This was a difficult week for many women in online Bible study as we continued our study of the workbook “Anonymous: Discovering the Somebody You Are to God,” by Cindi Wood. Knowing we faced a challenging week, Cindi posted on Twitter “Our Prayer Team met last night. We continue to pray over Anonymous study groups.” Ladies, the purpose of this study is to discover the somebody you are to God. By the time we finish next week you will know your identity is NOT invisible, judged, hurting, ordinary or shamed. Keep walking with us as we discover a new rhythm of grace and a new identity next week.
During our fifth week of study, we met the woman who committed adultery and lifted the layers of shame. More than once I received a personal email from someone who felt shamed by her past and struggled with her identity. Each time I reminded these friends that we have a new identity in Christ. In explaining our identity, I like to use the imagery of a sackcloth, often worn in Biblical times for grieving. Women who wear the identity of shame are burdened by sackcloths of shame, hidden under beautiful clothing, makeup and hair. When shame encounters Jesus, the sackcloths are discarded and she puts on her new identity in Christ. So my question is…why would you go back and pick up your sackcloth again?
Your past is not your identity and neither is shame. Do you know Jesus, hear Jesus and see Jesus in you life? If so, then let go of the false identity. The devil is the source of identity theft.
Identity theft is when you wear a label of invisible, judged, hurting, ordinary and shamed. Jesus does not accuse you, as we learned this week, so why do you continue to accuse yourself? Why do you wear an undergarment of shame for something already forgiven? I’m very passionate about sharing this message with women around the world. If I could stare at you with my deep blue eyes, I’d look as close as I could into your heart and say “Stop it!”
Stop wearing labels of the past.
Stop wearing an identity that does not fit the Daughter of the King.
Stop allowing the devil to victimize you with a false identity.
Then I would hold your warm hands inside mine, pray over you, and as I squeeze your hands I’d imagine Jesus smiling at us because we’re not anonymous in His eyes. We are loved. We are heart sisters.
ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK
- Join a small group this week
- Read WEEK SIX in your book. You’ll read one lesson per day, each lesson is about 20 minutes.
- Optional due to cost: AFTER you finish the reading assignment, watch video session six available from Amazon or the publisher website.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK
- Why do you think only the woman was brought to Jesus and not the man? (Day 1, page 145)
- Scripture says: But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. John 8:6b (NKJV) Why do you think Jesus behaved as though He did not hear? (Day 2, page 152)
- Have you ever heard the audible, inaudible voice of God speaking to your spirit? How can we nurture our ability to hear God’s voice? (Day 3, page 157)
- Spiritually speaking, why is it poor advice to tell someone “Be true to your heart, follow your heart, listen to the learnings of your heart?” (Day 3, page 158)
- Scripture says: And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Matthew 8:20 (NKJV) What are your thoughts about the “aloneness” of Jesus? Do you think aloneness was a necessary part of His ministry and calling? Why? (Day 3, page 160)