Welcome back to womens online Bible study as we continue the Believing God by Beth Moore. We’ve finished reading week eight in the workbook and have just one more week of study. Our next study begins November 2nd so please register for the Armor of God study by Priscilla Shirer when you CLICK HERE. If you saw the War Room movie then join us for this study and learn to organize your prayer closet! Missionary Mom Stasia Nielsen will be writing our discussion questions and weekly updates for the study on prayer.
This week is a good time to remember that although you have not seen Jesus, you love Him, you believe Him, and you are receiving salvation for your soul through Him.
It’s also a reminder that God brings good from tragedy and times of grief are seasonal. The hardship and the grief are not long-suffering unless we choose to make it so through our own will. As Christian women who love Jesus, we are promised that suffering turns to joy (Psalm 126). The Amplified Version (v. 5-6) says: They who sow in tears shall reap with joyful singing. He who goes back and forth weeping, carrying his bag of seed [for planting],Will indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. The Message Version (v. 6) says:
Those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.
Would you take a moment and write that down- jot a note into your cell phone, or a Post-It or anything that will remind you of God’s promise. I know who you are because I see your suffering in our small group discussions and in the prayer requests each day. Jesus sees your heavy hearts. Lay your burdens at His feet with prayer.
As I look back on my own journey of faith, I recognize that my sin did bear fruit. Though that prodigal season God allowed me to rebel and I hid my face from Him in shame. He showed me the consequences of my sin and in that experience deepened my faith. It would be impossible to lead and disciple women if I had not experienced the same wounding and shame. Because I wore this burden over my heart and cut-away my relationship with God for a season, I’m able to see this reflected in the hearts of my sisters in Christ and lead them on the same path to freedom that I found through consistent Bible study. A restored relationship with the Father is rooted in unending love. He calls me to be myself and not imitate people. Only Jesus.
My prayer for you is to remove all stumbling blocks in your journey of faith. An armload of blessings are waiting for you!
Assignment For the Week
- Calendar your study time and small group time. Use a reminder alarm on your cell phone.
- Pray before you begin reading. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart to wisdom.
- Select a small group day and time that fits your schedule. Arrive to the private Facebook group for the one hour meeting.
- Read Week Nine: Believing God When Victory Demands Your All in your workbook
- If you are listening to the audio cd’s or watching the videos, watch Session Nine, available through Lifeway (not required for participation in the study)
Discussion Questions- Answer in your small group or post a comment below
- Galatians 6:9 reads, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (KJV) Do you feel frustrated over the sowing and reaping principle or satisfied and encouraged? If you are comfortable, share what you are presently experiencing even if it is frustration.
- Beth Moore suggests that our human tendency is to trust God with virtually anything (our health, circumstances, children) before we trust Him with our finances. (page 179) Why are we at times reluctant to give God all of our trust with some things and not others?
- As we looked through different periods of our lives in Lesson 8, have you identified any lies that you believed during those years that God later exposed to you and replaced with His truth? If so, please share and explain.
- Beth Moore characterized Gilgal as a place where any one of three things happen: 1) we realize that God has rolled away our reproach, 2) God has proved us victorious in a do-over (an opportunity to go back and get something right), or 3) God has taken us full circle in a significant way. (page 193) Have you experienced a Gilgal of your own during your life so far?