Preview chptr 3 of my August release of: Experience Godliness God’s Way

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2 thoughts on “Preview chptr 3 of my August release of: Experience Godliness God’s Way

  1. Sarah,
    You have so many thought provoking points in this chapter-I love it! I can’t wait for this to come out! I wanted to comment on the point about “where we set our mind and how we occupy it, determines our present conduct and our final destiny.” On Sunday I heard a message about Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles and how the Moabites were coming against him-the message was called “When all hell breaks loose”. The preacher pointed out that one of the things Jehoshaphat and his people did when they were about to be attacked was encourage themselves with the word. I thought about this point when I read your statement, and I tell you in one of the worst times of my life the Psalms were my refuge. I felt like I was in a cage, with no control of the situation, reading those words to the Lord-they were the only thing that kept me going along with the knowledge of his presence. I believe that in our trials, our decisions determine whether we will step out of those times in God’s perfect will or having to go around the same mountain again! His word helps me to think straight, keep myself in check, and have the peace I need to not only get through the hard times but also day to day life. Thanks for sharing!
    With love, Valerie

    • Valerie,
      Thank you so much for your encouragement regarding the book and for your words that enrich this discussion.
      Another idea that I share in a different chapter of the book is that we do “go around the same mountains again”. It is part of God’s play, therefore, we have no need to feel like a failure when we find ourselves there again. It is not because of “failing a test” but because God gives us opportunities to sow Christ (the Word) into our lives and produce MULTIPLE harvests of Christ-likeness. In other words, it is not a matter of passing a grade and moving to a higher level as though we are climbing a ladder. Instead, God views our life as a garden. We are continuously weeding the garden as we sow the good Seed (The Word, Jesus) into it. All of these trials and temptations are opportunities to sow Christ. I think you will enjoy my presentation of this idea of God’s way to perfection. I call it the “garden pattern of living life” – a pattern requiring sowing and reaping, harvesting Christ into the world, instead of passing grades and climbing a ladder of success.

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