May 8

Living With Courage

In my last blog post, I talked about how so much of what we ask God for has already been given to us, we just need to take action.  I also posted a link to a sermon from my pastor, Steven Furtick of Elevation Church which brought home this message stating that to “wait” on the Lord doesn’t necessarily mean to sit still. Wait isn’t passive, it’s active, like a waiter or waitress, “waiting” tables in a restaurant. I know this to be true. I was a waitress for years, and the last thing I did was sit still. I served. To “wait” meant to serve. So perhaps waiting on the Lord means we should actively be serving. (If you missed this message, you can watch it here.) I assure you, it is worth your time.  Just read the comments in my last blog post. POWERFUL!

We have 3 winners from the last blog post. Randomly selected, the winners are:  Donna Mahoney, Cynda, and Anita.  I am emailing you to give you details, but you won an advanced, unedited copy of Pastor Steven Furtick’s last book, Sun Stand Still.  Thanks to all who posted their top 3 points from Pastor Furtick’s message. They were great!

I don’t think it’s any coincidence, that our focus last week was accessing the power, peace, faith, security, comfort, forgiveness from God that we already have and this week the opening paragraph of Chapter 12 says this:

We don’t need to go looking for what we already possess.

I am not ahead in this study. I am doing it with you. When I read that yesterday, you could have knocked me over. We don’t need to go looking for what we already possess

Then if you keep reading chapter 12, over on p. 221, we get to the word “wait.” Micca Campbell writes, Wisdom revealed itself in one word: “Wait.”  Waiting doesn’t mean to sit around passively. It means to wait on God’s peace for direction as we move forward in obedience to His Word. Again, I am blown away by God’s timing!!!   The same message, different source.

Could it be ladies that God is really trying to make sure we get all this?  Anytime I get the same message from more than one godly source, I consider it a confirmation that God is trying to tell me something. In this case, I think He is trying to tell all of us something. Isn’t this exciting?

So, next question:  How do we access what we already possess and how do we wait on God while moving forward in obedience?

Answer: We live with courage.

Micca explains this well on p. 226-227. She proposes that we can allow our anxiety to prevent us from moving or we can face our task with courage. Then she asks, “How does one find courage when they’re trembling in fear? Sometimes it comes down to deciding what is more important–the thing we need to do or yielding to our fear. You see, courage is not absence of fear as you might think. Rather it withstands fear. Courage means being brave in spite of fear or hard circumstances. In other words, you and I have to experience fear in order to be courageous. We must use our fear like a step that enables us to reach our faith….Courage is being brave enough to move through our fears.”

Whatever God is calling us to do, He gives us this promise from Joshua 1:9:  “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

It’s time ladies to live our lives in a way that allows us to reach our God-given potential. Live out our dreams, pursue our passions and walk in faith.

It’s been a blessing to join you in this study! You have taught me so much! Thank you!

Just because we may be done reading this book, doesn’t mean the message stops. No, no. The message is just beginning. How are you going to live out your faith in your life courageously? Please share in the comment section a risk you plan on taking. Thanks!

 

 

***To sign up for our next Online Bible Study, just fill in the blanks in the right column of this blog. We will be reading I Used to Be More Organized by Glynnis Whitwer. More details here. Study begins May 27th.

 

Melissa
May 2

It’s Already Been Given to You: Take Action

Dear Lord,

You know I love You. I want to trust You. Depend on You. Honor You. I’m struggling though. You see, I’ve been living with fear and doubt a long time. I’m reading Your Word…admittedly not every day, but a lot of days. I’m praying. God I’ve asked you for more confidence, more faith, for help….but I don’t feel it. I want to live a full life, like so many others I see in this Online Bible Study. Why do others seem to get it and I don’t?  I’m scared now that this study is coming to an end. I still have problems! What if my heart is still troubled, then what?  Father, please give me what you’ve given to so many others. I want faith. I want peace. I want confidence. I want security. I want joy.  I’m just saying….You know my thoughts anyway, so I’m being completely honest.  I love You Lord. Waiting and waiting on an answer from You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Is there a sister out there who can relate to this prayer?  Come on, fess up, don’t be shy….

I hope today’s message will enlighten you.  Do you realize, that if you have invited Jesus to live in you and be your Savior, that every single thing asked for in the prayer above has already been given to you?  It’s been wrapped up with a nice bow called the cross.  It’s yours for the taking. God gave it to you. So maybe the question isn’t, “God, when are You going to give me these things?”  but maybe it’s God’s turn to ask you, “My child, when are you going to receive and take these things that I’ve already given to you? When are you going to open up the package of faith, peace, confidence, security, joy, etc and actually claim and use them in your life?  I’ve done My part. I provided you with an Answer…My Son, Jesus. Now it’s your turn to accept, believe, and receive, and live fully.” 

Ladies, I don’t typically assign a video/audio message, but I thought this one was so spot on for where we are in our study, especially as we are nearing the end. So, grab a cup of coffee, tea, or whatever soothes you (coke zero for me…just saying!), sit back~with a pen and paper…you will want to take notes, and soak in these Truths from my pastor, Steven Furtick from Elevation Church. It will only take 47 minutes and 15 seconds of your time and it’s well worth it!  The message is titled, What Are You Waiting For? (Get your own goat) and you can watch it online by clicking the title in this sentence.  Or if you’d rather listen via iTunes, you can find the podcast here. Currently it’s the number one selection, titled What Are You Waiting For?  (And just FYI, the guy, Buck, who Pastor Furtick brings on stage at the end, that would be one of my boot camp trainers~he just kicked my booty this morning so don’t feel too sorry for him!  LOL!)

