Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Lives of integrity

Bible study morning. I had my little ones with me today. I was late, and was not quite as put together, but it was worth it.

We're starting week 4 of Beth Moore's Daniel Study.

I admit, I initially agreed to go to the study because I'm a part of our church's Women's Ministry. You know, support-the-ministry type thing. I had never even heard Beth Moore speak (more than sound bytes) until I found myself involved in coordinating the Get Out of That Pit simulcast.

Besides, I have lots of blogging pressing needs I need to take care of, and it is hard for me to commit to an entire morning away from home each week. And I'd read the book of Daniel many times before. What more is there to learn?

All I can say is: Oh. My. Gracious.

Run, don't walk, to a study group near you!

The whole first portion of the study talks about living a life of integrity, like Daniel and his friends, Shadrach, Meshak, and Abednego.

Oh, my heart's desire is not to bow my knee, but to live a life firmly resolved to serve God wholeheartedly and to resist the world's pressure.

I'll just tease you with a few of Beth's one-liners:
  • We are called to be "culturally relevant but not spiritually irrelevant" in the "Babylon" of our culture.
  • We're never more tempted to be rude than when we think someone deserves it.
  • Backbiting is just as habit-forming as back-and-forth biting.
  • Is "putting our best foot" forward just another way of image building?
  • Loyalty is something we already were that surfaces in the test.
Each turn of the page challenges me to sharpen the convictions that shape who I am and my faith in God. It makes me realize again, if I have anything or can do anything, it's all because of Him. I want to live my life to Him glory, and say with Daniel:
Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.

He changes times and seasons;
he sets up kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.

He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him.

I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers:
You have given me wisdom and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you,
you have made known to us the dream of the king.

Daniel 2:20-23

8 comments:

Andrea said...

I have heard great things about this study, Katherine. I will keep it in mind. We are finishing up "Believing God" in my women's group. Beth Moore is an unbelievable, gifted speaker and writer.

Susanne said...

My ladies group is finishing a study up and are looking for a new one. I think I'll suggest this one. Does each person have to buy a book or just the one leading the study?

Tammy M. said...

Our Ladies group at church finished this study just last week. I did my first Beth Moore led Bible study about 5 years ago, since then I have done about 2 a year, sometimes 3. I have only one left, the study on Paul. I am awaiting the new studies she is working on now.
Beth's studies opened up the bible to me in a way I thought never possible. She takes something so HUGE and makes it real. She is truly gifted from the Lord.

Lauren S. said...

I have heard great things about this study. I will have to check it out!

JennaG said...

We just finished Daniel at our church--our whole church went through it--not just the women. It was awesome. I know you will enjoy the rest!

joyfuljourney said...

Oh My Gracious isn't even really enough to say is it? After many years of taking her studies, I can't remember one with this much impact! Are you developing alarms for Satan's charms? Do you recognize Babylon all around you? Are you seeing the areas of your life needing resolve? Are there areas of your life that smell like fire?

We are in week 10. The prophecy section has been challenging, but great. She paints the most beautiful picture of our Heavenly Father as the Ancient of Days. As you enter the last half, hang in there. Don't get behind. You will be blessed!

Here's a line from week 9 - God's ways are often beyond us, but His heart is always for us!

Julie said...

I'm leading this one right now for some women at our church. We just finished week 6 (the video part) this morning. I love this study and Beth has inspired me and just makes me hungry for the Word. I am eagerly anticipating the Esther study she is currently developing.

Jennifer said...

I did this study in the Fall. It was very powerful. Loved it.