Today I begin my Tuesday postings for our bloggy Bible study of Lysa Terkeurst’s book What Happens When Women Walk in Faith. If you’d like to join us, visit Lelia who is so gracious to host these bloggy get togethers! (I’m not linked there yet, because I’m posting in the wee hours of the morning when all the world is still asleep!) I feel like we’re sitting down with a cupa, sinking into my overstuffed couch, ready to share some good Word-centered girl gab!
I’m an underliner, girls. Pick up any of the books in my library and it will be heavy with the ink marks. My first underline in this book was in the intro—the second paragraph! This is one way I judge a good book: how quickly do I get to the underlines? Didn’t take long. My first underline was: “Those giants struck fear in the heart of those to whom the promise was given.” (p.7)
Fear. Lysa’s first question asks me what tactics the enemy is using to try to defeat me right now? That’s a real simple answer for me: fear. Job 1:6-7 and 1 Peter 5:8 tell me that Satan is roaming through the earth “like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour”. Luke 22:31 tells me he wants to sift me “as wheat”. These words have always left me with a sick feeling of terror in my tummy. All my life I’ve believed there is nothing special about me. I’m not good enough, I’m not strong enough, I’m not smart enough…
These scripts were played over and over in my head until I came to believe them as truth. On page 13, Lysa asks, “Is it possible that a girl rejected by her earthly father (insert your great heartache here) could actually be chosen and set apart (second underline) for a divine calling?”
For so many years I chose to believe the enemy’s answer to that question. A loud, resounding NO!
I still work on those mental scripts. Old habits are hard to break. But as I grow in my relationship with the Lord, I have come to a place of victory (over and over again!). Lysa is so right when she says that the enemy wants us to “miss God’s best”. (p. 19) He wants nothing more than for us to give up our dream. Thomas Edison once said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
Lysa’s next question asks us to list some practical ways to draw close to God and to resist the devil. (James 4:7-8) I have found that being in the Word on a regular basis, and having my quiet time with God every day are my best strategies to overcome the enemy. My most recent fear defeating scripture is 1John 4:4, which says, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
I know that alone I am not strong enough. Alone, I am not good enough. Alone, I am not smart enough. But He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world. And He’s pretty bad. That’s B-A-D, in a good way.
Another good thing for me is to surround myself with godly friends. Friends who encourage me and believe in God’s work in me. I am blessed to have many such friends. I also teach my kids, and the tweens at church. Honey, there is no greater way to learn a lesson than to teach it. As I minister to these precious children, the lessons He has given to me are solidified in my heart.
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of god, you will receive what he has promised.”(Heb. 10:35-36) These are the words of encouragement that Lysa wants us to focus on as we journey through this study. On page 17, Lysa states that “Any woman who wishes to be used by God must be willing to honor God no matter what.” These words spoke volumes to me (underlined, of course!). When we honor God in the little things, we show who we are in Him. We show that honoring Him comes before our agendas. Honoring Him comes before chasing a dream.
That is my aim today. I will start over tomorrow, but this is my goal: to honor God in all I do.