Breaking Free Online Bible Study | Week 1

Breaking Free Week 1

Welcome back to bible study, as we discuss week one from Breaking Free by Beth Moore. We have women around the world participating in this study, and it’s exciting to know that so many of us are breaking strongholds. This week we focused on untying the cords of the yolk. Some of you are wondering why we are studying ancient kings this past week! Beth is introducing us to the concepts of pride, legalism, unbelief, prayerlessness and idolatry. The first two weeks of study she uses scripture to identify these obstacles, then we’ll dig into them in week three.

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Beth introduced two key concepts in the optional audio/video session. She defines a stronghold as “anytime you are preoccupied by a destructive thought process” and “anything which exalts itself over the truth and scripture of God.” Bondage, in Beth’s description, is “anything that hinders us from the fullness God has called us to be.” Our ten-week bible study will focus on these two concepts and how to break free from the bondage of our strongholds.

In our small groups we discovered that a stronghold can be both positive and negative. As you examine scripture, you’ll see how this is presented in God’s Word. If you haven’t done this already, go to BibleGateway.com or a similar website and type in the word “stronghold” then search the verses. I like this one: The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9 NIV

Beth reminds us on page 26 of the workbook that “acknowledging the slavery is a crucial starting place toward authentic freedom.” Let us pray for one another as we journey from bondage to freedom, using the bible as our GPS navigation system. God’s Planning System.

Assignment For The Week

Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like

  1. Can you think of a time in your life when you allowed God to change your focus from someone else to him? What were the circumstances?
  2. How can a person avoid falling into the temptation of pride when she meets with success? (page 11 )
  3. Which do you tend to enjoy most: God-given victory or your foe’s defeat? Why? (page 17 )
  4. Why do we often seek human assistance rather than asking God for help? (page 17 )
  5. Can you think of a few potential disasters from which Christ saved you since your initial experience of salvation? (page 25 )

Please post your comments below…we all learn when we share together.

With love,

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  • Alicia Schneider says:

    I missed week 1 and am starting today. I will read week 1 and 2 (and 3?) could I have an accountability partner? 😉 thanks!!

  • Deb Noll says:

    I don’t know whether I got the first one posted. Sorry. Here it is again. If I reposted I sure it can be deleted. Thanks.

    I know I am late on this entry. I missed the first week on time because I looked at the wrong time. :). I am needing to be accountable and open. I have completed 4 of the 5 days of the first week. I moved last week and was distracted.
    Can you think of a time in your life when you allowed God to change your focus from someone else to him? What were the circumstances?
    Yes. I can think of many times of late. Most significant was changing my focus off my husband, my adult children and off work to Him. I was too focused on them doing right, my husband left in 2006 and that’s all I focused on. I feel free from that.
    How can a person avoid falling into the temptation of pride when she meets with success? (page 11 )
    I am trying to remember pride destroys me and God wants to prevent that. Pride cripples me and I can’t see where I am going. I find I have to constantly look at the times that pride has me in its grips (way too many times), recognize it and then laugh because it is trying to get my mind off God and promote myself. I have to put God’s word in my mind.
    Which do you tend to enjoy most: God-given victory or your foe’s defeat? Why? (page 17 )
    I am so glad that I don’t have to do anything to make my foe fall. God has been doing it all for me. I do not like to see others hurt like I have, but I do get so angry that my feelings have been hurt. I am so glad when I see God work a situation out – many times when I am not expecting it – that it is starting to be fun to see a hard situation because I know God will work it out. I am having a big struggle with a co-worker and it is difficult to let go of this one, but I want to see God work it out. It involves me changing and humbling, and that is hard for me.
    Why do we often seek human assistance rather than asking God for help? (page 17 )
    This is a tough one for me. I don’t like making the final decision, I want others to make it for me. I am learning that this is between God and me and I can let Him make the decision, but at times I need to let others know what I am struggling with for prayer support.
    Can you think of a few potential disasters from which Christ saved you since your initial experience of salvation? (page 25 )
    I think I am always getting into potential disasters and actual disasters due to some past poor decisions. I remember a natural disaster when a tornado (we don’t live in tornado country) blew right over our house and a neighbor assumed our house would be gone as he was watching it, me and our 3 small children were inside and my husband was racing home because he sensed we were in trouble. Quite an event, the funnel lifted just before ourk home and there was a path of trodden grass about 1 foot from the side of our home, the windows shook (there was a whole side of windows) and didn’t break. The side of our home was pressure washed. God literally saved us through the storm. I have used that and many others as lessons through the years. I find I have made my own disasters though in my own life, God is good to me though. We almost tipped over in a truck and trailer when moving with my small children again, and only due to a man in the church who fell to his knees in his yard to pray did the truck stop swaying. The man was made fun of by his wife for doing it and we did not remember it happened that next Sunday when he asked us about it until God reminded me. It was funny because his wife and my husband were laughing at his “foolishness” until I remembered and related the incident about 5 minutes after he asked us about it. It sobered both of them up and really made an impression on them and me. I was in a car accident with my 3 small children again, I felt something slowing me down as I was making a turn, I felt a tug on the car and stopped because I felt that I had a flat tire and has run something over. A trucker came over to me from across the road with another man in another car that has stopped. The trucker was angry and I was afraid until he told me that the other car had clipped me. I was grateful they stopped. I never would have known he hit me. We were all fine, my 3 children were in car seats in the back of the car and didn’t see it either. I use these experiences to get me through other disasters now of my own making. God is good and wants good for his children.

  • Robbin Weigle. says:

    Question 1. Gosh I’m my own worst enemy I constantly have to remove my own self mostly control and being strong headed.and independent. I’ve banged my head up against the wall I don’t know how many times in life. God has placed me in a situation that is teaching me to surrender and stop fighting.
    3. God given victory. It just makes Jesus so real it encourages me.
    4.well I guess it’s just being human especially if you don’t know Christ. It’s easier to put your faith and trust in what we see physically in this realm.
    5. Yes, my teen age years. I never used drugs but I did drink. I was very adventurous I liked taking risk. I did walk away from God for many years to live my own life my way but I did have a strong up bringing and thank god for my mother who planted the seed I was not happy and knew all along Jesus was calling me back it never seemed right in my heart. Now I feel free and happy and know god like never before.

  • debra shellman says:

    I missed Thursday evening class. so I am reading the post. I have copied the assignments and I do need an accountability partner. Can you assist me?

  • Sherry says:

    Why do we often seek human assistance rather than asking God for help? (page 17 )
    I believe it is human nature to react in that moment of sudden need to reach out to
    What is tangible instead of the unseen.. I daily have to relinquish my control over my life
    To the Lord.. God did not create me to be self-sufficient.. God often
    Times brings people into our life to bring resolution, but I know I must
    Look to Him for my answers and stay connected and if God chooses to
    Use others I know In my heart He will reveal that to me… Seek God
    First and all things will be added.. 🙂

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