Welcome back to Week Five of our online women’s Bible study, Fight Back with Joy by Margaret Feinberg. Surrender. What a powerful word. To act out this word, is at times invisible to those around us, but to the on surrendering, it sure can sting. I was moved to tears this week learning about surrender. I remembered a tragic time in my life, when I miscarried, I was devastated and was filled with so many emotions. I didn’t know how to respond to any of them, I was in a fog of sorts for many months after. I wanted to be alone, I wanted to do everything myself: heal, cry, cook, and clean. Many of these things physically were hard because of the trauma on my body. But I remember during that time, I realized I had to surrender control. I had to surrender to those around me to help me and to God. This week’s lesson brought all that back to me I was able to remember that God was with me, even then, when I thought that I would never heal emotionally from that ordeal.
It was my own “What If God” and “But If Not” story rolled into one! God had provided me with a miracle of conceiving, He promised that I would have children, my “What If God.” I realized, that the “But If Not” was my narrow thinking that I could only have children by giving birth to them, but God blessed me with two that needed me, and in turn me and my husband needed them. Isn’t God amazing? This week we learned that “What If God” “invites God into the place where we need Him the most.” (page 141) The “But If Not” shows that no matter what happens, we are still trusting God to be with us and to provide, even if it isn’t what we want or think is best.
As I read through Hebrews 11:7-35, I was so encouraged by each line that read, “By Faith…” Each one in this chapter, showed great faith and God provided. No matter what we are going thru, God never forgets us, He is still at work for our good!
Proverbs 10:8 says, “The hope of the righteous brings joy.” (ESV) I love the statement in our lesson for this week, “hope is the oxygen for the believer who is short of breath. Hope is the life preserver we cling to when everything says to let go.” (page 159) I have been revived by hope many times in my short lived life, and I know you have experienced it too. Just as I was about to let go of my want and need to become a mom, God breathed life back into me, thru hope.
As I close this week, I am reminded of the first verse and chorus of one of my momma’s favorite hymns, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
Indeed He is our solid rock, mighty and strong, never leaving us.
Keep your eyes on Him who can do anything but fail!
ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK
- Attend a small group this week. We meet here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups/
- Read Week/Session Six in your workbook and complete the daily lessons.
- Memorize the scripture for the week, John 15:13
- (Optional) Start a hope box and place scriptures that give you hope and joy inside and read it when you need a boost of hope.
- Look in a mirror at yourself, smile and rejoice because God loves you!
- Register for the Book of Job study, Laughing in the Dark, when you CLICK HERE
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK
(You will have the opportunity to share your answers to these questions during your small group time. You may also post them here. Consider also recording your answers in your spiritual journal)
- Share an area of your life where you need to stop “sizing up the character of God according to your circumstances” and start “sizing up your circumstances according to the character of God?” How does this change your outlook on the situation? (page 139) (When you answer the question, put Q1 before your comment so we know you’re answering question one)
- Read this verse: “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (NIV) After reading this verse, what does it mean to you when you add the phrase, “In Jesus’ name” to a prayer? (When you answer the question, put Q2 before your comment so we know you’re answering question two)
- Share a time when you were in the midst of a storm or trial and you placed your trust in something/someone other than God. What affect did it have on you and your situation? How did you regain your trust in God again? (page 152) When you answer the question, put Q3 before your comment so we know you’re answering question three.)
- What connection have you experienced between hope and joy? (page 161) (When you answer the question, put Q4 before your comment so we know you’re answering question four.)
- FAITH STATEMENT: In Hebrews 11, we read about the wonderful acts God did for those who walked by faith. Think of a time when God did a wonderful act in your life when you walked by faith. Finish this sentence: By Faith……… (When you answer the question, put Q5 before your comment so we know you’re answering question five)
I feel my joy increasing!