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I AM – Your Beauty
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. The lesson is titled “I AM – Your Beauty” but we will break that down into the following sub-lessons: Just In Time, Beautiful in the Eyes of God, and When Life Does Not Work Out Like You Planned. So yeah, this study could drag on a while..:) Didn’t have anything else to do, did ya?
Just In Time
“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)
*Note – All word definitions and lexical references are taken from the Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible – AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN. Edited by Spiros Zodhiates or Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.* This reference is a nightmare in its syntax, but this is a blog, not Broadman Holman…Ya’ll will forgive me, right??**
Have you ever considered that your placement on planet Earth, in your generation, in your county, state, city, family, circle of friends was completely intentional? That you are not the accidental end of a long list of ‘begats’ that just happened to spring forth when you did? No doubt in every span of time, God could pull out any individual to accomplish His will but how much more thrilling to know He dreamed you up and placed you, on purpose, to experience life and react to its circumstances so as to potentially aid in the deliverance of someone close to you. I say ‘potentially’ because we will see in a moment how our ‘yes’ or ‘no’ could affect our privilege of participation in God’s Wonders.
Notice in the verses above that Moses birth took place as the time of God’s promise of deliverance to His people was approaching. Clearly, Moses’ birth was intentionally planned ‘just in time’ so he would be the right age, in the right place, at the right time to be pulled from the reeds and placed in Pharaoh’s house.
What is fascinating is the ‘time’ word used when talking of the timing of Moses’ birth. It is not the word ‘chronos’ which describes a succession of moments. The Greek word used is ‘Kairos’ (Strongs 2540) and means “an occasion; a set or proper time. ‘Kairos’ implies not the convenience for the season but the necessity of the task at hand whether the time provides a good, convenient opportunity or not. The English language sometimes translates this word as ‘seasons’ at which foreordained events take place or necessary accomplishments need to take place.”
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.
The Hebrew (OT) equivalent of the ‘Kairos’ word used in the New Testament is ‘Eth’. Just glance at that word, think of the words of a favorite verse “for such a time as this” and draw some creative conclusions of a person’s name you can derive from ‘eth’. Do you see it yet?? EsTHer. This may mean nothing, but I would like to suggest Esther’s name symbolized the occasion for which she was specifically placed- the deliverance of her people. (Esther 4:14) ‘Eth’ means “the appropriate time for an unrecurring incident.” I want to jump out of my seat as I think about what that means. Hear me well…I believe with all my heart that our entire lives are a series of unrecurring incidents in which we have the opportunity to use our ‘yes’ for God’s fame. Just as Mordecai stated (paraphrase), “If you say ‘no’, God will raise up a deliverer from somewhere else. But who knows that you were placed in your position for such a time as this?” Esther could have said no. We can say no. But heaven help me if I cause my God to resort to Plan B. I want to be His ‘go to’ girl -the one He knows will say yes, Lord! May it be done to me as You have said! “Hmmm, I think I’ll call forth Lisa in this situation..I can trust her with My glory.” Let it be, Lord. Let it be me.
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.
Here are some Burning Questions I would like for you to consider in response to what God is showing us in these Scriptures:
1. Are there any circumstances or relationships in your life where you can see God has intentionally placed you? What do you perceive may be at stake if you do or do not speak out for Him?
2. Can you honestly describe yourself as a woman with a ‘yes’ in her spirit? If not, what keeps you from this?
3. Do you recognize any circumstances in your life which could be described as an ‘unrecurring event’? Have you ever said ‘no’ to one and watched God use someone else instead?
4. Are you in an emotionally and spiritually healthy place? If yes, how are you using this freedom to minister to others? If no, what do you feel is holding you in your Egypt?
If you would like to post your responses on your blog, simply insert the “I AM” Study Button in your post along with the answers to your questions. Sign the Mr. Linky below and leave a comment so it will alert me you are on board! Remember to link to your study post and not just your home page so others will be able to find your responses easily.
I look forward to reading your comments. I can’t wait to meet you girls!
Joined in at the end of the last round. Loved the last three studies and am going to start at one to complete the study.
I am new and this Study and God’s words came at the right time. Thanks!
Loving it, thank you so much for all this amazing work you put into it!
My response isn’t exactly textbook, but it’s what God laid on my heart to share. As I reflected on the questions and posted my response, I was overwhelmed with the awesome power of God’s sovereignty. We serve a mighty God!
