Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves Me will obey My teaching. My Father will love them, and We will come to them and make Our home with them”. — John 14:23
As anybody who’s had had a major life adjustment — such as moving out of the country, or an immediate family member passing away, or going away to college far from home, or enduring a life-threatening illness — knows, beginning again… Well, thank God He is with us, but it’s an adventure for sure! The Lord never promised us easy, did He? But, He did promise to be with us! Isn’t that so dear of our Lord?
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. — Matthew 28:20
[God] was so kind to me… I needed to release what I know and what I can control to be open to what He wants so clearly to show me… ~ Rebekah
This week we’re in You Are Free week three, “Free to Begin Again.”
This week for the study you will:
- Watch the video for Week 3 – either on DVD or right here on FaithGateway and take notes in the You Are Free Study Guide on pages 51-56.
- If you’re meeting with a small group or in a church setting, go through the Group Discussion on pages 57-59.
- For your personal study this week, I encourage you to spend a little bit of time each day going through the Between Sessions Personal Study in the You Are Free Study Guide pages 61-70 and meditating on the Scriptures.
- Recommended (but optional) reading for this week: Read chapters 7-8 in You Are Free – the hardcover book, not study guide.
- Join us on Thursday, April 13th (optional) at 9 p.m. EST for a live chat to discuss this week’s study and enjoy and be encouraged by this community of believers.
Scriptures this Week
- Psalm 139:7-10
- John 14:23
- Genesis 12:1-9
- Isaiah 40:10-11
And lastly for this week, I encourage you to remember God’s promises to you. Early on you heard God tell you something, maybe something you’ve buried because it was so long ago and seems like it just won’t ever happen. Take that promise back out of the dusty emotion-box you put it in, and ask the Lord about it. We can trust the Lord to fulfill His promises!
Transition is hard. And when you begin again it sounds exciting and optimistic but there’s a lot of fallout — emotional, spiritual, professional — that comes with it. ~ Rebekah
Like Rebekah, I love the water.
My soul breathes deep at the beach with my toes in the sand and whitewater. There’s something about briny air, pelicans, and the sound of crashing waves that make my blood pressure fall and my entire insides relax. I’ve always joked that Jesus lives at the beach. It’s like my heart is at home by the ocean.
To tell you the truth home has been a painful word for me for the last five years.
When my marriage was crumbling, my family had to move to my parents’ “for a month”. I thought it was the worst day of my life, when in truth it was the gracious rescue of God that we were there. That home was my ICU through the sad, frightening, and abusive end of my marriage, financial abandonment, and years of recovery. Yep, years. My kids and I lived with my mother (my dad died suddenly a year and a half ago) until late last fall when we were finally able to move into our own place.
Our own home.
I thought we were entering this exciting new season, being launched into a new independence, forging a new, wonderful thing. Seriously, I was scared, but excited, and happy, and full of hope.
Instead… well, I had a whole story typed out, but let’s just say there’s been a lot of trouble and stress unlike we’ve ever been through before. To the nth degree.
My middle of the night prayers: Did I hear You wrong?.. Did I do the wrong thing?.. Did I step out into deep water without Your hand of protection?.. Are You mad at me?.. Did You… could You have… forgotten to come with us?
The surprising unsettling has made me lean on Jesus like never before.
I have to believe John 14:23, right? God is here in this home. He didn’t forget. He didn’t leave. He always protects. He never fails.
And He hasn’t. Through this season God has always, always taken care of us. Even through the battle. He’s here. At home.
And, I’ve had to remember this sticky wicket, too: If it has flesh and bone, it is not my enemy. (Ephesians 6:10-12) That’s a tall order.
I hear the waves calling my name.
Prayer for the Week
Jesus, You are the One who ordains new seasons for us. You appoint the new beginnings. And, You come with us and You even make Your home with us when we choose to love You and live in obedience. We believe You. Help us in our unbelief. Help us to lean on You through struggles and through seasons of blessing. We love You, Jesus! Amen.
Are you beginning again? Is this a new season for you? Come share with us!
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