I AM – Beautiful To God

Firstly, I did some revamping around here with the layout — check it out. Feels less cramped in here. :)

Now, on with the Bible study… A short excerpt:

Do you ever encounter people and know by their countenance they are believers? A friend of mine went on a mission trip to Africa and while there came in contact with a tribal chief/witch doctor. During her groups’ stay, the man was born again. She has ‘before and after’ photos of him and I am not exaggerating when I say you can hardly tell he is the same man! All of the hard lines of sin were erased and replaced with a gentleness that can only be described as angelic. How amazing that God Himself makes us beautiful!

“For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.” – Psalm 149:4 (NASB)

I AM Online Bible Study

Discussion Questions:

What is your initial response when anyone suggests you are beautiful?

Usually I say thank you, but what I feel is surprise. When such a comment comes, I really never expect it. & honestly, sometimes a second feeling that accompanies this is disbelief in their comment.

Do you find you engage in a lot of negative ‘self-talk’? How much of your thought life does this form of thinking consume?

Yes, far too often & far too much, not necessarily in regard to negativity toward my outer self, but also inwardly as well, most often when I don’t feel I’m as I should be or what to do better in loving God (which really sums it all up as best as I can…)

What is the most radical transformation you’ve witnessed in an individual after they were born again? It’s okay to tell about your own!

Hmm… that’s a hard one. I don’t really know. For myself, I definitely am much less negative toward myself, especially outwardly, but I still am negative & many times, as friends will say, too hard on myself.

The imagery of being a City Girl has absolutely changed the way I perceive my worth before God. Does it yours? Will you receive this truth and let it boost your righteous confidence?

It reminds me that I need to see myself as God sees me, stop condemning myself needlessly & start trusting & believing Him more, especially in the times when I do make a mistake — to remember that He loves me despite my failings, & that He disciplines gently & knows my heart even better than I do. I need to focus on living in the hope of eternity & what God has done for me through the Cross, not in the could-have-done-betters or should-have-improved-sooners.

…if you haven’t checked out Lisa‘s I AM So You Don’t Have To Be Bible study — check it out here! I’ve enjoyed this so far & can already see it growing me in my faith & relationship with God.

3 thoughts on “I AM – Beautiful To God

  1. Hi! I’m new to the study and I agree with all you said in your last paragraph! God’s been teaching me so much lately about trusting Him more.

    And about faith not being a feeling… I was thinking last week about 2 Cor. 4:18 which says “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” and for me it also means “So we fix our eyes not on what is FELT, but on what is TRUE. For what is FELT is temporary, but what is TRUE is eternal.”

    I look forward to being along for the rest of this journey with you! : )

  2. Thanks for your reply, Melissa!

    Thank you also for the way you seen 2 Corinthians 4:18 — what another great reminder that God’s Word is truer than how we feel always!

    Hope to check out your own reflections on the I AM Bible Study soon as well!

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