Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Mark 12:30 says, - "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."
We can love the Lord through seeking to have purity of heart, soul, mind and strength.
ALL of the areas of purity are so important, seen by God, and affect our lives and walk with Him!
Let’s look at the areas and related verses:
~ Heart - "Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life." Proverbs 4:23
~ Emotions - "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." Galatians 5:16
~ Mind/Thoughts - "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Philippians 4:8
~ Body/Actions - "Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple." 1 Cor. 3:16-17
Today - Look at each area (heart, soul, mind, and strength) and allow the Lord to show you at least one thing that He wants to purify in that area of your life. Accept His grace to make any changes that will help you towards purity!
Keep in mind the purpose - to be able to see the Lord more clearly! Matt. 5:8
Saturday, October 24, 2009
"Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God." Matthew 5:8
Let’s allow this verse to be our motivation for purity in our lives!
Desire to have a pure heart and life so that you can see God clearly!
The purer your heart is, the more clearly you can see Him. The more you see God for who He is, the more you will love Him. This will lead you to desire to follow and obey Him with all that you are!
Remember that God cares so much about your heart condition - not just that you do what is right on the outside. When your heart is pure, purity of life will flow out naturally.
2 Timothy 2:22 - "So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart."
Today - Ask yourself what things encourage you towards purity and what things hurt you in the area of purity. Pursue the things that help you and get rid of the things that hurt you.
1 Timothy 4:12 - "Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity."
Friday, October 23, 2009
"Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord." (Emphasis added)
I have found it to be so true that the more I truly know the Lord (not just in my head, but in my heart) and experience the reality of who He is, the more I have grace and peace in my life!
I would encourage you to (and am doing this myself!):
1. Ask the Lord, and look for, a special Bible verse as you read and carry it with you through the day.
2. Seek to know Him more! (Go back and look at the ideas on Day 4 of the BTG Follow up on "Seeking the Lord.") Then you will experience His grace and peace in deeper ways!
We would love to know the verses that the Lord gives you as you seek to know Him! Please e-mail them to us - email@example.com!
May God's grace and peace be multiplied to all of us today as we increase in our knowledge of Him!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
God made you uniquely and perfectly with a special plan and purpose!
Let’s look at Psalms 139:13-16:
"For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother's womb.
I will give thanks to You,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them."
Do you see that the Lord has a perfect plan in the way that He created you? He has an incredible plan for you and has perfectly designed your life for that plan! He is so trustworthy in the way He put your life together.
The aspects of His plan include your physical features, personality, family situation, nationality, environment/social status, circumstances, gender, birth order, skills and talents, time in history, limitations, and more!
Know that it is His best for you. He arranges it out of a heart of love and for His glory!
It is important that you embrace His beautiful design for your life and live in it with all of your heart!
As you do, you will know Him more and He will be able to fulfill His amazing plan for you!
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jer. 29:11
Today - Choose to thank God for the way that He created you and embrace His plan with all of your heart!
*Personal note from Amy - Even today I saw in a deeper way the wisdom of God’s purpose and plan in my life. It made me so excited!!! He is FULLY trustworthy! Let’s embrace His plan with all of our hearts, friends!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
"For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ." Galatians 1:10
It is so important that we live to please God ALONE as our "Audience of One!"
~ When you are pleasing God, you are pleasing the One who matters most. Let us desire to please Him alone out of love for Him and treasuring Him as our best Friend!
~ Do not live for the crowd says. (Do you remember when we had the crowd at the conference separated into cheering and booing sections?) It should not matter if they are cheering or booing! Keep people in their proper place and God in His.
~ This brings freedom to be all that God intended you to be, stand up for what is right, and to focus on His best. You have only one person to please. That is what you wake up for and live, breath and care for.
~ Always picture yourself before the Judgement Seat of Christ. It all boils down to this question: "Is the Lord pleased with me?" The response to that question is all that matters!
~ When each day is done, you can say, "Lord, if when I go to sleep tonight, You are pleased with me, I will rest well."
"I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless." Gen. 17:1 (Emphasis added)
Live for the Audience of One!
