Question 4. What does focusing on the good news that happened at the cross do for your heart and mind? Please share your thoughts.
"Focusing on the cross enables me to see Truth! My identity is found in the fact that God loves me enough to sacrifice His Son for me, and Jesus loves me enough to die a horrible death and be separated from His Father for me. Focusing on this truth helps me to trust Him more (His promises and character), and see the cross as beautiful thing. When I focus on Christ and the cross, I stop thinking about my life and the “what if’s.” I start resting in His ways and put my hope in His plan. I start drawing on the power of His resurrection that is in me."
Hello, I am new to this course, and I am so looking forward to this journey! I have a lot of brokenness and bondage around food. I know Jesus can set me free. I didn’t get a Mentor when I first signed up, but I’d love to have one. Thank you!
Depression L19 Q 8. Here is a place, if you would like, for you to express your praise to God for His great love to you, and for the wonderful things He has done for you at the cross. He has redeemed you and forgiven your sins:
April writes: “Oh, My Lord, we sing Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who is, Who was, and Is to come. I thank you for your unfailing love. I thank you for your long-suffering with me. I thank you for making a way in which I am forgiven and can walk with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for my scars to show how you healed me. Thank you for your scars that show how much you loved me. What love, peace, overwhelming joy. Praise you Jesus.”
Question 2. Think for a moment about all the changes God has made/is making in your heart, and specifically how those changes are related to the good news of the cross. Please share those changes briefly:
The Lord has definitely changed my heart. It is no longer about me, but about Christ. The sins committed are primarily committed against a holy God. It is no longer about how I can influence my husband to change and to turn from sexual immorality, bringing about change by changing his external behavior and avoiding sexual sins, but it is about how Christ can change him and how true and lasting change is not only possible, but is inevitable in light of the Cross and the Gospel. It is about loving and forgiving my husband, not because he deserves it, but because I have first been loved and forgiven in my own sinful state. It has been a steep learning curve and has sometimes been a heart struggle on my own side, but through Christ all things are possible. Even though my situation has not entirely changed, I can walk in peace with love and hope because I trust a holy God who is faithful, who loved me at my darkest and who gives me a living hope, through Christ Jesus my Lord, and I can pass that hope and love on to my husband, my children and to those I come in contact with daily.
My heart is being continually warmed and encouraged journeying with Christine through the Mentorship course. I sometimes forget who's the Mentor and who's the student.....
The only thing I would add is not to try to 'remain mindful' of too much Marilyn. Pick just one key truth, something definite and condensed. I can look at any lesson fo say the Bootcamp course and there is SO MUCH for me to revel in, but I try to take away just one point to think over as I go through my day
Question 7 at Marker 49:40 in video: Do you see the gospel pattern in these Old Testament stories? If yes, is your faith in the resurrection of Jesus increased? Please share your thoughts
Wow...as often as I've read those stories I never made the correlation until today. Each picture and story represented something so very significant to Christ and his death and resurrection. It puts my life and dying to sin in a new light.
I am NOT a mentor--in fact, I just finished my last day of the Purity Bootcamp, and awaiting mentor feedback. But I am fishing around in the forums, hoping to find some continued fellowship like what I had with my mentor. It bothered me that nobody had replied to your good post, here; so, I thought I would chime in.
I see what Cody means about how looking over and over at the cross seemed foolish at first. I was discouraged at first, to be honest, and was inwardly thinking "Here we go again; more emptiness!" But the more I looked, the more I saw attitudes and motivation BEHIND the actions that King Jesus took on the cross--and also the level of love and compassion that the Father had, which would move Him to plan and direct such a HUGE sacrifice in the first place. The bigger Jesus got, the uglier and more repulsive my sin became!
I love what Cody wrote, which you heard from a preacher ("Stare at the glory of God until you see it.") He might wanna call the police, since I am CERTAINLY stealing that! Thanks for sharing this, and know that by doing so, you are no doubt helping many besides myself to CONTINUE a passion for washing at the cross and walking in the Spirit, leading to a victorious war against the flesh!
I like that the lesson pointed out what righteousness means. I tend to forget this and get caught up with associating righteousness with only meaning perfect obedience. Not realizing that perfect obedience is the cause and not the effect. We are righteous (accepted by God) forever because of the credit of the perfect obedience of Jesus freely given to us at the cross, in exchange for all our sins! What an amazing gift!
This part really spoke to me: Jesus sacrificed Himself on the cross so that when God looks at you through the blood of Jesus, you are seen as perfect. God loves and accepts you! Because you are in Christ, because you are one with Christ, you eternally hear, "This is my Son (or daughter), whom I love; with him/her I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:17).
People always say, myself included when they die, they hope the Father will look at their life and say " I am well pleased" or "well done my good and faithful servant" How sad that is because it means they have not fully believed and accepted Jesus sacrifice of his life for them on the cross; His righteousness given to them in exchange for their sins as the only thing that makes the Father pleased with them. They are instead hoping in their works and good deeds and efforts to live godly as "the thing" that will make God pleased with them. As humble as their hope to hear God say "well pleased" sounds, it is full of sinful pride and unbelief and is the very thing that will draw out God's displeasure towards them.
May we always abandon hope in the sinful pride of trying to earn God's love, favor, and acceptance. To do so presumes that our sacrifices are more holy and pure and acceptable than the sacrifice Jesus life, His blood poured out on the Cross. Instead, may we humble ourselves by abandoning hope in ourselves and fall at the foot of the cross believing and receiving the blood sacrifice of Jesus alone that makes us acceptable. When we do, we don't have to wait until we die to hear the Father say He is well pleased with us. Because of our faith in Jesus's sacrifice for us on the cross, the Father says it to us now, today!
@Erick-Hurt I LOVE this Gospel and the Church course, and am praying for many many people to take it and experience the power of the cross like never before. And may church leaders all around the world return to their first love and preach the cross through this course!