We’re discussing WEEK FOUR of “Believing God” by Beth Moore. Do you believe that you are who God says you are? At the beginning of the study we asked women which belief was most difficult for them and this one topped the charts. Sometime in your lifetime you may have heard these whispered words:
- Maybe everyone else is loved by God except me
- I am not valuable to God
- My sin is too big for Jesus
- I deserve punishment from God, not forgiveness or grace
- I can’t change who I am- worthless
- I’m filthy and shamed
Yet when we look at the Scriptures, nothing supports these false beliefs. Perhaps you adopted them into your heart because you learned it from your relationships or environment. Television entertainment is rooted in exposing and shaming famous people, and we compare ourselves to what we see in others. Maybe someone weighed your heart as a child and convinced you to feel guilt and shame. Maybe God scares you and so it’s easier to label yourself unworthy instead of loved. Maybe you do not forgive yourself (and others) so you reject the loving arms of a forgiving Father.
I can’t read your mind or listen to your heart from the other side of a computer screen…oh how I wish we were face to face at a small group table! Let me ask you this- how long will you believe the lies? Do you really think that you are not worthy of a testimony?
Remember what Beth Moore said this week: “That which is completely obvious and explainable is not faith.” It takes faith to believe that you are loved by God, valuable in His kingdom, washed of sin, forgiven and loved, worthy and treasured. Faith.
What if you sacrificed unbelief on the altar of faith?
What if you sacrificed shame for a crown of glory?
What if you entered your own promised land as a daughter of the King?
It’s time to let go of our failures and embrace faith. Let go of the comfort of living where you are now and be bold in seeking new territory in your relationship with God. Don’t waste time looking in rearview mirrors when the adventure is ahead.
Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the shame of your slavery in Egypt.” Joshua 5:9 NLT
Activity: You’re going to walk through your promised land in this little exercise. You can’t do this without the Holy Spirit so make sure you’re alone and not distracted. Led by the Holy Spirit, I want you to visualize 12 stones across a river. You’ll need to cross each stone to get to your promised land. Imagine your feet on the first stone. Stop and pray: Lord, on this stone I release my sins. Forgive me when I.. (name your sin). Do this for all 12 stones. Keep going across that imaginary water. Walk into your promised land…all 12 stones. Build an imaginary altar on the other side and take time to praise and worship God. Record your testimony in your journal.
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 Five: Believing You Can Do All Things Through Christ 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 Five, available through Lifeway (not required for participation in the study)
Discussion Questions- Answer in your small group or post a comment below
- On the first day of study we learned about Cain, Abel, and shedding blood. How do you feel about the fact that Christ’s blood continues to speak on your behalf: relieved, overwhelmed, elated, loved, skeptical, encouraged, puzzled, or other? (page 76)
- Beth Moore writes on page 77, “Testimonies are our stories of God’s faithfulness in our personal lives.” Share you own Hall of Faith testimony when you complete this sentence: By faith, ___________ (your name) _____________________ (your testimony).
- Which tool does Satan use against you right now: destruction or distraction? In what areas do you desperately need simplification? Name one thing you can implement this week to simplify your life. (page 79-80)
- Do you feel you may be in the right place or the wrong place in relation to God’s present will for your life? Explain your answer. (page 87)
- Which do you believe is your most pressing faith challenge right now- to act or not act? (page 93)