No Other Gods Bible Study Week 3

It’s our third week of online bible study as we continue to read No Other Gods, Confronting Our Modern Day Idols by Kelly Minter. We learned that “behind every false god is…” a lie, deceit, intimidation, a door we’ve left open and a prowling lion. We examined the methods the enemy uses to tempt us with false gods and looked in scripture at the Great Temptation when Adam and Eve turned to a false god. They fell for a lie, they were deceived, they were intimidated, and they found an open door when God said “don’t eat this.” The serpent was prowling and when he saw Eve tempted by the fruit, he pounced on her heart. All four needs were tested- mental, emotional, physical and spiritual- when Adam and Eve tasted the fruit. Instead of turning to God for their needs, they turned away and followed the Great Temptation.

There are many opportunities in our modern culture to follow our own temptations. Our mental needs are met through education, reading books, playing electronic games or debating with friends. Our emotional needs are met through Facebook, Twitter, relationships, church attendance, family gatherings and addictions. Our physical needs are met through intimacy, exercise or touching our pets. Our spiritual needs are met through prayer, church, bible study and music. As our needs are met, Satan twists our wants. He convinces us we want more of the flesh and less of the Spirit. He entices us to crave people and things, not Jesus. He teaches us to be self-dependent and not God-dependent. The lies are subtle, and our unsealed hearts are open doors.

We walk into our spiritual trials naked as a newborn baby, or clothed with the armor of God. We fight with hearts of faith, or hearts of man. The battle is won by Jesus’ death on the cross, yet the enemy continues to fight and God allows this.

In our Facebook Chat Room this week, we had an interesting conversation about why God allows obedient people to go through trials. Michelle started the conversation by saying ” Something came up on the No Other Gods study for me this week, and I’m curious what others think about it: There is a premise in the study that God brings pain into our lives. Do you think God brings the pain, allows the pain, or pain is just a result of life? (I realize this is a BIG question, [Essentially: Does God intervene in our lives without us asking Him to?], but it’s one I’ve been struggling with a lot lately in relation to the purpose of prayer.) Any ideas???” Here are the comments in case you are not on Facebook:

