Lies Women Believe Online Bible Study Week 4

It’s time for another online bible study at the Womens Bible Cafe! Welcome back as we review week four of Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Last week we asked some tough questions and one in particular is worthy of re-posting here. Though we’re each in a different season of life and have different relationships with God, you’ll notice a common thread: we are loved.

Words to Wear Inside Your Princess Crown (from last week’s group discussion)

  • We are all children of God, by His grace mercilessly forgiven and loved no matter what
  • You are loved.
  • Welcome home, what took you so long.
  • You are the apple of My eye.
  • You are my child and not a victim or afraid. My beautiful child.
  • Forgiven.
  • Believing the truth… will set you free.
  • God’s dearly loved child.
  • You will soar on wings like eagles; you will run and not grow weary, you will walk and not be faint. You are a chosen.
  • Put the crown on your head (I loved this one…. 🙂 )
  • Let go and Let God control your life.
  • You my daughter are an heir to the King, your are loved and cherished.
  • You are loved with an everlasting love.
  • I am here, beside you. Walk in my path and you will have troubles no more.
  • I am beautiful to God.
  • Always remember I love you and you are precious to me.
  • I don’t have a clue at what my crown would say…. most days I feel like a peasant not a princess!
  • To my daughter, remember nothing can separate you from my love.
  • Let go and let God. It’s ok to let go of past mistakes and continue to do better through belief in his word.
  • Always remember that you are My child and you are as I am, the greatest Love of all.
  • Stand fast. (Or it could say “put the safety helmet on and trust your Father…”)
  • There is nothing you can do to make me love you more or love you less.
  • Trust in me my daughter with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge me your loving Father and I will direct your path.
  • The inside of my crown would simply say “I love you, my daughter.”
  • Daughter, as you put on this crown remember that beauty comes from within. Reflect my love in all you say and do – a more beautiful sight I will never see.

Recognize that your name belongs in this list and you are loved by God. After reading of chapter four, you now realize that your sin NO MATTER HOW BIG is forgiven by your Father God. When you look at the nail scared hands realize that those scars are for you and me. They are not for someone else…someone “more Christian”…or someone with smaller sins. Ladies, when you look at the hands of Jesus you are looking at God’s love for His daughter. Never again look away and say “not me. I’m the one who’s sin is too big for Jesus.” If you do reject His forgiveness, you’re in bondage to a lie.  Recognize that your sin- big or small-  is washed away by the blood of the Lamb. “Don’t let the enemy bind and hold you hostage anymore”  writes Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Quotes From Nancy Leigh DeMoss

  • One of God’s purposes in delaying divine retribution is to give us time to repent.
  • Every time we choose our way instead of God’s way we are revolting against God and the King of the Universe.
  • The way to see the truth about sin is to see it in the light of who God is.
  • No matter how great a “sinner” you have been, His grace is sufficient for you.
  • To believe that our sin is “too much for God” is to underestimate the power of the cross.
  • Salvation does not make us sinless.

Prayer Requests

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For Next Week

  • Pray for the women who are doing this study with you.
  • Read Chapter Five in your book and companion guide.
  • Look at the list of Key Resources on page 269 for topics addressed in this book
  • Check in with your Small Group Leader

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

  1. What would you say to someone who thinks her sins are “too big for God” to forgive?
  2. Which of the lies revealed on page 112 was encouraging or helpful to you?
  3. After reading this week’s lesson, what new understanding do you have about sin?
  4. Share your thoughts about this week’s lesson.

Have a great week…share what you are learning with others as you grow in truth!

God is good…always!

 

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Join the discussion 48 Comments

  • Melissa says:

    Which of the lies was encouraging or helpful to you?

    I am not fully responsible for my actions and reactions.

    The verses below the lie are ones I needed to hear. I am responsible for my choices. What others do are not my responsibility. I can only do what I know and believe is right.

  • Carin says:

    1.What would you say to someone who thinks her sins are “too big for God” to forgive?

