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This week's truth: See It Like It Really Is
Our memory verse: “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD will be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 (HCSB)
Nicki Koziarz took us to the next truth level. She explained how in addition to being honest about our comparison struggles, we can defeat them by seeing our struggles as they truly are. We also went deeper into the biblical story of sisters Rachel and Leah. Let’s look at three main takeaways...
- Prayer is essential.
Let’s face it, any comparison struggle we come up against is a lie from the enemy. He wants us to believe “she’s” got the better life. The best way to dispel the darkness of any lie is to get personal with God. I love this simple yet powerful prayer Nicki gave us to apply to combat comparison: “God, give me eyes to see what I need to see, not what I want to see.”
- The reality of Leah and Rachel.
We know Jacob was married to both sisters and the harsh reality that Jacob loved Rachel, but not Leah. However, God saw Leah and showed His affection for her by blessing her with four sons. This caused Rachel to start her own “heir” war by having her servant sleep with Jacob.
- Are we missing God’s blessings?
After Leah gave birth to three of her sons, she knew Jacob would surely love her. She was so focused on winning the affection of her husband by giving him heirs, she didn’t recognize the love God was showing her until the birth of her fourth son. Only then did she praise God for the blessings. The lesson? When we’re so focused on what we want, or what “she” has, we can miss what God is doing in our lives.
What fun I’ve had this week with you. I’m looking forward to what Study Leader Anna Currin has in store for us next week!
Reflect and Respond:
What’s something you didn’t recognize God doing in your life because you were so focused on what you wanted or what “she” had? Are you missing something RIGHT now?