Experiencing God Bible Study Week 8

CompassWelcome back to womens online Bible study! We’re discussing  Experiencing God  by Henry and Richard Blackaby, and we just finished reading unit eight in the workbook.  More and more this Bible study reminds me of a beautiful tapestry or quilt, as we put the pieces together and find a finished product at the end of our study. Or adjusting our life like a compass, always headed in the direction God leads. This week we learned how to adjust our life to God and we’re having small group discussions based on these adjustments. You are welcome to join these online discussions, even if you’re behind on the reading or just staring with us now. To see the small group schedule click here.

Blackaby writes “adjusting your life to God is the second critical turning point in your knowing and doing the will of God.” Last week we discovered the first turning point which he calls a crisis of belief. In our weekly lessons, we saw many examples of churches and individuals who adjusted their lives. Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and a few others were mentioned as men who made major adjustments when called by God.

During my study this week I examined what adjustments God might require of me to fulfill His purpose. One adjustment that I have struggled with is keeping a healthy body through diet and exercise. I realize this is important for longevity, physical energy and even physical beauty as I reflect the Glory of God inside me. This means that I need to exercise daily, though I dislike it, and resist the tempting foods. My attitude needs to adjust from self-centered (not caring how I look or feel) to God-centered (living Psalm 139). Until I make this adjustment in attitude, no diet plan is ever going to satisfy my hunger.

This week I was also convicted to reinstate the WBC Scholarship Program. Some of the women in our small groups observed women who were in financial need and could not afford workbooks for the Breaking Free or Wonderstruck study. They even asked me if they could make a donation to buy workbooks, and I said no. In the past, I’ve purchased almost $4,000 in workbooks, often with my own money. As this ministry has gotten larger, the demand for books has exceeded my ability to provide them, even with the few donations we receive. So I terminated our scholarship program because I did not have the funds to provide 50-70 books for each study. We’d need $1,750 in donations to purchase and ship 70 workbooks.

About 24 hours later, I was convicted to change my mind. Several women started asking me if they could make donations, and I decided to surrender to God and allow Him to work. In 24 hours, we received both donations and requests for scholarships and I saw God working. If you’d like to make a donation towards this scholarship fund, use the link in the right column and 100% of the funds will go to these books. It’s not tax-deductible. If you have a financial need and we can help provide a workbook, please use the contact us button at the top of the page.  If we do not have the funds to provide you a workbook, we’ll place your name on a waiting list until God provides the donations. We cannot ship books internationally, though we hope God will open the door and make this possible too!

Did you make any adjustment discoveries this week? Please share them as a comment below, or keep praying until the Lord reveals it to you. As a ministry leader, it’s very exciting to see your personal journey through Bible study. Please share them with me!

 

Prayer Requests

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Homework For The Week

  • Read Unit Nine in your workbook.
  • If you’re using the video or audio for this study, watch Session Nine.
  • Join a small group this week. To see the small group schedule please click here
  • Get your workbook and register for the next Bible Study when you click here

Discussion Questions- Discuss with your small group or answer them here when you post a comment below

  1. Have you ever had an experience in which your adjustment or obedience to God was costly? Briefly describe the cost you had to pay.
  2. Can you recall a time when your family had to pay a high price for you to do God’s will? Briefly describe your experience.
  3. Is there a time when you chose not to obey God because of the high cost to those around you? Briefly describe your experience.
  4. What are some things you know about God that could help you trust God to care for your family?

Comments

  1. Cindy Johnson says:

    2. Can you recall a time when your family had to pay a high price for you to do God’s will? Briefly describe your experience. I don’t have a family, but I believe it’s a high cost for me to be a Christian at my work. I am teased about it… which is fine, but I am definitely odd man out!

    3. What are some things you know about God that could help you trust God to care for your family? That He is all loving, caring, and the ultimate provider. He may bring us into the fire, but He is there walking with us.

    • In the book Blackaby shared how his parents paid the price when he was called to ministry. He left his aging parents and went where God called him to work, powerful testimony! Then Blackaby trusted God to take care of his parents in his absence.

