So… I’ve decided that I want to document all of the Bible Studies I have taught to the youth girls at our church. I (with my dear friend, Katelyn) started leading a group of girls in January. The first event was a mother/daughter dinner. We got to know them, prayed together, and laid out our expectations and hearts for the Bible Study. That week we had 7 girls! We thought that was amazing… and it was!
The next week was our first week with just the girls. There was 16 girls there! Wow!!
As of now, 10 months later, there are 38 girls on the roster!! What?! How crazy is our God!
Now… I will begin to disclose the wonderful hours, days, and months that God has revealed through teaching these girls. I have grown so much by allowing God to minister THROUGH me. Maybe these revelations will come to life as they have to me.
Last semester we discussed the lies and deceptions that Satan tells us, and how we are suppose to replace that with God’s truth. Here we go… WEEK 1:
Can Christians be held captive to lies?
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
The illustration I used was one I saw at another camp I worked at. We, as Christians, believe lies that Satan tells us. The lies are shown by feathers stuck in our head. We look silly. We saw we are Christians and surrendered to Christ, yet we have ridiculous feathers sticking out of our head because of the deceptions we believe from media, others, ourselves, the scales, and everything else.
Satan/World promises the best, but pays with the worst; they promises honor, and pays with disgrace; they promises pleasure, and pays with pain; they promises profit, and pays with loss; they promises life, and pays with death.
If it doesn’t line up with the word of God, it is a lie, no matter the source!
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.
2 cor 11:13-15
Do you act as Satan’s worker sometimes? Feeding lies to those around you? How you dress? How you talk?
It was the woman deceived first, not Adam. Why?
Maybe because if we as women buy into his deception, we will influence those around us to sin
Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!
Sin is fun. Sin is alluring. STOP AND THINK!!
Deception to Bondage:
– Listen to a lie (I don’t look like those girls)
– Dwell on the lie (Am I fat? Do I need to lose 5 pounds? Am I ugly?)
– Believe the lie (I am fat. I do need to lose weight. I am ugly)
– Act on the lie ~ every act of sin in our lives begins with a lie. Next time it is easier to believe the lie… we end up in bondage! As a captive!
EVERY AREA OF BONDAGE IN OUR LIVES CAN BE TRACED BACK TO A LIE!
We believe lies about God and ourselves. We must identify those lies and replace them with God’s TRUTHS!!!
…God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash you hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded!