Learn to Glorify God Every Day with this FREE WORKBOOK – By Emma from MyRedemptionForHisGlory

Below is a guest post from our sister-in-Christ, Emma. She’s been kind enough to share this article with me to post on the blog for my readers to have access to her free workbook. I hope it blesses you as much as it has blessed me, dear ones. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.


Hello, Humblebees, Emma here – from myredemptionforhisglory.com!

I’m jumping onto the Tulips & Honey Blog for a quick moment to let you all know about a workbook I recently launched for fellow believers to benefit from.

It’s called The Ultimate Guide to Reforming Your Daily Habits (& Honouring Christ as Lord – Every. Single. Day.) and as you may be able to tell from the name, its purpose is to challenge & encourage you to bring glory to God through your everyday life.

Here’s a brief description of what you can expect from the digital download:

An 8-page printable workbook complete with…

• a questionnaire to analyze how you currently go about your day

• ideas to get you inspired

• plenty of space to make your own notes

• an outline of your new game-plan for tomorrow (Yes! We’re starting right away!)

At the moment, it is still being offered for FREE, but I am planning on closing that option soon.

My goal is to let others know about it, get some feedback on how helpful it was for them (i.e. what they liked or didn’t like, what was super useful and what wasn’t, what made things ‘click’ in their mind and what was completely unnecessary, etc.), and then, make it into something even better.

This is one BIG opportunity for me to learn and I’m hoping to get as much out of the learning experience as I can. 🙂

Once I make some improvements to the workbook, I would be thrilled to offer it through my own online shop.

So, if this sounds like something you would be interested in, CLICK HERE for more information on how the workbook came to be.

May the Lord use it to strengthen you as you seek to walk faithfully with Him!

for His glory,

Emma

Grab your FREE GUIDE now!

Lingual Braces and a Lisp – By Becca Barner

Hello HumbleBees,

Recently I got braces put on for next phase of treatment to help with my TMJD (Temporomandibular joint disorder), just a fancy medical word to call the jaw joints. The type of braces I got are called Lingual (meaning tongue) braces and they go behind my teeth. Since getting them on, I have a bit of a lisp but it is temporary till my tongue gets use to the proper placement. Lauren and I think it is super cute and she wanted me to record an update. We are uploading it to YouTube and can find it HERE. Once I recorded the video, I asked Lauren if I could do a writeup post with notes from the video. I won’t add too much info because I would love you guys to watch the video. I share a bit of my pain history, current braces status, and I totally laugh and cry in this video. Please go check it out and give us a thumbs up which will super bless Lauren and me!

Here are my main notes:

·        I am grateful:

1.   Grateful for braces

2.  Grateful for the stabilizers to help my bite

3.  Grateful for the pain- God sovereignly used my pain to help show my husband and I the true Gospel

  –      “Suffering saints are living seed.” Quote by Charles Spurgeon

thumbnail_image

·        A Time for Everything

 Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

§   For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

·        John MacArthur

1.   I was totally wrong on the anniversary of John being apart of Grace to You church lol. I accidentally said 40 years, but J-Mac has been pastoring there for over 50 years now, not the 40 I was saying in the video.

2.  Here is the correct info:https://www.gracechurch.org/about/history

3.  His mercies are new every morning…

Lamentations 3: 22-23

§  22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[b]
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

thumbnail_mercies.pinterest

To: The Christian Who Feels Like a Fraud

To: The Christian Who Feels Like a Fraud

A guest post by Emma from myredemptionforhisglory.com


Note from the writer: This amateur-ish poem was written in a moment of reflection upon a very real experience which I suspect many Christians have.

I do not normally write poetry. In fact, I used to detest the school assignments which required me to concoct a poem of my own.

This time, though, I needed to voice something through a slightly different medium. I hope it proves helpful to you, dear reader.


To the Christian who feels like a fraud,

I know how often you feel this way.

I see your doubtful thoughts every day.

