Monday, March 15, 2010

30 Mins with God

This morning's Bible study was so wonderful! Here are a few things Beth Moore shared:

From Beth Moore The Inheritance:
I love my children, husband so dearly...they are so precious to me. However, nothing...NOTHING matches 30 mins alone with God in His presence because...:

- He makes me different that I am. His presence is stronger than our moods, and only HE can truly turn them around in a matter of 30 mins of time getting alone with HIM and His word! No amount of positive thinking can do what change God can do in a matter of minutes!

-When I do my "self-loathing" thing, God is still willing to love me. When everything and everyone gives out on me, He still says, "I love you"...He NEVER gets tired of saying it either!

-He comforts me when people hurt my feelings.

-He convicts me and does not let me get away with any "bull". You cannot kid or get away with anything in your life when in the presence of God!

-He can take a scripture that is spoken or read, and give me a sense that He is speaking directly to me.

* I love that he loves us to love others! Especially if the others are the most unlovable to love!

There is so much I learned in this study today. One thing that "enlightened me" was...The LORD is my complete inheritance!! It isn't money, land, success, a successful position, or a name for is that HE, MY full full inheritance.

Under the old covenant...the inheritance is about land, riches, etc. to prove God's favor. In the NEW covenant...our inheritance is GOD himself! God is my strength and my portion forever and ever!!! I could be living in a van down by the river...and I am truly blessed and favored because JESUS is my portion and true inheritance!!! I love that!!! The "riches" are in HIS GLORY, not in "tangible" things!!!

I never "got that" until I heard her explain this in proper context. NOTHING does it like Jesus!!! No one can fill that void! He has to be more important then ANYTHING! :) Our plans become HIS and it isn't about money, success or fame. Those are "world view" mindsets.

She shared many scriptures, however this one REALLY touched my heart with the hot stick! I took this Psalm into my a way I've never done so before. I LOVE reading God's word in many translations. The Message translation is one of my favorites and I love how it reads here...

Psalm 73

An Asaph Psalm

1-5 No doubt about it! God is good— good to good people, good to the good-hearted.
But I nearly missed it,
missed seeing his goodness.
I was looking the other way,
looking up to the people
At the top,
envying the wicked who have it made,
Who have nothing to worry about,
not a care in the whole wide world.

6-10 Pretentious with arrogance,
they wear the latest fashions in violence,
Pampered and overfed,
decked out in silk bows of silliness.
They jeer, using words to kill;
they bully their way with words.
They're full of hot air,
loudmouths disturbing the peace.
People actually listen to them—can you believe it?
Like thirsty puppies, they lap up their words.

11-14 What's going on here? Is God out to lunch?
Nobody's tending the store.
The wicked get by with everything;
they have it made, piling up riches.
I've been stupid to play by the rules;
what has it gotten me?
A long run of bad luck, that's what—
a slap in the face every time I walk out the door.

15-20 If I'd have given in and talked like this,
I would have betrayed your dear children.
Still, when I tried to figure it out,
all I got was a splitting headache . . .
Until I entered the sanctuary of God.
Then I saw the whole picture:
The slippery road you've put them on,
with a final crash in a ditch of delusions.
In the blink of an eye, disaster!
A blind curve in the dark, and—nightmare!
We wake up and rub our eyes....Nothing.
There's nothing to them. And there never was.

21-24 When I was beleaguered and bitter,
totally consumed by envy,
I was totally ignorant, a dumb ox
in your very presence.
I'm still in your presence,
but you've taken my hand.
You wisely and tenderly lead me,
and then you bless me.

25-28 You're all I want in heaven!
You're all I want on earth!
When my skin sags and my bones get brittle,
God is rock-firm and faithful.
Look! Those who left you are falling apart!
Deserters, they'll never be heard from again.
But I'm in the very presence of God—
oh, how refreshing it is!
I've made Lord God my home.
God, I'm telling the world what you do!

Thank you Beth Moore for being obedient to share what God puts on your heart to share. If you haven't done this study, "The Inheritance" should get a group of gals together to do this! :)

God, you are truly ALL I want!! Love your daughter, Jenn

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