We’re on week six of “All Things New: a Study on 2 Corinthians” by Kelly Minter at the Womens Bible Study Cafe! I’m impressed with your diligence in showing up at the weekly small groups and sharing your understanding of the workbook lessons. You’re an excellent example of perseverance, as I know many of you have been tempted by distractions in your study. As we know from our previous study on spiritual warfare (Invisible War by Chip Ingram), the enemy will seek to keep you away from small groups and away from your Bible. Claim your ground when you resist the enemy and he will flee.
When you give your time, money, and talents- plan out how this will be done. Pay attention to where your lights are burning (Luke 12:35) and if you observe they’re dimming- then get into your prayer closet and write a new plan! There’s a great sermon podcast on how our habits work for and against us: http://www.tlc.org/resources/sermons/how-my-habits-work-and-can-change/
If you have a surplus- then get into your prayer closet and write a new plan! There’s a great 5 minute devotional on the REFOCUS app about how a woman and her husband paid off $108,000 in debt in just under 12 months. https://refocusapp.org/share/video/58a10af57dbb9cdf70ced700
Since we all have a ministry assignment from the Lord, it’s important to be held accountable to integrity and Biblical standards. How do you budget your money, time, and talents? Do you give generously, or hold back in fear of the future? Kelly Minter uses the words “spiritual prosperity” (page 137)- what does that look like in your life? Pray on it.
This week we briefly looked at tearing down strongholds. Kelly writes, “So many of our problems and struggles can be traced back to our thinking.” If you want to go deeper on that topic, an excellent study for is Breaking Free by Beth Moore. It’s imperative for your personal ministry remove strongholds, walk through fiery trials, and develop an unbreakable bond with Christ,
The longer you serve in your ministry, the more you’ll encounter someone who completely misunderstands and misjudges you. Women with a stronghold of insecurity will wrongly assume that you’re jealous of them and they become very defensive when you correct in grace. Women with a stronghold of rejection will imitate your calling, rather than developing their own talents and risking rejection of their ministry. Women who measure themselves against your rod are measuring against irrelevant tools, because we know the rods of this world are flawed and constantly fluctuate (Kelly Minter, page 153).
As we learned in All Things New and also Entrusted from Beth Moore, your ministry is unique to YOU. God is not going to expand your spiritual gifts when you’re copying and depending on the gifts of others. He’s not going to send you a flock to minister to, when you’re disrupting and dividing the flock of another ministry. With the help of the Holy Spirit He will help you break the strongholds of insecurity and rejection. Be mindful not to trample the hearts of others on your way to freedom. Be unique and be courageous in YOUR gifts and RISE UP as you are called by Him.
Study. Connect. Grow.
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK
- Read SESSION SEVEN of “All Things New” by Kelly Minter
- Join a Womens Bible Cafe study group this week
- (optional): Watch SESSION SEVEN video
Praying for illumination of 2 Corinthians as we complete this study together! I’ll see you in the community groups this week!