Why I Rescue

My darling, my delight, those birds that dance so high in the sky . . . I made. They sing and they swoop, and I rescue them when danger falls.

I rescue you, my darling.

I rescue you from mediocrity, from hesitation, from doubt and stunted curiosity. Imagine Me, looking at you, before you, clearing the way to rescue, so that you can rescue.

I rescue you so that, with Me, you can rescue.

I paid a price for you, and I would do it again. I would never stop rescuing. But I did it once, and it was complete. So that, yes, you can rescue now daughter.

I call you to imagine possibilities of hope so that now you can rescue. I carry my name within you—my heart beating in time with yours. Go forth into openness with Me. Bring forth those daughters and sons who don’t know what rescue means.

I rescue you.

Now go tell them.

“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13).

Bible Study Skills: Memorizing Scripture

IMG_20150129_175546 (1)Hey everyone!

Melissa Sherlin here with you again for another Bible study packed Thursday! Are you as excited as I am?  I hope so!

I’ll be honest, when I used to hear “Scripture Memorization,” I thought of a daunting, boring, legalistic task.  Little did I know just how valuable it is.

In Matthew 4, we read how Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tested. Each time Satan tried to tempt him, Jesus responded with a Scripture verse.

Take note though, Satan also used the Word of God to try to ensnare Jesus. It isn’t a new trick of Satan’s to twist God’s Word. He’s been doing this since the very beginning, where in Genesis 3 he was chatting with Eve.  He set his trap by placing seeds of doubt, tempting her and isolating her.

This is how he operates, masquerading as an angel of light seeking those that he can destroy. Knowing God’s Word is vital to every believer, we can’t just rely on someone else’s knowledge to get us through, we have to know it for ourselves!  So let’s get started shall we?

There are many methods for memorizing scripture, and we all learn differently so some ways may work better for us than others. Just the same, here are my Top 7 Ways to Memorize God’s Word:

Pray ~ Ask God where to start.  Is there an area you are feeling particularly weak? Maybe you’re weak in your faith and God led you here. I have been there. I have prayed for faith the size of a mustard seed. Seek God’s guidance to strengthen you through His Word.

Read ~ Read the verses in their context.  Having an understanding of what the verse actually means helps tremendously with our ability to retain and remember. (Trying to understand Scripture in context? Check out this earlier post from Sarah Travis, here.)

Write it out ~ Writing the verse in your journal, on note cards or wherever is an effective way to remember Scripture. {Cool & worth noting: There is scientific research showing how writing something down with actual pen and paper helps us retain what we are trying to remember, far better than typing it out.  It triggers our tactile senses, giving us more of a relational, personal experience.}

Say it aloud ~ Whether you are reading it, repeating it, praying, it, singing it or sharing it, speak the truth out loud. If faith comes from hearing the Word of God, let’s speak it out loud and let those words connect with our hearts. Lord, give us ears to hear.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (NIV)

If you can only remember one verse, let it be this one, and trust God with the rest. :)

Meditate on it ~ Think on God’s Word. Let’s take time to let the verses soak into our minds and hearts. If you joined us for the #WalkinFaith Conference Call Series, you might remember Lysa TerKeurst shared Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible; it is also one of the most beautiful.  The Psalmist spent time reflecting on God’s Word and what it meant to him.

WIFWeekThreeVerseGraphic_EDITEDVisualize ~ Sometimes having a picture helps me wrap my mind around the Scripture I’m trying to memorize. Have you seen the beautiful images our Graphics Team has created? These are great to print out, laminate and place somewhere as a visual reminder.

Make It Interactive ~ There are fun, interactive ways to memorize God’s Word.  Like apps for your phone such as Scripture Typer. I’ve enjoyed seeing the interaction with you all on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter — it truly blesses me to see ya’ll sharing what God is doing in your hearts! Discussing God’s Word with family and friends can also help us live out Deuteronomy 6:7, “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (NIV)

– See more at: http://proverbs31.org/online-bible-studies/2015/04/30/bible-study-skills/#sthash.GE46cKeu.dpuf

New LGG Study

Love God Greatly-Psalm 119

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Ohh friends,

I’m so excited to announce our upcoming summer Bible study!!! Normally we do a book club in the summer but we’re changing things up a little this year! Ha! We have some super fun plans in store in the coming months and I can’t wait to share them with you, but for now let’s just focus on this, our NEW SUMMER online Bible study in Psalm 119!!!

