Welcome back to the Womens bible study as we discuss Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, week nine. Some of you have sent emails letting me know you’ve already finished the study. Others started late and are reading behind the group. Next week is our last week of study and then we’ll have a three week break. This will give everyonw time to finish the current study at the Womens Bible Cafe™
Our lesson this week examined lies we believe about our circumstances. The lesson was perfectly timed (as always) when I found myself encouraging my teenage daughter over her circumstances. In tears she cried “God hates me! He lets bad things happen to me and I just know He just hates me!” Sometimes as adults we can sound just like a teenage girl! We look up and instead of seeing a Father who loves us, our vision is clouded by our circumstances and we can’t see Truth. This is one reason why bBble study and reading Scripture is so very important.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss exposed these lies during week nine. Once we crawl out of this victim mentality, it’s easier to see its ugly head when it appears in others.
The victim mindset blames life on circumstances while the victor seeks Jesus.
The victim mindset stays in a comfort zone of depression, while the victor seeks healing.
The victim mindset lives in darkness, while the victor lives in the Light.
True identity theft is when Satan keeps you in bondage to victim mentality. He convinces you that you’re a victim of circumstances with no way out. -Christine Abraham
Nancy warns us “if we fail to see the hand of God behind our circumstances, we will be vulnerable to confusion, frustration, bitterness, anger and despair.”
Victim mindsets believe they are powerless and therefore do not seek the blood-stained hands of Jesus. They turn away from forgiveness, mercy, grace and love. They hide in their misery and their comfort zones.
As I explained to my teenager daughter, we will suffer on this side of eternity. Christian lives are filled with hope, not perfection. To be Christ-like and follow Him does not mean you will not suffer. Sometimes we suffer from our own actions, sometimes we suffer from the actions of others, and sometimes we suffer for unknown reasons. Yet in our suffering we find a magnificent God and an indescribable joy.
Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. Revelation 2:10 NIV
You my dear daughter…are an Heiress.
Truth is….it’s all about God and His will. Live in obedience, in suffering and in joy.
Be blessed by your relationship with the King no matter your circumstance.
Circumstance: a condition, detail, part, or attribute, with respect to time, place, manner,agent, etc., that accompanies, determines, or modifies a fact or event; a modifying or influencing factor: Source dictionary.com
Your circumstance is a condition and it changes over time, just as you went from being a teenager to an adult. May you persevere and walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Cor 5:7 NKJV
Assignment For Next Week
- Pray for the women who are doing this study with you.
- Read Chapter Ten and Eleven in your book and companion guide.
- Look at the list of Key Resources on page 269 for topics addressed in this book
- Check in with your Small Group Leader
Have a great week…share what you are learning with others as you grow in truth!
God is good…always!