As Unto the LORD

“Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [greatest] reward. It is the Lord Christ whom you [actually] serve.”

Scripture Reflection: Colossians 3:23-24

The 365 Lesson: What would happen if we approached every task we had to do with the LORD in mind?

In life, we are called to do many things. I’d like to believe that most of us approach our tasks with the right kind of attitude. I’d like to believe that we each strive to successfully complete our assignments with a CAN DO mindset. But, I have to wonder whether or not we involve our hearts and souls in the process? Do we engage in our work with an “I’m doing this for the LORD” focus, or do we just go through the motions of doing something for the sake of doing it?

Challenge: Going forward, I would have you consider each task you do as an offering to the LORD. Do it, not only with the LORD in mind (as for the LORD), but also as if it is done unto the LORD Himself.

Prayer: Father, thank You for being such a beautiful example of love and grace in action. From the beginning, You have shown us selfless love. You have called us to do the same. As we press into each new day, help us to approach each task with You in mind. Teach us to do all things as unto You and for You. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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The Time is Now

Happy New Year!

2018 has officially started, and your year is fresh…with no mistakes. Day one is before you. What will you do with it?

– Will you bow down in prayer?

– Will you shout words of praise?

– Will you gift God with a song from your heart?

– Will you read/study the Word of God?

– Will you open yourself up to the Holy Spirit’s instructions?

– Will you quiet yourself enough to “hear” the LORD?

– Will you consider all that God has done in, around, outside of, and beyond your life?

– Will you encourage yourself to do the righteous thing?

– Will you use godly wisdom?

– Will you serve someone other than yourself?

– Will you forgive your enemy?

– Will you finally pardon yourself?

– Will you extend a hand of fellowship?

– Will you invite someone to church?

– Will you walk in peace?

– Will you share the Gospel?

– Will you trust God to be the Almighty in your life?

– Will you commit and/or recommit your life to Christ?

– Will you set spiritual goals for yourself?

– Will you worship, serve, and grow?

– Will you fully believe God and take Him at His word about who He is and who you are in Him?

The time is now!

#experience #authenticChristianity #AllIn #OneWord365

The Major Prophet|Isaiah

A #DestinationJESUS Sunday Bible Study Series   (lp)

February 2016 – Isaiah: Study 6

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Assigned Reading: Isaiah 10-20

Points of Consideration:

Chapter 10

  • What was to become of those who issued evil against those who were needy, poor and desirous of justice?
  • Whom did God use to carry out His vengeance?
  • Why was the LORD angry regarding His people?
  • What drove the Assyrians and/or what was their motivation to fight?
  • How would the LORD deal with Assyria, ultimately? Why?
  • Who is the Light of Israel and the Holy One?
  • What did the LORD want to accomplish by His acts against His people?

Chapter 11

  • What or who was to come from the stock of Jesse?
  • What was the Spirit of the LORD to impart?
  • What would the earth be full of with regard to the LORD? (Isaiah 11:9)
  • What is the comparative relationship between what is uncovered in chapter 11 and what is known about the exodus of God’s people from Egypt?

Chapter 12

  • What is the significance of Isaiah 12:1?
  • What encouragement or inspiration can be drawn from this chapter?
  • What was to be made known about the LORD?
  • What were the inhabitants of Zion to do? (Isaiah 12:4-6)

Chapter 13

  • What was the burden of Babylon which was seen by Isaiah?
  • What was to become of the evil, the wicked and the proud?
  • What was Babylon’s end to be? (Isaiah 13:19)

Chapter 14

  • What will the LORD show or demonstrate toward Jacob?
  • What was to be the end of those who attempted to elevate themselves above the Most a High?

Chapter 15

  • What was the burden concerning Moab?
  • What role did ancient Moab play in the history of God’s people?
  • How was mourning displayed in ancient times?

Chapter 16

  • What is the significance of Isaiah 16:5?

Chapter 17

  • What was the burden concerning Damascus?
  • What is the significance of Isaiah 17:10-11?
  • What was to become of those who plundered and pillaged God’s people?

Chapter 18

  • What message is the LORD conveying in chapter 18? (You are encouraged to dig deeply into this chapter.)

