February 22, 2012
James: Mercy Triumphs Week 3
Girls, I don't know about you, but I was slammed by the Holy Spirit this week! WOWZA! There was so much covered in so little verses, and I have no idea where to start!
For those of you watching the DVD teaching, that hour of study was jam packed with information, as usual. I absolutely love her in depth teaching, especially the deeper meanings into words in the Greek and Hebrew. Those explanations give so much depth to the scriptures.
I just want to highlight one thing, as to not leave anyone out who isn't able to watch the DVDs. Beth really drilled home the fact that our anguish can turn into joy. I couldn't agree more. Yes, that road is often wrought with pain, suffering and choking, but God has a way of always making it turn into something good. Does that scripture ring a bell with anyone? I loved that we were reminded that our pain will very often turn into our passion. For instance, my pain through several cases of depression makes that a passion of mind to teach right thinking in the Christian community about the stereotypes of depression. Does that makes sense? By sharing my past pain, I am able to help others, which brings me joy. I hope you can resonate with that message.
Now, on to Day 1, How about that intro to stop you in your tracks? Who among us has never been quick to speak? I am SO guilty of this! We tend to miss half the converation because we are formulating in our mind what we are going to say next!! Have you been there? OUCH!
I was really touched and encouraged with a quote on page 77, "Those words I planted in you have the power to save your very soul. Welcome them!" Isn't that a compelling reason to memorize scripture?
I don't want to gloss over anything that really strikes home with someone, so please let us know if there were other parts of Day 1 that really struck you. Does anyone have struggles with that "slow to anger" part?
I read the scripture in Day 2, James 1:23-24 like I have never known it before! I loved learning that James was saying that the mirror wasn't just reflecting the visual appearance of the man that he was forgetting, but he forgot who he was IN CHRIST that should have been reflecting in the mirror. Did anyone else have that revelation? "I was created to be a bearer of the very image of God."
Day 3 brought us to that sensitive word "religion". I enjoyed writing out those ways that manifest my devotion to Christ each week. It reminded me of a conversation I had with a another parent at my kids' school. We were talking about church, she asked me about my beliefs and I mentioned prayer and reading the bible, to which she replied, "Yea, I thought you guys were hard core." This really opened my eyes to what others perceive to be religious activities!!
God has really worked on my heart in recent years about missions. I got very excited reading these portions that command us to take care of the oppressed. I know that God is not finished with me in this area, and I am looking forward to where He will take me next. What did you write down on page 85 for those images that remind you of the exploited?
Days 4 and 5 flowed very nicely into one another with one central theme: if you do not show favoritism, you will be able to love your neighbor! I loved the walk through Old Testament and New Testament scripture that reinforces that God never changes: He does not show favoritism or partiality. He loves those starving in Africa the same that He loves us. It really rocks your mind when you spend time thinking about it!
This was a deep and rich week, and I fear that if I wrote everything that touched my heart, we'd be here for a very long time! Please don't be shy in the comments about what you are learning. It is all so very rich! We can't wait to hear your thoughts!
I am loving this walk through James with all of you!!