Welcome back to womens online bible study as we study Fingerprints of God by Jennifer Rothschild. We’ve just finished reading week four and we have two weeks remaining in this bible study. Make sure to order your book for Nehemiah as they often sell out when Beth Moore leads a summer bible study. To register for the summer bible study- click here.
This week we studied “our relationship with God from three perspectives. He is our eternal security, our city of refuge and the immovable rock,” writes Jennifer Rothschild. We started the week with a lesson on hiding in Him and the exercise with the three envelopes. On page 59 in the book Jennifer uses ten words to describe a storm in your life:
- Tidal wave
- Black Cloud
During the exercise which followed, I wrote “My storm is like an earthquake because once it was over, I rebuilt my spiritual foundation for life, making it stronger that it was before the shaking. The earthquake was a positive experience because it revealed weakness in my foundation.” I then reflected on my earthquake kit and how I spent time preparing and storing provisions for an emergency here in California. The earthquake kit didn’t just appear in my closet one day…I had to plan, shop and fill the closet with necessary items. To survive a storm in life- such as illness, death, financial loss-we need to have a plan based on scripture and God’s word. We need to fill our minds with scripture so when the storm arrives, we’re mentally prepared and equipped.
We saw how Jesus rebuked the storm in Mark 4 and you may recall from reading the book Fearless by Max Lucado or The Invisible War by Chip Ingram that this storm had elements of spiritual warfare. The demons knew Jesus was arriving to toss them into a herd of pigs, so they created a diversion and distraction of fear. Jesus did not respond to the storm or demons with fear, instead He responded with authority and trust in God. We turn to the Rock of strength for our protection and safety in our storms.
We learned from Jennifer that “God has given us a great wall of protection in the form of self-control” and then examined areas of life where we might lack control. Spend some time this week asking the Holy Spirit to convict you about any areas you might lack control. Rather than work on all areas at once, select one and make a commitment to work on controlling this area of your life during the summer. You can always find support from other women on Facebook or send me a private message.
As I was writing this post I searched for images of storms and clicked the first one that caught my attention. What a delight to find the image was from the former pastor at my kids Christian school! Pastor Noah wrote an article called Storms Happen and you can read it when you- click here. The image reminds me of the time we’ve watched a massive storm outside as my 10 year old daughter Katy sat inside the house singing “My God is Mighty to Save” from Hillsong. You can listen to the song on YouTube when you -click here.
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Homework For Next Week
- Read Week Five in your book.
- Watch Video Session Five (optional due to cost) The video answers are in the back of your book in the “leaders guide”
- There is no live Facebook chat this week due to the US holiday on Monday
- Check in with your Small Group Leader.
Group Discussion- answer one or as many questions as you like by posting a comment below
- Describe your storm from the exercise on page 59.
- Name an area of your life that you need more self-control. What is your plan to control this area of your life during the summer?
- Which lesson was most important to you this week- eternal city, city of refuge or immovable Rock- and how did it touch your heart this week?
- Share a favorite moment from this week’s lesson.