This past Wednesday Emma taught the ladies’ bible study. I’m so proud of her. She did an amazing job.
Here are my notes…enjoy!
Emma –Wednesday Night Bible Study
Wed, Feb 27, 2013
From Lisa Bevere
I was saved at 22 years of age. I had strong ties to the world.
When God got a hold of me it was “lay it all down”.
Now I’m a child of God – part of His kingdom
Now I’m a woman of God. What does it mean to be a woman of God?
It means I don’t look to the world for definition.
God created man as man and woman as woman, and God said “it is good”.
I’ve often felt that it sucks to be a woman – limiting.
The drama of being a woman turned me off.
God’s original purpose for man and woman together was to dominate the earth – rule over it.
When sin entered the world man became dominating and woman became manipulating.
Confused world culture has seeped into the church culture (grey areas).
As women we need to walk in the confidence that, under His rulership, God has given us each powerful traits. Man alone was not enough
Man and woman working together bring the solution to the world.
Because there is more of the kingdom of heaven that needs to be brought down to earth we must walk in our anointing as daughters of God.
In general, men are good at fighting wars – women are good at planning weddings.
There is a spiritual war going on and there is a divine wedding on the horizon.
To the degree that we women hold back, the kingdom of God is held back.
We need to partner with the Holy Spirit and one another, not to displace the men, but come alongside them.
In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
Acts 2:17 (NIV)
God wants men and women to partner together, bringing signs and wonders to the world.
The Lord announces the word,
and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng:
Kings and armies flee in haste;
the women at home divide the plunder.
Psalm 68:11,12 (NIV)
Men - God’s intention:
-broad shoulders, carry greater weights
-authority in the spirit, head of the home, leader
-go to war on our behalf
-provide an environment of safety and security protectors
Women – God’s intention:
-more sensitive, emotions,
-have access to things of the heart
-protectors of the heart
We must exercise these muscles to be effective in the way God intended
Women have the ability to carry the unseen within us and birth it forth into the world.
We carry visible and invisible traits.
We must use the authority God has gifted us with in searching God’s heart for someone and proclaim (calling that forth).
Prayer – proclamation – encouragement
Unique trait to you
“Fighting like a girl” is actually strategic to inflict the most pain in the area
ie: pinching, biting, pulling hair
In the spirit we need to “fight like girls” to defeat the enemy.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10 :9 (NIV)
Catch the heart of God and speak it.
It’s our part to play in this war we’re in – not like a man would. – like a woman would.
Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. 11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”
Matt 15:10 (NIV)
Women generally talk more than men.
God wants to redeem our tongue – to use as a tool to edify, build, declaration.
We have the ability to build up or tear down by what we speak.
We can build up our families by speaking the word of God over them.
The word of God is never meant to be used as a weapon against one another.
Wise women use the word of God to build up.
For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water.
1 Peter 3:18-20(NIV)
Satan targets our feminity because it reflects God’s glory.
He objectifies us and defiles us.
As daughters of God we are called to be fearless.
This doesn’t mean we have no fear, but we face our fears and don’t allow fear to stop us.
Plow over fear with the strength of God.
The weapons we fight with are not of the world.
God wants to demolish some strongholds.
Lay hold of the fullness of God for each one of us.
Fear, apathy, business – do not let these rob us of what God has for us.
Can be so subtle we are unaware of them.
Make us vulnerable to manipulation and control – like a marionette.
We are manipulated by lies we are believing.
In conversations with Mike;
He’ll say or not say something.
I feel hurt, offended, attacked.
I asked myself “is this actually true or am I being oversensitive?”
God revealed that Iwas not seeing truth.
Insecurity was separating me from Mike.
Mike became my enemy.
My perspective was skewed.
I wondered “Are there other relationships in my life where my insecurities are keeping me from bonding?”
If it’s happening here it will be happening elsewhere.
Behaviours develop around this mindset, governing a significant portion of our life.
Stop agreeing with the demonic.
Stop empowering it.
The fruit of insecurity is isolation – breakdown of relationships with others
God wants to protect those things.
God ants to get us to stop fueling the unconscious patterns that augment the problem.
Do you believe you don’t matter?
-your presence doesn’t really matter?
-you’re not really beautiful?
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Eph 2:10 (NIV)
Finally, be strong in the Lord, our struggle is not against flesh and blood.
It is enough for God to know who you are and for you to know Him!!!!
Get real with Him.
Surrender to Him.