Our guest post this week is from Judee Baysinger. She lives in Greenwood, Indiana, and has two beautiful daughters, one grandson who is in the Army, and two teenage granddaughters. She loves her Son-in-law very much and feels blessed with a wonderful sister and brother-in-law. She is enjoying the online Bible studies a lot and thanks GOD that He led her sister to this site.
On day one of this week’s study on the second fruit of the Spirit “Joy”, Beth Moore starts us out at the very beginning of creation where our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. “It is a gift of GRACE that we have the privilege to accept.” Doesn’t that just get your heart pumping?
Day two finds us on a journey of discovery. Learning the different paths we take in our discovery of Christ and how that discovery can bring us a joy that surpasses understanding. Paul and Silas showed such joy even during the very difficult trials they faced. Imagine being in prison and singing songs of praise to the Father.
Beth gives us three different circumstances of restoration to GOD on day three. Yes, we may suffer for “a little while” but GOD is faithful to us and will restore us if we are willing to seek Him first. GOD disciplines us because He loves us and we are His children, much as you would discipline your children.
Day four gives us five ways in which we might lose our joy. Beth Moore writes, “When we allow GOD to train us so that receiving and obeying His Word becomes our “high” we will know the fullest expressions of His joy.” Beth has such wonderful insight; to know that even if we have lost our joy we can reclaim it by just continuing to praise Him and depend on Jesus.
We reviewed it on day five. Paul suffered much during his ministry as did all the apostles, yet their joy was deep and abounding. Not only did their joy come from knowing Christ but also in sharing that joy with others.
As our study concludes this week Beth encourages us to “enjoy the body of Christ”. If you aren’t involved with a group of believers, try to take the time in the coming weeks to explore the many opportunities in your community to fellowship with others who share our faith.
GOD bless each one of you this week and keep you tight in His mighty hand.
A life without Christ is a wasted life. -Beth Moore
Assignment For Next Week
- Read Week Five in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Five Audio (optional)
- OR…Listen to the Session Five Video (optional)
We’ve just finished week four of Living Beyond Yourself by Beth Moore. It’s a blessing to spend this time alone with God as you read Scripture and study His Word. Do not let the size of the workbook or the length of the lesson deter your path: the study expands your knowledge of the gift of the Spirit.
Open the pages of your workbook and allow the Spirit to lead you through the lessons. If you are struggling with accountability, please email us for encouragement and support. Some of you are falling behind, and I want to encourage you that each lesson requires about 30 minutes of your time.