This week we’re Believing God as we discuss our first reading assignment from Beth Moore. It was exciting to see women gather in our small groups last week for the introduction sessions. I like to imagine that we’re sitting around a huge round table, big cups in our hands with coffee or tea, and intimate conversations in our hearts filled with the Holy Spirit. I’m visual.
A common theme I saw in our small groups last week is a need for accountability. To me this demonstrates a lack of self-confidence and a need for prayer. I’m asking our ministry leaders to write your names on index cards and to pray diligently for you as we continue this study of faith. One of my goals is to teach you to become self-feeders of God’s Word. So you’ll crave more of Him and spend less time on distractions, such as social media or television. We all have 30 minutes a day in our schedules, yet we find it difficult to get started because of procrastination. If you want to break through this annoyance, imagine that Jesus is in your living room. Monday through Friday, He is there waiting to meet you. Bring your workbook, your Bible and your heart to Him. Pour out your thoughts on the journal exercises in the daily study. If you’re a visual personal like me and struggle to imagine He is there, then pour the Lord a cup of morning coffee or tea as a reminder you are not alone. Do whatever it takes and after three weeks you’ll create a habit that shatters your need for accountability.
Let’s talk about the reading assignment. On page 17 in the workbook, Beth Moore asks us to record what Christ says about faith. One verse in particular caught my eye:
“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20 (NLT)
When I read this I wrote in my workbook: NOTHING HAPPENS WITH UNBELIEF. Then I prayed over this and immediately realized how diverse our churches are today. Some churches believe in miracles and they see miracles, while others do not. Outside the church community, what do you believe? Are you a miracle-believer of great faith, or a conformer?
If you want to explore this further, do some research on missionaries and their miracle stories. Also research the numerous claims of miracles in third world countries, yet not witnessed in modern societies. The topic is fascinating! Perhaps we’ve tamed our faith within the realm of acceptance and approval? Keep praying and seek answers from the Holy Spirit about this.
Beth Moore has this terrific quote on page 18- “We want to continue in our God-testing unbelief and still see Him move mountains.” If we sat at a table together I’d be raising my hand and shouting AMEN. Unbelief and mountain moving… sit with Jesus and have a conversation about that this week!
Post a comment below and tell me one thing you learned this past week of study. I want to know what Bible verse or thought really moved you from Week One.
BIBLE STUDY TIP: If you encounter a difficult question in the workbook, sometimes Beth Moore provides the answer in the next paragraph below. Pray through your lesson and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Skip the question and come back to it later rather than sitting there in “stuck” mode. Once you learn her teaching style you’ll have less difficulty with the answers. She does not give the answer immediately and encourages her students to seek the Bible before they seek Beth.
Assignment For the Week
- 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.
- Begin reading Week Two: Believing God is Who He Says He Is in your workbook
- Read Romans 4 at least two times this week, in a translation of your choice.
- If you are listening to the audio cd’s or watching the videos, watch Session Two, available through Lifeway (not required for participation in the study)
Discussion Questions- Answer in your small group or post a comment below
- Which of the Five Statements of Belief do you currently struggle with: 1) God is who He says He is 2) God can do what He says He can do 3) I am who God says I am 4) I can do all things through Christ 5) God’s Word is alive and active in me. Let the Holy Spirit convict you of your answer. What is He saying to you right now?
- On page 16 Beth Moore asks you to consider some of the biggest obstacles you encounter in diligently seeking God. What are some of the answers you wrote in your workbook?
- What are some of the rewards you’ve already received from seeking God? (page 11)
- On page 21 Beth Moore invites us to read Romans 4 and suggests using a Post-in note in your Bible to record the date each time you read the chapter. Have you tried this learning tool? How would you summarize Romans 4 (page 23)
- How did you do your first week of study: slow to start, jumped off a diving board, or sitting at the edge of the pond and still reflecting? What are some things that touched your heart this week?