Beth Moore

A Peek, a Pit, a Prisoner and Me

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Random Thoughts from Finding Joseph

Have you ever considered what Joseph may have been thinking while he was being led down to Egypt?

Surely he was dealing with intense emotions and tumultuous feelings. To think that his family, his kin, could betray him so utterly…

Perhaps, for the first few steps, he might have held a secret hope that they would come to their senses and get him.

Maybe a few miles after that, he may have figured that his parents would be missing him and send out a search team to rescue him.

Possibly, beyond the miles of lost hope, he sobered, accepting his lot. Mayhap, he even started to wonder to himself how a peek could have led to a pit and a position as a prisoner.

A peek. A pit. A prisoner. What do any of these have to do with me (or you for that matter)? How does this aspect of Joseph’s story relate to me and how does it help in terms of my finding Joseph?

The play of events, on one level, is pretty straight forward. Joseph is instructed to go and see what his brothers are up to. He does so. He is soon captured. He is humiliatingly stripped. He is put into a pit, with no way out. Finally, he is sold and carried to a strange land, being taken away from everything he knows.

But, on another level, what can be seen is something quite remarkable. What can be seen is a figurative lesson on sin and the course that it can take in one’s own life, as well as a lesson on how surrendering to God can lead to liberation.

Now in no way am I implying or communicating that Joseph sinned. No, quite the contrary. Joseph was victimized in the worst possible way. He was betrayed and given over into slavery. He was given over into a cruel situation that could very well have broken him, changing him forever. But God. He had a plan.

No, what I saw related to sin’s course was this. (Mind you, this is more me than Joseph. Certainly, it is more me than you.) Sin and its lure can lead one to “take a peek.” To go and see. To get a taste or a sample, if you will. From there, it can lure one further until she will either willingly jump into a pit, as Beth Moore likes to say, or get pushed or pulled in. While in that pit, a person can either get lost to self and become a prisoner to her own desires, or…she can confront herself and begin to face God, relying on Him as her Deliverer.

On my quest to find Joseph this weekend, I found myself. I found how my rather “innocent” peeking could lead to my own personal pit of destruction and ultimately imprison me in my own selfish idols of choice. But you know what else I found, praise God? I found a fresh hope. I found a freedom lesson. I found that God could still reach me…even in my pit. And I found that, even though I may struggle with bondage and be led down a path that I do not want to go, God still has a plan for my deliverance.

Scripture Review: Genesis 37

Spiritual Life Fitness Meditative Reflection Verse: 1 Corinthians 10:13

(Listen, it’s okay if you don’t get this post. It’s alright. This lesson was a deep and meaningful one for me. 2013 has been a journey of great releases for me. Everything has been purposed for me to see where grace and freedom intersect. This is one of those places. Thank you for allowing me to share. May God bless you as you journey on your life course. Safe travels along the way!)

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The God of the Patriarchs, Week 10

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A Phone Tree Bible Study Series based on The Patriarchs by Beth Moore 099066_w185

Objective of Study: Learn what it means to encounter the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

Week 10 Message: The God of the Patriarchs

Most Notable Quote: “God’s promises to us are bigger than us and reach far beyond us. Their ultimate purpose is glory. His. He is always faithful, and He will never make a promise He won’t keep.” (p. 222)

Assigned Scripture Reading: Genesis 46-50; Exodus 20:6; Hebrews 11

Study Assignments:

– Read Genesis 46:1. Identify the two key actions performed by Israel.

– Fill in the blanks associated with Genesis 46:3-4.

“…I am __________, the __________ of your father; ______ _______ ______ ______________ to go down to Egypt, for I __________ make you a great nation there.  I ________ go down with you to Egypt, and I _________ also surely _____________ _____________ _________ again…”

(Dictate how this relates to you presently.)

– Discuss how the words, “I once was lost, but now I’m found,” relate to the lives of Jacob (Israel) and Joseph. (You may also want to relate this to the lives of Abraham and Isaac.)

– Define brk in the Hebrew.

– Freely journal your thoughts and convictions about God’s faithfulness.

Deeper Thinking:

1) How has God made Himself known to you personally?

2) Does God require something different from each of us? (Translation: Are our life paths and purposes different or are they one and the same?)

3) How great is your need for God to deliver you, to restore you, and/or to bring you to the place of His glory? (Elaborate.)

