On July 13 and 14, about 100 women from Christian Fellowship joined 5,500 women, from a multitude of denominations, to hear Beth Moore speak at the Mizzou Arena. The worship was amazing as were her teachings…but, then, it was Beth Moore, who in my humble opinion, sits at the right hand of God.
Beth used a bow and arrow as her over-arching analogy. She had ten main points. There isn’t room for me to expound on all of them, so I will choose a couple of them that meant something to me. If you didn’t get a chance to go to the conference, ask others who did what they got from it. I’m sure you will hear quite a variety of answers. It seems that daily, since the event, I’ve had at least one person tell me how God met her there. Each response was both amazing and different; and they all seemed to come under the heading of one of Beth’s ten points. The first 5 points, she had us memorize and repeat often throughout the weekend. Here are the 10 with short descriptors:
- I’m following Jesus in route to Jesus (He is both with me and waiting for me).
- I do not run aimlessly (I have a goal.)
- I do not box air (I have a real enemy to fight—principalities in the dark places).
- I take good aim (The weapons of my warfare are not carnal, but they are mighty. Aim at the real enemy.)
- My Life has a point (Whether I am 8 or 85, my life is not pointless).
- My tongue is a bow and my words are arrows. (A bitter heart shoots bitter arrows – words). Allow the grace of God to deal with bitter roots. Heb. 13
- Satan has a quiver full of arrows all his own. (The bullseye is wherever I’m most vulnerable. What he wants most is our faith. When we pray God’s word over others, we roll all the responsibility over to God and we are then energized by His ability.)
- I’m meant to be a light, not a light weight (I have complete access to His divine strength).
- The aim is love. (Galatians 5:6—”The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”)
- The prize is JESUS— (Genesis 15:1 – “Behold, Abraham, I am your shield your exceedingly great reward.”)
I loved point 5 – My Life has a point. How often I’ve heard women say that they think their life is pointless. The truth is that God has us here for His purpose. Let’s continue to ask Him what His point for us is in each stage of our lives. Often the enemy will cause us (me) to reflect on our (my) past failures which can make us (me) feel immobilized in moving forward in God. Beth reminded us that not only does He redeem our past sins, but He redeems situations and circumstances that cause us to feel like a failure. You might even say that He brings beauty out of our ashes! We may have some ashes that we are still waiting for God to beautify.
It was point 4 where Beth turned our attention to the fact that we need to make sure that we aim our arrows at the enemy and not at one another. How often do we pray for those who we feel persecute us or talk negatively about us behind our backs? There is a reason the Bible encourages us to pray for them and bless them. It heals our souls of bitterness.
There is so much more I could say, but I will leave it at that. If you want to find out more, please find others who went to this event and have coffee with them. Ask them to tell you their experience at the Beth Moore event. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed, and you just might make a new friend!