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Three Things We Ought To Do

By Laura Ferguson

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There are so many various aspects to this life with Jesus that, if you’re like me, it’s easy to find yourself wound up in emotions or sins or lies, not knowing what to do next. If ever there were a summation of how to move forward in this life laid down for Christ, in whatever circumstance we may find ourselves, it is here:

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

Rejoice always. The bills are too high, sickness has kept you from the way of life you’re used to, something is creating distance in your marriage. Rejoice. Always rejoice, in every circumstance.

Pray continually. Continually is defined as “very often; at regular or frequent intervals; habitually. Without cessation or intermission; unceasingly; always.” While you eat, sing, labor, lounge, strive and rest—pray. When it seems no One is listening—pray. Understand that prayer is not something that must begin with “Our Father” and end with “In Jesus’ Name”, but is an open ended conversation with the Lover of your soul.

Give thanks in all circumstances. All of them. Never stop thanking Him, because even if His goodness ended at the cross, He would still be worth every ounce of thanksgiving for all of our days. And “Glory! Hallelujah!” because we know it didn’t end there. His mercies are new every morning!

Close your eyes and quiet your heart. Begin to understand that these three things, these seemingly simple actions, are His desire for you. His dream for you. His plan for you. His will for you, in Christ Jesus. Amen!

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Living Out Your Part

By Brooke

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The more we know ourselves in light of who God has created us to be, the more we are able to know others. The body works because there are different parts with different roles and different perspectives. What happens if a foot doesn’t know it’s a foot? Would it attempt to be an eye? How effective would a foot be at casting a vision? Or an eye at kicking down a door? But what if the foot knew what it was created for? What if it had spent time asking questions of its Creator? What if its Creator brought about an understanding of its worth and value as the foot?

What if the foot’s desire to be something else intersected with God’s desire to love the foot as it is?

What if the foot began to realize that there would be no movement to the body without it? That if the foot was not embracing its role there would be nowhere new for the eye to see. What if it realized that the eye’s vision without the foot would be inconsequential? If a foot spent all its time wishing it were something else, it wouldn’t be conformed into the likeness of a strong, steady, sure, agile and steadfast anchor.

“Each believer has received a gift that manifests the Spirit’s power and presence. That gift is given for the good of the whole community… One Spirit works all these things in each of them individually as He sees fit… all the parts mutually depend on and care for one another.  If one part is suffering, then all the members suffer alongside it. If one member is honored, then all the members celebrate alongside it. You are the body of the Anointed, the Liberating King; each and every one of you is a vital member.”-1 Corinthians 12:7,11, 25-27 (the Voice)

Have you spent more time living out the fullness of the gift your Creator has given you or believing He did wrong and wish He had given you a different one? What would happen if you spent time asking your Creator questions about who you are and why He chose the gifts He did? I believe if we all asked our Creator questions like this we would experience the wholeness of a fully functioning community in Christ.

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The Sin We’ve Encountered

By Brooke

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We all know there are sins we commit and there are sins committed to us. Sins we’ve encountered. Sin not only from our own hands but sin from the world around us. The sin of generations before us, the sin that defined us before we ever took our first breath. And because sin is tangible and real things happen because of sin, we give sin the name of truth in our lives. We give sin names like “abuse”, “neglect”, “abandonment” and “addiction”. We have all replaced the truth for a lie somewhere in our hearts.

But if we are in Jesus, and we align ourselves with His word, meditating on it day and night, then the lies of our sin could never possibly replace the truth because we would know what Scripture says about our sin.

“So here is how to picture yourself now that you have been initiated into Jesus the Anointed: you are dead to sin’s power and influence, but you are alive to God’s rule. Don’t invite that insufferable tyrant of sin back into your mortal body so you won’t become obedient to its destructive desires.  Don’t offer your bodily members to sin’s service as tools of wickedness; instead, offer your body to God as those who are alive from the dead, and devote the parts of your body to God as tools for justice and goodness in this world.  For sin is no longer a tyrant over you; indeed you are under grace and not the law.”-Romans 6:11-14 (the Voice)

You are not only dead to the power of the sins of your hands, but also to the power of the sins from others. This is not a “only true if it feels true” truth. This is truth, period. So take your heart, soul, mind and strength, in all of it’s brokenness from the aftermath of sin, and worship the Lord for replacing that life of death with life that is alive with Christ!