You try to pretend and put on your best face,

But I know deep down, you’re scared that grace

Isn’t enough to cover over those sins.

No matter how many victorious wins

You achieve, you still find yourself wavering.

Though you would love to spend some time savouring

The various small blessings and reliefs,

Instead, you wind up in spiralling griefs,

Which threaten to steal your assurance

And nearly succeed in terminating your endurance.

It’s terrifying, isn’t it, to be rendered seemingly hopeless?

But then, you remember, Jesus’ power is not any less

Than those wretched sins you used to love.

And even though you now feel feeble as a dove,

Christ’s blood was the perfect payment.

You don’t have to muster up another atonement.

All that is required is a simple faith –

One which trusts fully in Jesus to be safe

From all condemnation, worry and fear.

This saving faith abides, knowing that He is near.

It does not question the efficacy of His sacrifice.

Rather, it relies securely on it to cover over every vice.

So, why do you remain unsure?

Has sin become too much of a lure?

Nonsense! You have been made new!

A softened heart has been established inside you,

Replacing the old, heavy, guilt-ridden heart of stone

You once bore as a sinner, not yet Christ’s own.

There is newness of life made possible now!

But you can only experience it when you humbly bow

Before the One Who has saved and redeemed your soul.

He bought you back, paying the due price for the whole

Of your sinfulness, your transgressions against God.

He already forgave you, so why you do still feel a fraud?

This is genuine – this repentance, this faith in Christ.

Therefore, cease this worrying, since it is He Who fights.

Your doubting is not helping anything.

Don’t waste another moment of your life, but cling —

Cling to the Messiah, the only Author of salvation.

Be done with all besides this solid Foundation,

Which promises to keep you forever, just as He planned.

The Lord will not fail you; you cannot fall from His hand.

Whether you feel like a fake, a phony, or not,

That will never cause His grace to be all for naught.

Remain in Him. Continue to trust in His sovereign will.

Be comforted that His perfect plans, He will fulfill.

You are safe and sound, though you fear the opposite is true.

Praise God that your salvation is not up to you!

For if that were the case, you would surely lose it.

Your words and deeds are important, yet they won’t acquit.

They are not what saves you, so stop putting your hope

In the evidence or lack thereof of sanctification. Nope!

That is not the way you are justified, rather

Christ Jesus must be the One to gather

His flock to Himself. You are not the Lord; He is.

Whatever your failures happen to be, they’re all His

To be cast into the depths of the sea,

Because Christ’s righteousness made you free.

I know you’re weary, looking for a place to rest.

Just lay yourself down at the Master’s feet without protest.

That’s all you must do to be rid of this cloud.

The doubt will fade as you trust God to do what He vowed.

It’s time to finally blockade your mind from entering that dark abyss.

By now, you’re wondering: how could I know all this?

Well, to be plain and honest, dear Christian who feels like a fraud,

I. AM. YOU.


This poem mentioned a key teaching of Christianity — the Good News of Jesus Christ. Click here to read more about the Gospel and learn how to be saved.

Need more encouragement as you walk the narrow path? Subscribe to Emma’s email list!

Every week, you’ll receive a Letter with anything from resource recommendations to personal challenges. Just enter your first name and email address HERE.

Salvation – Guest Post: RedeemedMamaSavedbyGrace

Below, dear ones, is a guest post from my dear sister Lauren Bronner, writer of the RedeemedMamaSavedbyGrace blog. She was so kind as to fill in for me today while I work on packing. We’ll be heading out to the next assignment this weekend, please pray for my family, and enjoy this wonderful article! Thank you, Lauren, you are wonderful!


Salvation

This week my husband and I had the privilege and honor to interview Pastor Allen Nelson on our new podcast The Chuck and Lo Show. Pastor Allen Nelson is the author of the book, “From Death to Life.” The interview was a real treat and I hope you find it encouraging. “From Death to Life” dives into a topic that can make some of us uncomfortable. Talking about our salvation can be sobering. I’ve struggled with being assured of my salvation. There were times where it kept me up all night. My closest friends know that I’ve struggled. When we finally understand, as much as our human minds can, who God is and when we realize how undeserving we are to think that he would offer us the free gift of salvation we struggle.

