What a perfect title for this week’s lesson in Jesus the One and Only by Beth Moore! All week long as we kept our eyes in our bibles and followed the workbook of chapter five, we became observers of the Christ of God. Our week started when Jesus was calm in the storm- even sleeping- while the disciples experienced fear. Jesus had full knowledge of the coming storm, and he slept. Author Max Lucado writes in his book Fearless “Christ followers contract malaria, bury children, and battle addictions, and as a result, face fears. It’s not the absence of storms that set us apart. It’s whom we discover in the storm: an unstirred Christ.” We discover the storm was a prelude to a demonic encounter, possibly even a warning of spiritual warfare. If you studied Spiritual Warfare with us, then you may recall that a spiritual attack is usually sparked by one of five events:
- Spiritual Growth
- Invading Enemy Territory
- Exposing the Enemy
- Breaking the World
- Blessings to Come
He knew, the Christ of God, and He demonstrates faith in the path of the enemy. Like us, the disciples were learning and Jesus was teaching them that fear is a perceived loss of control. “Take courage, I am here” Jesus replies in Matthew 14:27 NLT. Max Lucado writes “Look over your shoulder, that’s God following you. Look into the storm, that’s Christ coming toward you.” Take courage, He is always near. When the thief comes to steal your identity or your dignity, Jesus is near. When you are hiding in a tomb of self-destruction, Jesus is near. All you need to do is call upon His name. Jesus. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Acts 2:21 NIV
We are not unnoticed to God, as we read in our study. When we acknowledge our faith, He acknowledges us. Christ extended His authority and power to the 12 disciples, then sent them out to spread the Good News of the Kingdom and heal people. They returned to the Teacher, and his compassion overflows as he demonstrates His love by offering them rest and a miracle of food. This entire week of study was so moving and loving, as we see the Son teaching his disciples, and us. As we learned on Day five, Christ’s church is built on this immovable testimony. As a member of His church, own it and claim it as yours. Stand with Him on the Kingdom ground which he built for His children.
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Beth Moore Quotes
- The one place Christ will not force His presence is the human heart.
- The pure basics of human dignity are often the targets of demonic assault.
- Stealing dignity is Satan’s agenda, not God’s.
- Violence is one of the most obvious fingerprints of Satan.
- Not all supernatural power comes from God.
- Bad news usually gathers a bigger audience than good news.
- God commands us to help take care of needs, not greeds.
- One minute a rock- the next minute a stumbling block.
This Week’s Scripture Verse-NIV
Freely you have received; freely give. Matt 10:8 NIV
But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’ John 15:25 NIV
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 2 Cor 11:3 NIV
For Next Week
- Read Week Six in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Six Audio (optional)
- OR…Listen to the Session Six Video (optional)
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- How do we know if our times of isolation are being used by God or by the enemy? ( page 105 )
- What analogy would you use to describe how Jesus felt when the bleeding woman touched His robe? ( page 106 )
- Why do you think Christ may have been testing His disciples? ( page 116)
- When we’re struggling, how can we stir in our thinking the things of God rather than the things of man? ( page 121 )
- Share something you enjoyed from this week’s lesson.