we will want to possess them too. 

We will want the Holy Spirit to grow his fruits in our lives.

Inspired for More

I once had a Christian leader who was so loving and patient, so transparent and open. 

She invited me into her home and into her life. She shared her family and her meals with me as often as I requested. 

She changed my life. 

Just like Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” I wanted to be like this leader because she inspired me. 

It wasn’t in what she taught me through her words; it was in how she loved me and in how she loved others. I experienced what was possible in the life of a Christian, and I wanted it. I asked God to make me like her, and I found that slowly but surely, He has. 

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Conclusion

When we know who we are in Christ and believe in the promises that God has for us, we have a firm foundation to stand on. 

When we know who we are in Christ changes our entire outlook, from how we view ourselves to how we view others and the world around us. 

The more that we know God’s love for us, the more that we are able to freely love others. The more we know who we are in Christ, the more firm we can stand. Once our cups are filled up by our Father then we will be able to overflow to those around us. 

We will no longer live as paupers or as slaves, we will live as children of the King who know that they have everything they need in him.

In the comments below, share why you think why it’s important to know who we are in Christ.

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Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

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The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

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The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

Who I am in Christ as a woman

When I introduce myself to others, they always ask what I do. My answer is always the same. I am a stay at home mom. I may also add that I am married or that I help coordinate ladies’ bible study. More often then not, I am identified by the words: mom, wife, friend. Today, I want to explore who I am in Christ as a woman.

When I introduce myself to others, they always ask what I do. My answer is always the same. I am a stay-at-home mom. I may also add that I am married or that I help coordinate ladies’ bible study. More often than not, I am identified by the words: mom, wife, friend. Today, I want to explore who I am in Christ as a woman. 

Over the next couple of weeks, I will publish blog posts that all relate to the same subject. Who I am in Christ.

I mean this series to help us all understand what God sees when He looks at us and how that should affect the way we live. 

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Who I am in Christ as a woman: 5 things

1. Who I am in Christ as a woman: I am beautiful 

When I look at myself in the mirror, my first thought is not: wow, look how beautiful I am today. 

My first thought is probably about how crazy my hair looks, and my brain counting all my new grey hair. 

I am not sure why women are like this, but we are wired to believe we are ugly. 

This judgment we hold about ourselves is a complete double standard. 

When I see other women, I can easily see something about them that is beautiful. But, even if I have the same characteristic, I can never identify it in myself. 

As a woman of God, it’s important that I learn to measure myself by God’s standard and not my own. 

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

This verse tells us we are God’s handiwork. Meaning He took time to make us and made us exactly how He intended. 

Looking at ourselves and calling ourselves ugly would be the same as walking right up to God and saying: You did a horrible job creating Me! What an ugly piece of work.

We would never dream to do that. 

And yet, every day, we put ourselves down and think of ourselves as less. 

So, next time you look yourself in the mirror, remember who created you and that He made you exactly how He intended to. 

And remember this verse

1 Sam 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.

2. Who I am in Christ as a woman: I am loved 

Growing up, I knew my parents loved me. But, I don’t think I truly knew what that word could mean until I had kids. 

Love like a mother

There is something about having kids that opens up your heart. You are happy, sad, hurt and so much more for them. 

I was tested in patience, wisdom, grace and so much more. 

And yet, no matter what they do or how crazy my kids make me, I know I would do anything to protect them. 

My love for my children is just a small picture of God’s love for us. 

God’s love for us is bigger than we can understand. It is something that I am learning about every single day. 

The Bible shares with us some verses about God’s love for us. 

  • 1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
  • Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
  • John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Love like a spouse

Before I met the man of my dreams, I believed that no man could love me. I was too loud, not into fashion, hair or any of the “girly” things. So, when I met someone who loved me for who I was, I was a bit surprised. 

Here was this guy who knew how weird I really was and He still wanted to marry me. 

My husband’s love for me is another small picture of what God’s love for me is like. 

God created me and knows every single piece of me. 

Psalm 139:1-3; 13-15 1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways… 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you

God knows every single part of me and still loves me.

This knowledge blows me away. 

There is no one else who knows me so well or who loves me so completely. 

God’s love for me is what defines me and helps me focus on Him. 

3. Who I am in Christ as a woman: I am precious 

History has not been kind to women. It’s too easy to find instances of people taking advantage of women or hurting them. 

This history may lead some to believe that God does not value women as much as He does men. 

But this is simply not true. 

When I read the gospels, it’s so easy to find story after story about God’s love and care for women. Here are just 3 stories to get you started. 

If these stories don’t convince you that God values and loves women, here are some more verses. 

