Breaking Free Session 2 & 3
by Ashley Mease | August 1, 2016Breaking Free Online Bible Study | Week 2
Welcome back to Bible study, as we discuss week two from Breaking Free by Beth Moore. This week we examined the five primary benefits God extends to His children. Beth writes “the absence of any one benefit will become a very helpful indicator of captivity.” The purpose in recognizing the benefits is to become aware of any captivity in your life. Beth Moore says as “A Christian is held captive by anything that hinders the abundant and effective Spirit-filled life of God planned for her.” When you are lacking in one or more of the five benefits, you’re probably in captivity and it’s time to break free.
Recognize that breaking free is not always easy, and you can expect some pushing and pulling from Satan as he clings to his captives. He’s not letting go without a fight and the longer your captivity, the harder you’ll feel spiritual warfare. Wouldn’t you agree that knowing God, believing God, finding satisfaction in God, glorifying God, experiencing God’s peace and enjoying God’s presence are all WORTH fighting for?
Are you revealing God’s glory to others, or are you revealing the shame and worry Satan has placed upon your back? As you continue the journey to break free, you’ll reclaim the five benefits from being a Daughter of the King. Your journey does not begin and end in one or two bible lessons; it’s a process over time. Stay with us…even when the ride gets uncomfortable or Satan whispers “the study is too hard, you don’t have the time, it’s just too much for you.” Stay the course and know freedom from captivity.
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Romans 8:1-2 NLT
Beth reminds us that as you grow in spiritual maturity, Christ is more recognizable in you. You must be honest with God and with yourself to make this journey. Surrender your thoughts and feelings to God. You can’t duct-tape your past, put a bandage over the wounds and expect to know full joy and peace through Christ in you. It’s time for all captives to be set free and know the joy of living with the peace of God, who surpasses all human understanding. Phil 4:7 NIV
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV
Prepare your hearts and minds for the joy of God’s presence. Through Breaking Free with Beth Moore, you will notice a new mindset and attitude towards your past and your future. Your commitment and participation are essential to this journey.
If you’re struggling please feel free to contact Ashley Mease. Don’t think for one minute that your answers don’t matter! They are important to this study and we all learn from one another. I know you can do better this time…so please post a comment below and join the group discussion!
Assignment For The Week
- Can you think of anything you worked hard to attain that ultimately failed to bring about the satisfaction you were expecting? Explain. (page 41 )
- How do you know when you are spiritually hungry or thirsty? Explain.
- Can you think of a time when you sensed God’s presence the clearest? What were the circumstances? (page 50 )
- Can you think of a time in your Christian life when you could not sense God’s presence at all? What were the circumstances? (page 50 )
Welcome to our third week of women’s online bible study as we study Breaking Free by Beth Moore. Last week we learned about the five primary benefits God extends to His children. This week we learned about obstacles in our path to freedom. This is the major point in our Breaking Free study where the enemy wants you to sway, turn back and leave the obstacles in your path. He’ll tempt you to judge others, sometimes even the book author or the scripture itself. The goal of the enemy is to throw you off course and take away your glory with God. God wants to do a mighty work in your life, don’t let the enemy get a foothold. (Beth Moore) This may be the most challenging week yet. We’re looking in the mirror and facing our obstacles. Resist the temptation to run away and hide in your busyness. When the study becomes uncomfortable, spend more time with God, not less.
We looked at unbelief as the first obstacle, when Beth reminds us there is a purpose in illness, and unbelief makes it difficult to accept His purpose. I’ve personally seen Gods’ glory as well as His absence. From a world perspective, it makes no sense and from a spiritual perspective, it’s a necessity. Its events such as these that keep us flowing back and forth on the belief diagram. A child is healed from leukemia; my certainty of belief exceeds all expectations. A baby dies from the same illness a few months later, and I see my confidence wavering. Back and forth, this constant struggle between belief and unbelief is exhausting! Seeing friends lose a child to illness, hearing stories about breast cancer, and knowing that autism is epidemic-I tilt my eyes to the Lord and whisper “why.” My visual perception is limited by my presence here on earth. In scripture, we learn that Jesus uses simple words to translate this worldview to a spiritual view. What do we gain by unbelief? Depression, lost hope, sadness, self-destruction or spiritual death? Giving our life to the enemy of destruction, instead of living our life in God’s full Glory?
I’m not going to discuss religious attire, religious rituals, religious sacraments, religious icons, etc. in this study. Doing so is simply an open invitation for legalism and in an effort to defend my thoughts; I would become prey to it. Unbelief, pride, idolatry, prayerlessness and legalism are obstacles to true intimacy with our King. It’s time to Break Free.
This week we examined the five obstacles which hinder our relationship with God: unbelief, pride, idolatry, prayerlessness and legalism. Each of these is a big boulder we carry inside our hearts, weighing us down and distorting our vision of God. It took many years for these obstacles to attach themselves to our hearts….and in our bible study with Beth Moore we will break free from at least one of these. Like each of you, I’m praying for the Lord to reveal the clogged arteries of my spiritual heart. I think I’ve found a new one…because it keeps appearing and I am easily convicted about this issue. How about you…which of these obstacles are weighing you down:
What obstacle do you need to remove?
UnbeliefPrideIdolatryPrayerlessnessLegalismI'm not sure
As I am completing this study again, I realize I need to examine my heart like a surgeon looking for blockage. Certain there are more obstacles to remove; I am blessed in my journey because I’m walking it with you. Please post a comment below and share your story. What matters to God matters to me…and I enjoy hearing from you individually.
Assignment For the Week
- Read Week Four homwork
- Listen to Audio Session Five or Video Session Five (optional due to cost)
- Check in with your Small Group Leader for prayer requests and fellowship
- Which of the 5 obstacles have you battled in your past? (unbelief, pride, legalism, prayerlessness, idolatry)
- Which of the 5 obstacles do you struggle with right now? (unbelief, pride, legalism, prayerlessness, idolatry)
- Has dissatisfaction ever led you to discover Christ in a new and satisfying way? When? (page 65 )
- Can you think of a time when God was trying to lead you to find fullness in Him but you settled for something less? Describe what happened. (page 66 )
- How can a student of God’s Word squeeze the enjoyment out of her Christian walk by replacing relationship with legalism? (page 73 )
- On page 69 on the workbook, Beth Moore walked us through an exercise where we took a scripture verse and turned it from a positive into a negative, in order to see the opposite effect. What did you think about this approach to scripture?