My Ladies' Winter Bible study group began last Tuesday. I was full of anticipation. Not because we had not done a Beth Moore Bible study since last Spring when we did Esther, although that was a part of it, but because what I learned in this Bible study when I did it on my own six years ago showed me how to defeat the enemy. (I won't even dignify him enough to capitalize the first "e".) This Bible study reinforced what I had learned in Believing God and then proceeded to teach me more about God and myself than I could have realized on my own. I adjusted my life according to what the Word said through this Bible study and by the grace and power of God was able to "break free" of the suffocating grip the enemy had on me. So, I was anxious to revisit portions of the study and also to see Beth's updated video and lessons.
Watching the introductory session last week, I was thrilled to see Beth's choice of scenery for her introduction. It was filmed at Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana. She had filmed her intro from there 10 years ago, and since I have been to Oak Alley on one of my vacations, it was especially meaningful to me. I felt Beth and I were on the same page--both looking back to the wonders God had performed in our lives and anxious for Him to do a fresh work. A week and a half into the homework, my mind is once again filled with the wonder of our God. Beth's comments are always insightful and full of research, and the truth of Scripture is powerful.
As the Scriptures tell us in 2 Corinthians 3:18, we are being changed from glory to glory. It’s a process and not one that will be completed until He brings us to our eternal home. I will never NOT need to study God's Word. It washes my mind clean and soothes the aches in my heart. I love the Scriptures that remind me that the Spirit dwells in us and works in us so that we can know God personally and intimately and so that the world can see Him reflected in us. I want to know God more. I want to reflect His glory. I want to be all that He wants me to be. I know that the more I give of myself to Him the greater He will become in me, and that is my goal. To be closer, to hear His voice, to love Him deeply, to love others more perfectly, to fulfill His calling on my life.