We’ve finished reading week eight of our study on the Fruit of the Spirit. This week in Living Beyond Yourself by Beth Moore, we focused our study on Faithfulness. We looked at the idea of believability as it relates to God, and Beth Moore gave an example of faithfulness through believing in a God we cannot see. We see our Lord in miracles and in His Word. Believing is walking by our faith, not by our sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) I watched a blind man walk through our city streets yesterday, and what I saw amazed me. This man had a huge smile on his face, a bounce in his step, and an attitude of confidence in something he could not see: the sidewalk before him. I saw his white walking stick tap and move across the sidewalk and I thought of our scripture verse. This man walked with JOY and by FAITH that he COULD see. The blind man was evidence of Hebrews 11:1 -sure of what he hoped for (not falling) and certain of what he could not see (where the sidewalk ends). Do you have as much faith as a blind man does?
In our study, Beth Moore brings into light a discussion of two types of believers. One believer bases her faith on what God can do for her. When God gives her children, heals her cancer, restores her marriage or complies with her prayer request, she believes. When God seems to ignore her request or answers in a way she did not desire, she loses her little faith. The other type of believer bases her faith on who God is, not what He will do for her. She trusts God when her marriage falls apart, cancer is robbing her health, or infertility is claiming her role as a mother. Who God is… matters more than what she has. By faith, she knows God loves and cares for her and stands on His promises.
Both believers are tempted away from their faith in a spiritual war we cannot see. One believer wears her shield of faith (Ephesians 6:10-18) and stands her ground against an enemy that wants to steal her identity as a child of God. The other believer, unaware of the flaming arrows from the enemy, is unguarded and easy prey when her faith is clouded with fear or anger.
We ended our week with a review of prophecies God said would come true, and evidence supported with facts. God has been faithful to us…unyielding in His love and patience with us. We bring Glory to Him when the fruit of the Holy Spirit reflects in us.
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Beth Moore Quotes
- Faith is an absolute necessity in the life that pleases God.
- If your faith is based on what God is doing, you are in for the scariest ride of your life.
- God does not call upon us to seek His works. He calls upon us to seek His heart.
- Right motives invite miracles.
- You may not always be aware of another person’s absence but you will quickly be aware of another person’s presence of faith.
- The most certain way to know God is to know His Word.
- Satan will stop at nothing so he can get us to lower our shield of faith so he can wound and burn us.
- We must be aware of our battle with the invisible principalities, but we need not be afraid.
- Whether fear or faith prevails depends on the commander we’re saluting.
- God has proven Himself believable through prophecy.
This Week’s Scripture Verse-NIV
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
For Next Week
- Read Week Nine in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Nine Audio (optional)
- OR…Listen to the Session Nine Video (optional)
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- Has God shown compassion to you recently? (page 158)
- Why does it take faith to walk with God? (page 162)
- Describe a time when God has been a shield about you. (page 169)
- Share something from this week’s lesson that was valuable to you.