Thursday, September 30, 2021

Christ Lives In Believers

 


From my reading this morning:

Gal. 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. NIV84
"No greater reality exists within the believer's life than Christ's indwelling Spirit. Nothing we can see with human eyes or hold in our hands is more actual or factual than Christ living in us."
Now That Faith Has Come, by Beth and Melissa Moore

Knowing Christ lives in me is like solid ground I can stand on when everything else in my life seems to be falling apart. Because He lives in me, I can pray to Him at any time. I can ask for His help and divine guidance and intervention. I can ask for His strength. I love Romans 8:32 that says, "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" That's comforting when we live in a culture such as ours. 

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The Graciousness of God



"You stoop down to make me great." Psalm 18:35

The Hebrew word for gracious means to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior. (Strong's Hebrew definition)

Our God is gracious to us. 

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Goldfinches at the Feeder

  “Behold, I make all things new.” Rev. 21:5  There's nothing God cannot redeem, restore, or rebirth. We have His Word on it.





Monday, February 22, 2021

Verse Mapping Exodus

 I thought I'd post one of the verses I've mapped using the Verse Mapping Bible Study Journal I bought on Amazon. Please excuse the misspelled word, "principals," which should be spelled "principles." (Sigh.)

I'm enjoying this method of Bible study so much that I've put the Elijah Bible study on hold for now. I didn't realize how much time doing both studies would entail, and we've had a snowstorm and power outages, water shortages, etc. to deal with this past week. Thankfully, the weather improved dramatically Saturday and everything has been restored. Our boil water notice was lifted Saturday. Still praying for those whose power is still out or who's water supply is limited. Our grocery stores are pretty empty right now.

But our God is faithful! He is our Helper, our Refuge, and our Strength! He gives us rest and times of refreshing, and He will see us through it all!



Thursday, February 4, 2021

Verse Mapping

 Hi, Everybody!

Just wanted to quickly share that I've recently discovered verse mapping using Kristy Cambron's model. You can learn about it here. It is a way to study a verse or a passage in the Bible. I was a little hesitant about starting because I'm a perfectionist waiting to happen. I struggle with this constantly.


But Kristy explains the process on her blog and even gives you the above template to get you started. 

I decided to do verse mapping since I'm not teaching Sunday School or attending church during this pandemic. I am, however, keeping my quiet time (I finished reading through Matthew a chapter a day and am beginning Romans), watching my church's sermons online, and watching other sermons on Youtube, such as those from John Piper, Beth Moore, and Max Lucado. This keeps me from binge-watching movies and television, which is never a good idea for someone like me. I have enough trouble keeping my mind at peace. I want Scripture ringing in my heart and mind, not quotes or scenes from movies or TV. But I digress. 

Besides verse mapping, I'm going to start Priscilla Shrier's online Elijah study later this month. You can learn about it and sign up here

Staying in God's Word keeps me sane and helps me love the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. 

May the word of Christ dwell in you richly! 

Joni

Sunday, January 3, 2021

My Bible Reading Plan for 2021

 After several years of choosing a Read the Bible in a Year plan, I decided this year to do something different.  I’m starting with Matthew and am reading a chapter a day. In other plans, you read three to four chapters a day, which doesn’t allow much time to reflect on what you’re reading. So I decided this year to slow it down.

I had just read Matthew 1-2 the week of Christmas, so yesterday I prayed before reading Matthew 1 that the Lord would open my eyes to see something new. While reading about Joseph learning of Mary’s pregnancy and how he planned to divorce her quietly, my eyes caught on the word “righteous,” which was how Joseph was described. A righteous man. And it occurred to me that even though Joseph was righteous, he didn’t pray about his dilemma. He worked it out himself. He “planned” to divorce Mary. 


Then I thought that maybe he figured it was a no-brainer and so did not seek the Lord. And I was reminded that even righteous people make mistakes when they view their problems from a purely human perspective. Thinking about this made Joseph seem more like a real person—more like me. And it reminded me that I should pray about everything—even no-brainers. 


I thanked God for showing this to me. This is what makes reading the Bible with God at the helm so exciting to me. I look forward to it instead of considering it a chore like I once did.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

For the New Year 2021



 

So many of us are ready for 2020 to end and the new year to begin. But putting our hope in the new year may prove disappointing and depressing because we don't know what lies ahead; and, I'm sorry, but eating blackeye peas isn't going to save us from what has been ordained. Putting our hope in God, on the other hand, who alone knows what 2021 holds--in fact, has already planned it out--will be the source of our hope, strength, and peace. No matter what comes, for those who love and trust Him, He will be their Keeper. (Ps. 121) We've gone through hard times in 2020, so let's make it count. Let's let them prove our faith genuine by drawing nearer to God in 2021. That's my New Year's goal anyway. Going deeper, spending more time with the Lord in His Word and in prayer--listening for His voice more than any other. Because only God can save us. Only God can give us deep-seated joy and peace that will get us through whatever we have to face in the coming year.

"Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 24-25)

Monday, November 23, 2020

Bible Reading for the Month of December--Lifeway Women

 Lifeway Women published this on their website. You can click on the link here and get a pdf file of their reading plan for the month of December that focuses on Jesus's birth. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

God's Wisdom

 If you’ve been beaten up recently because of your faith, if you’ve been told you’re ignorant, living in a dream world, that you’re not able to face reality (truth) because you believe in God and Jesus Christ; then, you might want to remember what God says about that.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.” (Ps. 111:10) “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (Pro.1:7) “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Pro. 9:10) “For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Pro. 2:6)

God’s wisdom triumphs over puny man’s any day of the week. The more we seek Him, the more we can slough off those critical remarks made by people who are miserable without Him, and even sincerely pray for them, that God would open their eyes to the same joy and wonder and love that we've found in Him.

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? To him be the glory forever! Amen. ” (Romans 11:33-34;36)

“To the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.” (Romans 16:27)

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Do Not Worry

Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life? And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself.   Matt.6:26-34, ASV

“The same God who created life in you can be trusted with the details of your life. Worrying is more harmful than helpful. God doesn’t ignore those who depend on him. Living one day at a time keeps us from being consumed with worry.” (Matthew: Life Application Bible Commentary)  

Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Ps. 9:10, NIV84


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Wisdom from John


2 John 6  "And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. (NIV84)

If "we have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us" (1 John 4:16, NASB), then we can "walk in love." If we "abide" in Christ's love for us (John 15:9), then we can "walk in love." 

For apart from Jesus, we can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Sunday, June 7, 2020

The True Way to Live, Move, and Have Our Being




Ephesians 3:16-19, NIV

"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner  being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be  filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."

This is how we live.
This is how we walk.
This is how we help.