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You Are Loved ~ Week 3

During week 3 of the “You Are Loved” study with Good Morning Girls we discussed The Rival – Satan wanting to steal our joy and try to pull us away from knowing just how much God loves us! We have to intentionally read and meditate on God’s Word to overcome Satan. He tries many things to bring us down, he’s sneaky, deceitful and conniving. Make sure to put on the full armor of God daily to stand firm against Satan’s schemes… no this is not always easy, but it’s necessary. And understand that no matter what, if you’re God’s child, God loves you – don’t allow Satan to steal that truth away from you.

The truth is, you will never have to perform for God, because His love for you is endless, infinite, constant and abundant once you put your faith in Him.
~ Sally, You Are Loved, Chapter 3

Did you get that, really get it? Read that part again, God’s love is endless, infinite, constant… !

Replace any negative thoughts with truth from Scripture to overcome the enemy. That’s what satan is, our enemy out to get us to live in the flesh and not of the Spirit.

All you have to do is reject his lies and live into the truth and strong foundations of love that God has communicated to you in scripture! There will always be a spiritual battle going on in your heart, because Satan come to steal your faith and confidence.
~ Sally, You Are Loved, Chapter 3

I’ve gone through several times of depression and hard times that the enemy has had me defeated. I’m so thankful for God’s patience and loving hand to guide me back to Him and pull out of the pit! Yes, I’m unworthy of His love… but God loves me anyway! I constantly need to remind myself of who He says I am: His child, friend, beloved, accepted, secure, significant… the list goes on and on – I carry this list in my Bible and refer to it often!

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 This week we journeyed through many Scriptures to help us and blog posts from GMG:

Blog Post: You Are Loved – Week 3: The Rival… with video

1 Peter 5:8
O/A: Be self-controlled and alert (on guard) to all that is around as the devil prowls around like a lion looking to devour someone.
We’re to resist the devil and know that we are not alone as other believers go through the same things.

P: Father God,
Thank You for Your Word, direction and peace that helps me through each day. I pray to be alert, having the self-control, clear mind, and strength to resist the devil and his schemes against me. I lift up other believers to carry themselves as You desire to resist the devil as well.

Blog post: A Personal Message from the You Are Loved Contributors… with video!!

Revelation 12:10-12
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O: Salvation, strength, and the kingdom of our God with the power of Christ have come for satan who accused our brethren to cast him down. They overcame satan by the blood of the Lamb, by their testimony, and they didn’t love their lives to death. Rejoice… woe to earth and sea. Satan does not have much time.

A: Rejoice satan has been cast down. Be on guard, as he still comes around with great wrath because he knows he doesn’t have much time here on earth.

Blog Post: No Condemnation…

Our sin nature is not what we live by any longer as children of God. Jesus died for us, taking on condemnation … therefore we now live by our spiritual nature with the Holy Spirit’s guidance to meet God’s standards.

A: We cannot rely on our own flesh to guide us, we must lean on the Lord to resist the devil.

1 Peter 2:9
We are God’s chosen people to tell about God’s excellent qualities because He called us out of darkness into His marvelous light!

A: YouVersion devo: we belong to God and should find our identity in Him.

And closing up this weeks blog post: The Great Deceiver

Lamentations 3:22, 23
God’s compassion is never limited, not wiping out the human race … He had mercy upon us. His mercy is new every morning and His faithfulness is great.

A: Do not doubt God’s great love for you.

Most importantly, this one things jumped out to me…
Do you understand that loving yourself is a part of your spiritual worship?
~ Sally, You Are Loved, Chapter 3
What can you do today, everyday… to overcome the enemy?

Next Step – Day 30

Next Steps

A 30-DAY GUIDE FOR NEW BELIEVERS
by JOHN D. BECKETT
DAY 30 BEARERS OF LIGHT
How can I most effectively help others?

This is the final day in this series. If you have followed these studies to this point, you have begun to set in place a solid foundation for your life as a believer. My goal at the outset was to help you explore some basic truths and establish patterns of thinking about your spiritual life. It was to build momentum toward a future in which you are vitally related to Christ. I am deeply grateful if these goals have been met. In fact, little could give me more joy than to know you are well on your way toward a growing, rewarding and purposeful walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now I want to encourage you to be a bearer of the light you have received. You can now be a light to help others. Light is a powerful metaphor in the Bible, and it is always set in contrast to darkness.

  • In the beginning of creation, when darkness covered the earth, God simply said, “Let there be light” — and there was light (Genesis 1:3)
  • Jesus came into a dark fallen world as Light: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness” (John 1:4,5)
  • On one occasion, Jesus forgave a woman caught in adultery, then said: “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12)

When you came to Christ, you came out of darkness and received that light. Paul observed: “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love” (Colossians 1:13). And Peter says, “(He) called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

A fascinating aspect of light is that it always extinguishes the darkness. Even a single candle burning in a dark room illuminates everything in that room. We can even consider the Internet from the perspective of darkness and light. Someone told me the Internet is 80-85 percent darkness. That may be so, but I praise God for the 15 percent that is light, because we know that light will ultimately overcome the darkness. Sending these studies to every corner of the world, some of which are very dark, is testimony to the power of light.

