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Devotional Series: Be Free, Week 9

Linnea White

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The Final Installment of the Be Free Series: Week 9 | Self-Control

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” Titus 2:11-14

Can you believe it? We are on our last week of the fruits of the spirit series. What a humbling and challenging few weeks it has been intently applying them to every facet of life. While all fruits intertwine, self-control is one that is heavily needed in order to apply each of the other fruits.

Photo by Megan TiernanYou must have self-control in order to act in love.

You must have self-control in order to choose joy.

You must have self-control in order to be peaceful.

You must have self-control in order to forbear.

You must have self-control in order to act in kindness.

You must have self-control in order to show goodness.

You must have self-control in order to have faithfulness.

You must have self-control in order to choose gentleness.

As we can see self-control is heavily needed in order to live our lives as a reflection of Jesus. Outside of Christianity and inside Christianity, people speak of self-control - self-control from sitting and binging on Netflix, from eating a tub of ice cream, from gossiping about the latest buzz. But do we realize so often we have good intentions we fall short of? We make lists of all the things we want to work on and change. However, we don't even get working on the list, and if we do, that cleanse diet only lasts two days. We start a workout schedule and it lasts a few weeks. We say we are going to stop spending so much time on Instagram, then find ourselves doing mindless scrolling. We all are the victims of this lack of self-control. But how do we gain back the control? Think about the hours you have wasted looking at people’s photos online that you can’t even remember who they were or what they were doing… Time you could have spent making yourself a better you. Whether that be by spending more time in prayer, reading more, doing the dishes, or going out of your way to do something nice for your spouse.

There are many scriptures that warn us against a lack of self-control:

“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” Proverbs 25:28

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6

We all want to be better wives, mothers, sisters, girlfriends, friends, employers, employees, etc. But how often do we cloud our lives with meaningless things? I pray that we all take steps toward freedom from distraction.

I challenge you this week to write down three goals for yourself and stick to them.

I challenge you this week to read the scriptures daily.

I challenge you this week to spend time in prayer.

I challenge you this week to refocus your time on making yourself a better you.

I pray that the Lord would move in your hearts (&mine) to have stronger self-control.

I hope that this series gave you new revelation and that you are freer than before.

“You will know them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:20

xo, Meg

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My hope and prayer for this devotional series is to have each of us grow together and grow in our relationship with Jesus. May we gain a better understanding of our identity in Him. I have been seeking His voice and guidance on where to start this devotional and I believe that this is the best place to start – this “Be Free” series. It will take us each one step closer to being truly free in Jesus. There is no freedom apart from Christ Jesus, who died for our sins, and once we experience that freedom, we can truly live.

Each week during this series we will soak in His truth and apply it to our daily life – one fruit of the Spirit at a time.

Devotional Series: Be Free, Week 8

Linnea White

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The Be Free Series Continues: Week 8 | Gentleness

Have you ever had someone say something to you that felt like a sword just pierced you in the chest? Have those words been hard to forget? I have, and I have had to continually forgive the person that spoke them to me. One of the reasons why the pain lingers from hurtful, harsh words is because our words carry much weight and power.

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1

Harshness is the opposition of gentleness.

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17

We should aim towards using our words to speak blessings over one another, and to be gentle in spirit towards one another. Jesus is the perfect example of being gentle towards others lived out how He spoke.

In Matthew 11:29, Jesus says, “I am gentle and humble in heart.” The apostle John , in chapter 8, accounts of the time Jesus encountered an adulterous woman and showed this gentleness. Jesus spoke gently to the adulterous woman, knowing fully that she had sinned. When the Pharisees were lined up to throw stones at her, as per Jewish law, Jesus stepped in and said, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” Jesus knew that each of these men were also struggling with sin in areas of their life. This passage shows how only the sinless are free to throw the first stone. This does not mean that we should sweep sin under the rug. It does, however, teach us that we should be slow to speak, and, in gentleness, steer others and ourselves away from temptation and sin.

Jesus then was alone with the woman and she said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

“No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Jesus lived a sinless life and instead of throwing the stone at her, he instead showed her merciful grace out of His gentle spirit. Let us aim to live as Jesus did and speak in gentleness of both truth and grace with one another.

I encourage you this week... “To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” Titus 3:2

xo, Meg

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My hope and prayer for this devotional series is to have each of us grow together and grow in our relationship with Jesus. May we gain a better understanding of our identity in Him. I have been seeking His voice and guidance on where to start this devotional and I believe that this is the best place to start – this “Be Free” series. It will take us each one step closer to being truly free in Jesus. There is no freedom apart from Christ Jesus, who died for our sins, and once we experience that freedom, we can truly live.

Each week during this series we will soak in His truth and apply it to our daily life – one fruit of the Spirit at a time.

Devotional Series: Be Free, Week 7

Linnea White

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The Be Free Series Continues: Week 7 | Faithfulness

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” Hebrews 11:1

I think of what it must have been like in Noah’s time with the world around him in utter chaos. People were living like animals; killing, misusing and living their lives nose deep in sin. He and his family were building an ark in a time when people didn’t understand the concept of rain. Can you imagine that? God calling you to do something that those around you cannot even begin to fathom? But Noah had faith to seek the Lord, hear from him, and BUILD. He waited upon the Lord, but he waited in action. He didn’t sit back and ask God to miraculously build it. (Even though we know that God could have.) He allowed God to use him. Despite lack of understanding or direction, he knew that God commanded him to build an ark, and he did so in faith for over 100 years.

