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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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?

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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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Keep Climbing: “Into the Word” Week 34

Have you ever felt too tired to keep climbing?  My phone just rang, and the voice on the other end of the line shared very difficult news.  After a week of battling for every step, I wonder how I will carry on.  My heart aches.  My spirit is defeated and weary.  I am struggling on so many levels — physically, emotionally, and psychologically.  I need a touch from God.  I need His healing hand.  I long for His intervention.  Can you relate?

This week as I pushed through and tried to dig “Into the Word”  I discovered a fellow weary sojourner.  In I Kings 19, I empathized with tired Elijah, hiding under a tree in defeat.  But you know what I discovered?  God met him there.   God spoke to him in his defeat.  God provided for him and nourished him.  God encouraged him to stand:

 Then He said, “Go out,

and stand on the mountain before the Lord.”

And behold, the Lord passed by,

and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains

and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord,

but the Lord was not in the wind;

and after the wind an earthquake,

but the Lord was not in the earthquake;

and after the earthquake a fire,

but the Lord was not in the fire;

and after the fire a still small voice.

(vv. 11-12, NKJV)

God will speak gently to you if you go stand before Him on the mountain.  You must keep climbing.  His glory lies ahead.

Q4U:  Have you heard His still small voice on the mountaintop?  How has God encouraged you through a weary season? How do you keep climbing?

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Due Season: “Into the Word” Week 33

This week has been tough.  Every day has been a battle to survive.  Have you had a week like that recently?  I pray that you have not.  Daily, I cry out to the Lord and ask for His favor, His healing, His mercy.  In the midst of it all, I attempted to “do the normal.”  I put one foot in front of the other and kept walking — a wobbly walk, but I asked Him to carry me forward.  Most importantly, I attempted to dig  “Into the Word”.  And do you know what verse jumped off the page and smacked me right in the gut?

 And let us not grow weary

while doing good,

for in due season

we shall reap

if we do not lose heart.

Galatians 6:9, NKJV

Guzik’s commentary on Galatians explains that losing heart here implies being like a woman in painful labor who has not yet delivered — the journey is unfinished and unrewarded, but we must patiently persevere and manage our resources for His glory.  The harvest lingers ahead.  It will not come so easily.  Oh, how I pray that God fills me with His Spirit and helps me stay the course.

Q4U:  What harvest are you waiting to reap?  How do you keep from losing heart?

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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