Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Abiding In God's Word

Abiding In God's Word Equips Believers To Recognize Truth
Read 2 John 1:1-13

I've been thinking about the word, Abiding.  I've been thinking so much about it, that I even included the word "Abiding" in the title of this blog.
Cynthia Heald wrote, "When I am abiding, then I no longer have to wonder if I am doing enough.  God's plan is simple: He takes responsibility for my life and service; I take responsibility to maintain my concentration on God.  And when there is nothing between Jesus and me, I can calm and quiet my soul and serve simply and purely in devotion to Christ."  
Holy Smokes, I could talk for days and days on this one statement!  Oh, to become this girl... to get to the place where I no longer wonder if I am doing enough... to trust God so deeply that I truly believe that He takes the responsibility for my life... to be skin to skin with my Savior... to serve simply and purely out of devotion to Christ...  Please, Lord, change me and make me more like you!!!

How can this dream become my reality?  So much of this hinges on one thing that Christ wants me to partake of.  One thing that is the key to this new, abiding freedom.  Do you want to know what it is?  Get ready for it...  You might want to sit down before I tell you... Are you ready?  Here it is........ Drum Roll please.....  GOD'S WORD!

Yes, you read that right.  God's word is the key.  It is through God's word that I become intimately involved with the Creator of the Universe.  It is through God's word that I am transformed into a new creature.  It is through God's word that my soul becomes quiet in service to Jesus.  It is through God's word that I am able to recognize truth.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Speak Truth

Jesus Expects Believes to Speak Truth by Addressing Good and Evil Conduct
Read 3 John 1:1-15

Over the past year, God has been doing extensive surgery on my own evil conducts.  He has lovingly addressed some of these issues in my life through the study of His true word, the Bible.   I can't say it's been fun, but it has been beneficial and I'm thankful that He hasn't left me where I am.

I hate conflict.  God has shown me that I am a people-pleaser.  I would rather tell someone how great they are than to address their evil behavior.  It's not my job to go around looking for things to confront people on but God has not called me to walk away from confrontation either.  If the Holy Spirit prompts my heart to have a talk with a friend, I need to obey.  I need to address the behavior, no matter how awkward it becomes.  I need to address them in love.  John is a great example of how to lovingly address good and evil conduct:

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Get To Know Me

In the Summer of 2016 I decided to walk away from the interior design industry that had formed my identity and been my source of livelihood.  Tears streamed down my face as I hit - send - on an email that went out to well over 150 clients.  An email explaining that I was closing my design practice & that I would no longer be able to help my clients.  

I began to ask myself, "Am I crazy?  What am I doing? What is wrong with me?  No one if their right mind would ever do this!" 

I have to agree with myself... if I were to sit down and answer these question from the world's point of view, I would have to say, 'Yes!  Absolutely I Am Crazy!"  But, if I search the secret corners of my heart and listen to that still, small voice that speaks to me through God's word, then I don't feel crazy at all.  I don't feel scared at all.  

God is taking me on an adventure.  I've got my hand in His and we're going for it!  

This is me, Amy Keck, Simply Abiding.  

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