Discernment

Yesterday was a tiring day…left the house around 8am and got to Boone around 11ish. We got Lauren all unloaded and mostly unpacked into her dorm and then went to lunch at Mellow Mushroom. I hadn’t ever been to Mellow Mushroom and really liked it! I am excited because they are building one in Cary!

me and Lauren in front of her bed

my cute little sisters...what in the world am I going to do when Ashley goes to college? Can't believe how fast they are growing up!

a little bit more of the dorm room

Lauren and Kirsten's cute little wooden letters they made for the door

the view from their hallway...really cool that you can see the football stadium

yummy!

It was hard to leave Lauren yesterday; I already miss her! Lauren is not just my little sister, but also one of my best friends. She knows me so well and continues to love, support, and even put up with me! haha the house is always quieter without her in it…she brings so much joy to all of us and so much laughter! I can’t believe how fast the summer went by. Thankfully, Lauren is close enough to come home on some weekends and I am really excited about going up to visit her 🙂 Also, we will have plenty of skype and phone dates!

This morning in service, I got to hear Bruce Ware speak on walking by faith in the all-sufficient God from Isaiah 40:12-17, 27-31 and Acts 17:24-25. God is infinitely and eternally immense, powerful, all-knowing, and wise. He is the Creator of all that is, Sovereign Ruler of all He created, and the Giver of all good things to all people. What a great reminder that I can add nothing to God, He does not need me, and He lacks nothing…He is self-sufficient; in His grace, I get to see this and look to Him for all I lack (which He has in infinite measure). God doesn’t need us, but He loves us and we were made lacking that we might be filled with Him and have the privilege/joy of serving Him. Service is God’s kindness to us; His “sharefulness.”

Today was switch Sunday, so our grade met together and Mike Waters spoke. He talked about qualities of leadership: humility, observant with the desire to improve (Galatians 6:1-4), faces problems and finds solutions (Ephesians 4:22-24), and good stewardship (Matthew 25:14-30).

In college class, Ben Davey started out series on the discerning Christian with 1 Thessalonians. Discernment is the ability to judge well; judge what is pleasing to God and what isn’t. To be discerning, we need to test things against God’s Word. We talked about 5 reasons we need to test everything against scripture:

  1. experience proves that not everything we believe is truth, even if we’ve believed it our whole lives. We need to line up our beliefs with scripture.
  2. our human nature is lazy and it takes the easy road at every opportunity; as a result, some things we believe aren’t true. We typically just look around us and match what others are doing/how they do it, but we are not to do what is usually the hard thing–> look at what God’s Word says and line our lives up with the scriptures.
  3. reveals the true intentions of our heart; it will show where our allegiance is because when we compare our lives/choices against scripture, we must respond. Will we choose God’s way or our own? Many times our pride gets in the way of taking truth to heart…Will we change our behavior to match God’s Word? (James 1:21)
  4. The devil is on the prowl and he seeks to destroy us. Satan wants us all in hell and for believers (since we will not be in hell), he wants to render us useless to God. We must be alert and aware of Satan’s schemes and never lighten up when it comes to being discerning because the enemy is out there!
  5. Christ is coming back and will reward the faithful. We will have to give an account for our lives and our choices…I pray that my life will be lined up with Scripture! What a motivation to test everything against His Word! (1 Peter 5:10-11)

Ben quoted D.A. Carson and I just love what he has to say:

“People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.”

After church, I went to lunch at Remington Grill with Chris. It was fun to spend time with him and I am very thankful to have had a little brother/sister date! I also had a leaders meeting today, then watched kids during the service (I am excited that my mom is came to take care of the babies with me!). After service, I went to dinner with my lovely friend Morgan and then we headed over to Amberwood to watch Star Trek with some friends. It was a packed full day! I will leave you with a song that we sang in college class!

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