Companion Guide for Lies Women Believe

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Since the original release of Lies Women Believe, many women have written to share the impact of this message on their thinking and their walk with God.  This study guide was developed as a result of inquiries from women all over the country desiring to go deeper in understanding and applying the message of Lies Women Believe.

The Companion Guide for Lies Women Believe is made up of ten sessions and is designed for individuals and small ...

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Overview

Since the original release of Lies Women Believe, many women have written to share the impact of this message on their thinking and their walk with God.  This study guide was developed as a result of inquiries from women all over the country desiring to go deeper in understanding and applying the message of Lies Women Believe.

The Companion Guide for Lies Women Believe is made up of ten sessions and is designed for individuals and small groups.  Each chapter includes the following features:

  -In a Nutshell--gives you an overview of the chapter to be studied from Lies Women Believe and reminds you of the lies discussed within that chapter.

  -Exploring the Truth--offers a daily personal study for you to complete during the course of the week between your small group meetings.  Each day's  
   study includes a few pages to read from
Lies Women Believe and then questions to answer under the subtitles "Realize," "Reflect," and "Respond."

  -Walking Together in the Truth--provides questions to be discussed when your small group meets.

Now there is a resource that will help you go deeper with the truths from Nancy's best-selling book Lies Women Believe.  These penetrating questions will make you and your friends think and wrestle with the Truth as you search the Bible for answers to tough issues.  Truth is not just something to know but something to live out in the laboratory of life as you apply the Word to real-life situations.  The Companion Guide for Lies Women Believe is ideal for small groups, Bible Studies, and Sunday school classes.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780802446930
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Edition description: Workbook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 315,305
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


NANCY LEIGH DEMOSS has touched the lives of millions of women through Revive Our Hearts and the True Woman Movement, calling them to heart revival and biblical womanhood. Her love for the Word and the Lord Jesus are infectious, and permeate her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and two daily nationally syndicated radio programs-Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him with Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Her books have sold more than 2,500,000 copies.
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THE COMPANION GUIDE FOR LIES WOMEN BELIEVE

A Life-Changing Study for Individuals and Groups
By Nancy Leigh Demoss

Moody Publishers

Copyright © 2002 Nancy Leigh DeMoss
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-8024-4693-0


Chapter One

LAYING THE FOUNDATION

In a Nutshell....

The introduction and chapter 1 lay a foundation for understanding the power of Satan's lies in our culture and in our personal lives and for discovering the far more powerful Truth as found in God's Word. A fatal flaw that is embraced by our culture is to spurn the notion of absolute truth and so leave every issue in life open for negotiation. This kind of thinking has wreaked havoc in society.

Jesus came to give us abundant life, but so many of us live defeated, stressed out, lonely, fearful lives. The problem is that we have believed a lie, one of any number of lies in Satan's arsenal. Oh, we don't have to believe all of his lies; in fact, many of us would probably pride ourselves on not believing many of his lies. But there may be just one, just one little lie hanging like a luscious piece of fruit, one little lie that we have picked and eaten. Perhaps we didn't see that it was a lie at first. Perhaps we just didn't take the time to see the consequences because it looked so innocent, even helpful. In any case, that one lie has placed us in bondage and has kept us from living the joyous, confident, and radiant life Christ offers.

If you are experiencing bondage in any area of your life, I pray that this book will give you the necessary tools to understand what lie(s) you have believed and what truth you need to discover from God's Word to replace that lie. I hope that you will understand that not one of Satan's lies is harmless. We cannot dwell on Satan's lies and come away unaffected. We need to be able to discern those lies when we hear them; to counter them with the Truth, and to help others to do the same.

EXPLORING THE TRUTH ...

* * * THE POWER OF THE TRUTH (pp. 15-23)

DAY ONE

REALIZE

1. Read John 10:10. As you think about your life, would you say you are experiencing the abundant life Jesus came to give? Or do you find yourself just existing, coping, surviving, or struggling along? Explain.

REFLECT

2. Look at the list of words on page 16 of Lies Women Believe. List below any of those words that describe your current season of life. Add other words of your own, if needed. (If you are not currently dealing with these kinds of feelings but you know someone who is, describe how you think she is feeling. You can use this study to learn how to help her and others who are struggling.)

3. Look at the list of words on page 18 of Lies Women Believe. Write below the words (or any of your own) that you would like to describe your life.

4. Read John 8:31-36. What do you think Jesus meant when He talked about being free? How do you know He did not mean being free to do anything we want to do?

5. Read Galatians 5:1 and John 14:6. What (Who) is the Truth that sets us free?

RESPOND

6. The young woman whose story begins on page 21 said she had "given up hope" that she could ever be completely free from the moral habit that had kept her in bondage for years.

Is there any area of your life where you have given up hope that you can ever be free?

7. In what ways would you like your life to change as a result of this study?

Lord, I do want to experience growth as a result of this study. I pray that You will show me where I am in bondage and reveal to me any lies I may believe that are holding me there. Show me the Truth that I need to know so I can be truly free. Amen.

