Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Final Lesson

Hey ya'll! Well, just as I said our last night of The Patriarchs was not without tears. SO sad for me. But grew fellowship and learning was had by all I think.
I am so excited to share with you all something the Lord has done for me in this study. Last week in my Thankful Thursday post, I talked about all the things that the Lord has been teaching me during this study. Well, little did I know he was saving the best lesson of all -- the most personal for ME until last. I serve such an awesome God -- in the true sense of the word awesome.
So, here goes. Back in April, I had just finished up leading Breaking Free (another great Beth Moore study) and my ladies had informed me that they really didn't want to take a break for the summer, they wanted to do another. So, I first thought maybe we'd do something different to change it up a little bit and save the next Beth Moore study that I had already chosen (Believing God which we will do in January 08) until the fall..... The ladies weren't really interested in that so I started looking for another Beth Moore study.
SO, I was praying and talking to God one day when he gave me Hebrews 11 to read. I read it, printed it out in two versions and read and thought on it quite often. God had been leading me to things to read in his word quite often during that time so I didn't think much about this chapter having to do with the bible study --- just with me. I knew I had trust issues, and I knew this chapter in Hebrews dealt with faith and I knew there was a lesson there for me. But, as I read the verses, I couldn't figure out what I was to learn from it at that time.....It was a great chapter....all these faithful people trusting God, so I took it at face value and didn't think a lot more about it at the time.
I started looking for a Beth Moore study to do in the summer. When I looked at the Patriarch's study, I thought "This is it. This is what we need to do this summer".
I knew that this was the study God wanted us to do but I didn't realize at the time that it was for *me* as much, if not more , than for any of the others that were there. In the last video session, Beth talked about how God ties everything IN together. That the Old Testament is tied to the New Testament.....we all know that I know but stay with me here.
Beth was talking about how any of us who have faith, are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith (Gal. 3:9) and that if we have received Christ, then we are heirs according to the promise (Gal 3:29). THEN she said it. And in Hebrews 11......
All of a sudden I knew! This whole study had been for me. God told me to study on Hebrews 11 way back in April but I didn't get what he wanted me to know. HE sent me to the Patriarchs study to learn this.......... Hebrews 11: 13 - 16 says this: "Each of these people of faith died not yet having in hand what was promised, but still believing. How did they do it? They saw it way off in the distance, waved their greeting, and accepted the fact that they were transients in this world." That the Hall of Faith (as Hebrews 11 is often to referred to) ties the fulfillment of the the Patriarchal promises to us as Christians.
And do you know the initial lesson (as I am sure that as I study and restudy this that there will be MANY MANY more) that was for me is?
TO accept that we are transients in this world. TO really accept it. That this world is NOT our home and to learn to own the longing for a better place that HE has placed inside me. Do you remember? I have had a debilitating FEAR of death as of late.........I believe that God used this lesson to speak to me!!!!! If you think that you can add to what God wants to teach me, please do share you thoughts!
I just wanted to share with you all what has happened and what God has done for me. I sat and cried (again) as I realized that God led me to this lesson and this study. HE has a plan and it is ALWAYS good and the best plan. Praise be to our Great El Olam!!!


Deidre said...

How great for you, Mindy! When God uses something so powerful to change us, we are never the same. I'm so glad you were receptive to His teaching. Thank you for sharing this post and what He has done for you.

Cyndi said...

I just loved this post! Your enthusiasm and love for our great God and His accomplishing Word just pours off of the screen!

I have to constantly remind myself that we are "mere transients" on this earth. It seems more and more I keep trying to "get comfortable" here, in different ways. I heard an illustration once that that's as ridiculous as spending lots of money on curtains, cushions and decor for your plane seat. It's not where you're staying!

Have a blessed, blessed week.

Diann said...

I'm so glad that God is speaking to you about the fear issues in such a huge, powerful way. BTW, you will love the Believing God study also when you do it. I just talked about that on my blog yesterday. It was life changing for me.

The Preacher's Wife said...

I have always believed God speaks in themes...I have chill bumps reading this now based on our emails...

We don't belong here...Remember you are a City Girl! :) I love seeing God reveal Himself to you in an ever-increasing way..You won't ever get over it, I promise! :)


Angie said...

I have yet to do this one...maybe our ladies bible study group will do it soon. My very first Beth Moore study was "Believing God". It was my introduction to Living Proof Ministries and Beth Moore....let me just say, I have not been the same since. God really put something in my heart that no amount of Sunday School (which I always loved) had ever done. I had finally "seen" someone with my own eyes and heart (through video of course) that had a "passion for Jesus" like no other teacher I had ever seen. I WANTED THAT!
I think we are all called to be contagious Christians....leading others to Him....
I appreciate your blog ministry! You always bless my heart!

marina said...

I just want to say I love anything Beth Moore has to study I did the Patriarchs, and it was really good it gives you a good foundation as christians beliver,and Dianel is so good if you get a chance to do it it really open your eye's,, as you have just written about your study you last did ,,Dianel is the same it really makes you think.
Hi, I am marina and I just found your blog through The Preachers wife, I am not married to a pastor but it must be hard work. I just love studing God's word I have a 6 year old and have been marrried for 11 years now.Stay Bless marina