LASTing Peace, Beyond Belief, Week 5b

This is the second video complimenting Week 5 in my Bible study, “Beyond Belief, Jesus Saved You–Now What?” We’re talking about a few of the Fruits of the Spirit in detail. What are they and what do they look like?
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God’s Stamp on Our Lives

Hebrews 1:3
“The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.”

What kind of character do you have? When I was little, we used “character sketches” in our family Bible times. These were short stories which used nature to highlight admirable character qualities. The English dictionary says that character is the combination of “traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing”.

As Christians, we desire to develop godly character traits. We want our character to be made up of the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. These qualities develop out of a relationship with God. Jesus was the perfect example of these qualities.

In Greek, the word character means: “the instrument used for engraving or carving, the exact expression of a person”. Think of a rubber stamp. When you place it on the page, it leaves the exact representation of the stamp.

Hebrews 1:3 says that Jesus represented the exact “character” or stamp of God. As we seek to grow Fruits of the Spirit in our lives, we should look to Jesus. He showed us exactly what God looks like. As He is the exact imprint of God, so we want His imprint to characterize our lives.

LASTing Peace, Beyond Belief, Week 3c

Guess what? After this week, we’re halfway through our six-week study together. If you haven’t picked up your copy of the book, [http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Belief-Jesus-Saved-What/dp/1632131145/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436633987&sr=8-1&keywords=beyond+belief+abby+kelly] it’s not too late. You can watch these videos at your leisure and do the study at your own pace. And of course, I’d love to dialogue with you about it here, on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506106005] or on my blog: http://www.predatory-lies.com.

Why Would God Wait for You?

I seriously miss my family. My husband is in the Army, so for our twelve-plus years of marriage we’ve lived at least 500 miles away from them. After we visited them last time, I printed off dozens of pictures and covered every square inch of my refrigerator. Now, whenever I open the freezer, my heart catches a little. I long to cuddle with my nieces, play games with my nephews, sip coffee with my dad and walk the dogs with my mom. Even though I’m so blessed to have a family who loves me, missing them hurts sometimes.

There are many Bible verses that instruct us to wait on the Lord, but did you know that God waits for you?

Isaiah 30:18a says, “Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.”

The word for waits is “chakah”, and can also be translated “to tarry or long for”. If you have not yet trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, He is not far from you (Acts 17:27), and He is anxiously waiting to be merciful and gracious to you.

(first published on http://www.swagga4christ.com)