This past week and weekend I have been resting and reflecting on the freedom that we have in Christ. Today I want to remind you of that freedom as you get ready to prepare for Thanksgiving.
Did you know that freedom in Christ is the only true form of freedom?
John 8:36 (NKJV) tells us… Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
As I was taking a look at this verse I was reminded that the world’s freedom is nothing compared to what Christ offers. We have to be ever so cautious because the world’s idea of freedom is
In other words:
The key to living free in Christ is to keep depending on grace! Whoa!! Yes indeed.
We get to experience freedom through knowing God, walking in His ways (being a doer of the Word), beingconformed in His image, being transformed by the renewing of our minds, and serving God and others.
I was reading www.carm.org and loved this passage on freedom from Matt Slick…
“One of the signs of being a true Christian, besides believing in the true gospel, is experiencing a sense of freedom. We realize that we do not have to keep the Law in order to please God. We realize that God's favor upon us is not dependent upon our obedience, or our law-keeping. God's favor upon us is because of what Christ did on the cross. Therefore, we are free.
We are free to drink coffee, sip tea, watch a movie, dance, laugh, have a drink, and enjoy life. Yes, we are free to do these things and other things...but without sin.
However, our freedom means that we must not stumble anyone else. We must not abuse our freedom. We are not to be so careless. On the contrary, we are free to live and not have to worry about how our behavior affects God's attitude towards us because his attitude is one of love and acceptance that is guaranteed by the sacrifice of Christ. But, this is not to say that he won't discipline us if we stray. After all, God disciplines those whom he loves (Hebrews 12:6). We must be careful not use our freedom to stumble anyone else. “
What does freedom in Christ look like to you?
Do you feel that your freedom has in any way caused another to stumble?
Join me on the prayer line this evening as I talk a little more about embracing the freedom that Christ brings even as we enter this Thanksgiving and Christmas. Starting today you can join me for prayer by phone or Facebook live audio at 7PM MST. Dial 720-689-1444. Need text reminders? CLICK HERE!
Only By His Grace,
DeLonda Adams, President
Women Resting in God’s Grace
Last week I talked about Hannah and her process and I have been thinking… the process makes you say YES! Very briefly I want to give how we are saying yes and what we are saying yes to.
How are we saying yes?
Hannah had to keep going back to the Lord about her barrenness. In our own lives we are dealing with different struggles and the only way we are going to grow, unlock the doors, find answers, experience miracles, and move forth to the next thing is to deal with ourselves with the Lord. It is not easy and it is not pretty. I am sure that Hannah had to deal with some areas in her life that were hard and caused her to have to die to the flesh. This past weekend at our Brunch & Grace we talked about a few of things. Did you know that “truth” was a spiritual weapon and it is something that this generation and culture rarely seeks these days? There are people that will kill you if you tell the truth. You may lose family members, friends, or even your job for telling and revealing the truth. But truth will open the doors and shed light on many things. There are two truths we must face; (1) the truth about what is going on with us (sin, pride, unforgiveness, buried hurt, orphan heart, rejection, etc.) –(2) the truth of God’s Word and what He is telling you. When we deal with this there is grace to heal, deliver, and set free.
What are we saying yes to?
Again, Hannah went the Lord time and time again dealing with herself until she finally let go. Is that not what all of us need? To fully let go? Sometimes we say we have let go of that situation, those people, that person, and material things but if we were to honestly look deep enough we will find that we have not let go at all. CONTROL is a hard thing to release when we have our own process (not God’s) and expected end in mind. Finally Hannah said, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” (1 Samuel 1:11)
Take a moment to meditate on this verse because it is powerful thing. Hannah gave up total control to raise her son in her own home to the Lord. JESUS!! It was not until she submitted to the Lord’s will that the Lord blessed her with baby Samuel. May I add that she took baby Samuel to the temple to minister to the Lord under Eli’s care and put into consideration that Eli’s sons were wicked and had no regard for the Lord. Now that is enough to make any mama pass out over and over again.
The process will make you say yes to God’s will and way, to coming out of your comfort zone, to being uncomfortable for the things of God, and saying yes to the opportunities and people you once said NO to.
Ladies I am continuing to pray for you through the process. I know it is rough and you feel like giving up. But the Lord will see you through. Join me on the prayer call tonight as I pray for marriages. So many marriages are in desperate need of prayer and we will intercede. God bless you on today!
Only By His Grace,
DeLonda Adams, President
Women Resting in God’s Grace
Greetings Women of God!
I was thinking this morning about our son. He has all of these creative ideas in head (like his mama) and for a moment he had his dad and I chasing the bright ideas along with him until it became a bit much. He wanted to make a game so we got him games pieces, let him look a few videos, and I got really excited when I saw a board game at Target that was created by a 10 and 11 year old. It was pricey but I got it so he could pick it apart and be inspired with his own game making. He was underwhelmed (LOL) and felt like he did not need it because he already knew what he was doing. Then he wanted to do coding. What did we do? We got him the coding books he wanted and even signed him up for some courses, and paid for a subscription to Tynker and do y’all know what this little man child told us? It was too “beginners” for him. But I thought to myself, “But son, you are a beginner.” Oh well. Later he jumped into the paper origami (hopefully I am wording that right) and he wanted better instructions than what they were giving on the videos we allowed him to watch. So off to Hobby Lobby I went and we purchased supplies and books. Guess what y’all? He thought the instructions were too much for him and figured he knew what he was doing again.
