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Lay It Down: Bible Study Challenge Part 5

I’m gonna lay down my burdens

Down by the riverside

Down by the riverside

Down by the riverside

I thought of this spiritual in the middle of the night. It’s 4:22 am right now, and I know I can’t go back to sleep until I write this final study for you guys.

What is it that you’re carrying? Are you ashamed of an abortion, or cheating, or lying, or hurting someone? Are you ashamed of yourself? Do you wish that you had made different choices? 28551-Lion-Cross

Are you hopeless? Do you feel you will never be loved completely by a man?

I encourage you to look up. When this Bible study began I knew that God was going to do something amazing for us, but had no idea what it was. He wants to free us ladies. Free us from our pasts, from our shame, from our self hatred. He wants to free us from the lies that we believe. The lies that ex told you to make you stay with him, the lies that your father or mother or crush said that have stayed with you for years. He wants to wash those things away.

What can wash away my sins?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Did you know that God does not want you to punish yourself? He does not want you to hold on to your past, or even your present. He does not use guilt to get you to stop sinning or to change. He uses love. He loves until we accept Him as God. He never shames us. He never judges us unfairly. He knows our story. In a Psalm David said that God knows our frame. He is our beginning and our end if we will accept Him.

Think about it. Is the life you’ve been living been making you happy? Does everything feel as good as you thought it would? Does your sexual liberation fulfill you? Don’t you hate that now this man that doesn’t deserve you has a hold on your emotions and body that he shouldn’t have? Deep down we know that what we are doing is destroying ourselves, and yet we continue. We believe the lie that we aren’t hurting ourselves, that we aren’t doing anything wrong. That it’s how to get what we want.

And yet today we are farther from what we want than we have ever been. God’s love is what will change you. When you stop fighting His voice, when you stop hating His Word and His laws, when we stop running. He will never stop coming for us, He will never stop hoping that we will turn to Him or fighting to protect us from the messes we’ve made. He loves us without fear, and He does so because He created us. You and Me.

I’ve been so ashamed that I stood in the shower and wished the water would wash it away. I scrubbed myself with soap and cried, even as my skin started to rash. I thought that was how God felt, that He wanted to punish me. I’m so emotional as I write this. I thought God would hate the sight of me, because of the mistakes I had made. But that’s not God, that’s the enemy. The  enemy seeks to devour those that he can tell are weak. Our sin, the things we did and lived in and continued to do even though we knew they were wrong, he uses them to take control over us. he hates us. he hates the beauty and talent that God has put in us. he never wants us to feel God’s love and would rather us be ashamed and bitter. cross

Every year I pray for the women in Amber Rose’s slut walk. Society, men, women in their lives have misused them, abused them and labeled them. They walk around as if they are proud of their labels, as if they are reclaiming themselves from the abuse. As if by wearing the label, they can protect themselves from shame. I pray that they and you realize that God does not label. He did not label Rahab, he redeemed her. He did not label Bathsheba, He made her the mother of the king of Israel. He did not throw Ruth away, He had a great plan for her. Do you realize that God changes our label? He takes society’s label off of us, and calls us His daughter. His child, a princess, yet a servant of the Most High God.

As this challenge comes to a close, I encourage you to keep going in your Bible study. These past few days have blessed me so much. I wish I could explain the healing and wholeness that has happened within these 5 days. Expect something amazing to happen to you each day this year. I can’t wait for 2018. God bless you, God will bless you for turning your heart to Him and surrendering to Him. Please try Jesus this year. That’s the only way this year will be different, better, than the last.

Love,

Angela xoxo

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Bible Study Challenge Part 4!

Day 4! We’re almost at the finish line. Hurray for us. Ladies and gentlemen, this is an awesome accomplishment.

Anyway… how has this been for you all so far? Please leave a comment below if you’d like to let us know that you’re doing the challenge.

Also, if you’re are just hearing about this or missed a day, don’t be afraid to go back and then catch up tomorrow. You don’t want to take a break off of the challenge. It breaks the good habit that you’re forming.

Today I don’t want to overload you with too much info. Yesterday’s text was a bit weighty. If the KJV version of the passages was too weird for you I apologize. I just didn’t want to miss out on any of the context the older version provides.

Let’s try to examine our lives in light of what we’ve studied. I think the common theme the Spirit of God is painting is simply put, not to forget Him. With all our big dreams, with all our success, please don’t leave Him behind. Don’t take credit for all your good works, you may be nice, but none are good but the Father. You may be smart, but so are a lot of people. True wisdom only comes from God and His Word.

