July 29, 2015

Faith Feeds on the Word of God

How thrilled I am that our Proverbs 31 First 5 App is finally here, fully loaded with God’s Word and content, to take us deeper still with Him!! I’m honored to be part of the writing team for the App and cannot wait to dig deep into the Word of God with you. Our writing team includes Whitney Capps, Wendy Pope, Leah DiPascal, Krista Williams and, of course, our fearless leader, Lysa TerKeurst!   FaithFeedsonWordofGod But WHY are we so excited about getting into the Word with you? Because God makes some amazing promises about His Word, and I don’t know about you, but I want to be the beneficiary of those promises. Let’s take a look at a few …

Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.  Deuteronomy 8:3

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to Your Word.  Psalm 119:9

Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.  Psalm 119:105

The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.  Psalm 119:130

As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the Lord is flawless.  2 Sam. 22:31; Proverbs 30:5

My Word that goes out from My mouth: it will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it out.  Isaiah 55:11

For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12

And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.  2 Peter 1:19

When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight. Jeremiah 15:16

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.  Matthew 24:35

The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” Jeremiah 1:12

Oh, friends, each time I sit down to write a First 5 teaching, my heart leaps with joy at the thought of men and women around the world gathering in one place to meet with Him. I can only imagine the delight that fills God’s heart as He sees each one of us giving the first moments of our day to Him.

It’s an honor to break apart the Word of God for you and with you. If you haven’t signed up, just drop by the App Store and download our FREE First 5 App. Did you know that in less than a week we have experienced over 200,000 downloads! We’ve had over 6 MILLION screen views. It’s totally crazy and something only God could accomplish.

Clearly, God’s children are hungry for more of His Word. He is after all The Bread of Life! So will you join me in ingesting and digesting more of His Word? John_EG_Cover_for_Karie_large Leave a comment below and let me know if you have signed up, or if you are going to sign up today! I will choose two names to receive a copy of our John Experience Guide.

We wrote the Experience Guide to be a companion to the John study on the App. Each study will have its own Experience Guide. You can purchase the John Experience Guide from our Proverbs 31 Bookstore by clicking here.

Blessings,

July 20, 2015

Give Your First 5 Minutes to God

 

 

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I am so excited to announce that TODAY is the first day you can download our new Proverbs 31 mobile device app FIRST 5.

What is it you ask?

The app that will transform your time with God.

We say put God first … so wouldn’t it makes sense that we give Him the first 5 minutes of our day?

Proverbs 31 Ministries is bringing this God-given vision to life with a new mobile device app called FIRST 5. This app will open first thing each day (before social media or emails can distract you) with a short teaching in God’s Word.

I have the honor and privilege of serving on the writing team who will contribute to the daily teaching you will receive each morning. Our FIRST 5 journey will begin ONE WEEK FROM TODAY, and we will study the book of John. My Proverbs 31 sisters Lysa TerKeurst, Whitney Capps, Leah DiPascal, Krista Williams, and Wendy Pope join me.

Over the years, God has revealed your beautiful hearts to me. You have a passion and hunger for God’s Word. Your participation, comments and prayers show how much you love digging deeper through Bible study, and that is why I’m sharing our new app with you the first day it’s available! I would love to have every one of you join us for this journey!

The app is free. And, we have created an Experience Guide to supplement your daily time with God. This experience guide will add to the richness of your FIRST 5 journey. Pre-Order Your Experience Guide Now. We are offering it at the special price of $13.00.

And you can download the FIRST 5 app for FREE beginning TODAY, July 20th, 2015.

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To learn more about FIRST 5, visit our web site, www.first5.org, by clicking here. Enter this week’s giveaway for a chance to win an IPad.

And we’d love for you to follow us on on Instagram @first5app and share FIRST 5 with your friends.

If you decide to join us, leave me a comment this week and let me know. I will will choose one name to receive a free Experience Guide. I will announce the winner at the end of the comments on this post next Tuesday.

Blessings,

April 2, 2015

An Easter Gift from My Heart to Yours

Easter Quiet Time

Guided Abiding Time with Jesus 

 

Easter is such a precious time in our faith. One of my favorite ways to celebrate is to simply sit and soak in God’s Word. Below please find a guided quite time that I pray tenderly leads you to a sacred meeting place with Jesus in the Holy of Holies tucked inside your heart. There are no rules…you can do it in one sitting or over several days.

Hear the Word of the Lord

Psalm 33:1-11

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Praise our Abba Father…

a. Psalm 27:4

 

b. Psalm 84

 

c. Psalm 90:1-2

 

d. Psalm 145, especially 14, 17-20

 

e. Isaiah 43:1-7

 

Do you know He has called you by name, created you for His glory? Do you know He and He alone is your dwelling place? Journal your thoughts.