  • Brystan: I too am in the No Other Gods study and have been thinking about it. I think (personally) that God “allows” for us to have pain, as it is part of life, of course God helps us through it, and I think that is essentially the point. We get pain, and we are supposed to call upon God for help and assistance through it all, and He tells us how we are supposed to deal with it. Does any of that make sense? I’m not even sure I answered your question…
  • Michelle: Yes, it makes sense, and that’s about where I am on the issue, as well. I see/hear so much of “God brought this to me” or “God caused this to happen,” and in the Bible, He blatantly DOES cause things to happen, but I want to believe that it is life and not Him causing bad things. If God causes bad things to happen, we’ve opened a huge can of worms. Blaming life is simpler, but maybe not accurate. I’m not sure.
  • Deborah: I’m in the Breaking Free study, but I thought I would throw my 2cents in here. Instead of God “causes” bad things to happen I see it more that He “allows” bad things to happen. Pain…heartache…He used those to bring us closer to Him……for His glory to shine through. We may never know how the way that we handled a difficult situation made the difference in the life of someone watching us. It’s hard to be in the midst of bad stuff and see that as something that God can use for good….but He sees tomorrow and sees the big picture…how if we allow it to…it will all work out for His glory.
  • Raye: God never promised us life would be a rose garden w/out thorns, but He did promise that He would strengthen us thru the pain of the thorns. God can’t prevent what “man” may do, that is what free will is all about, God is not a magician that …we can go through life w/out pain just because we are His daughters – His princess’s, however He can and is always with us – for He never leaves or forsakes us! Why should we be exempt from pain? Jesus suffered pain so we could live a life of eternity.
  • Raye: the following is by Charles Stanley: Psalm 23 describes the Lord caring for us as tenderly and faithfully as a shepherd cares for his flock. This beloved passage of God’s Word is a reminder that He is always present—loving, protecting, and guiding us. Verse 4 says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” God is with us at all times and has a purpose for every adversity He allows. The biblical principle here is We learn more in our valley experiences than on our mountaintops.
  • Michelle: I agree completely. I have a bit of a struggle with the idea that God can’t interfere with man’s choices because man has free will because the Bible tells us of times when God DOES interfere with man’s choices and causes men to do or not do certain things. So, I guess the logical side of my mind is trying to reconcile these ideas…
  • Angela: I just read in Breaking Free that “God never heaps more chastisement on His children than necessary for their benefit and return to obedience”. I thought that sums it up pretty good! There is a phrase in a song by Ayiesha Woods that says something like “if every day was an easy day than you wouldn’t be able to say God brought me through”…I really like that one too!
  • Bridget: Michelle, your question is one that I’ve wrestled with before and simply stated it is the tension of the present and future aspects of the kingdom of God. We experience some of it now and the rest of it later. It’s a constant tension between our free will and the will of God and since we don’t see the whole picture, Jesus set the example to humbly trust and pray for God’s will. The challenge is for us to trust in His love for us when He has not intervened in our circumstances the way that we would prefer. My perspective is that the Bible makes it clear that pain comes about for a few different reasons. One is that we live in a fallen world where we have the pain of our fallen circumstances, which includes negative effects of choices made by others and the frailty of our bodies in this fallen state. The second reason is the pain brought on by our spiritual adversaries. Thirdly we often suffer the pain of consequences brought about by our choices. I see God as working through the pain in our lives to further our growth as we experience His love, healing and restoration for our spirit, soul and body – which is a continual, progressive process. Jesus said we would have tribulation in the world, but thankfully we are not destined to suffer the wrath of God and I take great comfort in that knowledge. Sorry for the long answer, but your question is thought provoking for sure 🙂
  • Michelle: Bridget, your explanation is especially helpful! Thank you for taking the time to explain all of that. I have been taking it on faith for a long time and just trusting that God knows how it will all work together, but I have such a hard time explaining to others when they ask. I don’t like to use statements like “God has a purpose,” or “He won’t give us more than we can handle,” because it implies God is CAUSING all bad things to happen, and I just don’t believe that. I think he may cause SOME bad things to happen in order to teach us through them, knowing how we will respond in the end, but I don’t think he CAUSES things like rape, murder, and war. I think our human-ness causes those things. But, I see this as such a complex issue that I just want to trust God to “get it” for me. It’s when others ask me, “Well, what about when God did THIS?” that I don’t know how to answer sometimes…

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Kelly Minter Quotes

  • Behind every false god is a lie.
  • Circumstances often present things that are “true,” but God’s Word always presents truth.
  • In order for us to stick with the truth, we have to know it.
  • Regardless of the circumstances, it takes confidence to believe that God is going to protect and take care of us as we wait in difficult situations.
  • To think that we are unaffected by what we watch, read, or listen to is deceptive thinking.
  • Be open to what God may want to purify in your life.
  • The wisdom of scripture and the truth of God are ultimately to equip us for carrying out good in our lives.
  • True conviction doesn’t look for loopholes.

For Next Week

Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like

  1. Can you think of something that attracted you, based on a lie?
  2. Which of the four needs- mental, emotional, physical or spiritual- does the enemy use to deceive or intimidate you into seeking false gods?
  3. Look back at a specific event in your life that caused you pain. Why do you think God allows trials in your life?
  4. Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.

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Join the discussion 32 Comments

  • Lisa C. says:

    1.Can you think of something that attracted you, based on a lie? All of my romantic relationships, past and present. The lie that they could fill my need for companionship, which is tru to some degree, but a those times was not seeking God and was running to those relationships to fill something that only God can fill.
    2. Which of the four needs- mental, emotional, physical or spiritual- does the enemy use to deceive or intimidate you into seeking false gods? Emotional

  • Victoria says:

    Just now catching up on posting my answers…Satan has been hardcore working against me in the past couple of weeks; praying for some strength to persevere and keep up my studying and grow my faith…

    Can you think of something that attracted you, based on a lie?
    Food can be attractive to me: I don’t NEED those junky foods that I so desire! Another one was “Being in the Know-Gossip”; it seems so attractive when really we don’t need to know anything to be able to pray for one another; sometimes we just want to know, just to know…

    Which of the four needs- mental, emotional, physical or spiritual- does the enemy use to deceive or intimidate you into seeking false gods?
    All four at times, but mostly emotional, physical and spiritual. If it makes any sense, I attach the “needs” together. Like my emotions are affected because of my physical; my emotions are affected because of my spiritual; my spiritual is affected because of my emotions…

    Look back at a specific event in your life that caused you pain. Why do you think God allows trials in your life?
    So that we will rely on Him; trust Him; draw closer to Him.

    Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.
    In the song from Day 5 “they cycle is tired of repeating, And I’ve got to move on”- My very first SSMT verse is “You have circled this mountain long enough, now turn north.” Deuteronomy 2:3
    “And true conviction doesn’t look for loopholes and it isn’t sad” that one hit home hard!

  • Lynmara says:

    I remember being attached to someone just because he said he loved me. He became my God, because he said what I needed to hear desperately.
    I’m emotional,so I think that this is the area I need to work on. I remember googling books and themes to get answers. I’m glad God does not work that way.

  • Skyy says:

    Here is my consolidated response for the Group and Facebook Discussion.

    Remember to stay positive even in the face of adversity. These are the times we are being tested; these trials are only to test your faith to see whether or not it is strong and pure. So make sure to continue to pass the test. Do not be stubborn or hard-headed; recognize that God is refining you, knocking off some of the rough edges. So if you work with God and keep a good attitude, no matter what comes against you, the bible says that all things (not just good things) will work together for your good according to the will of God (Romans 8:28). Even those things that other people mean for evil, God can turn to work for your GOOD!
    No matter what you are going through, you can find something good about the experience. Therefore, you must be especially on guard, when trouble strikes – you MUST choose to TRUST God. Remember, god never commanded us to trust others (Micah 7:15). He only wanted us to TRUST Him alone (Psalm 56:3-4 and 118; 8-9). He only commanded us to love others (romans 13:10-21 and Matthew 22:39). Trusting Him simply means that every day, in every circumstance, you can rest assure that God know who you are, He cares for you more deeply than you could care for yourself, He loves you far more than anyone else could (He gave His only begotten Son for you), and He is capable of working out His plan in you (Romans 8:38-39). Wonder how sometimes things seem to be so easy – you think it’s luck? It’s God. Wonder how sometimes things seems to be so hard (like now)? Think you lost your luck? No, it’s still God. He is just testing your faith. You have to TRUST god even when life gives you what you have not asked for (read all of Job, especially 37:13). God is GOOD. He was good yesterday, He is good today, and will be good tomorrow. He is always with you through everything. He never promised that we would not have challenges. He said just the opposite, that trials are only to test your faith, to see if it’s strong and pure (James 1:2-6). So if your faith remains strong after being tried, it will turn your adversity, your difficult moment, into an opportunity to praise, glorify, and honor Him. God wants you to learn to lean on Him, to TRUST in Him, and to love Him (Isaiah 41:10).

    Trials are not always pleasant and may be extremely grievous, but consider them opportunities for growth in Jesus. Remember, that Jesus overcame the worked and EVERYTHING in it (John 16:33). This is right where God needs you – at the end of your rope. You are blessed when you are here because “here” is where there is less of you and more of God and His rule. Someone once said, “I know I’m really blessed today because I’m all of options. I’ve lost everything and I am at the end of my rope with nothing left to hold on to.” Everything that I have read tells us to rejoice in our most difficult moments because JC will be working things out in these times that you would never let Him touch when all is well – He converts your pain into His glory. The truth is you grow in trust only at moments of extremity. If you could have done it yourself or if someone else could have done it for you, you would have. If you had enough money, time, energy, or talent you would try that first.

    Along this new journey, you will notice that every good thing God has imprinted in your hear came from your most difficult moments. I don’t think for a moment that God orchestrates these time but we are given ample opportunity for these difficult moments because of the world we live in. What is so amazing is how He uses these difficult moments for His purpose. Much of the experience of this journey lies in the very circumstances you are begging God to change. Sometimes a difficult moment is required to draw you as close to God as you should have been all along. When they come upon you, you must struggle to remember your reasons for gratitude to God. Learn to worship God with a grateful heart in times of adversity. This journey is at once more difficult than you can imagine and filled with more wonder than you can understand or contain. Do not think it a broad road, because it’s not. Most people may not understand this moment in your life; but, TRUST God to take you through it and He will (Isaiah 26:4).

