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Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength (PTBS – 6)

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Week 6: Weary, Yet Pursuing

Summary: We get tired. We get weary. We get heavy. We get low. These are facts that come with living life. It happens. But just because we get tired, it does not mean that we are without the ability to move forward or to press onward. God grants us the ability to do so. He enables us to move in His strength and power toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus, our LORD.

From Priscilla to Us:

“We shouldn’t bear guilt when we feel fatigued. Admitting our depleted resources is not a cop out or a sign of faithlessness. It just means that we need refueling as we continue to move ahead.”

This Week’s Assignment:

1) Spend some time each day this week reciting Philippians 3:13-14. (Consider reading a different Bible translation per day.)

2) What do you typically do to refresh or refuel yourself spiritually, physically, emotionally, and/or mentally? When was the last time you sought refreshment/refueling?

3) Read the lesson material from Week 6 in your member book. (Week 6, Day 1 – No Other Gods – will be featured in next week’s post.)

4) Seek God earnestly right now in your present moment. Find Him and know Him. Connect with His heart. Let Him know what hinders you from drinking of His Living Water or eating of His Bread of Life. Allow Him to refresh and refuel you completely.

“GOD CAN USE YOUR WEAKNESS.” – P. Shirer

Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength (PTBS – 5)

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Week 5: The “Dew” and the “Do” of Heaven

Summary: As we go through life from day-to-day, many of us tend to forget about God. I suppose a better way to say it is that we take Him for granted. We tend to expect Him to show up or to be there just because. By doing so, we inadvertently stop seeking Him out or even communicating with Him. We take His heart, His favor, His provision, His power too lightly. But the unconditional love and infinite grace of the Father are such that they work as He intends and they do so by calling our attention to the miraculous.

From Priscilla to Us:

“You, sister, are a ‘Baal fighter’ like Gideon. Your life and mine are to be proof that Yahweh exists and is not only able but willing to intervene in our lives in personal, miraculous ways. Fight the spirit of Baal, my friend, by ‘let[ing] your requests be made known to God’ (Phil. 4:6). Let the dew of heaven reinvigorate you and inspire you to stand against this deceiving spirit in your family, church, and community. Then, like Gideon, prepare to be astounded at all that your God will ‘do’ for you.”

This Week’s Assignment:

1) Do some background research on Baalism. Compare and contrast the ancient religious practices with modern culture.

2) “Are there any areas of your life that you no longer talk to God about because you feel like ‘that’s just the way things are’? If so, what areas are they?” (See page 112)

3) Read the lesson material from Week 5 in your member book. (Week 5, Day 4 – Weary, Yet Pursuing – will be featured in next week’s post.)

4) Sit down with God and really talk to Him.

“GOD CAN USE YOUR WEAKNESS.” – P. Shirer

Books Galore! – A Week of Reviews, Day 4 (SEED, Pack 1)

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Today’s featured review is all about how a very specific SEED can facilitate personal spiritual growth. May the fruit produced in your life, by way of this recommended read, be plentiful.

Day 4: SEED, Pack 1 by Priscilla Shirer 

About the Study:

SEED is a resource by Priscilla Shirer that includes thought-provoking, modern-day parables with weekly Bible study guides and short video messages. Pack 1 provides 3 weeks of study and corresponds with DVDs 1-3 (Forgotten, Enough, and Control).

About the Video Sessions:
– In Forgotten, Priscilla reminds us that God notices our worth and cares for us at all times and in all seasons.

- In Enough, Priscilla emphasizes that God is a good Father to us and that He has taken care of us up to now. She lets us know that He will continue to do so. His gifts are good and they are always good enough.

- In Control, Priscilla discusses how we all want to do the leading and have the control in our own life. Giving that up, she says, is difficult, but it is what God requires of us. She makes a point of indicating that when we do give up control, we really can see that it produces a beautiful result.

Phone Tree Review: Bible study is a tremendous experience that has the ability to bring forth change and to radically transform one’s existence. This is certainly the case when considering a Priscilla Shirer Bible study. Her SEED series is hands down one of the best.

The appeal of this particular Bible study is that it highlights the 5P method, which happens to be a favorite of mine. It encourages the student to read, study, analyze, and breakdown the Scriptures. It does not offer spoon-fed portions, rather it provides tasty morsels meant for slow savoring and for building the appetite. I loved it!

This study is not for the faint of heart or the fickle. It will go as deep as you choose to take it.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Recommend: Yes

Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength (PTBS – 4)

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Week 4: The Key To Our Strength 

Summary: In life, many of us get so caught up in the details that we fail to focus our attention on what really matters. We focus on our jobs, our health issues, our family life challenges, our old hurts and betrayals, our paralyzing fears, and even on our habitual sins. We get so heavy in heart by such matters that we fail to see the God who is our perfect answer, our present help, our divine healing, and our infinite strength.

