A new session of STAND will begin on Monday, September 14. For more information, please visit and click on the links for "Stand." Our last session together was WONDERFUL... you won't want to miss this study!

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Can't wait to study with you!!!
Love, Mary

Monday, July 6, 2009

Friday, July 3

UPDATE: I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!!! If you haven't already... please check out "I AM FREE" in honor of the 4th of July... and our freedom. It's all about Standing... really. :)

If you haven't already done Friday's study please go for it... I know it's longer but that's because there's so much good stuff there!!! Can't wait to meet again tomorrow. :)

Hi Guys!!! Hope you're doing great today! Friday... weekend... if that doesn't do it for ya grab some coffee! :) I wanted to remind you all to check out the website today, alot has been added including the July Edition of the Journal. Pass the site along to share the Lord! There's nothing to gain here but more of our God... and I don't know about you but I sure don't want to miss that!!! Also don't forget to submit your name on the homepage to receive The 5.2 Newsletter via e-mail. :)

NOW: Here's a treat for you:

You have filled my heart with greater joy than when grain and new wine abound. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:7-8

He has filled our hearts with greater joy! Have you allowed it to infiltrate your life? He [alone] makes us dwell in safety. That in and of itself gives me great joy. Feeling safe can be hard to come by at times! What a wonderful God. Such power and majesty, and yet He makes us feel SAFE. GREATER JOY. Hmm. Reminds me of our discussion about truth. There is the truth of our human reality... and another truth of God. There is also a happiness of our human reality... yet there is a GREATER JOY of God! What an incredible thing to think about! O How He loves us!

Here's another verse about joy that we've mention before in this study:

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:2-3

Do you remember WHAT the joy set before Jesus was, that would motivate Him to endure so much? IT WAS YOU. That's right. [Stop and thank your Savior!]

Ok. Let's "pivot" again. Discussions yesterday were right on the mark. (Don't worry Lauren, you got exactly what we were going for in the passage!) The respect for the Lord was unparalleled by any that I am used to seeing or showing today. I think that we live in a society where God... is equated with a glorified Santa Claus. I really do. Let's stop this weekend and think it through. Dig for the greater truth... so that you can KNOW the greater joy. Let's put things back in context again, shall we? First, scroll down and read the three verses that Amy posted yesterday. (Thanks Amy!) Now. Go back to the first verse we read this morning. Let's put it in context.

Read Psalm 4.

Especially notice: [6] KNOW that the Lord has set apart the godly for Himself; the Lord will hear when I call to Him.

How do we KNOW... [VERB FORM...greater truth] that the Lord has set us apart? In other words, how should we LIVE what we KNOW here?

[5] Offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord.

What are [right sacrifices]?
Psalm 57:1, Romans 12:1, Hebrews 13:5, 1 Samuel 15:22, Psalm 5

Are you getting what I'm going for here?? It's NOT the answer you're used to hearing. It's wherever you are today... just digging one step deeper to LIVE what you KNOW.

For Discussion: We've talked alot about the life God promises. What is expected of us? Where should we STAND to embrace the fullness of abundant life in Christ? Here are some words we've mentioned... all of them important. Let's write out here this weekend: HOW WE CAN LIVE THEM. [Redeemed, friend, child, seen, perspective, worshipper.]

Have you tried kneeling to pray yet? Have you made it a habit? Please go before your Awesome Heavenly Father on your knees just once today. You will be blessed through submitting yourself to Him. Guaranteed.

Live your life in worship of your God. Today. We are ALL worshippers. The term is not set aside for Christians. Our lives are all lived in respect for someone or something. He has given us greater joy. Greater love. Greater life. Let's LOVE HIM DEEPER TODAY. Again... We are the ones who come away blessed. Life abundant my friends! GREATER... JOY.

Instead of your shame you will have a double portion, and instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land, everlasting joy will be theirs. Isaiah 61:7

Friends, please don't live another day without taking a step forward to STAND in Christ! Give Him the worship and honor He deserves. He is God. LOVE HIM ON PURPOSE.

"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me." Philippians 3:12

But we are NOT of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe [KNOW] and are saved. Hebrews 10:39



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