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.”
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My newest e-book: Seven New Testament Patterns for Godly Living – Everyone develops patterns of living, both righteous and not. Dr. Abraamson will challenge you to compare the patterns of your own life to New Testament patterns for godly living. The writings of the apostles Paul and Peter will provide you with an opportunity to contemplate and answer questions such as: What are some of the most common patterns we see in our societies today that matter to people, but may not please God? Why would Scripture require that we bear with one another in a pattern of loving forgiveness? Why would a pattern of peace in a person’s heart be fundamental to success in life? Why could Paul expect people to have a pattern of always being joyful, when it’s obvious life has its ups and downs?
Everyone develops patterns of living, both righteous and not. This Study Guide/Workbook will challenge you to compare the patterns of your own life to New Testament patterns for godly living.
Nancy’s newest Study is called “Taking Aim at Pleasing God.” It’s one you should read and share with others. It makes a great group Bible study.
This is an outline of a sermon preached by Nancy in NYC. There’s also the full text available on her Free Resources page.