Friday, January 20, 2012

i am CHOSEN

inspiration: chosen conference.


last night and today, seacoast is offering a women's conference called CHOSEN.


Ephesians 1:3-6 states:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
as women, it's easy to lose sight of ourselves in a world that is commanding us to "look this way" or to "do this and that" and "girl, you don't need to eat that, it will go straight to your hips".


it's easy to forget that we've been CHOSEN by God to do His will so that His name might receive glory!
i had the great opportunity last night to attend the opening session with Lisa Bevere.
AMAZING!


it was so encouraging to hear a message of empowerment and encouragement: a command to step up and be the woman that God is calling me to be!


"The enemy has a better awareness of who we are than we do. We are always under attack..."


this is SO true!
Satan tries to attack us and tear us down before we even know and can realize who we are! He doesn't want us to become godly women, He wants us to fall into the lusts of the world so that we don't do the work of the Lord.


but instead, we are to be Proverbs 31 women: virtuous and capable!
We should be empowered to do good and to do whatever is necessary for mankind!


we are to build each other up.
Lisa made a comparison between men and women...
Men compete with each other to build each other up ((that whole total alpha-male dominance, right?? *wink wink*))
Women compete with each other to tear each other down


Unfortunately, i think there is a lot of truth to that statement. Women are created for relationship, but why do we compare ourselves to each other rather than build each other up? (Ephesians 4:29)


Lisa challenged us to begin writing our lives well.
To begin living as virtuous and capable women of God.
To teach and lead younger generations of women to build them up!!


God is calling us to live with dignity and strength.
It's hard and it's scary, but I loveeee what she said:


"God loves to make you face what you fear because when you do, you become fearless"


But he's commanding us to be strong and courageous:
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9
We are where we are right now because He needs us to be here.
We are called to serve Him for His purposes. 
We have been chosen!!

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