Chapter 19

  • What three points can be ascertained from this chapter?
  • What is the significance of Isaiah 19:22?

Chapter 20

  • What did the LORD instruct Isaiah to do?
  • How was being stripped or naked viewed in ancient times (what did it represent)?
  • Did Isaiah waver or hesitate in doing what was asked of him? (How do you know?)

Personal Reflection:

Did any one verse resonate with you personally?
What is your #destination message from chapters 10-20?

Questions:

  • Do you stand against those who would do harm to the poor and needy?
  • How do you use your voice to fight for justice?
  • Are you ever confused or troubled by the actions of God? (How do you move past any confusion? Do you seek assistance?)
  • What does repentance mean to you personally?
  • Is the LORD the Savior to you on a daily basis?
  • Who is the Holy Spirit and what does He do for you as a Christian?
  • What does it mean to quench the Spirit? (1Thessalonians 5:19)
  • Is having a personal testimony still relevant in today’s times?
  • Are worship, praise and prayer related and do you practice them all?
  • Have you allowed anything in your life to become greater, higher or more significant than God? (Discuss.)
  • Have you ever felt like the LORD has been quiet during a time of your greatest need? (If so, what do you think His lesson to you might have been?)
  • Have you ever shown your raw and uncovered self to the LORD? (Why or why not? Was or is there a benefit in doing this?)
  • If the LORD asked you to do a difficult thing or hard task that was out of your comfort zone, would you do it?

Going Further: Define and/or research the following terms.

  • Idol
  • Remnant
  • Outcast
  • Salvation
  • Exalt
  • Chaldeans
  • Captive
  • Proselyte
  • Refuge
  • Reverence
  • Altar
  • Inheritance/heritage

“Then in the tent of David a throne will be established by faithful love. A judge who seeks what is right and is quick to execute justice will sit on the throne forever.” – Isaiah 16:5 (HCSB)

Encouragement for Your Journey, Mom (4/4)

A Weekly Encouragement Series based on Hope for the Weary Mom Devotional by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin

A Hope (A Quote from the Book):

“Jesus is unchanging in our ever-changing world. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is always himself. Every day in every way we can trust the fact that Jesus is going to show up and be himself in our lives. He is power and love and discipline in my life. He is savior, friend, and the one who goes before me. He is willing to walk beside me. He is my hope for today because his name was hope in the very beginning of time. (pp. 114-115, He Never Changes)

A Help (A Message of Encouragement for Your Journey): It is a blessed gift to know that the LORD is faithful. To know that He is consistently present and gracious and true. The LORD never wavers. He never shows Himself unreliable. He never goes back on His truth. He is faithful in a way that goes beyond man’s definition of the word. And isn’t that a comfort? Isn’t it a relief, moms, to know that you can count on the LORD who sees you, knows you, protects you, provides for you, and loves you? Isn’t it a great consolation to know that our Savior, Jesus Christ, is ever ready to save you and your family, no matter how many times or how many ways? He is our undeniable hope.

Your Hope & Help Lesson for the Week: God is unchanging, unwavering, undeniable and undefeated.

Your Hope & Help Scripture for the Week: Hebrews 13:8

A Heart (A Prayer from My Heart to Yours): Oh LORD, How excellent is Your name in all the earth! It is an absolute delight to know and experience You. It is a wonder and a joy to praise You as Savior and King. We thank You for Your faithfulness, and we appreciate You for being consistent in our lives. Teach us how to be true to You in every way. And be with us as we daily learn to surrender our all into Your keeping. In the saving name of Jesus. Amen.

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Encouragement for Your Journey, Mom (3/4)

A Weekly Encouragement Series based on Hope for the Weary Mom Devotional by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin

 

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A Hope (A Quote from the Book):

“…God won’t always speak to me about everything I bring to him. Sometimes, I just have to base my decisions on what I already know to be true…The fact is God’s word is our life and breath.” (p. 105, He Speaks to You)

A Help (A Message of Encouragement for Your Journey): Every word written in the Bible is the inspired word of God. It was written so that we might learn of Him and His promises. It was written so that we might come to know His Truth and be saved. It was written so that we might experience the LORD, tasting of Him, partaking of Him, and being satisfied by Him. How often we forget to stop, quiet ourselves and hear or rather listen to His voice by way of His holy Word. There is a blessing in being still and knowing God and in remembering His words. There is a blessing in recalling His past deliverances in our lives and in reminding ourselves of His saving grace. And in those moments when we think the LORD seems to be quiet, we have to trust that He is still speaking and reflect on those things that we know and that have come to know as His unwavering truth. We must know and believe in our hearts that His inspired movement speaks even in what we view to be silence.

