We are now half way though our study of Fulfilled by Danise Jurado. (Hard to believe, isn't it?) I'd love to hear how you're doing and what you think of Danise's book so far. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.
Read Chapter 6—Identity and Chapter 7—Confidence
Consider these questions:
- Danise Jurado writes, “It’s safe to say that we aren’t perfect, and it is very likely that we won’t always do the right thing. For this reason, we can count on being disappointed by each other.” (pg. 69) Do you find this statement freeing or disturbing? Why?
- “God’s definition of our identity is found in who He says we are, not merely in what we do.” (pg. 71)
- It’s difficult not to be defined by what we do or our role in life. (ie. mom, student, executive, unemployed, etc.) How can we focus on finding our identity in Christ, regardless of what our daily life looks like?
- I love the description in these verses from Jeremiah 17…
This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land.
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. (Jeremiah 17:5-8 NLT)
- How do you feel when you read these verses? Do you find it empowering to know you have a source of strength and confidence that doesn’t depend on yourself? How can you rely on, and draw from, God’s confidence this week?
Have a great week!
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