Blogging Thru The Bible · Judges

BLOGGING THRU THE BIBLE: Good Morning Girls Resources {Judges 11-15}

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Welcome back to Week 3 in the Book of Judges! Hope this study is a blessing. As we continue today with Judges 11.

If you are new, welcome to Good Morning Girls! We are so glad you are here. There are no sign-ups, enrollments or subscriptions required to join us. 

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Here is this week’s Bible Reading Plan:

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Here are this week’s Group Discussion Questions

{If you do not have a group, use these for a personal time of reflection.}

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To print the 21 Discussion Questions for Judges – click here.

The Verses of the Day:

I encourage you to choose which verse you’d like to memorise or meditate on.  The printable below includes all 5 verses of the day — for the entire week!  Print and cut them out and put them in the bathroom, kitchen, beside your bed and computer and use them for meditation throughout the week.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. – Joshua 1:8

Monday

Judges 11

Tuesday

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Wednesday

Judges 13

Thursday

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Friday

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Click HERE to print the Verses of the Day for Judges 11-15

Here at Good Morning Girls – You belong.  

God’s word says in Romans 12:5:

In Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

YOU BELONG!

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Peace be with you all,

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Celebrate Recovery

CELEBRATE RECOVERY: LESSON 3 HOPE

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Lesson 3 Hope

Hope

Think about it

Anyone who comes to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

In the first principle, we admitted we were powerless. Now in the second principle, we come to believe God exists, that we are important to Him, and that we are able to receive God’s power to help us recover. It’s in the second step we find HOPE!

Higher Power

Our Higher Power has a name: Jesus Christ! Jesus desires a hands-on, day-to-day, moment-to-moment relationship with us. He can do for us what we have never been able to do for ourselves.

“Everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power.” (Romans 11:36, TLB)

Our Higher Power tells us, “My grace is enough for you: for where there is weakness, my power is shown the more completely.”  (2 Corinthians 12:9, PH)

Openness to change

Throughout our lives, we will continue to encounter hurts and trials that we are powerless to change. With God’s help, we need to be open to allow those trials to change us. To make us better, not bitter.

“Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better. Yes, you must be a new and different person.”  (Ephesians 4:23, TLB)

Power to change

In the past, we have wanted to change and were unable to do so. We could not free ourselves from our hurt, hang-ups, or habits. In Principle 2, we come to understand that God’s power can change us and our situation.

“For I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and the power.” (Philippians 4:13, TLB)

“Lead me; teach me; for you are the God who gives me salvation. I have no hope except in you.” (Psalm 25:5, TLB)

Expect to change

Remember you are only at the second principle. Don’t quit before the miracle happens! With God’s help, the changes that you have longed for are just steps away.

“I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns.”  (Philippians 1:6 TLB)

How do we find hope? By faith in our Higher Power, Jesus Christ

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  (Hebrews 11:1)

Principle 2: Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover.

“Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)

Step 2: We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)

BREAK EVERY CHAIN, BREAK EVERY CHAIN

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God bless!

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Motivate Me · Motivation · Rick Warren

MOTIVATE ME: What Forgiveness Really Is

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“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34a NIV).

Forgiveness may be the most misused, misapplied, and misunderstood quality in our culture. We think we know what forgiveness is all about, but we really don’t. Before reading further, take a minute to do this little quiz by deciding if each statement is true or false.

  1. A person should not be forgiven until he asks for it.
  2. Forgiving includes minimizing the offense and the pain caused.
  3. Forgiveness includes restoring trust and reuniting a relationship.
  4. You haven’t really forgiven until you’ve forgotten the offense.
  5. When you see somebody hurt, it is your duty to forgive the offender.

When you read the Bible and see what God has to say about forgiveness, you discover that all five of those statements are false. How did you do?

We’re going to spend the next few days looking at what forgiveness really is, because most people don’t understand forgiveness.

First, real forgiveness is unconditional. There’s no attachment to it. You don’t earn it. You don’t deserve it. You don’t bargain for it. Forgiveness is not based on a promise to never do it again. You offer it to somebody whether they ask for it or not.

When Jesus stretched out his hands on the cross and said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,” nobody had asked for it (Luke 23:34a NIV). Nobody had said, “Please forgive me, Jesus, for what we’re doing to you.” He just offered it. He took the initiative.

