I recently began studying the Bible through Beth Moore’s 11-session study called Breaking Free. The copy that I have is the 2018 updated edition, which is available on LifeWay.com for $15.99. The study is video-based, but I have found that it can be completed without the videos if you are unable to access them. The book includes weekly Scripture Memory Cards, which are wonderful tools to help fill your mind with the words of God. I personally love taping the cards to my mirror so that I can be reminded of the Word each day as I get ready. If you are looking for a study to help guide you through the Bible, Breaking Free is a life-changing one that I truly believe can help every single woman in some way.
In the mornings, I gather up my Bible, Breaking Free, a highlighter, and a pen before getting cozy somewhere peaceful where I can read. Breaking Free is separated into daily lessons, which makes studying very simple. Week I was focused on kings who reigned up until Jesus Christ came to earth. Beth has two main goals for this week: “(1) to deepen understanding of themes from the Book of Isaiah and (2) to learn more about captivity and freedom from the successes and failures of God’s people.” Pride and unfaithfulness are the two most prominent themes that I could see from the Book of Isaiah. Kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah each had their own struggles with these sins, just as many of us do today. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Moore that I definitely highlighted:
- “He [God] probably does not enjoy humbling us any more than we enjoy being humbled, but pride is so crippling to the believer that He often has little choice.”
- “Over and over again God has to remove our friends in order to bring Himself in their place, and that is where we faint and fail and get discouraged . . . It must be God first, God second, and God third, until the life is faced steadily with God and no one else is of any account what[so]ever.”
- “Like Israel and Judah, much of our own captivity is caused by failure to remove obstacles of unbelief, pride, idolatry, prayerlessness, and Spirit-quenching legalism, yet God still woos us to a spacious place free of earthly bonds.”
Pride can be crippling and so destructive to a Christian’s life. Isaiah gives us example after example of kings who failed because they were too prideful to humbly walk in the Lord’s ways. People often admire those who have great power, such as kings and leaders. Just think of how many people are affected when these powerful individuals live in sin! My favorite lesson from Week I is “The Reign of Christ” because it shows how perfect Christ was and how his life changed the world forever. When summing up her review of sinful kings, Moore says, “Not even the best were sufficient. Not even the most honorable were holy. Not even the most humble were immune to pride. No earthly leader is incapable of misleading . . . We need more than a leader on our road to freedom . . . We need a Savior . . . .” No human is incapable of misleading others! None of us are immune to the sins of previous kings. However, we have the opportunity to choose Jesus every single day of our lives. He wants us to be free in Him. He wants us to live a life free of the bondage of sin! Moore states, “. . . because the Spirit of God dwells in us, we too can come out of temptation more empowered by the Spirit than ever!”
Week I Scripture Memory Card:
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners . . . .”
Moore closes the week with these affirmations to every believer:
- “Christ came to set the captive free – no matter what kind of yoke may be binding them.”
- “He came to bind up the brokenhearted – no matter what broke the heart.”
- “He came to open the eyes of the blind – no matter what may have veiled their vision.”
I highly encourage you to read the Book of Isaiah to gain a better understanding of what we went over today. If you would like to read more about Breaking Free, stay tuned because I will be doing weekly overviews here! I love you and hope that you were encouraged today.
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