Have you ever felt stuck in your walk with God? Maybe you are not taking steps backward, but you know that you are NOT moving forward. Do you feel like you are missing out on the Spirit-filled Christian life? Are you lacking desire to have a quiet time with God? Are you struggling with anger, selfishness, self-pity, apathy, or despair? This was my story a few years ago. I was in a Christian bookstore trying to choose a book for my next Bible study. I saw the “Seeking Him” Bible study in the Devotional area, and I recognized Nancy DeMoss’s name from the local Christian radio station. The word “joy” in the title compelled me; I hadn’t been experiencing a joyous Christian life. I bought the book wondering how long it would take me to go through my 12 week study.
I will admit that I did not finish the book anywhere near within 12 weeks. I had to slow down and soak up what I was reading. Every chapter hit such an important issue. I felt like the book was dissecting every area of my life and looking at it with a microscope. At times I wanted to throw down the book and never pick it up again. Yet, I knew that it was truth being spoken into my life. It was humbling to see my sin so clearly. I could continue in my sin or I could repent, confess, and be forgiven. I was called to action. One of the hardest things I ever had to do was contact someone from my past to ask forgiveness for how I had acted. The study asks for radical action because it shows how to have radical revival.
Going through this Bible study, I was convicted in so many ways. You will get so much from this study as long as you promise to be honest with yourself before God. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to convict you and to empower you to live obediently. If you do this Bible study with a group, I would suggest to keep the groups small, to be open, and to take advantage of opportunities for accountability. Just so you get an idea of the study, here are the subjects for the chapters: Revival, Humility, Honesty, Repentance, Grace, Holiness, Obedience, Clear Conscience, Forgiveness, Sexual Purity, Spirit-Filled Life, and Personal Devotional Life.
We want to be women who make a difference in this world. We want our lives to glorify God. Personal revival is the way to have “spring cleaning” in our body, the temple of the Holy Spirit. One of the quotes from the book sums up why revival is so important. “Revival wakens in our hearts an increased awareness of the presence of God, a new love for God, a new hatred for sin, and a hunger for His Word.” –Del Fehsenfeld Jr. May God bless and grow you, as you seek Him!
Growing up with a strong Christian family, Shelly has had the privilege of having many godly, influential people in her life. Besides going to college in Indiana and teaching school for 1 year in Texas, she has lived in Minnesota her whole life. Recently, she moved to Colorado after meeting her husband on E-Harmony. She is extremely humbled by how the Almighty God works in our lives in such personal ways. Shelly is now a missionary to college students. She is thrilled with the opportunity to share the gospel with college students, to help them grow in their faith, and to encourage them to be sold out servants for God. She enjoys coffee, books, volleyball, bike rides, movies, long walks, and playing games.