We’ve just finished reading our first week of Living Beyond Yourself Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit by Beth Moore. Beth launches us into the heart of God and the gift of the Spirit as we read through the first four chapters of Galatians. By now you’ve noticed Beth is using the NIV bible and other bible formats do not work well with this study. I’m using the Life Application Study Bible, NIV Large Print. Many of you are using online bibles such as Bible Gateway, Bible Study Tools or YouVersion to research the verses.
We started our week listening to the audio or watching the video Introduction and filling out the Viewer Guide on page 8 of the workbook. Our reading this week started with a view of hardship and a reminder we are placed in trials of persecution because His glory shines through us during our trial. We looked at the four major reasons why Christ died for us, followed by a lesson on the major characteristics that make us easy targets for the enemy. When we are unfamiliar with scripture and not carrying His Word inside our hearts, we’re easy prey. Look back on your own life when you were lacking in scripture knowledge and your attempts to battle Satan. Who won the battle then? Later, when you attended church bible study and learned scripture, some of you may have become bored and quit the study, easily diverted from a Christian life. Who won your battles during your boredom, you or Satan? Do not miss the importance of this message from Beth: without knowledge of the word of God, your battle is lost. With bible study and perservance through boredom, your battle is won. Place your feet on the path of faith and learn scripture day-by-day over the next ten weeks of study.
One of the most important lessons this week is found in day three, Beth Moore’s list of the “Ten Characteristics of the Crucified Life.” It’s important to understand how and why God gifted us with the Fruit of the Spirit. The father of lies, Satan, wants us to believe we are not deserving of the Spirit and the Spirit would not dwell inside our hearts. Through a covenant with God, we know righteousness, grace thankfulness and joy. These gifts and the gift of the Spirit are not earned by performance or following the law, we receive them through Jesus. We are adopted members of God’s family and Abba’s gift to us is the fruit of the Spirit living inside our hearts.
Please pray for the 130 women participating in this study, that each woman will have a heart’s desire to learn scripture and defeat boredom. Ask for God’s presence during this study as we learn together. If you have a prayer request for our prayer wall, please click here. Make sure you print a copy of the prayers, place them, in your workbook and pray for these women.
Beth Moore Quotes
- Nothing will make us more miserable than to live in the tomb of self.
- The enemy will do everything he can to discourage you from allowing God into your heart.
- Ignorance of God’s Word makes us easy targets for false teaching.
- Few things on earth cause as much unhappiness as trying to win the approval and affirmation of people.
- We become immediate slaves to the person(s) from whom we seek approval.
- Do not be surprised when God continually forces you outside your comfort zone.
- Never misunderstand pain as permission to forego the will of God.
- God’s specialty is making impossibilities possible.
This Week’s Memory Verse-NIV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
For Next Week
- Read Week Two in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Two Audio (optional)
- Listen to the Session Two Video (optional)
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- What would it mean for you to seek only God’s approval? (page 18)
- Which of the 10 characteristics of the crucified life spoke most personally to you and why? (page 22)
- Share a time when you were challenged to believe God and He proved faithful to you. (page 24)
- In your workbook on page 29, or in a journal, create a list of “Garden Tools” based upon each lesson of the day. (see my example in the comments) We will be doing this each week.