Thursday, January 25, 2007

God's by Default

God was definitely working on me this week. Tuesday, at my ladies Bible study, we were reading and commenting on sections of the book we’re studying:
Having a Mary Spirit
Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out
By Joanna Weaver

We had hit Chapter 4, my favorite so far, and I devoured every word we read. Over and over, I thought, she’s writing about me! I could hardly read out loud, because my voice kept wobbling, and I wanted to cry. What are you trying to tell me, Lord? I asked. It was as if something profound was about to happen.

One of the things Ms. Weaver says that touched me most is so fitting for the age of technology we live in. On page 48, she says:

“When Jesus breathed on the disciples in John 20:22 and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit,’ He was, in essence, both answering David’s prayer and fulfilling Ezekiel’s prophecy. The word for spirit in the Greek is pneuma. In the Old Testament Hebrew it’s ruach. Both can be translated ‘breath.’

“Jesus came to breathe His breath—His sweetness, His completeness, His very being—into you and me so that He is the operating system to which we default. So that in Him ‘we live and move and have our being’ (Acts 17:28).”

As our group read that section the other day, I felt such a sense of longing. I realized that I want that more than anything. I want to know that my life—my relationships, my thoughts, my actions—will be guided by the Holy Spirit. I want to know that Jesus is living in me, that His spirit is my operating system, by default.

By myself, I’m powerless to live a godly life. But praise God I don’t have to try to do it by myself! With the Spirit, I can change. I can grow and be more the woman/wife/mom/friend/teacher/writer He wants me to be.

I can see the bumper sticker now: Jesus is my Default Operating System! :)

Have any of you read a great Bible study book lately? Any recommendations?

Missy

5 comments:

  1. Missy. Wow! I was about crying reading your post. Don't you love it when you're learning about Jesus and God and all these fantastic revlations hit? God's Holy Spirit is active and alive....that's as Beth Moore would say it. I love all her Bible Studies.
    Joanna Weaver sounds great, too.

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  2. I think I just learned of a new Bible study I need to pick up:-) That was great, Missy. I think I'm exactly where you are.
    I did Beth Moore's study on Daniel this past fall and loved it. It really made me thing about my life and living with integrity.
    Those bumper stickers aren't a bad idea either.
    Mindy

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  3. I highly recommend Joanna Weaver's first book, too. Maybe do it first. It's called (and this may not be exact) Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. Excellent!!

    I still haven't done a Beth Moore study. I need to get my group to meet for more than an hour each week to try one!

    Missy

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  4. I'm finally reading The Case for Christ by Lee Stobel.
    He presents the book like a journalistic crime investigation (so for all you CSI or Law & Order fans, you'll love it) with a few questions at the end of each chapter. I want to read it more than I want to work. He presents evidence from archeology, expert witnesses, documents etc. Such a great read and such a great study of the Bible.
    Angie

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  5. That is an excellent book, Angie! I'm not sure I ever finished it, but it really pulled me in.

    Missy

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