  • Galatians 3: 26-29 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
  • 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 

When we know that we are valued by God, it gives us the power to say no to being treated badly. It gives us the power to not settle for the love of a man who wants us to change. 

When we know our worth, we have true power and control over our actions and our future. 

4. Who I am in Christ as a woman: God calls me for more

Before I had kids, I was heavily involved in service. Every night of the week was booked with bible study or some type of service opportunity. 

I knew I was created to serve, and I was happy to do so. 

Once I had children, things changed. 

I was tied down at home with less flexibility and the ability to serve. 

I would sit in my apartment, holding my child and think that I was wasting time. I felt guilty that I was not doing more and not serving as much as I was before. 

failed to realize that I was serving God- it wasn’t what I was used to or in a way I was expecting. 

As women, we often link our identity to what we do or how we do it. But because we are saved, we need to remember that we were created to honour and glorify Him. 

We can do this while we serve others, or we can do this in our home and in all the actions we do. 

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5. Who I am in Christ as a woman: God sees me and what I do

When I first became a mother, I felt useless and like a complete failure. All I could see was what I could do before kids vs what I could do with this small baby in my arms. 

As a new mom, I was tired, emotional, confused and so much more. I had expected to serve like I had before I was a mother, but that was not the case. 

I also felt like I was wasting so much time and should be doing so much more. 

Over time, I realized that my thinking was all backward. 

It was never about how much I served or what I did. It was about who I was doing it all for. 

Whether I helped run a youth group or if I was changing diapers– if I was doing it for God then I was obeying Him and doing what He called me to do. 

If I did either of those things for other reasons, then it would not really matter. 

Colossians 3:23 (NKJV) And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,

When I choose to serve my family like I would serve God- I am honouring God and He sees that. He sees my obedience in this season of life. He sees my heart and knows my needs. 

As a mother, there are so many thankless things that we do every day. 

Not getting that recognition is so hard. 

But, then I remember God sees everything I do. 

He sees how I treat my husband and He sees how I love my children. 

I can then choose to honour Him with my behaviour and attitude or not. 

Knowing that God sees everything I do has helped me admit that my role as a mother is just as important to Him as my role as a youth group leader, or a camp counsellor or any of the service hats I have worn over the years. 

I know God sees me and my identity is rooted in who I serve, not in how I serve. 

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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How to pray regularly without repeating yourself

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As a Christian, I have a desire to grow in my faith and in spiritual disciplines. One area The Lord has helped me with is praying more throughout my day. But I know many people struggle with prayer, so continue reading to learn how to pray regularly without repeating yourself.

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As a Christian, I’m sure you have heard that the best way to grow in faith is to pray and read The Bible. 

So, since you love The Lord and want to grow, you go about reading The Bible and praying. 

But a few years down the road, your prayers are all starting to sound the same, and you may even feel like you’re just going through the motions. 

Has this happened to you? It has for me. 

There are many times at the dinner table that I’m just spouting off a quick prayer, not even focusing on what I’m saying, just getting the blessing done and over with. 

When our prayers get repetitive, what’s the first thing you do? 

For me, I learn more about prayer and how to pray more or be more meaningful. I start implementing a few things I’ve learned and feel excited about bringing my prayer life back to life. 

But then, it all starts feeling like a chore to do, and a bit overwhelming.

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Turning prayer into a chore

For example: When my oldest daughter started going to school, I googled prayers for going back to school. I found a great post that had a list of verses and even a calendar with specific prayers to pray on specific days. 

I have nothing against these blog posts because I also write them. 

But I looked at the calendar and felt overwhelmed. I tried keeping up the routine but could not do it. 

So, maybe you are like me. You want to pray regularly, but you don’t want the prayers to be repetitive, but you also don’t want to “learn new prayers”, or add more things to your list of things to remember or do. 

So how do we find this balance? 

Before I continue, I want to be 100% honest with you and tell you I’m still trying to figure this out. I’m still learning how to do what I’m suggesting. But, there are a few things that I do to help me in this process.

How to pray regularly without repeating yourself

1. Remember who we are talking to 

When I first started dating my husband, we would go to museums and read all the plaques. Then we would pass a display that was closed to the public, and I always wanted to go over the rope or open the door. This petrified my husband, and he thought I was crazy to want access to these areas. 

I hate feeling like I can’t go somewhere. 

So, for me, anytime I’m feeling down about my prayer life, I remember that I have.

  • Hebrews 4:16, NIV Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

As Christians, we have access to God’s presence. 

