Journal Entry from the bible study “Dwell”

Delight: source of great pleasure, satisfy greatly

Holy delight: not changed by circumstances, not list when someone close leaves, does not depend on having everything you want, is deeply rooted in knowing and enjoying Christ

I am learning to find delight in His presence.

God is bigger and better than any hole I can dig for myself.

Take eyes off Jesus> begin to sink in the waves (Matthew 14:25-31) Jesus reaches out to grab me; take His hand.He continually proves His faithfulness. He is good when nothing else is. He is my ONLY true constant. He is my solid rock.God is good all the time. All I have to do is keep my eyes on Him and he will keep me afloat.

Prayer:

Thank you for rescuing me. Thank you for being faithful, even when I am faithless. I love you, I want to try to walk on water again.

”She chose to make the Lord her dwelling place. Her delight is in Christ. Her satisfaction, worth, and identity are deeply rooted in Christ Jesus.”

”God’s plans took her life in a different direction, and she had to chose how she would respond. She chose joy. She chose to trust God and to dwell in His presence during her most difficult days… In the end she has chosen to Jesus the holy delight of her heart.

True delight comes from dwelling in Christ.

What circumstances do I  wish were different?

– my mental health

-my brothers decisions

How do/did I respond?

-sometimes with thanks for making me stronger

-often times with fear, anger, doubt, anxiety, despair

Psalm 62:1-2, 5-8

1-2

“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

5-8

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”

How does those verses describe God?

He ALONE is…

My fortress

My hope

My rock

My refuge

What does a life trusting in Him look like?

It looks like full surrender, and trusting he will hold me in His gentle hands and walk with me truth the deepest, darkest valley(s).

Salvation

Salvation is the eternal promise that cannot be broken.

”He sent His son, Jesus, to dwell WITH us, suffer FOR us, and reconcile us BACK TO HIM.

No other name but Jesus has the power to save.

Because of my promise for eternity I should…

-celebrate victory over death

-be joyful

Prayer:

Thank you God for rescueing me! Thank you for the grace and mercy of you pour over me. Please help me find rest in your promise of eternity. Amen.

Satisfaction

True satisfaction come when Christ is our dwelling place. In God ALONE my soul is satisfied.

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

                                 C.S.Lewis

 

We settle for far less than God’s best. Idols- what we settle and drive for, will ultimately leave us empty.

IN GOD ALONE I FIND TRUE JOY.

-Joy (supernatural delight and true satisfaction in God) comes when we recognize the sheer beauty and worth of who He is.

Psalm 16:11

-“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forver-more.”

-God’s word is clear that we will endure difficult times as His children.

1 Peter 4:12-13

-Even on the difficult days our joy and delight in Christ cannot be taken.

-True joy- discoevred by treasuring Chirst. He is always good and sufficent

-My joy is complete in Him.

James 1:2

-“Consider it great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience trials of various kinds.”

-In His presence we (I) find abundant, overflowing joy.

Prayer:

God help me sense your nearness as I walk through this challenging season. Let the promise of Your presence be the delight of my heart.

Hope is beautiful and life-giving.

-Keeps me moving

-inspires me to embrace possiblitlites

“Without hope people lose heart and give up. We long for a sense of certatiny to sustain us.”

God ALONE is unwavering hope.

Hope is… “the confident expectation that God is working both now and in the future for HIs glory.”

“My certainty rest in His character NOT my circumstances.

Hebrews 10:23

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

-“He is perfectly faithful. He will never fail me. I can trust Him. When life changes my hope does not.” When I dwell in his certaitny/presence, my heart is set on the hope of eternity.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I belong to the God of hope and my trust is in Him. It deepens my peace and increases my joy. By His power, I have hope that overflows.

In 2 Corinthians 11:24-27…

Saul transformed into Paul. He never lost sight of the hope he has in Christ during persecution.

Prayer:

God thank you for hope that overflows when I set my heart and eyes on You. God, you bring hope in every situation- including mine. I am in you; nothing is hopeless.

In God alone we find salvation, satisfaction, joy, and hope. Nothing on earth can compare.

In God alone we find salvation, satisfaction, joy, and hope. Nothing on earth can compare.

I will struggle to maintain a sense of joy/spiritual satisfaction until I learn to dwell in His presence.

When I begin to focus my heart on Christ consistantly, my life will become radically different.

David Livingstone is an example of complete surrender and trust in God.

His prayer:

“Lord send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. Sever and ties save the tie the bind me to Thy heart.”

^filled with trust and surrender

“Surrender is hard. Sacrifie goes against everything we want in our flesh.” I must learn to fully open my heands and heart to Christ.

God has called me to his kingdom work. It requires trust, obidience, surrender, and perserverance, but the end result is always worth it.

Anything God will ever call me to, He will equip  me for. Any place God could ever send me, His presence goes as well.

Surrender requires trust.

Consider how you would answer these…

-Lod send me anywhere except…

-Lay any burden on me except…

-Sever any ties except…

 

“The more I dwell in His presence, the deeper my trust in Him grows. As I fill my mind with His word, I will begin to see things through the lens of eternity.”

Prayer: God, I struggle to surrender control-false or real. I find it difficult to say,” Here God, take the wheel. Take this off me.” I need help surrendering ungodly desires (body image, etc). I need help to surrender the lies…

-I dont deserve _________.

-I do deserve __________.

-I’m not ________ enough.

-Somethings wrong with me (shame).

Amen

Psalm 37:4

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

God, give me the strength to let go of anything keeping me from fully surrendering to Your will for me/my life. PLease show me how to rest in Your presence and make you the desire of my heart.

“Dwell” on this…

“What keeps me from enjoying His presence?”

-busyness, worry, OCD, negitive/hopeless mindsets, uncertainty, Ed

“How is joy different from happiness?”

Joy is the sourse of happiness. Happiness is contentness or pleasure.

“Why do we struggle to surreneder our hopes, dreams and desires?

-I get scared (uncertainty).

-I have sinful desires, which will never satisfy, that I am afraid to let go of.

“How will you approach hardships from now on?”

-with joy and hope

“Who or what is currently the desire of your heart? Is Jesus? If not, where do you seek satisfaction from?”

-desire to please everyone, look a certain way, weigh ‘x’

“What do you need to change?”

I need to desire ONLY God and make Him my ONLY delight.

 

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