Thursday, June 21, 2012

Keeping up

9:21 p.m Today's project was to teach the II Samuel women's Bible study at our gracious hostess Malinda's home. Since that's all it takes to come under severe attack from the devil, I could stop right here for experienced Christians! That's because you recognize difficult obstacles that didn't happen until you determined to attend, study for or teach a growing Bible study that is impacting lives for the Lord. The enemy of our souls pulls out all the stops to prevent you from going to a place where the first two directives are "Let's Pray, " and "Open your Bibles to..."

Earlier in the week, I had multiple interruptions and distractions throughout my study time, and tasks interspersed, but the Holy Spirit guided me through, showing me what to note from the commentaries, and leading me to the right scriptures to emphasize the key concepts and clarify the events of our chapter. Thanks to my husband Steve spending six hours in an adult activity center, I am able this year to have that concentrated time of study on Monday and Tuesday that allows me to have my speaking notes finished by Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday  is devoted to my Mary Kay business, and I  teach the women on Thursday. God is a God of order, and He now has, by week 3, provided structured, precious and exciting hours for me to delve into His word, for the purpose of sharing with others what He has shown me! James 1:17 says, of God's gifting,

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation nor shadow of turning.

When God gives a believer a spiritual gift, the blessing and humbling it brings is astounding, but the purpose is that the gift be used, Ephesians 4:13 says,

for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ...

Now that we know what God has planned for our Thursday Bible study, what does Satan have in mind for the teacher, hostess and attending ladies?

  • One sister got a speeding ticket while trying to shake a  dangerously close tailgater
  • One sister's grown son lost her credit card, delaying her gassing up her truck to come
  • "Something came up," preventing an elderly sister from making it for the first time
  • One sister has been afflicted severely with a potentially deadly brain disease
  • I was awakened 2 hours before my alarm was to go off with a lengthy, painful leg cramp
  • As a result, was almost too sleepy and exhausted to drive the 15 miles to Malinda's home
  • I got sick, losing precious minutes which I might have been able to use for a tiny nap
  • One sister missed last week due to and inflamed ear that almost cost her her hearing
  • One sister missed last week because of falling downstairs in her home and getting a concussion
And what happened on the way to Bible study for the other 8 women is anybody's guess, but I am sure that no one waltzed into their car and glided carefree down the road!  There's a palpable sigh of relief as we almost limp into the house, because we've all been battling our relentless foe all morning, one who hates us and hates our Master, the Lord Jesus, even more!

As stewards of God's word and His provision of every kind, we are told in I Corinthians 4:2,

Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

This faithfulness is required for leaders in the church--but are we not all God's leaders in our homes and neighborhoods, who need His training to live the life that effectively testifies of His Son?

So we will continue to walk under the influence of the Spirit who gives us a desire for the scriptures, to teach, share and understand them more each week. Continue to be courageous, steadfast and determined, sisters, and we will study, learn and grow together!

1 comment:

  1. Those women are blessed with your faithfulness and probably you are blessed by this study.

    I am taking your Galatians book and another devotional on the respite time cruise with my sister-in-law next week. Maybe we can enjoy some of Galatians by Dana together. I will keep up with the Daily Audio Bible readings on my Nook with the Passages Bible since I can't download on my iPod out of the country. I am also rereading "The Organized Heart", a book that the women in my church have enjoyed.

    Pray for this week as my hubby is with his son in another state. Will catch up with your blog when I return.

    Hugs and prayers,