Welcome to our 6th Online Bible study here on this blog! I am beyond thrilled that you are joining me, the Online Bible Studies Team, Proverbs 31 Ministries, and 2,600 others from all over the world on this journey to find a faith that is stronger than all our fears.
Before we get started, I’d like to encourage you to join me in a challenge. It is my prayer that all of us would begin this study actually believing that God can work powerfully in each of our lives. Change is possible. Living without fear is possible. Being cared for completely by our Heavenly Father is possible. There is only one thing that could keep these things from happening and that would be our own lack of faith and belief. So, let’s take a risk here. Let’s actually begin this study believing big things for our lives through God and this Bible study. Are you with me? If so, I want you to shout it to the world. Give a big cyber shout in the comment section of my blog today announcing that you believe and have the faith that God is going to accomplish great things in you during this Bible study. Even if you do it with a shaky voice and a bit of uncertainty make the choice to try. Will you join me? Here’s my shout out:
I BELIEVE THAT GOD IS GOING TO ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS IN MY LIFE THROUGH THIS STUDY! I BELIEVE MY FAITH WILL INCREASE WHILE MY FEARS WILL BE PLACED IN THE MIGHTY HANDS OF THE ONE WHO CAN TAKE CARE OF ME AND ALL MY CIRCUMSTANCES. I’M READY TO LIVE A FULL LIFE OF CONFIDENCE AND FAITH!
I can’t wait to read yours!
Now, on to Week 1 of An Untroubled Heart.
Here’s what you will need: (for those of you who receive this through your email and can’t see the picture below, visit my blog here)
Bible; notebook or journal to record your thoughts, verses, and Bible study questions & answers; a copy or digital version of the book An Untroubled Heart by Micca Campbell; computer with internet access so you can visit my blog daily and visit with our Online Bible Study Community; and a cup of coffee (optional…well maybe for you, necessary for me!). Go ahead and get these ready today so you’ll be ready for your first assignment tomorrow!
Words of the Week:
Usually we just have one word of focus for the week, but this week, we have three…all taken from our memory verse of the week (below).
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
God gave us a spirit of power. One of the definitions of power is the ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something. I like that. It implies that we have the ability to do something, but we have to take action in order to accomplish it. But the power is ours. It’s a power that comes from God. Because of God we have this ability to act.
God gave us a spirit of love. According to 1 Corinthians 13, love is patient and kind. It is not envious, boastful, or proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. This is a pretty tall order, don’t you think? On our own, I don’t think we are capable of such behavior. I know I’m not. Because of God, we have a spirit of love. Because of God, we can love like this. It’s up to us to accept this gift from God. It’s a choice, because I assure you I don’t always feel like this.
God gave us a spirit of self-discipline. Confession time. I’m not good at this one. I have great intentions, but I can give in and often it doesn’t take much. Why? Because usually I rely on myself. But wait, it says “self” discipline. And yes, when I rely on me…self, I am likely to fall short or fail. But our verse says that God gives us self-discipline. That’s so much different. When I rely on Him and what He gives me, that means it’s possible. It’s there for me. And I have to choose it. I can do a all things through Christ who gives me strength, even be self-disciplined.
I love that God gives us what we feel we are not capable of. These are available to us because the Holy Spirit lives in us. When we follow His leading each day our lives will more fully have these characteristics. God doesn’t want us living with timidity (fear). Through God, we are able to overcome our fear so that we can live full lives.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this as well. (comment section of my blog)
Suggested Readings and Assignments for Week 1:
Sunday– Pray and ask God to prepare your heart and the hearts of your sisters in this Bible study group. Enjoy today and be ready to go strong tomorrow. Maybe map out a schedule for your week and make sure you have all your materials ready. (pen, notebook, book, Bible, study space and time)
Monday– Read the Introduction and Chapter 1 of An Untroubled Heart. Highlight in your book anything that stands out. Share it with the girls on my blog. Write this week’s memory verse in your notebook and also on a few notecards . Place the notecards around your house, in your car, at work, etc.
Tuesday– Bible Study: Know It–Stow It–Show It~ This is where the study gets hard. It’s time to apply and examine yourself. On p. 22-24 of An Untroubled Heart, take the time to answer the questions and record them in your notebook/journal. Y’all this is where you have to stay strong and be willing to face the fire and conquer what’s holding you back. Go for it. Don’t be scared. Share anything you want to on my blog. I really want to hear from you!
Tuesday– Conference Call #1. You must pay $14 and sign up to be a part of the Conference Call Series, but I promise it’s worth it! You can join us live or listen/download the recorded version of the call. 8 pm tonight we will be joined by the author of An Untroubled Heart, Micca Campbell. She will be sharing her testimony, why she wrote this book, and what she hopes you will gain from studying this book. I will be sharing a message, “Power, Love, and Self-Discipline.” This call will be recorded if you can’t be on live. I hope you will sign up and join me! This is my time to connect personally with you I will be emailing the call information to all participants on Monday and Tuesday.
Wednesday– Read Chapter 2. Highlight in your book and record in your journal/notebook anything that speaks to you. Share it in the comment section of my blog. If you were a part of the conference call series, check your email for the recording information for the call.
Thursday– Bible Study: Know It–Stow It–Show It~ Chapter 2 contains a lot of thought provoking information about Satan’s lies and God’s truths. Things we really need to examine within ourselves and things we need to make decisions about so we can move forward. Not easy, but so rewarding. On p. 38-40 of An Untroubled Heart, take the time to answer the questions and record them in your notebook/journal. Please share.
Friday– Check in to Melissa’s blog for this week’s CHALLENGE! If you are behind, use today to catch up. Do you know this week’s memory verse yet? Give it try! Share this week’s victories, concerns, and prayer requests on my blog today.
I hope you will be enthralled by the love of God this week! Keep believing in His power, His love, and His ability to give you self-discipline. Don’t allow the threats of the enemy to take over the peace that God provides. You are worth fighting for. You have an awesome life waiting for you. Believe it and keep studying God’s Word. Plant His Word in your heart. I promise it will take root and produce fruit in due time.
Love you all and I’m so thankful and excited to start this study with you this week. If you have any questions or need prayer, call me at the Proverbs 31 office, 877-731-4663, ext. 200, M-F, 8:30-5:00 or email me at MelissaTaylorQuestions@gmail.com.
Let’s have a great week and get started on this great life-changing Bible study. I believe it, do you?