The Struggle is Real

Neagenda-1928416_1280w Year’s resolutions! The very mention of them brings to mind something in us that should change; however, for whatever reason we have been unwilling or unmotivated to make the effort. There is something about a new year that seems to inspire us to overcome the resistance and make a positive difference in our lives. So we resolve to start with a clean slate and do things differently. Yet before January has ended, the old habits seem to take back control from the new resolutions. This is an age-old problem. The apostle Paul says in Romans 7:15, “For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing that I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.”

Paul explains in Romans 7 how he plans to do good, to live a life following God’s commands, and to live above the fleshly desires, but his sinful body wants its own way. He wonders how he will ever be free from his own destruction. If Paul was frustrated by the lack of follow-through with his intentions, how can we hope to do any better? Fortunately, Paul provides the answer in verse 25, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.”

We can be encouraged by Paul’s honesty about his challenge of sticking with his resolutions because he gives us the secret. It is a struggle! Then, he clarifies that the power of Jesus Christ can overcome the challenge. As we foster our relationship with Christ, he fills us with the strength necessary to adhere to even the most challenging of resolutions.

As you contemplate the aspects of your life that need change, keep the emphasis on the areas that will have an eternal impact. Consider the following questions in making resolutions:

  1. What spiritual discipline do you need to be more intentional about practicing?
  2. How can you offer value and service to the body of Christ?
  3. Whose salvation can you commit to praying for?
  4. What big dream would you like to happen this year that only God could fulfill?

As you prayerfully seek the Lord’s direction for the upcoming year, commit your plans to Him and He will direct your steps (Proverbs 16:3).

May God bless your ministry and your life in 2017 with clear vision, complete protection, and mighty strength as you carry out the plans He has for you.

 

The Amazing Training Highlights

Here are a few of the comments and pictures from the conference:

“Thank you so very much for the invitation. We had a fabulous time and were so edified and encouraged. The entire conference was so well-planned and executed. I would love to see you have another conference next year and I have several people in mind that I would want to come.”

“Thank you for your prayers for each of us. I had no idea this was your inaugural teaching training! It was excellent because God was in it! All the details were taken care of. The worship was wonderful. God has changed my heart through your works of faith and your testimonies of His work in this ministry. Thank you! Praise Jesus!”

“What a privilege to be chosen for this great task. An army is only as strong as its weakest link. I pray that I am not that link!”

“Excited to share with other women what I have learned and how The Amazing Collection has changed my spiritual life, and give them the chance to experience the life changing Word of God.”

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The Amazing Training

The Amazing Training Conference
Friday, April 29, 2016 through Sunday, May 1, 2016
Wyndham Peachtree Hotel and Conference Center in Peachtree City, Georgia
Next month we will host our inaugural training conference for “The Amazing Collection: The Bible, Book by Book.” Our big dream is for the Lord to raise up an army of teachers who are equipped to teach God’s Word completely and sequentially in their communities. The times we live in are ever-changing; yet, the Bible remains the same. It is time to be equipped to deliver the never-changing message with a fresh voice – yours.
Prayerfully consider joining us! Registration is only open until we reach capacity or through April 1, 2016.
For complete details see our conference website at www.TheAmazingTraining.com.iStock_000062864300_Medium purchased.jpg

Why Be Amazing?

BA slideWe had a kickoff celebration to begin the Fall Women’s studies at my church recently. Many excellent studies were being offered including the Be Amazing study that we produced a couple of years ago.  One young woman stopped me and asked if she should take it and if so, why? Of course, she asked someone who is totally prejudiced as we at BDM are crazy about the uniqueness of the study and what it has to offer women today! So here are a few reasons I gave her.

  1. Societies always have a need for women who are confident in their womanhood, exude dignity, understand the value of family, marriage, children, and are educated in relational and organizational skills. And churches need women who are confident in what the Bible really has to say so they can live out God’s truths and can pass them on to their children. Be Amazing will help you become that kind of woman.
  2. Today many young women are floundering as the skills that were taught in schools in the past are no longer being taught. Working mothers often have had little time to teach them the skills needed to run a home, raise respectful children, cultivate intimate relationships in marriage, and confidently use their homes for hospitality. Be Amazing will help you develop those kinds of skills.
  3. In a group setting women encourage other women, and when there is a good mix of older women and younger women, that level of encouragement only increases. Be Amazing will give you those kinds of relationships.

Those are only a few reasons but there are many more. We called the Bible Study Be Amazing because the Biblical woman truly IS amazing. God gives us some exceptional commands specifically for women to help us in the journey of life. The role models in the media and movies often fail miserably in giving us a good path to walk. But God’s truth gives us all we need to begin to morph into that truly amazing woman. Whether city, neighborhood or home, all benefit greatly from women who deeply love God and His Word and are able to live it out in their areas of influence. Also as “keepers of the home” we have an opportunity to provide a nursery for heaven for others to come and experience the love and wisdom of Christ. So why should she take Be Amazing? So she may become just that!

Welcome

Welcome to the Big Dream Ministries Community blog. Based on our studies, The Amazing Collection and Be Amazing, this blog is a resource for you with devotions, short Bible studies, and other practical helps for your life.

Please join us each month for new articles and insights that are sure to inspire you to stay in God’s word.