Our summer has included cleaning up all the creativity; little bits of paper everywhere, slime, food coloring for the slime, game pieces, Legos of course, science kit pieces and more. But not one completed thing. We had to have a sit down with our son about “the process.”
My question is, are we any different? Nope!
You may be in a place today where you feel like you have never completed anything. You have stuff everywhere, creativity bursting at the seams, ideas galore, one fabulous idea, and unfinished pages. You are ready to complete something but you have been stuck because of the process; it’s too hard. Some of you think you know what you are doing but you have gone for so long knowing everything and not asking for help and you are still coming up short. It’s time to get it together.
The process can be challenging but it is the very thing that is going to grow our faith and character. The process gives us a strong foundation that cannot be easily shaken. When I first began ministry I was given a word; DeLonda, I see you with a chart and the way you are ordering things and the Lord is going to reorder your order. I had no clue of what that meant at the time but over time I got it. It was the process and the Lord was reordering things so that I could have a strong foundation. I am still in the process as we all are and some of the stuff we don’t want to do because like my son many of just want a magic wand so we can skip the details and get to the glory. Unfortunately, it does not work like that and it’s not our glory we should want (another post).
Our Father in heaven loves the details in our process. I am thanking Him for His grace that will give you and me the strength to continue to move through the construction. Stop rushing. Join me this month as we talk more about the process!
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President, Women Resting in God's Grace
I pray that you are doing well on this Monday! First I just want to thank every woman that came to the Brunch & Grace this past Saturday. I wish I could express in words how you bless me every time you show up. Sometimes showing up is half the battle. Anyhoot, on another note, last month I talked a little bit on pride and I said I would talk a little more on it. Today I want to give you a list of ways we could be walking in pride and not know it at all.
Often times we only equate pride with someone who is stuck up and full of themselves. That is indeed pride but we must come face to face with the pride that sneaks up on us. These little foxes are out to destroy us and we must not turn our eye thinking that it can’t be us but perhaps it is. Let’s get real, humble ourselves and receive grace. Here is a short list I have compiled of ways any of us can easily fall back into the lake of pride. Do you have more? Please feel free to share on our blog, CLICK HERE
Fault Finding: You can always find what is wrong with everyone but self. Matthew 7:3-5 (NLT) says, “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.
Critical Spirit: you may belittle the struggles of others and talk of their sin with harsh judgement. You look down on unbelievers and anyone who does not believe like you in anything; Self-righteous attitude.
Superficial: my husband had a friend once who would always say “faking and shaking” (OMG). This verse best describes being superficial (definition: appearing to be true or real only until examined more closely.) 2 Timothy 3:5 (NLT): They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
Defensive: Always rising up in defense when challenged or rebuked.
Stuck On Me: What we believe about ourselves. We can’t see God because of the belief that our sins are bigger than the grace of God and therefore we doubt God’s power in our lives.
Look at Me: Hungry and thirsty for attention, respect and worship. This means we are seeking the glory that comes from man. –John 12:43 For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.
Partiality: James 2:9 says but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. –We tend to think of this as race only but it covers so much more. We show partiality when we look down on others regarding, class, degrees, race, titles, money, where they live, how they look, material belongings, knowledge, lack of popularity, and more.
Venting: Venting can get out of control quickly if not done properly. When your venting turns into belittling the person to make yourself feel better. Guess what? PRIDE.
Your Work: Thinking that you can earn God’s grace and love through works.
Big Head: When knowledge does not bring you to loving others more but instead puffs you up.
Well ladies this can be tough. But it’s time to be honest with ourselves and transparent before God to receive grace. God bless you! I am praying for you. Join me on the prayer call tonight!
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President, Women Resting in God's Grace
The other day I was driving on the highway and there was this pickup truck that had its bed loaded many things and going way below the speed limit. It made me think of Hebrews 12:1:
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
That truck had so much weight that it could barely move and it was really unsafe for it to be on the highway. How many of us are trying to run the race/course that God has given us with a heavy load? These loads are sins, lifestyle habits, people, things, etc. that are hindrances or obstacles in our path.
These weights/loads will plague us, cause anxiety, oppress us, torment us, and seek to afflict us in different stages of our lives.
The Word of God tell us in Romans 13:14 to make no provision for this flesh.
You can do this! How can you lay aside the weight to run? Here are 4 ways to start:
By God’s amazing grace you can do this! Go and take those weights off and run your race with endurance. Many are waiting for you to finish the race (great cloud of witnesses) and we will all be perfected together! Whooohoooo!! HALLELUJAH!
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