Just recently I have had the privilege to be apart of an awesome Bible Study at Calvary Chapel of Raleigh. This is such a sweet fellowship of women and I’m making friends with women. I have been praying for this for soooo long and it’s such an answer to prayer. Let me encourage you that God has used Beth Moore in such a awesome way and He’s showing me things I need to work on and He’s shedding light on in my life. I first heard Beth Moore teach at Passion 07′ and she was so great. I felt like I could sit down at Starbucks and hang out with her. She has gone through so much in her life that she is relate-able. That has been so difficult in my life because I want everyone to think that I’ve got it together and that is not what followers of Jesus Christ should do. For me it’s been about telling people hey I’m struggling with this or this has been kicking me in the butt. People who are lost should be able to see that hey I’m a sinner too and I’m not any better than you are.
This study has literally opened my eyes to sooo many things. If you have the opportunity to be apart of one of her studies please don’t wait to do it. It has blessed my heart in amazing ways. Let me share just a little bit of things that have stood out to me. First, can I tell you studying Daniel I’m like WOW..didn’t realize that. For example, the story about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and the fiery furnace. One of the things I learned was that back then the furnace would have looked like a milk bottle where you can actually see the people burning and it wasn’t uncommon. So, imagine during this time that people could actually see Jesus through the bottle and seeing that take place. I want people to see Christ whenever I’m going through the fire like that and being able to come out like these 3 guys not smelling like smoke! That was such a revelation to me. I paused and my heart was like…….geeeez this is stinkin awesome!!!
These are the visions I saw while lying in my bed: I looked, and there before me stood a tree in the middle of the land. Its height was enormous. 11 The tree grew large and strong and its top touched the sky; it was visible to the ends of the earth. 12 Its leaves were beautiful, its fruit abundant, and on it was food for all. Under it the beasts of the field found shelter, and the birds of the air lived in its branches; from it every creature was fed. 13 “In the visions I saw while lying in my bed, I looked, and there before me was a messenger, [b] a holy one, coming down from heaven. 14 He called in a loud voice: ‘Cut down the tree and trim off its branches; strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the animals flee from under it and the birds from its branches. 15 But let the stump and its roots, bound with iron and bronze, remain in the ground, in the grass of the field.
God has his limits on how much you should be humbled and in the end of chapter Daniel writes that Nebuchadnezzar praises the Lord and says “everything He does is right and ALL his ways are just. And those who walk in pride He is able to humble”. I’m going to tell you right now I’m an extremely prideful person.
There’s a song I like to think of when I was a child (I tried to find it on youtube but there wasn’t a good version)
He’s still working on me; To make me what I ought to be, it took Him just a week to make the moon and stars, the Sun and the Earth and Jupiter and Mars, How loving and patient He must be, He’s still working on Me.