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Walking In The Truth: The Companion Guide For Lies Women Believe
     

Walking In The Truth: The Companion Guide For Lies Women Believe

by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
 

Satan is a liar. When women become entrapped by his lies their spiritual lives, marriages, and emotional well-being suffer. Through her many conferences, Nancy Leigh DeMoss has witnessed the many different and damaging ways these lies destroy women's lives. This companion study to Lies Women Believe will help women go deeper into God's Word, walk more fully in His

Overview


Satan is a liar. When women become entrapped by his lies their spiritual lives, marriages, and emotional well-being suffer. Through her many conferences, Nancy Leigh DeMoss has witnessed the many different and damaging ways these lies destroy women's lives. This companion study to Lies Women Believe will help women go deeper into God's Word, walk more fully in His grace, and experience the joy of the abundant life Christ promised.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802446923
Publisher:
Moody Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Series:
Books for Women by Women about Life Issues Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

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Walking in the Truth

A Companion Study to Lies Women Believe
By Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Moody Publishers

Copyright © 2002 Nancy Leigh DeMoss
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0802446922


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 ...

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.

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Reflect

2. Look at the list of words on page 17 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.)

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3. Look at the list of words on page 19 of Lies Women Believe. Write below the words (or any of your own) that you would like to describe your life.

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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?

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

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Respond

6. The young woman whose story begins on the bottom of 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?

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

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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.

Realize

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

John 8:44

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2 Corinthians 4:4

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2 Corinthians 11:14

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Ephesians 6:11-12

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1 Peter 5:8

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Reflect

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

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

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

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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?

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

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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 World and to be aware of the truth that no matter how powerful Satan is, You are more powerful. Amen.

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?

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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).

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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.

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

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

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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.

Realize

1. From pages 37-39 in Lies Women Believe, what are the four steps that take us from initial deception to bondage?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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6.

Continues...


Excerpted from Walking in the Truth 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.

Meet the Author


NANCY LEIGH DEMOSS is a mentor and "spiritual mother" to hundreds of thousands of women who have read her bestselling books and who listen to her two daily radio programs, Revive Our Hearts and the one-minute feature Seeking Him. Through these programs, she calls women to revival and biblical womanhood. Her love for the Word and the Lord Jesus are infectious and permeate her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and radio programs. Her books have sold more than 2,000,000 copies, and include Lies Women Believe, Choosing Forgiveness, A Place of Quiet Rest, A Thirty Day Walk with God in the Psalms, Brokenness: The Heart God Revives, Surrender: The Heart God Controls, and Holiness: The Heart God Purifies. She also co-authored Seeking Him, Lies Young Women Believe, True Woman 101: Divine Design, and is the general editor of Becoming God's True Woman.Nancy is frequently a speaker at women's conferences. In October 2008, Revive Our Hearts hosted the first True Woman Conference in the Chicago area, which sought to help women everywhere discover and embrace God's design and mission for their lives. Over 6,000 women attended True Woman '08, and three more national conferences were held in 2010. The ministry continues to hold additional national conferences and trainings for leaders in women's ministry for which Nancy is a keynote speaker.Nancy grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in a family deeply committed to Christ and to the mission of world evangelization. At an early age, she surrendered her life to Christ and to His call to fulltime service.Nancy graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in piano performance and went on to serve as the Primary Children's Ministries Director in a large local church. Since 1980, she has served on the staff of Life Action Ministries, a revival ministry based in Buchanan, Michigan. .

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