Breaking Free

I would like to know if I am the only sap doing this Bible Study by Beth Moore, who can’t get through a homework assignment without crying? Actually I am such a procrastinator that it’s usually a couple days of crying during the homework and then a few days keeping myself too busy with other things, and then a few days of cramming to try to get caught up. Which includes more crying because I am so frustrated with myself for keeping myself “too busy” for God.
I really am enjoying this study though and am hopeful that God is not through with me yet! This is a little of what I have learned so far-
“Captivity is anything that hinders the abundant and Spirit Filled life God has planned for his child.”
Benefits of being chosen by God:
1) To know God and believe Him.
2) To glorify God.
3)To find satisfaction in God.
4) To experience God’s peace.
5) To enjoy God’s presence.

Isaiah 57:14 “And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumbling block out of the way of my people.”

5 common obstacles:
1)Unbelief Maybe you believed and repented into salvation, but do you believe God’s promises for your life here on Earth? Mark 9:24
2)Pride Maybe you don’t think you have any real sin issues, you think you are a pretty good Christian and God is lucky to have you on his team!
3)Idolatry- Putting other things before God. This is a big one for me. I get so caught up with whatever is interesting to me in the moment, that I put prayer and Scripture on a back burner.
4)Prayerlessness- Goes hand in hand with #3
5)Legalism-Being more aware of others faults than loving others. Seeing the speck in your brother/sister’s eye, but ignoring the log in your own.

I went through Obstacle 3, 4, and 5 today ( I said I was catching up!) and I was led to write out some lies I have been believing that I need to daily give over to the Lord.

1) LIE-That momentarily releasing my anger onto my children ( or husband) will make me feel better and doesn’t so any lasting harm. TRUTH- It does not make me feel better, it makes me feel like scum and it obviously harms because my behaving in such a way is the result of my being surrounded by anger when I was a child. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not blaming my parents for my present behavior. I am an adult and I make my own choices. However, I learned certain sin-habits by watching others choose them, and my children are already making sinful choices based on how they see me behave.

2) LIE-Being disrespectful to my husband is not a big deal and does not have any consequences. TRUTH- It is a big deal because it is sin. Being saved does not let me off the hook, there are consequences such as an unhappy husband and disrespectful children. When I disrespect him, they think it is ok to disrespect us. Their disrespect leads me to be angry which just starts the cycle over again. How can I expect them to be happy and obedient when I am angry and disrespectful, makes no sense!
3)Lie- Retreating to my room and hanging out online is my right and there’s nothing wrong with it!! TRUTH- As long as it does not interfere with my responsibility as a wife and mother, it is nothing worng with going online, but when it takes over my day and my children are left to themselves, it is not ok, and it is not my “right”!

Well, I think that’s enough inward reflection for me! I would like to hear what others who have done this study think and even if you have not done this study, what are some lies you have believed??

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  • jubberjournal  On April 15, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Beth Moore is an amazing teacher from the heart. My wife and I actually recently did her “Daniel” study – just the two of us and were blessed beyond measure! Great post, thank you for sharing and being transparent.


  • Anna  On April 22, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Very interesting post. There are some good things to think about in there. Keep up the great work!

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  • Elizabeth  On May 2, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I have heard many good things about Beth Moore’s studies, but have not done any myself. All the best in your journey and blessings along the way.

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  • justkim - swapbot  On May 6, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Your life sounds rich & full.. make time for yourself you are worth it..

  • Maria  On May 10, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    An interesting blog – I wish you the best.
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  • Miditron  On May 11, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    It’s great that you can see yourself with such clarity. Learning to see through the lies we tell ourselves is one of the most crucial lessons we can learn! Keep it up.

    – Megan (Miditron from swap-bot, wordpress followers swap)

  • quainthomesteader  On May 12, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Hey Megan, I ran into something online that might help you to read the bible every day and stay organized with the house work. It’s not free, but it’s pretty cheap, and I did buy it one year and enjoyed using it.
    There are even blank spaces where you can write in your own chores, and a weekly meal planning page that is very useful.

    I also have trouble not just goofing off online all day, and I asked Paul to put a pass word on the computer so that I can’t go on it until he unlocks it. I know it sounds controlling, but I get so much more done, and I actually pick up books and read! It really makes both of us happier in the long run.


    Liz (QH swap bot)

  • quainthomesteader  On May 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Submissive isn’t a word I would use, see it’s different because I’ve asked him to help me with so, it’s not like he’s being overbearing. If he just jumped up and put a password on the computer I would probably have a fit!

    And in a way the shoe is on the other foot when it comes to food, I help Paul out with his “weaknesses”. I do all the food shopping and I don’t buy any junk food. He’s working on loosing some weight and I know if I bough myself some junk food it would be tempting for him just to have it in the house.

    So in a way we are supporting each other, I don’t like to look at it in terms of power struggles and things like that. The real power struggle, as I’m sure you know, is within ourselves: doing what’s best for us and our family vs doing what we want to be doing. The trick is to make what we want to be doing the thing that does happen to be what’s best for us and our family.

    • walkinintheway  On May 22, 2010 at 1:50 pm

      I think the term”submissive” gets a bad rap… The Bible says that married couples are to submit to one another, which is what you guys are doing. Supporting each other, helping each other, knowing that your spouse has your best intrests at heart and sometimes doing what they know is best, even if you really want to eat a bag of doritos!! I dont think submitting automatically means the other party is overbearing, I think it can be that way, bit it is not what is meant by “submission”. i still think you have more guts than I do for asking Paul to put the password on there, I am not ready to do that, although I think it is a great idea and applaud you for the self-control to even ask! And I wish Paul the best with his desire to lose weight, that is another area I need to work on, but Marc being a chef, tends to spoil me in that area 🙂 😦

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