Archive | July 2013

Traveling Through the Psalms – Psalm 2

Between our studies focusing on our 2013 theme of Love Revealed, our continuing focus on A Wise Woman Builds, and our periodic devotional posts, we’re going to also travel through the Psalms. We’ll progress through at whatever pace the Spirit decides for however long He leads.

Please read Psalm 2.

2012_Psalm_2_8.jpg.w300h293Watch or read the news for just 15 minutes – probably less – and you get a solid picture of what verses 1 & 2 of Psalm 2 describe. Raging Nations. Futile plans.

Know that God sees this futility (v. 3-6). In fact, He considers it vile and worthless.

Parents know this frustration with futility, especially parents of teenagers. Teenagers at some point tend to flounder around, thinking they can figure life out on their own. Yes, frustration comes for parents whose child refuses to ask fro help.

God offers His help to us, His children. We need only ask (v. 7-9). We need not live in futility, walking around aimlessly.

We can make wise choices. The decision to do so means we (v. 10-12)… 

  1. Serve the Lord with fear – knowing that He is in control.
  2. Rejoice with trembling – knowing that He is our Heavenly Father.
  3. Submit to Christ’ rule – knowing He will direct and guide.

The result? Joy. Being safe in His protective embrace.

Let go of futility. Serve. Rejoice. Submit.

Traveling Through the Psalms – PSALM 1

In between our studies focusing on our 2013 theme of Love Revealed and our continuing focus on A Wise Woman Builds, we’re going to also travel through the Psalms. We’ll progress through at whatever pace the Spirit decides for however long He leads.

Please Read: Psalm 1

1044405_10200897715277476_809413120_nIf for whatever reason you had to choose between the following, which would you choose?

Scenario 1: A lush, green forest. Tall, majestic trees. Roaring river.

Scenario 2: A dry, hot field. No water. Seemingly endless.

Can you even imagine a reason to choose Scenario 2 over Scenario 1? Dry over refreshing? Lifeless over lush? Yet, many people choose Scenario 2 in their spiritual lives day in and day out.

Psalm 1 sets the tone for the rest of the book by presenting these two scenarios. We can choose between the two paths presented, and that choice will make all the difference not just in how the Psalms resonate in your spirit but in how God’s Word as a whole along with how His Spirit live and move within you.

Scenario 1: “Like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper.” (v. 3)

Scenario 2: “…like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.” (v. 4)Wheat background

How do we choose one scenario over another?

  • By the advice we accept
  • By the company we keep
  • By the attitude we adopt
  • By our obedience or lack thereof
  • By being nourished or drained
  • By bearing fruit or remaining dry

Yes, the choices we make in every area of life place us either under God’s protection or outside of it.

“For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.” (v. 6)

The book of Psalms presents a lot of themes that connect and intertwine. One of those themes involves the path of life, which always involves a choice. As we study the Psalms, consider this choice and realize that there’s always a path He’s pointing too and many He’s not.

A Wise Woman Builds – July Application

11-1-12 A wise woman buildsRemember that our goal for studying the Proverbs 31 Woman was to have goals and standards that we can work toward to increasingly become godly women. This description should not be a heavy burden. Please never forget that.

July 2013 Application

This is a gentle reminder to always pursue deliberate application of God’s Word.

For July… Recommend this study to 5 women this month. Simply tell them to go to this blog site (www.newhopeladies.com) and to click on the Bible Studies tab at the top of the page, then go to the A Wise Woman Builds link.

May these monthly suggestions be gentle reminders of the potential we all have as Christian women.

Celebrating Freedom

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Freedom in Christ

As we celebrate our nation’s freedom today, let’s also spend time focusing on an even bigger freedom, that which Christ bought for us, that which is eternal.

 “So Christ has really set us free.” (Galatians 5:1)

Freedom from what?

The word freedom means…

  • the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint.
  • exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.
  • the power to determine action without restraint.

Because of Christ, we are free from confinement and physical restraint that sin brings. We are exempt from being controlled by sin. We have the power to determine our actions without being restrained by sin.

We no longer need live in slavery to the law, sin & death and are no longer bound by the chains of guilt. We have freedom to learn from mistakes and move forward in victory.

How do we respond?

  1. Stay free! Avoid getting entangled by the rules again. (Galatians 5:1-4)
  2. Be eager. Know that fulfilled promises are coming. (Galatians 5:5 & 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1)
  3. Express your faith. Love each other and get along. (Galatians 5:13)
  4. Live in freedom. Serve others. (Galatians 5:13)
  5. Live by the Spirit’s power. (Galatians 5:16)

On this day of celebrating freedom, remember those who still live in bondage. Pray for them. Tell them how to become free. This freedom we have in Christ is too good and its blessings too precious to not share. Spread the word!