Second, forgiveness isn’t minimizing the seriousness of the offense. When somebody asks for your forgiveness and you say, “It’s no big deal. It really didn’t hurt,” that actually cheapens forgiveness. If it wasn’t a big deal, you don’t need forgiveness and you don’t need to offer it.

Forgiveness is only for the big stuff. You don’t use it for slights that are just minor issues. If something really requires forgiveness, then you should not minimize it when somebody asks you for forgiveness. You shouldn’t say it wasn’t a big deal. It was a big deal! If it wasn’t a big deal, just say, “You don’t need to ask forgiveness.” But if it is a big deal, then you need to admit it.

There are a lot of big deals in life. Have you noticed that? But there is a difference in being wounded and being wronged. Being wounded requires patience and acceptance, not forgiveness, because the person did it unintentionally. Being wronged requires forgiveness.

Remember that God will give you the grace to forgive as you walk in faith with him.

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Bless you,

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Motivation · Power Thoughts · Rick Warren

POWER THOUGHTS: Do You Need a Heart Transplant?

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“The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that” (Proverbs 29:25 MSG).

If you’re going to get control of anger in your life, you must base your identity in Jesus, understanding that he loves you unconditionally, that you are his, that you are valuable, and that he has a purpose and plan for your life.

If you build your identity on anything else, you’ll struggle with insecurity your whole life. You can build your identity on your job, but you can lose your job. You can build your identity on how good-looking you are, but you may lose your good looks. You can build your identity on the person you married, but he or she is going to die. You can build your identity on being popular, but you’re not always going to be popular.

If you build your identity on anything that can be taken away from you, you’re going to be insecure, and insecurity is at the root of your anger. Until you start feeling secure about yourself, people are going to be able to push your buttons. When you know who you are and whose you are, people can’t push your buttons. They can’t get to you. Anger and insecurity go together. The more insecure you feel, the angrier you feel.

The Bible says in Proverbs 29:25, “The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that” (MSG).

When you get angry, your mouth just reveals what’s inside your heart. A harsh tongue reveals an angry heart. A negative tongue reveals a fearful heart. A boasting tongue reveals an insecure heart. An overactive tongue reveals an unsettled heart. A judgmental tongue reveals a guilty heart. A critical tongue reveals a bitter heart. A filthy tongue reveals an impure heart.

On the other hand, an encouraging tongue reveals a happy heart, a gentle tongue reveals a loving heart, and a controlled tongue reveals a peaceful heart.

You know what you need to get rid of your anger problem? You need a heart transplant. Fortunately, God specializes in heart transplants. It’s called salvation! God gives you a brand new heart and a brand new identity. You don’t have to find your identity in your job or your bank account or your good looks or your relationships, because you find your identity in what God says about you.

Jesus can heal the three things that cause anger: hurt, frustration, and fear. Jesus can heal your hurting heart with his love. Jesus can replace your frustrated heart with his peace. Jesus can replace your insecure heart with a heart full of his strength and love.

If you pick up a crying baby and hold it close so that it feels warm and secure, it stops crying. It stops being angry. When you feel secure and accepted in Jesus Christ, your anger is going to dissipate.

Maybe you need to pray this prayer today: “Dear God, I admit I have a problem with my anger. I let other people push my buttons, I get even, and I don’t think before speaking. I’m asking for your help. Help me to reflect before reacting. Help me to learn to release my anger appropriately. I want to find my identity in you. I surrender myself completely to you. Come into my life. Save me. Amen.”

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Love and joy to you all,

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(Source: Rick Warren)

Motivation · Power Thoughts · Rick Warren

POWER THOUGHTS: Personalize God’s Word to Change Your Life

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“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1:6 NLT, second edition).

God’s Word will never change your life until you let it become personal. It’s not about your neighbour, your friend, your spouse, or the stranger down the street. God’s Word must be applied to your life. The Bible won’t become dynamic until it becomes specific.

How do you make God’s Word personal? Try the personalise-it method of Bible meditation. Anybody can do it. You don’t need any special tools or advanced theological training.

You simply put your name in the place of pronouns or nouns in Scripture. For example, if I were personalising John 3:16, I’d write something like this: “For God so loved Daisy, he gave his one and only Son so that Daisy would not perish but have everlasting life.”

Or, for Philippians 1:6: “He who began a good work in Daisy Logan will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Put your name in the text, and you’ll strengthen your faith and encourage yourself.

You can also re-write the verse as if God is talking directly to you. For example, Philippians 1:6 would be: “I, who began a good work in you, Daisy, will carry it on to completion.”

