A Textbook Christian
Throughout my life, I was raised in faith. I've gone to church, read my devotionals, participated in Her Life Speaks, served, and did all the 'right' things. While I had always seen God at work in my life, I was what you would consider a 'textbook Christian'. I knew all the right answers, but beyond that I categorized church and God as one part of my life as opposed to permeating and being the ruler over EVERY area of my life.
It wasn't until the pandemic that my faith took a 180. I realized the one thing I wasn't listening for or tapping into was the Holy Spirit. Through a study on the book of Ephesians in the New Testament, I felt for the first time the true understanding of what it means to abide in God's word and let it sink into my soul. The Holy Spirit totally convicted me with this study.
Ephesians focuses on who we are as daughters of Christ. A few highlights for me were:
I couldn't get enough of this study. I felt like it had unlocked the power of the Holy Spirit in my life in ways I didn't know were possible. My faith went from being that textbook Christian to a true believer and servant of the Lord. Once I started listening and abiding in God's word, The Holy Spirit was taking over every area of my life: tithing, prayer, relationships, etc.
When we pause, hear the Holy Spirit, and actually obey - this is where the blessing happens. Our obedience is testimony to our trust in God's plan for our life. This is where we receive the promises of God:
I want to encourage you to find that quiet time to read God's word, let it sink in, pray for the Holy Spirit to speak to you, listen, and then OBEY what God is convicting you of. When you obey, start noticing how the blessings unfold in every area of your life.
What are some ways the Holy Spirit communicates with you?
Have you seen any new blessings in your life from your obedience?
Who are YOU?
By, April Sliwak
Her Life Speaks concluded a study called I Am, Seven Powerful Claims of Jesus by Rose Bible Studies. We studied who Jesus is to us personally:
This was a contemplation of who Jesus is and what his purpose was for each one of us; God incarnate so we could see true Love, God the Father.
God loves you so much that he made a way to have a relationship with him.
Now it’s our turn. Who are we? Who do we think we are? What do the lies say we are? What is the stronghold that you just can’t let go of?
I live with lies such as; unworthy, unlikable, unlovable, incapable…. Because of who Jesus is, I know that these thoughts are not who God says I am nor for the purpose of which I was created.
This is God speaking to us:
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:4-8
Beginning this month, we’ll be studying: Who I am in Christ (your true identity).
This study will show us that you are:
Do you want to hear more in a safe community? Women and girls, join us in your perspective groups as we become encouraged with the reality of who we really are.
Who are you? You are a daughter of the King. A princess.
Click the Small Groups section on our website to find out more. We can’t wait to see you there.
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