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Stronger – Week 2

on September 24, 2013

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Church Journey Group’s meet again tomorrow, and I’m excited to hear what Angela Thomas has to say about this weeks lesson, ‘God Is Stronger Than My Struggles.’

Day 1’s self-study, ‘with loneliness,’ would speak to anyone that has lived for more than a year of life. Everyone has experienced some type of loneliness in their life at one time or another.

I am like a desert owl of the wilderness, like an owl of the waste places; I lie awake; I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.
Psalms 102:6-7

Angela mention in last weeks video lesson that God even cares about the lonely sparrow.
Praise God.
Even when we are that lonely sparrow God’s strength is with us. Even if we have to pass through the valley of weeping and sorrow, God is there to bring us joy and lift us up.

Day 2’s self-study, ‘with temptation,’ is yet another overwhelming truth. We all struggle with temptation, whether we would like to admit it or not.

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts on one.
James 1:13

Satan is sadly alive and well, and he is ready and willing to tempt us daily. Angela made a list to get us thinking that I will share.

Are you ever tempted to

  • Hold a grudge?
  • Share a confidence?
  • Make yourself and your problems the center of the world?
  • Withhold your love?
  • Withhold your forgiveness?
  • Turn your eyes away from the poor, the needy, the widow?
  • Gossip instead of pray?
  • Divide instead of unite people, church, and family?
  • Highlight the faults of the people you’ve been called to love?
  • Hide when God told you to go?
  • Judge instead of encourage?
  • Let a spirit of bitterness become your calling card?
  • Focus on your wants instead of your blessings?

We were asked to list three more temptations that “I” struggle with, as you can imagine that was somewhat easy. There are temptations Everywhere!

The Good News is found in I Corinthians 10:3 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it

Can I hear an Amen !

There are ways to avoid temptation as Angela shared in this book, Stronger. Some of which I’ve tried in the past and there were some that I look forward to trying in the future. Because I know there is just another temptation waiting around the next bend in life. Another trial to face. Another appealing on the outside, but not so good for you, event in the future.

I hope you are enjoying my updates on things I’ve been studying. Please feel free to comment with your study ideas or suggestions.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trail, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12 (One of my First Favorite Verses)

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