Today on our radio show, Your Family Matters, I introduced this weeks Scripture Verse Memory Challenge. I have been blessed by taking this challenge, and let me reiterate, this IS a challenge for me! I have never been good at memorization, but it has been worth the public humiliation I have had to endure as I stumble through my memory quizzes. The good news for you is that you don’t have to be quizzed on the radio, but you can still receive all the life-changing benefits of taking this challenge with me!
I talk about Beth Moore a lot. I regard her because I think she is an excellent Bible teacher who accomplishes a goal that every teacher of the Bible should have: to make us want more of God and the Word (not necessarily more of the Bible teacher, although when your an excellent teacher, it goes hand in hand.) I have done five of her studies including Believing God; Daniel; Esther; Living Beyond Yourself; and currently Breaking Free. The reason I keep going back to Beth is that she digs deep into complex subjects, all the while, making it easy to understand. Her methods help me to know and desire God more and more and more… maybe that’s why her last name is Moore!
My Scripture Memory Verse for this week comes from a lesson in my study workbook that is relevant to just about everyone on the planet! It’s all about trials, which we all know are not an“IF” thing, but a “WHEN” thing. We don’t get out of this life without facing some fiery trials! The fewer the better for sure, but we cannot escape our human condition.
Michael and I are essentially building our new Forward Through Faith ministry based on what happens next… It’s all about our responses to life! Perseverance, growth, contentment, joy (not necessarily happiness), healing and clarity are just a few of the principal outgrowths of moving forward with a long lens focus on God.
Our tendency to have a short lens focus only on that which is right before us (hardships, suffering, waiting, pain), keeps God and a distance and out of focus. When our eyes are fixed on him we are better prepared for the trials that enter our view along the way. As God is refining us through our “fiery trials” we can always see our way out of the burning buildings of our lives when we look toward our life-line and Savior. He will be there when we exit this life, and he is with us in the midst of and through our current trials. Try readjusting your focus and see how great is our God.
These [trials] have come so that your faith- of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire- may be proved genuine and may result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:7
I recommend reading the entire book of 1 Peter… it is short… and full of wisdom and encouragements for those suffering.