Another lesson is to have faith to be the one that makes a difference.

God used Nehemiah to restore His entire nation. You may be discouraged by what you see going on in the news, or in your neighborhood, or even in your family, but God can use you. You can be the difference between change, growth and prosperity and death, defeat, and loss. Don’t make excuses for your decisions or mistakes, because they affect others too. Be a Nehemiah. The world needs more of those.

I don’t want this one to be very long, so to wrap this up. I you want, write down the verses we studied or a favorite verse.

I will focus on my favorite verse throughout today which is Romans 5:3-5:

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Plant that verse in your heart. Meditate on it in the morning or before you go to bed. Start and end your day off right. In conclusion, be humble, seek God and wait on Him to answer. Don’t rush through life with your head held too high– you’ll regret it. Pray for others, don’t be jealous of jerks, God will give them their just rewards. If we focus on God He will take care of us and everything pertaining to us. Keep going sis! God has big plans for you.

Love,

Angela xoxo

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Bible Study Challenge Part 3

Guys! We are three days in! That means we are more than halfway through the challenge. Thank you to those of you who have let me know that you are participating. I can feel my faith stretching as I study the Word, and I hope that you can feel that personally as well!

I was super productive and very focused today. I am glad to get to jump right into the new challenge verse.

I hope you enjoyed learning about Psalm 75:6-7. I’m no Biblical exegetical scholar or anything, so I’m glad there are so many online resources for Bible study. I really enjoy the Logos app. It’s annoying that you have to download it, but it is super helpful for looking up the meanings of words in their original language to get a more in depth analysis.

The Scripture God laid on my Spirit for today is Nehemiah 10:28-29.

“And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having understanding; They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God’s law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes;” Nehemiah 10:28-29 https://www.bible.com/bible/1/NEH.10.28-29

This verse is interesting because it talks about how the Israelites separated themselves from the people of the land to focus on the law of God. What exactly does that mean?

The context for this chapter is that Nehemiah has been used by God to lead the Israelites back to Jerusalem. He has been given the task of rebuilding their walls. The Israelites had been taken captive in a foreign land. Those who had not been taken captive and remained in Jerusalem were destitute and without protection from outside forces. Nehemiah cried out to God when he heard of their plight.

“And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.

O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.” Nehemiah 1:5-6,11 https://www.bible.com/bible/1/NEH.1.5-6,11

Nehemiah repents for the actions of the Israelites that put them in danger and asks God for His help. To beseech means to beg. He fasted and wept for many days, begging God for help. You can’t be too proud to call on God, to ask Him humbly for what you need. Also, be prepared to repent for the mistakes you have made that allowed what went wrong to happen.

So, by the time we get to chapter 10, God has heard the cries of Nehemiah and has gone above and beyond what Nehemiah asked for (God can do that for us too!). He gave Nehemiah favor with the king, the materials he needed to rebuild, and weapons to protect himself and the others who rebuilt with him. The wall is built and Jerusalem is safe once again.

Rather than going back to their old ways as people often do when they get what they want from God, Nehemiah was determined to make sure that the Israelites upheld the law and did not fall into sin again. He understood that God’s covenant with them required their obedience.

That brings me to the conclusion of today’s Bible study with a few action items.

Never think that you can’t pray to God over and over again for something. Be like the persistent widow (Luke 18) and refuse to give up on the things that you need of God.

Be prepared to repent. Sometimes we set ourselves up for hard times because of our actions. Don’t be too prideful to admit to God that you were wrong, and that you messed up and need His help to clean up your mess. He wants you to come to Him, and is ready and willing to quickly forgive you when you sincerely apologize.

Be encouraged! God loves you and wants what’s best. Don’t lose faith in His promises for you. You have nothing to lose if you put your faith and trust in God, and everything to lose if you don’t.

Click the link here for the ebook I titled “Praying for Bae”. It’s a goofy title, I know, but I use it to pray for my future whenever I’m feeling super lonely. I hope that somewhere he’s praying for me too. And I hope the same for your future husband too!

Love,

Angela xoxo

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Bible Study Challenge Day 2

Hey guys! I hope you had a wonderful day today. Tomorrow is hump day, we’re almost through. I pray that God bless you this week, at work or at school. If you remember the passage from yesterday, it was Psalm 75:6.

