What an amazing journey this study has been. Thank you Lelia for hosting it. I have so enjoyed every one's thoughts and perceptions.We have literally walked the chapters in these past weeks ad look how we have grown!! Here are my thoughts on our last chapter from "What Happens When Women Walk in Faith" by Lysa TerKeurst. Everything quoted from the book is in bold pink!
Chapter 20: Every Promise Fulfilled
The Bible is filled with a lot of promises from God. Some we take for grand it, sad to say, some we learn to rely on as it my be our only hope in a most painful situation. In our walk of faith we have to identify God's promises for us and live in. As Lysa wrote, we have to own God's promises personally.
"We come to depend on God and His promises to instruct us, teach us, and lead us...our possession of God's promise affects us. He shapes and molds our character. He redefines who we are and what we are about...God and His promises gain control over our lives. Our relationship with Him so profoundly changes us that we live completely different lives as a result....continue striving to become a women who looks back on her walk with God with no regret."
No regrets? Is that possible? Others want to remind me of where I have gone wrong and how, in their eyes, I could not change and I can only be living in sin the remainder of my life. And they call themselves Christian. They claim to know God and His graces. I have made a few poor choices in my life. We all have. Not one of my sins are too great to be forgiven by God, only by man. I do know about grace and redemption-up close and personal-fully-completely. It is a good thing, a very good thing.
I look back at my past ad I have finally reached that level in which I can now look not at the sin but at the outcome and I am humbled and I am grateful to my God because of what He has made of me despite it. Lysa quoted Andy Stanley in this chapter "Through relationship with God, man is finally capable of doing that which he was incapable of doing on his own". I am capable of really messing things up. In God I am capable of so much more!! My brokenness and the pit I once got myself into has yielded such a fire in my soul for this relationship I now have with Christ that would not have come any other way. Now I can fully live in and through Christ and there is so much joy!!
I read the back cover of this book again. It said that in reading this book you'll learn to...
+embrace a new level of faith (I have!)
+depend on God like never before (I do!)
+believe God for great things (I do! I'm excited and I'm scared too)
+come to end your abilities and accept God's provisions (I have no abilities, I am nothing without Him. I am learning to trust in His provisions more)
+be prepared for miracles (daily I look, daily I anticipate)
What a blessed journey...Thank you Lord for your presence in this.Thank you Lysa for the insightfulness to follow God voice in this. Many lives are being transformed, including mine.
In His Graces~Pamela