Wednesday April 13, 2011

Today I had a relaxing day at home. In the morning I spent time with God in prayer and reading my Bible. I also have continued to do the Bible study book that I started with the ladies Bible study group that I joined before I left Romania. The book that I am doing with the ladies group in Romania is a Beth Moore study called “David – Seeking a Heart like His”. It is another excellent study!

I have been learning so much from the life of David as I am studying his life more in detail through this book. I do miss being a part of the group discussions that take place with the group meetings twice a month. I decided to e-mail Karen who’s my director and the leader of the group the answers to the group discussion questions so it keeps me accountable to finish the book. I also really appreciate their prayers too.

I am now on the fifth week of the study. Today I did the second day of this week. The title of today’s lesson is called “Things that Bring Change”. It was mainly about the different battles that David faced before he became king over Israel. I learned some key lessons from today’s lesson which are:

–         We can’t always choose our battles but we can certainly make choices to affect our outcome. We want to learn to make choices that will cause us to grow stronger rather than weaker.

–         One of the most repeated themes in David’s life and ours is warfare. The battles of David came as a result of the ultimate overthrow of an authority.

–         We want to change for the better so our battles will not be in vain. God obviously wanted us to learn from David’s approach to warfare because He included so many of David’s psalms.

–         God is so anxious to answer us when we are in distress, but an answer requires a plea for help. In other words, we must call out to Him in order for Him to answer us. See Psalm 20:1,9

There were two questions that were in the study which got me thinking a bit and I wanted to share them here on my blog.

  1. God could rescue us with or without our cry for help. Why do you think He wants us to call on Him before He rescues us?

I believe that God wants us to call out to Him before He rescues us it is because He wants us to recognize that He is God and Lord and we are not. God wants us to learn to place all of our trust in Him and to depend upon Him and not upon ourselves. God wants us to remember that we are nothing without Him and He is everything.

  1. Today we’ve had our attentions drawn to our three enemies: 1) Satan and the evil principalities, 2) the world, and 3) our old sin nature. Are you aware of presently being in a battle with any one of the three right now yes __ no   If so, which one? My answer –Satan and the evil principalities

What have you learned today to help you in your battle with this enemy?

I learned that I need to keep fighting and not give up. I learned that I need to call out to God more because God desires to rescues me but I need to surrender everything over to Him and not hold anything back.

What a great Bible study! I hope you have learned something new today as you read this blog entry or maybe it has encouraged or challenged you in a way. Wherever you are at in your relationship with God just remember that God desires you to cry out to Him because He loves you and He wants to rescue you. I am so thankful that God is our King and He gives us the victory!

We are victorious in Christ but we just need to remember to claim it every day and walk in it. This is definitely something that I need to remember as I feel like I’m going through a real battle in my life right now. I do believe that God will bring me through this battle that I am now facing and great things are going to happen!

This is a great verse from the Bible to reflect on right now:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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