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I enjoy when I get the opportunity to study in the Bible, to worship with my fellow Christians, read books by Christian authors, listen to songs of faith, and spending time with God in prayer.

This does not make me perfect.   This does not make me “better than” another person or any more “righteous” than another.

I am NO saint.  My words aren’t perfect, Nor are my actions always best.

I am just like any other person …. I have good and I have bad.

It’s a progressive Journey, Not always easy, There will be some wrong turns -There are valleys, streams, mountains & trails … But it’s a beautiful Journey!

I can make a GRAND mess of things!

I sometimes have a shorter fuse than I’d like to admit.  Sometimes I would be better to hold my tongue with patience than to respond quickly.

 I don’t always choose wisely. 

I have failed and continue to have days where I wish I had handled/reacted to things very differently.

But it’s Okay – GOD STILL LOVES ME  (and He Loves You too) – Even at our Absolute Worst!!! – Nothing that happens is a surprise to him!

I enjoy sharing my faith journey.  I write from the heart and from experience.  

To be quite honest with you it took some soul-searching, prayer,  and time to consider whether to make Christian posts and put my faith out on social media.  In my initial planning of Studio Felicity Inspirations page a mere status post comment brought a quick out-lash from a self-proclaimed atheist which took me by surprise, so I procrastinated..

1- I feel inept at what to post at times.

2- I realize that posts of faith and religious views can be a real barrier for people and can an easy area of offense.

3- I sin – <sigh> There, I said it – I admit it….  We all do! – Even after we profess and intend for God to be the Lord of our lives, sin sneaks in on us all.  Life doesn’t necessarily become easier.  Daily, we continue to strive toward becoming more like Christ.  I pray that in my humanity I would not become a stumbling block for others.

My hope is that God would use the Studio Felicity Inspirations page to encourage others to read, pray, study God’s word and bring the message of grace to hearts that need a word of hope.

((Philippians 3: 9-12 *NASB : and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from  the  Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which  comes  from God on the basis of faith,  that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;  Not that I have already obtained  it  or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.))

Philippians 3:9-12 (Amp)  :  And that I may [actually] be found  and  known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith.  [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]  Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp)  and  make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me  and  made me His own. 

My Application….

I want to be found in Christ and others to be able to see Christ reflected in my life.  Not for anything that I have done, not for anything I have obtained, Not for any rules that I follow, Not for putting a check in the box beside all the things a “Christian” should do, Not for any effort on my part.  There is NOTHING- ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that I could do to become in right standing with our Holy God.  I can not be “GOOD ENOUGH” to EARN good standing with God.  I can only posses that righteousness through God’s grace.  By my coming to him through saving faith in who he is and what he has done for me.  My purpose is to become more acquainted to Christ –  it’s a progressive journey that will continue as long as I breathe.

 You remember the song from childhood… “He’s still working on me – to make me what I ought to be”–  well, I’m not there yet and by the looks of things there’s still quite a bit of work ahead.

– I desire my life to reflect more of Christ every day but this is a daily struggle with my own sin nature, my own weakness, my own pride, and my own heart.  I am NOT perfect and WILL FAIL and FALL (and so will each of you). I am so very thankful for a forgiving and merciful Lord.

** As a background note:  I grew up Conservative Southern Baptist and only read the KJV.  However as I have learned to delve into scripture to gain understanding I research in a variety of versions when I study.  I like to consider  KJV  alongside the NKJV, NASB, NIV for their ease of reading.  Often, I will consult and reference commentaries, studies, and the Amplified.  I realize that many have definite opinions about which version to use and some are mixed. In my postings,  I am not going to fixate on a specific translation of the Bible. Instead, I,  intend to focus my attention to what God would have me learn from the verses he has provided and how I might apply it to my life.
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