Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I AM so you don't have to be--Lesson Six

1. How current is your God? Is he up to date on all your issues or do you have old hurts you still hold behind your back?

God is up to date on my issues. There are some things that I still can't say out loud, but He understands my groanings even when I cannot verbalize the fears and concerns that are on my heart.

2. Has the enemy ever told you there are situations that are 'old news' that are better left stuffed down? Or perhaps because they were so long ago they can't possibly be affecting you now?

Yes, there have been times that I have listened to him when he tried to tell me that it was NOT my depression cropping back up, or when my self esteem issues came back to haunt me, especially in the middle of the night. The enemy will use my insomniac tendencies to root in and bother me, so I am thankful that I now have a perscription to take to combat this!

3. In the matter of established authority, does God truly reign in your life? Where are you when He calls your name?
YES, He does reign in my life! There have been times though, that I wasn't ready to answer Him when He called, or tried to give Him reasons that I couldn't do what He was asking. Sometimes His call to just TRUST was hard to do, but when I did, I was so glad that I did!!

4. Do you ever feel God has forgotten you in your 'west side of the wilderness'?
There are two times in particular that come to mind. I mentioned in our last lesson that I had a hard time over hurts related to a job in a church. That was a very lonely time when I felt very much as though I was left alone in the west side of the wilderness. Another time was when I was struggling to decide whether or not to step down as a youth worker in our church. I was feeling as though I was doing the job alone, and didn't see a way out of the situation. But when I trusted God and was still and quiet enough to hear Him, His message was clear and rung true!

5. Have you ever experienced a time of cleansing where God has illuminated and rejuvenated you? If not, do you find you are in need of this now?

Yes, I have had experiences like that! Most recently, I was rejuvenated when I went to a spiritual enrichment experience with my mom after a difficult week at school. God spoke to me in many ways!