We are studying the book of Judges in our Women’s Bible Study at Compass Bible Church. I have always considered the Israelites to be so block-headed. I mean, were they really that stupid? It hit me this morning as I sat there on my high horse looking figuratively down on people who lived over 3,000 years ago that I am them. I struggle with the same things over and over and over again. OK let’s be real here, by “things” I mean sin. So, I decided to give myself a challenge based on a question in the study. The question asked me to read Luke 6:12-16 where it describes Jesus praying prior to him selecting his group of highly esteemed men to follow him, be his disciples, and ultimately represent him when he left. Did I say highly esteemed? We highly esteem them today, but at the time these men were a bunch of rag-tag misfits. They could not have been any more lame. They were dumb, arrogant, hot-headed, selfish, liars, swindlers, and thieves whom Jesus choose to glorify him! These men were radically changed. I couldn’t possibly be that bad… or could I? So, here is my challenge (and I encourage you to take the challenge too.)
1. Write down every weakness you can think of about yourself. Everything you think, everything you would say your spouse would say, everything you think your friends would say, and everything you think your siblings and yes, even your mom and dad would say is your weakness. Lay it all out there.
2. Do a word study Galatians 5:22 and 1 Corinthians 13:4-5. Write down all the words that you know should characterize you and your life. Highlight or mark the words or phrases that you think you need work on. Choose as many as apply.
3. Go back to your main list of weaknesses and write the word that would be the best opposite from your word study in 1 Corinthians and Galatians.
4. Add up which words got the most play and write a few sentences describing what you need from God. (See my example in the photo.)
5. Take some time today to pray thoughtfully about what you learned. Possibly even ask God to radically make some changes in your life so you do not keep the sin cycle up in those areas of your life. Allow God to work and SHINE through your weaknesses. Don’t hide them, use them to the glory of God!