I sure hope so! I hope the Holy Spirit is doing a great work in your life, that has nothing to do with you (Eph 2:8-10).
I hope that you are seeking Him through HIS word and not mine. I hope that you will take HIS words, HIS truths, and HIS love for everything HE has done for you.
But, is Jesus Calling like Sarah Young believes in her book? I’m not sure. I was given this book as a Christmas book one year from a loved one. I loved the thought behind it and jumped in January 1st like a good little ‘start the year off right’ girl! I love new starts.
But, after a few weeks, I just wasn’t sure. I loved the beauty of the book, it was a teal, leather-bound book with beautiful details. I loved the references to the verses at the bottom; I read those first each day, as I had planned to use it as a guide to my own personal bible study. But, there was just something off and I just couldn’t decide what it was.
So I set it aside and haven’t picked it up. The problem was, when people mentioned it as a devotion, I cringed. But again, I didn’t have words for why. If someone were to ask my opinion (which they have not), I would have said something to that effect of “I just didn’t like some women putting words in my Jesus’ mouth. They didn’t sound like the Jesus I studied in the gospels, or the Jesus revealed to me through the Holy Spirit.”
But I didn’t say anything, because I didn’t want to sound like a party pooper. It was obvious with the many editions, the apps, the bestseller list, that I was alone in my thinking. But man, the Holy Spirit still works.
I was at a moms group from my homeschool group the other night and one mom asked which devotion the other moms were using with our kiddos. I piped up (which I typically do in group settings, ahem, extrovert with opinions here), and said, “oh we are reading a passage from either the old or new testament each day and discussing. We are reading Pilgrim’s Progress each day too and MAN the kids love that book.”
I got a lot of ‘that’s great, but not what I meant’ looks and then people dove in with their opinions. And there were some great ones. Ones I’ve read or heard referenced to with great esteem. And then THAT ONE came up. And many said they loved it. And I kept my mouth shut again, because I just didn’t have the words and didn’t want to hurt feelings. I am by no means more holy (believe me, conviction is rampant these days), more righteous, I just had this feeling.
But, God gives some people platforms for reasons we cannot know. I have this small one here. But this lady, Anne Kennedy, hers is bigger. And someone referenced this post today, just 3 days after my mom-night encounter and I just knew it had to be for me. She puts into words what I just felt.
And since I kept quiet when maybe I should have said something, would you read this too?
“Its not that God doesn’t want you to experience him. It’s not that he doesn’t love you and is making things harder than they need to be. It’s that you need to be content with who he actually is and the revelation of himself that he gives in his own scriptures. That’s one of the things that “bible believing” means. Not that you are a rule bound, legalistic meany, but that you satisfy yourself with God on his terms, the Bible, and not your own.”
Would love to hear YOUR opinion. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I’m missing the point. But would love to hear your opinions after your read her articles. Also, to mention her point on, who actually looks up the two verses at the bottom of Sarah’s words, did you click on the Ephesians 2 reference above? I left the whole chapter so we could read it in context.
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