Monday, April 18, 2011

Made To Crave Bible Study ~ Determined!

Made To Crave ~ Week 2
Determined
Read Chapters 4 - 6

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens.
This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (The Message)

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
New International Version


During the next few chapters we will absorb scriptures and knowledge that will help empower us to become women of determination and not defeat!

When life's circumstances press in.
When life's journeys bring sickness, sorrow or pain.
When we are in a battle.
May we be reminded that our focus should be on God and not the object of our struggle.
I know that it is not an easy task to accomplish but if we apply the instructions that Paul encourages us with in 1 Thessalonians 5 then I believe we will be strengthened and become better fit spiritually, emotionally and physically to take care of ourselves and serve God & others.

In the Made to Crave Webcast Lysa encouraged everyone to desire more of God and to become
Women (Men) of Joy
Women (Men) of Prayer
Women (Men) of Thanks
A Woman (Man) in His Will!

I encourage you to be alert and ready to shift your focus from things that are distracting or bringing defeat into your lives - to - focusing on what God's word says is Right and True!

On page 48 of the study guide and page 53 of the book there are statements and
scriptures that speak of what God says is true about you.
Here are a few of them for you to read and fill in your name with.
Be determined to not identify yourself by your circumstances but by who you belong to and
what His word says about you.

_________, the forgiven child of God - Romans 3:24
_________, the set free child of God - Romans 8:1-2
_______, the made new child of God - 2 Corinthians 5:17
_______, the loved child of God - Ephesians 1:4
_______, the confident child of God - Ephesians 2:13
_______, the victorious child of God - Romans 8:37

Lysa's Pastor, Steven Furtick, suggests that we
Pinpoint the lie.
Find and Replace the lie.
Change not only the why - but the way you do things.

Holy Spirit Determination makes this all possible!
And accountability helps!


As we watched the video and discussed this weeks message I was deeply moved by the emotions & discussions that were taking place.

Eyes teared up when Lysa challenged us to remember who we were and declared over us that
we were not failures!
We are Jesus Girls capable of victory!

As those words sinked in there were thoughts that flooded our minds.
The battle was on and the determination fire was kicked in!

Here is what we are up against.

Thoughts that tell us lies.
Just as quickly as one of our ladies heard Lysa speak these things over us...she heard opposite in her head - but - quickly conquered those thoughts with the truth!

Emotions & Hurts that lead us to find comfort in food.
One of our ladies has struggled with weight issues most of her life.
Since childhood she has dieted and even suffered from an eating disorder for a period of time.
Her 9 year old daughter has a broken heart from her parents divorce and has told her counselor that food and snacks help her.
This sweet friend and mom is aching for her daughter and the battle they share.
She is determined to reverse this by the power & knowledge of God's Word!

Determination That Needs Strengthening
" Everything in me does not want to plan!"
We must be women who are determined to make changes in how we plan for shopping and preparation of meals.
Deciding in advance to stock our fridge with healthier eating options and not with packaged food that are filled with additives and unhealthy things!
You can cut down on shopping time and save money if you plan!


Dr Ski Chilton, a leading researcher in the study of gene-based nutrition, inflammation, and Omega 3's and author of The Gene Smart Diet
shared on the Made To Crave webcast recently - that we need to consume & get more Omega 3 into our bodies.
Omega 3 is good .
Omega 6 is not as good.
Omega 3 helps with aging.
Omega 6 promotes inflammation.

He recommends we eat Salmon, Makrel, and Cod to get a good source of Omega 3 and that we should limit our eating of Tilapia due to the higher levels of Omega 6.
For more info on Omega 3 & Omega 6 and your health.
Check out the articles here on Live Strong Website

As always - please further research and consult with your doctors for any additional info and guidance regarding your health and lifestyle.

My prayer for you this day is that you would be alert and aware of distractions that would take you from your desire to know Him more.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self controlled and alert.
1 Peter 5:7-8


Be Inspired!

Vern


Quote Of The Week

"Break thru begins with desire."

Steven Furtick
Pastor of Elevation Church and Author of Sun Stand Still


Resources: NIV Bible, Message Bible, Dr Ski Chilton - www.genesmart.com, www.madetocrave.org

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