Wednesday, December 31, 2008

As you Received Christ

I was nine years old when it dawned on me that I had never formally asked Jesus to forgive my sins. Sitting on my bed, I invited the Lord to make me his child. I made the decision to follow him closely.

It was not long after that that someone convinced me to participate in something that was in conflict with the Word of God. I knew it was not right. I knew I should have left, but I stayed. The guilt I carried haunted me even at my young age. From this one experience I developed a habit that would take years to overcome.

Perhaps you too have invited Christ into your life and yet you struggle over a habit that you know is displeasing to God. This does not mean you are not his child, but it does mean you are missing out on the freedom he offers. Jesus said, “Whoever commits sin is a slave to sin.” The sin may be gossip, lying, fornication, adultery, complaining, causing strife, cigarettes, abuse of alcohol, or abuse of food. Whatever it is God is able to set you free.

Scripture tells us in Colossians 2:6, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

How did we receive Christ? We simply received him. We knew that we were unworthy and had no strength to save ourselves. So it is with being set free from our addiction. Though unbelievers overcome addiction, they usually substitute one destructive addiction for another. But as believers we can substitute the addiction of living in God’s presence and in his word, which brings us freedom. “If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know he truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32),
Hello everyone. I am also excited about being part of a women's biblestudy on line. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone.

Shirley Fay

Sunday, December 28, 2008

2009 New and Renewed Hope

Here we are again swiftly approaching another year 2009, we make resolutions, make promises to be nicer, do better and somehow attain an impossible dream. As lasting change can only be first accomplished by a change in our spiritual lives, let us be conscious of our journey through this year, with our God, Creator and Father by putting our hand in His and listening to His voice through His word.

I propose that as we read the bible in a year together we will strengthen and encourage each other as we strive to live out its principles and be women of the word.

Thank you for joining.