So many things happen in the week and one of the praises we can continually have is that our Lord is ruler and sustainer of all. As we approach the weekend, here are some interesting links that remind us of our hope in the Lord through our salvation, our calling to love one another and our mission to stand firm in the Bible and preach the gospel to the lost and hurt.
Check out this devotional by Elisabeth Elliot, reminding us that every blessing we receive in this life is due to God's grace. Lysa Terkeurst builds on this devotional by reminding us to remain rooted on Christ because He is the only constant source of true Strength, that allows us to walk and not grow weary and faint. Read more about that here.
Summer's here and parts of the U.S. are experiencing a heatwave. Last week, a YouTube video by Jessica Ray discussed the evolution of the swimsuit, and modesty is this summer season’s hot topic (forgive the pun, well intended). An article on the Rebelution site gives us a great resource on what modesty is and who it is for. It also gives us the right biblical response to modesty, which is a trait that can be seen from the inside out. Check this link for more details.
This week the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which has been in place since 1996. Also, they declined to rule on Proposition 8, which was voted for in California. As Christians, a lot of prayer and grace must be remembered and given, not just for other people but for us believers as well. It is easy to get caught in the crossfire and defend our idiosyncrasies; however, a good reminder is this: Jesus Christ has won the war against sin and death and we cannot add to it. Our calling is and remains that we should preach the gospel, love the Word of God and love others until He returns. This article by Ed Stetzer reminds us of a Christlike response, one that is not focused on modifying behavior and making people change, but by glorifying God through our embracing of truth- standing for it but still responding with grace and love.
The Bible says in Ephesians 6:12 that “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
1 Corinthians 13 reminds us that, if we do not have love, nothing else we do matters. We just make a lot of annoying noise [paraphrased]. Lastly, remember this encouragement: “Be on your guard. Stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)
May God bless your weekend, ladies!
Our prayers and abounding love,
Joanna, Megan, Krista, Emily, and Victoria