Do this, and many passages of Scripture will literally bring tears to your eyes. You’ll start to read the Bible as God’s love letter to you. It’ll be God’s gift to you! Reading your Bible isn’t just about getting to know the content of the Word. It’s about getting to know the author of the Word — personally!

Talk It Over

  • Have you ever thought about the Bible as a love letter to you?
  • What does it look like when you believe that God wrote the Bible just for you? What does it look like when you treat the Bible and your quiet time with God as a personal conversation and lesson for life?
  • How will you personalise what you’re reading today?

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Love and joy to you all,

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(Source: Rick Warren)

Blogging Thru The Bible · Judges

BLOGGING THRU THE BIBLE: Good Morning Girls Resources {Judges 6-10}

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Welcome back to Week 2 in the Book of Judges! It is always blessed to study with all of my girls. I love our community.

If you are new, welcome to Good Morning Girls! We are so glad you are here!

There are no sign-ups, enrollments or subscriptions required to join us. 

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Here is this week’s Bible Reading Plan:

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Here are this week’s Group Discussion Questions

{If you do not have a group, use these for a personal time of reflection.}

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To print the 21 Discussion Questions for Judges – click here.

The Verses of the Day:

I encourage you to choose which verse you’d like to memorise or meditate on.  The printable below includes all 5 verses of the day — for the entire week!  Print and cut them out and put them in the bathroom, kitchen, beside your bed and computer and use them for meditation throughout the week.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. – Joshua 1:8

Monday

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Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

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Friday

Judges 10

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Click HERE to print the Verses of the Day for Judges 6-10

Here at Good Morning Girls – You belong.  

God’s word says in Romans 12:5:

In Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

YOU BELONG!

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See you soon!

Peace be with you all,

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Celebrate Recovery

CELEBRATE RECOVERY: LESSON TWO POWERLESS

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Lesson 2 Powerless

Powerless

Think About It

When we accept the first recovery principle and take that first step out of our denial and into reality, we see there are very few things that we really have control over. Once we admit that by ourselves we are powerless we can stop living with the following “serenity robbers,” spelled out in the acrostic POWERLESS.

Pride

Ignorance + power + pride = a deadly mixture!

“Pride ends in a fall, while humility brings honor.”(Proverbs 29:23, TLB)

Only ifs

Our “only ifs” in life keep us trapped in the fantasy land of rationalization!

“Whatever is covered up will be uncovered, and every secret will be made known. So then, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in broad daylight.” (Luke 12:2–3, GNB)

Worry

Worrying is a form of not trusting God enough!

“So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.” (Matthew 6:34, TLB)

Escape

By living in denial we may have escaped into a world of fantasy and unrealistic expectations of ourselves and others.

“For light is capable of showing up everything for what it really is. It is even possible for light to turn the thing it shines upon into light also. “(Ephesians 5:13-14, PH)

Resentments

Resentments act like an emotional cancer if they are allowed to fester and grow.

“In you anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” (Ephesians 4:26-27)

Loneliness

Loneliness is a choice. In recovery and in Christ, you never have to walk alone.

“Continue to love each other with true brotherly love. Don’t forget to be kind to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” (Hebrews 13:1-2, TLB)

Emptiness

You know that empty feeling deep inside. The cold wind of hopelessness blows right through it.

Jesus said, “My purpose is to give life in all its fullness” (John 10:10, TLB)

Selfishness

We often pray: “Our Father which art in heaven; give me, give me, give me.”

“Whoever clings to his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life shall save it.” (Luke 17:33, TLB )

Separation

Some people talk about finding God – as if He could ever get lost!

“For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away…Nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us. ” (Romans 8:38 – 39, TLB)

Congratulations! In you admission of your powerlessness you have begun the journey of recovery that will allow you to accept the true and only Higher Power’s – Jesus Christ’s – healing, love, and forgiveness. At this stage in your recovery, you need to stop doing two things.

1. Stop Denying the Pain

You are ready to take your first step in recovery when your pain is greater than your fear.

“Pity me, O Lord, for I am week. Heal me, for my body is sick, and I am upset and disturbed. My mind is filled with apprehension and with gloom.” (Psalm 6:2-3 TLB)

2. Stop Playing God

You are unable to do for yourself what you need God to do for you. You are either going to serve God or yourself. You can’t serve both.

