This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Today is also the day that we start a NEW Bible study series called "Abide: How To Live A Fruitful And Joyful Life". I feel our last two Bible study series were pretty intense. With "Believing Better" we learned about Jesus' temptations in the wilderness and how we can fight those same temptations. With "Unshaken" we faced our fiery furnaces with our friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. I'm excited to say we're going to slow things down for a bit. Today's study looks at some of Jesus' last words to his disciples before His crucifixion. His words are filled with hope and love as He prepares both them and us for what is to come.
His last instruction is for them to simply abide in Him, His love and His word. It's a charge to not make life as complicated as we do and a wonderful reminder that no matter how much we hustle, the fruitful life that God desires of us is only found in abiding in Him. So how do we do that? And what does a fruitful life even look like? Well, this study will answer these questions and more. Check out this week's video, “The Vine And The Branches”, to introduce our "Abide" Bible study series. Enjoy and be sure to share with someone you love.
Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that You guide me to abide in You and experience the fruitful and joyful life You've called me to. I love You. In Jesus Christ Name I pray, Amen.
Let's keep this conversation going Beloved! Comment and let me know how do you slowdown from all the hustle of life to connect with God?
you are loved,
Next week we are starting a new Bible study series called "Abide: How To Live A Fruitful And Joyful Life." This series started the same way all my studies do. I have a problem and I seek the Lord about it. I start studying a topic or scripture in the Bible that speaks to this specific problem and I become obsessed with it until I end up with a full Bible Study that I have to share with you. My thought process is if I have this problem you might too and if God has helped me to find freedom, wisdom or healing in this area I feel it is my responsibility as your sister in Christ to share that with you.
So what was the problem that lead to this "Abide" study? I was tired of striving. I was burnt out from thinking I needed to work my fingers to the bones and lose sleep to grow Beloved Women. I was looking at other ministries and trying to do more and be more than I was called to do. So at the beginning of this year I cried out to the Lord and told Him I was done striving. And I'm sure He was in heaven like "Good Christina, it's about time." I was lead to study John 15 where Jesus tells His disciples to abide in Him. And I was reminded God is not calling me to hustle and strive. He's calling me to abide in Him. As I've learned more about what it really means to abide in Jesus I've found much joy and fullness of life. So this “Abide” study is my opportunity to share all these lessons with you.
Are you weary of always trying so hard? Are you sick of hustling and feeling like you are not making the impact you desire? I truly believe this Bible study will help you to live free from all the expectations we place on ourselves and live joyful, fruitful and full lives. I believe this because this is exactly what this study has done for me.
So enjoy this sneak peek at our "Abide" study that starts next week. Then be sure to invite a friend that you know needs to slow down and enjoy life. You never know who might need some Beloved encouragement today.
Hello Beloved! In this video I thank you for your participation in our Unshaken series and announce the title of our next series. Enjoy! ~ Christina
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I’ve grown very fond of our friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego during this study and I’m a little sad to say this is our last video from this series. They have encouraged us in a boldness of faith to stand firm when the struggle is real, or real hot like in their case. But it’s this very faith that gets them thrown into the blazing furnace. It’s a hard truth to accept but even with unshaken faith there are still struggles we will have to walk through.
However, in today’s video Bible Study “Unbound, Unharmed and Unshaken” we learn that when God goes through the fire with us miracles happen. We learn that the very fire the enemy meant to destroy us will be the very thing God uses to free, promote and bless us. James 1:2 tells us to:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,”
I think James knew that as believers in Christ, when we go through the fire with faith in God and Him with us, we come out unbound, unharmed and unshaken; just like our good friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Thank You Jesus!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for being with me in the fire. Thank You that no weapon formed against me shall prosper. I have decided to follow You because You alone are my defender, You are able and You are altogether worthy! Hallelujah! I love You. In Jesus Christ Name I pray, Amen.
This series might be over but this conversation is not Beloved. Comment and let me know, has God ever delivered you from a struggle and you came out better than when you first went in? Can’t wait to hear your stories! Then be sure to share today’s devotion and video with a friend. You never know who might need to some Beloved encouragement today.
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