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He who Promised is Faithful (getting back to basics…)

I’ve been mining the Scriptures for the real meaning of ministry, getting back to basics. It’s fascinating to watch the guys in the Book of Acts figure out how to run a ministry on the job. (It actually gives us very clear guidelines that I’ll be sharing more about  in the coming weeks).

But the single most important key to the believer’s life is faith. According to Hebrews 10:3, we are to “hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering.” Other translations say “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess.” Why? “For He who promised is faithful.” 

What are the promises God has given you?

Has He promised to heal, deliver, prosper or bless you, simply to keep you in His care? 

Then stand on those promises. 

To be honest, sometimes I read the Scriptures on paper but I struggle to believe them. I show my lack of faith through the words I speak, the thoughts I think, the actions I take. But that is like a man who looks in the mirror and as soon as he walks away, he forgets what he looks like (James 1:22-25). We cannot just be hearers of the Word; we must be doers. We must live what we believe.

First, you have to actually get in the Word, and we have a brand-new devotional out to help you do that. It’s a short, sweet, simple Invitation into Intimacy with God.

Remember: whatever reality you see in front of your eyes today is  no match for the Creator of the universe. 

What you see now is not all there is. There is More.

Whatever you are doing right now — if you haven’t yet done this today — ask yourself what are NOT believing for and confess it quickly. Have the waves crashed over you so many times you no longer believe?

A new day begins with confessing our unbelief, and putting our faith in the One who is faithful.

Have a great second half of your Friday and a blessed weekend!

Jen

p.s. to find out more about The Invitation and pre-order your copy today, click here.

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About the Author: Jennifer

Jennifer Strickland is a wife, mom, TEDx speaker, and former professional model. She is the author of Girl Perfect, More Beautiful Than You Know, and Beautiful Lies, among other books and Bible studies that teach women their worth in God’s eyes. Since leaving the modeling industry, she founded URMore.org, a non-profit ministry that provides resources to hurting women and girls. Her favorite moments are found working on the family ranch with her husband, who she calls “the Cowboy”; in her kitchen, concocting a new version of her famous spaghetti; or spending time with their three precious children.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

Jennifer is a captivating speaker. She keeps the listener hanging in wonder of what’s coming next! Her presentation is not only absorbing, it reveals the truth of God’s power to heal a wounded spirit.

Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown, Former Stonecroft Ministries Regional Representative, San Diego, CA

“The ‘P’ word [perfection] may be the heaviest burden women bear. All the misguided things we do to attain it can keep us away from what we need most – the unconditional love of God the Father. The Girl Perfect Study Guide gives you a map to the wholeness you were created for.”

Nancy Ortberg

Nancy Ortberg, author and former teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church

“The Girl Perfect Study Guide shatters the lies girls and women believe and points to the ultimate truth, which really does set us free. I am confident that this study will help thousands discover a beauty, purpose, and worth that truly lasts. Thank you Jen for exposing the ‘perfect life’ and inviting girls to experience God’s ‘perfect love.'”

Allie Marie Smith

Allie Marie Smith, Founder of Wonderfully Made

One of the best testaments to what Jennifer is doing for the young girls and women of today is a comment from my eleven-year-old granddaughter: “Grammy, I want to read this book and hear her again. She’s good and I learned a lot.” This is exactly what I experienced from a grown-up perspective when I was introduced to Jennifer Strickland’s amazing story. Read it and see if you don’t get the real story from an icon model and a powerful speaker of truth.”

Thelma Wells

Thelma Wells, D.D. (Hon), President of Woman of God Ministries
As a teacher, participator, and observer of public speaking for most of my life, I’ve come to realize that many speakers make one of two mistakes when interacting with their audience (especially when that audience is mainly teenagers.) They either expect their audience to climb up to their level (which feels unattainable to the crowd) or they step down to the level of their listeners (which feels cheap and pandering.) The best speakers meet their audience where they are and lead them up to where they want them to be. This feels genuine. This is what Jennifer did over the last few days at our school.
Jennifer Strickland is a funny, engaging, dynamic speaker. She shares truth with authority and credibility that comes from both experience (her story is powerful) and an obvious depth of study in the Bible. The ideas she presents about Value, Identity, and Purpose are truths everyone needs to hear.
I heartily recommend her for your conference, school retreat, or any event where you want your people to be encouraged and challenged with deep, impacting truth.

Andrew Doan

Andrew Doan, Concord Christian Academy, Concord, NH

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