“No one can be a slave to two masters; he will hate one and love the other; he will be loyal to one and despise the other.” (Matthew 6:24 GNB)

In addition to stopping certain behaviors, you need to start doing two things:

1. Start Admitting Your Powerlessness

As you work the first principle, you will see that by yourself you do not have the power to change your hurts, hang-ups, and habits.

“Jesus…said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”(Matthew 19:26)

2. Start Admitting That Your Life Has Become Unmanageable

You can finally start admitting that some or all areas of your life are out of your control to change.

“Problems far too big for me to solve are piled higher than my head. Meanwhile my sins, too many to count, have all caught up with me and I am ashamed to look up.” (Psalm 40:12, TLB)

Principle 1: Realize I’m not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.

“Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.” (Matthew 5:3)

Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.

“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7:18)

Principle 1 Prayer:

Dear God, Your Word tells me that I can’t heal my hurts, hang-ups, and habits by just saying that they are not there. Help me! Parts of my life, or all of my life, are out of control. I now know that I cannot “fix” myself. It seems the harder that I try to do the right thing the more I struggle. Lord, I want to step out of my denial into the truth. I pray for you to show me the way. In Your Son’s name I pray, Amen

Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits.

The purpose of CELEBRATE RECOVERY is to celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through 8 recovery principles found in the Beatitudes. By working and applying these principles, we begin to grow spiritually and become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our problems. Change takes place as we share our experiences, hopes and strengths with each other. We gain freedom from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, joy, serenity and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others.

Free from the hurts of yesterday, the struggles of today, and the worries of tomorrow.

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Lesson 1 Denial

Denial

Think About It

Before we can take the first step of our recovery, we must first face and admit our denial.

God tells us, “You can’t heal a wound by saying it’s not there!” (Jeremiah 6:14). The acrostic for DENIAL spells out what can happen if we do not face our denial.

Disables our feelings

By repressing our feelings we freeze our emotions. Understanding and feeling our feelings is freedom.

“They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of destructive habits—for a man is a slave of anything that has conquered him.” (2 Peter 2:19, GNB)

Energy lost

A side effect of our denial is anxiety. Anxiety causes us to waste precious energy running from our past and worrying about and dreading the future. It is only in the present, today, where positive change can occur.

“He frees the prisoners . . .; he lifts the burdens from those bent down beneath their loads.” (Psalm 146:7–8, TLB)

Negates growth

We are “as sick as our secrets.” We cannot grow in recovery until we are ready to step out of our denial into the truth.

“They cried to the Lord in their troubles, and he rescued them! He led them from their darkness and shadow of death and snapped their chains.” (Psalm 107:13–14, TLB)

Isolates us from God

God’s light shines on the truth. Our denial keeps us in the dark.

“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5–7)

Alienates us from our relationships

Denial tells us we are getting away with it. We think no one knows—but they do. What is the answer?

“Stop lying to each other; tell the truth, for we are parts of each other and when we lie to each other we are hurting ourselves.”(Ephesians 4:25, TLB)

Lengthens the pain

We have the false belief that denial protects us from our pain. In reality, denial allows our pain to fester and grow and turn into shame and guilt.

God’s promise: “I will give you back your health again and heal your wounds.” (Jeremiah 30:17, TLB)

Accept the first principle of recovery. Step out of your denial! Step into your Higher Power’s—Jesus Christ’s—unconditional love and grace!

Principle 1: Realize I’m not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.

“Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.” (Matthew 5:3)

Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.

“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7:18)

Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is;
not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right
if I surrender to Your will;
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with You
forever in the next.

Amen

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Blogging Thru The Bible · Judges

BLOGGING THRU THE BIBLE: It’s Time to Begin the Book of Judges {Intro & Resources for Judges 1-5)

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It’s time to begin!!!  I am so excited to begin the Book of Judges with you.

This is going to be an interesting read.   We will see the sins of God’s people and the faithful deliverance of the Lord, despite their short comings.

May we always know that God is always there for us – He is faithful even when we are faithless (2 Timothy 2:13).

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Here’s The Book of Judges Overview

“In those days, there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 17:6

Judges is a book about 12 judges who helped deliver the nation of Israel from one of the darkest and most oppressed times in their history. These judges were far from perfect but God used them in mighty ways.

As Joshua ends, we see the nation taking a stand for God. As we enter Judges; however, we see that the claim that Joshua made at the end of his book has come true. The people are following after other gods and there is a rapid decline – both as a nation and individually. The book of Judges focuses on sin and consequences. Sin grows when it is left unattended.

