Feb 24

No Room For Fear, We Got the Spirit

I received a letter today from a sweet gal in our Online Bible Study group. I loved what she had to say so much that I asked her if I could share.  I bet you can relate to her fears and hopefully you will be reassured by the message God gave her through His Word.

Thanks Sarah for letting me share this!

Hi Melissa…
I hope you are feeling 100% better.  I wanted to share with you a little more from my heart, if you don’t mind. (If you do, you can just stop readng! hahaha!)
Anyways, I have to admit to you that I’m terrified to be without the excitement of the Made to Crave Bible study.  I’ve progressed so much over the last 6 weeks.  I was so sad you were sick, but I felt a relief, like, “Whew, that granted me one more week.”
So, I’ve been praying, asking God to keep me focused on him, to remember all the truths I’ve learned, etc.  I even ordered the devotional to help me along.  But, I must admit, I kind of like the accountability and hand holding this study offered. So, when I realize the end of the study was drawing near, I just felt destined to fail.  BUT GOD…He gets me.  And He gave me just what I needed!
Last night at Bible Study someone quoted this verse and I just felt like jumping up and down…
“Are you so foolish?  After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human efforts?”  Galatians 3:3.  What an amazing verse!
I somehow got so caught up in my worry and fret that I forgot that the Spirit is there, even when these Bible studies are not.  I can’t do it by human efforts anyways, its simply allowing myself to be surrended to the Spirit and God’s leading.
Anyways, I thought that was the most beautiful verse that God gave me, and I wanted to share it with you, just incase anyone else was emailing you worried about the study being over.
Thank you for the hard work that goes into this ministry.  I can’t wait to study Micca Campbell’s book with you!
Love and blessings,
Sarah Humes
A grateful heart is a happy heart!!!  

Can you relate to Sarah?  Share your thoughts in the comment section of my blog. I’d love to hear your perspective on how the end of this study will effect you.
Also, if you haven’t read Stephanie Clayton’s message, Sin Plays Dirty, hop on over there right now! I’ve decided to give not 1 but 3 copies of An Untroubled Heart away. Just read her absolutely True message and leave a comment on her blog. You’ll be entered. I’ll announce the winners in Sunday’s post!

Many thanks to all who have prayed for me and sent me sweet messages to get well. I’m feeling so much better.
Have a great weekend y’all. And thank you Sarah for allowing me to share your email with our group. You are a blessing to us!
Much Love,
Melissa
Melissa

Comments

  1. nice..god bless

    from,India

  2. Cindy Francis says:

    Thanks to Sarah and to you for sharing. I can relate.
    I’m also happy to hear you are on the mend.
    Have a great weekend too!

  3. That is indeed such an encouraging verse, thank you for sharing :)
    Am glad you are feeling better
    I was feeling a little bit discouraged today, there are some things happening right now and I can totally relate to having feelings of anxiety when I am facing an end, and big changes. Had to do just what I had pledged, pray the ‘But God’ verses and trust nevertheless.
    Blessings

  4. I have not been as focused on this study as I should have due to personal issues but I am going to go back & read the whole book again. I feel God is on my side with this & is giving me the strength & will power to susceed with my weight loss this time & to keep it off. I love these online studies & look forward to more of them. I am new to the Bible & just have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior & I am loving every minute of it. It’s a wonderful feeling after going thru a divorce & now being alone knowing actually I am not alone, I will ALWAYS have JESUS by my side & loves me no matter what. Thank you Melissa for all of your hard work on this study & glad you are on the mend. God Bless you.

  5. Sarah and Melissa,

    Thanks for sharing …. great encouragement for me! Going to be a lot of transparent here because in April of last year as I was leading a home group through MTC, I did forget about the Holy Spirit and his availability to me! As a relationship with a dear friend went south …. I went south with it! Due south … as in do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars south! And then in August, A Confident Heart OBS came along. And God filled my cup up with some amazing friendships that He built along the way. God gave me my very own Barnabus’s, Timothy’s, Jonathan’s and Ruth’s all rolled up into many Jesus girlfriends. My problem was that I wasn’t letting Him fill my cup before ACH. I was in fear of filling my cup again – afraid it would be emptied again and filled back up with more heartache. But through the A Confident Heart study, this MTC study and some incredible divine God appointed and ordained friends, He has filled my cup with Himself, His truths and amazing unconditional love provided by newly appointed friends. And now with this truth – He sent His Holy Spirit to minister to me! I just have to be available to the ministering and to the work of the Holy Spirit in my life!! And the promise that while others may leave me … He won’t! And this I know – God is a promise keeper!

