How to Walk Worthy of Your Heavenly Calling + Free Online Bible Study

When I found out I was pregnant with my second child a short 6-months after my first was born, I made two promises to myself.  Once this baby was born…

  1. I was going to get a really cute new haircut.
  2. I was going to start taking Zumba classes at a local dance studio.

I’ll never forget the first time I stepped into that cramped little studio space on Main Street, my freshly cropped hair drawing attention up and away from my post-partum midsection.

For 45-minutes, three times per week, I was transported into a different world.

It was a magical place where upbeat music charged the atmosphere, where pretty girls glistened instead of sweated, and I danced my heart out.

If I squinted ever so slightly when I looked at my reflection on the wall of mirrors, I could almost imagine the happy girl looking back at me was a good dancer.

But no matter how often I attended that class, no matter how much effort I put forth, I simply could not get my body to mirror the precision and finesse of the “front row girls.”

What they accomplished with great ease, I failed to accomplish with my greatest effort.

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My lack of coordination and inability to keep up with the beat often made me feel unworthy of dancing alongside these younger, fitter women.

So as soon as my pre-pregnancy jeans “almost” fit, I stopped attending class at that posh little downtown studio.

No matter how much I enjoyed the class itself, I just didn’t like how being in that class made me feel about myself.

It made me feel unworthy.

As I’ve been pondering this idea of walking worthy of our heavenly calling, I’ve realized many Christian women feel the same way about attending Church or a Women’s Bible study as I felt about that Zumba class.

Judged.
Inadequate.
Deficient.
Unworthy.

And if we really feel that way about engaging in Christian community, how are we ever going to learn how to walk worthy of our heavenly calling?

You see, there’s a lie floating around like a vicious contagion, ravaging women’s hearts and bodies, leaving them spiritually handicapped.

This lie is from our enemy—the father of all lies—and its sole purpose is to cut us off from our Heavenly Father and render us powerless and ineffective in our Christian walk.

Never forget—Satan’s #1 goal is to demolish us. Obliterate us. Destroy us.

And He’s found an extremely efficient way to do that.

Satan’s lies confirm our deepest fears.

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He whispers this lie in our ear as we usher our family past Sally-has-it-all-together to our favorite spot in the sanctuary on Sunday morning, “You’ll never be as good as her.”

He reminds us of our inadequacies when we were too busy to complete our homework for Bible study on Tuesdays, “You are a failure.”

He pushes us to our breaking point and when we crumble in exhaustion he towers over us and declares, “How could God ever love someone like you?”

He taunts us, he tricks us, and he traps us.

And we let him do it! Time and again, we let him win. Why?

Because Satan’s lies confirm our deepest fears about ourselves.

We feel unworthy, we feel like a failure, we wonder if God could really love us.

All Satan has to do is whisper lies confirming of all those nasty feelings and insecurities.

How do we fight back? How to we find victory?

The only way to fight lies is with the truth!

We only achieve victory when we choose to fill our mind with all the beautiful things God says about us in His Word:

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight.In love, He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will,  to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6

You are God’s daughter. Created for His glory, and Chosen by Him before the foundation of the world. You are holy and blameless in His sight and He has blessed you with EVERY spiritual blessing.

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Focus on this truth for long enough and you will discover Satan’s lies have no power over you any longer.

BAM! Take that, Satan.

And this, sweet sister, is just one of the beautiful truths woven into the book of Ephesians.

One of the many bold declarations about who God made you to be.

It’s just the beginning of your journey of discovering all God has done to equip you to walk worthy of your heavenly calling.

Because God’s work always empowers our walk!

I’ve spent the past six months studying the truths of Ephesians, and I am excited to share all I’ve learned with you through my free 31-day online Bible study entitled Worthy of the Calling.

If you are sick and tired of Satan’s lies, this study is for you!
If you want to know who God says you are, this study is for you!
If you need a loving friend to journey alongside you, this study is for you!

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This 31-day e-mail based study on the book of Ephesians was created for busy women just like you.

All you need to complete the study  is 15-minutes per day and your mobile device. 

Finally, a way to dig deeper into God’s Word in those precious few moments before the kids wake up and start making demands—while you are stuck in the drive-through line at school—at the end of the day when you’ve just got enough energy to lay in bed and scroll through your phone.

And with all the free goodies packed into this study, you’ll be excited to open your inbox and click on the daily e-mails.

Still unsure? Take a moment to listen to this beautiful song my friend Jessi McNeal wrote just for us.

Click Here to listen to more of Jessi McNeal’s Music.

This song is inspired by the beautiful truths of Ephesians, and it echos the cry of my heart for every woman who struggles to believe she is…

Chosen.
Beloved.
Worthy.

If you’ve struggled to understand God’s love for you. If you’ve ever felt unworthy of His call on your life. Please know you are not alone.

This is why I have deeply enjoyed studying Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (and why you will too!).

You see, Paul understood where his worthiness came from.

He understood that the only way to walk worthy of his heavenly calling was to believe God made him worthy (it was nothing he could do on his own!).

When God looks at us, He’s not judging us by the same standard we judge ourselves.

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Not…even….close!

Sign up for the study today and together we will walk through the beautiful truths of Ephesians. Together we will discover who God says we are and how He equips us to walk worthy of our heavenly calling.

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Throughout the month of October, we will be celebrating the release of this powerful new study with weekly giveaways at SarahKoontz.com and other collaborating blogs. Each handcrafted giveaway item is inspired by the beautiful truths of Ephesians and their combined value is more than $600.00. View this Downloadable PDF for all the details!

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October 2-9 Giveaway: 1 Elly & Grace T-Shirt, 1 Wheat and Honey Co Journal, 1 Skein Savour of Salt Scripture Yarn (a $70 Retail Value).

