Women’s Ministry Update 5/23/13

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JESUS, THE ONLY FOUNDATION

  By Christine Martin

“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).”
I Corinthians 3:11

Several years ago, the Lord dealt with me. He very clearly spoke to my heart, and told me that my spiritual foundation was faulty, and that He would be “taking down my walls” as it were, to extensively restore the devastation of “what lay beneath.”  With the eyes of my heart, I saw an old stone foundation.  I could see black gaping fissures that ran destructively throughout the entirety of it.  I knew I was seeing my toxic spiritual foundation. I now realize that these cracks and rifts were rife with fear. I had received wrong teaching.  The teaching sounded really spiritual, but it sidelined Jesus work on the cross. It focused instead on me, and on my actions.  Any spiritual teaching that puts the focus on what I do instead of what  Jesus did already  is wrong.

I sought to “use” God to fill my broken places. I wanted to be someone specially used by Him, thinking that it would somehow gain me the attention I so desperately craved. I was a monster at 13.  Judas Iscariot and I probably would have dated. I spent two years in what I believed at the time to be Bible School. Let’s just leave it at that. I vividly remember realizing one day in a haze that I felt very strong in my relationship with God, BUT I HAD NO NEED FOR JESUS.  I literally remember thinking at the tender age of 21,  “Wait, what happened to Jesus? I HAVE NO NEED FOR HIM….This can’t be right……can it?. NOW THAT IS SCARY.  I carried my Bible around like a security blanket, but found myself  tormented  when I tried to read it. I knew the torment of Saul. I threw invisible swords of judgement and hatred at people with my thoughts all day long, without even realizing I was doing it.

If I had been capable of reading and comprehending the New Testament, I would have been able to learn all  about JESUS and HIS FINISHED WORK ON THE CROSS!   Judas betrayed  Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, and I was so busy trying to use God  by perfecting  my own holiness that I was betraying Jesus by having no need for his sacrifice for me.

My Heavenly Father, with His infinite wisdom, life-rending mercy, and the vastness of His amazing love….. which I will never deserve, nor begin to understand—- loved me in spite of my horror.  With determined fervor, I had searched desperately for His favor, His power, and “His hand”  …. instead of His loving Father’s heart, His Will, and “His Face”. …knowing Him for who He was, and realizing that “His ways are higher than my ways, His thoughts are higher than my thoughts”, and that HE ALONE IS SOVEREIGN.

I was too broken then to know,  and I am even now still incredulously learning ….that He created me, cares for me,  and deeply loves me. He loves me so much that He had the foresight to orchestrate a plan to pay for the horror of me. He had already asked His only real Son to lie down with a bloody trashed back on two pieces of rough hewn wood and let soldiers drive big metal stakes through him to save Judas’ twin… me.  Jesus said “Not my will, but THINE be done.”

Jesus said, YES!

Well, in spite of my sordid plans to “use God”, His perfect, wonderful, far greater plans for me were already in place.  As a six-year old child I had tenderly and tearfully knelt at an altar, inviting  Jesus to live in my heart. The terrible teaching and horrible doctrines were still to come, but before they did,

Jesus was in the house!  It was a house destined to fall down at the age of 40–because it had a really bad foundation. It was built on what I was busy doing to get from God.  Instead of building my house on what God (by sending Jesus to die in my place) HAD ALREADY DONE FOR ME.

If Jesus died to save me, (and He did), you are no problem!  I sat down alone in my bedroom three years ago, and began to tell him about the horror of me inside. I said, “Jesus, I’m so scary and broken inside”  It was as if He sat down right beside me like the wonderful big brother that He is, and said very matter of factly, I know”. He already knew!   He didn’t condemn me, and He didn’t leave! He didn’t walk away, He didn’t cringe, He didn’t say–”wow, you’re too broken for me to fix—I’m outta here!”  HE STAYED!!! He’s been cleaning me up ever since! It’s a process, you know. It takes time. “Unless I wash you, you don’t belong to me” ….remember when He said that to Peter in the Book of John?  I understand that now!  We all have sin, we all have dark and broken places…..we all have them, isn’t it great? If we didn’t have them, He couldn’t wash us, and we wouldn’t belong to Him!  JESUS DIED TO SAVE THE ONES WHO KNEW THEY HAD BROKEN PLACES.  “I came for the sick, not the well” That’s me! Isn’t it great? IF I CAN SEE MY INNER MESS, I CAN SEE MY NEED FOR A SAVIOUR. I AM BROKEN, I KNOW IT!  THIS IS A GOOD PLACE! I never knew that before. Isn’t it fabulous? Where knowing you are a wreck leads you to your need for Jesus?

I spent alot of years trying to fix my own yuck…it NEVER WORKED. I would just end up controlling it,  cataloging it, and then miserably trying to fix it myself or cover it up in shame and outward spirituality.  Jesus does a far better job.  He is very kind, and he never shames me. HE BORE MY SHAME. I’m writing this, and I’m crying, because I can’t believe he died for ME!  When His light shines onto a new area of ick inside me now, I know just what to do!  I see it, I am horrified, but I no longer beat myself up and wallow in it, or freak out and try and fix it myself.  I just RUN TO JESUS WITH IT!    Jesus wants to clean you up! He wants you to show Him all of the “ ick” in your house, so there is no question about your need for what he did on the cross for you! HE IS THE ONLY FOUNDATION!

For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) ”
I Corinthians 3: 11

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”   – Jesus-
John 10: 28

“IT IS FINISHED” –  Jesus

Current Announcements:

 Help for the Greenberg’s move

  • Gift Cards, to Lowe’s, Walmart, or Target for the many little items they still need.
  • Meals, dinners to free Tracy up to continue unpacking, organizing, and purging. They prefer vegetarian,  but will take fish or chicken meals as well. Click here to sign up.
  • Childcare, someone to come to the house to play with the little ones and keep them busy, or someone to pick Mo up for a few hours, Judah naps here twice a day still, so he is easier to manage.
  • Thanks again so much for all the willingness to help and care for the Greenberg family. God is good!

RSVP for Summer Studies beginning June 4th and 6th

  • Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges, Tuesday mornings, 9:30-11:30 beginning June 4th
  • Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms our Daily Life by Elyse Fitzpatrick, Thurday evenings, 7-9 beginning June 6th
  • Please RSVP to Christine Fulcrod and purchase your books from the office.
  • Childcare available for both studies – let Christine know the number and ages – $33 for one child, $49.50 for 2 or more.

RSVP for Preteen/Teen Study beginning Sundays on June 1st

  • Sunday afternoons in June and July (all except June 16, Father’s Day)
  • Cost is $15 for the workbook
  • Girls will go as a group to the homes of different women of the church for a hosted meal  and program return for 6pm evening service.
  • They’ll study the book Becoming a True Woman While I’m Trying to make it through Middle School by Susan Hunt.
  • Various women of the church will lead the lessons and incorporate real service and ministry opportunities.
  • Sign up your daughter or questions to Heather at wm@nlicc.org

Let us know if you have ministry needs or opportunities to share, we’ll help get the word out.  Email wm@nlicc.org.

in His grace,
Heather O’Hara
for the Women’s Ministry Committee

 

 

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