"Make Up Your Mind": Holiness Is Not Optional

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
— 1 Peter 1:16

The summer has come and gone- another season God is directing and it is just marvelous. God is moving in this place indeed! We have been blessed with a mighty series on holiness for the past several weeks and we can't seem to get enough of it. We have spiritually sojourned together discoveries on the postures of holiness, which are positional (the minute we are born, we are in position to be Holy), practical (this is us actually living and applying holiness in our everyday lives), and perfected holiness (which includes both positional and practical, but we achieve this in heaven). Pastor George reiterated that, “What we’re practicing will be perfected in the next realm.” Amen!

Why holiness? Why is it so significant? Well we see that God has commanded us to be holy, for He is and we are made in the image of His son. However there are many commandments that we have been called to uphold, not just the Ten Commandments. More importantly, holiness is required for intimate (total dependence on God) fellowship with God.

Pastor George went on last Wednesday September, 26 2018 at Bible Study to dig deeper with us in our understanding. We are reminded that holiness is relevant because we cannot live contrary to the Word.

“How can we push the program when we are not in His image?” -Pastor George

Some helpful applications to encourage our practical posture of holiness:

  1. Walk with integrity. Being morally sound means what’s on the outside doesn’t impact the inside.

  2. Do the Right Thing. This ought to be our automatic behavior! Bring a cool head to the atmosphere, put out fires, temper situations because of the Christ in us.

  3. Don’t be offensive, whether you intend on it or not. “Abstain from the very appearance of evil, and the very God of peace will sanctify you wholly.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22-23

  4. Don’t backbite- this includes any and all forms of it! Hidden sin blocks our hearing.

Pastor reminded us that we are disciplined if these things don’t happen. You can tell you’re maturing when God chases you, because He chases who He disciplines (Hebrews 12:6 and Romans 8:14).

There is so much goodness to this, and it’s been causing the Body at Greater Grace to self-examine our ways and draw nigh to God as He draws nigh to us. God Bless you all with grace and mercy.

Blessings,

Greater Grace c/o Tara Chavis

Photo by Zack Chavis Photography

Camp Holy Ground: VBS 2018

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Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.
— Matthew 19:14

Vacation Bible School is commencing next week and will run from August 13th through the 18th! The theme will be Camp Holy Ground and includes children ages 4-13. We cannot wait to see what God has in store for the children, as they will partake in Bible School lessons, arts and crafts, praise and worship, tutoring to prep for the upcoming school year, and more! A big thank you to Taqilah Drew and Sylvia Paige Boone for organizing, amongst many others! We love you. Let's keep them covered in prayer and please offer help if you can! 

 

Love, 

The GGM Family c/o Tara Chavis

 

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Keep Hope Alive

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.
— Hebrews 6:19

Pastor George preached an incredible Word about hope on Sunday July 29th. He began with a statement that had a ripple effect like that of a stone thrown in a quiet lake. "I would rather be without food than be without hope." We have to know what we know, and we have to be completely anchored by the truth that we know, otherwise, what is all of this for? We know that that the victory is already won! Do we wake up each morning and rest our heads at night in that truth? Pastor reminded us that the enemy wants you to feel like you have no way out, especially when you experience tragedy or pain or loss. We are reminded not to give up, because when we do, it means we haven't fought very much! I thank God that we are made out of tougher material, because being too sensitive gives the enemy a foothold. Pastor enlightened us how Satan can kill you silently, that he doesn't have to make a lot of noise and mettles with every single family.

It dawned on me today that strengthening our thought-life is such an imperative spiritual tool during warfare. To indeed 'keep hope alive' (Rev. Jesse James), we must practice taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). Satan creates speculations and rebel thoughts that torment us. I found this anointed passage to meditate on when we know that the enemy is attacking our thoughts and our hope. 

"This thought is not like God's thoughts. It is against God and His revealed will. No matter how good this thought makes me feel, or no matter how anxious it makes me feel-no matter how much I may want to act on it or worry about it- it's a thought out of hell, sent from the enemy, In Christ's authority I am going to make it my captive and dismiss it." -Tony Evans, Warfare

In Jesus's name, we declare renewed hope and a refreshed thought-life. God Bless you all!

The GGM family, c/o Tara Chavis

Photo Credit: Zack Chavis Photography

Prayer Requests

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
— Ephesians 6:18

God has put it on my heart to start a prayer request on our website and social media site. While we are always accepting prayer requests at our Greater Grace Ministries ground location, we realize that we can reach more people here on this digital platform. Praise God for that! I encourage you to send as detailed or abridged prayer requests as you would like. You may comment here, send us a private message on our website via the Contact Us tab, or send us a message on our Facebook page. These will be seen no longer than 48 hours after you send them. We look forward to standing in the gap for you because the Word says to pray without ceasing! 

With Love, 

The GGM Family c/o Tara Chavis

A New Wineskin: a reflection

And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.
— Matthew 9:17

After a powerful sermon from Pastor George about living the Christian life deliberately and on purpose, and reestablishing leadership roles and ministries this weekend, Greater Grace Ministries has the feel of new wineskin. We want to be putting our efforts into a fresh, new page within the body of Christ- not our old ways and old minds. We are not called to be perfect, we serve a God that makes up for everything we are not. We are often given opportunities to have a paradigm shift and self-examine our ways. Everyday is an opportunity to make the choice of whether or not to serve God or our flesh, or the world, or our enemy. Thank God for the relentless love and pursuit He has for us! We will be updating our website and blog more often, and praying that each time we do, it renders a new wineskin for you too. 

 

Sermon reference: Please check out "The Deliberate Life" from 7/15/18 and listen to Pastor George discuss the deliberate life  displayed through Daniel's testimony with King Nebuchadnezzar.