    God has you where you are for a reason. You may not understand it but rest assured that the God of today is the God of yesterday. If you want to know what to expect of Him, you need only to review His record. The same God who sustained you in the past, who brought you victoriously through every past difficult moment, is the God who stands with you here and now, in the midst of this fresh testing of your Spirit. He may be using your difficult moment to do a work in you. He may be trying to push you, teach you, and stretch you. He may be using you to influence other people’s lives. Maybe what you are going through may be able to do a work in someone else’s life; maybe He’s counting on you to be a positive influence (as we all can be); maybe to speak a word of encouragement (as we all can do); maybe it’s to let your light shine (as we all have one) so He can change someone’s heart (read Corinthians 3:4-5). Yes, he may have put you here, in your difficult moment, to be part of His overall plan. Whatever, it is you might as well choose to be happy right where you are planted, being grateful for all he has provided knowing that God is directing your steps through your difficult moment (Proverbs 16:20 and Nahum 1:7).

    When you have done everything to understand and have reached your wits end – GIVE UP! Remember to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). No one can fathom the depths of God’s wisdom because His gracious thoughts exceed our imagination (Isaiah 55:8-9). Which brings me back to TRUST…you are encouraged to TRUST God even when life gives you what haven’t asked for. Do you remember the story of Job? God can be trusted to help you at every point along your journey, as He did with Job. Yes, you can trust Him – the Maker of the heavens and earth. Think about this, can you fathom how much trust we SHOULD have in Him? Jesus trusted God’s plan for His life, He died a horrible death on the cross for us – He did not back out of His part of the plan. He knows He was a vital part of saving us, granting us eternal salvation (II Corinthians 9:15). He trusted God and suffered – but He could have backed out, not trusted God and boy, oh boy, where would we be? His work on the cross showed us, or should have showed us, enough about trusting God (Jeremiah 39:18). No matter what the future holds, no matter what may lie around the next corner, our help comes from God, our God who created the heavens and earth, the God who loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son. We are far more secure in our difficult moments with God than we would ever be in the calmest moment with Him.

  • Skyy says:

    God allows trials for this reason:
    Trials are not always pleasant and may be extremely grievous, but consider them opportunities for growth in Jesus. Remember, that Jesus overcame the worked and EVERYTHING in it (John 16:33). This is right where God needs you – at the end of your rope. You are blessed when you are here because “here” is where there is less of you and more of God and His rule. Someone once said, “I know I’m really blessed today because I’m all of options. I’ve lost everything and I am at the end of my rope with nothing left to hold on to.” Everything that I have read tells us to rejoice in our most difficult moments because Jesus will be working things out in these times that you would never let Him touch when all is well – He converts your pain into His glory. The truth is, you grow in trust only at moments of extremity. If you could have done it yourself or if someone else could have done it for you, you would have. If you had enough money, time, energy, or talent you would try that first.

  • Laura says:

    1. I think the lie that attracted me based n a lie is that if only my husband was surrendered to Christ, my marriage would be “perfect” – or much closer to the ideal of a happily married ever after fairy tale ending. The truth is that my husband is a gift from God, and I need to not live in the “if only” but unconditionally love this wonderful man as he is today while still praying for him to love the Lord with all his heart, mind, soul and strength.
    2. Of the four needs, the one the enemy most easily gets to me to seek after false gods is emotional.
    3. God allows trials in my life to grow my spiritual roots. As I come to the end of myself and all I can do is turn to God, that is the point at which he really shows His power and might. I know my faith would not be nearly as strong if I had not gone through a health crisis leading to receiving a kidney transplant.
    4. My favorite moment from this week’s study reflecting on the truth that anything I crave and strive after that is not of God will never satisfy. Satan so often will tells us what is true, but never tell us God’s truth. I must anchor my life on the Word of God knowing that only in His will I find truth and deep satisfaction.

