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.
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
- 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?
- How can a person avoid falling into the temptation of pride when she meets with success? (page 11 )
- Which do you tend to enjoy most: God-given victory or your foe’s defeat? Why? (page 17 )
- Why do we often seek human assistance rather than asking God for help? (page 17 )
- Can you think of a few potential disasters from which Christ saved you since your initial experience of salvation? (page 25 )
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