Angela’s Corner is a place tucked deep within the hidden recesses of Intentional Dabblings because it’s not directly related to empowering others to connect. But rather related to the gal behind the mission and her personal journey to connect in the hope that these experiences will encourage someone else along the way. Today, we’re looking at studying 1 John and the impression is had on Angela.
Studying 1 John
I love Bible study because of the ways God uses it to teach us and grow us. And that is just what happened recently. The women in my new Bible study group are almost complete strangers to me. It was only our second time getting together, so we’re trying to find our groove as a group and everyone is still a little reserved. But leave it to me.
We were going through our work book answering each question one at a time when we arrived at question #12.
Now, when I’d first read question #12 I was waiting on Little Sister at dance class. It’s where I was when I DIDN’T answer the question because I (being so smart) decided that it was a no-brainer and not worthy of my pencil.
So we arrive at question #12. I want you to picture me sitting at this table with 12 other female faces. They are from a vast range of age, denomination, and background. They are virtually strangers to me. So here we are, going through our workbook, sharing generic, surface level answers to the questions and we get to this one.
The one I’d left completely blank.
Suddenly inspiration strikes and I feel this overwhelming compulsion to share. A divine nudging, if you will. And here we go…leave it to me to throw out this crazy emotional stuff in front of these complete strangers. I promise, y’all if you meet me at Hobby Lobby, I appear completely sane. Friendly but reserved.
Question #12 asked us to consider why John might be writing assurances to his readers about their grounding in the faith. It was specifically in reference to 1 John 2:12-14.
“I am writing to you, dear children,
because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
I am writing to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
because you have overcome the evil one.
I write to you, dear children,
because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
because you are strong,
and the word of God lives in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.”
In that moment, at that table, God took me back to a time when I felt unworthy of him and I let those feelings of unworthiness separate me from him. Instead of accepting the free gift of grace, I chose to try to be better and to do more.
I spoke up. “I think it’s so easy for us to fall into a trap of feeling unworthy or not enough for our calling. We let the enemy tell us we are worthless. But John says, “your sins have been forgiven, you know him, you have overcome, you are strong.” John is assuring his readers of who they are in Christ and there’s no reason to shrink back from our purpose or to hide from God.”
Where did that come from? Especially out of a question I’d left blank! It was a God Moment.
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A Moment of Doubt
As I drove to pick up my girls from school. I found myself reflecting on later chapters of 1 John where he warns his “little children” about deception. I thought back to my work on Intentional Dabblings. The posts I write about faith and connecting with God. I found myself doubting my ability to write on such things. Am I inadvertently a “deceiver”?
Am I a False Teacher?
What if I don’t know what I’m talking about? I didn’t go to seminary! I’m not a church leader! Maybe I shouldn’t be doing this after all. I began to doubt my mission, my purpose, and my ability in the matter of a split second.
Then, God took me back to that table with those women and it was like I was listening to myself quote John.
“you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.”
These things don’t just happen by coincidence. God used my past experience with him, through my study of the scriptures to reassure me of where I’m going.
So I continue to write about faith and connecting with God. If you every read anything on Intentional Dabblings that concerns you and you doubt that it aligns with the word, then message me and I’ll pray for open ears, mind, and heart to process what you have to say.
Research for yourself
I’m just a lady sharing her own journey with the Lord and what I believe to be true based on what he’s revealed to me, personally. Do not rely on me. I want to advise you to have your own journey with the Lord. Pray. Study the scriptures. I believe God speaks to us each differently. He knows us so he knows what we’re able and willing to receive well from him. Pursue your own dialogue with God.
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” – 1 John 4:1