Today - Look at your life. Evaluate if you are living for God as your Audience of One, or if you are trying to please people, too. Walk through your day consciously living for the Lord’s approval alone!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Your identity shows who you belong to, where you find your sense of worth, and what is most important to you. Where you choose to find your identity will dictate how you live, the choices you make, and your view of life.
Choose to find your identity in Christ!
~ Know who you are in Christ:
- A new creation, 2 Co. 5:17 - "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."
- A child of God, John 1:12, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:"
- God’s temple, 1 Cor. 3:16
- Accepted in Christ. Ephesians 1:6, "To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."
- Chosen and beloved, Col. 3:12
- More than a conqueror, Romans 8:37, "...we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."
- Delivered, Col. 1:13, "He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son."
(We encourage you to your own search in Scripture and find more!)
~ Live in the reality of who you are in Christ.
Don’t just know it in your head. Base your life on it!!! Walk in the reality of your position in Christ.
~ How will that impact your life?
Today - Find one aspect of your identity in Christ and live in the reality of it.
E-mail and let us know the difference it makes! firstname.lastname@example.org
Draw your sense of worth and confidence from Christ and who you are in Him!
Galatians 2:20, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."
Monday, October 19, 2009
If you have allowed your quiet time with the Lord to slip from your daily schedule, you can start fresh now! Our Lord is so faithful to us even when we are not faithful to Him. He delights when we return to our times with Him. He is not waiting for you with His arms crossed and a frowning reprimand for your inconsistency. Rather, He is there with open arms and great delight to have you with Him again. We have no reason not to run into His presence with a renewed resolve to consistently have a quiet time with Him!
As we take this daily quiet time with the Lord, let us remember the reason we are doing it. It is to know our Lord in a deeper way and to be transformed more and more into His image. The exciting thing is, our devotions are not the end of our time with the Lord – they are simply a springboard to a day of fellowship with Him!
This time in the presence of our loving Lord is something we cannot afford to forgo. Seek with all that you are to have this vital time with Him, dear sisters! It will transform your life, bless you, and cause you to know the Lord like never before. There is truly nothing more important in life! When we stand before our Lord at the end of this life, we will not regret a minute that we have spent in time alone with Him.
"And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." ~ Jeremiah 29:13
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Listed below are ingredients that I have found to be valuable in my time with the Lord. These guides will help you to have a truly meaningful quiet time.
The most important ingredient of our quiet time is our heart attitude. In order for our time with the Lord to have a transforming effect, we must truly have a heart that is hungering for Him. Seek with all that you are to truly meet with the Lord. Be assured that He is "...a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." – Hebrews 11:6.
A good devotional time starts long before you enter it. I have found amazing results from turning my heart to the Lord in prayer and meditating on Scripture as I fall asleep at night. When I wake up, my spirit is already in fellowship with the Lord! (Also, get to bed at a good time so that you are awake and alert for your time with Him.)
As you wake up, immediately turn your heart to the Lord in prayer. Roll out of bed and land on your knees – keep praying. Tell the Lord good morning, that you love Him, thank Him for the new day, commit yourself and the day to Him. Seek to come into fellowship with the Lord before you see anyone else. It is a perfect start to the day!
Either continue on in your devotions right then, or get ready for the day so that you are awake for quality time with the Lord.
Find a quiet place where you can be with the Lord and hear from Him. My two favorite places for my quiet time are my bedroom, and a bench halfway down to our lake.
Schedule your time with the Lord so that you can make the most of it, and so that you can get everything in. (Otherwise, if you are like me, you may tend to drift, or find that all your time is spent on one thing while other things are missed.) For example, if you have thirty minutes for your quiet time, you could spend ten minutes praying, ten minutes reading your Bible, and ten minutes memorizing and meditating on Scripture, and recording what the Lord has shown you in your devotions.I have chosen to do most of my Scripture memory during the day by carrying the verse(s) I am memorizing with me on a piece of paper. This way I can spend more time in prayer. Find what works best for you with the time that you have! (I just gave the thirty minutes as an example for how to segment your time – if you can spend more time with the Lord, that's great!)
