Breaking Free, The Journey, The Stories
I had a misconception going into the Breaking Free study that because there were no dark secrets in my past that I had nothing from which to break free. One of the first things we learned is that captivity is “anything that hinders the abundant and effective, spirit-filled life God has for us”. It suddenly became clear to me that I had a number of areas of bondage.
A big stronghold for me was the obstacle of unbelief of God’s unfailing love. I’m a creature of emotion but I’ve learned to choose to believe that Christ sees me as His beautiful bride, as His word and actions have proved over-and-over, rather than assuming I’ll always feel it. Truly accepting and believing His love for me has paved the way to live the key verse of Breaking Free – Gal. 5:1 – “It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Stand firm then, and do not be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
When I heard that we were going to embark on the Breaking Free study I was excited but really didn’t expect much to happen. There was so much obvious sin in my past that God had delivered me from, that I actually told Him, we’ve dealt with everything, what more could there be? Well once this study began, He revealed that there were many more “small” areas of my life that needed to be delivered. These ranged from daily habits to rooted family traits.
This study not only showed me that there were still areas that needed work in my life, but it also showed me in a very real and tangible way how much God loves me. I knew that He loved me, but this study helped me grasp it better. It freed me to receive, accept and claim His love. It gave me a new perspective of who I am in Him and who I am to Him. It helped to reaffirm that God has and wants the best for me, not only in heaven, but here on earth and that it’s not beyond our reach. Jesus came because of God’s love for us and to set us free from anything that keeps us from having the life that God intended us to have. With God and the help of this study we are able to obtain all He has for us.
When I found out we were going to begin a new study, “Breaking Free,” my fist instinct was that this was not for me, I thought to myself, I have been saved for over 20 years, God has delivered me of all the bondages; little did I know what the Lord had in store for me. Breaking Free is a LIFE changing study! The person I was on week one of the study, is not the person I am now after finishing week 10. I have been transformed and I now realize like never before that I am Free to worship and love my God in a way I had never done before. I have the freedom from bondages, from captivity, from strongholds and most importantly, from my past.
I am now able to see how beautiful and loved I am by God, and this freedom that I have experienced has given me a new passion and desire to let other women know that they also need to “Break Free.” Our past can hold us down, without us even realizing it. Beth Moore is an amazing teacher, and Woman of God. I am determined to let women know the beauty of living a life of Freedom in Christ. The study allowed me to have an even more intimate relationship with Christ, to want to be closer to Him than ever before. It ‘s such a strong desire, that we have decided to start “Soul Sisters Ministry” and allow the Lord to guide us into a journey where we can take this study and share it with women in the Fresno area.
Breaking Free allowed me to feel FREE of a huge bondage that I have lived with for many years. I have always known that God was a forgiving God but felt that I was not worthy of his forgiveness, Breaking Free helped me see that God loves me no matter what and that He does forgive me.
Breaking Free also opened my eyes to much bondage that I didn’t realize I was holding on to and by realizing those bondages I am now trying to let them go. I enjoyed this study and learned so much.
The perfect metaphor that I could ever use to describe Breaking Free, is that I used to weigh 300 lbs and now I weigh 150 lbs.! This study has been liberating and life changing; definitely the biggest blessing ever!! I, unlike most women in my group, was completely aware of my bondage (sad, I know), but I was not willing to let go of my lifestyle. This study taught me so much principal and crucial information that empowered my relationship with my Lord. I walked out knowing that my relationship with God is not worth any compromise. I walked away feeling more beautiful than ever! It has only been a few months and I’ve already seen fruit in my life due to my obedience.
Hi Gloria, I am so sorry to let you know that I will not be able to finish attending the bible study. I start a night class at Fresno City College this coming Tues. and Thurs. nights from 6:15 to 8:15 until December. I told the ladies at my table on Tues. night and since my sister is going, I signed up for the potluck and she will take my dish if I can’t be excused from class for the last night. Also, since my sister is still going I will be finishing up my studies with her. She will touch base with me after each Tues. night. She has a friend at work that is doing the Beth Moore study on her own and downloads the video each week so I will get those from her too. I have really enjoyed Beth Moore.
I would like to share with you that my 12-year old daughter has been so interested in me doing homework. She thinks it’s a hoot that I have homework to do. She has been so curious in our discussions about my studies it led to my asking if she has accepted Jesus Christ as her Saviour. To my great surprise (and sadness), she hadn’t! Having been raised in church, attending Sunday School and church camp, I guess I just assumed or took for granted that she had. This led to an even more open discussion and sharing where we prayed and she accepted Jesus Christ. I am forever blessed that Beth Moore’s bible study led to my daughter being saved.
Gloria, thanks for asking me to go. I in turn asked my sister, she asked her co-worker (was too late for her to sign-up but she’d like to next time and is doing it on her own right now) and now my daughter Camille is saved. It’s a ripple affect…
Linda, FCOE/Soul Sisters
Dear Gloria and Sylvia and ALL the Soul Sisters facilitators and helpers/volunteers:
I would like to let you know how absolutely BLESSED I was by our Beth Moore's Breaking Free Bible Study. I have still been soaking it in fully and remembering different things about it. It was so helpful for me personally in several areas of my life, to first think about them and bring them up to God, and then be able to turn them over to God, and some things I wasn't even aware of.
I wanted to email and say a very HUGE THANK YOU to all of you for having the study and for ALL the work behind the scenes (I can only imagine!). It was so well done and just SUCH A BLESSING! You ladies are truly awesome! There was such love and acceptance at every meeting and I just enjoyed every bit of all of it.
I just registered for the One in a Million, I wasn't sure until today if I would. But I will see you all tomorrow night and go from there! More blessings coming!
Love from my heart to yours,
Debrah S. 5/2/13
The Breaking Free Bible Study came at a point in my life when my faith seemed to be under attack from all angles. But through God’s powerful Word, I regained a renewed strength of love and faith in Him. I began to look at myself not from the outside but more importantly how I looked from the inside coming out to others. I was very unengaged, remote, and distant from people and this kept me from seeing the “true” meaning of God’s love for me and all people. I have been redirected to God’s perfect love of me and my faith in Him. My renewed commitment to my faith – not a dormant, hollow, latent faith but an evangelical and emboldened witness to the power and presence of Jesus Christ in my life – Freed from the shackles of constraint. The Holy Spirit is removing the misguided values and introduced me to the two most sacred moral doctrines of Christian life: uncontested love of Jesus Christ and the unhesitating acceptance of the grace freely offered to the faithful who accept that we are already saved through Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.
Thank you Glo and Sylvie for your love, keeping me in prayer, and inviting me to the Breaking Free study. God’s love has poured into my heart and into my mind. I will continue to feed my faith through the Mass at my church, faith-based activities, ministries and service to help others throughout my faith journey… Love you both, Teresa
Galatians 5:1 – “It is for freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery.”