Welcome back to womens online bible study. We’ve just finished reading No Other Gods week seven in our Kelly Minter workbooks, and next week is our last lesson. Some of you are reading on track with the original schedule, some of you started later than the group, and some of you have delayed your reading due to personal matters. For those who are behind, please make an effort to finish so you’ll be able to join us in the next study. Registration for our Summer Bible Study begins in just a few days.
This week we discovered that leaving our idols is not a one time event, it’s a lifelong process. When one idol is removed, another one tempts us to take its place. Always be watchful of who or what is on your throne. If it’s not God, then most likely it’s an idol and does not belong there. God hates idols. When we place God in the center of our lives, not idols, then according to Kelly Minter we can be certain He “is going to do some pretty cool stuff in our lives.” With certainty, He does. When our eyes are not on the throne, we miss the “cool stuff” and overlook the blessings. Clear your vision by removing your idols. God rewards obedience.
As Kelly showed us this week, removing our idols requires trust and patience. Idols don’t just fall off our backs and we can’t blink them away like a television actress. We must place our hearts into removing them and surrender what does not please God. The Holy Spirit examines our hearts and knows our intentions. He’ll reveal to us when we are consumed with idols, and remind us to focus on God. Listen, pray and follow your heart toward God’s will for you. His will is revealed by scripture: no false Gods shall stand before Him.
Our Prayer Wall has many requests, so please print the page, place a copy in your workbook and pray for these women who are asking for your help. The best way to print the page is to copy and past the prayers into a Word document. If you have a prayer request for our prayer wall, please click here.
Kelly Minter Quotes
- Walking away from our idols is a lifelong process.
- Abraham’s obedience was more important than any other detail- even where he was headed.
- Even if the details are blurred, embrace the clarity of promised blessings.
- The Pharisees emphasized the outside.
- Our outside behavior stems from our heart.
- God deals with our idols when He deals with our hearts.
- We don’t have the power in ourselves to dismantle the idols of our hearts.
- God shows up in our reality.
- See your weakness and struggles as opportunities to reveal God’s power and grace in your life.
For Next Week
- Read Week Eight in the workbook
- Join our Womens Bible Cafe Chat on Facebook
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- What is your own definition of the difference between surrender and trust? (page 156)
- Kelly Minter writes “As I continue to seek God’s heart, I am attempting to look at the bigger picture, not just the smaller answer.” (page 158) What does this mean to you personally?
- On page 159, Kelly shares her desire for more prayer. What can you do to enhance your prayer life and make it more consistent in your life?
- Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.