To week 1 of the Yes to God Blog Bible study featuring Lysa TerKeurst's book "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God"
Blessed to have you join us. All are welcome!
Okay, first of all the plane ride with the Bible give away. Wow!
This morning as I thumbed through my Bible I thought, if God asked me to, could I part with this? To a total stranger at that? When a verse comes to mind,it's the markings I have on that verse that I picture. I have things written on the front and back inside covers that I obviously wanted to remember. When I bought this Bible I was at Barnes & Noble with my friend Bruce who I used to be his caretaker. It was such a fun outing and now he is home with the Lord. Part of Genesis is missing from it. I love my Bible. Could I give it away to a stranger if asked to by God?
The human part of me says, No way. I'll buy them a new one, but I will not part with this one. Then the woman in me that longs for more of Christ screams, "Let go of the Bible Lelia!!" By one act of obedience up in the clouds, God used Lysa to change lives. The guy on the plane, the woman crying sitting in the window seat, the e-mails she's received referring to the "Bible man" since then show that God is still using her "yes" for His Kingdom gain. Oh how I want to be like that.
"When I said yes that day, I caught a glimpse of eternity."
I really loved that line of truth. I loved how Lysa reminded us to not wait for heaven, but she encouraged us to say yes on this side of eternity.
I also felt encouraged to know that we "don't need perfect circumstances to be a woman who says yes to God." (pg 13)
I know I'm not alone when I say how I feel like I'm so incapable of being used by God. What a lie from the enemy. The truth is ladies, that no matter what messes we have going on in our lives, the King can handle them. Lysa tells us at the bottom of page 13 that we don't need to clean up our lives, but that we "simply have to surrender all that's clamoring for attention in your heart with the answer God is longing to hear spill from your lips, "Yes, God".
I was particularly touched when she wrote: "Women who say yes to God will see life like few others." (pg. 14) AMEN!! I know the truth of this because I've lived both sides...saying yes and giving God a solid "no". Trust me when I say the "no" side of life is really miserable! Don't you ever wonder what we've missed out on from God when we don't cooperate? I do and I'm sure it's a whole lot of blessings for us and others! Makes me sick to think He can't depend on me to always obey Him whether I agree with His plans or not BUT that's what led me to read this book, because my hearts' desire is to follow Him everywhere.
Lysa reminds us on page 16 that once we say yes to God, we don't give up, we don't quit because we run into the unexpected or life suddenly gets hard. Anyone who has walked any length with God knows that we are not going to be skipping around singing Jesus Loves Me. Being a Christian
doesn't mean that we'll suddenly have birds landing on our window sill singing with us while we clean our home. Amen?
Truth is, life is just hard. And I know that in my heart I want to be a woman that recognizes tough times, but that continues to say "Yes God". So often I try to handle things on my own and all I do is create a bigger mess. I need to let my yes be yes and just trust in Him.
Oh Ladies....listen to Lysa's words here: "God absolutely loves to take ordinary people and do extraordinary things in them, through them, and with them." Oh wow, that just gets me!! It gets me because I am ordinary and when I allow Him to come in and take over suddenly things begin to happen that I just have to give Him the credit for because it's beyond my abilities. To know that GOD wants to work in me???? Oh boy, that gives me goose bumps just thinking about it. We got to learn to say Yes so that He can do His thing through, in and with us ladies!! We have to!
I want to end with this. On page 20 Lysa tells us, "Whatever God says do, do it." For years now we have been bombarded with Nike ads telling us to "Just do it". When I go to the shoe store and buy a pair of shoes to "just do it" they don't give me the instructions of how to "just do it". I have to come up with my own game plan. I can't call Michael Jordan up and ask him how I go about just doing it. After they get my $100.00, I'm on my own.
That's the difference between doing it the world's way versus God's way.
When we say Yes to God we are given instruction...the Bible.
We have 24/7 communication available to us...Prayer.