Watch the training session video below. Make notes as you follow what Lisa says. The workbook notes below correspond with the video session.
read your reading book
Highlights themes for Lesson 4 is found in chapter 4 and 5 from the reading book.
While you can complete the course without reading the book, we recommend reading Without Rival as part of your course experience. The video sessions will parallel and amplify major themes from the book. If you don’t have the reading book, you can skip this step.
answer workbook questions
this is an exact copy of what you will find in your workbook.
All of us crave someone of ultimate glory loving us. The good news is, that’s exactly what we have in the Lord! Everything we need for a meaningful life can be traced back to Him. Everything we’ve ever wanted comes from the reality that we are loved without rival!
However, living this way isn’t as easy as it sounds. We live in a time when it’s so easy to compare and label ourselves and others. So many of us seek the love and affirmation of others instead, only to be crushed when we don’t feel we meet their expectations.
We’ve already learned that as daughters of God, we each have a powerful and unique destiny. But classifying, comparing, and commending ourselves doesn’t get us any closer to what God has for us. In fact, they usually work against us. God has a different story.
THE PROBLEM WITH CLASSIFYING, COMPARING, AND COMMENDING OURSELVES.
Our connection with God can slip when we compare ourselves to others. How do you think our relationship with God is affected by our desire to meet the world’s standards?
Comparison is the thief of joy. In what other ways can comparison rob us of the life we were made for?
Commending ourselves is another way we live outside God’s design. How can that be troublesome to us?
What truths are we not believing when we compare and label ourselves and others?
Have you allowed yourself to be labeled or pigeonholed? If so, what steps can you take to move away from these labels?
THE TRUTH ABOUT RIVALS
People can either “best us” or “bring out the best in us.” What is the difference between the two?
What has a rival exposed in your life?
How can God use our rivals for our advantage?
Destinies are revealed in seasons of confrontation rather than seasons of comfort.
Allow the resistance you’re facing to work for you—not against you!
DECLARE GOD’S WORD OVER YOUR LIFE
God’s word is without rival—containing inherent power that is activated and released by faith. Boldly declaring God’s truth over yourself will impart strength within you and will shape your future. Each day, as you speak these words and Scriptures over your life, you’ll be empowered to live a life without rival.
I am an original. Therefore, I dare not compare, classify or commend myself with others.
So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. (Romans 12:5 MSG)
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Use it as a reminder to declare God’s word over your life, every day!
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