It is so key to start your devotions by coming into the Lord’s presence and fellowshipping with Him through prayer. This way your spirit is in tune with Him as you read His Word. I have found it beneficial, though, to save the majority of my prayer time until after I have read my Bible. This helps me to avoid getting lost in prayer and running out of time to read my Bible. Reading Scripture before the majority of my prayer time also helps me to focus better in prayer and to know how to pray.
Before you read your Bible, ask the Lord to speak to you through His Word – to help you to know Him more, to open your eyes to understand what you read, and to show you how to live. It is amazing the things that God has to show us if we will simply ask Him and search His Word! His Word is so living, and I am constantly learning how personally it applies to every part of my life! (You will find it a priceless treasure to keep a journal of things that the Lord has shown you, so that you can remember them for years to come!)
Once your Bible reading is finished, pray. As you pray, remember that the Lord is right there with you. He listens to every word you say, knows how you are feeling, and always has the perfect solution. Prayer is made up of many parts, including pouring out your heart to the Lord, praising Him, dwelling/abiding in His presence, listening for Him to speak to you, bringing your requests before Him, examining yourself before Him, confessing and repenting of any sin He reveals to you, worshiping Him for who He is, and thanking Him. I have also found great blessing in singing hymns to the Lord and in praying His Word to Him.
A consistent balance of all these things is essential to a well-rounded, vibrant, and stable walk with the Lord. We need so much to be in fellowship with Him, to share our heart with Him, and to have Him speak to us! As we spend time with the Lord and experience the priceless treasure of His presence, we can’t help but long for our time with Him.
"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." ~ Hebrews 11:6
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Our time with the Lord is so vital to our walk with Him! When we truly come into the Lord’s presence, meet with Him, and come to know Him in deeper and deeper ways, it will transform our lives. For as we truly meet with Him and come to know more of who He is, our love for Him will grow. As a result, we will desire to please Him with all of our lives, and our eyes will be opened in greater ways to who and how we should be, with the incredible comfort that He will be with us and give us the strength for each step. He is an incredible Lord, Savior, and Friend!
The saying "Who you spend time with, you become like," rings so true in a special way in our time with the Lord. We long to be like Jesus, don’t we? It is through our time spent with Him that we are changed into His likeness. As we meet with Him and experience for ourselves who our Lord is, we cannot help but become more like Him. When we come to know Him in a very real and personal way, we find that He is all that we need and that He fulfills every longing of our heart.It is so necessary that we come to this point of knowing and experiencing our Lord personally – for that is what transforms us! In coming into His presence, spending time in His Word, and communing with Him in prayer, we come to know His heart, receive His mind, and be filled with His likeness. Isn’t it a precious thing that the One who created and controls the universe loves us and delights in spending time with us?! It is the sweetest, most transforming time!
When we meet with the Lord, He gives us the strength to accomplish all that He has called us to do. Our quiet time with Him is the fuel for our spiritual engines – we will burn out otherwise. In our quiet times, as we surrender ourselves to the Lord as vessels for His use, He will fill us with His Spirit and do amazing things in and through us.My friends, we have a special treasure in our youth to focus solely on the Lord and to grow in our relationship with Him! Let us not waste it! This is the time when we are laying the foundation for our lives. The choices we make and the things we do now will drastically impact who we become. Our quiet time with the Lord (or lack thereof) plays a big role in this. Isn’t that an amazing, sobering thought?
The incredible delight and fulfillment that comes from knowing, obeying, and spending time with the Lord results in a truly exciting life. Let’s pour ourselves wholeheartedly into seeking the Lord and treasuring our time with Him! For He has promised us, "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." – Jeremiah 29:13. The results will transform your life and bring you greater joy and fulfillment than you ever imagined!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Yet why is our time with the Lord one of the things that most easily slides from our schedule, or a time when we struggle to stay focused? Often it is because we forget its importance in our lives and the impact that it has on our relationship with the Lord, who we are, and the difference our lives make for eternity.
