Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Book Study - Assignment 4 Discussion

Karen over at the T.A.G blog is hosting this book study/discussion on Nancy Leigh Demoss's book Lies Women Believe And The Truth That Sets Them Free. Please feel free to come join in if you'd like! http://www.homesteadblogger.com/tagblog

Memory Verses we are learning:

"Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free"
John 8:32

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free"
Galatians 5:1

Assignment 4 Discussion

For this week we read only part of Chapter Three
pages 63-73.

This week's questions are taken from The Companion Guide for Lies Women Believe.

1. "Read Psalm 139:1-18. What do you learn from this psalm about God's heart and thoughts toward you?" (pg. 34)

I really love Psalm 139! Here are two great youtube link to check out:

He knit me together ... He knows all I'm going to say, before I say it ... He sees everyplace I go and knows my every thought ... yet he loves me anyway!!!! There is never a place I can go where God Will not be with me!

2. "Some people live as victims all their lives. What effect does it have on them? Who controls their lives?" (pg. 36)

If they (or we) live all their lives believing they are victims of someone else or some circumstance then its like believing that person or circumstance is greater than God ... a lie I'm sure satan would love us to believe. The truth is nothing is bigger than God.

3. "Read Colossians 3:1-17. On the basis of who Christ is and what He has done for us (Colossians 1-2), the apostle Paul tells us that we are responsible to make godly choices in every area of life, including our attitudes, our behavior, and our relationships. What are we to 'put off'? What are we to 'put on'?" (pg. 36)

Put off:
whatever belongs to your earthly and sinful nature

Put on:
as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, we are called to put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and above all love. We are to set out hearts on tings above, not things of this earth. We are called to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts

4. "In Galatians 5:22-23, what does Paul promise that the Holy Spirit will help to do in our lives?" (pg. 36)

Galatians 5:16-23 says:
16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

If we live by the Spirit, the Holy Spirit helps us to produce fruit ... fruit of the Spirit and to turn away from the sinful nature.

Quotes for Assignment 4

"What we believe about God is crucial because it affects what we believe about everything else. A distorted or damaged view of God will distort the way we see everything and everyone around us. Frequently we fail to realize that what is causing the irritation and turmoil within our souls is not the people or the circumstances we think are annoying us; rather, the problem is that we are seeing things through a damaged lens." (pg. 64)

"What we believe about ourselves determines how we live. If we believe and act on lies, we will end up in bondage..." (pg. 67)

"We see things about ourselves we wish were different or that we know are not pleasing to the Lord. But rather than accept personal responsibility for our own choices, attitudes, and behavior, we have 101 reasons for why we are the way we are...The Truth is that we do have a choice. We are responsible for our own choices. We can be changed by the power of God's Spirit. Once we know and embrace the Truth, we can break free from the chains of our past, our circumstances, and even deeply ingrained habit patterns." (pgs. 71-73)

I have comments to post about each of these but a little two year old is waking, so I'll come back and post those comments later


Denise said...

Enjoyed your answers sweetie.

Karen said...

I look forward to reading your thoughts on the quotes. I haven't watched the video clips yet but I hope to tonight.

Hope you've had a wonderful day!

Twinkle Mom said...

Beautiful answers and I love the pics you posted about your attempts with henna! That is so neat.

It's so true that no matter where we are, God is there with us and what better security than that!

God bless you on a great post and blog!