What a wonderful Christmas we had, reading Jesus the One and Only by Beth Moore and finding ourselves fully immersed in the life of Jesus. We’ve just finished reading week four as Beth brings the scripture to life. We imagine ourselves walking town-by-town with Jesus as he encounters various caliber of men and women. We studied what Jesus marvels over and what He chooses to ignore. Beth reminds us we are precious to Jesus, even in our frailties and our imperfection of this lifetime. each one of you matter to Him. We need to be prepared and readily obedient to His calling. The closer Christ comes to us, the more humble we become. Don’t let the enemy steal that joy from you! At the feet of the Savior is where I want to be. Jesus made Himself approachable to you- come to Him with your prayers and petitions- and let His love overflow into you.
As we saw in this week’s lesson, God is both sovereign and sweet. Through scripture, He demonstrates self-control, compassion, love, humility, grace, mercy and much more. My heart breaks for those who choose to ignore scripture. Reading scripture is a key to overcoming heart-doubt. We need to be in His presence daily, not just for an hour on Sunday at church.
As we read the story of the woman who poured perfume over Jesus (Luke 7:36-50)Christ never minimized her sin, He liberated her with His love. I want to draw your attention to this one verse from Mark.
She did what she could. Mark 14:8
This year I read a book with the same title She Did What She Could and met author Elisa Morgan at a women’s conference. She spoke of this story and emphasized that each of us can do something, no matter how small it appears in the view of others. In this one action, this woman was ridiculed by the Pharisee and praised by God. Her simple offering from over 2,000 years ago is recorded in scripture. One small act. She did what she could. What if you did what you could….no matter how small?
If you were an eyewitness to these biblical events, what would you see, feel, and write? When you study scripture, are you sharing your experience with others, or keeping your thoughts and knowledge to yourself. As you fill your heart and mind with the Word, the Holy Spirit will entice you to share your understanding when called to do so. She Did What She Could. Please visit the website She Did What She Could for more information.
A reminder from Beth: As you study next week, ask God to involve you emotionally, mentally and spiritually in every single scripture, to help you picture each scene with the spiritual sight of an eyewitness.
Pray: “As we grow in grace, may we each develop His taste and marvel over the things He considers marvelous.” Beth Moore
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Beth Moore Quotes
- We confuse attitudes of respect with feelings of inferiority.
- Christ’s encounters on earth show our moral minds the stuff of heaven by transplanting them into the soil of earth.
- Christ doesn’t just display Godly character. He is Godly character.
- Sometimes one sentence of scripture speaks scrolls to the soul.
- Christ viewed death from a heavenly perspective: earthly life is but a breath.
- Eternity holds incomparable riches for the trusting.
- Christ did not come to be popular. He came to be Savior.
- Christ is void of all prejudice.
- Anything that holds us back from pouring our lives and our hearts out upon Jesus is a bond.
- Christ holds us responsible for the things we say to ourselves.
- My heart and mind are of greater importance to Him than my words and deeds.
- When God’s word is deliberately internalized, it will be authentically externalized.
This Week’s Scripture Verse-NIV
I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:23
Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little. Luke 7:47
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. John 6:63
Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” John 14:21
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, “‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’ Luke 8:10
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
- What do we mean when we say “don’t cry?” ( page 84 )
- Have you ever found yourself waiting on Christ to come through on a certain matter while hearing wondrous works He was doing elsewhere? ( page 88 )
- Has God ever taken you through your doubts to a place of greater faith? ( page 89 )
- Share something meaningful from this week’s lesson.