If you’ve ever read through Psalm 119, you know how incredibly powerful it is!!! So invite some friends and join us! We’d love to have you!

Here is all the information you need to know:
1 & 2 Peter study ends: May 15th
Break: May 16th-June 14th & mentor training (2 weeks) followed by enrollment
Summer Study: June 15th-August 7th
Break: August 8th-September 6th & mentor training (2 weeks) followed by enrollment

Joyful…. He can move mountains

With God nothing is impossible

We’ve all had seasons when the challenges of life feel overwhelming. During those times, it’s easy to be tempted to talk about how bad things are. Maybe you received a bad medical report, or maybe you’re facing a financial obstacle. The more you talk about something, the bigger it becomes in your mind. Instead, you’ve got to dig your heels in and say, “No, I am not going to give life to that defeat. I am not going to speak sickness over myself. I’m not going to speak lack. I’m not going to speak fear. I’m choosing a different report. I believe the report of the Lord which says, ‘I can do all things through Christ. I can defeat this sickness. I can break this addiction. I can have peace in my home. I can see restoration in my relationships.’ ”

Remember, even if you don’t see how things could ever work out, God does. You’ve got to speak His Word over those mountains in your life and declare favor over those situations. Instead of talking to God about how big your problems are, talk to your problems about how big your God is! As you speak to your mountains, they will be moved, and you will walk forward into the victory God has prepared for you

The Importance of Living a Life of Gratitude

The Importance of Living a Life of Gratitude

Posted on: Wednesday 29 April 2015 — 08:54

Love God Greatly

Love God Greatly

Part of living a life of gratitude is remembering what has been done for us. We are cleansed from our past…

choices we wish we had never made…
places we wish we had never went to…
words we wish we had never said…

Oh friends, we have been forgiven much.

May we never allow Satan to hold us captive because of our past, but may we also never forget and become ungrateful.

We need to live in the humble balance of remembrance and grace.

“He…has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.” 2 Peter 1:9

May it never be said that we have forgotten…

Because when we are thankful, we desire to grow and be like Christ.

We make the “effort to add to our faith” and desire to increase in faithfulness, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. (2 Peter 1:5-6)

“For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:8

Now is not a time to be ineffective or unproductive in our families, communities….world.

“Some of the most effective Christians I have known are people without dramatic talents and special abilities, or even exciting personalities, yet God has used them in marvelous ways. Why? Because they are becoming more and more like Jesus Christ. They have the kind of character and conduct that God can trust with blessing. They are fruitful because they are faithful; they are effective because they are growing in their Christian experience.”- Warren Wiersbe

You see there is a lie that is being spoken that only those “special” Christians are making a difference for God.

The ones with the biggest followings, most book deals or largest speaking venues…

The ones with the special talents God needs to help spread His message throughout the world…

Not ordinary women like you and me…

Ahhh but don’t you believe that for a second!

God is an expert in using the ordinary to do the extraordinary!

Our job is to “make every effort to” continue working on these qualities year after year, to increase in our knowledge of Jesus, as God produces more and more fruit in our lives

We are the body of Christ and we ALL have a special part to play in this amazing story of love and redemption God is writing with our lives…

How you love, grow and serve matters!

The fruitfulness of your life matters…

Your vision matters too…

Though we know our “good works” do not save us, the overflow of a thankful life is good deeds. How can we remain unchanged if we truly understand the price Jesus paid for our sins? Our understanding should prompt us to reach out to others…

We must strive to see others outside our immediate community and not become nearsighted or blind seeing only those in our lives.

“There are some Christians who see only their own churches or their own denominations, but who fail to see the greatness of God’s family around the world. Some believers see the needs at home but have no vision for a lost world.”- Warren Wiersbe

Ohh I pray God will increase our vision as we choose to not become nearsighted.

There is a hurting world out there who needs to hear about Jesus and witness the difference He makes in our lives as we choose to grow in obedience and produce the fruit of goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love…

Let’s choose to live lives of gratitude, growth and not forget…heaven is waiting and one day there will be a welcome party for us as we come home!

Because we’re not home yet, so let’s make the most of our days now…

Love God Greatly!

Angela- Love God Greatly