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Patriarchs Online Bible Study | Week 9

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Our Patriarchs online Bible study continues with Week 9 from Beth Moore, A Fragile Band of Brothers.  We are in the homestretch of the study! Push to finish strong! After finishing these last nine weeks of Bible study you’ve developed habits of devotion, explored Bible topics, and discovered personal applications. Well done ladies, well done!

Recently I travelled to Dallas, Texas for work.  I had decided that I would carry on so I didn’t have to check my bag.  This would make travelling a little easier and timely, right?  Wrong.  When I got to the gate, I was kindly told that my bag was over the weight limit and would need to be checked. My bag being over the limit led to additional expenses and time that I was hoping to avoid.  Reminds me of our lesson this week.

Baggage…Emotional Baggage, Financial Baggage, Addiction Baggage, whatever baggage we carry from our past will always weigh us down and hinder our growth until we, as our author suggests, exchange it with God’s provision, and restoration.

While we see Joseph prosper and his character is grown thru his past pain, we still see that his old wounds are still there.  Perhaps, you, like me have really tried to mask the truth that things that happened in the past still at times sting hard.  When we live in denial of these feelings, we never fully escape our past hurts and heal.

I can only imagine the flood of emotions that Joseph must have felt seeing his brothers after the pain they caused.  But what really hit me this week, was that even though he had suffered so much, God provided him with new blessings and a way to bless and provide for his family in the end.   God had a plan and used the evil, the hurt for His glory and for blessings to come forth.

I pray that you will continue to seek God during times of sufferings and trust that He is working on your behalf, even when you do not see Him moving.

Meet us during this week for one of our small group discussions.  Continue to connect with your Prayer Partners and leaders this week to share.

BIBLE STUDY ASSIGNMENTS THIS WEEK:

One more week to go ladies!

 

Patriarchs Online Bible Study | Week 8

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Our womens online Bible study is meeting again this week as we continue the Beth Moore Patriarchs study. We’re in the final weeks of study as we learn about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob through the Book of Genesis. We’ve journeyed through some sensitive issues and navigated the pages of Scripture as a community of women devoted to discovering God’s Word. Let’s finish these final weeks without distraction!

Our study this week is rightly called “Dreams and Disappointments” as we looked into the challenges Joseph encountered. Repeatedly we saw the Lord was with Joseph and we parallel that with our lives today. We are Christ followers but that does not mean that our lives are without difficulty. The Lord is with those who believe and follow Jesus but that does not mean that we are inoculated from troubles. Sometimes we feel invisible and forgotten, just as the cupbearer forgot Joseph. Disappointment is a temptation for resentment.

While she uses the example of sexual temptation, we battle numerous temptations during our lives as Christians. Beth Moore warns us, “If you and I are going to be victorious under tidal wave temptation, we are wise to rehearse in advance our reasons for standing firm.” The measuring stick in the face of difficulty is our obedience to the Lord.

  • Like me you’ve probably seen moms on Facebook hurting from the recent death of children or friends. Are you obedient to loving Jesus, even when it hurts?
  • Like me you’ve probably seen moms on Facebook caring for seriously ill children. Are you seeing Jesus in their suffering, or looking for an excuse to abandon the faith?

When we look at Joseph as our example of faith we see strength in suffering, hope in pain, perseverance when tempted. This is why we study the Bible- to understand God and learn how to live as Christians in our life battles.

An example is when we’re falsely accused- which is exactly what happened to Joseph from his master’s wife. She suffered with a spirit of lust and a spirit of rejection, so when the handsome and honorable man declined her sexual advances she punished him through her lies. As women we are falsely accused by other women under a spirit of jealousy or a spirit of competitiveness and that divides the church. Shouldn’t we rise up as one body and MAGNIFY God? Joseph certainly did this each time he was wrongly accused. He gave attention to God, not the accusers.

You are not forgotten when you are obedient to God. Keep your attention on the one who created you, knows your heart, and sees the love that you have for Him. Keep your attention on the Author of your faith- not the accuser who lies. At the appointed time the Lord will fill your cup. My prayer for you is that it will someday overflow with blessing after blessing.

We hope to see you in small groups again this week! Reach out to your prayer partners and your small group leaders if you need a little encouragement to complete these last two weeks.

BIBLE STUDY ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

  • Join our private Facebook group and participate in a small group discussion this week
  • Complete your workbook study of Week Nine
  • Optional: Video/audio Session Nine

“You and I are the cupbearers of Christ offering those around us a taste of God.” Beth Moore

Patriarchs Online Bible Study | Week 7

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Welcome back to the Women’s Bible Café online bible study! This week we continued our study of Beth Moore’s The Patriarchs by looking at Jacob’s return home in our lesson titled God of the House.

Our study begins in Genesis chapter 33 where we see Jacob preparing to meet Esau and make peace him.

Many years before Jacob had, with his mother’s help, stolen Esau’s blessing and birthright. Esau was the oldest son of Isaac and Rebekah and as such was due to inherit a double portion of the estate.

Esau was so distraught at his loss that he plotted to kill Jacob which forced Jacob to flee for his life.

Although Jacob received the heir’s portion of the estate, he had done so with deceit and trickery. When we gain things through dishonesty, they often do not rest well with us. This was a wound that needed  to be dealt with eventually.

In Genesis chapter 33, it had been twenty years since Jacob had left home. It was time for Jacob to return home and deal with his past mistakes, however, His time with Laban had changed him in many ways:

  • Jacob had learned to work hard. He worked for seven years for both of his wives.
  • Jacob had received with his own dose of deceit and setbacks at the hand of Laban.
  • Jacob was now a husband and father with a large family that he provided well for.
  • Jacob had encountered God, served Him and this fundamentally changed him.

Jacob returned to the land of Canaan in fear of Esau’s reaction to him and rushed to make amends.

However, because Jacob had been faithful to God, God was with him. Jacob met an Esau who was no longer angry and seeking revenge, but instead this Esau was weeping and welcoming!

One of this week’s greatest takeaways was what happened when Jacob’s family got rid of their idols, purified themselves and returned to God. God was with them!

When the people fully returned to God and committed themselves to Him, He was with them and gave them favor.

This is the basis of a spiritual revival today! When we lay aside our idols and recommit to serve God alone and obey His commands, His presence is with us and we are blessed.

I pray that we all commit wholeheartedly to God and he becomes the God of our house, or El Bethel.

BIBLE STUDY ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

  • Join our private Facebook group and participate in a small group discussion this week
  • Complete your workbook study of Week Eight
  • Optional: Video/audio Session Eight

In Christ- Carla Brooks