 

See how great is the love of God…

a. Isaiah 1:18 and Isaiah 53:1-12

 

b. Psalm 51

 

c. Psalm 139

 

d. John 8:36

 

e. Romans 8:1

 

f. 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

g. 1 John 1:8-9

 

 Spend a few moments praising God and receive the unfailing love of our awesome God.  Journal your thoughts.

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Our Savior’s sacrifice…

Jesus Christ… the Son of God…the Author of Life…the Anointed, Chosen One, stepped out of heaven and into our earthly realm, choosing to leave His honored place in heaven.  He was born into poverty.  He learned obedience.  He was hated by His own people, ridiculed and persecuted.  His own creation arrested Him, stripped Him naked, and forced a crown of thorns into His head.  They beat Him and knelt before Him, mocking: “Hail, King of the Jews.”

When He was so weak He could barely stand, they forced Him to the ground and onto the cross.  They stretched out His arms and drove nails into His hands and feet.  His blood poured forth onto the ground.  Upon crucifying Him, they divided His clothes and kept watch over Him through the night. As He hang dying, many stood at the base of the cross hurling insults at Him, mocking Him.

After hours of agony, darkness fell over the land.  Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me!”  At that moment, the curtain of the Temple ripped in two from top to bottom.  The earth shook, rocks split.  Tombs broke open.  Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands, I commit my Spirit.”  Upon speaking these words, our Lord and Savior breathed His last breath.

God could have stopped this scene. Jesus could have lifted Himself off the cross, but He chose not to because He saw my name.  He saw your name.  He saw my sin.  He saw your sin.  He knew the only price to pay for that sin was death.

Jeremiah 31:3

 

Romans 8:38-39

 

Pray this prayer:  Lord, Your Word says the sacrifices You desire are a broken and contrite spirit, and a contrite heart You will not despise. Today, I confess my sin, especially _______________. Thank You that Your Word promises that when I confess my sin, You are faithful and just and will forgive my sin and purify me from all unrighteousness. Thank You that Your blood, the blood You shed on the cross sets me free and Your Word promises that when You set me free, I am free indeed! Thank You that according to Your Word there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Thank You that You see me through the blood of Your Son Jesus. Thank You that all things old are gone and the new has come. Thank You that You have washed me white as snow and that my sins are as far away as the east is from the west! Today I receive Your forgiveness and cannot wait to live in the fullness of all You have to offer. AMEN.

Do you understand the depth of this love God has for you, the depth of the sacrifice He made for you and for me?  Tell Him so now.

 

The gift of new life…

As if forgiveness of sins was not enough, God gave us another gift.

The Resurrection

Three days later, an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, His appearance like lightning, His clothes white as snow.  He rolled back the stone at the tomb.  The tomb was empty!  The angel said, “Jesus of Nazarene, who was crucified.  He has risen!  He is not here.”  After Jesus appeared to His friends, He was taken up to heaven to sit at the right hand of God, His father.

Because of this gift, you and I receive the opportunity for new life and the gift of God’s Holy Spirit.

Read these powerful words from the Lord:

a. Ezekiel 36:26-27

 

b. John 14:16-21

 

c. John 16:13-15

 

d. Galatians 5:22-23

 

e. 2 Timothy 1:7

 

Do you know the joy of having the power and presence of the living God residing within you?  Speak to the Spirit and ask Him to fill you with the fullness of God at this moment, to receive all God has for you.

 

Spend time with the Lord and draw near to His heart…

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a. Proverbs 2:1-15

 

b. Proverbs 4:20-27

 

c. Isaiah 55:1-3, 6

 

d. Hebrews 10:19-25

 

e. Phil 3:7-10

 

What do you need to consider loss, what do you cling to that keeps you from fully surrendering to Christ?  Ask Him to take it from you now.

 

Sit and soak in God’s presence…just you and His Word…

Scripture teaches that one day at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

a. Joshua 1:8-9

 

b. Psalm 1:1-6

 

c. Psalm 63:1-8

 

d. Isaiah 30:15-18

 

e. Isaiah 40:28-31

 

f. Exodus 33:14

 

Close in prayer…

 Thank you, Father, for this precious time to be still and know that You are God.  Father, take this time, bless it, take what I have offered to You, and continually remind me of what You have taught me and spoken to my heart.  To You alone I give all glory, majesty, power, and authority now and forevermore.  Amen

 

My heart fills with gratitude as I thank God for you! You are the most amazing community of women. Thank you for your prayers and your sweet words of encouragement through the years. I pray that each one of you will experience God in very deep, rich and personal ways as you sit at His feet during this Holy week.

If you feel led to share how the Lord speaks to you through your time alone with Him, I would love to hear from you!

Blessings,