I am so thankful this week for the bible study we are just finishing up at our church. This is our last week of The Patriarchs by Beth Moore. It has been fabulous and let me tell you there was NO shortage of things to learn. I sat and cried this morning as Jacob died in the last day of home study. I am sure that on Sunday night there will be no shortage of tears (from my eyes not the rest of the group) that this is over. SO sad! BUT so HAPPY and thankful for all I've learned. There are so many nuggets of truth to be thankful over that I cannot tell you all of them. Some of these are new lessons for me. Some of them are repeated lessons -- sort of like learning multiplication tables as a child....have to have that repetition until I get it! Here are a few!
* The study started with Abraham. The question was asked, "Why did God choose Abraham to be the first Patriarch?" The answer? Just maybe because he was willing to go.....Let it be, Lord that I am always willing to go where you tell me to go!
*God is always for us! Romans 8:31.
* There was the story of Melchizedek which I was just awed by. And in this same day - we met El Elyon - God Most High. That name of our Lord conjures up awesome pictures in my head!
* He is also El Roi - The God who sees ME!
*Nothing is too hard for God! He can use even me.
*Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph all tended to make the same mistakes over and over again. NOT unlike me.....What an encouragement it is to see that God was with them always even in their repeated foolery.
*He is El Olam. The Eternal God.....Always was. Always will be!
*A reminder to be ever aware of what I am passing on to my children. As Isaac favored Esau the sin of partiality to one child was passed down. Jacob then favored Joseph.
*Turn desperation into devotion to HIM! Leah was desperate for Jacob's love. Rachel was desperate for his children. If we don't turn our desperation for something into devotion to God then it turns into UNhealthy obsession!
*I have to prepare ourselves to meet God!
*To become spiritually mature my focus has to change from what I can get FROM God.....to just HIM for what and who HE is!
*God's sovereignty is fully trustworthy!
*I need to remain always teachable so I can draw nearer to HIM.
*Humility is of gargantuan importance to HIM. Otherwise I seek my own glory and not HIS!
* God has many blessings for me just as he had for the Patriarchs. BUT, I have to be willing to accept them!
Thanks for reading this long list! Go on over and visit Iris at Sting My Heart and add your thankful list! Have a great Thursday!