  • Brystan says:

    Sorry this is so late…I fell a little behind having had to fly to Portland, OR for some spur of the moment medical testing.

    1. I definitely am into aesthetic things. I read Vogue magazine so I sort of bombard myself with what it means to be “fashionable” or “beautiful” so I tend to buy a lot of skin care, hair, or cosmetic products to elevate me to that level of “beauty”…which is a lie in and of itself.

    2. Definitely Mental and Emotional..sometimes Physical. Unfortunately doing that has caused me to feel less spiritual and like I have a hole in my spiritual being.

    3. My answer to this is in the conversation that is posted above 🙂

    4. Loved reading Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”

  • Allison says:

    Can you think of something that attracted you, based on a lie?

    Yes-without trying to make participants in this online study uncomfortable, suffice it to say that I compromised what I am one of those “vulnerable women who is burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires” as referred to in 2 Timothy 3:6. Apparently, the Devil gained my confidence and I put my trust in him to fill my insatiable need to feel loved and accepted into the hands of the wrong people rather than believing God’s truth.

    Which of the four needs- mental, emotional, physical or spiritual- does the enemy use to deceive or intimidate you into seeking false gods?

    Each of the 4 needs seem to be intertwined – if the “lie”
    is believed and acted upon, it would affect my mental, emotional, physical, and most certainly, spiritual perceived “needs”.

    Look back at a specific event in your life that caused you pain. Why do you think God allows trials in your life?

    As a 50+ married mother of 4 who has been in bondage for 4 deacdes because of the strongholds related to abuses that occured from childhood throughout my childhood, this question is actually very profound. I am a good wife and mother only because God intended for me to be more in life than that unloved, abused child.

    Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.

    Carrie’s personal story quote: “I never realized that these small imaginations that capture my brain ARE the major LIES that I believe. I then allow those lies to negatively taint my attitude”. The Day 02 lesson on lies and deception spoke to me as well.

    Thank you Christine for this Bible study 🙂

    • Allison says:

      P.S We are en route from Arkansas to Arizona – husband’s job transfer – so I am a bit behind on the study, but catching up in the car. I’m adding my comments on my BlackBerry – not that easy, so I apologize for the grammar and content errors 🙂 I do; however, love looking up Bible verses in the YouVerse application 🙂

  • Jennifer D says:

    4. Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.
    a. Liar’s Dream on page 71

  • Sue Alice says:

    1. Can you think of something that attracted you, based on a lie? Yes when I was a rebellious teen, I got into drinking and stealing thinking it would make me more poplar and in with the “IN GROWD”. All it did was lead to me wrong doings and jail overnight a few times. Never was one of the GANG it was all lies, and this just leaded me to more wrong doings until I was almost in my late twenties.

    2. Which of the four needs-mental, emotional, physical or spritual-does the enemy use to deceive or intimidate you into seeking false gods? All of them I think, by making me believe I cannot do without the TV, books, computer games, and everything esle I can find to take me away from the Lord and spent more time with Him.

    3. Look back at a specific event in your life that caused you pain. Why do you think God allows trials in your life? My parents deaths, and also my stepmom’s death. To make us stronger and to lean on Him more.

  • Jayce says:

    2. Which of the four needs- mental, emotional, physical or spiritual- does the enemy use to deceive or intimidate you into seeking false gods?

    Mental. I am a very rational and intellectual person so I tend to think things out logically. I know that I need to be more spiritual with God, walking with Him everyday, as opposed to just learning from His Word on my own.

    3. Look back at a specific event in your life that caused you pain. Why do you think God allows trials in your life?

    When my brother Hogan passed away a year and a half ago, it caused a lot of pain with family and friends because he was and still is loved by all. God allowed this to happen and I know that there must be a good reason, even if I cannot see the end yet. He wanted Hogan with Him instead of here with us, so I should be happy for him even though I am sad he is not with us any longer. He allows these trials and struggles so that we will become closer with Him because He is with each of us throughout our battles.

  • Lisa H says:

    1. When I was growing up I was fascinated by “big trucks” – the 18 Wheeler. This morphed into also loving motorcycles. I met this guy who did both. He was a trucker and in a motorcycle “club”. Fascinating as it all was, it totally tore me up emotionally (and now I can see where I was totally messed up spiritually). I hung out with him for 14 years. Talk about baggage.

