Memorizing Scripture alludes a lot of us. Why would the Devil want to make it easy for us to carry around the Living Word of God on the tips of our tongues and the top of our minds? Because it’s powerful!
“I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).
The Hebrew word for “word” in this verse is “promise.” David wanted to hold onto God’s promise, knowing that was the only way he stood a chance of resisting sin. This side of the gospel, we cling to the promise of Jesus. We no longer have to worry about the impossibility of avoiding the fall into sin; rather, we hold onto the grace of forgiveness that allows us to repent and keep moving towards holiness … and a heart like His. Jesus is the Word.
“In the beginning, the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it” (John 1:1-6).
“It’s a misconception to think that living missionary means you need to go overseas. That is definitely part of it, but what it means more accurately is that your perspective of your everyday life needs to shift. You view things from a kingdom perspective: the people around you are not just outer shells, they are embodied souls in need of a Savior.” – Gallaty, “Disciple Her”
Kandi Gallaty speaks life into the hearts of everyone woman seeking to obey Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples.” This book allows readers to see discipleship as an everyday reality rather than a daunting task. So many of us lead and attend Bible studies, but yearn for the next step in our faith. This book is a great place to dive head first into the next level of growth in our faith.
Gallaty provides guidance based on real life experience leading and discipling women. The book is divided into two parts, the first defining discipleship and the latter teaching how to start a Discipleship Group.
I have led a Women’s Bible Study Group for years, and appreciate the knowledge and confidence this book has given me to take my faith and my leadership to the next level. It’s both uplifting and challenging.
For those looking to take their faith to the next level, this book is a must read. I highly recommend it to Bible Study leaders and teachers. However, any group of friends with a goal to seek more of Christ will benefit from the powerful truths and accountability this book offers.
“Transparency is needed and trust is necessary. We have to remember that when things can’t be explained, we can simultaneously share our lament with others and also trust the God of the universe.” -Gallaty, “Disciple Her”
God’s intention of friendship is love. Friendship should be less about what we get out of it and more about how we can serve God through it. 1 Corinthians 13:13 reminds us that out of “faith, hope, and love… the greatest of these is love.”
Jesus reiterated the importance of love when he reminded His followers to love God first with all their heart and soul (Matthew 22:37) and then love our neighbor as ourselves. (Matthew 22:39)
These ten friendships put God first and I believe when we model ours after these examples, we will experience friendship the way God intended us to.
Jesus had a close circle of 12 on this earth, but He calls us friends, too. The NKJV Chronological Bible Notes for this verse explain,“While He was not implying that His friends were His equals, He was offering to share with them what belonged to Him.” And the second half of John 15:14, “You are my friends, if you do what I command,” gives us a glimpse into Jesus’ perspective of friendship.
It’s important to consider what friendship meant in Bible times. The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible states that “the language of friendship was applied to patron-client relationships, in which patrons supplied some needs of clients.” NKJV Chronological Study Bible Notes says, “In the Roman world, a ‘friend’ was often a political ally who owed one a favor, or a more powerful patron on whom one could depend.”
But we don’t often think of the friends of Jesus as political allies or business acquaintances. Jesus took a concept familiar to those that surrounded Him at the time, and redefined what it meant to be a friend. “Jesus is our model for love… If believers obey His command to love, they enjoy the intimacy of His friendship. Friendship… is not a once-for-all gift, but develops as the result of obeying Jesus’ command to love” (NKJV Study Bible).
“I’m not afraid anymore,” Kevin declared as he bounded triumphantly into the frostbit air with his newfound courage in the movie “Home Alone.” “Did you hear me? …I’m not afraid anymore!” In an instant, he found himself face-to-face with an entirely different fear than the one he had prepared to face, and took off screaming into his house.
How are we supposed to live out the words Paul penned to the Ephesians when there is a new fear, anxiety, pain, or problem lurking around every corner of our lives?
“God is love.” (1 John 4:16) Through Christ, we have access to His wisdom through the living Word of Scripture, providing us wisdom to live out a life of love over fear. Love is always bigger.
“Since we are His children, we must walk in His unconditional love. Love is more than just words; it requires action. God’s unconditional love should characterize our lives. As people who have His love living within us, we need to represent Christ’s authentic kindness and forgiveness to others.” -Dr. Charles Stanley, Life Prinicples BibleNotes