    This question reminded me of a woman I met years ago. She just couldn’t believe that God could forgive her. So every alter call she went to the front & got on her knees to ask for forgiveness. Finally the pastor said “Gina (not her name)” God has already forgiven you. From then on out she had counseling and finally feels forgiven. So to answer the question, suggest that they ask God for forgiveness and seek counseling if they still feel their sin is unforgivable. That is so much the enemy playing tricks on them.

    2.Which of the lies revealed on page 112 was encouraging or helpful to you?

    That I am responsible for everything I do. I may try to blame someone but that it is a lie. Every action I take is my decision. I read somewhere that whatever you are thinking will come out at some point. If it is in the back of your mind it will surface. I have tried very hard to keep good thoughts so if something irritates me the evil terrible thoughts I once had don’t surface.

    3.After reading this week’s lesson, what new understanding do you have about sin?

    That I hate it!!! Satan’s deceptions make me so mad when I recognize them.

    4.Share your thoughts about this week’s lesson.

    This lesson made an impact on me. I try and share what I learn with my husband. We now include in every prayer that we pray together….GOD REIGN MY BRAIN……
    Romans 8:1-14 had great impact on me. Flesh only produces flesh desires we must live by the spirit….So God….Reign my brain…..

  • Maureen says:

    1.What would you say to someone who thinks her sins are “too big for God” to forgive? I think lots of us have believed this lie. I would say to read the Bible and accept God’s truth.
    2.Which of the lies revealed on page 112 was encouraging or helpful to you? The lie that I cannot walk in consistent victory. Over and over and over I’ve thought about myself and others. Also blaming others for my actions instead of taking responsibility for them.

  • Sylvia says:

    1. What would you say to someone who thinks her sins are “too big for God to forgive”
    I would tell her that God’s word lovingly tells us that the truth is- That God’s grace is even bigger than the biggest sin; that no sin is too big for God to forgive . Psalm 130 3-4 Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness that we might learn to fear you.

    How freeing this truth is to know.

  • Susie C. says:

    1. I would tell them that no sin is too big. Many people have done much worse and have been forgiven. Look at all the people in the bible who murdered, cheated, stole, lied, etc. There is nothing that we can do that can’t be forgiven.
    2. & 3. I identified with “My sin isn’t really that bad”. I was definitely one of those that thought this. What an eye opener! Sin is a sin in God’s eyes. What it is does not matter. They are not “weighted” – one is not “better than the other. It is hard to believe that God would think of every sin the same – how could one say that murder and a lie were equal? The truth is if you sin you are rebelling against God and once we grab a hold of this truth it really changes our whole life.

  • Jennifer D says:

    4. Share your thoughts about this week’s lesson. On page 102 the poem, it speaks the truth. On page 107 the dialogue between the spirit and the flesh. . In addition, on page 112, the chart is very helpful; it tells you the countering lies with the truth.

  • Kim says:

    This week I received both encouragement and conviction in that no sin is too big for God to forgive. It’s comforting to know that nothing is too big, however, if is convicting to know that all sin is an act of rebellion against God. The lie I find hardest to reconcile in my head is the inability to have consistent victory over sin. After all we will all sin until we leave this earthly life. The light bulb really went off reading the side bar on pg. 52 of the guide. It is not a victory over not sinning; it is more of not feeling weighed down, guilty and hopeless over that fact that we’ve messed up again. We can lift our head high and know that we are forgiven through the blood of Jesus. While I was pondering this I remembered how I felt as a young adult – that I could never be good enough to get into heaven. After getting married, my husband and I wanted to share the same faith and worship together. Long story short is that I changed to a denomination that focused more on the grace of God. I remembered the sense of liberation that I felt. It now felt uplifting to go to church rather than condemning. I’ve found that as I’ve matured and deepened my relationship with God, I have less of a desire to fall prey to some of the sins that would easily get me before. There are still others that I struggle with.