  2. Michelle says:

    Have you ever had an experience in which your adjustment or obedience to God was costly? Briefly describe the cost you had to pay.
    Moving to Kansas was really hard. I had to change my thinking and realize that God is in control of my life and not me. I had to leave a great job and proximity to family.
    Can you recall a time when your family had to pay a high price for you to do God’s will? Briefly describe your experience.
    I think the main experience was when we were in the Netherlands and I wanted to do this VBS in the neighborhood. I had to work around a nap schedule, not to mention being in another country!
    Is there a time when you chose not to obey God because of the high cost to those around you? Briefly describe your experience.
    I have said no to church commitments because of my demanding work schedule. It is hard to know sometimes when to say no and when to say yes. My work has grown more demanding each year. I feel guilt when I say no to church activities.
    What are some things you know about God that could help you trust God to care for your family?
    I know that God will provide my needs. Right now, I am looking at a house that needs cleaning, a refrigerator that needs filling, laundry that needs folding, and paperwork that needs filing! I have to trust that God will provide the time needed to complete those tasks AND take care of my family.
    One statement that really stands out this week is this: The greatest untapped resource is the prayer of God’s people. Since working on this study, I have been convicted to start/ continue 2 prayer groups. This study has been awesome!

    • How awesome that you have started the prayer groups Michelle! Since you’ve joined this Bible study I have watched you grow and enjoyed your testimony each week. May the Lord continue to place you it circumstances where you mentor women and children through your strong faith.

  3. I am a “I can do it person”, like most raised by a women lib mom. So this looking around and seeing where God is at work and then hopping in is way beyond my comfort zone, especially if its not my gift. How do I know it is God wanting me to be involved and not just my guilt conscious of not helping. I am already in several ministries already. These are random questions, probable not in line with this weeks study. I’m readying the book version and it doesn’t follow exactly to work book.

    • These are GREAT questions Shawna! You will never doubt when God is calling you to do something, because He calls you to do something that you can’t accomplish without Him. The more difficult or uncomfortable you are in the task, the more you depend on God. Never let guilt motivate you to serve Him… break through that stronghold so you have absolute certainty and clarity. Also, be aware that God will change your course and direction. Once He places you into a calling, He may move you into another area after he’s equipped you. I love how you are listening and discerning His voice through this study, thank you for sharing this!

  4. Praise God for reinstating the scholarship program like on page 133 (a faith budget) but instead a faith scholarship. I love it, its good to hold God to His Word, I see several woman renewing and their relationship with God.

    Adjustments during the week, I’m still praying on them. I’ve seen adjustments but not those needed for the God size things. Once the Holy Spirit works on my belief of those God size things the rest will come into fruition. I’m learning how to prayer BIGGER!!!

    #4 – I now know and understand that God IS the Alpha and Omega those are no longer just words I’ve read in Scripture its what I know. He is the beginning and the end of everything.
    The more I study the more I realize its not just words when I read and hear our ministers say “all that I need is already in me TAP INTO IT!!! My first revelation is this God -> then Jesus left and came to be with us -> Jesus left the Holy Spirit. Never will I leave you nor forsake you, those are not just words the proof is right here.

    Lastly a few points from our study lesson: the seven realities are MORE real to me now than ever before. Its God love and Him wanting us to be obedient and He has given us ALL the tools to do so…
    I Love you Lord!!

    • Missy, at my church small group last week we had a great visual on the Holy Spirit. Kim our leader brought 3 water bottles, one was filled about 1/4, the next one was 1/2 and the last one was completely full. Then she explained how we can choose to be filled by the holy Spirit by praying and asking Him daily to refresh and renew us, filling us with His presence. Which water bottle are you like? It was powerful!

  5. Carolyn Wall says:

    Just a note what a testimony and Blessing this ministry is doing with workbooks for people, praying Blessing and financial blessings come out of nowhere, may the ministry be blessed for doing so, Carolyn

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