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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 4

Linnea White

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The Be Free Series Continues: Week 4 | Forbearance

Forbearance is different than patience.

It is being able to be patient and to have self-control even when you are being treated wrongly. It is making the choice to not reciprocate when wronged.

IMG_0027Let me start with saying that this does not come natural to me. When someone treats me poorly my initial reaction is to either shut down or to say something back that is equally as stabbing. Although, I have learned to tame my tongue (most of the time) it is something that I continually have to make a conscious effort to do.

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” James 3:9-12

This means that when someone says something that is downright awful to us, we should not speak back something that is also hurtful. What James is saying here is so convicting - how can we sing praise to God with the same mouth that we use to speak ill of others?

When we think of how others are made in God’s image, it allows us to shift our perspective about how we think of others - despite how they may treat us.

I challenge you this week to be quick to love and slow to speak.

I challenge you this week to think of others with the knowledge of knowing that they are man in God’s likeness.

I challenge you to be forbearing.

This week I will be challenged as well, and I look forward to hearing what the Lord shows you.

Lots of love, Megan

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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 3

Linnea White

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The Be Free Series Continues: Week 3 | Peace

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

Jesus was telling this to his disciples when they were distraught, scared and confused about where He was going and their future without him physically next to them. He is foreshadowing the time to come where God the Father will send down the Holy Spirit upon them to be with them, comfort them, and guide them through every step.

I know that many of us wrestle with feelings of confusion, doubt, and often question what is next in our future ahead. But we have peace in knowing that God loves us so deeply that He not only sent His son to die for us, but also sent His Holy Spirit to be with us. Jesus explained to the disciples, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever - the Spirit of truth.” John 14:16

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Peace is the absence of fear. Peace is the absence of a troubled heart. Peace is from God, and surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)

Peace can often have to connotation as a political symbol. It can often be tied to the opposition of war. But biblical peace, the peace that Jesus is teaching about is a verb - it is an action.

Peace translated in Hebrew is the verb “Shalam,” which means to restore. Restoration happens when something or someone needs to be made complete. God gives us His peace. He gives us what we need to be made whole, to be made complete in Him.

Friends, this week I challenge you to really seek His peace. Take time to seek His truth and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you.

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 1

Linnea White

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Be Free | Introduction

My hope and prayer for this devotional 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.

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I pray that this devotional series will be a community for women to be open and honest about their struggles and hardships, praises and victories, and the pruning that takes place in order for us to blossom!

For some women, loving others and serving them humbly comes naturally, while for others, it may be having a gentle spirit. All in all we are here to grow with one another and be transformed into women of God who love, uplift, encourage, and serve one another. This will allow us to be more comfortable in our own skin as our identity in Christ becomes whole and renewed. My hope is for each of us to gain freedom from judgement, freedom from fear, and freedom from comparison.

Week 1 | Love

Galatians 5:13-26

"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other."

I know the majority of people, whether you call yourself a Christian or not, heard in their childhood the command to love your neighbor as yourself. But what does this truly look like? Are we as women going out of our way to uplift one another?

We can start applying this in our own circles, with friends, family, and the woman on the street corner asking for money to buy food. When we love, like Jesus loves us, our intention will be pure. We will love with a serving heart, not for outward reward or recognition, but truly for the love of another, for the love of a Sister.

Women, smile at one another, compliment one another, serve one another, and do so with a pure heart.

My challenge for you this week is to love. Go out of your way to change someone’s day.

I can tell you this truth: doing so will help set you free.

Be Blessed my friends!

Xo, Meg