Infusion Bible eStudies are downloadable small group studies that can be read online, printed, or emailed. Each study includes a leader guide and a study guide and is suitable for a one-hour group Bible study.
Listen...to the words of the Scripture, and in them discover God's message for you today.
Look...at a brief verbal snapshot from the scrapbook of contemporary life and discover its connection both to you and to the Scripture passage.
Live...inside the Scripture to discover its context and message; then allow the Scripture to come alive in you and cause you to live out your faith in new and more-effective ways.
Read an excerpt from this study below.
Most adults have had the experience of being controlled by negative emotions, desires, or thoughts. Though preferring to be positive and creative, we find ourselves subject to forces more powerful than will or reason. Moreover, the stress we live under sometimes leaves us feeling irritable, depressed, apathetic, or insecure. Anger, prejudice, fear, low self-esteem, and grudges held too long all detract from our relationships with others and our sense of well-being. We try to resist these tendencies but find that we are helpless to change ourselves. If you have been there, you know how hard it is to extricate yourself.
The apostle Paul fought the same fight and discovered just how much he needed a power greater than himself by which to win the battle (Romans 7:14-23). Yet, because he asked and sought and knocked persistently in prayer (Matthew 7:7), God gave him victory by the Spirit. As he repeatedly redirected his attention away from himself and his adversaries and toward God, Paul found that God was available and able to liberate him (Romans 7:24-25a).
Based on his experience, Paul declared that God has not abandoned us to our own devices. God has adopted us and made us God’s people. By the power of the Spirit, we can discover fresh energy and new hope. Our attitudes and self-understanding can change. We can be confident of sharing eternal life with all the saints and endure whatever comes our way.