Some thoughts to ponder!!!

Why do people do the things they do?

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Have we finally been wrestling with something for so long that we’ve “had it” and begin to take action? Are we so fed up with ourselves that we decide to let God have His way? Or has your frustration and anger become a “holy discontent” (as Bill Hybels puts it) to “do something about it” if it’s the last thing you do on earth? 


We are always urged in Scripture to be content; content in our circumstance, our money. But, should we be content to sit on the sidelines, lulled into a state of satisfaction when “something” could be done in our neighborhoods, families, and church? 


People usually “do what they do” because they just couldn’t stand it any longer….they just had to do something. Do we love Jesus so much that we just “can’t stand” people not knowing our Savior and the love of God? Billy Graham was so moved by a verse in the Bible that said to go into the entire world and tell everyone about God’s love. From that moment on, his life course was set. He was sold out mind, body and soul to the vision God had for him. 


What can’t you stand? What is the “one thing” that occupies most of your energies, at least in this stage of your life? What is the frustration you wrestle with Him through? He has allowed the “ whatever” is causing you some angst. You may not be able to put your finger on your discontent…Don’t give up. God is constantly molding you for the purpose He has for you. 


All I know is that I have a holy discontent for women to experience our Lord Jesus to the fullest; to desire Him with all their heart; to be “zealous” for His Word and to be His arms to a broken world. “


Lord show me what breaks Your heart…so that it will break my heart also. Help me bring glory to you in this broken world.” 


What does it mean to be authentic? 


Believe it or not, I grew up not knowing how to be authentic. I was a “pleaser”. I was whatever “you” or “they” wanted me to be. 


Webster defines authentic, “genuine, real, that can be believed or accepted, trustworthy, reliable, applied to that which reallyI is what it is represented.” So then, how can one be truly authentic? For that matter, how does one become an authentic Christian? 


Yikes…do you mean with my make-up off or on? What is the “real me”? Have you ever asked yourself this question…or even asked your dearest friend? Well, the real you isn’t afraid to let anyone see your vulnerabilities. Yes, your weaknesses, your God given weaknesses. Your weaknesses, glorify God because He and only He can be strong where you are weak. 


So, how about you? Are you authentic before others and God? Does your authenticity before God change how you think about yourself and others? On your worst day are you more or less authentic? What is/are your next step(s) toward becoming real before God? Share with a close friend. 


Heart Quotes:


“God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the ________ __________, but the LORD looks at the heart. (1Sam16:7b) 


“Let the words of my mouth and the ___________ of my heart, be ___________. In Your sight, O LORD, my rich and my Redeemer” (Ps 19:14)


“Blessed are the ________ in heart, for they shall _______ God”. (Mt. 5:8)


“Do not let your heart be _________; _________ in God, ___________ also in Me.” (John 14:1)

Quick “how to” in studying God’s Word

Purpose: II Tim. 3:16

To learn what’s right, what’s wrong, how to fix what’s wrong and how to do what is right. 


Pray - pray first for God to open your eyes to see him in all His glory and to learn the truth He wants you to learn


Observation - What does it say? Who is involved; what is happening; how is it happening; when is it happening; why is it happening; who is involved; what are the results; what is repeated and emphasized; what things are alike/different; terms, structure and literary form, etc. 


Interpretation - What does it mean? Define key words; investigate other verses, consult resource materials, literary devices, comparisons, questions, etc. 


Application - What does it mean to me? Examples to follow; attitudes to develop, sins to avoid, commands to obey; truths to believe; prayers to pray. Above all…what do I learn about God? 


Knowledge isn’t to make one proud. Quite the opposite. Knowledge of who God is and what He can do should bring us to our knees in humility and obedience in a life grounded by grace.