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Thank you for vising my blog and participating in the giveaway. I pray your time spent here has been worthwhile, and I hope you join us for the Worthy of the Calling Bible Study.

It’s going to be EPIC!

Have you ever struggled to understand your worthiness before God? What has helped you fight off the enemy’s lies? I’d love to chat about it in the comments.

Sarah Koontz

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Sarah Koontz invites Christians of all ages to explore the beauty of God’s design. She is a passionate storyteller who enjoys using illustrations to communicate deep spiritual truths. Sarah lives on 13-acres in South Dakota with her husband, two daughters and a rowdy flock of 30 chickens. She revels in their simple, uncluttered life.

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28 thoughts on “How to Walk Worthy of Your Heavenly Calling + Free Online Bible Study

  1. Sarah, Thank you so much for your generous heart to offer this free online Bible study in order to share all that the Lord taught you through the study of Ephesians.

    I appreciated this blog post and your humility as you shared insights and wisdom learned during your study of Ephesians and all the wonderful Truths contained in this book.

    I leave your blog today edified.

    Blessings,

    1. Hi Karen, thank you for your kind and encouraging words. I love writing and sharing free Bible studies on this site, and I can’t wait to share all I’ve learned from the rich book of Ephesians.

  2. Hey Sarah, I love the imagery your story created in my mind of you in that Zumba class. Girl, no matter what you say, I know you were working it! Just like you ’bout to work this online Bible study – by God’s grace, of course.

    I’m so happy to finally be a part of your launch team. It’s time to get this party started to the glory of God.

    Hugs and Kisses!
    Tiffiney

    1. Work it, work it, work it. Of course I was! But the wall of mirrors really messed with my mojo (so much better in my head). So happy to have you on the team, can’t wait to launch this study!

  3. Zumba is beyond me but I stuck to it for 3 months. Thankfully, not a requirement for heaven. You’re adorable and God is using you and you give Him great pleasure! love, sue

    1. It is fun, that’s for sure. Until you spot your awkward self on the wall of mirrors and get all self-conscious. I did eventually pick up enough steps to have fun though. Yes, I’m glad we don’t have to be coordinated to climb the stairs to Heaven. LOL.

  4. “The only way to fight lies is with the truth!” Amen, we must see what God says, not listen to the lies of the enemy.

    Blessings to you, Sarah! I’m your neighbor at #porchstories

  5. Funny story Sarah that I want share. When I was finally able to stand after the stroke, my physical therapists had me trying to Zumba to get my coordination back. Needless to say, it was not pretty sight:) Thankfully I can walk now, but still can’t Zumba. I must say I have fallen victim of Satan’s lies and that usually sends me running to God’s word. I find comfort and strength as He reminds me who I am in Christ. I know your free bible study will be a blessing to many women who participate. May God grant you wisdom, courage and strength as you continue to serve Him. Be well, friend and God bless.

    1. Awesome story! I guess, if I had to choose between walking and Zumba….I’d choose walking. LOL. My blog post next week is all about what it means to be in Christ. Love that you mentioned that concept in your comment. Thanks for your encouragement, Horace. I appreciate you.

  6. Oh gosh, Sarah, I’m a front row Zumba girl—literally! I may be coordinated in the Zumba class but I totally crash and burn when it comes to comparison and inadequacy everywhere else! 😉 Thank you for reminding us that we are created and chosen and loved. Stopping by from #FaithnFriends

    1. Oh, Laura, bless your heart! I truly do have fond memories of Zumba (front row girls and all). But boy does that comparison trap sneak up on us in the oddest of places. Thanks for your honesty, girl, I appreciate you!

  7. Your post could not have come at a better time for me! “Worthiness” is something I have dealt negatively with my whole life. I grew up feeling like I was always in the way, could never do anything right and had no value. Those feelings have stayed with me as an adult and have been choking out my relationship with God. So at 32, God is saying no more. He has really been working in my heart on things like mercy, grace, unconditional love and yes, worthiness. I have signed up for your Bible study and I am looking so forward to it! #dancewithjesuslinkup

    1. I am so happy to have you joining us for this study. I love how our worthiness has nothing to do with us (really). It is a gift from God and it is given freely to everyone who chooses to follow Christ. The tough part is learning to live like the wealthy heirs we are! Trusting God is going to continue showing you how He sees you and empowering you to overcome the lies of the enemy. Hugs to you!

  8. I took Zumba twice, then I politely excused myself down the hall to kickboxing. HAHA. We all struggle with the lies. Mine always has been, “You are not worthy of the Lord’s Blessings. No matter what your life will be rotten so just give up.” When I was younger I would see my family and friends making poor choices and ending up with great blessings while I tried so hard to follow the truth and life just beat the living hope right out of me. I remember feeling numb for a few years, defeated and willing to just stay in the dirt for a while instead of brushing off and trying anymore. I still question the why’s sometimes but have learned to keep the lies at arm’s length to the best of my ability, continually praying for better perspective and renewed hope. Thanks Sarah!

    1. Ah, Kickboxing. I’ve heard good things! I’ve got a few lies I’ve been believing for far too long also, Deanna. It was so helpful for me to finally recognize them for what they are: Satan trying to discourage and destroy me! Then I got mad enough to stand up to them (like Jesus did in the desert when Satan tempted him 3 times).

      I think it’s so important for us to put on our Spiritual Goggles and try to see what God is up to when life is tough. He’s always working in us, but sometimes we struggle to see the good without a little supernatural sight. I love that earth isn’t our final destination, and this isn’t “as good as it gets.” Gives me hope to keep pressing in and looking up! Hugs to you.

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