Time for online Bible study as we discuss week nine from He Is My All by Debbie Alsdorf! Our lesson is a reminder to put your hope in God and not people. It’s tempting to put our trust in people, because we can see them or hear their voices. Yet trusting God when we cannot see Him is more difficult. This trust develops over time, as we continue to grow spiritually and mature in our relationship with Him. Before I depend my relationship with the LORD, I put my trust in people. Often they led me down a crooked path filled with sharp stones. The more I studied the Bible, the more I started trusting in God and less in man. I started spending more time with God and He drew near to me. Mortal man disappoints and hurts…sometimes God does too. The difference is that God’s hurt leads to spiritual growth and man’s hurt leads to strongholds of bitterness and anger. The more we trust in God, the less bitterness we feel.
There are times in life when the Devil tells us we’ve been forsaken. Those are times of darkness, hiding and despair. Many prodigals will look back and realize they were under the influence of Satan. We cannot hide from the Father’s love… He calls our name and we will recognize His voice and be drawn back into the stronghold of His protection and love.
Memorize one single anchor verse. Find a verse that you cling to when you think you have been forsaken. Find a verse that you can throw at the Devil when he comes to steal your heart from God. Fight from victory not from fear of man.
You can close your eyes and heart to the Living God…or you can see Him. It’s the difference between belief and unbelief. You can choose to put your hope in people, things, finances and appearance- all guaranteed to cause the opposite of hope in your life! It’s easier to hope in the seen than the unseen. Scripture calls us to persevere: not to take an easy path through life, always looking for the exit route.
Debbie Alsdorf says, “In understanding His love and seeking Him, I am delivered from the bondage of worry.” If you are saturated in worry, then you need to resist the devil and saturate yourself in God’s Word instead. Fill your heart and mind with Truth. Learn to trust God in every situation, not just the easy ones.
Hope will not put us to shame, because God’s love saturates our hearts.
Assignment For This Week
- Join a small group session this week
- Register for the Beth Moore Summer Bible study “Children of the Day”
Discussion Questions For the Week (answer here or with your small group)
- Psalm 146:3 NKJV says: Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whomthere is no help. Have you ever put your trust in mortal men (husband, friends, children, relatives)? Why? (week 9, day 1, page 148)
- Hebrews 13:5 ESV says: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” God will never leave or forsake you. Is this a truth you need to hang on to? Explain. (week 9, day 1, page 150)
- Debbie Alsdorf writes, “As I learn of God’s love for me, I develop a disposition of trust, security and confidence. All my hope is in God. Faith and hope go hand in hand.” Explain what this means for you personally. (week 9, day 3, page 156)
- Romans 12:12 ESV says: Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Are you joyful, patient and prayerful during your trials? Do you turn to people and things when you are worried and anxious? Is your prayer life constant? (week 9, day 4, page 157)
You are loved!