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Thoughts to Encourage

I just returned home from Wednesday morning study and wrote these thoughts after I taught large group. My heart was so full and I want to share.......As we sang and worshipped Him I felt a battle going on in my mind. "You shouldn't teach this. The women will not receive it well. Don't go "there."" I cast those lies and doubts on Him and taught knowing that this was HIS message. I want to take each of your faces in my hands and tell you, "God is good. He loves you like crazy. It is not too late to trust in Him completely. As long as we have breathe in our bodies and a will to submit, we can start afresh with Christ." There is NO condemnation in Christ!!
This topic of FAITH is so much more than we say we believe. It needs to be the foundation of our lives - Obedience to His Word. We need to press on toward the goal to win the prize in Christ Jesus, forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. This is a New Day and we need to live it for That Day!!
I cannot as teacher of this Bible Study ignore some of the tough stuff. My flesh says not to be "Debbie Downer" and keep things light, but my Spirit says tell the Truth and the Truth will set them free! We talked about That Day and I cringe at the thought that any woman who attended this Bible Study would say, "Hey God, I sat at WIW for years and never heard this." The Truth is going forward and it isn't always easy. The narrow way is costly and hard.
Romans 15:13 comes to mind, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." See, joy and peace are found in believing, trusting, in faith which is proven true through obedience. O what joy, peace and contentment come from obedience!!
As I sat in the sanctuary my eyes were drawn to a canvas at the front of the sanctuary and in capital letters it read, "AWAKEN OUR HEARTS."
To God be the Glory. May we evaluate our faith and live in preparation of That Day when we stand before our Savior. Don't haste.....He is coming soon.
In Awe of His Amazing Love, Joanne