Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I AM so you don't have to be Lesson 2

'I AM' Study Round Two Lesson Two

Lesson Two - Beautiful To God
Background reading: Exodus 2, Acts 7, Isaiah 53
Focal Verses:
"It was at this time that Moses was born; and he was lovely in the sight of God, and he was nurtured three months in his father's house. Acts 7:20 NASB
"He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not." Isaiah 53:2-3 NIV
"For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation." Psalm 149:4

Discussion Questions:
What is your initial response when anyone suggests you are beautiful?
With my current health/teeth issues that is not something I hear very often. People will tell me that I look nice, and stuff like that, and I duck my head say thank you and go about my business. I am usually the one giving the compliments not receiving them.

Do you find you engage in a lot of negative 'self-talk'? How much of your thought life does this form of thinking consume?
Yes, I think that some negative 'self-talk' is normal, but I do fight reverse pride which is closely tied to low self esteem. And I defeat myself more than anyone else. At night a lot when I review my day and see what an over all failure I am.

What is the most radical transformation you've witnessed in an individual after they were born again? It's okay to tell about your own!
I was blessed years ago to attend a concert by Mercy Me, when they did their alter call, there was a young man (could not see him well) that was one of the last to come out of the crowd and approach a pastor. They took all of them into the back of the small arena we were in and ministered to them, then returned them after a couple of songs. I was watching for this young man and he came out with hands lifted, a lighter step, and a renewed heart. He is one of those that I like to say got SAVED. Reminds me of the scripture Luke 7:47 "Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven. the same loves little."

The imagery of being a City Girl has absolutely changed the way I perceive my worth before God. Does it yours? Will you receive this truth and let it boost your righteous confidence?
I know that I am the daughter of the Most High, but sometimes I think it is more head knowledge then heart knowledge and is something that I need to work on. I have always said that when I get to heaven, I am going to have a burger king crown, and an outhouse, and just be so glad to be there. I think I am going to have to rethink this statement.

3 comments:

Michelle V said...

Sallye,

I loved what you said in your closing paragraph: "I know that I am the daughter of the Most High, but sometimes I think it is more head knowledge then heart knowledge and is something that I need to work on."

I feel the same way! I know that I am God's creation and that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I know that, but I think too often it stays in my head and doesn't get down to my heart!

Thanks for joining me in the study!

Michelle

darnelle said...

Just wanted to say that your prayer today over at The Preacher's Wife was beautiful. I know that it honored Father God and will be felt by the Chapman family. Blessings to you.

Michelle V said...

Sallye,

Thank you for your encouragement! I'm praying about it. Clearly it's something God wants me working on! And, you are right that we remember the bad stuff much easier than we remember the good! I'm staying in the Word and praying for Him to show me!

Blessings
Michelle