    2. No way to pick just one. For me he uses them all. My life right now is a series of yo-yo events. Stability, in any form, is hard to come by.

    3. There are several events where I experienced pain. Most of them I know were “allowed” so that I will grow. The others were before I knew Christ and were just horrible decisions on my part.

  • Michelle says:

    Quick question: are we reading week three this week, or are we reading week four and reflecting on week three here in the forum? I think I may be off-course, but I’m not sure!

  • Susan says:

    Christine:

    Thank you for including the Facebook conversation – it gave me a lot to think about . .. and Michelle, Thank you for asking!

  • Susan says:

    Can you think of something that attracted you, based on a lie?

    That security is found in what we have – the nice house, money in the bank – – those things can disappear in a second (haven’t we seen that happen to so many in recent months -the earthquakes, the tornado’s, floods.

    Which of the four needs- mental, emotional, physical or spiritual- does the enemy use to deceive or intimidate you into seeking false gods?
    Emotional – – I am an emotional person . . and so, i am very vulnerable in that area.

    Look back at a specific event in your life that caused you pain. Why do you think God allows trials in your life?
    to be honest, there have been many trials in my life (death of father and two brothers within a year of each other when I was a girl – 8 years old), a mom who shut down emotionally, the loss of a business and a home, moving, losses on 9-11, and my son, who committed a crime and is now in prison. ALL of these events were heartbreaking . . .all painful. and all caused me to question God. I have wondered many times, why so many? what am I not learning? all of these events have led me to a place of searching, studying, seeking and praying. My faith has grown and God has allowed me to minister to others . . .although, I admit I would rather not have gone through all this pain . .I told a friend recently that I was changing my name to “Jobette”! 🙂
    Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.
    mine was Carrie’s story – -I am so like that!

  • Rhoda says:

    4. A favorite moment this week (Day 02 Lies)was looking at Genesis 3:6 with the principle Kelly Minter stated in mind: Circumstances often present things that are “true”, but God’s Word always presents truth.
    Michael Wells quote” Satan will tell us what’s true,but he never tells us the truth.”
    Financial struggles have brought the dread of losing everything to mind and financial struggle may be true of our circumstances…but the Truth of God’s Word is that “He will provide all our needs according to His riches in glory”…and He has and will continue to do so.

  • Denise says:

    4) A favorite moment from this weeks study. I really liked day 4 when Kelly talks about doors we leave open and how the media and culture expose us to lies. I’m a big country music fan….seems pretty harmless to listen to. But several months ago, I realized the “harmless” music I was listening to was not “harmless” to the ears of my young children. We began listening to more Christian music and have found that I really don’t miss county music that much!

  • Carla says:

    2. Mental- I am always seeking to learn and i find that at every angle the enemy is waiting (i.e. in school, in books, politics, etc.). An example, is a Caribbean religion course that i took last semester…there were so many of the “Assyrian” king’s tactics used against Christianity i it.

    3. I would definitely say to strengthen our faith!

    4. The overall theme/topic because I’ve been personally been dealing with lies that the enemy has brought into my life in my profession. These lies have caused fear in as well as steered me from actually glorifying God to seeking personal accomplishments, such as being able to afford everything that my children want.

  • Christina C. says:

    2. I think the enemy uses my mental needs to deceive me into seeking false gods. I often feel so much chaos in my mind and something creeps in telling me that if I just go online and find the answer for getting things more organized I will feel better and be more in control or if I can get my family to eat this certain way then we will all be more healthy and my kids will behave better. I need to realize that I need God to be in control of everything. God can give me resources to use but I need to consult God first before every decision I make.

    4. I really enjoyed what Carrie shared at the end. I feel like it is easy to add our own spin on everything that happens to justify things or help us not to look so bad. The teaching at church this week was about how we are to live selflessly and always be living to bless others and help others. If we are living to help others then it is almost impossible to hold a grudge or to have unforgiveness in our hearts. Often unforgiveness is selfishness. Us caring about our own needs.