This book sounds a lot like today. Many choose to do what is right in their own eyes and follow after the ways of the world. But we can be like the 12 judges – who, though they were flawed and imperfect, decided to depend on God and be obedient to Him. Most of all, we can see that just like the judges – God’s mercy has come to our rescue over and over again.

Key Verse: Judges 17:6

“In those days, there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”

Outline:

  1. The failure of Israel (Judges 1:1-3:6) – The nation of Israel had compromised God’s commands to drive out the inhabitants of the land.
  2. The Judges (3:7-16:31) – We see the nation of Israel sinning over and over again because of the compromise that they had made. Sin always has consequences.
  3. The Moral Failure of Israel (17:1-21:25) – Despite the efforts of Israel’s judges, the people would not turn their whole hearts back to God. They did what was right in their own eyes. The result was a decline of the nation – spiritually, morally, and politically.

Major Themes:

Compromise: Whenever a judge died, the people faced a decline and they compromised their standards. Society has rewarded compromise. We need to not compromise what we know is right from the standard of God’s Word.

Apostasy: We can expect decay when we value anything more highly than God. In Judges, idol worship and man-made religion led to a complete abandoning of their walk with God. We can have idols and man-made religion as well today by focusing on anything more than we do on our relationship with God.

Repentance: The decline, decay and defeat of the nation of Israel caused them to call out to God for help. When they repented, God delivered them. Idolatry gains a stronghold in our hearts and lives when we place anything above God. We need to watch for modern idolatry in our hearts and minds.

If you are new, welcome to Good Morning Girls!
We are so glad you are here!

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Printable Bible Bookmark – check off your reading each day!

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Here is this week’s Bible Reading Plan:

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Here are this week’s Group Discussion Questions

{If you do not have a group, use these for a personal time of reflection.}

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Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

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Friday

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To print the 21 Discussion Questions for Judges – click here.

The Verses of the Day:

I encourage you to choose which verse you’d like to memorize or meditate on.  The printable below includes all 5 verses of the day — for the entire week!  Print and cut them out and put them in the bathroom, kitchen, beside your bed and computer and use them for meditation throughout the week.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. – Joshua 1:8

Monday

Judges 1

Tuesday

Judges 2

Wednesday

Judges 3

Thursday

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Friday

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Click HERE to print the Verses of the Day for Judges 1-5

Here at Good Morning Girls – You belong.  God’s word says in Romans 12:5:

In Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

YOU BELONG!

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Motivation · Power Thoughts · Rick Warren

POWER THOUGHTS: Get Rid of Your Stress By Giving up Control

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“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30 NIV).

The reason you’re on overload is you are trying to control too much. You think it all depends on you. “If it’s to be, it’s up to me. I’ve got to hold it all together. I’ve got to make it all work.”

Friend, you are not the general manager of the universe. The greater your need to control, the more stressed you’re going to be in life.

Jesus has a different plan for you: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30 NIV).

You say, “Wait a minute. Take something else on? That sounds like a burden. I don’t need to take any more on. I’m already carrying way too much!”

If you didn’t grow up on a farm, you may have never seen a yoke. A yoke is a single piece of wood that brings two farm animals together, so the load is shared. A yoke is not a harness. You put a harness on one cow or one horse, and it has to pull the whole load. With a yoke, you team up two or more animals so the load is halved. It is lightened. The purpose is to make it easier on the animal, not harder.

When Jesus says to take his yoke upon you, he’s saying, “I never meant for you to carry all your problems by yourself. Let me help you! Team up with me, partner with me, and I will help you carry the load.”

If you feel stressed right now, it means you are not yoked to Jesus Christ. Stress is a warning that tells you you’re trying to control things and carry too much on your own.

You may be a follower of Jesus Christ, but if you’re overloaded at this moment, you are not connected to Christ. You are not yoked up to him.

Every time you get disconnected from Jesus, the stress is going to go up in your life. But every time you get reattached and yoked up and he’s helping you pull the load, the stress goes down.

We think that the antidote to stress is escape. The problem is that you take your stress with you because it’s in your mind. You can be just as stressed lying on a white sandy beach as you are right in the middle of your problems at home.

God says the answer is to give up control. Every time you give up control, God gives you peace.

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Love and joy to you all,

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(Source: Rick Warren)

Celebrate Recovery

CELEBRATE RECOVERY: LESSON ONE DENIAL

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Do you have a Hurt, Hang-up or Habit?

