1. “Two related truths appear repeatedly in God’s Word. First, as His children we will be tested. Job is an example of this biblical truth. However, even in the testing of Job, Satan displayed no power that was not first permitted by God and used for God’s express purposes.” (Quote from page 254) Respond to this quotation from the reading.
2. “Second, as difficult as it may be for us to swallow, the truth is that the most effective forming and shaping of our character takes place during times of suffering.” (Quote from page 254) Respond to this as well.
3. Sometimes people think that something is wrong; God is not doing His part. If by this time in the program they haven’t lost some weight, they can get angry. “Why isn’t God just removing the desire in me to overeat? That is what I want!” How would you respond to this? (Consider the quotation on page 255 from Candace.)
4. “In order to be made mature and complete in our faith, we will undergo trials. But we can know without a doubt that the Lord is in control. He intends that anything we experience be used for our growth and our good, achieving for us an ‘eternal glory.’” (Page 256) Does this thought comfort you when you are in a trial? How so? Or, conversely, why do you think it doesn’t?
5. Have you ever longed for days past, temporarily, perhaps, forgetting the slavery of those times? Journal about this if you feel so led. (See the discussion at the bottom of page 256 and the top of page 257.)
6. What is your answer at the bottom of page 257? Consider sharing this with the group.
7. On page 258 are a list of “tests.” Which tests have you experienced lately? Are there any test types that you can add to this list?
8. Near the bottom of page 258 we are told, “Our battle is about so much more than food. It is about the abundant life we have been given in Christ.” How can we keep our focus on the One we serve? What can you do practically?
9. Consider the “Goal Contract” work that you did on page 260-261. How did you feel about this activity? What are some “action steps” that you will take to produce the desired results? Consider asking the group for prayer and accountability in these final days of our study together. (Keep in mind you can always study the book again…you don’t have to have everything “done and over with” by the magical Day 30!!)