  • Jennifer Martin says:

    1.Can you think of something that attracted you, based on a lie? I agree with Lauren…the attitude of wanting more (bigger and better). I think this is something I face along with a lot of others. The mentality of thinking if I have this or that then this will happen and I will feel better sounds very true and appealing however it isn’t.

    2.Which of the four needs- mental, emotional, physical or spiritual- does the enemy use to deceive or intimidate you into seeking false gods? I think mentally and emotionally. Thinking it is so much better and then the emotions getting involved really makes it seem so much better when all it is is a lie.

    3.Look back at a specific event in your life that caused you pain. Why do you think God allows trials in your life? I think it is important to have times when you drawer closer to God and learn how to build your relationship with Him.

    4.Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.When Carrie was telling her story, it really hit me hard. I have not thought about this before and it seemed like I really needed to read it. My husband has said before that I am making a big deal out of something and I am just letting my emotions get the best of me. When he said it I didn’t listen but hearing it from this study really smacked me in th face. So thank you!

  • Tara says:

    Which of the four needs- mental, emotional, physical or spiritual- does the enemy use to deceive or intimidate you into seeking false gods? I can see that each of these areas have been issues for me, but the emotional is the main one. Always seeking to be accepted by others and being willing to do whatever it takes to get that acceptance has been a downfall for me.

    Look back at a specific event in your life that caused you pain. Why do you think God allows trials in your life? I think there are many reasons God allows trials and I want to be careful not to put God in a box. His thoughts and ways are higher than mine! Ultimately, our job is to bring glory to God. Being in a trial can be a greater opportunity to show God’s glory.

    Share a favorite moment from this week’s study. I really appreciated the opening story about the lizard. It certainly made me see myself as that lizard! How often I find myself stuck in a pop can for a drop of sugar! It was great to put that in perspective.

  • Gwen says:

    Can you think of something that attracted you, based on a lie?
    My TV/home shopping addiction has gotten me into a bit of a financial bind; nothing that I can’t work out of, but still a tight situation. I listen to all the spiels and take it in. Boy, have I been gullible!
    Which of the four needs- mental, emotional, physical or spiritual- does the enemy use to deceive or intimidate you into seeking false gods? All of the above I think, at different points in my life. Satan finds a weak spot and goes in for the kill. When I am strong emotionally, he goes for the spiritual. When I am strong spiritually, he goes for the physical.
    The solution is to be strong in all 4 at the same time, but I can do that only with God’s help.
    And I can do that.
    Look back at a specific event in your life that caused you pain. Why do you think God allows trials in your life?
    Years ago, my husband and I separated; he was having an affair with a “friend.” I was devastated, but the experience made me a much stronger, more independent person, I realized that I had put my husband on a pedestal and had even put him before God. I made a promise to myself and to God that never again would I let anyone take God’s #1 spot. Hubby and I are still together after 44 years and I can thank God for that. I feel that God led me to that situation for some education. The precious metal gold is purified by fire. And that is how we become stronger and closer to pure, trials and “education.”
    Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.
    My “Ah-Ha” moment: Theses forces/false gods/lies are keeping me from being all that God wants me to be. I had thought that just watching a slightly raunchy TV show was not a bad thing, that I could watch and not be affected. My take on that was tainted by – oh yes – the lies of a false god, my “idiot box”. Guess there is a reason the TV earned that nickname.

  • Angie says:

    1.Can you think of something that attracted you, based on a lie?
    Back in the 80’s and 90’s when jobs were plentiful I was always looking for the next job that paid more money, thinking that if I just made a little more life would be good and I would be happy. I changed jobs several times looking for that happiness. I was never satisfied though and actually caused myself a lot more financial hardship in doing this than if I had just stayed at one place and persevered.
    2.Which of the four needs- mental, emotional, physical or spiritual- does the enemy use to deceive or intimidate you into seeking false gods?
    Physical – I have struggled to make good choices my entire adult life and therefore have always lived on the edge. I cannot remember a time when I haven’t lived paycheck to paycheck and have often wondered how I was going to pay rent, buy food, pay daycare, etc. Worrying about these physical needs has caused me to seek money as a false god.
    3.Look back at a specific event in your life that caused you pain. Why do you think God allows trials in your life?
    I think God allows trials in my life to draw me closer to him, to teach me to rely on him, and ultimately to bring glory to himself. Praise Him!
    4.Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.
    I loved Carrie’s personal story at the end of day 5. I really needed to hear that I’m not the only person that imagines and acts out scenarios in my head that haven’t actually happened or that plays out situations that have happened, while adding to them. Weirdly, reading this actually brought me a sense of peace and calmness.

