A Helpful Word in Preparation of the Study
The following is an excerpt from Elyse Fitzpatrick’s 2008 book Because He Loves Me.
- Pray that God would reveal your unbelief and idolatry to you…
- Prayerfully meditate on Scripture and ask God to apply it to you…
- Confess any unbelief or idolatry that you’re aware of…
- Ask God to make himself your chief joy…
- Think back to the last time you know you sinned and ask yourself:
- What did I think would make me happier than what I had?
- Why do I believe that there is happiness in attaining this?
- What makes me most afraid, angry, worried, sad? Why?
- What is the lie that I am believing about God, myself, my happiness?
- What do you boast about? Consider the topics of the stories you tell about yourself…
- Meditate on God’s goodness to you in the gospel. Review the gospel declarations. What is he like? What has he already done for you? What does his love mean to you? What does this teach you about where real happiness resides?
- Invite others to speak into your life and help you see your sin, particularly your unbelief and idolatry. None of us see ourselves as we are; that’s one reason why the Lord has placed us in his body, the church.
- Prayerfully make a plan of how to respond to gospel obligations the next time you’re tempted to sin. For instance, in order to overcome my propensity to be irritated when Phil comes home earlier than expected I can:
- Remind myself that God has bound me eternally to himself and that I don’t have to fight this battle alone.
- Remember that I’ve been forgiven for this sin so I’m not consigned to commit it over and over again…
- Remind myself that God is in control and that he is more interested in my holiness than my work for him.
- Remember that the Spirit of the living Christ is in me, and he has given me all that I need to overcome sin and be endlessly happy.
- Think soberly about my unbelief and idolatry and how Christ suffered for these sins in his body on the cross.
- Ask Phil what time he plans on getting home and then exercise self-discipline to stop writing before he arrives.
- Look for ways to demonstrate my gratitude to the Lord and to Phil; for instance, I can prepare my heart by thanking God that I accomplished all he had for me that day, even if I wasn’t as productive as I would have liked; I can offer my day and all my work to him and ask him to use it for his glory; I can thank Jesus for his life of service and ask him to remind me that I’m not greater than he. If he washed feet, shouldn’t I? I can put on a worship CD and then tidy up the house and begin dinner in plenty of time so that when Phil comes home, I’ll be glad to see him instead of irritated by his interruption.”
Lyrics & Chord Sheets
For the “Praise” section of each lesson, we look at a song from the WEPC Doxology Album. As a resource to you, here is a link to the lyrics for each of the songs.
Chord Sheets are also available. If you would like them, please contact Tiffanie Chan.
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