Desiree said something yesterday and again today that opened my heart to my struggles with Bible study. She made us aware that we can feel inadequate or inexperienced and even intimidated when we study together. In our own minds, we’re “Not Perfect” because another person says something more spiritual or more powerful.
The next day, she went to to reveal that the enemy, the thief and the robber, wants us to believe this! Of course he wants us to doubt ourselves and our understanding of scriptures. He absolutely wants us to feel intimidated, confused and frustrated. Satan does NOT want you to study scripture.
Will you fall into the trap, quit your study after a few days and tell yourself “it’s just too hard?” Is that what Jesus told you to do in the first four lessons we studied so far?
Or are you starting to feel too busy with work, family and life. Physical illness, such as a cold or a sore foot? These are all the tools that the thief uses to steal your faith.
In any pasture, there will be weak sheep who will listen to the voice of the stranger. We can pray for these sheep, but we cannot rescue them. We can ask for Jesus to speak softly and encourage them and bring them closer to their Bibles, but we cannot force them.
Ladies, the battle to study scriptures is not a human battle that we fight. As Desiree said, its a spiritual battle. None of us are perfect, we’re just spiritually weak and Satan knows this. He tempts us with doubt and insecurity.
Once you are aware of the presence of the enemy in your scripture study, you can acknowledge it “Hey, I see you Satan, I know you are there.” And then you have a choice: Pursue More of Jesus, or listen to the voice of the thief.
Thank you to everyone who is participating in the study and the discussions. If you think your words are insignificant or invaluable, they are not. Your words are inspired by your Bible study.
- You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Psalm 119:114
- I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. Psalm 119:15
- May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Today, please take a minute and pray for each of these women by name, for wisdom and understanding as we study John Chapter 10.
Amanda, Barbara, Brenda, Carol, Charmaine, Christine, Courtney, Danielle, Debbie, Debra, Desiree, Doretta, Edna, Elena, Kim, Lynne, Mary Anne, Michelle, Myriam, Nickie, Nicole, Pam, Penny, Roza, Shelly, Tammy, Tangela, Theresa and Wanda.