This is a study for June, 2020 about “A pattern for an Empowering and Beautiful Life” in Christ.
My friend Pastor Bryan Rosenbarger, preaching on Pentecost, said this: “No matter what laws are passed in this land, only the Holy Spirit can change hearts.”
My thoughts: It’s time for hearts to change! Make room in your heart for the grace, love, unity and compassion that the Holy Spirit will bring. Only the grace of God will make the difference. Take time to reflect on Romans 12:2 in the Passion Translation. It says, “Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.”
“When you find yourself in a situation of no control, you just have to determine to be still, accepting that God is God and you are not. It sounds easy, but it would be very helpful to have a plan or formula for this to happen. Below, I’ve provided a three-part formula for bringing the noise of confusion into subjection so you can get your thoughts under control and begin to listen for the Holy Spirit’s voice. You will find the premise of this formula is perhaps not normally how you would attack the problem. It will seem illogical to quiet the noise in your soul by drowning it out. Nevertheless, here’s how you do it:
1. Begin with a steady stream of vocal praise. This becomes your go-to weapon to fight the noise in your soul whenever it pops up…
2. Offer thanksgiving as an integrated, ever-present part of your daily routine, inserting it into whatever you find yourself doing. This is a habit of overcomers…
3. Simultaneous with your praise and worship, find good, even sacrificial works to occupy a significant portion of your time. It’s always helpful to major on someone else’s needs, in order to drown out the noise of your own needs. You can be sure that when you have quieted your soul, and are listening to the Holy Spirit, He will tell you the next step. Most often, it’s this: “Don’t just stand there, do something to help someone else go beyond their own emotional needs. It will help you go beyond yours.”
This is a wonderful study about the “Gifts from Heaven” we receive when we invite Christ into our hearts.
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This is a new lesson from Pastor Nancy from Psalm 23, about the peace of God.
This study will draw you deeper into understanding the power of prayer. It includes twenty-two principles for prayer at the end of the study.