We’ve just finished our last week of Living Beyond Yourself by Beth Moore. In week ten we studied self-control and looked at scripture examples of men who were in control and those who lacked self-control. Our study examined the concept of boundaries and protection, with our body as a prime target. “The key to self-control is the refusal to allow our enemies (the flesh, the world, or Satan) to rule or hold us captive in any way…. Christ has given us the victory over our flesh, our world and our accuser… They cannot presume authority over us” writes Beth. Our self-control reclaims our spiritual territory in who we are and whose we are. Claim it.
In this last chapter, Beth discusses many life areas were we are tempted to lack control. She then offers biblical references to remind us of the importance of standing our ground and walking in faith, not self. If you struggle with self control, I highly recommend these Beth Moore studies:
- Breaking Free
- When Godly People Do Ungodly Things
Beth concludes our Fruit of the Spirit study with a checklist of activities to keep you grounded in faith. Imagine tending to your garden as you apply these activities. To nurture your spiritual garden, Beth recommends:
- Begin your day by acknowledging God’s authority over you
- Yield to Him and abound in His presence
- Seek Him and look through spiritual eyes
- Glorify Him with your mouth
- Praise Him all day long
- Attribute all satisfaction to Him
- Praise Him for the blessings and remember them
- Rest in Him
(source: Living Beyond Yourself, Beth Moore)
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Beth Moore Quotes
- Love keeps us afloat and self control keeps us anchored.
- We are desperate for self-control and in its absence we are drowning in self-defeat.
- Self makes the choice over the issue of control.
- Only you can allow God to work contentment in you.
- It is not God’s will for us to be mastered by anything other than Him.
- Craving food tends to be an acceptable Christian addiction.
- All sin boils down to an issue of authority. His will or mine?
- Any day not surrendered to the Spirit is surrendered to the flesh by default.
This Week’s Scripture Verse-NIV
Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. Psalm 119:37
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? Matt 16:26
For Next Week
Study is complete!
Be sure to join us in our Christmas study: Jesus the One and Only
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- Can you think of a way in which Satan has stolen victory from you through a broken-down wall in your life? (page 203)
- In the past year, can you identify at least one way you have struggled to avoid being conformed to this world? (page 214)
- Share a favorite garden tool from this week’s lesson.
- How does God want you to respond to what He showed you in Living Beyond Yourself?