Sweet friends, I don’t want to see this study end with you still paralyzed with fear or in a pit of despair. That’s not the way God wants it. What you want has probably already been given to you (not always, but often). It’s time to take action and access what He’s given you.  Start by listening to this message.

I believe in Truths behind this message so much, I’m going to host another give-away.

In the comment section, give me 3 main points from Pastor Furtick’s message and you will be entered to win one of 3 copies of Pastor Furtick’s book Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare To Ask God For The Impossible.  ***Note, these books are the Advanced Reading Copies that were given to me before the book was actually released. They are technically uncorrected proofs of the book. With that said, I also own the real book, and the contents are the same.  Winners will be announced on Saturday, so you have plenty of time to listen to the message.

I love you Online Bible Study Friends!!!!  And I’m praying for you as we near the end of this study and prepare for the next. We got this because God has got us! Untroubled Hearts Unite Under God!

 

****Sign ups have begun for our next study, I Used To Be So Organized by Glynnis Whitwer. Sign up in the right column of my blog and order your book today so you will be ready to begin May 27th!  You can read about it here. More info coming soon.

 

Melissa
Apr 30

An Untroubled Heart~Week 6.5

***Sign up for our next Online Bible Study, I Used to Be So Organized, by Glynnis Whitwer, in the right hand column of my blog. To participate, all you need is the book, I Used to Be So Organized: Help for Reclaiming Order and Peace.

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Here we are ladies, nearing the end of this study. Let’s finish strong. Let’s finish actively, not passively.  In other words, we have journeyed this far, praying for more faith and less fear.  Just take a look at our Power Verses so far. What have we learned? We’ve learned that the faith is there. God has provided it. Now it’s time for us to take the action and receive and believe it completely. It’s ours for the taking. Let’s access it.

Recap of Words of the Week and Memory Verses:

Week 1:  Words of the Week:  Power, Love, Self-Discipline.  Memory Verse:  For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.   2 Timothy 1:7  (NIV 1984)

Week 2:  Word of the Week: Faith. Memory Verse:  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.   Psalm 23:6  (NKJV)

Week 3:  Word of the Week: Obedience. Memory Verse:  Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.  Psalm 37:5-6  (NIV 1984)

Week 4:  Word of the Week: Trust. Memory Verse:  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  John 3:16-17  (NIV)

 

Week 5:  Word of the Week:  Your Choice.  Memory Verse:  Your Choice.  (And by the way, you did a FABULOUS job with this!  A++++++)

 

Moving Forward.  We have 1 and a half weeks of study left in An Untroubled Heart.  In these Online Bible Studies, we don’t slow down or wimp out at the end. We don’t quit or give up either. We are strong, full of power, love and self-discipline. We are faithful in our calling, obeying God’s Word. We trust God to see us through. And we press on to the end of the race. We are Christian women, children of God, confident and strong. We have this because our Lord has given it to us. Say it with me, “Yes Lord, I take it. I receive what You have given me and I’m moving forward in faith.”  Go ahead, say it.  Out loud.

 

Week 6:  Word of the Week:  

Abide  

Memory Verse:  

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  John 15:4 (NIV)

 

 

Week 6.5: Word of the Week:  

Courage

Memory Verse:  

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

 

Suggested Assignments for the next week and a half:

Monday- Read Chapter 10, The Love of a Father.  Journal or highlight what stands out to you in this chapter. Share on my blog please, we can learn so much from each other.

Tuesday- Bible Study:  Know It–Stow It–Show It- Complete the questions at the end of Chapter 10.

Wednesday- Review. Skim Chapter 10 again. Finish the questions if you need to. What does it mean to abide in Jesus? How can we do that?  Please share on my blog.

Thursday- Read Chapter 11, Practicing His Presence. Journal and highlight awesome truths. How do you practice God’s presence?

Friday- Bible Study:  Know It–Stow It–Show It- Complete the questions at the end of Chapter 11.

Saturday- Review Chapter 11 and the questions.

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Monday- Read Chapter 12, Living with Courage. Journal and highlight what stands out about this chapter. Share with us on my blog!

Tuesday- Bible Study:  Know It–Stow It–Show It- Complete the questions at the end of Chapter 12.

Wednesday- Are you feeling courageous? How does Johua 1:9 empower you?

Thursday- Check my blog for a wrap up of this study.

 

And finally, last but not least, we have 3 winners from our Fearless Friday contest.  Everyone did such a great job, and as I’ve said before, I learned so much from you. Thank you to all who posted on my blog, Stephanie Clayton’s blog, and Glynnis Whiter’s blog.  Our winners are:  Lori Story, Robin, Still, and Ginny B.  Congratulations! You have won our next study book, I Used to Be So Organized by Glynnis Whitwer and a private call with me and Stephanie Clayton. We can’t wait to chat with you!  Email me at Melissa@MelissaTaylor.org with your mailing address, email address, and phone number so we can get it all set up!

Keep checking my blog this week, I still have lots to say and I bet you do too!

Blessings Y’all!  Love ya big!  <3

Melissa