  • Your Hope & Help Lesson for the Week: God speaks in many ways. The more time we spend with Him and His inspired word, the more we become attuned to His voice and movement, whether in seeming silence or not.
  • Your Hope & Help Scripture for the Week: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (AMP)

A Heart (A Prayer from My Heart to Yours): My LORD and dearest King, You are a gift and a blessing to all who would know You. Thank You for speaking and moving in the ways of love. It is my prayer this day that You would help each woman, mother, and saint be still and know You as the God who saves. May You speak in each life in a very special way and teach every individual what You would have her know. Point us to Your heart, keep us in Your grace, and carry us home at Your appointed time. In the saving name of Jesus. Amen.

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The Major Prophet|Isaiah

A #DestinationJESUS Sunday Bible Study Series

January 2016 – Isaiah: Study 2

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Assigned Reading: Isaiah 2-3

Points of Consideration:

Chapter 2

  • Who gave Isaiah the prophecy concerning Judah and Jerusalem?
  • What would be established in the last days?
  • What is the significance of the imploration made by Isaiah in 2:5?
  • How did God’s people show forth their idolatry?
  • How will God deal with the haughtiness of men?

Chapter 3

  • What does the “LORD of hosts” mean?
  • What will the LORD take away from Judah and Jerusalem as a result of their actions?
  • What is the main point that Isaiah 3:8 is making?
  • Are the children of God attempting to hide their sins or are they flaunting their sins?
  • What does the Bible say about how the “daughters of Zion” would be handled?

Personal Reflection:

Did any one verse resonate with you personally?
What is your #destination message from chapters 2-3?

Questions:

  • Have you been or are you strongly persuaded or enticed to partake in believing in strange philosophies, religious practices, or foreign ways that have nothing to do with the LORD?
  • Do you believe any one idol or little “g” god is greater than the Almighty God, and are your guilty of placing one such thing higher than Him?
  •  Are the sins that you commit or that you have committed ever been hidden from God? Expound.
  • Have you ever been stripped bare by the LORD and if so, what did you learn about Him and about yourself?

Going Further: Explore the history of Sodom and Gomorrah.

“Say to the righteous that it will go well with them, For they will eat the fruit of their [righteous] actions.” – Isaiah 3:10 (AMP)

The Major Prophet|Isaiah

A #DestinationJESUS Sunday Bible Study Series

January 2016 – Isaiah: Study 1

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Assigned Reading: Isaiah 1:1-31

Points of Consideration:

  • What rich information can be gleaned from Isaiah 1:1?
  • Who was meant to listen to the message being indicated?
  • Who was the message from?
  • How did God feel about His children and what they were doing?
  • What were some of the ways God’s children were described?
  • What were the children of God guilty of/what had they allowed to happen?
  • Why is Isaiah 1:9 significant?
  • How did the LORD feel about the sacrifices and offerings being made to Him?
  • Is there a message of encouragement, hope, and/or warning that can be found in Isaiah 1:16-20 specifically?
  • How was God referred to throughout the chapter? (list His identifying names)
  • What does purge mean?
  • What does repentance mean?
  • How does the chapter end?
  • What was the main point from this chapter?

Personal Reflection:

  • Did any one verse resonate with you personally?
  • What is your #destination message from chapter 1?

Question: Do you give the LORD worthless or meaningful offerings?

Going Further: Compare and contrast the faithful city to its presenting state in Chapter 1. (Refer to verses 21 ->)

“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Get your evil deeds out of My sight. Stop doing evil, Learn to do good. Seek justice, Rebuke the ruthless, Defend the fatherless, Plead for the [rights of the] widow [in court].” – Isaiah 1:16-17 (AMP)