When we ask the question, "What is the most important thing in life?", the first thing that probably comes to our mind is – the Lord and our relationship with Him. This is absolutely the right answer, but I sometimes wonder if we live our lives in line with this answer. Friends, I am writing this from my heart and personal experience. We spend so much time talking and learning about it, but do we actually take the time to cultivate that personal relationship with the Lord? Or do we become so busy doing things for the Lord that we don’t take time to be with Him? We take time to do all the things that are required to stay alive – eating, sleeping, showering, etc. In the same way, our quiet time with the Lord is so necessary for our spiritual survival.
My devotions are my most treasured part of the day. I cherish my time with the Lord, but at times I find myself allowing the length of it to be shortened, or struggling with becoming distracted during it. I find that the cause of these problems is that I have unconsciously undermined the importance of my time with the Lord. I have allowed less important things or activities (sleep, tasks, etc.) to take my time or distract me from the most important Person and activity in my life.
Over the next 3 days, we are going to look together at: 1. The immeasurable importance and treasure of our time with the Lord, 2. The ingredients to how we can make it a meaningful and life-changing part of our lives, and 3. Other ideas!
Today let's remember the Lord's promise - "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you..." James 4:8
Thursday, October 15, 2009
True beauty is a condition of the heart.
It is the result of the life and work of Christ within us. It flows out of where our heart is at with the Lord, our relationship to Him, and our knowledge of His ways.
The more that we come to know and love the Lord, the more we will desire to become beautiful to Him. He cares about your heart. "...the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7
Continue to seek to grow closer and closer in your relationship with the Lord and allow Him to work His beauty into your life - It is the best thing in the world!
Challenge for today -
Spend as much time becoming inwardly beautiful (in devotions with the Lord, reading your Bible, praying, etc.) as you do becoming externally beautiful (showering, fixing your hair, etc.).
Proverbs 31:30 tells us, "Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."
Live to be beautiful to God!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
This past Saturday a group of girls met at VOG Church in Plymouth, MN for the first Girls Discipleship Gathering of the school year. We had a wonderful time together seeking the Lord in times of worship, listening to a message by Amy entitled “The Change Must Begin in You”, small group discussions, prayer, testimonies and we ended with snacks and fellowship.
Through Amy’s “talk” we were encouraged to seek the Lord and put Him first in our lives! You are welcome to join the rest of the girls in the challenge for October by choosing one of these ways to seek the Lord:
~Times of Prayer
~Study God’s Word
~Choose friends that will help you seek the Lord!
~Meditate on God’s Word
We want to warmly welcome you and encourage you ladies to join us each month at these special Girls Gatherings! (For more information, you can visit our website at www.lovingthelordministries.org!)
May Jesus bless you this month as you seek Him with ALL your heart!
As we seek to have friendships that are meaningful and glorify the Lord, it is so important that we allow the Lord to make us into the best friend we can be!
Let’s look again at some of the keys to being a good friend!
~ Have Jesus as your best friend. When your needs are met in Him, you can allow Him to love your friends through you and focus on how you can bless them!
~ Seek with all that you are to become as much like Jesus as you can - Then you will be as good of a friend as they come!
~What is Jesus like? Can you help us list His qualities? Some that you have helped us come up with are: loving, faithful, patient, kind, and forgiving.
(Please e-mail us with more qualities!!! email@example.com)
~ Make sure that other areas of friendship are in order - 1. Jesus, 2. Family, 3. Others.
Do you remember the box illustration? When Jesus is our best friend and we have found total fulfillment in our relationship with Him, the other areas of our life will fit into place! If Jesus is not first we will be empty and things will not fit together well!
~ Seek to encourage your friends in the Lord and in doing what is right.
- Ask how you can pray for them. Pray for them - and with them!
- Ask them how the thing that they asked you to pray for is going.
- Share what the Lord has been doing in your life. (A special verse, answer to prayer, how you have come to know Him in a new way, etc.)
- Do a Bible study together!
- Hold each other accountable for important things like memorizing Scripture, getting up for devotions, having a good attitude, etc.
~ Examine yourself with some important questions:
- Am I being the kind of friend that Jesus would be?
- Am I pointing my friends to Jesus, or to myself?
- What things do I admire in my friends’ lives that are like Jesus? Do I have these qualities?
