Closet3Desiree said something yesterday and again today that opened my heart to my struggles with Bible study. She made us aware that we can feel inadequate or inexperienced and even intimidated when we study together. In our own minds, we’re “Not Perfect” because another person says something more spiritual or more powerful.

The next day, she went to to reveal that the enemy, the thief and the robber, wants us to believe this! Of course he wants us to doubt ourselves and our understanding of scriptures. He absolutely wants us to feel intimidated, confused and frustrated. Satan does NOT want you to study scripture.

Will you fall into the trap, quit your study after a few days and tell yourself “it’s just too hard?” Is that what Jesus told you to do in the first four lessons we studied so far?

Or are you starting to feel too busy with work, family and life. Physical illness, such as a cold or a sore foot? These are all the tools that the thief uses to steal your faith.

In any pasture, there will be weak sheep who will listen to the voice of the stranger. We can pray for these sheep, but we cannot rescue them. We can ask for Jesus to speak softly and encourage them and bring them closer to their Bibles, but we cannot force them.

Ladies, the battle to study scriptures is not a human battle that we fight. As Desiree said, its a spiritual battle. None of us are perfect, we’re just spiritually weak and Satan knows this. He tempts us with doubt and insecurity.

Once you are aware of the presence of the enemy in your scripture study, you can acknowledge it “Hey, I see you Satan, I know you are there.” And then you have a choice: Pursue More of Jesus, or listen to the voice of the thief.

Thank you to everyone who is participating in the study and the discussions. If you think your words are insignificant or invaluable, they are not. Your words are inspired by your Bible study.

  • You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Psalm 119:114
  • I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. Psalm 119:15
  • May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Today, please take a minute and pray for each of these women by name, for wisdom and understanding as we study John Chapter 10.

Amanda, Barbara, Brenda, Carol, Charmaine, Christine, Courtney, Danielle, Debbie, Debra, Desiree, Doretta, Edna, Elena, Kim, Lynne, Mary Anne, Michelle, Myriam, Nickie, Nicole, Pam, Penny, Roza, Shelly, Tammy, Tangela, Theresa and Wanda.

Author Christine Abraham

Founder and Ministry Director of the Womens Bible Cafe™ since 2009, Christine has led 60+ online Bible Studies for women. She completed a Graduate of Biblical Studies from Liberty University. She's an inspired writer, Amazon Top Reviewer and Blogger Follow on Facebook

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  • Sisterlisa says:

    Excellent thoughts Christine. We can not force them to listen to us. We can’t force them to listen to God either. It’s not our responsibility to make them listen. Jesus didn’t need us to speak to Saul on the road to Damascus. He spoke to him directly, by revelation. Jesus didn’t speak English to Saul. Jesus can speak to anyone he wants to and He knows how to get through to them, even without us interfering.

  • Danielle says:

    Thank you for writing this Christine! I will admit at first I felt pretty “little” compared to everyone else since this is my first study. But as I continue with the study and read everyones comments, I understand that we all have our own thoughts on the scriptures we read, and we are learning from each other. There is no wrong or right! I pray for all the woman in this study, and feel so grateful that others are praying for me at the same time!

    God bless!

  • Penny says:

    WOW WE are all women of God, He loves us and is teaching us each and everyday about Himself and relationships…even in cyberspace…Isn’t it neat that He created this for us at this time in our lives.
    You are awesome GOD

  • Desiree says:

    Thank you so very much Christine.

    I feel so much better that I am learning and growing as I pursue this Bible study. I am so grateful for the support from all the women involved.

  • TAMMY says:

    Christine, Thank you so much. I needed this. I agree. You are so right.
    I appreciate the time you are putting in on this study.

    • Christine says:

      Thanks Tammy, the study helps me stay accountable to Bible study. I encourage each of you to lead a study or write a blog study, because you will find yourself committed and accountable.

  • Charmaine says:

    I hope I am not speaking out of line but as women the enemy wants us to feel like we have to compete with other women but actually we are here to help complete one another. The Word says iron sharpens iron. When women stop competing there is nothing they can’t do jointly and individually. Lord I pray for each woman in this class. I pray that they would not be intimidated by anything but that they would begin to feel closer to the Lord than they ever have no matter how long they have known him and I pray that we would lift one another up to Him and ask Him to show us what he wants us to see in this study. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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