    • We need to let go of the guilt of sin. When we cling to it, our sin then becomes an idol (anything which takes our focus away from God) and we dwell on the sin instead of the grace. Pray over your sins, confess them and move on. Once we give them to God we need to TRUST him and know that he has forgiven and forgotten them. When the sin memory creeps up ask yourself two questions:

      1) Is this memory leading me closer to God? (conviction)
      2) Is this memory pulling me away from God? (condemnation)

  • Lane says:

    This week opened my eyes to needing to take responsibility for my sins and believing the lie that my sins are not intentional sins, but issues i struggle with, when i could choose different actions to avoid my sins.

    Believing those lies has made me restless, realizing my sins are separating me from Christ and that He will forgive me, but i must obey the truth, and ask for His help to not sin.
    3. Affirm the Truth
    The truth i need to embrace the most now is that i cannot sin and get away with it, and that each sin is equal in God’s eye.
    4. Act on the Truth
    I need to pray specifically about my sin to God, ask for Him to help me not seek out the sin, to flee from sin, and to focus my thoughts and actions on Him.

  • Nickie says:

    1. If you only new what my sins are or the sins of the person next to you. Gods nows and loves you. If you only new how much he loves you. He died for you. God is a gracious and forgiving God.
    2. I can sin and get away from it. The truth is that if I over spend, over eat, ect. ect. It always comes back full circle. There are always consequences for my actions/sins.

  • Carol says:

    First, I would hug her and tell her “I care for you”. I would tell her that we have all sinned and that God loves us unconditionally and if we repent, he will make us whiter than snow. I would pray with her and tell her if she needed to talk to a friend I would be available.

    I Cannot Walk In Consistent Victory Over Sin

    This bible study has opened my eyes to bad habits which are really sin. I stopped watching the junk on TV, reading segular mysteries, buying things on-line, gaining weight, etc. to not watching that much TV, reading Christian books and literature, listening to Christian radio for music and bible studies, doing this bible study, and reading my bible. Also, I am going to WW (I am not sure if I can mention this or not) and lost 13 pounds. The one area that I am getting victory is emotional overeating when I get stressed, frustrated or angry. I have started to make some progress by praying to God and claiming scripture. Also, I started hiking and talking to God. I am setting some spiritual and daily goals and doing projects – quilting, fly tying – my dry and wet flies, etc. I have started to be more involved with these groups.

    The only way to get off that kind of spiritual and emotional rollar coaster is to yield all my rights to the One who ultimately holds all rights. That is the Truth—and the Truth will set us free. (Page 76, 6th paragraph).

  • Andi says:

    Thanks Christine I appreciate your kind words.

    I think for myself It’s hard to accept God’s grace. That we don’t need to earn His approval. We sometimes think If I read my Bible enough, if I pray enough, then He will love me. I struggled with this a lot as a teenager. Most human relationships are conditional so I think I felt that God’s love was also conditional. When I was younger I felt like I was going to hell because I didn’t put in enough time, do the right things. But truth is God loves us and that is enough. That’s hard to believe and accept. Don’t get me wrong I think we should always strive to be better and to grow in our walk with the Lord, but we will never earn HIs love. It’s given by His grace. Love that’s not deserved but given freely. This has helped me in my relationship with my husband. We’ve been married 13 years this year and there have been times I’ve wanted to give up. But God has reminded me that I made a commitment and I need to give love as God has even if I don’t feel like it’s deserved. One particulary hard day after and argument I cried out to God saying that “I didn’t want to do this anymore.” and just like that He responded “you have too because no one has ever loved him like you have/will.” That really hit home and I am believing things get richer and better when sticking with it no matter how tough it gets. Don’t get me wrong I’m not trying to bash my husband he is a hard worker and a very good man, he provides for us and is very thoughtful. It’s just the normal ruts people married this long get into.

