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things I’m [re] learning

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  1. The grace and glory of God is stunning.
  2. Believing the Bible as light and nourishment is the only way to truly flourish in life.
  3. There is never any condemnation for those in Jesus Christ.

In my years of not only knowing facts about God and the Bible, but experiencing them for myself, in the roller-coaster-way life can be, I learn and relearn things like it’s my job.

And I read “grace upon grace.” The beauty and severity and AMAZINGNESS of that reality. Amen?

Since this blog has become a place to tease these things out, here we go…

The grace and glory of God is stunning.

“Often when we become familiar with things, we begin to take them for granted. When we are familiar with things, we tend to quit examining them… Familiarity tends to rob us of our wonder. And here’s what’s important about this: what has captured the wonder of our hearts will control the way we live.” Paul David Tripp, Come, Let Us Adore Him

My friend Ashton and I talk about this sometimes — how growing up in families that love God, being active in church, and learning the Bible even at school are great gifts. They also make us [graciously] repellant to the idea of becoming numb to the gospel.

Earlier this year I had one of those “God, I am desperate for more of You, exhausted and broken by how I was carrying on in life. Please straighten what is crooked in my heart and mind, please tear down so You can rebuild the framework of my belief in You” seasons. (At the time, the pages of my journal were strewn with messy phrases, tears, and jumbled up processing.)

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don’t torpedo yourself

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You know the phrases, I’m sure:

Ugh, why do I always do this?

What is wrong with me?

You don’t ever handle that situation well.

That was a silly thing to say.

I wish I didn’t feel this way.

Maybe you hear them often in a friend or family member. Maybe they slip from your mouth daily.

I found myself in this spot, but adding (misplaced) feelings of shame or guilt. Not helpful or healthy.

And certainly not what God desires of or for me. But it was a habit, one that didn’t seem too crazy or bizarre.

But, like they do so often, Jesus’ words pierced this normal. 

“Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” Matthew 15:11

Hear and understand, Chelsea, what comes out of your mouth is serious business.

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you are covered from head to toe

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Have you caught wind of Christy Nockels latest album, Be Held: Lullabies for the Beloved?

I think the vision for this album is songs to sing over your children, but it is powerful and inspiring even for my 25 year old soul. This song about the armor of God has filled my car for most of my driving lately.

 

 

I ask Holy Spirit to deeply embed inside us truth of God’s armor available to us. I ask Him to give us ability and desire to step into this armor daily.

 

Even though you might be small
It is in you His kingdom reigns
And from your mouth the Lord has made
A fountain for His praise

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interrupt anxiety with praise

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Sometimes the wonder of Jesus Christ wells up in me so strongly I want to cartwheel and weep at the same time.

Does that ever happen to you?

It wasn’t until the gospel of Jesus entirely captured my mind and conquered my Pharisaical heart that I began to understand fighting lies with praise.

It wasn’t until the lavish, freeing love of God filled in the cracks of my lack did I begin to comprehend the strength and hope to be found.

It wasn’t until I wholeheartedly believed in the perfect guidance, and constant companionship, of Holy Spirit that I discovered peace in the unknown and uncertain.

Worship of God is the rope to pull you from anxiety’s enveloping quicksand.

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Believe God THIS Moment

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Can we all admit it can be difficult to see every detail or a situation? 

Silly question, we’re human and limited. Sometimes it can be challenging to even understand our own hearts. But God knows everything about everything.

Can we all confess we get stuck in the mud of insecurity, self-doubt, fear, discontentment, comparison, or anger sometimes?

I know I do. But God doesn’t.

In almost every moment, we are bombarded by cultural pressure, temptations in our sinful nature, lies from the enemy of our soul. 

Would you agree that it is vital for us to know our God, to communicate with Him intimately and frequently, to trust Him immediately when we’re battling? 

Do you know the personality and nature of your God?

God is:*

Wise: He knows what is best
Generous: He gives what is best
Loving: He does what is best
Good: He is what is best
Unchanging: He never changes
Creator: He made everything
Provider: He meets the needs of His children
Holy: He is completely perfect
Just: He is right to punish sin
Glorious: He shows his glory and greatness
Sovereign: He has the right, will, and power to do as He pleases
Compassionate: He sees, cares, and acts when His children are in need
Merciful: He does not give what His children deserve
Attentive: He hears and responds to His children
Worthy: He deserves all glory
Deliverer: He saves His children from wrath
Refuge: He provides places of safety for His children
Almighty: Nothing is too hard for God

God is El Roi, God Who Sees, El Elyon, God Most High, Adonai, our Lord… among so many other incredible names.

It should be of greatest comfort to you that Almighty God’s loving, caring eyes are on you at all times.

 


 

“It’s difficult to love what you do not know.”

I heard this idea from Jen Wilkin a few months ago, and it stuck to my mind like peanut butter and jelly.

In my own experience, it is also difficult to trust and believe Someone you do not know. Amen?

 


 

It can also seem intimidating to feel that your trust needs to be Hulk strong and Flash quick every single time.

Maybe this can be a new way for us: Believe Him for THIS moment. 

Believe what He says about THIS fear I’m feeling. Believe His nature when I’m tempted to dwell on THIS lie that just flew through my mind. Believe His Words for THIS instance, for THIS problem. Believe His Spirit’s help for THIS weakness.

One moment at a time will become the backbone of our lives, the framework for our living by faith and not by sight.

What difference does it make in your life to realize that God is sovereign, that He is ruler over all, and that nothing can happen without the ultimate sanction or permission of God? Kay Arthur

*found on blog Sayable