From Our Hearts to Yours

Becoming More Like Jesus

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As a believer in Christ, you have the ability-and the precious privilege!-to live for Him and strive to be like Him. In other words, to pursue godliness.

Yes, you can live a godly life in and through Jesus Christ. As you cultivate a deep-seated loyalty and devotion to Christ it will affect your conduct—you will become more like Jesus. What a wonderful reality! And what a wonderful reality to share with others.

How can you become more like Jesus?

—Be on guard against letting other things keep you from God’s Word. That’s where you learn what Jesus is like.

—Jesus prayed—and so should you. That’s where you deal with sin and have the opportunity to thank Jesus for His death on the cross.

—Make it your daily goal to “walk by the Spirit.” That’s how you live Jesus and show Him to the world.

—Share the truth about Jesus with others. That’s how you point others to Jesus.

Source title: Windows into the Word of God, by Elizabeth George

Words That Make a Difference

The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

James 3:17-18

The world judges beauty by external elements: the style of a woman’s hair, the designer labels on her clothes, the monetary value of her house and car. But God’s beauty is evidenced by a woman’s words—by edifying, godly words of wisdom that bless others.

James shares eight components in the kind of speech that “is from above.”

  1. Pure words-that lack any ulterior motives or self-interest
  2. Peaceable words-that accomplish peace in your relationships with others and with God
  3. Gentle words-that extend kindness and consideration
  4. Reasonable words-that indicate a willingness to listen and yield
  5. Merciful words-that are rich in compassion and kindness.
  6. Words full of good fruits-that indicate Spirit-controlled speech
  7. Words without partiality-that are straightforward in dispensing God’s truths
  8. Words without hypocrisy-that contain no insincerity or deception or pretense
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Make the prayer of your heart to bear “the fruit of righteousness.” Pray that you will remember to speak with true wisdom that encourages others, blesses others, and brings honor to the Lord God.

Source title: Windows into the Word of God, by Elizabeth George

Teen Tuesday: You Can Always Talk to God!

In many ways prayer is like a cell phone. You can pray anytime you want, anywhere you want, for as long as you want. But unlike a cell, prayer has no fees or roaming charges. Plus you have a direct line to the God of the universe 24/7-24 hours a day, 7 days a week! How’s that for technology? Divine technology, that is! If you’re not praying-or not praying very much-or unsure about how to pray, run through this checklist:

  1. Check your relationship with God. Is there something that’s caused a barrier between you and God? If so, bow your heart and admit it to God. Ask Him to help you do whatever it takes to deal with the obstacles that stand between you and a loving, open relationship with Him—one that enables you to talk to Him about anything and everything.
  1. Check your lifestyle. What… or who… is influencing you? Are you being influenced positively for the things of God? If not, it’s out! Nothing and no one is important enough to endanger your relationship with God and your willingness to talk to Him in prayer.
  1. Check your desire. Prayer will never become a prized habit or spiritual discipline if the main ingredient-desire-is missing. You can know what to do and why to do it, but if you don’t want to do it, it won’t become real in your life.
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To grow a heart that prays, start with a choice to pray a few minutes each morning. Graduate little by little to spending more of your 24/7 talking to God. Don’t loose heart. Big things begin small.

Source title: A Young Woman’s Guide to Making Right Choices, by Elizabeth George

Living with Power and Confidence

Where does God have you today? What roles and responsibilities have been given you by your Lord? And how about your dreams—and your heart’s desires? Many of these indicate God’s directions for your life.

Take some time to discover what the Bible says about your roles… and then pray about them. Why not jot down some dreams you have too? Write them down in your Bible, your prayer book, a personal journal, or a special notebook dedicated to dreaming and planning and doing as you become a woman after God’s own heart.

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God’s road to success is quite simple: As you faithfully follow Him with all your heart and are obedient to fulfill His will for you, you will be blessed. You will enjoy success. Yes, you’re human, and you will have moments when you fail, slide back, fall down, or stay in one place for a while. But as you rely on God and do what He asks of you through His Word and prayer, He will give you the desire and confidence-and power-to move on and enjoy life in Him.

Source title: Windows into the Word of God, by Elizabeth George

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