  • Andi says:

    This study has come at just the right time for me. Funny how God works things out isn’t it? My husband recently accepted a job where he will be traveling about half of every month. He had a job like this years ago and that’s how we got into so much trouble. I found myself depressed and jealous of him because he got to travel and I was “stuck at home with the kids” When this opportunity came up I was hesitant because now we have 3 children (not 2 like last time) and I didn’t know how I could handle this again. Then I started this study. This week really spoke to me. In the days leading up to him leaving I found myself down again and short tempered. I prayed to God letting Him know that I didn’t want to be this way again. I didn’t want to be so reliant on my husband for MY happiness. That I needed God to help me find joy, and not be so stressed. Can I just tell you that 3 days into this and I have such peace. I am sleeping sound at night (which never happened before) I am handling all 3 kids on my own and I feel really good. Last time we were in this situation I let my priorities get out of whack. I let the situation get the best of me and control my feelings. This time I a determined to be better than that. It’s requiring me to step up and set some boundaries and really take control of my emotions which is really hard for me to do since I am a people pleaser, but I feel this time is better because I am choosing for it to be better. My joy comes from the Lord, not my husband. I am so glad I found this bible study. It is much needed. I don’t have many friends where I live. I am a stay at home mom and my husband is traveling to make the money we need to get by so that I can stay home with them. I am so thankful for that. I also have no family where I am either. We will be moving back “home” in a few months because this job wants us to relocate there. I am thankful for that. I’ve been away from home for 8 years so it will be so nice to go back and have friends and family close by. But for now, I am happy, I am choosing to be happy. I am choosing to bring my care before the Lord and not take out my frustrations with my children. They don’t deserve to have a depressed mom. I do have to say though making the choice to rise above circumstance is hard. The enemy attacks even more. I have the urge to just stay in bed all day long then I remember that I am better then that. I make the choice to be better even when my feelings don’t match. Soon after I make the choice, the feelings change.

    There truly is freedom when you can take control of your actions and emotions even if it’s hard.

    I also have a husband that is not a believer. He was when we got married but now he has fallen away and questions everything there is about Chritianity. This makes our situation even harder, and I often react badly to him because of the way he is. I am making a conscious effort to be better, and hopefully to win him without a word. : )

    I hope I haven’t gotten to far off track here. It’s just that this lie spoke very deeply to how I act. It’s a big awakening on my part.

    • Your children and husband deserve a mom who is healthy in Christ and knows she is a Daughter of the King. Keep informed about how the enemy attacks you (read The Invisible War by Chip Ingram) and keep connected to women of faith. You don’t need to have 20 friends or 600 Facebook friends…you need to have Jesus beside you and one or two girlfriends that you can trust with your feelings. Ask God to connect you with these women when you move. Where are you going…there might be some women in this bible study already waiting to meet you. 🙂

      Never feel your comments are too long….they are often helpful to others who do not have the courage to speak up.

  • Lakecia Harris says:

    This week’s lesson really showed me that sin of any form or sort causes us to not be in proper fellowship with God and hinders our growth as Christians. In addition, our growth comes through many steps and processes of refining our character and living and acting more like Christ each day. I especially connect this back to our James study and Beth Moore’s thoughts on what a “healthy heart” is and what it isn’t as it relates to sin and temptation (Proverbs 19:3)

  • NANC says:

    Question #1: I would tell her to read John 3:16 and have faith in God to forgive her. I wear 2 rings on my right hand ring finger…one has “FAITH” engraved on it and the other has “John 3:16”. I cannot tell you how many times I look at those rings to remind myself of what God gave to save us from our sins, and that we should never, as hard as it is at times, doubt his love for us.

  • Lori says:

    “My sin isn’t really that bad”. If you’ve been a basically “good” person all your life, this lie is a tough one to wrap your mind around. I know I constantly have to fight myself from becoming judgmental and pointing the finger at someone else instead of pointing it inward. God doesn’t distinguish between big or small sins. Why do we? I know this truth and have for many years but I constantly need a reminder of it. Sin is sin. One sin is no greater or smaller in God’s eyes. And not just I need reminding of that but I think the Church needs reminding of that truth. We are no “better” in God’s eyes than the homeless addict standing on the street corner or the homosexual man or woman. We are all nothing except by the Grace of Christ! He died for each of us. (And that little sermon was as much for me as for anyone else). 🙂