  6. I, too, have had a lot of worry about “what’s going to happen once this study is over?” I love that Sarah shared her experience and it gives me more confidence and hope. I’ve come so far in this study. I’ve lost 10 pounds since we started and have really begun to look at my success related to obedience to God. I’ve been able to give up chocolate (a former daily treat) for several weeks, in order to break the hold it had over my will. I was able to eat a small amount of it without going backwards and going back to eating it every day again. I don’t need it anymore. That’s amazing. I found that I treasure the time I spend with God, something I had prayed about for a long time, but never experienced before. So I guess that I’m “getting there” too, I am starting to believe that I can do this even if it’s not my daily Bible study. It’s time with God that I need, and the topic of my conversation with Him doesn’t matter.

  7. What a great note from Sarah! And want an awesome verse from the word! I am going to put that one up on my computer at work and on my frige at home. :) I think I will be reading the book again in a few weeks. I just want to keep re-reading it until all of these principals are habits for me. Some stick faster than others. I have come a long way but I still have a long way to go. This is my lifestyle, seeking God, depending more on Him, eating healthy, exercising more, more seeking God and more depending on Him. This is not a one time study deal for me. Onward Christian Soldier! :)

  8. I too am feeling sad to know the study is almost over. This is a REALLY bad time of the year for me as last week was the 2nd anniversary of my brother going to be with Jesus after a short battle with Cancer and March 2nd is my baby Kenny’s “angel date” (he was stillborn in 2007). So I REALLY struggle this time of year with emotional eating and depression. BUT!! This study has been WONDERFUL in helping me see that going to God during those times and getting His power to get me through is just what I need right now. I have taken so many notes from the book so far that I will constantly be referring back to them when I feel “weak and heavy laden” then I will take it to the Lord in prayer!! Hey! I think that’s a song!! hehe=0) So anyways, thank you so much Melissa for walking this journey with me and helping me through this season of my life. May God bless you and your ministry!

  9. Thank you for sharing Sarah, I can relate to this and thanks for the great verse, I’m going to look it up again! I’m also a bit behind due to things happening in my life, our labrador of almost 11yrs has cancer again and arthritis in a bad way, so the only option is the one that every doglover dreads! We have no choice, we can’t go on like this, neither can she, we love her like a child, but Monday (27th) is the goodbye! I don’t want to think about it! Would you all please pray for me and my husband? Love you!

  10. Lisa Taylor says:

    Thank you so much for sharing, I can relate…Thanks so much for that beautiful verse….I have not kept up with reading as I should have, however I do love the book and love having friends here to share with and be held accountable….Lisa

  11. Yes, just like Sarah, I’ve been a bit sad about the ending of this Bible study. I’ve enjoyed it so much, and while it has helped me grow closer to the LORD while turning over my dieting efforts to Him, I will definitely miss the camaraderie and encouragement found here. We didn’t find this in our church, and that’s why we felt led to leave.

    I like to look up certain Scriptures using The Message, because of how it translates the verse more plainly, more “real” to me. Galatians 3:2-4 in The Message says:

    Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up!

    Thanks, Sarah, for sharing!! 😀

  12. Omg, I so needed that verse “Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human efforts?” Galatians 3:3. ” it really hit in the same way it did her…But it hit me in a different way, because I had slacked off my bible study and when you said we had a week free to catch up I was like “Whew” But, I still hadn’t other things distracted me, But I know now that it was satan blocking me from what was happening with me getting stronger in my relationship with God and closer. So thank you for posting Sarah’s post it was what i needed to get back on track, Haha satan you don’t win, I do because God is leading the way!!

    kimmee

  13. AMEN!! I too have been anticipating the end of this study. I didn’t realize how much impact this study has been on my life until this week-long break. So glad you are feeling better Melissa, but I think you taking this week “off” was “great timing.” It gave many of us time to reflect on what we have learned these past five weeks. Thank you Sarah for sharing what was on your heart. It gave many of us the inspiration we were looking for. We knew what the inspiration was, but sometimes we need the extra AH-HA moment. Thank you, thank you, thank you! And Melissa, I am so glad you were able to take time to recover; you are such a blessing to others.

  14. Juli Danner says:

    Oh goodness can I ever relate to what Sarah wrote. In fact, last week, I posted a message on Melissa’s facebook page asking the ladies if it was just me or was anybody else sad that we were entering our last week of study and feeling like saying No!! Wait!! I still have so much more to learn from you, Melissa. But, I am believing that God will use everything that we have learned in these past 6 weeks to encourage me in times of struggles to “keep on keepin on”.

  15. You know, I was having very much the same sort of thought pattern the last couple of weeks, more taking it as trying to decipher where God would have me go next after the MTC study. I have loved the accountability of the online Bible study since I am not able to participate in the Bible study at our church. Yet, there are so many studies that have come to my attention I’m having a hard time deciding which one to go to. I think though, that I would like to continue with Melissa though to work through Micca Campbell’s book as the interaction that I get on this site really helps me focus and see things from all different perspectives. Thanks Melissa! And thank you Sarah for putting into words what has been on my heart.