For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. Psalms 75:6‭-‬7 KJV http://bible.com/1/psa.75.6-7.KJV

What a powerful verse. I hope you really think through the study questions from yesterday. I won’t add more questions today. To keep this post short and sweet, let’s read the verses before and after this to get the context for this promise of God. The two verses before:

“I said to the boastful, ‘Do not deal boastfully,’ And to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up the horn. Do not lift up your horn on high; Do not speak with a stiff neck.’ ” Psalms 75:4‭-‬5 NKJV http://bible.com/114/psa.75.4-5.NKJV

The verses after:

For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, And the wine is red; It is fully mixed, and He pours it out; Surely its dregs shall all the wicked of the earth Drain and drink down. But I will declare forever, I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. “All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off, But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.” Psalms 75:8‭-‬10 NKJV http://bible.com/114/psa.75.8-10.NKJVPsalms 75:8‭-‬10 NKJV http://bible.com/114/psa.75.8-10.NKJV

When read in context this verse is more of a warning than a promise. It essentially says not to get haughty. Don’t stick your chest out with pride everywhere you go. Don’t seek to be seen or heard because of your pride. Remember that your promotion– your success comes from the Lord. Not from this world. Give God raise for what you have and be thankful to Him always. If you are wicked and boastful, watch out because God will bring you down to size. It’s amazing to remember that our whole world is in His hands, but we also have to remember that we are accountable to Him for our actions. If we’re wicked or boastful, we put ourselves in danger when we forget that God is the source of our blessings and success. He has no problem reminding us who is boss. Instead of questions, I have a couple action items for you.

  1.  Pray for mercy if you’ve been cocky or haughty. Repent to God for turning your back on Him and thinking you could do things on your own. We have all fallen short in this area at some point in life.
  2. Determine to be humble. Read verses on humility and go out of your way to bless and serve others.
  3. Get accountability. Confess if you’ve hurt someone with your prideful attitude, or if you’ve caused distance in a relationship because of your attitude. Talk to a friend who can check you if you sound too high and mighty or talk too highly of yourself.
  4. Spend time praising the progress, growth, or accomplishments of others, especially of those that you’ve put down in the past.

I’ll be praying for us all as we go through this study. 3 days left. Please take the time. I promise you, I believe God will take us to a whole new level if we stick to our commitment to Him. Promise to give Him this time and finish the study. I know you will not regret it!

Love,

Angela xoxo

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Hey ladies!

Lately I’ve been a bit frustrated with life. I feel like there are so many decisions to be made and I just don’t know what to do, yet it seems like everyone around me has no issue making decisions for me. It’s a powerlessness that I hate to feel. I want to stand up and speak for myself and boldly state what I want, and yet I’m paralyzed by indecision. Do I want you or don’t I? Do I want to stay or do I want to go? Am I happy or unhappy?

Are my decisions making me unhappy or is it the choices of others around me that’s bothering me? I hate when people ask me what’s wrong and I am completely at a loss. It could be five different things, I’m just not sure which it is.

Anyway, now that everyone knows I’m like a bipolar mess, I realized an important habit missing from my life– Bible study. I spend time in prayer, but not so much in the Word. I’ve noticed that I’ve plateau-ed spiritually and am really struggling to move forward in my walk with God. I know that has to change. If you aren’t growing closer to God, then you’re drifting farther away. There’s no other option.

So, I felt my Spirit beckoning me not just to go to God and make my case but to study God’s Word and hear what He has to say about the situations in my life.

If you’d like to join me, for the next 5 days (Tuesday to Saturday) I’ll share a verse passage for study and meditation for that day. If you have any questions please let me know. I am using the logos app on my phone to look up the original Hebrew meaning of the keywords (when I’m feeling fancy).

The first study passage is Psalm 75. The focus verses are verses 6-7 which read:

“For exaltation (promotion) comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the judge: He puts down one, and exalts another. (NKJV)”

Study questions (grab a journal or spare sheet of paper. God doesn’t care if it’s a nearby envelope either lol).

  1. When you are looking for promotion, who should your turn to?
  2. Have you ever sought promotion from man and been let down?
  3. Why does God put down some but exalt others?

This is so fun! We can wrap this up tomorrow. I hope that you choose to join me. It’s only five days, and I definitely believe that there is a supernatural breakthrough on the other side of this! Feel free to comment any answers or questions. Also, if you are a new subscriber and I haven’t sent you your ebook on praying for relationships, please let me know. I have a new phone number, so email me or direct message me if you need to chat!

Loveeee,

Angela xoxo

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