FREE Bible Study: Outside the Zone

bible reading challenge day 155

Today I want to introduce you to a brand new FREE Bible study resource, my ebook:

Outside the Zone: Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zones to be Used of God

“I LOVE this ebook! Rachel’s words reached down into my soul and inspired me. This ebook is both Biblical and practical and met me right where I’m at. I hope that women everywhere will read this and see that God has great plans for them Outside the Zone.”~Courtney Joseph, WomenLivingWell.org

 

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God uses example after example of people in the Bible who had to step outside of their normal everyday capacities and step up to the calling He had for their lives. This ebook outlines five of those very people- people who said “Who? Me?”

But I’m sure you’ve never said that before. Ahem.

I know I have never said that. (cough)

These five people- they had all kinds of issues.

Physical disabilities.

Rough family backgrounds.

Labels like “too old for the job” and “not good-looking enough.”

You might be familiar with their names: David, Moses, Gideon, Noah and Sarah. Yes, they were some Old Testament misfits.

The one thing they had in common? They all said “Yes” to God.

Oh, it took a little convincing on God’s part. But they came around.

To be honest, it took a little convincing on God’s part for me to share this study with you.

But I can tell you from the moment you read the introduction, if the book speaks to your heart, God does that. He gives me the awesome privilege of saying “Yes” to what He asks and then I get to tell you that if you like the book, give Him glory for working in your life.

So that brings me to the next point. I know that some people will think I’m really crazy to give this book/Bible study away. Without even asking you to subscribe to the blog.

What?!

You don’t give away freebies of this “size” without asking for some kind of commitment in return. But I guess I’m a little old-fashioned in that regard. Because I believe if you like the book, you will subscribe to the blog or the mailing list or like the Facebook page simply because you want to.

And I enjoy giving away free resources- just feels right.

So I’ll stop here and you  can go get a Bible study about stepping outside your comfy self and letting God do what He wants in your life. Click HERE to download the free .pdf or click on the graphic above.

OH and if you use a Kindle- I’ve formatted this book to fit well on a Kindle. So you can email the .pdf file to your Kindle email after you download the file. Here are instructions on how to do that if you would like to do so.

And when you get to the end of the study, be sure to let me know if you have a story about a time when you took a leap of faith and did what God impressed on your heart- especially if it was outside your comfort zone.

I intend to share those stories right here on the blog in a few weeks and I’d love for you to be a part of the series!

Do you think the topic of the study is cliche? Is it too late to be asking that question?

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Outside the Zone Lesson 7 Part 2

Outside the Zone of Age: Sarah
Various Scriptures

At the end of Part 1 of this lesson, we ended with the questions:

Is anything too hard for the Lord?

And while we immediately think , “Well, no. Nothing is too hard for God,” our actions tend to show otherwise.

At this point, we should look at that verse once more.

Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Genesis 18:14

Much of our “lack of faith” is truthfully just impatience.  We hate waiting.  I hate waiting.  We live in a world of instant everything. Pudding, mashed potatoes, milk.  We drive through for all kinds of items available at our every whim.   Milkshakes, burgers, coffee, breakfast.  Yet the worst part about a drive-thru window? The wait.  And THAT was difficult for Abraham and Sarah.  They had been waiting for years!  But the key words after the question in the above verse:

At the appointed time.

When Isaac arrived, he brought immeasurable joy!  Because of the wait, Sarah and Abraham received their covenant son with more than average happiness.   The meaning of Isaac’s very name is “he is laughter.”   Sarah’s desire was that her child would be a living example of God’s grace, mercy and JOY.   Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter.”

So how do we step outside our comfort zones and take the leap of faith, as Sarah did?  Maybe you are thinking…

“Wait a minute. Sarah laughed at God’s announcement.  She didn’t have faith.  She thought it hysterical.”

But Sarah’s sarcastic laughter was transformed into joyous laughter.  Amazement at God’s miracle performed in her life.

I truly believe the New Testament reveals just how much of a miracle God did in Sarah’s life. Read these verses; they make me want to shout!

Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, [so many] as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.  Hebrews 11:11&12

Say what? Sarah is in the Great Hall of Faith? Yep.  The Great Hall of Faith lists Sarah individually and personally.   Her sarcastic laughter forgiven and her faith in the God of the impossible is publicized.   Personally, I think God is the One who might have had a good laugh.  “Look at the ol’ girl!  Not only did I transform her body to give it the capability to give life; I transformed her heart into trusting me completely.”

Because she judged him faithful who had promised.

What a legacy of faith we have in Sarah….and Noah…and Gideon…and Moses…and David.  Those who stepped “outside the zone” and took God at His Word.

Lord Jesus:

I praise You for Your Word that is everlasting.  Thank you for the opportunity to hold it in my hand freely, study it and let it be my guide.  I pray you will use this study in the lives’ of those who read these printed words…that they would see You as the Faithful One.

In Your Name,

Amen.

Looking forward to Lesson 7

Outside the Zone of Age: Sarah

Genesis 17:15-19

Genesis 18:6-15

Genesis 21:1-8

Hebrews 11:8-12

This week we have several passages that mention Sarah and this topic of her age.  God’s plan for her life was quite unusual as she brought into the world a son promised for almost an entire generation.

1. What was God’s covenant to Abraham in relation to Sarah’s part of the task?

2. What does Sarah say that God made her do?

3. What are the true reasons as to why Sarah thought the idea of being pregnant at her age was completely preposterous?

4. What is your favorite phrase in Hebrews 11 regarding Sarah?