Mercy Triumphs Week 1 Review



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Welcome to Week One of James: Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore!


I hope you have enjoyed this first week of study as much as I have.  This is my first Beth Moore study and I'm loving it.  If you haven't started the study, but were hoping to join in, I encourage you to jump on board.  This study includes four levels of participation to select from, which makes it all the easier to let this study meet you right where you are at in life right now.  I'd also like to encourage anyone that's hesitant to join because they've not participated in a Bible study before, to let go of that thinking and join us as well.  There is no wrong or right way to participate, I promise!  This past week I worked on my book work before I watched the video.  Oops!  Did it effect the way the week's work impacted me?  Not.one.bit.  Spending time in God's word will encourage you, and being able to connect with other women participating in the study will make the experience all the sweeter.  Books can be purchased through local retailers, and the video/audio sessions can be purchased weekly through LifewayContact us if you have any questions.


As I made my way through the study this past week, I thought about how individualized this process is going to be for each one of us.  Here are a few of the things from this week's work that are rocking my world-


*I love history, so all of the in depth learning about the Jerusalem Council and the way Jesus restructured the idea of family was fascinating to me.  I'm also so happy that Beth took us through James' biblical history before diving into the book of James.  Learning about his faith journey, prior to writing the book of James, has left me thinking about the power of redemption.  Real, true, raw redemption.


*He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.  Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear?  No!  We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.  Acts 15:11  Those very words are still spinning in my head.  There it is, plain as day.  God accepts each of us, regardless of our journey to Him.  He makes no distinction between us.  He loves us all!  By the grace of Jesus we are all equal in God's eyes.  Regardless of our denomination, or the way we made our way to Him, or our past.  We are loved.  We are saved by grace, and grace alone.


*I think the most powerful part of the week for me was the realization that even though every mistake, problem, crisis and loss leaves a hole in our hearts, it's a hole that can be filled by GRACE, if we accept it.
IF WE ACCEPT IT.
That, my friends, is life changing.  I've been letting those words soak into my soul.  I know the power of grace, but I don't think I've ever asked for God to fill my broken places with it.  Maybe it's because that would mean I'd have to accept that even the ugliest and most wounded parts of me are just as loved by God as the rest of me?  What I do know is that after feeling the weight of those words I want to accept it.


I can't wait to hear what parts of the week's study are making an impact on you.
I hope you'll share them in the comments.  Let's connect over Week One-

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14 comments:

  1. I am not a huge history lover and prefer to always seek the practical application for my life today. "He is our peace". He is MY PEACE!!! I gave my life to the Lord about 21 years ago but spent so many years under that yoke or bondage that some people, like the sect of pharisees, wanted to put the gentiles under. I felt I had to be good enough (but never could) and prove my worth. It has really been a slow process over the past seven years in particular that I've learned I am FREE. I am really loved for who I am, and He doesn't ask me to prove my worth or value.Even now this brings me to tears but it is sooo hard for me to truly accept.

    In addition, I find myself always trying to build bridges between people of varying denominations or even those who don't yet believe with Christians. For one, because I see the value in people simply because they are God-created but secondly because, as we studied this week, "He is Himself our peace - our bond of unity and harmony" (Eph 2:14 AMP). So rather than fight each other we ought to declare peace and recognize we have different styles and perhaps different roles to play, but we also share a common denominator. Jesus Christ, Our Peace.

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  2. word. i've been letting those words soak in as well. accepting grace. and also actually believing that he is the source of my peace. i too often try to manage/create my own way to peace. loving this study so far. this message of LIVING these truths out, day to day. really excited about walking through this book of james again! xo

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    1. I'm with you on peace! Lately, I find myself in pretty much every situation I encounter praying for "peace that surpasses all understanding." I don't have to be stressed out, upset, impatient, I am covered by His PEACE....and grace.

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    2. A great reminder ~ "peace that surpasses all understanding."!

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  3. i think it is such a BEAUTIFUL story, James' life and redemption. that Jesus would bring him back to Himself after James made fun of Him and called him insane basically. i really resonated with the family restructure, and restoration, as my family is very diverse - and i pray so earnestly that my siblings who do not truly know/follow the Lord will be spoken to by Him... i LOVE this quote from day two where she writes "The power of the resurrection trumps the power of the past if we're willing to let it." my family has been through the ringer so to speak... and i pray for the resurrection and power and authority to restore and trump the circumstances of the past in our family. we are all still close, but there is disconnect due to lots of things that happened to us and in our family history. it would be so awesome to see the power of Christ redeem my family's souls, and i pray often that they would find Him and let Him.

    i also really was spoken to here, in the message translation of galatians 5:25-26 "that means we will not compare ourselves with eachother as if one of us were better and another worse. we have far more interesting things to do with our lives. each of us is an original." i am a HUGE compare-er... so much so that i'm often coveting what others have, or unhappy with what i have. i pray that the Lord would show me the original that he made in me. that He would help me to be ME as he created me, and not trying to imitate or take away from those other lives around me.


    ALSO, OK! just finished watching the second session & WOW is all i can say. the very last point was God ANSWERING. MY. PRAYERS. literally. i have prayed for over a year for the Lord to restore the joy i once had as a child and teenager... like... those exact words. and I CAN NOT ignore the fact that He has given me this Bible study as an answer to that prayer. i'm so stinkin excited!!!!!!! haha...

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    1. I got excited listening to the second video too (even though Beth said it would be boring). Yeah! I've never really heard or known exactly that "Joy is our birthright in Christ," as Beth says although I often remind myself that the Joy of the Lord is my strength. I want it.

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    2. Oh, love this - the message translation of galatians 5:25-26 "that means we will not compare ourselves with eachother as if one of us were better and another worse. we have far more interesting things to do with our lives. each of us is an original."

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  4. I too complete the 2nd video session and resonated with the JOY I know He provides! I think what hit me most was the message you do what you believe. I have added the badge to my blog http://jimschick13.blogspot.com/ you welcome to follow me I have recently began a journey on faith and know that I must have God sustain me. Also I know we are not to James verse 2 yet but Dear Brothers and Sisters when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great JOY!

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    1. I'm so glad you've joined and what a great study for you to dive into as you're beginning this walk.

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  5. I was surprised by the background of James life, I really had never thought of it. I like how you describe it, raw redemption. Like Beth said, it's not something I need to know, but I would sure love to know how the conversation went down when Jesus appeared to James.

    And I watched the second session this morning, joy is our birthright! I love that, I can wait to keep studying.

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    1. It must be a woman thing because I too want to know everything! Haha.

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  6. I have not done a Beth Moore study prior to this one but I am so pumped! I am currently at home since I had my son last Tuesday and I normally am a Full Time working mama to an almost 2 year old as well so I was so grateful to learn about this blogging study :)

    One thing this week that really impacted me was this sentence, "The power of the resurrection trumps the power of the past if we're willing to let it." Just to think of all the ways I've messed up in my life, like James and not seeking or wanting to know God at certain times and then clinging to Him like no other...really goes to show what a loving and forgiving God we serve no matter what our circumstance He is there!!! We really can't say that about many people in our life for sure!

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    1. I loved that sentence, too. Hearing it, and giving it time to sink it, I find myself feeling more free than before. Such a blessing!

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