Wondering if we could get this in a printer friendly format to print out?
I am excited about finding this. I’m a day late, but about to begin. Thank yoU!
I have posted my first “I Am” post… This lesson was so good… I feel like God has been teaching me some of these same concepts you talked about.
God is soo good! Thank you for saying “Yes!”
I love this!!!Thank you so much, I can’t wait for the next lesson.
I hope you don’t mind if I post my responses here: I’m not sure I want them on my blog yet for my family to read… funny how I don’t mind sharing with total strangers, but not the people who “know” me.
First a couple of lines you wrote that really stand out to me:
the life God is giving you may not look like the one you had envisioned for yourself
when God asks us to do something on His behalf, He is enough to accomplish the desired end
I sometimes find it hard to believe that I have any influence on the people around me. Even though I’ve been a teacher for 2 years and had a lot of students this past year actually graduate because of me. It still seems hard to think I have an influence. I feel so isolated at times, as if if I disappeared no one would notice. Even though my husband tells me that everyone loves me (which must at least be a slight exaggeration) I don’t know why my brain can’t comprehend it.
But the idea that God has me in this specific time and place in history for the purpose of my influence is interesting. I wonder if I’m living up to my end of the bargain. I wonder if people will really be changed for good because of me. I can only hope so…
Well, obviously God has intentionally placed me as Cory’s mama. It was not planned on our part. And I want to be the best mama I can be. Which means I need, or feel like I need to get my life in order. Which means being more serious and specifically intentional about God. I hope this online thing works. I’m much better at writing than talking and the whole being in a group and sharing out loud is scary so this is good!
I wonder also if I’m supposed to in some way be there for a woman I’ve slowly been getting to know. She doesn’t live near by, but we have connections through family and I know a lot about her. I’m not sure how I can help her. For awhile I wasn’t even sure I wanted to get much closer to her because I just don’t understand her issues. We’ll see I guess!
A “Yes”… hmmm… I don’t know? That’s my standard response when I haven’t thought hard enough about something… I want to be open, but I feel like I am not close enough to God to even hear Him asking. And maybe I’m afraid of what God wants from me…
I don’t know. It’s really hard for me to think of specific examples of things like this.
I think maybe not. I am a person who doesn’t like change, especially when it’s unknown change. I want things to stay the same so I know what to expect. Silly, I know, but that’s what I wish for… When I don’t know what to expect I can’t control any part of it. This I know is a recurring theme in my life, needing to believe that Jesus is in control so I don’t have to be.
Sorry for the long post, thank you so much for sharing this.
I definitely need this study right now… thank you for doing this! I have answered the questions on my blog.
Hey thanks for commenting on my post have you seen my ministry site at http://beautybydesignonline.com
Thank you! I have seen your logo (not sure that’s what you call it) on several blogs and just finally followed it.
I am a Methodist Pastor’s wife – as well as the daughter, niece and sister of Methodist Pastors and my 2 sons are also Pastors.
I am loving the teaching. It is what I have believed and taught – we are here for a purpose. My prayer has been… Lord, Please do not let me die before I complete what You created me to do!
Blessings as we study this together.
I am so thankful to get in on this study at the beginning. Thank you for all the effort you put in it. I am a grandma now but I can finally say I am where God wants me to be! (for now)I am encouraged that God has chosen many to fullfil His covenant with Abram. Encouraged,that there are still more to be chosen as God promised all the land between the Nile and Euphrates. Gen.15:18 I wonder who will He choose next? I don’t think it will be me but I want to be ready for whatever task lies ahead. God’s timing is perfect and He is patient to work us into a place where he can use us. It really is all about helping each other, working together, sometimes completing a task much greater than any of us individually could do. A peculiar verse about Gods time..Ecclesiastes 4:15.KJV Thanks Lisa, for being one that says yes. As we study together my prayer is to say yes more often.
Aack. Been seeing the link for days on various blogs and finally got in. I hope I can catch up, because I’d really like to study WITH y’all and not behind you. Not sure how to get the logo on my page, but I’ll go try now. Thanks for all the work put into this, and for being faithful to God’s call on your life, Lisa. I am SO looking forward to this, and hope there are many more to come after this series! Thanks again! God bless!
just found you today and im loving everthing here.. but im sure this is the wrong spot but for the life of me cant find your mail place. i am having a very hard time reading the print. its to dark on a dark background.. unless i have my settings wrong? hmm well i am making dew lol because it is so worth it. thank you for all the time and effort you have put forth here
I have been meaning to start this bible study since it started again in August. I am finally getting to it and am very excited. I have read a couple of the lessons so far and can completely relate them to myself and I really enjoy them.
