Week Three: Tethered Souls

Week Three

Watch: The 3-minute video with Vicki

Study: Romans 6:16; 2 Peter 2:19

Read: Chapter 3 of Rest Assured (pages 51-74)

Verses of the Week 

Romans 6:16 :Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?

2 Peter 2:19: They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.”

Challenge of the Week 

Technology can be a wonderful thing but it was intended to serve us, not master us. This week look over the list on pages 62-63 of Rest Assured to determine if you are too tethered to technology and your devices. If you flunk the quiz, come up with a game plan for setting better boundaries from your mobile devices. (I outline my plan on pages 67-68 of the book to give you a starting point).

A simple way to determine whether technology has become too excessive is to ask yourself one question: "What do I crave more: to connect with God or to connect online?" The issue boils down to the order of your affection.

The biggest benefit I've experienced from setting boundaries on technology is the peace that I've experienced in my soul. Without the constant distraction, I hear from God more clearly and can spend more uninterrupted and undistracted time with Him throughout my day. In a way, I'm training myself to turn to Him as often I as I used to turn to my gadgets, and, as a result, my spiritual life has been recharged.

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About Your Teacher

Vicki Courtney is a speaker and the best-selling author of numerous books and Bible studies including, Rest Assured, Move On, Ever After, 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter, and 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Son. She is the recipient of a Mom's Choice award and a two-time ECPA Christian Book Award winner. Follow her at vickicourtney.com

Vicki Courtney
Vicki Courtney Bible Study Teacher, Speaker, and Author

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Was this a wake-up call for you? I know it was for me! I flunked the quiz BIG TIME. Do you need to recharge your spiritual life instead of your phone?

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