In 2015 the Women’s Ministry at Country Oaks Baptist Church is focusing on strengthening body and soul. We offer the following encouragements as you seek to glorify God in your body:
You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power For Our Sinful Behavior And Negative Emotions by Tim Chester
“Most of us don’t live lives that are considered great by the world. For us, holiness consists not in heroic acts but in a thousand small decisions (for me – like what I eat, what I think, what I say, what I spend…). But God gives us the opportunity to fill the mundane and the ordinary with His glory. We can reflect His glory to the world.”
Encouragement from THE Book:
1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Romans 8:7-9 (NLT) For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.
Note to self:
“It’s all God’s Grace.” For years I have sought for a definition of grace. People say, “It’s all about grace” and I didn’t ever quite get what they meant. I’d always heard that mercy is not getting what you deserve and grace is getting what you don’t deserve – or something like that. Lovely sentiment, but not much help for day to day living. Then I read the Blue Letter Bible’s Definition of Grace and everything became clear. Grace is the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues (like self-control in those daily small decisions like what to eat!).
originally published on July 16, 2013 – theWordchick.com