  • Do you believe, or want to believe in God, yet can’t seem to?
  • Do you want to trust God with your whole life, yet live in fear?
  • If you are honest, do you know you are not happy?
  • Is serenity only an ideal; seldom experienced?
  • Do you find your personal life is troubled?
  • Are your relationships clouded by conflict and confusion?
  • Do you find people in your life can’t understand you?
  • Do others not love you as you feel you should be loved?
  • Do you have resentments, anger, fear or loneliness?
  • Do you have persistent feelings of low self worth, shame, guilt?
  • Do you have recurring pain about relationships and living in general?
  • Have you tried to change your behaviours without success?
  • Have you tried to change the behaviours of people around you?
  • Have your even called God in on the struggle to change those close to you or yourself without apparent result?
  • Do those whom you try to “help” not cooperate?
  • Do you feel angry or hurt, asking, ”Why do they resent me”?
  • Do you think, “They should just do what I say”?
  • Do you tell others, “I am only trying to help them”?
  • Have you realized that you can’t even fix your own pain?
  • Do your prayers for God’s help not relieve the pain?
  • Have you not told anyone of your secret pain?
  • Does life not respond to your manipulations?
  • Are you realizing you don’t have the needed power?
  • Are you lacking spiritual resources to overcome the pain?
  • Do you have a difficulty and want to change?

I came across Celebrate Recovery (CR) Bible and I decided to explore what was CR about and realised it is an unique recovery programme and extremely effective in helping people change. And I decided to run these lessons here. Every Friday I will be posting a lesson. Join us here.  If you like to join our  FB group, just buzz me.

Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits.

The purpose of CELEBRATE RECOVERY is to celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through 8 recovery principles found in the Beatitudes. By working and applying these principles, we begin to grow spiritually and become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our problems. Change takes place as we share our experiences, hopes and strengths with each other. We gain freedom from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, joy, serenity and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others.

Free from the hurts of yesterday, the struggles of today, and the worries of tomorrow.

Eight Principles

R ealize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.

“Happy are those who know that they are spiritually poor.”

E arnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover.

“Happy are those how mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

C onsciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.

“Happy are the meek.”

O penly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.

“Happy are the pure in heart.”

Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.

“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires”

E valuate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others.

“Happy are the merciful.”  

“Happy are the peacemakers”

R eserve a time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.

Y ield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words.

“Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.”

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Lesson 1 Denial

Denial

Think About It

Before we can take the first step of our recovery, we must first face and admit our denial.

God tells us, “You can’t heal a wound by saying it’s not there!” (Jeremiah 6:14). The acrostic for DENIAL spells out what can happen if we do not face our denial.

Disables our feelings

By repressing our feelings we freeze our emotions. Understanding and feeling our feelings is freedom.

“They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of destructive habits—for a man is a slave of anything that has conquered him.” (2 Peter 2:19, GNB)

Energy lost

A side effect of our denial is anxiety. Anxiety causes us to waste precious energy running from our past and worrying about and dreading the future. It is only in the present, today, where positive change can occur.

“He frees the prisoners . . .; he lifts the burdens from those bent down beneath their loads.” (Psalm 146:7–8, TLB)

Negates growth

We are “as sick as our secrets.” We cannot grow in recovery until we are ready to step out of our denial into the truth.

“They cried to the Lord in their troubles, and he rescued them! He led them from their darkness and shadow of death and snapped their chains.” (Psalm 107:13–14, TLB)

Isolates us from God

God’s light shines on the truth. Our denial keeps us in the dark.

“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5–7)

Alienates us from our relationships

Denial tells us we are getting away with it. We think no one knows—but they do. What is the answer?

“Stop lying to each other; tell the truth, for we are parts of each other and when we lie to each other we are hurting ourselves.”(Ephesians 4:25, TLB)

Lengthens the pain

We have the false belief that denial protects us from our pain. In reality, denial allows our pain to fester and grow and turn into shame and guilt.

God’s promise: “I will give you back your health again and heal your wounds.” (Jeremiah 30:17, TLB)

Accept the first principle of recovery. Step out of your denial! Step into your Higher Power’s—Jesus Christ’s—unconditional love and grace!

Principle 1: Realize I’m not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.

“Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.” (Matthew 5:3)

Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.

“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7:18)

Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is;
not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right
if I surrender to Your will;
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with You
forever in the next.

Amen

BREAK EVERY CHAIN, BREAK EVERY CHAIN

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God bless!

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