Seeking freedom from obstacles that hinder our spiritual growth takes courage. It requires us to examine all areas of our lives, relationships, habits, and thoughts. Moore reminds us in this week’s study, that until you believe you can break free you will remain the same. So as we think about breaking free, we need to also plan to be free because until you believe you can break free you will remain the same.
When we think of making major life changes, we often want our families to change with us. However, sometimes our family members are in bondage to areas of sin that we want to distance ourselves from in order to truly experience freedom. Jeremiah 18:12 read. “But they will reply “It’s no use we will continue with our own plans. We will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts. Notice, the children of Israel were so stuck in their lifestyles that they couldn’t see the benefit in turning away from wickedness to serve God.
We are to influence those who are lost. They shouldn’t be influencing us. Jeremiah 15:19 reads “ Therefore this is what the Lord says. If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me if you utter worthy, not worthless, words you will be my spokesperson. Let these people turn to you, but you must not turn to them. Sharing the gospel is what God commands us to do. Matthew 16:15 says, “Go into the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation”
God gives us the courage to be different
God gives us the courage to be vulnerable
God gives us the courage to be misunderstood.
Those we love the most should be so overwhelmed with the glorious changes they see in our lives that they want the same thing for themselves. Let’s take the best of our family culture and heritage to transform our lives, while leaving what remains in our pasts.
.Are you ready for change? I know that I am. Research tells us that the best way to break a bad habit is to replace it with something good or worthwhile. Scripture memory, prayer, and bible study can help you transform your thoughts.
This week, reflect on one bad habit that you want to change, then replace it with a life-changing spiritual habit.
Be Blessed !
Assignment for the Week
- Complete WEEK FIVE in the study book this week, and be ready to discuss it next week.
- Memorize the verse from verse card in back of the book.
- Join a small group discussion this week. We meet here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups/
- If you are using the optional video or audio sessions, watch the “Session fIVE”