  • Tara says:

    2. The truths that really helped me were that I am responsible for my own choices, and that I am not a slave to sin because Christ has set me free. Both of these helped me realize that I have a choice that only I will be accountable for, and both of them taken together show me that it is up to me to choose God’s way.
    3. After reading this week’s lesson, I came to understand that I need to be constantly on guard against what I always perceived as “little sins”-wasting time, complaining, and the like. I now know that I can have victory over them, but because I never viewed them as “sins’, they are so ingrained that it is going to take a lot of work to overcome them. This also reminds me not to let sins creep up on me because they become habits quickly.

  • June says:

    I was reminded and encouraged when I read the section on the flesh vs the Spirit. It is when I come to true repentance (admitting, asking forgiveness and turning away with the intent not to do it again) and not choose to do what the old sinful nature wants to but allow the new spirit man to act. That is when I am set free. God’s Spirit lives within me!! PRAISE GOD. But I don’t have to do it alone, actually I can’t. John 15:5 – THE TRUTH IS – “Apart from me,” Jesus said, “you can do nothing”. My flesh wants to rise up but I do not have to let it. We can act like the world (they don’t have Jesus) or we can act like we belong to the King and stand on the TRUTH.

  • Joy says:

    “My sin is not that bad”….I used to roll my eyes (yes I did) at people who would say to me “geez, all I did was (fill in the blank), it’s not like I killed someone”. Society has placed varying levels on the bigness or badness of sin with murder being the worst, so we tend to compare our sin to that of murder and then deem “it’s not that bad”. I rolled my eyes because I felt a little holier than they were because I hadn’t committed their sin….

    Then I read where “COMPLAINING” and “TALKING TOO MUCH” were sins….my reaction: “What? Are you kidding me!” Come on, who amongst us have not complained at some time or the other, surely that can’t be a sin. Surprisingly, I guess God was talking to me before but I didn’t recognize it (or I chose not to hear him) at the start of 2012 (before I began reading the book) I decided that whenever I felt a complaint I would say out loud “Thank You Jesus”. This does 2 things for me (1) keeps me from sinning (2) Keeps me thankful.
    Then I rationalized my next sin “I don’t gossip, I don’t use profanity, I don’t talk negatively about others, what I have to say is important…surely I’m not sinning”. Then the Lord revealed to me “My child you just sinned because you have closed your mind to the truth. Reflect on My Word and reflect on the Truth”….let’s just say, I had to read that chapter a few times…

    So at the end of the chapter (after reading it 4 times along with the accompanying scriptures), I am truly humbled and mindful of sin. I’m more thankful for the Blood of Jesus and so happy that He loves me in spite of me!

    • I would love to be in a room with you listening as you share this comment. Your passion and heart flow through your words and it’s enjoyable to read. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  • Sue says:

    I am enjoying the small reminders from God on the stuff He has taught me in the past.  He is also taking another layer off the onion of my sins and showing me more about my anger.  This last week I realized I was still blaming other family members for my sin of anger.  I chose the reaction of anger and I need to accept the consequences of that anger.   I am choosing to believe the truth that God can help me not be angry. I don’t have to be a slave to that emotion.

  • Ginger says:

    I grew up believing that some sins were worse than others. I was actually taught this! I realized that I have been hanging on to that lie all my life. A part of me knew that sin = sin, but there was still a long standing belief that I would never be forgiven if I committed a certain kind of sin (ex: murder). It is sort of weird, yet liberating to be free of these strange belief. The things we pick up as kids!

  • Lynn says:

    So many of the thoughts expressed by others are almost to the word of what I have written in my notes. No sin is small. I am responsible for my own actions. I waste time, overspend, complain, etc etc. this study is helping so much to realize that I am not alone. My struggles are not unique. God IS there for me, always has been, always will be. What a wonderful realization!

