Into the Light

Sometimes being in the dark can be good, sometimes not. As a teacher, I find sitting in my classroom with the lights dimmed after a busy day so calming. In the mornings when I get ready I like to keep the lights dimmed for a different reason. When it’s darker, I don’t have to see all of my flaws in the mirror. As women, we tend to want to stay in the “darkness” or at least keep the lights dimmed in our lives to avoid seeing all of our imperfections. However, God wants us to turn on His light to show us where He wants us to grow and change.

Priscilla Shirer writes in The Armor of God study,

“Our deceiver operates in the darkness. And he hopes we will, too. As long as we’re stumbling around shrouded in darkness – not really sure what’s true and what’s not – we’ll never be able to see him for who he really is and detect the underlying intentions of his plans. What we need is a spotlight that pierces the darkness and lays bare all his evil schemes, systems, and illusions. The truth of God’s Word is that light.”

Priscilla’s words left a deep impression on me this summer. She shared how absolutely critical it is to know all of God’s Word. Not just a basic surface knowledge, but a deep intimate knowledge. It is easy to be deceived by Satan’s lies in our culture and in our own hearts and minds, but as women of God we can choose to not be deceived any longer. We can choose to be immersed in God’s Word each day and allow His light to shine into every part of our lives.

In the past, I’ve tried to read through the entire Bible on my own, but became easily sidetracked or confused. I started thinking that other Chets women might have had the same struggles. This gave me the idea for the upcoming study, Chets Women: READ THE BIBLE. Over the next nine months we will be using resources created by The Bible Project as we read God’s Word together. With the help of a daily reading plan, once a month meetings, and videos that explain each book of the Bible, we will learn HOW to read the Bible for ourselves and keep each other ENCOURAGED every step of the way. What a powerful gift for each of us.

The goal of this study is to read God’s Word, His spotlight of truth, and know it so deeply that it changes our hearts for our good and ultimately for God’s glory. Even as Joshua was about to enter the Promised Land, the Lord expressed how important His Word is. God tells Joshua in Joshua 1:8, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Please join me as we read the Bible together. It won’t be easy, but it will be so worth it!!

“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16

Chets-Women-Read-the-Bible-fb

(( Register here for Chets Women: READ THE BIBLE ))


FullSizeRender (1){This post was written by Kelly Miller. Kelly is a wife to Ben, mommy to a sweet daughter, and a 2nd grade teacher at Providence. She is an active member of the Stevens Lifegroup. She enjoys studying God’s Word and loves to encourage others in their relationship with the Lord. Some of her favorite things include playdates with friends, massages, and iced coffees.}

Equipped for the Fight – Armor of God Recap

Chets Women gathered this Summer for a powerful Bible Study by Priscilla Shirer. Check out the photo recap below and this great summary by one of our facilitators, Christy Mobley. 


Can you relate?

You’re having one of those absolutely phenomenal, pristine, perfect days with your spouse. One for the records books. But then it happens. Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere an argument pops up, rumbling in like an unexpected thunderstorm. Voices thunder and sharp words like lightening strike at your heart clouding with darkness what God meant for beauty.

And you think, what went wrong?

Or, you’ve just come back from an awesome retreat or conference where you had a mountaintop experience, only to come home to live out “Murphy’s law” first hand. Within seconds your mountaintop becomes a sullen valley.

And you think, what just happened here?

What happened is, in reality you’re not fighting with your spouse or “Murphy” whoever. If our hands could pull back the veil to this world, we’d see a spiritual warfare being waged all around us.

For our struggles are not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12 NIV

But God gives us weapons with which to fight back – weapons we learned how to use in our Summer Bible Study.

AoG 1

First we found out Jesus Christ blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing. Ephesians 1:3 How cool is that?

Then we were taught how to suit up each and every day with the most protective armor in the universe – God’s own armor.

We choose to put on this protective uniform starting with the belt of truth (God’s Word) buckled around our waist. None of this “God on the go” will do. We need a firm core of truth to hold everything in place.

The breastplate of righteousness (right living) comes next. While perfect righteousness discourages and comparative righteousness deceives, imputed righteousness defines us. We learned the key to practicing righteousness is to daily put off the old and put on the new.

Next strap on the shoes of peace. The go shoes—the good news of Jesus that gives us sure footing when the enemy is trying to trip us up, stir us up, and mess us up.

Remembering what faith is, acting like it is so, even when it is not so, so that it might be so, simply because God said so, we take up the shield of faith which is big enough to cover and protect our heads and our hearts from the fiery arrows of the evil one.

Finally we put on the helmet of salvation (our inheritance in Christ) for comprehensive coverage while taking up the sword of the Spirit.

Now that we have the armor on, how do we activate this high powered God driven equipment to start fighting the real enemy?

The directions say, bathe it all PRAYER. Prayer activates the armor.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18

Amen?!


Here’s the photo recap of all the strong and beautiful, armored-up, Chets Women who attended.

If you missed out, we’ll be offering this study again in the Fall. Check back for details. Registration opens August 11. 


Christy Mobley{This article was written by Christy Mobley. Christy is a girly girl at heart. She has a passion for fashion and decorating which is to say, she loves to shop and move things around her house. She chases tennis balls for recreation and enjoys scavenging the beach for shark teeth. She and husband David of 32 years, are life group leaders and have been at Chets from it’s earliest beginnings. They have two adult sons and two daughter-in-laws. Christy loves sharing God’s Word through writing, speaking and teaching. Check out her personal blog at www.christymobley.com.}