I AM So You Don’t Have To Be Study Lesson One – Just In Time
I am so happy you have joined me for this blog Bible Study. Obviously anything I am able to present to you here will be greatly abbreviated for space and time’s sake, but I pray God will use these teachings as a reminder that there is but ONE God and that He is for you. It took many years for me to finally embrace the fact God was working all the details in my life towards peace, rest and wide open spaces. So many times He held Canaan out to me and I turned my back on it for Egypt. I also finally understand after following Moses through this study that when God asks us to do something on His behalf, He is enough to accomplish the desired end. He delights in our ‘yes’ and how that spreads His fame. I want to be a girl with a ‘yes’ in my Spirit – don’t you? When we can exchange God’s I AM for our Am Nots, we’ll proclaim as David, “With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall.” (Psalm 18:29) The most important thing I’ve learned? Unless the circumstances are dire, unless the situation hopeless, unless the task impossible, God is not assured the glory when the miraculous happens. He is still a God of Wonders. What a thrill when He asks us to hold the staff.
Today’s lesson will focus on the birth of Moses and Stephen’s description of this event in Acts 7:17-20.
“But as the time for the promise was approaching which God had assured to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt. It was at this time that Moses was born; and he was lovely in the sight of God, and he was nurtured three months in his father’s home.” (NASB)
Are you beginning to get the idea of what this time word implies? Moses was not born as one of many in a succession of moments, days, weeks, or years but was created to accomplish a necessary task. God would orchestrate the ‘convenient opportunity’ and Moses was the man whom He would bring forth to deliver His people, beloved Israel, from bondage. The implications of this concept are mind-blowing to me. I realize that God does not have national deliverance in mind for most of us, but what is that convenient opportunity, that necessary task, He is setting up for me and for you? Dear Girls, there is a reason God has placed us just in time in our particular circle of influence. Let’s take our thoughts a step further.
There are women in our midst who are dying – emotionally, spiritually, and sometimes physically. What are we going to do about it? How are we going to protect our sisters from the enemy? When are we going to stand firm and proclaim to Satan – Enough! You can not have her! My heart burns with indignation towards the enemy for the constant turmoil he places in our lives – the heartache, temptation, and oppression. Satan also understands the time concept and places obstacles to prevent us from possessing our lands of Promise – the place we can dwell unbound and able to bless. So his plan? Keep us spiritually and emotionally unhealthy. If we are weak, our hurting sisters our weaker. It is that simple. It is time to stand, to be the healthy ones, to be the women who will take our place between Satan and our broken sister until she is able to stand on her on.
Are there any circumstances or relationships in your life where you can see God has intentionally placed you to be a light for Him?
Can you honestly describe yourself as a woman with a ‘yes’ in her spirit?
Are you in an emotionally and spiritually healthy place today? If so, what will you do with your series of unrecurring events? Will you commit to ask for spiritual eyes to see opportunities to defend a weaker sister?
If no, are you taking steps to seek out wise counsel from a sister you admire or perhaps a Christian counselor if needed? If not, will you resolve to do so?
Blessings on you, my girlfriends!
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As a mother I see how God has intentionally placed me to be a light for Him
Can you honestly describe yourself as a woman with a ‘yes’ in her spirit?
Im working on it
Are you in an emotionally and spiritually healthy place today? Im again working on it
Its actually helpful to be helpful to be reminded that if Im weak, there are other sisters out there who are hurting who are weaker than me. I particularly liked the last paragraph. .
I am taking steps to seek out wise counsel from my sisters. I do admire many Christian women.
Thank you for hosting this study Blessings
Thanks for this study. I have a lot to think about, now.
something i needed to hear. i appreciate what you are doing with these studies. i do realize i have a lot to work on but im pushing to get back where i need to be.
Great lesson, Lisa! I am so glad you are doing this study on your blog since I missed out on the trip!
I found your site through Laced with Grace and I am glad I did! I really enjoyed doing this bible study with you today and I look forward to your next one.
Lisa, I really enjoyed this study. I am going to print out those questions and work through them. I can’t wait to read more. Thank you for taking the time to do this – I can’t wait to participate.
Beth Moore has talked plenty of us being here at this time. I remember in her Believin God study she used DC Talk as an example, Like could you see them in our grandparents or great grandparents time? They are here in this generation for a reason. I love how God plans out His creation. Nothing is by accident.
Wow, this looks like it will be a really great study. I’m so glad I checked in today! :)
Lisa, this is such a timely post, I may email you about an unplanned conversation I had just yesterday. If we could all grab ‘hold of the thought that God placed us here intentionally “for such a time as this,” I believe it would change our lives dramatically.
Thank you for writing from your heart. You’ve really blessed me today.
I’ll email you my thoughts to your questions. Thanks for such an empowering study.
What a beautiful study of His Word, Lisa…I will email you with a couple of questions I have on the study :)…I will also be linking to it from my Thankful Thursday post for tomorrow (13th)…
BTW – Yes. I want to be His ‘go-to’ girl…
Blessings to your Wednesday evening and always.
LOVE this. I’m going to read it again.
