Here are the next three questions from my new Bible study, “Let’s Talk about the Elephant in the Room – Gluttony.” Each Saturday, I will post three questions that correspond with three chapters from my Christian fiction novel, “Elephant in the Room.” Let’s search the Scriptures together and take notes about God’s wisdom for us.
Chapter 16, Bible Study Question 16
In Chapter 16 of my Christian fiction novel, “Elephant in the Room,” after Beverly prays with Stephany, she offers a few helpful hints for prayer.
Her first suggestion is to use the Bible to guide your prayers. For example, the Psalms are full of prayers and songs to God that you can say. Jesus taught the disciples what to pray about in Matthew 6:9-13. In his New Testament epistles, Paul often wrote out his prayers, so we can read and learn from them, too. Start compiling a list of prayers found in the Bible to use to pray back to God or to model in your own prayer time.
Beverly’s second suggestion for prayer was to use the acronym, ACTS, which stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. First, let’s find good definitions for each of these words:
- Adoration –
- Confession –
- Thanksgiving –
- Supplication –
Use this acronym as a quick reference when you have a few minutes to pray. These categories also form a great framework for a prayer journal. For Adoration, start by compiling a list of the attributes of God. For Confession, be discreet about writing and dwelling on details. Identify the sin you are battling by its Bible word, and collect verses to help you put off sin and put on righteousness. If you don’t already have a Thankful journal, now is a great time to start writing down God’s goodness to you! For Supplication, in addition to your personal requests, keep a list of the needs of other people that you are praying for. Be sure to take note of how God answers your prayers!
Take a few minutes to pray aloud or write out a prayer full of adoration of God, confession of sin to put off, and thanks for His forgiveness and provision, before making requests for yourself and others to the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.
Chapter 17, Bible Study Question 17
In Chapter 17 of “Elephant in the Room,” Pastor Eric studies Galatians 5. Please take a few minutes to read the entire chapter and study the context of Galatians. For our Bible study today, we will focus on verses 16-24.
In your notebook, write the list of desires of the flesh from Galatians 5:19-21.
When you consider this list of fleshly desires, thank God for guarding your heart against some of them. Maybe there are a few desires that have distracted you from worshiping and serving God this week, so take a few moments to confess and seek forgiveness. But if you need to take drastic measures to fight any of these temptations, please seek help and accountability from God’s Word and God’s people, and try the Mortifying Sin worksheet to work through the issues.
Now write the list of the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23.
It is worthwhile to research the meaning of these virtues and their practical application. For now, let’s focus on self-control. Using BlueLetterBible.org, look up Galatians 5:23 and use the Tools bar on the left to study this word translated self-control or temperance. Take notes in your notebook about self-control.
In my novel, Pastor Eric brainstormed some actions to practice self-control when eating food, including using a smaller plate at meals and leaving the kitchen to seek comfort by reading the Bible instead of eating food. What other ways can you practice self-control with food? Share your ideas in the Comments section below and let everyone know what new idea you will implement this week.
Chapter 18, Bible Study Question 18
In the beginning of Chapter 18, Stephany reads a Bible passage about comfort. In your notebook, write out 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
Circle or highlight every occurrence of the word comfort in those verses.
Think about the times when you have been in affliction and needed comfort. Have you ever rushed to the refrigerator to seek comfort from food? But was your heart really comforted? Maybe you even experienced greater pain and discomfort after you binged on food that your body didn’t need.
What should you do instead? During a crisis, seek the Lord through prayer and Bible reading for your comfort. And if you need wisdom to deal with an issue, James 1:5 reminds us that you can ask God for wisdom, who gives to all generously and without reproach!
As a reminder of where God’s comfort can be found, print out a nice copy of this verse and hang it on your refrigerator for a while, or use this piece of Bible Verse Art of 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 as a screen saver on your computer or phone.