This is the same God as we read about in Jeremiah 10:12-13

“But God made the earth by his power, and he preserves it by his wisdom. With his own understanding, he stretched out the heavens. When he speaks in the thunder, the heavens roar with rain. He causes the clouds to rise over the earth. He sends the lightning with the rain and releases the wind from his storehouses.

Jeremiah 10:12-13 

When I remember whose presence I have access to, it humbles me and encourages me to continue being in His presence and take advantage of the access I have. 

Last year, we got a family pass to the science museum, and you better believe we go as often as we can to get every penny’s worth out of our season pass. 

This is the same attitude I want to have about having access to God’s presence. 

2. The Lord hears our prayers

1 John 5:14-15: This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

The God we serve is alive and hears our prayers. One perfect example of this is when Elijah had a “competition” with the prophets of Baal to see which god was better. 

I’m not going to read the full story because it’s long, but you can find the story in 1 Kings 18: 20-39

I will give you a quick recap of the story. The prophets of Baal went first and they built an altar and called upon Baal to consume their offering. 

Verse 26 says: and (they) called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, “O Baal, hear us!” But there was no voice; no one answered. 

Then it was Elijah’s turn. He built the altar and then drenched the altar and trench with water until the trench was full and everything was soaked with water. 

Once everything was ready, Elijah cried out to God. 

Verse 37 says: Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.” 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench.

These events teach us that God not only hears us, but He responds. That point brings me to my last point. 

3. The Lord answers our prayers 

The Bible is full of verses that assure us that God answers our prayers. 

Today, I just want to share 2. One from the OT, and one from the NT. 

  • Psalm 34:4 NIV I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

This verse is part of a Psalm that David wrote. Here, he gives us a first-hand account of praying to The Lord and The Lord answering his prayers. The Lord delivered him from his fears. 

If God answers David’s prayers, then it’s logical that God would also answer ours. 

To cement that belief, we move to The New Testament.

  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8

These words were spoken by Jesus Himself during the sermon on The mount. He is teaching his disciples the meaning of things and encouraging them to know it in their minds, but also in the way they live. 

These verses assure us that if we ask, it will be forgiven

This doesn’t mean that we can ask for a large house and get it the next day. It’s an encouragement to ask The Lord for everything. 

Not only do we have evidence of answered prayer from The Bible, but we have people on earth today that follow The Lord, ask Him something in prayer, and their prayers are answered. 

This “cause and effect” is one way I knew 100% Jesus is real. He hears us and responds. We serve a LIVING God. 

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4. You can pray about anything, at any time 

Growing up in the church, I got the perception that there were “better times” in the day to pray, and that prayers had to have a certain format. 

So, I got stuck thinking that prayer looked and sounded a certain way. 

It took me way too long to figure out I could pray anywhere I wanted to about anything I wanted to, in whatever way I could. 

Ephesians 6:18 Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

This verse tells us we can pray at all times with any type of prayer. 

It wasn’t until I started going to other denominations and speaking to other Christians that I realized how many ways there were to express our worship and pray to Him. 

2 years ago, I met someone who receives images when she prays for people. When she gets that image, she will pray it over someone. I had never experienced that type of prayer before, and it was beautiful.  

Too often we get caught up in what to pray for or how to pray. But The Lord just wants you to come to Him. 

One thing that really helped me understand this was watching my son communicate with people. 

The Lord understands our prayers

At 3 years old, my son was diagnosed with a severe speech delay. He didn’t have many words and most people could NOT understand what he was saying. 

But for me, I understood him the most out of my three kids. I don’t know if it was because I was a seasoned mother and learned to anticipate his needs, or that he was very good at using sounds and gestures to communicate his needs. 

Any time my son tried to communicate with me, I was happy to hear the grunts and the sounds he could make. I understood Him, and it didn’t matter that he had a speech delay or communicated in a different way than my other kids. 

It’s the same with The Lord. He already understands what we say because He is our Father. But, He is also happy for us to speak to Him in whatever way we can. There isn’t a certain level we need to reach to talk to Him. 

We can just come and communicate with Him how and when we can, and He loves it. 

Conclusion

I’ve just shared with you a few things I do, but I want to sum it all up into 1 action step. 

Remember, I am talking about how to pray regularly without repeating yourself, even if you don’t know where to start. 

1 action step: Remember that God is always with you, and you can talk to Him throughout your day about anything that is going on. 

You don’t need to wait for a certain time or pray a certain prayer. 

Just start bringing God all the things. When you do that, your prayers are honest. They build relationships, and you may repeat a thing or 2, but it’s not empty. 

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Your body is the temple of God

One of the most amazing truths of the new testament is the transformation of The Temple. It starts in the Old Testament as a tent, then a building. Ultimately, through the death and resurrection of Christ, our bodies are the temple Continue to read as I share how your body is the temple of God.