4) How do faith and the promises of God connect?

5) What do you have to say about the God of the patriarchs?

The God of the Patriarchs, Week 9

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Objective of Study: Learn what it means to encounter the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

Week 9 Message: Don’t Forget to Remember

Most Notable Quote: “…famine-like seasons in our lives can come on the heels of fruitfulness. In those seasons nothing is more natural than trying to put old personal hurts behind us so we can forget them. But sometimes the harder we try to forget something, the better we remember it. The more we tell the past to get lost, the more determined it seems to be found.” (p. 197)

Assigned Scripture Reading: Genesis 41:50-45:28

Study Assignments:

– Give your thoughts on the following: The future is not whole without the past.

– Notice the dynamics of the relationship between Joseph and his brothers in this week’s reading. Take note of how it compares to their initial relationship.

– List all of the wrongs Joseph’s brothers did against him. (Reflect on why it is important that we know this.)

– Define redeem and redemption in Hebrew, in Greek and in Aramaic.

– Study the concept of reaping and sowing from a Biblical perspective.

– Meditate on and memorize John 15:13.

Deeper Thinking:

1) What do you think the purpose of “famine-like seasons” is?

2) Do you believe reconciliation is an essential element for the Christian lifestyle? Discuss.

3) How have you tended to get past the hurts that have occurred in your life?

4) What is the relationship between guilt and sin?

5) How has God been merciful to you?

The God of the Patriarchs, Week 8

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Objective of Study: Learn what it means to encounter the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

Week 8 Message: Purposed and Favored

Most Notable Quote: “…God is loyal to you…even when no one else is He is present with you no matter what your estate. You cannot enter a single place – not even a prison – where God cannot ultimately make you successful.” (p. 182)

Assigned Scripture Reading: Genesis 38-41

Study Assignments:

– In each chapter reviewed this week, write down the things you notice about God’s intervening presence.

– Research Tamar and her relationship with Judah.

– Reflect back on the journey we have made so far through the book of Genesis. Make a mental note about the role temptation played in each person’s story. Identify the lesson you believe God would have you know about this issue.

– Outline the events of Joseph’s life in this week’s reading.

– Define the word favor in Hebrew.

– Interpret the following quote: “God purposes to use every second of a divinely-ordained wait to build us into the individuals our future demands we be.”

Deeper Thinking:

1) Do you believe that there are different levels or degrees of sin? (Give scriptural support for your response.)

2) How do you choose to deal with temptation?

3) Have you ever been harassed in any way? If you have been, what role did God play in how you chose to deal with the harassment?

4) When you have been falsely accused or set up by someone, how did you deal with your anger, your feelings of betrayal, and/or your attitude related to forgiveness?

5) Do you believe God can receive glory from any and all circumstances?

The God of the Patriarchs, Week 7

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A Phone Tree Bible Study Series based on The Patriarchs by Beth Moore 099066_w185

Objective of Study: Learn what it means to encounter the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

Week 7 Message: The Most High God

Most Notable Quote: “An intense encounter with God can give us the courage to do the necessary things we wish we didn’t have to do. We may still be afraid, but we’re more afraid of disobeying God than facing a mess we helped make.” (p. 151)

Assigned Scripture Reading: Genesis 32-37; 2 Corinthians 4:17; Psalm 32:1-7

Study Assignments:

– Journal your personal thoughts on what it means to “wrestle with God.”

– Define the word courage in the Hebrew language.

– This week, engage a Bible scholar in a conversation. Discuss with him or her the following quote from The Patriarchs: “…sometimes God will wound His own child to make him walk differently…” (p.153)

– Seek out someone you trust in the faith. Be courageous enough to ask them to give you feedback on how they see your life. (You can ask for general feedback or be as specific as you want to be in terms of information sought. It is recommended that you pray before you initiate this process. Allow God to direct your steps.)

– Research El Bethel.

– Summarize Genesis 37. Make a point of writing down what stood out to you the most.

Deeper Thinking:

1)  Have you noticed whether or not your courage is greater before or after a trial by fire?

2) Has God become your personal God? Why or why not?

3) What type of healing are you in need of from the Most High God?

4) How do you think God wants to use you for His kingdom purposes?

5) What vision has God placed on your heart and are you afraid of it?