OKAY...let's dive into chapter 3 of our YES to GOD Tuesday study of Lysa TerKeurst's book, "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God".
CHAPTER 3: When Obedience Becomes Radical
Besides the Bible give away on the airplane in chapter 1, Lysa's experience with God in the hotel room just made my heart beat to a different beat. I loved when she said this about our God:
"I didn't doubt God, I doubted my ability to really know if God was speaking to me. I doubted my courage."(pg 44)
Don't you just wonder what we miss out on from God when we put our confidence in ourselves instead of Him? I don't even want to know what I've passed on because I can't see past my nose.
I really loved Lysa's obedience from not watching television to putting her home up for sale. What a display of true obedience and love for Jesus.
This is one of my favorite Lysa lines ever:
"One thing you can be assured of is that God has already worked out all details of what your obedience will accomplish---and it it good. We need not fear what our obedience will cause to happen in our life. We should only fear what our disobedience will cause us to miss." (pg 45)
To KNOW that when we say "Yes God", the itinerary is already planned out for us from morning to night, is just SO exciting to me.
So why do we say "no thanks" instead of YES GOD with no hesitation? I think Lysa hit the nail right on the head when she said, "We tend to want to see the big picture complete with all the details before stepping out in obedience to God."
Before my sweet husband had surgery last week we spent an entire day in pre-op appointments the week before. We talked to nurses, doctors, watched videos, looked at x-rays, MRI's, Cat scans and were shown the rods and screws that were going to be put into his body. When the doctor said "Do you think you want to have surgery Gene?" he didn't say "YES DOCTOR!" and away he went to surgery. Instead, we had to see the big picture first. Gene got on line and did research of the surgery. He talked to my friend's brother who had the same surgery done a few years ago. And when the time came last Thursday for Gene to lay down on that surgical table we knew what to expect. We had seen the big picture.
With God it's not like that at all. We just have to trust and say YES GOD and then follow.
I love the story of Abraham that Lysa mentioned on page 48. Of anyone in the Bible Abraham showed us what true faith is all about. I don't know if I could've done what God asked Abraham to do. Tough stuff and yet without an ounce of hesitation in his bones, he said YES GOD!
Lysa tells us that "God is not interested in half of our heart". I know with me there are things I just don't want to let go of. I want God to work around what I want to keep. You could call me a pack rat of junk in my life that prevents God from doing all He desires in my life. OH, I miss out on a lot. Darn it Lelia...COOPERATE!!!!
As Lysa tells us at the end of this chapter...ladies we HAVE to remain in God to be able to hear Him. There is so much we face in our days and nights that wants to lure us away from God.
Remain in Me.
That's what He wants us to do.
I loved the prayer on page 52...the prayer of my easily swayed heart.
Here are a few things that touched me at the end of the chapter from Lysa's heart:
*I love saying yes to God and going to the secret place with Him.
*Obedience is the key that unlocks this secret place with God.
*Obedience becomes radical when we say, "Yes, God, whatever you want," and mean it.
and my favorite:
*Soon, saying yes to God will no longer be a discipline of your heart but rather the delight of your life.
When I was younger and would go to the swimming pool on those 100 degree dog days of summer, I would have to feel the water first. I'd hang on the edge of the ladder forever while slowly allowing my feet then my legs get used to the cold water before finally dunking myself under the water. It drove my friends nuts. Now that I'm older, I just trust that when I jump into the pool it's going to be refreshing for me and cool my body down so now I race my little girl to see who jumps in first. I want to be like that when God asks me to do something. I don't want to stand on the water's edge dipping my feet in the water and seeing if this is something that will benefit me. I just want to trust and jump into the pool of the unknowing and trust God to have all the details worked out for me.
Oh let it be Lord that saying YES GOD isn't anything I even have to think about, but instead I dive into it with the expectation of being soaked in your Presence.
In the Bible study of the chapter, Lysa instructed us to
Comment on this statement from the chapter:
"We need not fear what our obedience will cause to happen in our life. We should only fear what our disobedience will cause us to miss."
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See you next week and hopefully I'll have some baby pictures to share!