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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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I love to send and receive handwritten letters and that is becoming so uncommon in the present day. Thanks to my dear friend Chalice for sharing this.   www.atnutmeg.blogspot.com  Make sure you have some tissues handy!