I’ve finally gotten to starting this Bible study! I just finished “I AM – Your Beauty” & I’m already looking forward to the next lesson. This study, at this time, is one of those ‘for such a time as this’ moments for me already! :) Thank you!
I just came across your site and seen your study and decided that this is a study that I need to be doing. Thanks for listening to the call God has placed on your heart to do this study. This is definately a for such as time as this moment for me. Thanks so much and I hope I did this right with adding it to my site.
I am so excited about joining this study. It goes along so well with what God is speaking to me about these days. : ) So I’m sure He’s led me here and I’m looking forward to what He’s going to teach me through this. : )
Thank you so much for doing this. I am happy for the online Bible study and I seen this logo on a couple different blogs and now I am joining. I am doing it for personal growth and also to be a blessing to others. I too am a Pastor’s wife and also a recently licensed Minister — To God Be the Glory. I just posted my answers to the questions for Just In Time. Thank you for the opportunity.
Thanks so much for doing this study. I’ve very much enjoyed the 1st one!
This is a very thought provoking Bible study! Thanks for sharing! I know I am not in the middle of a ’round’, but I appreciate you leaving it up for us to jump into anytime!
Lisa – been reading your blog for a while [enjoy it so much, btw!] But I’ve just started the Bible Study – it’s wonderful! Two instances where I’ve seriously joined in the spiritual battle – when a relative was deceived into an emotional affair and during my mother’s illness last year when satan was determined to pull her away from us emotionally and spiritually. These battles are EXHAUSTING – but God is faithful!!
I’m new to the blogger world so know nothing about Mr. Linky – etc. but I’ll be back day-after-day to complete this study. THanks so much for sharing it!!
Just completely Lesson 1. Loved it. Thanks so much!
If it’s ok, I’d like to post each lesson’s questions, at the end of that particular lesson, just to keep me honest. That was a mouth full. *lol*
Just did the first lession and loved it and was so challanged.
I have been trying to get started on this for a month or so. I’m excited as my small group has been reading though the bible a chapter a week for the last year…we’re just now in Chronicles so have been studying this. I have finished the first lesson and answered the questions on my blog.
I am thrilled to join in on this study.
Joining in on my own. I just stumbled across your study while I was on the CWO website. I am delighted to go through a study by a fellow ministry wife!
I just joined I read your first part and did mister Linky, I just don’t know how to post your link or whatever on my blog to do the answers can you help? Thanks for doing this study. Lynn
1. My sister is going through a lot right now. She doesn’t want to listen to anyone, especially her family. I have simply said to her that I am here, I am praying for her and that there is help. Right now, she isn’t willing. Also, had a great conversation with the teacher at school the other day. I am at a crossroads right now about public school or private/homeschool. Our influence in the public school can sometimes make a difference. Not sure about what decision I’ll make yet. I’ve prayed about this and I’m waiting on a clear answer from God. I know his answer will come in his time, and their will be no question or doubt!
2. Yes, I am usually a willing spirit. I wasn’t for so long that when I finally caught ahold of it, I decided I never want to be in rebellion again!
3. I try very hard to pay attention to this. I’m sure that I have passed by things and not followed God’s leading, but right now I can’t get one to come to mind. I am going to have to think about this one. I know years ago, there was a time when I felt like God was leading me to pay for something for someone and I didn’t. I felt guilty about that and I will never forget it. But I’m trying to think of a more recent time that this has occurred.
4. Yes. I have just started a women’s ministry in my church. God laid this on my heart about 5 years ago at a Beth Moore conference. I kinda thought that it really wasn’t gonna happen, felt inadequete, didn’t know enough, and 5 years had gone by. Hello, His timing! He used those years to help teach me and prepare me for this. When the doors began to open, I was and still am, amazed! He leaves you no room to say “You did it”. He does it in such a way that you know it was HIM who did it!
