There is something amazing about the sound of pages flipping in the a Bible, that quiet rustle and crackle that leads you to deeper truths. I think one of the things I love most about Beth Moore studies is that she doesn't just cover the specific text but she also takes you on a journey through the Word.
Risking God's Presence
I don't know about anyone else, but this week it was a tough journey. The video segment started by plunging us deep into the truths about the presence of God, his divine glory that rests among us as we crack open the word. And his divine glory can be lost and quenched by our words and our actions. And it's just how God works that I have been listening to podcasts from Joyce Meyer about changing our words and therefore changing our lives. I have been hit on all sides this week about how much power there is in the words I say. And I was humbly reminded that I often risk loosing the powerful presence of God in my life, and the anointing that goes with it, because of the things I say. Because of complaining, fault finding, criticism, or words that demonstrate a lack of faith I sometimes miss God's best.
Work out your Faith
Like many Christ followers I've often struggled with the dueling concepts of faith and works. But this week it became clearer to me as I realized that what God is doing in me is made perfect in my actions. It's almost like spiritual exercise. Physical activity makes us stronger, and we work out quite literally to grow in strength and ability. In the spiritual realm we work out our faith by doing the particular things, or works, that God has asked us to do. Because, let's be honest, we can think about
working out all day long with a knowledge that it will change us. But if we don't actually work out, we are pretty much denying the truth that we believe the working out will change us. And that demonstrates a lack of faith.
Fire and Water
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