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Friday, May 24, 2013

No Longer I...

I have been crucified with Christ;
 it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; 
and the life which I now live in the flesh 
I live by faith in the Son of God, 
who loved me and gave Himself for me.
(Galatians 2:20)

Recently, I took a self-imposed period of rest and renewal. Many storms going on in our lives left me weary and....well......burdened. I needed time to be a Mary instead of a Martha. I needed time to sit at His feet. I love and miss all of my friends and sisters at Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Studies with Melissa Taylor, but I am slowly beginning to see the reason for this season of 'rest'. Ecclesiastes 3:1 assures us that there is a season for everything. This has been a troubling season to say the least.

During this time, I began a study-at my own pace and on my own time, of Breaking Free by Beth Moore. It is amazing all of the lessons that I have learned so far, and this is only Day 2 of Week 2! Still a long way to go!

Today's lesson was on our main purposes in this life: to know God and to make God known. Studying the Hebrew and Greek meanings of the word 'glory'. Basically, in Hebrew, it is how God shows who He is. In the Greek, it is the way He makes Himself recognizable.....He did that in Jesus. 

John 1:14~And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Isaiah 43:7 reminds us that we believers, who are called by His name, are created for His glory.

We are created to KNOW Him, and to make Him known. However, this is not by our pitiful efforts, no matter how hard we try. Rather, it is by His Spirit that lives within us. Christ living in me (Gal. 2:20)2 Corinthians 3:17-18 assures us that this process of transformation is performed from "glory to glory." It is not an overnight process, rather a life long following of our Lord Jesus. Letting the Holy Spirit lead us and guide us.

To me, this is like a breath of fresh air. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. Being around a lot of legalistic doctrine, some self-imposed, liberty and freedom in Christ were foreign words. These verses give me strength to know that , "He who has begun a good work in you will complete it" (Philippians 1:6).

What are you currently studying and/or learning in your walk? Share with us!

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  1. I love Beth Moore. That study sounds great! I'll have to look for it. I recently finished reading "A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life" by William Law, which really stretched me.

    1. I enjoy her studies as well! Thank you for stopping by!

  2. Jennifer, I am learning to worship unreservedly at the feet of Jesus. I have never let myself weep before the Lord with that deep groaning that comes from a deeply burdened heart, but He has been so intimate and kind to me when I don't deserve it at all.
    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
    May the Lord give you peace and rest for your soul, dear one!

    1. Some of my favorite verses. Thank you so much! Thanking Him for His graciousness and kindness with you.