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Day 15

Instructor: Aliene Thompson

Class Notes

Yaaasssss! Okay, treasured one! I am so excited to study God’s Word with you. The key to a great week of Bible study is the way you start, especially getting inspired for your week of study by reading our Treasured Devotion.

Today we are going to start walking through a week of the Nourish Notes Pages together using the Treasured Devotion posted below.

Turn to your Nourish Notes Pages that follow the Nourish Notes tab in your notebook and find DAY ONE > PREPARE.

Today’s Assignment

Read the devotion below and follow steps 1, 2, and 4 on the DAY ONE > PREPARE page inside your Nourish Notes.

Your Treasured Devotion

Overcoming the Overwhelming

The injustice knocked the very breath out of me and left me powerless. If I am walking inside my purpose, why did my pathway include a battle? Am I outside the will of God? Overwhelming feelings darkened a heavy unwelcome shadow over my faith. How could I fight this foe?

As an innocent bird speeding with purpose flies into a window and falls back stunned, when we forge ahead in the pathway of our purpose, the battles we face can startle our souls and drain our strength.

When you are staying true to your purpose and suddenly find yourself facing a battle, how do you respond? Sometimes I am tempted to quit and escape my battle instead of facing my problem. Other times I pick up those techniques I learned to use when I face the world without God: self-reliance, blame, retaliation, victim mentality, and manipulation. Then other times I remember that as God’s child I can choose another way to face my battles – standing in the all-surpassing strength that only God can provide.

A final word: “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” – Ephesians 6:10 NLT

A battle interrupted the Israelite’s journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. The brutal Amalekites attacked the Israelites. Clearly these experienced warriors had the advantage in this attack against a tribe of recently freed slaves and wilderness wanderers. But because Moses chose to rely humbly on God’s strength, he led the Israelites to victory.

  • Moses relied on God’s strength. Moses held high the staff of God, which represented his dependency on God’s power. Pride too often prevents us from depending on God’s power. When you are faced with a battle, remember to pick up the armor of God and rest in His power instead of your own strength or worldly techniques (Ephesians 6:10-17).
  • Moses prayed. His lifted arms represented prayer. When we respond to battles by falling on our knees first and lifting our problems to the Lord, we are inviting God into the process instead of trying to fix things on our own. Moses interceded for Joshua and the Israelites. Whom do you need to intercede for in your current situation? When you are facing a battle, let prayer be your first action step to experience victory (Ephesians 6:18).
  • Moses accepted help from others. When Moses’ arms became so heavy he could no longer hold them up, Aaron and Hur came alongside to help. Moses received this help instead of resisting it and “as a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle” (Exodus 17:13 NLT). Sometimes a battle can trigger a stubborn self-reliance that declares, I will survive and get through this on my own. Many of us learned to take this route during past traumas when we found that trusting others was not safe. Battles often invite us to isolate ourselves, but this is not God’s way. He wants us as believers to stand together. To support one another. When faced with a battle, be willing to accept offers of help from the body of Christ (Ecclesiastes 4:12).

You are not alone in that battle you face, treasured one. Stand in the strength that only God can provide, pray, accept help from God’s family… and experience victory as you remain steadfast in your purpose.

Nourish Scripture: Exodus 17:8-16

The Treasured Devotion is a weekly part of your She Is Treasured Bible study.

Today’s Connect Question

Why do you think it’s important to journal? Share in the comment section below.

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I have used a journal off and on for years. When I look thru them I can see where I have come from and how God has helped me. I can see how worry has been a waste of time. Our memories are short and writing down helps me to remember how He has worked in my life.

Remembering to pray first to the Holy Spirit before reading the Word of God, before I speak, or Journaling. another way to talk to the Lord. He speaks to me through His Word. It’s another way of telling Him how much I love Him. A love note between Him and I. Insights into a devotional . Words leap off the page.

Journaling not only is our testimony of how faithful God has been in the present trial; but, it is a permanent testimony for remembering when you face future trials.

The Lord told Moses to “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of
Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.”
So the Lord knew to write it down was to put it in a place to be able to always go back to for the promises God gives and the victory He gives. We can remember the battle and the victory God gives. Interesting they held up Moses hands which I see can also be as we intercede for others we bring ourselves along side them and lift them up to the Lord. The Lord knows His children that we not only journal to remember, when we write our thoughts down the writing takes the power of any stressors away as the thoughts from heart to paper are shared.

Day 15: I like to journal because when I write things down they seem to stick with me better. There is some thing about riding it with a pen on a piece of paper that in green fit in my brain and in my heart 🙂

Hmmmm journaling is also very therapeutic. I use to journal a lot when I was younger and being able to look back at what I learned and how God changed things or got me thru things is a huge blessing. Journaling for me is reflecting on the positive and the blessings God has bestowed.

The day 15 question asked why do you think it’s important to journal? I think it’s found in our nourish scripture. Exodus 17:14 states, “ Then the Lord said to Moses right this on a scroll or something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it…”

1. Journaling/writing things down, is so important, especially if it is meant to impact future generations.

2. Why did Joshua needed to hear this. Praise? preparing for future leader ship?

3. If I don’t publicly acknowledge people around me who are doing amazing things, I could be preventing or stalling God’s work in them and me.

Day 15. It’s important to journal so you can reflect on your journey! I just want to lift up a praise to God and thank Him for this Treasures Devotion today. It is given in perfect timing as I am facing a battle that I have prayed about before but honestly I quit praying about recently and decided “is deal with it on my own.” Today blessed me so much as it reminded me of the importance of CONTINUED prayer. I can’t wait till tomorrow when we dive deeper into the prayer step! Thank you Aliene and the Treasured Ministries team!

Praying for you, Jodi! Remember Jesus is always there, waiting with open arms. His mercies are new each morning so let’s turn to him today and tell him what is in our hearts❤

Day 15 – I am learning the importance of journaling. When I sit to write…I think I am not really thinking about much of anything and have nothing to journal about. Then, I begin and the thoughts and feelings start to flow to words on my page and I am blown away. POWERFUL!

Hey Jodi, I know what you mean about journaling – and the best is that the date is on the top of the page. I love looking back and rereading entries – like looking back on footprints on a journey …and you can see that God is right there with us all along! Blessings, Aliene