Greetings, fellow ZIPers! Today I feel led to talk about Bible studies because I am currently doing 3 of them, and I’ve been learning so much that I’m bursting at the seams to share with anyone who might read this post!
Have you ever felt led by God to join a couple (or three LOL) Bible studies, and it almost seems as if all of them are kinda linked together and telling you the same thing?? Welcome to my world this week.
Granted, there are two Bible studies I’m working through right now that deal with 1st & 2nd Peter. If you visit this post from the Love God Greatly website, there are many references to setting aside what is old and taking up what is new. And if you scroll down to the Weekly Challenge on this site, you can take a quick look at Colossians 3:1-17 and see what we are required to put to death in our own fleshly existence and what we should be clothing ourselves with instead.
The other study is a book study/Bible study through Proverbs 31, and it’s a study of Lysa Terkeurst’s book “What Happens When Women Walk in Faith”. What I have found SO very interesting while reading this book is that it also talks about “leaving” behind what is old and taking up what is new!! In other words, you can’t keep living the same life that you are living, pleasing yourself and living life by your set of rules and desires, and expect to move forward with God! You have to kill your selfish desires.
And here are the NEW things God will replace those old things with:
Let me ask you some questions.
Are you happy with how things are going in your life?
Do you feel that there’s got to be more than this?
Do you wish there was more time in a day to accomplish more?
Do you wish you weren’t so tired at the end of the day after dealing with work and kids and life in general?
Would you like to stop worrying about the future?
Don’t get me wrong. God is not a genie in a bottle. BUT He can give you more joy and peace than you’ve ever known on your own, and with that he takes away your worries. He makes you realize what is precious, literally renews your strength, and builds your endurance.
Do you have hopes and dreams? I bet what you have dreamed up is absolutely amazing. But if you do it on your own, will you really truly be happy, or will you just dream up and hope for the next thing that comes to your mind?
It’s how we’re designed! We’re always saying:
“If only I could get into this college, I would be happy.”
“If only I could move away from my parents, I would be happy.”
“If only I could get that job, I would be happy.”
“If only I could get a new car, I would be happy.”
“If only I could get my dream home EXACTLY the way I want it, I would be happy.”
“If only I could find someone to share the rest of my life with, I would be happy.”
“If only I could get pregnant, I would be happy.”
The list of “if only’s” goes on and on, and it really never ends. And sometimes we change it to “If only God would give me…!!!!” Because once you get what you want, sure you’re happy for awhile, but doesn’t the glow wear off? Or maybe you discover it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be? Or maybe even not really truly what you wanted? So, it’s on to the next latest and greatest, right? The cycle won’t end that way.
But if you let God dream for you, oh boy, you are in for things you never even imagined. You see, God knows us better than we know ourselves. So, if God knows US better than WE know US, it makes sense that He can enrich our lives in ways we didn’t even realize would make us so unbelievably joyous. And we don’t need material things to give us joy. We can’t take them with us when we die. And we stand to lose a lot if we place too much value on them.
If you haven’t done so already, please find the courage to kick your old, rotting, selfish ways to the curb and come to Jesus. It may not always be easy, but you honor God when you step out of your comfort zone and hand Him the reins to your life. He’ll take better care of you than you ever did. As Gungor pretty much hints at in this song, God makes beautiful things–Let him make you new.
That’s it for today, fellow ZIPers! Love and blessings to you in the name of Jesus Christ!