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Join me as I go inside one of the Bible study workbooks I’ve created and show you exactly the process I go through to dig deeper into scripture. 

These workbooks were created so that you do one day every day of the week or sometimes five to six days in a seven-day week. But instead, we’re going to take it slow and we’re going to do one day per week for the next couple of weeks.

Following a daily, or weekly bible study workbook is a really good way to dig into God’s word. 

Bible study can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day and answering some questions. 

So the workbook that we’re going to be going through is this one is called. Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. It is free for you right now to use, so if you don’t have your copy, fill out the form below this paragraph. The workbook will go straight to your inbox. You can then print it off and join me as we go through it together. 

Verses to Read Today

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

Part 1: We bring joy to The Lord

The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17

How to find Zephaniah 

Zephaniah is towards the end of the Old Testament. It’s right before Haggai and after Habakkuk, with the prophets. If you need to use your. Importance at the front of your Bible? That’s totally fine, because sometimes these books like to hide that even if you know where it is in your Bible, it can still be tricky to find. 

I like to start bible study by writing references to the verse I’m studying.  

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And then I look at these questions, and I only want to answer one.

1. What do these verses teach us about God? 

So when we go back to Zephaniah, we say we learn God is in our midst and that He rejoices over us. 

Not only that, but he will quiet us. 

We see the word rejoice twice. Anytime in Scripture something is repeated, it’s to emphasize the point or just to show that it’s important. 

God rejoices

So here in one verse, we see twice the author uses the word rejoices over us. What I love about this is the author giving us an emotion that the Lord feels so. God rejoices. 

So this is a God who sings, who’s happy, and it’s over us and because of us. 

It is so amazing that we impact God and how He feels. 

Something I do or something I do say or something I think has the ability to bring God this feeling of rejoicing. 

To me, that’s amazing that He can feel these things about us, that He’s not a distant God. 

God sees us, He’s in our midst. He sees what we do. He rejoices us. 

The Lord quiets us

And then lastly, The Lord quiets us. To me, it means a decrease in anxiety, and calms my soul.

Have you guys ever felt that you’ve been feeling anxious or tired or worried and you go to the Lord and you don’t even barely have to say anything?  And suddenly you read God’s word and it’s a balm to your heart and you breathe better and the peace just goes over you. 

This is what he’s doing with his spirit quieting us. 

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Part 2: Your body is the temple of God

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

1 Corinthians 3:16

Bible Study Questions & Answers

And then I look at these questions, and I only want to answer one.

1. How does this verse relate to The Old Testament?

The Temple of God is holy. 

In this post, I talked about God’s presence with us in the New Testament and how we have a Holy Spirit in us. 

In the Old Testament, people were not filled with the Holy Spirit. The spirit would come into The Holies of Holies in the Temple one time per year, and only the high priest was allowed to be in the presence of the Lord. 

And now we are the temple. We house God, and I often think of the number of times a priest didn’t enter the Holies of Holies in the right way. And that they died because they did not obey. 

So we have the honor and the privilege of being with God all the time. 

But the challenge is, are we up keeping the temple? If this was the Old Testament, would God be happy with the way the temple was? Or would we be struck dead because we’re not approaching him properly now? I don’t want you to have this as an anxiety point, striking us dead.

The way we approach God does not happen in the New Testament but is this challenge to remember the importance the Israelites had on the temple to think about the upkeep and the rules and to come into the presence of God to remember that. 

We are in God’s presence all the time with His Holy Spirit. And so how are we up keeping where he sits? Is it clean and holy? 

Are we asking for repentance? What is the condition of our heart? And so this to me is challenging. 

What have you learned today?

I want you to think of one thing that really you either learned or that stuck out to you.

For me, it’s the reminder that we are the Lord’s temple, and so it’s something that we need to remember. That is a privilege. But it’s also a responsibility that it’s up to us to tidy the temple to keep it clean. To keep short accounts with the Lord, because that is where the Lord resumes and he deserves to be in a well-kept temple. 

So in the comments, I would love for you to tell me what stuck out to you today. Maybe you’ve learned something, maybe a verse just got a new perspective for you. Maybe something really just jumped off the page and stuck in your mind. Or maybe a word. It’s just being repeated in your brain and so whatever that is, I’d love for you to share in the group and the comments below.

A quick Bible study tip for you

Always look for ways you can apply scripture to your life. Anytime you’re reading scripture, you want to see are there any thought patterns you can change? Are there sins for you to confess actions to stop or to start every single time you read Scripture? Ask yourself at least one of these questions and then go and do it? I hope this helps.

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