Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Yes to God Study - Final Week

The final chapter (Radically Blessed) of Lysa TerKeurst's book, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God, encourages us to examine God's word to discover what He wants us to know about His calling on our life. Click on the button above and visit Lelia's blog to read how this study impacted participants.

My relationship with God deepened through reading this book and participating in this study. Deciding to say Yes to God keeps me focused on Him and His will. The more I focus on Him, the more I hear Him, the more opportunities I have to say yes.

Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God's action in them find that God's Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn't pleased at being ignored. Romans 8:5-8 (MSG)

Attention to God frees me from myself. When I try to handle everything on my own, I usually end up exhausted from obsession and worry. When stress builds within me, I realize my focus shifted from God to my situation. Trust in God brings peace, even in difficult circumstances. I may not exactly what the future holds, but it is not uncertain. God is in control. As I say yes to Him, He leads me from a dead end of fear to the abundance of faith.

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Kelsey Smith said...

Wow that book sounds awesome!

Yolanda said...

I had a gentleman in my Sunday School class one morning say to me,

Yolanda, remember these 5 little words.


I can't tell you how many times, I have said that either in my spirit or RIGHT OUT LOUD FROM MY MOUTH, that I became settled and at peace.


MrsJoeB said...

This is such a powerful study-releasing self to allow God. It comes out of mouth so easily but is not as simply done. It is that focus-thing you talked about... what a journey!!

In His Graces~Pamela