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Today I am beginning the study of John with the SHE READS TRUTH app. I am so thankful for amazing resources like this one…ready for us to dig into God’s Word at the touch of a finger.
Thank you Amanda Bible Williams, Raechel Myers and team!
I have decided to try a little iPad journaling…I use my iPad like crazy and it houses all my tools (pens, brushes, paints, Bible resources) in one place!
If you are interested, I will post pdf files (background and images) that you can grab and drop onto your own iPad if you’d like to try it yourself! Just give me a shout out!
Below is my first day:)
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Doodle 101 / Bullet Journal Companion
Want to join me?
As we have come to the close of our Women’s Bible Study “The Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer I am revisiting so many “ah-ha” moments the Lord has spoken into my heart. Re-recording many, in hopes that I won’t forget them!
Priscilla asks the question…”If salvation was only meant to give us a ticket to eternity, what good would it do us now while we are still on earth? Do we just sit around waiting?”
“Receiving salvation is not the same as applying salvation. The first redeems us; the second restores, protects, and shields us daily from the attacks of the enemy.”
I love how she breaks down these aspects of salvation:
Justification : past
Glorification : future
Sanctification : daily
“Sanctification is a process by which we are continually delivered from the wrath of God on earth, fortified against the enemy’s attacks, and molded into the image of Christ as our minds are renewed.”
Is change happening daily? Are we growing to be more like Christ each day or are we stuck in our cocoon?
This is an awesome definition of salvation from the Lexham Theological Workbook:
“Salvation is the rescue from a state of danger and the restoration to wholeness and prosperity.”
We have been rescued from the danger of death to be restored to wholeness and prosperity! We were meant to fly with the power of Christ to accomplish/ overcome anything.
Applying salvation is not a passive assignment. It requires a daily strategy. It is the process of “renewing our human mind” plaqued with “wrong thinking”…limited by a sinful perspective.
Paul instructs us to “take every thought captive” -an ongoing action.
It is a lifestyle, a moment by moment strategy of abiding in Christ.
We must continually replace our sinful thinking (fueled by satan’s attacks) with God’s thinking. Righteous thoughts fueled by truth.
As believers, we have the DNA of CHrist within us! Our responsibility is to rely on Him, resisting our tendency to fall back to our human patterns of thought that take us on a daily emotional roller coaster.
Every piece of armor is rooted in God’s Word, which is TRUTH, which is Christ Jesus.
KNOW IT. BELIEVE IT. REMAIN IN IT… AND THEN GO!
LIVE every day with your crown on.
One day after Bible study, my dear friend’s daughter (5 years old) walked in wearing a princess crown. She had just come from school, and had worn it there all morning. What a precious reminder of truth she was for me that morning!
She loves her crown, and is not embarrassed to wear it anywhere!
I want sweet Mya to remember this forever.
We have an a rich inheritance we share with Christ ….
We can be secure, confident, and hopeful when we have it on.
Colossians Chapter 3
2Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
5Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, 7and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. 8But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— 11a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.
12So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
Take every thought captive. Replace negative thoughts with truth. Post it on your door posts…speak of it as you wake, as you walk and as you lie down. God’s perspective sees beyond all circumstance to the great hope He has prepared for those who believe.
We finished our last video session (at my church) with Priscilla on Wednesday, but have one more week to meet. It is so encouraging to end our study time together with a final gathering for fellowship, worship and sharing.
When we are provided the opportunity to see God’s glory…His faithful provision in the lives of others… we can’t help but be inspired with hope for our future!
Isn’t it true, that often after God meets us in our need, we get up the next day and forget what He has done! Keeping a record (journaling) helps us with a tangible reminder. Like altars of stones, we can “see” the places God graciously reached down into our lives to rescue us.
So…I find it helpful to spend time at the end of a study recording the highlights…ah-ha moments…truth that jumped off the pages of scripture and into my heart, initiating change that moved me in the direction God called me to go.
I created these bullet point sheets to help with the process.
Click on the above images for the PDF files. (You will be directed to another page / click on the grey titles) All of today’s files are 8 1/2 x 11 Ready to be added to your journaling folder:)
I also created a journaling sheet for the 3, 2, 1 Method of study.
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“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,” 1 Cor 15:3
In order to see light, we must first see the dark.
“In order for the good news of the gospel to have meaning for us, we first have to understand the bad news of our condition as sinful people under condemnation. The good news of deliverance only makes sense once we see how we are enslaved. Another way of saying this is that it is important to understand and distinguish between law and gospel in Scripture. We need the law first to show us how hopeless our condition is; then the gospel of Jesus’ grace comes and brings us relief and salvation.” – Justin Holcomb
What a love our God has for us.
I often go to John 17 for the most beautiful reminder of this love our Triune God reveals to us.
Knowing that His closest friends, along with all those who would come to know Him, (US!) would deny Him, betray Him, reject Him, and crucify Him…Jesus cried out to the Father on OUR BEHALF.
What a love. A love that paid the greatest cost…for us.
For you and me.
I pray that the Lord would grow my heart to be more grateful each day.
From page 176 / The Armor of God Study by Priscilla Shirer
FROM EPHESIANS CHAPTER ONE
This is a GREAT exercise,.,.one that should happen daily, moment by moment…part of the 3 P process…PAUSE, PRAY, and then PROCEED.
I don’t know about you, but it helps me to have visual reminders. It’s part of the reason I love Bible Journaling so much. I’m a slow learner 😜
I printed these off on cardstock, cut them out and passed them out at our Bible Study. If you like, feel free to do the same!
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“Let the enemy know you mean business… Let your prayer resound with the promises of God over your life! “. -Priscilla Shirer
The Helmet of Salvation
“And what the brain is to the body, your mind is to your soul. It is the spiritual expression of your brain. The Control center. If your mind doesn’t send out healthy impulses, your soul will not respond in healthy ways.
This is why the enemy works so diligently to cripple you through negative thoughts and unhealthy patterns of imagination.” -Priscilla Shirer
If we don’t know the truth we will act upon lies.
…and boy, does that get us into a heap of trouble…I’m speaking from experience. A distorted view, becomes more distorted…and leaves you in a place of separation, loneliness, hopelessness…without hope.
I love the way Priscilla uses the analogy of “comprehensive coverage.”
We have to know what’s in our plan…what is listed in our “salvation benefit package!”
Then we can step out in confidence. We can know we are fully covered and can “act accordingly” without fear, to fulfill the purpose God has called us to.
We’re back in Ephesians…(my favorite Chapter)
Re-label your pantry with this list of salvation benefits…
In Christ, they are already yours!
Like the Roman Soldier who wouldn’t forget his helmet, we must not leave home without ours!
The security it provides will protect us in the battle for our minds.