How can you be a bearer of light?

  • If you have encountered the truth of the gospel on a website, share that site with a friend. If you want to share my story, it is at www.lifesgreatestquestion.com.
  • Look for doors the Lord may open for you to tell a family member, a friend or coworker about Christ.
  • Let your transformed life be a beacon of light as the light of Christ flows through you. Remember, we are merely the conduits for the light. It is the light from Christ in us that will reach into the lives of others.

I close this study with the charge Jesus gave His followers in the Sermon on the Mount, recorded in Matthew 5:14-16. It is a challenge to you and to me — that we might be His light-bearers wherever He takes us for the rest of our days.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.

May God bless and keep you always.

John Beckett

Final Thought I will bear His light to others who are in darkness.
 
Copyright © 2006 by John D. Beckett

Thank you for walking through this part of my journey with me. I praise God for having this information available and for all that I have learned and was able to share with you all here and my son! Continue to check back, see what we’re studying next. Stay close to Him, in His Word, and prayer.

Heavenly Father,
Thank You for the strength given to continue this study… I lift up all new, old, still growing, … Christians to You Father for guidance and wisdom. Help us to know Your Will for our lives. Words cannot express how I feel right now. I look forward to growing more in this journey here. I ask You Father to use me, shine Your light through to reach those still lost out there – as they need You Father – we all do. Thank You for being here for us.
I pray, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Next Step – Day 22

Next Steps

A 30-DAY GUIDE FOR NEW BELIEVERS
by JOHN D. BECKETT
DAY 22 TEMPTATION
Why do I keep having these thoughts?

We need to be aware of a tenacious and destructive force at work in the life of the believer. It is called “temptation” — the continuing effect and downward pull of our former life and habits. The end game of temptation is always the same, to keep us from a close walk with the Lord. Temptation is never fatal. But yielding to it can set us back and cause much discouragement.

Some mistakenly believe that Christians are immune to evil thoughts and behaviors — that some kind of protective shield drops over us to keep us from being lured away. That may be a happy notion, but it’s not reality. In fact, I have noticed that as a person moves ahead with the Lord, temptations often intensify. The believer is, after all, of great value to the Lord and therefore a target for our adversary, who hates anything God loves. Peter refers to us as “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people” (1 Peter 2:9). Credentials like these increase Satan’s obsession to pull us down and separate us from the Lord.

I find I have to guard myself diligently, especially in three areas of temptation identified by the Apostle John. He cautions, “All that is in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life — is not of the Father, but of the world” (1 John 2:16).

  • The lust of the flesh includes improper kinds of self-indulgence, especially in the sexual arena — and that includes not only our actions but our thoughts as well.
  • The lust of the eyes refers to all that we illicitly crave — and which, by the way, does little to satisfy should we attain it.
  • The pride of life is perhaps the most insidious — producing in us self-promotion, selfish ambition, and advancement at the expense of others. Ultimately the pride of life seeks to make us like God — the very cause of Satan’s fall from heaven.

No matter how much we battle temptation, we can thank the Lord that He is our way to victory. He is uniquely qualified, for He, the God/man, successfully overcame all that tempted Him and is able to help us as we’re tempted: “For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18). Peter echoes this assurance: “The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations” (2 Peter 2:9). Paul adds: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

AN EXAMPLE

Let’s look at how temptation might arise in your life and how you can respond. Suppose you are traveling and have booked into a hotel. You are tired at the end of a long day and you turn on the TV to relax. As you are channel surfing, you land on a station that portrays blatant nudity (or something else you know is inappropriate). You linger there, and before long you are absorbed in what you are watching. You think, “No one’s around. What could it matter?” But the next morning you feel dirty. Images play across your mind. You can’t shake them. You find it hard to pray. God seems more distant.

How might this confrontation against your mind and spirit be dealt with at various points? Prevention: To avoid randomly landing on a tainted channel, prescreen the channels using the directory found in most rooms. Or decide you have better things to do, and don’t turn on the TV at all. Protection: If you land on a channel with questionable programming, call out to the Lord immediately. Ask Him to help you. If you know what you’re watching is offensive to Him, click out of it and don’t go back. Ask Him to wash away any of the lingering images. Repentance and Restoration: If you do get dragged in and are facing the “morning after,” talk with the Lord openly and honestly, no matter how much you don’t “feel” like it. Confess that wrong you’ve done, ask for forgiveness and receive His restoring love. Learn the lesson and don’t repeat it.

Key Scripture God is faithful … to make a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Key Thought Temptation is inevitable. Whether I resist or yield is voluntary.
 
Copyright © 2006 by John D. Beckett

Temptations and trials will always come upon us – but always remember that He will make sure that we will never be tempted to far, to something that we cannot handle; and there will always be a way out. We just need to stay close to Him, stay in His Word, so that we’re able to see the way out.

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