From Priscilla to Us:

“Weakness is a key, and like most keys, it’s designed to open something. God designed your key specifically to fit the lock He has in mind for you. He uses your weaknesses, the areas and places where you feel the least strong, to open a divine door. Without this key, we would rarely experience God’s strength.”

This Week’s Assignment:

1) Answer the following questions.

- “Do you tend to focus on your weaknesses? Yes/No

If so, what effect does this have on your
Emotions?

Self-Image?

Confidence?

Ability to Move Forward?”

- ( See page 70.)

- What do you tend to do when you are overwhelmed by a situation? (Do you focus on what you can’t do or rather on what God can do?)

- If misplaced focus contributes to spiritual weakness, what would sustained focus on God do for spiritual strength?

2) Read the lesson material from Week 4 in your member book. (Week 4, Day 4 – The “Dew” and the “Do” of Heaven – will be featured in next week’s post.)

3) Sit down in a quiet place and have a full on confession session with God. Tell Him of your burdens, your fears, your weaknesses, and your misplaced focus. Next, spend some time investigating His Word. Conduct searches on the key words underlined previously.

“GOD CAN USE YOUR WEAKNESS.” – P. Shirer

Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength (PTBS – 3)

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Week 3: Who Do You Think You Are?

Summary: Who you are and who you believe yourself to be are important considerations. More important than that, however, is who God says you are and who He has called you to be. God has a way of challenging each one of us to see beyond where we are. He positions us to witness His greatness and in turn to see our own greatness through Him.

From Priscilla to Us:

“Yahweh’s perspective of us is often so unbelievable, so foreign to our own belief system and conduct that it can be like a bolt of lightning striking our desensitized souls. It jolts us away from the misplaced shadows of our experience into the truth of God’s reality.”

This Week’s Assignment:

1) Read through the following Scriptures and summarize what the LORD is saying.

- Joshua 1:9

- Psalm 138:3

- 2 Corinthians 3:5-6

2) Read the lesson material from Week 3 in your member book. (Week 3, Day 1 – The Key To Our Strength – will be featured in next week’s post.)

3) Sit down in a quiet place and spend some genuine quality time with the LORD. Pour out your heart to Him; describe and discuss who you have come to see yourself as being. Ask Him to clearly reveal to you all those things that He has said you are in Him. From there, write down what His Spirit teaches you regarding this. Review your discovered Scripture-based lessons daily.

“GOD CAN USE YOUR WEAKNESS.” – P. Shirer

Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength (PTBS – 2)

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Week 2: God’s Story, My Story

Summary:  God has a redemption plan for His people. It has been in place since the beginning. Despite the moral and spiritual decline of man throughout time, He has shown, in countless times and in limitless ways, that He is not willing that any should perish. His perfect plan of salvation is still in play today and it is ready for those who desire to be redeemed.

From Priscilla to Us:

“…the main message of the entire Bible is God’s redemption of humanity. From beginning to end, Scripture spells out the divine rescue plan God is orchestrating to bring people back into relationship with Himself.”

This Week’s Assignment:

1) Review one of the many redemption cycle stories from the Bible. Identify the pattern that you see. (Note: Page 22 shows readers a four-part pattern associated with God’s redemption plan. Priscilla suggests that we read Judges 2:11 (rejection), 14 (decline and consequences), and 16 (restoration) to get an idea of what the redemption cycle story looks like.)

2) Read the lesson material from Week 2 in your member book. (Week 2, Day 4 – Who Do You Think You Are? – will be featured in next week’s post.)

3) Dissect the following Scripture: 2 Peter 3:9

4) Sit down in a quiet place and pray to God. Speak to Him about how you might have or certainly have rejected His way. Reveal to Him what that rejection or disobedience has led to in terms of your present season. Ask the LORD to be restored into a right relationship with Him.

“GOD CAN USE YOUR WEAKNESS.” – P. Shirer

Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength (PTBS – 1)

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Week 1: Introduction

Summary: Weakness is typically not viewed as being something that is necessarily helpful. In fact, it tends to be looked upon quite negatively. In today’s day and age, if people perceive that you are weak in any way, then they may consider you to be lacking, ineffectual, or fearful. But what if weakness could be viewed from a more godly perspective. What if weakness could actually be looked upon as a gift?

From Priscilla to Us:

“…your weakness is actually a gift – a key of sorts that unlocks and unleashes His [God's] power in your life.”

This Week’s Assignment:

1) Review Judges 6-8 and Hebrews 11. Write down the following: the characteristics of Gideon, the directives of God, the challenges faced by God’s servant, the indications of God’s strength and how faith was demonstrated in the life of Gideon.

2) Read the lesson material from Week 1 in your member book. (Week 1, Day 3 – God’s Story, My Story – will be featured in next week’s post.)

3) Sit down in a quiet place and pray to God. Tell Him where you are as you start this study series. Make sure that you confess your weaknesses and then ask Him for His strength.

“GOD CAN USE YOUR WEAKNESS.” – P. Shirer