  • Michelle T says:

    If I had a friend who thought her sins were too big to forgive, I would remind her of God’s amazing love for his people which is spelled out time and time again throughout the Bible. The Israelites are an example of how God continued to watch over and provide for in the desert. I would also remind her of God’s love by sending His only Son!
    The lie that made me think was the one “My sin isn’t really that bad”. Wasting time on Facebook was a big one for me, and then I realized how it can bring me down. God’s Word is more important. Other sins of complaining, talking too much, and a critical spirit are areas where I constantly sin. This was an excellent reminder for me.
    When I first started the chapter, I began with an attitude of ” I don’t think this chapter will really apply to me that much” and I ended the chapter with humility and the realization of how much I need to repent!

  • Audrey says:

    Our Pastor hit on this in church one sunday when he stated we have a predestined future. One that God has planned for us but we make choices and often do not walk in that plan. We make choices and have to live with the consequences and they are mistakes WE make. That has been a hard lesson for me to learn. I am so grateful that God loves me and I am trying to walk inHis planfor my life and seek what He wants me to do.

  • Ruth says:

    Thank you God for die for my sin. Amen

  • Brystan says:

    I am a huge subscriber to the lie “I am not responsible for my actions or reactions.” I find myself saying things like “They just made me so angry” or “That (whatever it is) makes me so frustrated” even though it is ME who CHOOSES to let myself get angry or frustrated. I tend to put the blame on someone or something else, rather than asking God to tell me why I may get this way.

  • Esther T says:

    1. A Sin Too Big

    My response is Grace. It seems like the sermons at church and this study have been tying in together . God gives us grace.

  • Lisa says:

    2. God really spoke to me this week with regard to taking responsibility for my anger. I have believed the lie “I am not fully responsible for my actions and reactions” by justifying my anger towards my parents. Actually, I still believe the lie. I’m really struggling with this one. Satan has a powerful grip on me. As I’m writing this, I can feel the anger rising up in me. For some reason, i do not want to let it go. Heavenly Father, I am stuck. I can’t seem to let go of this anger towards my parents. I know that I cannot control what others have done to me, but through Christ I can break free from the bondage of my anger. Please guide me in your will, Lord. Amen.

  • Trista says:

    2. I struggle with the lie,” God can’t forgive what I have done.” After reading this chapter I realized that by me believing this lie I am being really selfish and almost insulting God. If I believe this lie than I am not accepting the fact that Jesus Christ died for my sins. He paid the ultimate price. He washed me “white as snow.” Our God is a mighty God no Sin is to great for him to forgive. This doesn’t mean I should continue to sin. I just need to simply accept the fact that I have sinned. I have confessed my sin. Now I need to let go and let God!!

  • Chesca says:

    Answer to #2: As shameful as it sounds, I know I have subscribed to the lie “I can sin & get away with it.” Nancy hit the nail on the head when she said (pg. 92): “Satan paints a picture that diminishes both the God-likeness of God & the sinfulness of sin. He makes God out to be not so good & sin out to be not so evil.” Plain & simple, I am lured away & enticed too easily by sin. It looks, tastes & feels so good when I’m not spiritually focused & intentional about living a righteous life. So many times I feel I’m too passive in following Jesus, when being proactive is key! I sometimes wait for temptation to rear its ugly head instead of guarding my heart against it at the start of my day. I’ve also adopted duplicity as a means to take on the appearance of a good christian wife while deceitfully getting what I want, how I want it. Earlier this year I resolved to be completely honest with my husband about EVERYTHING because I decided my deceitful way of living had to come to an end!! Living for God means walking in the light, having fellowship with the blood of Jesus & others (1 John). It’s only February…but so far so good! My overspending, habit of hiding food, random internet surfing, idleness, laziness, etc. has taken a toll on our marriage & my husband’s ability to trust me. It hurts my heart so much to realize I’ve become way too good at being religious. I deeply desire to follow Jesus wholeheartedly but sin is always crouching at the door, waiting to master me. Nancy’s reference to Eccl 8:11 is super convicting: “When the sentence of a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong.” Maturing in my faith means allowing grace, mercy & Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross to compel me to deny myself daily.

