Waiting for the Harvest: “Into the Word” Week 38

I am a city girl.  I don’t like to get my fingers dirty.  I like being able to purchase what I need at a nice, big store.  But, I know that in God’s economy, sometimes He will require us to jump in and get dirty as we plant something that will take time to harvest.  This week, I was reminded of this fact as I was  digging  “Into the Word”:

Dear brothers and sisters,

be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return.

Consider the farmers who patiently wait

for the rains in the fall and in the spring.

They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen.

 You, too, must be patient.

Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.

James 5:7-8, NLT

This passage outlines how we should behave while we are in God’s waiting room:  Be patient,  Consider others who have planted and are waiting.  Eagerly look for the harvest.  Take courage as you wait.    The harvest will come.  Keep marching forward.

Q4U:  What has God taught you about the harvest as you wait?

Every Monday we will be working our way through Anne Graham Lotz’s 52-week study “Into the Word.”    Hop on over to the 3dLessons4Life Blog Facebook Page to join us as we dig into God’s Word together.

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Wealthy: “Into the Word” Week 37

My husband and I enjoy going on leisurely drives to help us unwind and connect.  Recently, we drove up the coast and viewed all of the mansions lining the beach.  Such extravagance!  Yet, I am reminded that my Father is rich beyond all worldly measure.  While digging  “Into the Word” , I read a passage that explained how he shares the wealth with us:

But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much,  

that even though we were dead

because of our sins, He gave us life

when He raised Christ from the dead.

(It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)

For He raised us from the dead along with Christ

and seated us with him in the heavenly realms

because we are united with Christ Jesus. 

So God can point to us in all future ages

as examples of the incredible wealth

of His grace and kindness toward us,

as shown in all He has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 4:2-7, NLT

I have a mansion awaiting me one day.  God’s mercy is mine.  What a blessing!

Q4U:  How has God’s rich mercy impacted your life?

Every Monday we will be working our way through Anne Graham Lotz’s 52-week study “Into the Word.”    Hop on over to the 3dLessons4Life Blog Facebook Page to join us as we dig into God’s Word together.

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Verse 16: Hiding 20 in 2012 Scripture Memory Challenge

God calls us to tell our stories.  He is pleased when we break bread with another and share His message. We should tell His Good News with reckless abandon.

In his book Scripture by Heart: Devotional Practices for Memorizing God’s Word, Joshua Choonmin Kang explains that memorizing Scripture helps foster a heart for evangelism:

“Sharing the Gospel with an inquirer

inevitably involves some measure of presentation,

persuasion and defense.

In each of these a background of Scripture memorization

gives us versatility in our dialogue” (P.89).

How about you?  Are you ready to become a better witness through Scripture memorization?  Let’s hold each other accountable bHiding 20 in 2012.  In the comment section below, write out the verse you will be working on for the next two weeks. Make sure to include your first name, your home state, the verse’s address/location, and the Bible translation:

Lyli from Florida:

Behold God is my Helper,

the Lord is the Upholder of my life.

Psalms 95:4, ESV

Here’s a little play on words for all yoPinterest Fans. Rather than ‘Pin it,” let’s purpose to “Hide it.” I will end each post with a “Hide it” Suggested Verse.

“Hide it”:

Put on the whole armor of God,

that you may be able to stand

against the schemes of the devil.

Ephesians 6:11, ESV

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Metamorphosis: “Into the Word” Week 36

I love butterflies.  They remind me of how God works.  What was once just a worm-like caterpillar transforms into a beautiful masterpiece for all to behold.  What a beautiful picture of redemption!

I long to be a butterfly — beautiful and freely flying, a picture of God’s glory.  Right now, however, I am in the midst of a trial — the metamorphosis process is painful, confusing, and dark.  But, I am trusting in His care.  I am holding on to faith.  I am praying for a breakthrough.

This week, as I was digging “Into the Word” , I discovered a verse that speaks of this very same metamorphosis:

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while,

if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,

that the genuineness of your faith,

being much more precious than gold that perishes,

though it is tested by fire, may be found

to praise, honor, and glory

at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

I Peter 1:6-7, NKJV

Golden faith that never perishes — this is what the refiner promises us.  Isn’t that wonderful?  The fire is a painful place to be, but God has a purpose for our suffering. He is working all things together for our good.

Q4U:  How does the image of the butterfly encourage you in your walk?

Every Monday we will be working our way through Anne Graham Lotz’s 52-week study “Into the Word.”    Hop on over to the 3dLessons4Life Blog Facebook Page to join us as we dig into God’s Word together.

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Grace in the Wilderness: “Into the Word” Week 35

Insomnia and anxiety have plagued me this month.  So on Monday, I had to laugh when I opened up my Anne Graham Lotz Bible study to discover that this week’s lesson was titled “Well Rested.”  God really does have excellent timing, doesn’t He?

Rest refuels us and allows us to be at peace in our hearts and minds.  Have you ever been bone tired and yet unable to sleep?  Have anxious thoughts troubled your soul?  This week, I have cried out daily for God to be my refuge, a shield from the attack.  As I was digging “Into the Word” , I discovered a gem — a verse that encouraged my weary heart:

“Thus says the Lord,

the people who survived the sword

found grace in the wilderness.

Israel, when I went to give them rest.”

Jeremiah 31:2, NKJV

Are you in the wilderness right now?  God longs to meet you there and give you grace.  Fear not the sword.  Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.  Your rest is coming.

Q4U: How has God met you with grace in the wilderness?

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