* * *

KNOWING YOUR ENEMY, pp. 27-32

DAY TWO

REALIZE

1. What do the following verses tell you about Satan and the way he operates?

John 8:44

2 Corinthians 4:4

2 Corinthians 11:14

Ephesians 6:11-12

1 Peter 5:8

REFLECT

2. Why do Satan's lies often appear good and attractive?

3. What are some of the forms Satan's deception takes in our culture?

4. How can you discern the difference between Truth and deception? How can you keep from being deceived by Satan's lies?

RESPOND

5. Satan knows that you will be more vulnerable to deception if you are not regularly meditating on God's Word. What "good" things keep you away from consistent study of the Word?

6. How can you raise your awareness of the Enemy? What can you do today to consciously embrace God's powerful Truth?

Lord, I know that Satan is a very real enemy and that he would like nothing better than to make me ineffective for You and Your kingdom. I ask that You will help me to stay in Your Word and to be aware of the truth that no matter how powerful Satan is, You are more powerful. Amen.

* * *

OPENING YOUR EYES, pp. 32-37

DAY THREE

REALIZE

1. Read Genesis 2:15-17 and 3:1-13. What seemingly good thing did Satan offer to Eve? Why did she think it was a good offer?

REFLECT

2. Make a list of the primary sources of input you have coming into your life (e.g., movies, books, certain friends, a counselor).

3. How careful are you about evaluating that input and seeking to discern Truth from error? Check the statement below that best describes you:

I have been heavily influenced by the culture and other "voices" around me and don't generally stop to evaluate what I hear and see in light of God's Word. I am not very discerning when it comes to Truth and error. (If this is really true of you, chances are you have been deceived and may not even realize that it describes you!) I am careful in some areas but not in others. I need to grow in spiritual discernment. I evaluate the things I hear and see through the grid of God's Word and carefully consider the consequences when tempted with wrong choices. (According to Hebrews 5:14, the ability to discern between good and evil is a mark of spiritual maturity.)

4. Describe a time when you made a wrong choice without stopping to consider the cost and the consequences.

5. Identify the lie that Satan used to lead you to believe that you (or others) would not be affected by the sin.

6. What truth from God's Word can you now cite that would have helped you walk away from Satan's lie?

RESPOND

7. Ask God to help you grow in your ability to discern good from evil and to make godly choices. Ask Him to show you if there is any area of your life where you are currently being deceived by input that is contrary to the Word of God.

Father, open my eyes so that I will not be deceived by Satan's lies. Sometimes a course of action seems right when I don't stop to think about Your Truth or about the consequences that could result. Teach me to consider my choices in light of Your Word. Amen.

* * * SEEING THE PROGRESSION, pp. 37-40

DAY FOUR

REALIZE

1. From pages 37-40 in Lies Women Believe, what are the four steps that take us from initial deception to bondage?

1. _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

2. _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

3. _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

4. _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

2. Look again at Genesis 3:1-13. What did Eve do that matched each of these four steps that led her from deception to bondage?

1. _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 2. _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

3. _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

4. _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

REFLECT

3. As long as we live in this world, we cannot completely isolate ourselves so that we never hear any lies. What is the difference between "hearing" and "listening to" lies?

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

4. Read Philippians 4:8-9. Why is it so important to be selective about the input we allow to come into our minds and to consciously choose to expose ourselves and listen to the Truth? _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

RESPOND

5. Review the list you made on Day Three of sources of input that you are allowing to come into your life. Is there anything on that list that is exposing you unnecessarily to deception?

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

6. What steps can you take to better protect your mind and heart from Satan's deception?

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

Lord, please show me any ways that I have made myself more vulnerable to Satan's lies by the kinds of influences I am choosing to allow into my life. Help me to fill my mind and heart with the Truth. Amen.

* * *

CLAIMING THE TRUTH, pp. 40-41

DAY FIVE

REALIZE

1. What are the three steps that will help us move from spiritual bondage to freedom?

1. _____________________________________________________________________________

2. _____________________________________________________________________________

3. _____________________________________________________________________________

REFLECT

2. How does the Truth counter lies?

3. What does the Bible say about Truth in the following verses?

Psalm 33:4

Psalm 51:6

John 8:32

John 17:17

2 Timothy 2:15

4. Read John 14:15-17 and 16:13. What is the Holy Spirit's role in helping us discern and walk in the Truth?

RESPOND

5. Can you identify any specific area(s) of bondage in your life-any area where you are not walking in freedom? (See pages 17, 40-41 in Lies Women Believe for examples of common types of bondage.)

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

6. "Every area of bondage in our lives can be traced back to a lie" (p. 40). Ask God to help you during the course of this study to discover what lie(s) you have believed that may have placed you in bondage. Also ask the Lord to show you the truth from His Word that counters Satan's lie.

Lord, I pray that You will show me clearly what lies I have believed. Then show me the Truth that will set me free. Thank You for Your Word and for Your Holy Spirit that point me to the Truth. Help me to claim Your Truth and to walk in Your Truth today and every day. Amen.

