For the ladies book study at our church, we are reading the book Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. On last week’s post, I shared some highlights from chapters 2 and 3.
I have made up worksheets for chapters 4-6 as we just covered chapter 4, and I will be out of town for two of the chapters. If you want to get any of the handouts, you can print them out HERE. I still have to finish chapters 7 – 11.
Here are some of the highlights from Lies Women Believe, chapter 4-6.
- Chapter 4 discussed Lies Women Believe . . . About Sin
One of the lies that women believe is that my sin isn’t that bad, and another lie that some women believe is that their sin is so bad that that God can’t forgive it.
Two opposite lies — yet for each lie we have to go to the cross. If we look at how Christ died for each sin we do, then we realize that our sin IS bad. It put Him on the cross. That thought should make us want to repent of that sin, forsake it, and desire to live a holy and righteous life. Then we also go to the cross when we think our sin is so bad that God can’t forgive it. We look at the cross and remember how His blood covered our sin when we repented and put our trust in Him. He had already paid the price, whether or not we can accept it. It wasn’t so bad that He did not die for it.
- In chapter 4, there was also a discussion on how the closer we get to God, the more we see our own sinfulness. This thought went along with the lie, “ I cannot walk in consistent victory over sin.”
The truth that went with that lie is, “I am powerless to change myself; however, through the finished work of Christ on the cross, I can live in victory over sin. I have been set free through Christ.“
When we see our own sinfulness, we need to turn our eyes onto the Savior and see His awesome power and how He can give us the victory we need over that sin. I loved this quote that was in the book called The Valley of Vision.
- Chapter 5 was titled Lies Women Believe . . . About Priorities. I liked this quote from Nancy:
Frustration is the by-product of attempting to fulfill responsibilities God does not intend for us to carry. Freedom, joy, and fruitfulness come from seeking to determine God’s priorities for each season of life, and then setting out to fulfill those priorities, in the power of His Spirit, realizing that He has provided the necessary time and ability to do everything that He has called us to do.
If you struggle with prioritizing your life, here are a few suggestions from Nancy about how to figure out what are truly the things you should be making a priority:
- List the activities in which you are involved on a regular (daily/weekly) basis.
- Consider the activities that are “negotiable.” Does each of these activities fit in with your (and God’s) priorities? Why or why not?
- Prioritize each of the negotiable activities by ranking them with numbers. Are you tending to the top priorities? If not, what can you do now to simplify your schedule and your life so that you are acting on what is most important? Ask God what adjustments He wants you to make in your schedule, so that you can be sure you are glorifying Him and fulfilling His agenda for your life.
- What do you need to do in order to be able to go to bed each night and say, “Today I finished the work that the Lord gave me to do”!
- Chapter 6 was titled Lies Women Believe . . . About Marriage. I loved this quote from that chapter.
“The Truth is that contentment is not found in having everything we think we want but in choosing to be satisfied with what God has already provided.”
If you haven’t read the book, you should give it a chance! I think you will really enjoy it
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