Lies Young Women Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free (Companion Guide)

Lies Young Women Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free (Companion Guide)

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by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Dannah Gresh, Erin Davis
     
 

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Get the resource that helps you go deeper into the truths found in Lies Young Women Believe. The Companion Guide contains questions and activities that will cause readers to think and wrestle with the truth in their search for answers to life's tough questions.See more details below

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Get the resource that helps you go deeper into the truths found in Lies Young Women Believe. The Companion Guide contains questions and activities that will cause readers to think and wrestle with the truth in their search for answers to life's tough questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802472915
Publisher:
Moody Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
353,374
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

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Lies Young Women Believe



By Nancy Leigh DeMoss Dannah Gresh Erin Davis
Moody Publishers
Copyright © 2009

Nancy Leigh DeMoss Dannah Gresh
All right reserved.



ISBN: 978-0-8024-7291-5



Chapter One GETTING STARTED

A LETTER FROM NANCY, DANNAH, AND ERIN

"You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32

Hey friend!

We are so excited that this book is in your hands. It means you are ready to do some serious work. And that, we believe, is going to lead you to some serious freedom.

When we wrote Lies Young Women Believe, we rolled up our sleeves and did some heavy lifting for you. We developed a plan to uncover lies that you might believe. As part of that plan, we surveyed 1000 teen girls to uncover 25 of the most commonly believed lies in your generation. Then we took that list of lies and set out to uncover God's Truth, praying all along the way that God's Spirit would direct our work.

If you read Lies Young Women Believe, you'll get a good glimpse at how you can be free. In essence, we introduced you to Truth in the book.

But being introduced to someone or something isn't the same as knowing that person or thing. Jesus said, "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." It's time for you to roll up your sleeves to move past the introductions. We want you to know Truth.

That's where this companion guide comes in. You have nine weeks of Bible study, personal application, and discussion suggestions in your hands. Think of this as your private journal for the next nine weeks. All you need to do is read the chapter or chapters in Lies Young Women Believe that correspond to the week of study you are about to begin. Then, keep this book close for daily, thought-provoking assignments that will take you from an introductory look at Truth to an intimate knowledge of Truth.

Well, what are you waiting for?

Let's get started!

Most of the Scriptures we quote will be from the English Standard Version of the Bible. Occasionally we'll use the New International Version. When we do, we'll put the handy-dandy "NIV" there so you will know where that verse came from! If you prefer to memorize from a different translation, that's totally okay.

Nancy, Dannah, and Erin

WEEK ONE

THE LANDSCAPE OF LIES

This week, you have a lot of reading to do. (It gets easier after this!) You'll read the introduction and chapters 1-3 in Lies Young Women Believe (LYWB). We'll digest things one chapter at a time, so read a chapter when the assignment appears.

CATCHING A GLIMPSE

"Back in the garden, Eve met an imposter with a diabolical agenda. He wanted Eve to become his slave by rejecting God and His purposes for her life. The serpent craftily asked, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?" (Genesis 3:1b). That's not exactly what God had said, but it certainly sounded similar. God had told Adam (and Eve) they couldn't eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Satan used a clever combination of half-truths and falsehoods posed as Truth. He began by planting doubts in Eve's mind about what God had actually said.... He wanted her to turn her back on God, to reject His Truth, and to believe his carefully crafted lies ... and she did. And that's exactly what the great Imposter wants you to do."

Lies Young Women Believe, p. 22

KNOW THE TRUTH

A critical element of this study will be concentrating your focus on the Truth found in God's Word. In order to saturate your life with this Truth and help you develop the discipline of meditation, we want to encourage you to memorize a Scripture for each week of this study. (You can do it! We know you've got tons of other information stored in your mind that's not nearly as important! The key to memorizing Scripture-or anything else-is review, review, review and use it in your life!)

Here's the verse we'd like you to memorize this week:

"Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart." (2 TIMOTHY 2:22 NIV)

DAY ONE: BLAZING LIES

READ Read the Introduction: Blazing Lies in LYWB.

REALIZE

Realize means "to make real or actual." That's what we want to do with this section of each day's study. We want to "make real or actual" the Truth that you've just read. This is where you'll roll up your sleeves and move from just being "introduced" to the Truth in the book to making it so real in your life that you "know" it.

1. Look up 2 Peter 2:19. Rewrite the verse in your own words in the space provided.

______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

2. How would you answer the questions posed on page 13 of LYWB? It reads, "Do you feel as if your life is being controlled by powerful emotions-like fear, depression, anger, loneliness, jealousy, or self-pity? Are there harmful habits or destructive patterns you can identify in your life-things like cutting yourself, drinking, using drugs, or sexual activity-that you just can't seem to change or let go of?" Write your thoughts here.

______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

3. Did you take the "what's-the-status-of-your-lying-embers?" quiz? In case you haven t, we've included it here for you to give it a try. Why not take it now.

Selecting one per pair, circle the word or set of words that reflect how you feel or respond most of the time.

(1) Relaxed or >>> Totally stressed-out

(2) Happy-to-be-single or Gotta-have-a-guy

(3) Good-with-what-ya-got or Ugly

(4) FORGIVEN OR GUILTY

(5) Definitely-taking-my-problems-to-God-first or Gotta-ask-my-friends-for-advice

(6) Got-just-enough-friends or > Lonely

(7) Friendly or > Totally PMS-ing

(8) AUTHENTIC OR HYPOCRITICAL

(9) In-control-of-my-tech-world or Would-die-without-text-messaging, Facebook, and more

(10) I Confident-in-my-stand-to-be-pure or Ashamed-to-stand-alone

(11) Content-with-what-ya-got or MUST-shop-now

(12) The-real-deal or Different-depending-on-who-I'm-with

(13) Walking-in-victory or Unable-to-overcome-certain-sins

(14) Content-to-submit or Angry-at-my-parents

(15) Confident-of-God's-protection or Afraid-of-Satan

Look at the words you circled. What might these words reveal about the status of your emotions and relationships?

4. Remember Erin's story in the introduction of LYWB? I She was controlled by fear and experienced panic attacks nearly every night of her life. Her fear was the result of believing lies, but it took her a long time to see that. The biggest lie she believed was "everyone leaves." What Scripture verse would you use to counteract that lie with Truth?

RESPOND

Respond means to "answer" or to "take action." We want you to do more than just realize the Truth. We want you to act on it! Each day we will guide you through a series of questions or activities designed to help you respond to the Truth you've encountered. This is where it gets personal as you apply Truth directly to your life. If you do this study as part of a group, we'll guide you back to discuss some of these questions with your group each week.

1. Often, it is easier to see the lies that others believe, than it is to see how you've been I deceived. What are some lies you see the young women around you, especially your friends, believing? ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

2. How would you like your life to change as a result of this study?

______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

WRITE IT OUT

If you are going to dig deep, you will need to spend time praying about what you're learning in the Word during the course of this study. We've included space at the end of each day for you to journal. You can pray out loud, but we'd like to challenge you to record your prayers right here in this book. As you look back, you will be amazed at how God has faithfully responded to you. We'll get you started at the end of each day of study.

Jesus, I want to grow emotionally, spiritually, and relationally as a result of this study. I pray that You will reveal areas of bondage in my life and any lies I've believed that are keeping me enslaved. Show me the Truth I need to know to experience freedom, especially in the areas of ...

______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

DAY TWO: THE ORIGIN OF LIES

READ

Read chapter one: The Deceiver in LYWB.

REALIZE

1. Consider today quiz time? Take stab at the following questions about Satan, and then check your answers by taking a deeper look at a few Scripture passages that tell us about God's arch-enemy.

A. If you could describe Satan's physical appearance, based on Scripture, what words would you use?

.... big and hairy .... black and scaly .... bright and beautiful .... short and slimy

It might be surprising to realize that Satan would best be described by the words bright and beautiful? Read 2 Corinthians 11:14 and Ezekiel 28:12.

How can the reality of Satan's appearance affect our tendency to believe his lies?

______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

B. According to Scripture, what is Satan's native language?

.... Latin .... Lying .... Pig Latin .... Jive

Look up John 8:44 to be sure your answer is correct. (Though you probably don't need any help?) What does the writer mean when he writes that lying is Satan's native tongue?

______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

C. Why was Satan cast out of heaven?

.... pride .... bad breath .... failure to clean his room .... shining his wings

Of course, Satan wasn't kicked out of heaven for not cleaning his room? Ezekiel 28:12-19 describes Satan's fall. Look it up. What specific character traits led to his downfall?

______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

2. Look up Genesis 2:15-3:10 in your Bible. We want you to thoroughly digest this story. (So much of this book hinges on your understanding of Eve's fall.) As you read the passage, fill in the blanks to review key thoughts.

* "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, '_________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ ...'" (2:15-7 NIV) "The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. Now the serpent was more ________________________ than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, 'Did God really say, ______________________________________________ The woman said to the serpent, 'We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, '_________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________.' ________________________________________,' the serpent said to the woman. 'For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, _____________________________ ____________________________.' When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, __________ __________________________. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized _____________ _______________________; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, 'Where are you?' He answered, 'I heard you in the garden, and I was _____________ because I was _________________________; so I __________________________.'" (2:25-3:10 NIV)

1. We're going to do some fill in the blanks on key Bible passages throughout this study. Just like the memory passages, the fill-in-the blank exercises are based upon the English Standard Version (unless they say "NIV"). If you don't have an ESV or NIV Bible, you can look up these verses online at www.biblegateway.com.

(Continues...)




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