Now while we who are saved should have assurance, sometimes we don’t and there is a reason for that. Some can have a false assurance–the false belief that you are going to heaven when you’re not. When we do a spiritual examination and see how we measure up, it is clear that we fall short. We are filled with sinful thoughts and desires. Our tongues gossip and tear people down. We lust after others. That is who we are at the very core. That doesn’t give us much hope, does it?

Another reason I have questioned my assurance is when I struggle constantly with the same sins. It can be very discouraging to wonder whether you are truly saved.
Romans 7:15 “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.

You may struggle because you don’t “feel” saved. However, feelings are unreliable and inconsistent. Feelings may help give us an idea of a possible underlying issue but they are not to be held over God’s word. What if God had feelings like us humans? What if he had a bad day, and was stuck in traffic? Imagine that His day went downhill from there and He was moody and snapped at us a bit. That would be terrible. We don’t serve a God like that.

Sometimes we do question our assurance in our salvation, and rightfully so. We think we can earn our salvation, and that can cause us to doubt.
We are always going to sin while we live in this fallen world. I think it demeans the work on the cross when we think more about the sin then think to think about Jesus.

Those thoughts can cause depression and anxiety. Depression and anxiety take you away from the joy Christians should have.
Martin Luther once said, “All heaviness of mind and melancholy come from the devil: especially these thoughts that God is not gracious unto him; that God will have no mercy upon him, etc.”
There is nothing abnormal about a bit of doubt. We are unworthy of this free gift given to us and we know it. I believe Satan rejoices when he sees our shaky assurance in salvation.

It is important to know that there is a difference between condemnation and conviction. You feel helpless with condemnation, at least I have felt as if there was no hope. Conviction brings your sin to the spotlight and results in the desire to repent.

We need to test ourselves …. We don’t ever want to hear The Lord say, “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!’ ” Matthew 7:22-23

You have to have a clear understanding of who God is, and what his word says to have a true understanding of what real assurance is.
“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand” John 10:28-29

As believers, we need to trust what scripture says. What scripture says is what God says so we know it’s true. We don’t question God’s word or lack assurance in it so we shouldn’t do that with our salvation. We need to trust and believe that what Jesus did on the cross is ENOUGH. We should not try and take credit for anything Jesus did on the cross. We can’t. He did that alone. When we question our salvation we minimize the work Christ accomplished on the cross. As believers, we are walking in the light. We are no longer the walking dead. Even when we feel doubt we need to trust in God’s faithfulness. Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,”

We can have assurance through Jesus Christ. “It is God who saved us and chose us to live a holy life. He did this not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan long before the world began — to show his love and kindness to us through Christ Jesus” 2nd Timothy 1:9


Guest Post – Presuppositional Apologetics & the Word of Faith Movement

Below, dear ones, is the guest post I had the honor of writing for my friend and brother-in-Christ, Pastor Jim. The original link is here. Please continue in prayer for Jim as he is overseas hard at work for the glory of God.


Hello, dear ones, my name is Lauren Hereford and I write the Tulips & Honey Hub blog. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to write this guest post for my dear friend, and brother in Christ, Jim. I’m joining with you all in praying for him, to see much fruit, and to return home safely. What a blessing it is, though many of us cannot go, we can pray for those that God has sent. Thank you, Jim, for giving me the honor of writing in your place while you diligently serve the Lord. 

