Welcome back to the Womens bible study as we discuss Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, week nine. Some of you have sent emails letting me know you’ve already finished the study. Others started late and are reading behind the group, while many just finished reading chapter nine. Next week is our last week of study and then we’ll have a three week break for everyone to finish their current study. Be sure to order your books for the next bible study so they arrive by April 30th.
Our lesson this week examined lies we believe about our circumstances. The lesson was perfectly timed (as always) when I found myself encouraging my teenager daughter over her circumstances. In tears she cried “God hates me! He lets bad things happen to me and I just know He just hates me!” Sometimes as adults we can sound just like a teenage girl! We look up and instead of seeing a Father who loves us, our vision is clouded by our circumstances and we can’t see Truth. This is one reason why bible study and reading scripture is so very important.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss exposed these lies during week nine:
- If my circumstances were different, I would be different
- I shouldn’t have to suffer
- My circumstances will never change, this will go on forever
- I just can’t take it anymore
- It’s all about me
Once you have crawled out of this victim mentality, it’s easier to see its ugly head when it appears in others. The victim blames life on circumstances while the victor seeks Jesus. The victim stays in a comfort zone of depression, while the victor seeks healing. The victim lives in darkness, while the victor lives in the Light. True identity theft is when Satan keeps you in bondage to victim mentality. He convinces you that you’re a victim of circumstances. Nancy warns us “if we fail to see the hand of God behind our circumstances, we will be vulnerable to confusion, frustration, bitterness, anger and despair.”
Victims believe they are powerless and therefore do not seek the blood-stained hands of Jesus. They turn away from forgiveness, mercy, grace and love. They hide in their misery of their comfort zones.
As I explained to my teenager daughter, we will suffer on this side of eternity. Christian lives are filled with hope, not perfection. To be Christ-like and follow Him does not mean you will not suffer. Sometimes we suffer from our own actions, sometimes we suffer from the actions of others, and sometimes we suffer for unknown reasons. Yet in our suffering we find a magnificent God and an indescribable joy. You cannot find it if you do not seek Him.
Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. Revelation 2:10 NIV
You my dear daughter…are an Heiress.
Truth is….it’s all about God and His will. Live in obedience, in suffering and in joy.
Be blessed by your relationship with the King no matter your circumstance.
Circumstance: a condition, detail, part, or attribute, with respect to time, place, manner,agent, etc., that accompanies, determines, or modifies a fact or event; a modifying or influencing factor: Source dictionary.com
Your circumstance is a condition and it changes over time, just as you went from being a teenager to an adult. May you persevere and walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Cor 5:7 NKJV
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For Next Week
- Pray for the women who are doing this study with you.
- Read Chapter Ten and Eleven in your book and companion guide.
- Look at the list of Key Resources on page 269 for topics addressed in this book
- Check in with your Small Group Leader
- Sign up for the next study
Group Discussion- Answer ONE question or as many as you like
- What circumstance do you blame for your lack of joy?
- Why is suffering inescapable as a human?
- What fruit has suffering produced in your life?
- Share your thoughts about this week’s lesson.
Have a great week…share what you are learning with others as you grow in truth!
God is good…always!