- What are areas the Lord wants me to accept His grace to improve?
Remember that relationships take time to build and investment to maintain.
Ask the Lord to make you into, and give you the grace to be, the kind of friend He wants you to be!
"A friend loves at all times..." Proverbs 17:17
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
God has a beautiful plan in how He designed the family. This plan includes the fact that:
~ God gave them to us for our best.
~ God will use them to shape us into His character and prepare us for all that He has for our life.
~ They are intended to be our key source of support, guidance, and protection.
~ They are your #1 mission field.
The more we embrace His plan wholeheartedly, the more we will find the amazing results of pursuing close family relationships!
Seek to do one thing to encourage, help, or invest in each of your family members!
Ideas of what you can do include:
~ Write a note of encouragement
~ Wash dishes for your mom or doing someone’s chore
~ Play Legos or dolls with your little siblings
~ Take time to talk and be interested in what is important to them
~ Praise them for a quality that you appreciate about them
~ Memorize a Bible verse or pray together
~ or, anything else you know would bless them!
Remember that as you taste the Lord’s love, He will fill you with His love more and more. You need His love and grace to love your family and others like you should!
"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Matthew 22:37-40
It is key that you do your part to keep on loving your family and making an effort in the relationship, no matter what! Often it just takes you reaching out to develop deep relationships that will last for life!
"If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all." Rom. 12:18
" Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" Psalms 133:1
Monday, October 12, 2009
I wanted to give you a little personal update on the conferences. There were so many amazing things that the Lord did, it is just hard to share them all in a short space, but I had to share some highlights!
The Lord really met with me, the team, and everyone at the conference in a way that only He can. It is so sweet to seek Him with others who long to love Him and walk in His Truth! He is so faithful and good...
The conference hostess and her husband had such a deep love for the Lord and passion to share His Truth. They run the amazing retreat center where the conferences were held. We enjoyed rich times around the table of sharing and of hearing their dynamic testimonies of the Lord’s hand in their lives over the years. We were so encouraged. It was so sweet to see their love for each other and the way that they were a powerful team in serving the Lord together. (Girls, this is the kind of marriage you want!)
The team of women that put this conference together have been gathering monthly and praying for Biblical Womanhood. They are a precious group of woman in their 50-80s. I learned so much from them. They treasure the Lord and are joyfully seeking to mentor the next generation for Him!
My parents and brother came with for the conference and are the most amazing team ever! (They are a HUGE part of LTL Ministries...) It was such a privilege to have Dad and Mom each take turns speaking with me during the question and answer time at each conference! My brother, Eric, covered the technology aspect of things, took most of the pictures you see, and helped record some sessions we hope to make available in the future! I am so grateful for my family. God’s plan is perfect.
There were amazing young women and woman at the conferences who truly wanted to follow after Jesus with all that they are. It was so thrilling to hear their passion to love Him and to seek to share Him with others... I know the Lord has great things in store as they press on to know, love, and obey Him! I love you, sweet Washington friends!
For those of you who do not yet know, my favorite reminder of the Lord and His love is anything shaped like a heart. On this trip, there were SO many hearts all over the place!
The conference center even had a heart GARDEN! We spent the Sunday afternoon after the conferences with one of the prayer friends who had a precious love for the Lord - and it turns out she loves HEARTS! Her house was decorated all over with hearts... The Lord is so amazing!
Our God is so faithful. He is worth seeking and serving with all that we are. All that He calls us to do - He will fulfill. Let us press on to know and love Him more!
Loving Him with you,
Hosea 6:3, “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.”
The friends you choose are SO VERY IMPORTANT!!!
God intended human friendships to draw us closer to Him.
Who you choose as your friends impacts who you become, how God can work in your life, and as a result, what He can do with your life!
It is critical that you choose friends carefully!
You want friends that will encourage you in making Jesus your best friend!
Evaluate your friendships and ask yourself important questions to see if they are relationships you should have.
~ Who are my closest friends?
~ Are they who I would like to become like and who would please Jesus?
~ Do they encourage me in what is right?
~ Is this friendship pushing me closer to the Lord, or drawing me further from Him?