WALKING TOGETHER IN THE TRUTH ...

1. Why is our understanding of Truth so important?

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

2. A popular theme in our culture is that there are no absolutes. "All truth is good. Whatever truth works for you is good for you, and what works for me is good for me." While on the surface that appears very tolerant, where does this kind of thinking ultimately lead?

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

3. Describe some lies that are widely accepted as truth by our society. In what ways do these lies influence people's choices, and in what ways are they destructive to people's lives?

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

4. List three or four widespread problems in our world, and discuss how each could be the result of deception.

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

5. What women can you think of in the Scripture who were deceived and then influenced others to sin?

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

6. Discuss some ways women in our day have been deceived. How has that deception influenced sinful choices in others?

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

7. Share one or more ways that you have opened yourself up to deception in the past by choosing to expose yourself to input that is contrary to the Truth.

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

8. What are some illustrations of Satan's offers that women today find appealing? (Keep in mind that the things Satan tempts us with are not always inherently evil. The fruit that Eve ate wasn't bad or sinful in and of itself-in fact, it was something God had created. What made Eve's choice sinful was that God had said not to eat the fruit.)

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

9. Share a choice you were tempted to make that looked appealing and seemed right, but was contrary to God's Word. If you fell for the lie, describe any negative consequences that resulted.

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

10. Read together Acts 17:10-12. What did the people in Berea do in order to discern the Truth? How can we avoid being deceived and become more discerning about the input we receive?

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

Chapter Two

TRUSTING GOD

In a Nutshell ...

Chapter 2 discusses six lies that many women wrestle with as they work through their perceptions of God. In a very real sense, whatever lies people believe about God will affect how they approach everything else in life. For example, if we doubt God's ultimate goodness, then we will be prone to discouragement and bitterness and will justify disobeying God's Word. Clearly, what we believe about God affects our outlook on everything else.

The first lie focuses on questioning God's goodness. The Bible tells us that God is good; however, in a world filled with hatred and evil, we may question if a good God could possibly be in control. Even if we can bring ourselves to agree that God is good, we might doubt that He is good to us, because our circumstances just don't bear that out. We need to acknowledge that God is completely good and that everything He does is good. Yes, human sin has given birth to enormous evil in the world. God is so powerful, however, that He is able to bring good results even out of evil circumstances.

The second lie concerns God's love. Many women don't believe that God could possibly love them. Though they may intellectually know of God's love, their feelings contradict what they know. They don't feel loved, so they don't believe that they are loved. At such times we need to move beyond our feelings and focus on the fact of God's love for us-a love so intense that He gave His Son to die for us.

The third lie addresses a hurdle that some women simply cannot cross. They cannot envision God as their loving Father because their earthly fathers were so unloving-demanding, abusive, absent, or critical. These women need to understand that God is not like any human they have ever known. He is perfect and perfectly good and loving.

The fourth lie runs rampant in our society. It is the lie that God is not enough. Society doesn't phrase it that way; instead, it tells us of all the things we must have in order to be complete, happy, and fulfilled. In reality, though, when we have God, we have all we really need.

Fifth is the lie that if we live God's way, we will be miserable. Many people think of God's commands as being a burden rather than a blessing. The Bible makes it clear, however, that Jesus came to set people free. The Bible gives guidance and instruction that, when obeyed, result in great blessing and protection. In fact, we disobey at our own peril. True freedom is found in obedience.

Finally, a sixth lie that many women believe about God is that He should fix all their problems. If they have God, then they should have problem-free lives, right? Wrong. God never promised to make life easy. He does promise, however, to walk through life with us, using the problems that come our way to mold us and shape us into the image of His Son.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from THE COMPANION GUIDE FOR LIES WOMEN BELIEVE by Nancy Leigh Demoss Copyright © 2002 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  / 7
Introduction  / 9
How to Get the Most out of This Study  / 11

1. Laying the Foundation  / 13

2. Trusting God  / 23
 
3. Seeing Myself as God Sees Me  / 33

4. Understanding Sin  / 43

5. Setting Priorities  / 53

6. Honoring God in My Marriage  / 63

7. Raising Children  / 75

8. Handling Emotions  / 89

9. Dealing with Circumstances  / 101

10. Walking in Freedom  / 113

Response Letter to Nancy  / 122
Suggestions for Group Leaders  / 124

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    The Lies Women Believe was an enlighten and answer-based read for questions that I have had about "the lies", I was beholding to. The book is a delight to read with journal like entries from Eve, you know, Adam's Eve. That was one of the hightlights for me and caught my attention from the beginning. It was as though you were relating to a "girlfriend". But, for me also, I was able to have some answers to questions that plagued me for years. Women, we don't have to do it all, you know, bring home the bacon and fry it up too. What is also encouraging is the fact that there is a book for younger girls in the bookstores. I really enjoyed the book and found myself living the "truth" after reading each chapter. I look forward to sharing this book with my sisters and girlfriends. I think other women will also enjoy giving this book and the companion guide as gifts.

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