The GT Weekend! ~ Sola Week 3
The GT Weekend!
At Gracefully Truthful, weekends aren’t for “checking out”.
Use this time to invite the Almighty’s fullness into you life in a deeper way!
Saturdays and Sundays are a chance to
reflect, rest, and re-center our lives onto Christ.
Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with other women in prayer,
rest your soul in reflective journaling,
and spend time worshiping the Creator who
longs for intimacy with each of us!
Worship Through Journaling
Worship Through Journaling
1) When the work of saving our souls, and the work of giving us the gift of faith, and the work of making a Christian to grow into a clearer image of Christ begins and ends with the triune God, there is zero way we can take credit for any part of it ourselves. We submit to Him in total surrender, offering all we are, and He does the remarkable work of building His Church in and through us as we continue to surrender and follow Him. Praise God for this amazing work!! It’s when we refuse His work in our lives that we are met with discord in our relationship with Him and when we see our own relationships struggle. Human beings make very poor saviors. Where are you working hard to maintain control and be your own savior? Where is the Lord calling you into total surrender? What holds you back from doing this?
2) What if this was just a nice journey theme to study? Suppose we only learned some interesting facts about the Church during the Reformation years? If you and I choose to read and learn and then keep on walking without being challenged, we are the ones missing out. Not just us, but the ones God has crafted for us to influence with His truth. We must know this central Sola truths. We must hold them so dear to us they begin to shape how we view God, ourselves, Scripture, the Church, our purpose, and other people. The price of walking away from these Solas without a personal reformation is just too high. Where will you begin to intentionally make a shift? Which Sola was the most challenging to you as you studied? Where are you out of balance in holding tightly to some Solas, but distancing yourself from others? What will you do to make the Solas yours?
3) We need the truths represented by these Solas to color our everyday lives. Take a few minutes this weekend to sit with your Bible and a journal and pen and think through what are the most important aspects of each Sola and how you can align your real life with these truths. Scripture alone. How does this Sola impact where you seek wisdom and whose voice you listen to with final authority? Who dictates what’s right or wise? Grace alone. Where are you tempted to bring God something in expectation of His favor being given? Is it your prayer life? Is it working hard in your relationship? We are called to follow Him, but out of a heart of love and obedience, not an attempt to win favor. Faith alone. It’s only through faith we are saved for eternity. Nothing Else. How is your faith? Is there evidence of trusting God woven into the fabric of your real, everyday life? Jesus alone. No other name can save us! Do you see Him as holding all authority? Is He the first you run toward, or your last? Where have you combined aspects of some other religions into what you believe? Is Jesus fully God and fully man? God’s glory alone. Whose glory are you living for? Yours? Your spouse? Do your kids carry a weight of performance driven expectations in order for you to feel like you’re a success? Begin asking yourself, is this for God’s glory or mine?
Praying Scripture back to the One who wrote it in the first place is a great way to jump start our prayer-life! Pray this passage from John 3:5-6 back to the Lord and
let His Spirit speak to you through it!
Jesus answered, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Father God, it’s by Your powerful Holy Spirit that we are made new and awakened to a new life. Remind me it isn’t by my flesh, or my agenda, or my purposes that Your kingdom is built and people come to know You. Remind me to listen for the rhythms of Your Spirit and to live in a constant state of submission of my will to Yours. How fast I forget to do this and begin living in my own strength and wisdom instead of Yours! Make my heart soft to hunger for Your ways over mine. Ground me in truth, teach my heart Your Word so I live it out in greater ways each day. May your revival shape my heart, transforming me more and more into the likeness of Your Son, Jesus.
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