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The Harshness Of Winter

By Laura Ferguson

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I don’t know about you but I struggle in the winter. It’s very much a season of solitude, and not in a good way. It reminds me a lot of the valley-seasons we experience in our walk with Jesus, and how at times He will require us to be stripped of the things that can sometimes make faith in Him “easy”… Or easier anyways. That’s what valleys are, right? The seasons when we find out what we are really made of? Those are also the seasons that the enemy is most keen on—that’s when he likes to strike.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,  casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.  Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.  And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.  To him be the dominion forever and ever.”-1 Peter 5:6-11

As you face winter, whether it’s a physical or spiritual season, know these 6 things to be true:

1) You are safe under His mighty hand.

2) You can let your anxieties go, knowing full well that He receives them and is working them into His perfect plan to make you more into His likeness than you were at the start.

3) Be smart—suit up. The enemy will come for you.

4) In the strength of Christ, you are strong enough to resist and choose Life. Even in winter.

5) You do not suffer alone. Do life together. Share in the joys and the sufferings. It’s “winter” for everyone at some point.

6) He has called you—so He will restore you, strengthen you, establish you and confirm you—into the new and even more beautiful resemblance of the Creator that you will be at the turning of Spring.

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Willing To Be Exposed

By Brooke

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If we are honest with one another, we go to great lengths to avoid exposure.. We want what is seen to be what passes through our filter of approval.

To be bare means without covering or clothing; to be naked and without the usual furnishings or content. Being open to view, unconcealed and undisguised.

To be truly set apart we must take a moment to see the chance we have to bring beautiful glory to our Creator through a willingness to be exposed. The opportunity to become the beautiful fragrance of a soul that no longer depends on the furnishings of education or status, affirmation or acceptance, but on the stripped dependency to the Lover who has ransomed her. In our deepest parts, this is what we really want, isn’t it? To be seen by Eyes that can be trusted with all that will be revealed there? Because all of creation groans for the Creator, we can be sure that our desire for exposure paired with the fear of being bare is of no surprise to the Lord.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them… But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said, “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”-Ephesians 5:8-14

Being truly you pleases the Lord. Do you believe that today? Do you trust Him with those hidden places? Entrust them in His care and watch Him shine on you.

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The One Who Calls Is Faithful

By Brooke

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The thing with the enemy and our naturally wayward hearts is that often we find ourselves battling a lie that we thought we had already replaced long ago. Thankfully our God’s Word is true, and what He says He does. So those lies can rear their ugly heads but they can never take root where the truth is already flourishing.

“Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.”-
Psalm 37:5-6

Our God and His word are truth. The kind of truth that trumps any little “t” truth we’ve ever believed. Any little “t” truth that has ever fought (and won) against your desire. Here’s the thing about God: He’s a warrior. He’s a King with all of the resources, armies and weapons in Heaven and on earth at His disposal to rescue and recover your heart.

“The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it.”-1 Thessalonians 5:24

He will go to any length and to any realm necessary to redeem you. He is not put off by your need. And He assures you that no weapon formed against you shall prevail. That’s not because you have it all together; that’s because God is deeply interested in your wholeness and driven towards your redemption.

Today, let Him pursue you. Don’t push Him away. And allow those whispers of His truth to penetrate your heart because He is faithful and He will do what He promises.

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Living Up To Who You Already Are

By Laura Ferguson

Guys, I’m Laura and my heart beats and my soul sings for my Savior. It’s an honor to sit under the leadership of my sister Brooke and an even bigger blessing to link arms with her on this journey this year. His Word is alive my friends, and it is my joy to dig deep into it and pull out what the Spirit gives. I can’t wait to share it all with you! So let’s get into it…

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I recently watched a movie about an over-run and over-stressed mom. She wanted to be put together. She wanted to have well-mannered children. She wanted to be a mommy-blogger like the rest of them. She wanted to live up to the expectations. Does this sound familiar? These are the words of my heart. Almost always. Here’s the clincher—it wasn’t everyone else’s expectations she wasn’t living up to. It was her own.

“So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; He’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; He is most careful with you.” -1 Peter 5:6-7

Today, you are all that you are. You can’t be more than that. Are you seeking your Savior, desiring to draw near to Him and be transformed more and more into His likeness? Then that is quite possibly the best version of you you could ever be. In the normal duties of life (i.e. the ones that might not be “Instagram-able”), His strong hand is on you. Do you receive that? You can work to lift yourself up, to create this life you think is worthy because it looks like the best social media feed on the planet, but I promise you will feel empty, frazzled, and likely won’t succeed.

