Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"Because of Jesus" (Connie Witter)

I want to share a few nuggets from the gold mine of this new Bible Study in the hope that it will bless you as it had me (and with the purpose of sealing them in my heart:

- "The moment you put your trust in Jesus, He exchanged identities with you. He became your sin and He gave you His righteousness as a gift of His grace."

- "God wants you to exchange trying to be virtuous, with trusting in Jesus and believing that you are a virtuous woman because of Him."

- "...if you base your self-worth and self-esteem on your relationship with God and what He thinks and feels about you, your life will be filled with joy and peace. Regardless of how well you perform, God's love for you and the value He places on your life will never change. When you are secure in His love and acceptance, you don't have to worry about pleasing others and living up to their expectations because that need is met through your relationship with God. You are His precious daughter, and He thinks you're wonderful."

"The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing."
Zephaniah 3:17

Powerful, life-changing truths. I don't know about you, but I am weary of trying in my own strength. Weary of the discouragement and the lies the enemy whispers into my ear. I am ready to trust Jesus to produce good fruit in my life. I want to get down into my heart the truth that I am already that virtuous women because of what He did for me in His death on the cross.



Anonymous said...

Zephaniah 3:17

such a wonderful verse

Elizabeth Dianne said...

This is a great post, Linda and one that all of us need to hear again and again.

Zep. 3:17 is one of my favorite scriptures, if not my favorite.

Thank you,

Sandy said...

AMEN! Let's get on with living a virtuous
life in Christ! He IS in the midst of us and
loves us in a way we won't be able to comprehend
until we get to heaven. As for the enemy of our
souls, tell him where he can go! I've had it
with his lies!

grammy said...

Looks like a great Bible study.
I was sad that there is not a new Beth Moore Study to do this summer. I love her studies and i have done them all (o:

christy rose said...

Linda, what a fabulous post to share this wonderful Bible study. I have done this one a couple of times because Connie is my sister. She has great wisdom and insight into the revelation the grace of God given to us in Jesus. I am so excited to hear that you have enjoyed it. I will let my sister know that I knew someone who has enjoyed her study.

eph2810 said...

What powerful messages, Linda. I always like to read the passage of Zephaniah; especially the part "He will exult over you with singing"...

I have to put the book on my to-read-list :)

Thank you for sharing the sweet nuggests with us.

Susanne said...

This sounds like an awesome study. I'm going to mention it to my ladies group.

The second quote really spoke to me.

MYstory of HIStory said...

Such encouragement here today :)

I love to collect those "nuggets" too. A dear friend once told me: " When you worry, you dont trust God. And - When you trust God, you don't worry." I can't help but wonder how many other things we could/should remember "this way" - ie... "When you _________ you don't trust God. When you trust God you don't _____________".

Heather said...

Weary... yes. That's me~

Thank you, Linda. These "nuggets' of truth are far more than that-- they are life indeed!

elizabeth said...

What a timely post today. I find myself wanting approval from people far too often and am working to get away from that and get to God more. Your post was spot on to what I am needing right now - thank you.

Unknown said...

>>"...if you base your self-worth and self-esteem on your relationship with God and what He thinks and feels about you, your life will be filled with joy and peace."<<

So true! Loved this post. He is Love. We are loved. And so we love.

Unknown said...

This sounds like a good one, Linda! Yes, I do weary of striving. I am covered in skin and sometimes I forget the price that was paid so that it would be cleansed.
Love to you,

Dawn said...

Good words about my word for the year - TRUST!

L.L. Barkat said...

Weary... been there. (Winter doesn't help. : )