Hi friends! Sorry I never got around to posting on Monday, I am feeling a little under the weather lately and have been so tired. I haven’t had much motivation to blog to be honest. I will try to get back into the groove of it but no promises. 😉 I couldn’t miss out on our weekly bible study link up though. Here’s what I learned this week.
The bible study is going through Jesus’s “I Am” statements and really breaking down what each one means. Last week was his statement, “I am the bread of life”. You can see my thoughts on that study here if you’re interested. This week we studied his statement, “I am the light of the world”. My favorite part was day two. I want to share a quote that really stood out to me throughout this week’s study.
Jesus isn’t trying to expose you to put shame on you. He’s trying to expose the sin that has its chains around you.
I loved this because the study goes into depth about how Jesus is the light that we all need but don’t actually want. Because we are sinful, we are afraid of the light and hide from it. But I love this quote because it’s a reminder I really needed. Jesus doesn’t want to show us our sin to bring shame upon us. He wants us to recognize our sin because the sin is hurting us. He wants to set us free. He wants us to live closely to him and he knows that sin keeps us from coming to him.
It’s so frustrating to me that I have such a hard time remembering that Jesus is GOOD and he wants the best for me. In the beginning of the study, Lysa Turkeurst gives you a prayer to pray before you start the study every day. The prayer is, “Please open and soften my heart. Help me hear from you. Help me trust you”. Our sinful hearts can’t even trust Jesus without his help. Praying and asking for help to hear from Jesus and help to trust him has made all the difference in this study.
I believe hearing and trusting Jesus is the first step in repentance. We cannot openly repent of something unless we trust that Jesus is good. I need this reminder every day but especially lately.
What have you learned from this study?