This is a great study for me because I held the first event in April. I spoke and taught a lesson. Chocolate and Friends was the theme. I actually researched, wrote and taught this lesson. I kept saying, God, are you sure I can do this? I felt like Moses! I told God I felt like Moses! Over and Over he remindind me, I AM!
When I saw this bible study on your page, I knew I needed to do it! Thank you!
I am done with my answers they are on my Blog. THanks for e-mailing me and helping me link up. I’ll go on to the next.
You are asking questions that I really need to answer for myself. The answers are on my blog.
Didn’t do Mr. Linky right – oh well. Maybe next time! Thank you for extending His work in your heart to us. I can tell within your writing that many of these are insights “owned” by you – those times when God’s speaks to the deep places that ONLY He can reach. And so, just as predicted – it is HIS life in us that gives life to others!! Thanks for listening to Him!
Thank you for this study. I didn’t want to leave a comment, but didn’t want to be the only one with a smiley face. I have done the first lesson and am trying to see how Mr Linky works now. Bless you all and enjoy the study.
I’ve already been blessed by Lesson One! Can’t wait to keep diggin’ in! Thanks!
In His Love,
I’ve created a new blog as a place to describe the interior work He’s doing in me. There you’ll find the answers to this study, as well as lots of other things I’m struggling to learn and apply.
Hello from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. I was recommended this study by a friend and am really enjoying it. As a mother of 3 energetic young boys, I love the fact that they are brief and to the point. Thank you. xoxo
First I’d just like to say how thrilled I am to have “stumbled upon” your blog and this study. I am a pastor’s wife as well, but my husband isn’t actively pastoring a church at this time. We’ve been burned in ministry and by God’s mercy and grace are healing from all that goes along with that. I guess you could say that I’m in the desert place. Dried up and in need of living water. God picked us up out of an active church ministry and placed us smack dab in the middle of unchartered territory. I am surrounded by family, yet I am lonely with no Christian fellowship. After 3 years of visiting churches we have yet to find a church home. We worship weekly as a family and that’s great as my husband is a good teacher, but I crave the friendships of other women that I can relate to, that I have share the common bond of Christ with. So… I’m excited to begin this journey and pray that God will use it to fill me back up. I too would rather not post on my blog for family to see… but will share here. Thanks for the opportunity and for your ministry. God will surely bless you for your faithfulness! Blessings!!
Thank you so much for writing this study! It is an answer to prayer for me. This first lesson hits straight to the heart. I look forward to delving more into the depths of my heart to learn more about Him, myself and tightening up our relationship! I will post some responses on my blog as an encouragement and challenge to others!
Single mom of four. Couldn’t sleep, so I Googled “Single mom God”. Through various links I came across this website – it gave me peace of mind. Strange statement, “peace of mind”. This weekend my older kids and I just came back from a youth conference in Glorieta, New Mexico. It was great! The message I received this weekend is that there are several ways to “believe”; the strongest is with your heart and not with your intellect. So maybe I should state that I have peace of heart! Your website and on-line bible study was not an accident. Things are tough now, but not impossible. I’ve lost focus of God in my life. I want God to “open the eyes of my heart” and not my mind. Open my heart to my beautiful children and a life of abundance that He has in store for us. Thank you so much. I can’t express the gratitude I have for your site and your blessing. God bless!
A girlfriend of mine emailed your bible study to me. I look forward to this study. Thank you!
I didn’t see Mr. Linky, so I thought I’d add my permalink here:
If you are interested, here’s the answer to the 2nd part of the 1st question.
Good questions, btw. Very thought provoking and already making a difference in how I see things. Thank you for this study.
I just wanted to say that I started your Bible Study. I have actually been meaning to since I noticed it, lol. I guess today was my time though. =)
I didn’t see the Mr Linky though. Of course it might just be my lack of knowledge in the blog department. Either way, here is the post for lesson one.
And good job by the way.
Lisa, I’ve finally started your online study. Thanks for sharing your heart, and for allowing God to use you even out in the remote parts of his world.
Be blessed today!
Adele (Taipei, Taiwan)
Hi Lisa! I found your blog through the Siesta Fiesta blog. I’m signed up for the retreat at the end of August! Saw you are the speaker and can’t wait to meet you!! One question about this study…how do I put the button on my blog? Wasn’t quite sure about where to put it and the comment thing…I’m very new to blogging.
Kim @ wiredbygodsdesign.blogspot.com