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  September 10, 2019
The Power of the Gospel
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

In this verse we are told that God’s power resides in the gospel—and indeed, that the purpose of this power is the salvation of both Jew and Greek. This passage is intended to incorporate spreading the gospel to all humanity, which is specifically commanded by the Lord Jesus: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).

Evidently, the event that takes place when one is twice-born is nothing less than a supernatural “creation” by the Creator Himself (Ephesians 4:24)! There is no need for salesmanship or psychology or finesse or technique; the dunamis (power) of the living God is transmitted, applied, and exercised as the gospel is spoken and a person listens.

  • Ephesians 2:8: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”
  • Romans 10:17: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
  • John 6:63: “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
  • 1 Peter 1:23: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
  • 1 Corinthians 15:3-4: “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”

To be successful (not to mention obedient) to the Lord’s command, we must most surely use the “power” of God that has been made available to us in the Scriptures! HMM III

 

Warrior mom Wisdom

WHEN THERE’S OPRESSION THERE’S ALWAYS A BLESSING RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER IF YOU PERSEVERE

Have you ever noticed that when you feel most like quitting, there’s much at stake? The longer I live, the more I am finding that one thing is for certain…

When there’s oppression there’s always a blessing…right around the corner if you persevere.

It is for this reason that it is critically important that I remind myself not to focus on feelings. If I feel like giving up and lying flat on the floor in defeat, I should not! If I feel like yelling at someone for being rude, I should not. I would look like a fool yelling at them for being rude while being doubly rude myself. If I feel like eating a bag of chocolate and having a big pity-party, I should most definitely not! In the moment, it’s hard to not do all the things we want.

But, a Warrior knows that she does not steer through her day being led by emotions. Nor does she let her doubt drive the vehicle in which she lives while she sits idly by buckled up with doubt and fear. Why is it that what we “want” to do, we most often shouldn’t. And, what we don’t want to do, we most often should? I’m reminded of Paul who talked about doing what he didn’t want to do and not doing what he knew he should do…

Ro 7:15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 

Ro 7:16And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 

Ro 7:17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 

Ro 7:18I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 

Ro 7:19For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 

 

 

Ro 7:20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

Ro 7:21So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 

Ro 7:22For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 

Ro 7:23but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 

Ro 7:24What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 

Ro 7:25Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Warriors find their strength in the Word and in community with other Warriors.

Gal 6:9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 

Gal 6:10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

When we persevere through trials, maintain a loving attitude during hardship, and hope beyond all doubt, we learn to recognize those silent moments of the aftermath when the storm ceases, and as soon as it does, the blessing that was at stake appears in the midst!

Kristina Seymour loves to encourage and equip women through the Word and through community. She is the author of The Warrior Mom Handbook, The Warrior Mom Leadership Manual, and The Warrior Wife Handbook; they are available at Amazon.com. Kristina’s Bible studies are for women who desire to live by faith in the midst of their everyday lives. She has learned that women can’t survive on caffeine and animal crackers alone; women in the Word and in community are united and able to stand firm. To learn more about Kristina, please visit her website, https://kristinaseymour.com/God loves to share His story of love and grace through us all, and Kristina believes that everyone has a story to tell.

 

How You Can Heal from Growing Up in a Legalistic Church

 

How You Can Heal from Growing Up in a Legalistic Church

All of us who grew up in the church have some idea of how varied that experience can be: opinions, styles, and beliefs are as numerous and diverse as the people who hold to them. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing—unless those opinions are elevated above God’s Word.

Any system that surrounds our childhood can be extremely difficult to escape. After all, it is during those impressionable years of development that ideas and patterns are cemented in our minds for future reference. What if that pattern is one of the stickiest traps of all—legalism?

What Is Legalism?

This is performance-based salvation. It demotes the gospel to occupy some lower rung on the ladder to heaven, below our ability to follow God’s law. If you, like me, grew up in legalism, then you are probably still straining to tug your mind out of those ruts today. They’re deep, filled with thick mud, and pockmarking the road ahead as far as you can see. And though it may seem hopeless, it isn’t.

There is healing to be found in Jesus Christ. That journey is different for each person, but it starts with recognizing the four specific areas where legalism has distorted our perception and then applying God’s truth like a bandage on a wound.

1. Our Perception of God’s Word

Where do I find truth? It is necessary to start here because God’s Word is the foundation for all healing in our lives.

Legalism gives authority to a set of rules—rules that are either cherry-picked from Scripture without context or grafted in from an entirely different source.

So much of what I believed for so long had absolutely no basis in Scripture, but it took me years to discover that because I wasn’t going to the Bible as my authority.

My authority was church leadership, Christians I looked up to, and what was acceptable or unacceptable to them.

But God

These simple yet powerful words appear many times in Scripture, and they always introduce God’s thoroughly disruptive intervention. It seems appropriate to use them to introduce the truth that will bring healing to our lives.

“…‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’” (John 8:31-32).

Not your family’s teaching, not your church’s teaching—Jesus Christ’s teaching.

The first step to healing is carrying your broken self into the presence of God, asking for the healing you need, and then immersing yourself in His truth—His Word.

I know of no greater prayer than the one already offered by Jesus to His Father for all believers: “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17).

2. Our Perception of Ourselves

Who am I? What am I supposed to be doing? These are important questions that every woman has asked herself at some point. Even as little girls, we crave answers, sometimes so intensely that we don’t notice when our questions have been answered poorly.

Growing up, I believed I was a daughter of God…if:

  • If I was kind
  • If I never lied
  • If I performed well in school
  • If I prayed and read my Bible every day

Salvation wasn’t a promise in my life, it was a performance clause. This meant that I had little grace for the imperfections in my life, and even less for the flaws of others.