Oddly, the most freeing thing we can ever do is to abdicate the throne of our own miniature kingdoms.”
Beth Moore and I have reconnected after about ten years. Well, reconnected through her new book, “So Long, Insecurity ,you’ve been a bad friend to us,” but still, reconnected all the same.
She’s beautiful, no doubt about it. She has that southern belle face and hair. But, give her a chance and get past that possible road block to your interest and you will find a very real, biblically driven voice. Moore is not out to be a theologian but encourages women to go to the bible. To get their meaning and security from Christ. To stop looking to themselves and others for significance because nothing else will ever satisfy their yearning hearts but Christ. She does a good job of balancing God’s love and grace with His holiness and Lordship.
I’d say that in my Christian journey, about 20 years strong now, thank God, Beth Moore has been one of those people who has aided my faith. In 2001, I was part of a women’s group that did Moore’s bible study, “Breaking Free.”
Each week we would have homework to complete in a study guide and then would meet to discuss the study and watch an adjoining video. The study focuses on the Israelites in captivity and how their physical captivity mirrors the spiritual captivity we can often find ourselves living in as believers.
“Breaking Free” was pivotal in my understanding of the depths that spiritual warfare and generational bondage can play in one’s faith. I remember feeling that I was really, literally being brought to a new kind of freedom as I was challenged to read the bible (specifically Isaiah), memorize scripture and really think about where Satan might be seeking to tare me down in my faith.
“Satan never wastes a fiery dart on an area covered in armor.”
And God knew I would need this series because only months after beginning it, my faith was challenged to the core. For nearly three months at a Christian study center in Europe called L’abri, I was daily brought face to face with believers who encouraged me to question my faith, the bible, biblical morality, etc. It was a horrendous time. I became more and more convinced that Satan was at work in that place. He was acting just as the bible says he will act, “as a lion, seeking whom he may devour.” And he was devouring many there. One by one, many unsuspecting young people were surrendering to the popular views taught.
God protected me and ultimately, brought me out of L’abri unscathed. And I have no doubts that much of my ability to discern what was going on in that place was because I had been involved in the “Breaking Free” study. Unwittingly, God had been making me ready for the greatest spiritual warfare I had ever been in and God willing, WILL ever find myself in.
“True intimacy with God always brings humility.”
So, here is my little nod to Beth Moore…I will likely never meet you in person on this side of heaven but thank you for using your gift of the pen and your real, honest heart to help other women! Your writing is like a perfect cup of coffee on a cold day…healing, challenging and comforting. I truly feel indebted to you!:)
“An ongoing relationship with God through His Word is essential to the Christian’s consistent victory!”