  • Kelly says:

    The Truth in this week’s reading that “I am responsible for my own choices” really hit me hard. I tend to blame others for the way I feel (she made me angry, he didn’t do what I wanted him to do, she thinks she knows everything, and on and on). Of course, this is the easy way out. I am more aware of my feelings and stop myself when I start to blame someone else for my mood or a choice I made.

  • Linda says:

    1. I would tell the person that we have a BIG God that has made provision for our redemption through His Son, Jesus. I would tell them of the love, the blood, etc.

  • Sue Alice says:

    1. What would you say to someone who thinks her sins are “to big for God” to forgive? First, I would try and find out if she was saved, and if not go in that direction……saying something like do you know Jesus? Than taking it from there. If she was saved than asking her why she feels this way. Remind her that Jesus died for our sins and washed ALL of our sins away with His blood. There is no sin that God can not forgive you for, if you repent of them and truly mine it. Also ask her if I may pray for her.

    2. Which of the lies revealed to you on page 112 was encouraging or helpful to you? All of them, for at one time or another, I believed all of them, and still do to an extent. Someday soon, I will let them all go….after this study hopefully. Which I am learning so much from.

    3. After reading this week’s lesson, what new understanding do you have of sin? All sin is wrong, but can be forgiven by the precious blood of the Lamb……if we only trust and believe in Him.

    4. Share your thoughts about this week’s lesson? That, I am learning a lot about myself, I did not or cared not to know.

    Blessings to all, have a wonderful week.

  • What would you say to someone who thinks her sins are “too big for God” to forgive? Just read about the women in the Old and New Testament–they were far from perfect. God is all about forgiveness….using our weaknesses to make us strong.
    After reading this week’s lesson, what new understanding do you have about sin? I think it is very important to understand that we are all sinners; we can’t judge others, but only be responsible for our own sins.
    When we ask forgiveness from God, He not only forgives, but forgets the sin. Satan is the one who likes to “remind” us of the sin. Years ago, a woman taught me to raise a big red STOP sign in my mind when a thought tried to consume me. That’s a good practice when doubt, fear, or regret begins to overwhelm us.

  • Jenn says:

    To the person who thinks their sin is too big I’d say no sin is too big or too small to be covered by the blood of Christ. God looks at the repentant heart. God doesn’t label sin as big or small. Sin is sin and it all needs to be paid for. The Good news is Christ died for exactly that, so we could be reunited with him.

  • Jill P says:

    The lie of not taking responsibility for my own actions spoke to me. Going through a difficult relationship right now I have found myself blaming him for my emotions, feelings and heartache. I know I with God can be content in ALL circumstances. And peaceful

  • Amanda says:

    “I cannot walk in consistent victory over sin”. I can relate to the woman who said that she was embarrassed to come to God with the same things over and over again. Sometimes I feel as if God is going to say “Really, Amanda, again?!? Didn’t you learn that lesson once already?!?!” As Paul says in Romans 7:1-24, it is a constant battle. A war for our souls. Every little victory is a step in the right direction. Our repeated choices build our habits and every choice we make is either giving in to the flesh (which will allow sin to gain mastery over us) or yielding to the Spirit (giving Him greater control of our lives). And, as John 15:5 says, we are powerless to change ourselves “apart from me, Jesus said, you can do nothing”. When I try to rely on myself and my own willpower I fail every time but when I come to Jesus with my problem/ temptation, or whatever the situation may be, I can overcome. The Bible talks about not being tempted beyond what we can bear and there always being a way out. Sometimes I just give in too easily.
    Psalm 32:1-5 “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord” – and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”
    Psalm 130: 3-4 “If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.”

  • Jill says:

    3. I learned that I sin more than I realized when she listed sins on page 99 that people don’t think are that major: wasting time, self protections, talking too much, eating or drinking too much, a sharp tongue, a critical spirit, overspending, fear, worry, selfish motives or complaining.

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