We’ve just finished week four of Living Beyond Yourself by Beth Moore. It’s a blessing to spend this time alone with God as you read scripture and study His Word. Do not let the size of the workbook of the length of the lesson deter your path: the study expands your knowledge of the gift of the Spirit. Open the pages of your workbook and allow the Spirit to lead you through the lessons. If you are struggling with accountability, please email Christine for encouragement and support. Some of you are falling behind, and I want to encourage you that each lesson requires about 30 minutes of your time.
Our guest post this week is from Judee Baysinger. She lives in Greenwood, Indiana and has two beautiful daughters, one grandson who is in the Army, and two teenage granddaughters. She loves her Son-in- law very much and feels blessed with a wonderful sister and brother-in-law. She is enjoying the on-line Bible studies a lot and thanks GOD that He led her sister to this sight.
In day one of this week’s study on the second fruit of the Spirit “Joy”, Beth starts us out at the very beginning of creation where our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. “It is a gift of GRACE that we have the privilege to accept.” Doesn’t that just get your heart pumping?
Day two finds us on a journey of discovery. Learning the different paths we take in our discovery of Christ and how that discovery can bring us a joy that surpasses understanding. Paul and Silas showed such joy even during the very difficult trials they faced. Imagine being in prison and singing songs of praise to the Father.
Beth gives us three different circumstances of restoration to GOD on day three. Yes, we may suffer for “a little while” but GOD is faithful to us and will restore us if we are willing to seek Him first. The first reason talked about our experiencing trouble is so He can reveal His joy to us through being restored to Him. The second reason is allow us to experience some of His suffering and to fellowship with HIm during that time. Reason three deals with discipline as a form of teaching us. GOD disciplines us because He loves us and we are His children, much as you would discipline your own children.
Day four gives us five ways in which we might lose our joy: 1.) When our out pour exceeds our intake 2.) When our talk exceeds our walk 3.) When we become “wonder junkies” 4.) When we are exhausted and 5.) When we feel alone. ” When we allow GOD to train us so that receiving and obeying His Word becomes our “high” we will know the fullest expressions of His joy.” Beth has such wonderful insight; to know that even if we have lost our joy we can reclaim it by just continuing to praise Him and depend on Jesus.
We reviewed on day five. Paul suffered much during his ministry as did all the apostles, yet their joy was deep and abounding. Not only did their joy come from knowing Christ but also in sharing that joy with others. As our study concludes this week Beth encourages us to “enjoy the body of Christ”. If you aren’t involved with a group of believers, try to take the time in the coming weeks to explore the many opportunities in your community to fellowship with other who share our faith.
GOD bless each one of you this week and keep you tight in His mighty hand.
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Beth Moore Quotes
- Christ’s motivation to endure such suffering was the joy before Him.
- We need to consistently focus on our great salvation so that our joy may be full.
- We will not be judged by our works, rather we are saved by Christ’s work.
- A life without Christ is a wasted life.
- Look for Christ. He is right there in the middle of your circumstance, just waiting to be discovered.
- If God has ordained difficulty for you, He has also ordained restoration for you.
- Our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
This Week’s Scripture Verse-NIV
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. Psalm 51:12-13
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
For Next Week
- Read Week Five in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Five Audio (optional)
- OR…Listen to the Session Five Video (optional)
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- When is the last time you felt your heart overflowing with JOY?
- Have you ever found Christ in your struggles? (page 81)
- In what ways have you comforted others with the comfort you have received from God? (page 82)
- Which of the catalysts of Joy have been most important to you in your present journey and why? (page 89)