Do you know God?
Do you believe Him?
Do you glorify God?
Are you satisfied in God?
Do you experience God’s peace?
Do you enjoy God’s presence?
Those are the things discussed in Breaking Free by Beth Moore, Week 2.
Each day was a new topic. You’ll notice I have listed 6 topics, but in the study the first 2 are in one day. I felt it was important to separate them. I think they are 2 very different topics.
To know God is to know He exists. To believe Him? Well that is different. I believe IN Him. I believe He created the world and everything in it. I believe His Word is TRUTH. I believe He can do anything. Absolutely anything at all. Do you know God? Have you accepted His free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ?
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
To believe God, well that is a different story. Like I said, I believe IN God, but my struggle is do I BELIEVE Him? Do I believe His ways are better? Do I believe that IF I trust Him, that my life will be better for it?
I will be honest. I struggle with trusting that He knows better than I do in my life. I trust Him in some areas, but not completely. I do however, WANT to trust Him in all things. Hence the reason I am studying His Word through this bible study. Don’t tell my husband, he might freak out. lol (don’t loose heart Jeffrey) 😉
10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,
“and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
nor will there be one after me.
To glorify God is of course to give Him the credit He deserves and believe me, He deserves all the credit for all the good in the world.
We were created to share, show and live God. Being His glory so the world will see HIM.
7 everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
To be satisfied in God is to enjoy spending time with Him. To find Joy in Him. To be filled with Him. To go to Him and be satisfied, be filled with Him and not the things of this world.
Invitation to the Thirsty
55 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Experiencing God’s peace is something I’ve been working on the last 3 or so years. I pray for the Lord to give me peace in all things.
Being my mom’s caregiver requires peace only the Lord can give. It is a heart breaking time in my life. I know her time is short. I wonder why she is still with us. God has a plan, but I wish I knew what it was. Caring for her is at times, exhausting.
I need His peace, because most of the time, I am sad when I am with her. Her life is just sad and meaningless. But, “peace comes from an active, ongoing and obedient relationship with the Prince of Peace”. 1
3 You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Experiencing God’s presence is special. When I feel His presence, I feel chosen.
At one very tough time in my life, I was heart broken and a brand new believer. I lived alone at the time and I specifically remember there were 2 mornings that I woke up with the feeling that someone had their arms wrapped around me.
I can tell you friends, that was the most special feeling I have ever felt. To be loved, chosen, cared for and comforted by the One True King. Even now 25 years later, I still think, WOW!!
This study is very thought provoking for me. I find myself talking to the Lord about what’s going on in my heart and mind. And I am trying to discern what it is I am to learn from this.
If you haven’t picked up this bible study, I encourage you to do so. I am involved in a Facebook online group and I think this study is worth the time, effort and money. You can do it with a group or on your own. Here’s the link for Amazon. ( I am not an affiliate) It’s $16 and well worth it!
If you have began this study, what do you think? What are you learning?
Till next week
1. Beth Moore, Breaking Free week 2, day 4