Look at the answers to those questions! If a friendship is not encouraging you in the Lord, it is not the kind you want to keep.
Ask the Lord to help you choose the right kinds of friends - He will!
Remember, it only takes ONE friend to either destroy your life, or to lead you to the Lord and what is right!
"Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17
"Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals." 1 Cor. 15:33
We want friends that will help you grow in your #1 relationship - your walk with the Lord!
CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS WISELY!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
The more you make Jesus your best friend, the more you will find that He is the best friend you could ever have and will see the difference He makes in your life!
Here are a few of the results:
~ Knowing the Lord personally will transform your life!
~ He fills the longings of your heart!
~ As you come to know Him, you can’t help but love Him!
~ All of the other areas will fall into place as you seek Him first.
~ You desire to keep His commandments.
~ You become more and more like Him.
~ You look at life differently.
~ You are satisfied in Jesus, so now you have a passion to share Him with others and allow Him to touch them through you.
~ You receive a real vision and purpose in life.
~ You have the joy of living with Christ in this life - and in all of eternity to come!
Your opportunity for today is:
~ Continue seeking the Lord as your #1 priority and removing things that hinder your love for Him.
~ Choose another idea from Day 4's list to help you in making Jesus your best friend!
~ Memorize Mark 12:30. (You can do it with actions, if you want!)
~ List some of the results of knowing Jesus that you have found in your own life! (We’d love to hear them, too!)
Remember that the more you seek the Lord, the more you are going to find Him and you will see that He is the best friend you could ever have!
1 Corinthians 2:9, "...Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Once you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, He does not want you to stop there - He wants to have a personal relationship with you! He wants you to have a close relationship with Him and to know Him in a real way - like you know a human friend!
Jeremiah 29:13 says, "You shall seek me and find me when you search for me with" - what? - "ALL of your heart." (emphasis added) It is when you make the Lord your #1 priority and seek for Him with all of your heart that you will truly find Him - THAT is when you taste Him, know Him, and can’t help but love Him!
~ Make the Lord and knowing Him your #1 goal and priority.
~ It involves choices! He comes BEFORE anything else. Everything else must line up with knowing Him! This means time with Him comes first before hanging out with others, you read His Word before you check your e-mail, you choose things that will help you in your walk with Him, etc.
(You know you do this because you know that your relationship with the Lord is what you were created for, the only place you will find true fulfillment, and the way you will bring glory to God!)
~ The more you do this, the more you will know the Lord and see that it is so worth it!
Seeking Him with ALL of your heart:
~ Ask yourself what the things are that decrease and increase your love for God.
Here are a few things that you have helped me come up with:
~ Decrease: sin, wrong friends, tv, self, internet, distraction with boys, laziness, things in wrong priority*
*Idols - Remember that things that stand in God’s way (or take His rightful place) are really idols. Get them out! They can even good things taking priority over God.
NOTHING is worth standing in the way of the most important thing in the world - your relationship with the Lord!
~ Increase: time with Him, reading His Word, worship, being with others who love Him, remembering what He has done for you, prayer...
Pursue those things that you know increase your love for God and help you grow in your relationship with Him! Every step you take, minute you spend, and choice you make to follow Him will bring you closer in your relationship with Him!
~ Look at your life, accept God’s grace to remove the things are decreasing your love for Him and to pursue that things that increase your love for Him!
As you do this, you will know Him more and when you know Him, you find He is the best friend you could EVER have!
"But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ." Phil. 3:7-8
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The Lord faithfully and powerfully moved in our midst.
Amy spoke on: Embracing a Transforming Relationship with the Lord, Becoming Beautiful to God, Living a Life of Truth and Impact for Christ, Mentoring in Action, and more.
Hearts were stirred to love Jesus above all, fresh resolve was made to live lives of Truth, and vision was received to disciple others in the same pursuit.
Many are excitedly starting groups, hosting conferences, and teaching Sunday School classes in their area using the LTLM materials.
We praise the Lord, give Him all the glory for His work, and joyfully press on together to know Him more!
We are claiming the promise of Philippians 1:6 that “...He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”