“By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.” Hebrews 11:7

Faith is seeking God and pursuing Him wholeheartedly in the good times and in the bad times.

Faith is laying down our lives and our desires at the cross and allowing God to use us in His time and in His way to further His kingdom.

Faith is believing in what is unseen - that God can breathe life into dust, heal the sick, and give sight to the blind.

This my prayer for all of us:

Lord, help us to have faith in action. Help us to have mighty faith that fear cannot reach. Help us to seek you in every area of our lives to give our hearts fully to you. Lord, use us to move mountains in your Holy name.

Xo, Meg

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My hope and prayer for this devotional series is to have each of us grow together and grow in our relationship with Jesus. May we gain a better understanding of our identity in Him. I have been seeking His voice and guidance on where to start this devotional and I believe that this is the best place to start – this “Be Free” series. It will take us each one step closer to being truly free in Jesus. There is no freedom apart from Christ Jesus, who died for our sins, and once we experience that freedom, we can truly live.

Each week during this series we will soak in His truth and apply it to our daily life – one fruit of the Spirit at a time.

Devotional Series: Be Free, Week 6

Linnea White

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The Be Free Series Continues: Week 6 | Goodness

“How are you?” “Good. You?”

“I hope you have a good day.”

“Good morning, good evening, good night.”

Phrases that we say and hear every day.

Yesterday, I was conversing with friends about how these phrases have lost the richness in what they mean. We say them out of an almost obligation instead of as a blessing to their day. It seems as though this word good has become a large part of small talk and habitual phrases. But this is far from what God intended when he instructed us to have goodness as a fruit of the spirit.

The word good is in the scriptures multiple times…

“Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His name for it is lovely.” Psalms 135:3

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11

“They worshipped and gave praise to the Lord, saying, “Truly He is good, truly His loving kindness is everlasting.” 2 Chronicles 7:3

“How abundant are the good things 
that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. In the shelter of your presence you hide them 
from all human intrigues;
 you keep them safe in your dwelling from accusing tongues.” Psalm 31:19-20

When we seek His face and ask God to teach us His ways (Psalm 27) we see that the goodness from the Lord is holy - it is set apart from the world.

Goodness is not an outward action. There is nothing that we can do to make God love us more. Goodness is not attaining a certain status. There is no “good deed” that can be done to make God give us greater favor. Goodness is not something that we can do apart from God. Good things are a blessing that come directly from God. When we put our lives into the hands of God, His power through His Holy Spirit transforms us.

I believe that it is easy for us to woo people with our good deeds. However, if our heart isn't in the right place, this is not something that brings glory to God. We should act towards others with goodness, grace, and mercy from an overflow of the goodness, grace, and mercy that is extended to us from Jesus. God sees every detail of our heart and we should desire to do all things for His glory, not of a self-righteous spirit.

David explains in Psalms that the Lord’s goodness and mercy follow him. This is not because of anything that David does, it is not because of his good deeds, or because of his righteousness. David knows that the Lord’s mercy and goodness are with him always because his Father in heaven is always with him.

IMG_0243I challenge you this week to seek His face.

I challenge you this week to humble yourself before God and allow Him to show you who your audience is.

I know that God’s goodness and mercy will follow you when you run after God’s heart.

Be blessed this week!

Xo, Meg

Devotional Series: Be Free, Week 5

Linnea White

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The Be Free Series Continues: Week 5 | Kindness

Yesterday my husband, Scott and I watched the movie Enchanted. If you haven’t seen this movie, I recommend it for a light-hearted laugh. Gizelle is a story book princess who finds herself no longer in her fairytale land (literally) and is wandering the streets of NYC, a true damsel in distress. While this character is highly exaggerated there are a few characteristics of her nature that model the kindness that we should strive to have inside us.

When there were people who treated her poorly, she didn’t harbor bitterness - she showed them kindness. When someone was rude to her, she always thought the best of the other person. She went out of her way to help her friends and put their needs above her own. Indeed, we are not fairytale characters and life has greater complexity than black and white. However, when it comes to the outward kindness that we give to one another, it stems from the way we see Jesus.

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

When we truly understand the forgiveness that we have received from the cross, the meaning of forgiveness has a whole new perspective. We can then treat each other with a genuine, pure, kindness that will overflow from our hearts.

In Luke 5, there is a story about a paralyzed man who was eager to meet Jesus and be healed by him. His friends couldn’t find room for him inside the house where Jesus was teaching. They had such kindness, love, and compassion toward their friend that they lowered him into the house through the roof to meet Jesus! This perfectly exemplifies how we are to treat one another in kindness. Not only did Jesus heal the paralyzed man, but he also healed the sins of his friends because of their faith.

IMG_0144I encourage you when you are wronged to not harbor bitterness but instead show them kindness.

I encourage you to clothe yourself in compassion and kindness.

I encourage you to think the best of others.

I challenge you to go out of your way to show kindness to one friend this week.

“Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12

Be blessed my friends, Meg

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My hope and prayer for this devotional series is to have each of us grow together and grow in our relationship with Jesus. May we gain a better understanding of our identity in Him. I have been seeking His voice and guidance on where to start this devotional and I believe that this is the best place to start – this “Be Free” series. It will take us each one step closer to being truly free in Jesus. There is no freedom apart from Christ Jesus, who died for our sins, and once we experience that freedom, we can truly live.

Each week during this series we will soak in His truth and apply it to our daily life – one fruit of the Spirit at a time.