Monday, March 10, 2008

Looking Back to Believing God

Hi everybody. I am finally starting to better. The iron is kicking in and doing it's job I think and taking your advice and resting between activities is helping too. So, maybe I will be able to find time to write more than one post a week now......We will see.

I have been hinting at writing a post about this for some time now.

I am leading Beth Moore's Believing God study at church right now. If you haven't done this study, it is a wonderful study and I highly recommend it! And if you click on that link, you can actually register to do the study online which is pretty cool if you ask me. Which nobody did......but anyway. The study is all about Believing God for all that he is and all that he says. NOT just believing IN God. Well, I am here to tell ya'll that God has been preparing me to lead this study for the past two years and I had NO idea that is what was going on. I believe that God was saying to me that if I was going to lead this study I better, by golly, get it this time! I better be believing HIM!
See, I've have led this study once in the past and I, obviously, didn't get it the first time around. AH, but this time, this time, things are different.

From where I sit today, I can look back at my life over the past two years and know that God has been preparing me to lead this study.
If you've visited my blog very much at all, you know that I have struggled with a season of great fear and anxiety in my life in the past couple of years. I have had huge battle's in mistrust and unbelief. I have had big battle's with worry and fear.

I have struggled and fought and battled and been beaten down, BUT God has seen me through and unbeknownst to me -- has intended all of this stuff for good in my life. I should've known -- I mean Romans 8:28 says it plainly that God works all things for the good of those called according to his purpose, right?
Anyway -back to my story. That battle isn't completely won, but oh, just look at the work God has been doing in my life!!!

Way back last May, when my bible study group had finished studying Beth Moore's Breaking Free, (again - another fabulous study) they wanted to do another study and we ended up doing Beth's The Patriarch's. It is amazing how even then God led me to Hebrews 11 to find that study and - oh, are ya'll ready for this? It is just so exciting to see God at work -- Hebrews 11, which is the Hall of Faith, fills two whole weeks of study in Believing God. Can you stand it? God knew I was going to need some background and rich understanding of the Patriarch's to fully "get it" when time to lead Believing God rolled around.

AND then! Back in September, I had the opportunity to go on the Walk to Emmaus and really learn what God's love and grace are all about. See, if you don't know God's love and grace - you cannot believe him for all that he is and all that he does! I can't tell ya'll how many different times in the past 7 years that I have been married that the chance to go one the walk to Emmaus was discussed for me - but it just never happened. It never happened because last September? THAT was when God wanted it to happen!!!

One of the weeks in this study is all about believing that God still does miracles. Can I just tell ya'll that I got mine and I KNOW God is still in the miracle business?!!?

Girls, my heart is just so full when I see that God has been really there and preparing me for this study. I still have days when worry and fear get to me, but I also know that GOD is in charge and that HE is preparing me for something and I believe that it is more than "just" this study. I have learned so much this time around about believing God and his promises. And I know he has more for me in the future. TO end, I find it only fitting to state the 5 statement Pledge of Faith from Believing God.

This is what I believe:

1. God is who He says He is.
2. God can do what He says He can do.
3. I am who God says I am.
4. I can do all things through Christ.
5. God's word is alive and active in me.


Hope ya'll are having a great Monday and I will talk to ya'll soon!


Cheryl said...

All I can say is WOW!!!
If that won't fire you up.....
I just got a good dose of encouragement and Christ-esteem (not self-esteem) from your post!!!
Thanks for sharing and reminding me that I am who God says I am!! (Love that one!)

Angie said...

Can I holler a big AMEN! I have loved every Beth Moore study "more" than any other study!
She really digs in the Word and encourages you to do the same!
What a blessing!
The Lord actually reminded me last week of the five beliefs...
1. God is who He says He is.
2. God can do what He says He can do.
3. I am who God says I am.
4. I can do all things through Christ.
5. God's word is alive and active in me.

Karen said...

God really used the "Believing God" study to teach me and minister to me during a time when I was going through a stronghold of fear. It is such an amazing, awesome study! I join you in stating the 5-statement pledge from that study:

1 - God is Who He says He is.
2 - God can do what He says He can do.
3 - I am who God says I am.
4 - I can do all things through Christ.
5 - God's Word is alive and active in me.


Hope you have a wonderful, faith-filled week!

Tara Sloan said...

That is AWESOME revelation Mindy! I am currently finishing up Beth Moore's "Get Out of that Pit!" which has been a tremendous blessing to me! I think I'll jump on this study next! Thanks for sharing and for commenting at Destiny Driven!!!!


RealEstateGirl said...

Hey Mindy,

Just stopping by to say "hi" since it's been so long! It was so good to catch up with you and I'm not sure I knew you were pregnant! Congratulations!!!

I enjoyed this post and it was definitely something I needed to read. I'm going to have to check out that study--I've been dealing with alot of "fear" in my life lately and I don't want it to become a stronghold.

I'll try to do better about checking in on ya!

Much love,

Valarie said...

Oh girl! I LOVE that study and let me just tell you that
"God is who He says He is.
God can do what He says He can do.
I am who God says I am.
I can do all things thru Christ.
God's Word is alive and active in me.


(sorry for the yellin' but I love me Jesus girl!)
Dancin with you in Christ -