We are studying Believing God Week 5 by Beth Moore. At the Bible Cafe™, we are enjoying our study of Believing God. So far, this has been a fantastic summer study! My favorite memory is meeting in Zoom groups and talking about our Christian faith. What a blessing for all!
In our study books this week, we explored Hebresw 11, often called the Hereos of Faith or Hall of Faith. If you had lunch with one of the Hebrew 11 heroes of faith, which person would you choose and why? I would find Enoch fascinating as a lunch companion. I’d be curious about his prophecies yet he was not listed as of the 66 books of the Bible. And of course, I want to know about his rapture experience where he is taken into Heaven without a physical death. Do tell!
Open your Bible and Read Philippians 4:13 NKJV: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Many people in the Bible demonstrate this. Think about Saul who is converted to Paul. Or Mary, the mother of Jesus. These are some amazing stories on the power of Christ. All the apostles in the early church needed the power of Christ to establish His church. Like the apostles, our faith should be at the forefront of what we do, and not our feelings.
What is the opposite of this verse? If we are not doing all things through Christ’s strength…then we rely on the strength of humans, politicians, influences, educators, scientists, and people. That is limited strength and subject to lies or failures. The worldview is never a solid foundation for strength, hope, or peace.
What is something you could accomplish only by faith? As we talked about this in our Bible Cafe™ University Zoom group, several women shared personal stories. Mighty Moms raised their special kids with the strength of Christ. Courageous women battled cancer, multiple sclerosis, and chronic illness by faith, not fear. Godly women stayed married when the storms got rough and they wanted to jump ship. What an amazing group of women -sharing their hardships and victories in online small groups.
Something else we talked about this week: If we sense we have failed at a task God has given us, how can we move forward by faith rather than lingering in the past? We agreed to learn from our mistakes and grow in wisdom. But not to pick up shame or regret. We remind ourselves of this verse: Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14 NIV)
Turn your Bible to Romans 5:8 NIV: But God demonstrates his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. How do you feel about this gift of grace? Write that down in your journal and give thanks to the Lord. Be blessed.
According to Beth Moore, “Through Christ, you can absolutely, unequivocally do anything God places before you and that includes getting the enemy off your Promised Land.”
Now Read Ephesians 1:3 NIV: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. What are these spiritual blessings? If you look at the entire chapter in context, you see your blessings. Write them down and carry these in your heart. Pass them to your children and grandchildren.
Christine Abraham writes for the Bible Cafe™ community. Learn about living by the Fruit of the Spirit as you enjoy her online Bible studies. Join Christine at the Bible Cafe™ University for weekly Bible teaching.