We’ve just finished week five of When Godly People Do Ungodly Things by Beth Moore, and next week is our last week of this spiritual warfare bible study. I hope you are enjoying the online bible studies for women! Spiritual warfare is one of the hardest studies to lead and to complete, because Satan throws out every flaming arrow he can gather and strives to stop your spiritual growth in this area. I commend each of you for your perseverance and determination to claim victory and complete your study. If you were sitting in my living room I’d run over and give you BIG HUGS.
Week 5 of this study is about finding your way home to the God who loves you. This week’s lesson is critical to spiritual growth. If you haven’t turned a corner already, then now is the time. You need to leave the past on the cross, let go of your shame, and walk in grace and forgiveness. If you have already experienced this transformation, then you know what I am referring to. We can be in bondage to our past, and though we know Jesus forgives and cleans us, we often do not forgive ourselves. A turning point in your spiritual life is when you let go of the woman who made a mistake, and embrace the woman who God loves. Jesus was not nailed to the cross so you would continue to feel bad about your past choices; Jesus was nailed to the cross to lift your burden, bring you grace and show you how deep God’s love is for His children. If Satan and his demons are weighing you down with past mistakes, today is the time to fling them away and claim your identity. You are God’s child and no enemy, no evil power, no shame, no past mistake can keep you from the arms of a loving father. God loves prodigal children. Saying that God could “never forgive me” is actually a form of pride. It’s thinking your sin is greater than Christ’s nail-pierced hands of the cross. “Live for the applause of nail-scared hands,” says Mark Batterson.
If you still struggle with your past, I invite you to try this visual exercise. Find a comfortable place where you will not be interrupted. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart to any sin you’ve been hiding under a sackcloth of shame. Imagine yourself removing this sackcloth….dusty and aged from years and years of bondage. See yourself folding the sackcloth and putting it into a museum where it is viewed as a thing of the past. Now, imagine you are crossing the Jordan River and you need 12 stones to get to the other side. As you visualize yourself walking across each stone, pray for 12 sins to reveal themselves. On the first stone you might say “Holy Spirit, walk with me and help me release my sins. On this first stone I confess (my sin) and I ask for forgiveness.” Do this 12 times and see where the visualization leads you. When you see yourself on the other side, imagine Jesus is waiting there to wash your feet. It’s a beautiful exercise of releasing the veils of shame and allowing Christ in you to restore your soul. (Psalm 23:3 NKJV)
Follow your heart to the path of hope and restoration, release your fears and let God heal. Find Christian counseling if you need it, and move forward on the path Jesus places before you. My steps have stayed on your path; I have not wavered from following you. Psalm 17:5 NLT
Please visit our Prayer Wall and post a prayer request or praise report. Take time this week to lift others up with your prayers.
Beth Moore Quotes
- God’s Word provides a road map for restoration if we are willing to follow it.
- True repentance swells grace.
- I had to learn to swim in grace in order to live.
- Humble and surrender yourself and all things concerning you into His loving hands and His wise plan.
- Release your pride entirely to the Lord.
- The sifting of our proud natures is one of God’s primary divine intentions.
- God has no use for pride. It’s one of the few things scripture points out that He absolutely hates.
- Failure may be the very thing God uses to sift us and make us true foot-washing servants.
- If God wants to open doors for you to serve Him, He is perfectly capable of doing it.
For Next Week
- Read Week Six in the workbook
- If you are using the CD’s please listen to audio Session Six
- Join our next study Loving Well by Beth Moore
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- How do you feel about Had? (page 105 )
- Imagine your sin nailed upon the cross. Picture this in your mind, then share your gratitude.
- How does it feel to know God will never reject you and he calls you His daughter? (page 120 )
- Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.