Love God Greatly

Part of living a life of gratitude is remembering what has been done for us. We are cleansed from our past…

choices we wish we had never made…
places we wish we had never went to…
words we wish we had never said…

Oh friends, we have been forgiven much.

May we never allow Satan to hold us captive because of our past, but may we also never forget and become ungrateful.

We need to live in the humble balance of remembrance and grace.

“He…has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.” 2 Peter 1:9

May it never be said that we have forgotten…

Because when we are thankful, we desire to grow and be like Christ.

We make the “effort to add to our faith” and desire to increase in faithfulness, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. (2 Peter 1:5-6)

“For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:8

Now is not a time to be ineffective or unproductive in our families, communities….world.

“Some of the most effective Christians I have known are people without dramatic talents and special abilities, or even exciting personalities, yet God has used them in marvelous ways. Why? Because they are becoming more and more like Jesus Christ. They have the kind of character and conduct that God can trust with blessing. They are fruitful because they are faithful; they are effective because they are growing in their Christian experience.”- Warren Wiersbe

You see there is a lie that is being spoken that only those “special” Christians are making a difference for God.

The ones with the biggest followings, most book deals or largest speaking venues…

The ones with the special talents God needs to help spread His message throughout the world…

Not ordinary women like you and me…

Ahhh but don’t you believe that for a second!

God is an expert in using the ordinary to do the extraordinary!

Our job is to “make every effort to” continue working on these qualities year after year, to increase in our knowledge of Jesus, as God produces more and more fruit in our lives

We are the body of Christ and we ALL have a special part to play in this amazing story of love and redemption God is writing with our lives…

How you love, grow and serve matters!

The fruitfulness of your life matters…

Your vision matters too…

Though we know our “good works” do not save us, the overflow of a thankful life is good deeds. How can we remain unchanged if we truly understand the price Jesus paid for our sins? Our understanding should prompt us to reach out to others…

We must strive to see others outside our immediate community and not become nearsighted or blind seeing only those in our lives.

“There are some Christians who see only their own churches or their own denominations, but who fail to see the greatness of God’s family around the world. Some believers see the needs at home but have no vision for a lost world.”- Warren Wiersbe

Ohh I pray God will increase our vision as we choose to not become nearsighted.

There is a hurting world out there who needs to hear about Jesus and witness the difference He makes in our lives as we choose to grow in obedience and produce the fruit of goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love…

Let’s choose to live lives of gratitude, growth and not forget…heaven is waiting and one day there will be a welcome party for us as we come home!

Because we’re not home yet, so let’s make the most of our days now…

 

Love God Greatly!

Angela- Love God Greatly

 

 

 

 

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With God as your partner, how have you intentionally been working on increasing in goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness or love?

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Love God Greatly-Psalm 119

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Ohh friends,

I’m so excited to announce our upcoming summer Bible study!!! Normally we do a book club in the summer but we’re changing things up a little this year! Ha! We have some super fun plans in store in the coming months and I can’t wait to share them with you, but for now let’s just focus on this, our NEW SUMMER online Bible study in Psalm 119!!!

If you’ve ever read through Psalm 119, you know how incredibly powerful it is!!! So invite some friends and join us! We’d love to have you!

Here is all the information you need to know:
1 & 2 Peter study ends: May 15th
Break: May 16th-June 14th & mentor training (2 weeks) followed by enrollment
Summer Study: June 15th-August 7th
Break: August 8th-September 6th & mentor training (2 weeks) followed by enrollment

 

 

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