  • Debby says:

    Which of the four needs- mental, emotional, physical or spiritual- does the enemy use to deceive or intimidate you into seeking false gods?
    the emotional is where I am always attacked. Trying to please people and not cause waves and to be accepted. It is a real struggle.

    Look back at a specific event in your life that caused you pain. Why do you think God allows trials in your life?
    I think God allows pain just because of sin and we are in this world. I also think He uses those times to draw us to Him. I lean on Him the most when I am hurting, even when I can’t understand why. I know that He will see me through and I learn to draw close even in the good times.

    Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.
    On day one Kelly talked about the media and being pleasing to the eye. It reminded me of staging a house and trying to create what you think others want to see.

  • Rhoda says:

    3. God allows trials in my life because I am in this world and not in Heaven yet! In this world we will have tribulation. Each time an event in my life causes pain it is an opportunity to draw near to God. It is the only way that all the pain can make any sense or have any purpose. It is also an opportunity to believe the Truth in God’s Word…that He will comfort, strengthen, provide and be with us at all times.
    Specific events that caused emotional pain for me were losing my only brother at age 23 to cancer…our only son serving in the Marines for four years…my dear friend believing God to heal her of breast cancer (she was our daughters youth pastor’s wife and an oncology nurse???) yet God chose to take her to her eternal home instead and leave husband, three children and many friends in pain here.
    Knowing I will see my brother and friend in Heaven again eases the pain of missing them here…knowing God is helping my friends husband and children after losing such a loving wife and mother eases the emotional pain I feel for them… praying God’s Word the entire time our son served in the Marines eased the pain of knowing he was in harm’s way. Our son is now done with the Marines with a good stable job, married and expecting their first child this June. My friend’s husband has met a new female friend…and life will continue…as for me the Lord will be my hiding place, my shelter in the storms of life…what could be more powerful that HIM???

    • Christine says:

      Sometimes trials can cause us to draw away from the Father like prodigal daughters. We have a choice- and the trials give us the opportunity to discover our identity in Christ. We either hide in shame and fear, or we run to the Father with prayer and open arms.

  • Lauren says:

    1.Can you think of something that attracted you, based on a lie?
    I think that the whole worldly mental attitude of “I want more.” A bigger house, a nicer car, etc. etc. but it still doesn’t bring happiness. Satan uses our discontentment and emptiness (emptiness for Christ) to try to convince us to fill it with worldly, material things.
    2.Which of the four needs- mental, emotional, physical or spiritual- does the enemy use to deceive or intimidate you into seeking false gods?
    Emotional. I have always needed the approval of others. I longed to be accepted. I am finally realizing that God accepts me regardless, so there is no reason to be insecure. Does this mean I feel good about myself every day? No, but at the end of most days, I am able to resolve my feelings and lay my head down on my pillow knowing that I am chosen by God who loves me eternally.
    3.Look back at a specific event in your life that caused you pain. Why do you think God allows trials in your life?
    I think God allows us to have trials for two reasons. 1. if we always have sunny days, we begin to take them for granted. We become apathetic and ungrateful. when we have difficult days, we learn to appreciate all God has given us when He sees us through our trials. 2. If we were not given trials, we would never know how to truly have faith in God. It is easy to trust God and worship Him when everything is going great. Ok… maybe three reasons. 3. we are allowed to go through trials so that we can be compassionate and helpful to others when they are placed in a similiar situation.
    4.Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.
    I enjoyed thinking about the truth in my life.. I am created by God. I am loved. I am redeemed.

    • Christine says:

      The truth is, you are an heiress and a Daughter of the King. When we wear that crown, we honor our Father. We can be an heiress in the slums of the mission fields, or the balcony of the royal castle. In either place, it’s what in our hearts that matters most to Him.

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