I want to talk, briefly, today about the role of apologetics, and particularly presuppositional apologetics, in reaching those caught up in the heretical teachings of the Word of Faith movement. For over a decade I was immersed in the unbiblical teachings of TBN prosperity gospel peddlers. Unfortunately, for as bad as that is, what happens in the small local churches far exceeds what we see on the glossy screens of these well-produced shows. What you don’t see on the TV is the multitudes of image bearers being taken advantage of, abused, or even rejected as unrepentant and faithless goats. How do you rise to heights of prestige in these circles? Well, clearly only those who are healthy and wealthy are favored of God. Obviously, they are the ones with the most faith, with the greatest measure of repentance.

But what does this have to do with apologetics? It was an insistence of Scriptures authority which destroyed the false doctrines I had so tenaciously held to. Once God graciously saved me in July of 2015, it was the overarching question of standards that led me. By what standard? Who says you must be healthy at all times? Who says God wants you rich? If God was the highest authority, and His Word was sufficient, it was far easier to refute the same falsehoods which had so thoroughly doped me before. Why? Because, prior to salvation, my authority rested in two places. The first was my own opinion, my “instinct” about what I was being told. The second was in the prophetic word of those deemed spiritually gifted, or anointed. It was in that fashion that I had come to believe a number of unbiblical teachings.

While I did not know at the time that I was being taught presuppositional apologetics, I was greatly blessed by those who used it to share the Gospel, and to refute the false claims of atheists, agnostics, and cults. It helped me to get grounded in the Word of God as my final authority. Now, whether I’m talking to a Mormon or an atheist, I have Gods Word, not mine or some other sinful man, to argue from. I can share with the cults my past, how deceived I was, while consistently bringing them back to the Bible. It is Scripture alone that teaches truth, and Scripture alone which must be our standard. Many blessings, beloved brethren, please be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved!


Guest Post – Twisted Tuesday Isaiah 53:5 by Becca Barner

Twisted Tuesday; Isaiah 53:5

By: Becca Barner

Welcome to Twisted Tuesday, Dear Ones. I have the privilege of writing an article about a scripture that is often taken out of context and twisted to fit into a faith-plus-works salvation narrative. The scripture that we are going over today is:

Isaiah 53:5 ESV (English Standard Version)

“5 But he was pierced for our transgressions;

    he was crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

    and with his wounds we are healed.”

I cannot honestly tell you how many times I “spoke this scripture over myself” and others- as though I carried the same power that Christ has. Speaking things into existence is the name of that game; and a very dangerous one at that. It’s a doctrine teaching that the believer carries the same power and authority as Christ; as though our very words carry power. This wades into the pool of “little god” theology, which will drown you if you stay in it. We’ll talk more about this in the future, but for now let’s just say that this doctrine is extremely dangerous/blasphemous.

Graphic-by-Becca-Berean

I remember many years ago when I was heavily blinded by the “Word of Faith” doctrine. I once had a Joyce Meyer book with instructions to read many scriptures like this one aloud to make God do as I wished, like a spiritual genie. This beautiful passage of scripture is not a positive affirmation that we can say aloud to make anything happen. Here is the big theological breakdown of Isaiah 53:3… He was killed for our sins, and by his wounds or “stripes” we now have salvation. It’s that simple folks. 

Now, you’ll still find many of the Word of Faith and Prosperity Gospel teachers trying to twist this scripture. My questions to them are many:

Why do people suffer? Why are we still aging? Why does it hurt to give birth? Etc.

“Faith healers” and false teachers will be held accountable to their misinterpretation of this scripture; false promises, false hope, and above all, a false Gospel. They are lying to many who are possibly in their most dire of circumstances- desperate for a miracle, and so they latch on to anything that gives them hope. My heart goes out to these people, because I happen to struggle with a chronic illness. I also know what it’s like when family and friends tell me that I “need more faith” to be healed, or that there’s some secret sin keeping God from healing me. These are just two examples of the lies I believed a few years ago. 

Christ’s sacrifice is so much more than deliverance from physical suffering. It is the gift of Eternal Salvation. Reading Isaiah 53:5 now should give us so much hope of His Blessed Assurance, for it brings such hope and joy to me. 

Blessings