Newsletter: September 21, 2018

September 21, 2018 at 2:44 pm Categories: E-newsletter

September 21, 2018

The Message is Hope

First Alliance Church

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Has a word ever stayed with you?

I love the promise that God says His Word will NOT return void (empty) in Isaiah 55:11, “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

How often have I said something and wished I could get that word back?

How often have I sent an email or a text and longed for a way to grab into space to jerk it back to me?

For me, the challenge to spend time in His Word seems to be the solution. That way, hopefully, when someone “bumps” up against me then what comes out is an extension of my time spent with Him.  (As seen in Luke 6:45 – “Out of the overflow of the heart the tongue speaks.” I also love The Message which says, “Your true being brims over into true words and deeds.”)

Unfortunately, the obstacle is time. A friend and I were talking this week about the fact that we honestly make time for what is important to us. Sounds like a harsh word, but one I believe is true. So, for me, I desire to make my time in the Word a priority in order for His Truth to speak clearly to me to cast out ALL lies. That will be my “alone” moments with my Savior, the Majestic One who is able to take the normal things of this world and turn them into incredible, phenomenal pictures that take my breath away while satisfying a hunger that I don’t even know I have (Jeremiah 15:16 – “Your Words were found and I ate them. And Your Words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart for I am called by Your Name, O Lord, God of hosts.”) This may mean less sleep or reading of books or watching TV.  But I want to make it a priority. A group of women are already doing this by practicing SOAP in a book of the Bible. 

God is also calling a group of women to begin memorizing His Word. We want to hide it in our hearts. Won’t you join us?  When we take time to meditate on His Truth and say it over and over again, there IS going to be a difference. We want to know His Word and where it is in the Bible.  No more just saying, “It’s in there somewhere.”

Some women in our church are also taking time to ask God questions in their quest to develop intimacy in their relationship with Him.  

A final challenge the Lord has given me is silence. At this stage of life, there are more opportunities for me to be silent. Am I taking them? Do I turn off the radio in the car? Do I sit and wait quietly?  We know Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”  Today, I am choosing to embrace those opportunities so I can hear Him clearly. Won’t you join me? Let me know how it’s going.  

In Christ,

Susan Scott

Director of Women’s Ministry

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