Today we begin the Bible Study that I offered to anyone who wanted to participated in Trusting God by Shelia Walsh! I am going to host these each Monday for the next 12 weeks and you can jump in and participate any way you want. The Bible study is found in the book, Beautiful Things Happen When A Woman Trusts God by Shelia Walsh
So without further delay we begin our study with Why Am I So Afraid on page 236-237?
I wonder what comes to your mind when you hear the word courage? As a follower of Christ my heart is first drawn to him and stays there for awhile. Matthew records in his gospel the following words of Jesus, "Walk with me and work with me-watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace." (11:29) Christ invites us to watch how he lived his life on earth and learn from Him. Perhaps there is no more telling or teaching moment than his recorded dialogue with his Father in Gethsemane: "going a little ahead, he fell on his face, praying, 'My Father, if there is any way, get me out of this. But please, not what I want. You, what do you want.'"(Matthew 26:39)
Here Christ makes it clear that courage must start with truth. As He cries out to His Father, Jesus showed us that He was afraid. We will never understand this side of eternity what it cost Christ to take on himself all the sin of a broken planet. But just as our devastation began in a garden with Adam and Eve, so our restoration began in Gethsemane. Having poured out his heart to his Father, Christ turned to fall all that was ahead. That is courage.
This is the way God works. Over and over again He pulls our souls back from certain destruction so we'll see the light - and live in the light!
Read Job 33: 29-20
What does this verse say to you about courage?
Read Joshua 1: 1-9
- For what reason did Joshua need courage?
- How many times was he told to be courageous? Why do you think he was given this instruction repeatedly?
- Consider your present situation and rewrite Joshua 1:1-9 as if God were speaking to you. What instructions would he give and how many times would he repeat those instructions?
- Describe a time when you demonstrated great courage or a time when you needed more courage.
- "Jesus didn't come to get you out of the pain of life; he has come to live in you through it."(p.2). How have you found this to be true in your life?
- You might have gone through some difficult times in your life. List some of the feelings you've had.
- Describe the role of your faith in facing your struggles. How would you describe your courage?
- What is one situation you are facing right now that causes your heart to race and your emotions to spin out of control?
- What do you believe God wants you to do in response to the situation you described in the previous question?
- How can God work through your friends, family member, and church to encourage and support you as you deal with this situation?
- What do you want God to do in your life through this study?
- What do you need to change in your life so you can be more focused on God and less focused on the situation you are facing?
- Summarize the instructions of Joshua 1:1-9 by completing the following statement:
- In your journal, write a prayer expressing your desires. Throughout the coming week, use this prayer as part of your conversation with God.