I was just at a “log cabin village” today (on a field trip) stepping back in time to the 1800’s and I’ve been thinking all day about why I’ve been placed in this generation, at this time (okay, and sort of thankful, LOL) but there are profound, sovereignly-ordained reasons why. I am looking forward to thinking through this study further, and for future posts! Thank you so much!
Thanks so much for this wonderful study.I will be answering the questions on my blog, thanks for making me think.
I found you through Thankful Thursday. This is wonderful, something I really needed to hear. I will be answering the questions on my blog, and look forward to more. Thanks so much for making me think about this.
I also found you through Thankful Thursday. Thank you for this study and please add me to the list to receive notices of future issues. Thanks and blessings to you and on your work for Him.
I’m printing it out.
Thank you for allowing us to take part in this study. Please email me when the next lesson is posted.
Deciding whether or not I am going to post answers on my blog.
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Okay, girl – I finally posted my answers to your first lesson. Which in turn made me think more and more about the sisterhood of believers in Christ. Thank you for making me think…
Blessings on your Sunday afternoon and always…
I just decided to try this. It looks like a wonderful study!
I posted my answers to lesson 1 today!! This is a great study, thank you!!!
Lisa, I finally have my Lesson One answers done and posted on my Tuesday, 5/1/07 post at my blog. Thank you again for allowing this Bible Study to be self-paced. I’m really enjoying it, and I’ll begin Lesson two now. Hugs, Bonnie
Thank you for this great study! I am loving it! I was needing a Bible Study to work on! Thanks so much! Love it, love it, love it!
Found this through MorningSong. I am excited about this bible study!
Hey Lisa…I reposted because (A) I forgot to link to my I AM post specifically, and not my blog itself and (B)the comment options are not all that clear, so I tried to explain. Thanks again for doing this study…it is TOTALLY rockin’ my world!!!
Your Sista in Jesus,
You are just one of the many instruments God has used to speak this very lesson to me. Thank you for being His “go-to” girl to speak to complete strangers!
God bless you!
The blogosphere is a wondrous place, is it not? How else would I have “met” you to participate in this study? Thank you for doing what you do.
I’ve read through your study and it totally spoke to my heart today. There’s so many times when I question God as to why he has placed me in certain places and to my effectiveness in those places. However, this study really gave me something to think about.
Thank you for this study! I enjoyed my first lesson and it has given me much to think about! Be Blessed!
Thanks for the great lesson–it echoed something I thought in my Bible study this morning, so I’m trying to figure out exactly what is the kairos God has for me–post in progress :) Thanks!
The link to the “here” is broken…
Please forgive me for not remembering who’s blog I found this study on~but I am soo glad I did! WOOHOOO! I am already very, very blessed by it and just see that I really, really need this at this time in my life! (((((HUGS))))) sandi
I followed Sandy here, and might have been a bit rebellious in my post, but I wrote where the study led me rather than a strict response to the questions. Thank you for establishing and moderating this study–I’ve only completed one lesson, but it’s awesome. God bless.
I’ve been very blessed by lesson one. I’ve posted my response at my blog and would love it if you could have a look and leave me your comments at http://mommy-mommyfied.blogspot.com/. You’ll have to see my second post to leave comments.
Thank you for the post. I can think of a few women that are broken that god has place in my life. I am encouraged by this lesson.
Thank you for offering this study! I’m excited at seeing where it leads me and others!
Thank you for this lesson. It has challenged me. I look forward to the rest of this study.
Thank you for the study!
This study comes at such a perfect time for me, thankyou:)
I praise God I found this! Many blessings to you. Your study brought on the tears. God was really speaking to my heart for such a time as this. My timing of birth, the position He has placed me in, the women He has surrounded me around. Wow! Thank you.
I am not sure if I linked this correctly. Are we to set up a study post…if so I am not sure how to do that.
Thank you for this study…there is a lot to think about.
Blessings to you.
I have always said “God needs to hang a picture. He needs the hammer but it’s out of reach, so He grabs the screwdriver instead. In my life I want to be available to God, I want to be the hammer. I want to be the most effective tool for the job!”
God placed me in this town in the ministry for: the young mother upstairs who is Hindu. She comes down for a visit usually when I do not havethe time. She flips thru my chrisitan magazines and listens to me talk about Jesus. SO many times I am busy & don’t want to muddle thru the language barrier or her preschoolers behavior. I feel bad about that but know that when I am willing to take the time w/her, God is brought into the visit.
The storms we have faced in this move to this church has had hurricane force winds but like our brick home in Mobile,Al…God’s word & the prayers from others have sustained us.
That is an awesome way to think about standing strong against the enemy. I guess I am protective cause when I read that we need to be the strong ones for our weaker friends, it really motivated me. Thanks!
I’m a stay-at-home-mom, which can be very isolating at times. I have struggled with “bearing my blessings as if they are burdens” (I think that is in a song somewhere). God has to refocus me often that my kids and my job with them are no accident. To be intentional in teaching them. That the people I meet because of the places and situations I am in with my kids are no accident.
I want to have a “yes” in my spirit. And lately especially I have been senseing a “I want more of you” from God. I am praying that I will see exactly what He has planned for me.
Thanks for the study, Lisa!