One Holy Passion OLS — Week One

What does God want more than anything? … He wants you!

Oh dear friend, if you and I get one main truth from our journey in Exodus, it must be that God loves us with a fierce, passionate, extravagant love. We are going to see His love in tangible measure as we watch Him in action on behalf of His people.

This week we looked at major themes in Exodus. It’s an important preparation for our journey because we want to be on the lookout for these truths as we live in the pages of God’s Word over the next eight weeks.

You are meant for God, for gracious freedom, extravagant love, hopeful purpose, and immeasurable abundance. Sometimes, in the midst of difficult circumstances, these truths seem too good to be true. But they are true, dear friend. And you and I must learn a very important lesson. Live in light of what you know to be true, especially when you are faced with dark days and impossible storms in life.

So I want to ask you how you are living right now? Is it by faith in God’s Word or by feelings immersed in circumstances? You and I must become disciplined, trained so to speak, to respond by faith rather than react by feelings.

As I studied this week I was profoundly impacted especially by Day Two, Meant For Hopeful Purpose. As I read through those verses that gave us a glimpse into God’s design for us and His plan and purpose for our lives, I was overwhelmed with how intricate, specific, and detailed God really is. He is more than I can even comprehend. So what did it mean for me and how can I apply it to my life? Just when I think that nothing is ever going to work out, I need to turn my thoughts and faith in a whole new direction and trust God’s plan and purpose. He is causing all things to work together for good as He promises in Romans 8:28. Just because I can’t always see doesn’t mean He isn’t at work. He is doing amazing things behind the scenes that someday will work together for something grand and glorious.

Believe it. Receive it. Live it.

I love this macro image of a flower taken in Sedona, Arizona, with my Nikon D810 camera and a very special lens called a Lensbaby Velvet 56. This lens adds a special glow and point of focus and works especially well with flowers. The image you see here, The Only True God @ myPhotoWalk — SmugMug.com, reminds me that I am meant for more than this world has to offer. I am meant for God and I’m blessed with being a recipient of His amazing love every day.

Oh how I thank the Lord for you. I love the words of Paul and they truly apply now as we begin.

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart.
Philippians 1:3-7 NLT

So dear friend, what about you? What is God teaching you as you have lived in His Word this week in our One Holy Passion study? As we begin this second week of study, I invite you to introduce yourself if you haven’t already, and share what you are looking forward to in this study. You can write your thoughts in the Comments section of this post.

O my refuge, outside you the waves are high and the winds fierce, but in you I have haven, protection, peace, and blessedness. You are my pavilion, my refuge, my strong tower, the house of my defense, my shield and exceeding great reward. In you I make my refuge. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
My One Holy Passion Prayer For You by F.B. Meyer

And now, let’s continue on in this sacred journey of One Holy Passion.

♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!

Catherine

Sola Scriptura

In this first week of study, you had the opportunity to look at major themes in the book of Exodus—Meant for God, Gracious Freedom, Extravagant Love, Hopeful Purpose, and Immeasurable Abundance. Which theme meant the most to you this week and why? What was the most important truth the Lord taught you this week? And how did Week One prepare you for your journey in Exodus and what do you look forward to as a result?
Please comment.

Your Assignment

Your assignment this next week is to study Week 2, Days 1-7, When God Remembers His People from One Holy Passion — A Sacred Journey in Exodus to God’s Amazing Love. At the end of Week Two, you may also want to enjoy the companion Week Two message for One Holy Passion (Viewer Guide, pp89-90) — Living In The Audience Of One – Digital M4V Video or Living In The Audience Of One – Digital MP3 Audio. In our second week of study we are going to see what happens when God hears the cries of His people in distress. As we enter into this sacred journey in Exodus, we are going to meet Moses, God’s leader in His peoples’ most desperate hour. You are going to see the heart of God as He reveals His name. And you will be drawn to know, love, and trust Him more than ever before. I will meet you back here with a new post and discussion question on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

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That they may know You, the only true God.
John 17:3

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Study

Grab your Bible and One Holy Passion and draw near to the Lord. Give yourself lots of time with the Lord. And make it a special time just for you and your Lord. You may want to set out your quiet time basket and fill it with quiet time materials including colored pencils, micron pens, devotionals, your Bible, One Holy Passion, and your journal or notebook. If you have extra time, you may want to create an art journal and make pages of collage and art with all that you are learning. You may want to take extra time to write in The Quiet Time Journal or The Quiet Time Notebook. If I ever find myself rushing in my quiet time with the Lord, then I always stop, take a deep breath, and remember God’s invitation, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). I’m excited to be able to share this journey with you over the next 8 weeks. I want all of us to keep an eye and ear open for what God has to say to us as we live in His Word. And then, let’s be open and willing to share what God teaches us. And let’s pray for one another.

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For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the Lord loved you … — Deuteronomy 7:6-8

It is one thing to talk about the greatness of God’s love, but quite another to experience His love firsthand in your own life. Spending quality quiet time in Exodus is the key; God is going to transform you by changing the way you think. Through my own sacred journey in Exodus, I experienced a divine rescue at the Red Sea Place, and I found the way through and the way out. God rescues us so we can know, love, and serve Him. Oh yes, God is greater than anything you are experiencing right now. And He loves you with passion, power, and purpose. One holy passion.

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