But if you really lived your life, carefree before God you can expect Him to lift you up before the audience that needs specifically you. Are you willing to be content with that, at the cost of temporary fame or affirmation? Is knowing that He is careful with your heart enough to open your eyes to the truth that who you already are actually is enough?

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Perfect Person

By Brooke

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Monday we talked about one of the meanings of the word “perfect” from Hebrews 10. While the same word is used throughout the passage, the usage switches and the word takes on a different meaning.

“It was a perfect sacrifice by a perfect Person to perfect some very imperfect people. By that single offering, He did everything that needed to be done for everyone who takes part in the purifying process.”-Hebrews 10:14

The third time this word is used is when the switch takes place—“perfect” to “per-fect”. Per-fect has an entirely different meaning all together. It is rather “to mature”; to usher in. It’s the turning point, or hinge, where one stage ends and another begins. A new way, a better way. A way that is not in vain of the One and has the possibility of actual fulfillment. “Perfectionist” is this word “per-fect”. When this is what we strive for, what we make our end goal, we miss the turning point for something better. Something beyond ourselves.

This “per-fect” also has one other definition: to be carried through completely, to accomplish, to finish, to bring to an end, to bring into fulfillment by an event. God is working in whatever you are going through. He alone is the delivery through your circumstance.

There is only one who is perfect, but it is because of His great love for us that He sacrificed Himself so that we could experience a taste of perfection here. Jesus is for the living, just as He is for the dead. We will be glorified and made perfect upon our journey’s completion with Him in eternity, but He is also for the now. For the taste of fulfillment today, in your situation, in this moment. Lean into Perfection and allow Him to make perfect your heart, which He holds so dear.

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Perfect Sacrifice

By Brooke

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Few words stir up feelings of inadequacy like the word “perfect”.  I think it helps to know that some of it’s true definitions do not carry the weight we allow them to put on us. In the Greek it is teleioō, and depending on it’s tense it has different meanings.

“It was a perfect sacrifice by a perfect Person to perfect some very imperfect people. By that single offering, He did everything that needed to be done for everyone who takes part in the purifying process.”-Hebrews 10:14

In this verse, “the perfect sacrifice” and “the perfect Person” carry the meaning of “the complete One. One lacking nothing. One found to be perfect. One who makes things perfect or complete.”

When we think of the word perfect it’s pretty safe to say we have no difficulty picturing the Savior. When our focus shifts from us to Him, suddenly there is no better word to describe the object of our focus. If we are not looking to the only One who is complete and lacking in nothing then we have no basis for something better than ourselves. And what is found in ourselves is nothing short of imperfect.

When anxiety strikes and you feel the weight of your imperfection, how hard is it for you to turn your gaze to the only One who is perfect? Do you believe today that He came to perfect a very imperfect you, and that His definition of “perfect” is very different than yours? In the Truth of the Almighty, there are few words as comforting as this one. Rest in that today.

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Two Big Questions

By Brooke

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There are two questions in life that cause us to quest after our purpose: Who am I? and What am I here for? Our answer as believers is found in Ephesians 1:11:

“It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, He had His eye on us, and had designs on us for glorious living.”

But here’s the truth, rarely do we first look to the Lord for the answers to those two questions. In my personal experience, my natural tendency isn’t to run straight to the arms of my Counselor, the One who Scripture tells me has my entire existence in the palm of His hand. It’s true, and I desperately wish it weren’t. What I do, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this, is begin by inquiring of myself, you know, because I am the one who knows it all… yuck. We’ve all been here, and what inevitably happens? We run out of useless things to tell ourselves. Next we may give into the urge to ask others around us, usually the ones who will give the specific compliments or encouragement we are looking for. Running, running, running. At the end of every other option other than Jesus we are met with Jesus. Always Jesus. And the best part of it is that His plans—His designs—are originals. They aren’t copies of someone else’s purpose or design. He planned and plotted them for each of us long before we even knew to ask the questions.

So, even if only for today, stop running. Stop seeking anyone (or thing) else. Seek Christ, and let Him joyously tell you who He has made you to be and all that He has made you for.

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