It’s hard to believe we’ve finished seven weeks of Jesus the One and Only, a bible study we started just before Christmas. I’m going to miss this study when it ends, because it has been so rich with biblical knowledge regarding the life of our Savior. Each time I read a lesson, my heart opens to His Word, His Life, and His Way. Who wants that to end! Not me. I notice some of you are falling behind in the reading and may feel discouraged. Don’t give up, keep walking step-by-step through the pages of Luke. Resist the temptation to quit, rebuke the enemy of distraction standing in your path. I remember in my church small group I would avoid the group meetings because Satan shamed me into feeling unworthy for my incomplete work. Or I would drop out of the small group study entirely- because pride spoke into my heart that I was not good enough to belong to the study, I couldn’t even keep it with it. Today I realize that’s nonsense and the pawprint of Satan. I encourage you, if you are behind move forward. If you are embarrassed, take a stand in Jesus name and say “I will finish the race.” Let the rest of the group cheer you on! We are not competitors, we are Christ-followers united by His love. Beth Moore writes “the intense study of God’s Word has mammoth affects.” Claim it as yours and never let go of His Word.
On day three with Beth asks “Give a few examples of what you think might be spiritual abuse” I began to struggle in my study. As a witness to this in my Catholic high school, I became very uncomfortable as I continued to read the lesson. My school and my friends made the national news, resulting in a ten-million dollar judgment against the church. My face was getting hot, my heart started to race and I was writing down all the “events” so I could share them with you. Then I paused (Psalm 37:7) and prayed over my emotions. I realized if I write about the details of the past spiritual abuse, I will distract my readers from the focus and intent of the study. I prayed over this and heard the Spirit speak into my heart “I showed you the devastating aspects of spiritual abuse so you could be a watchman for my church.” I’m not sure what a watchman actually does, so I will spend more time in prayer. I know when God calls me, He equips me. It would be foolish to run and point fingers or make accusations without the full knowledge and direction of God. So I’ll wait and continue to be groomed by my Lord.
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Beth Moore Quotes
- Love keeps us afloat and self control keeps us anchored.
- The prescription for worry is trust.
- We can have heads full of knowledge and souls full of death.
- Christ is never the author of spiritual abuse.
- Obedience to our Father’s commands is the key to immunity from the enemy.
- Under God’s umbrella we are free to sing in the rain.
- We can quench the Spirit but we cannot disable him.
- Few things force us to look up like being all the way down.
This Week’s Scripture Verse-NIV
Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Luke 11:23 NIV
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Luke 12:15 NIV
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 19:10 NIV
For Next Week
- Read Week Eight in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Eight Audio or Listen to the Session Eight Video (optional)
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- When was the last time you were reminded how influential the devil is? (page 149 )
- Describe a time when you were uncomfortable with an opportunity to publicly acknowledge Jesus. (page 154 )
- Why do you think worry is so difficult to control? (page 155 )
- Share something you enjoyed from this week’s study.