Part 1: From Barrenness to the Place of Blessing
1. Elizabeth’s name means:
My God has remembered_____.
2. Revival is not based on anything we can do, but on what God has done__________.
3. Zacharias’ name means: Jehovah has remembered_______________________.
4. No matter how hopeless your situation may seem, God has a message for you—a message of hope_______ , a message of joy______, and a message of reproach turned to ___blessing_____.
5. Elizabeth and Zacharias had a position of ministry, but even more important was their ___practice______ of observing all the Lord’s commands, which was consistent with their position.
6. A woman who is walking with God creates a ___marriage___________ where her husband can meet God’s qualifications for Christian leadership.
• What kind of climate are you creating in your home?
• Are you a whiner? Demanding or discontent? Rebellious or independent?
• Don’t underestimate the power of your Christian walk!
7. Elizabeth longed for a child, a sign of God’s __Blessing___ and __favor_____ in the Hebrew culture.
8. God is not as concerned about our life working out for us, as He is our ____sanctification______, and our conformity to the image of Christ.
9. Elizabeth’s barrenness did not shake her ___trust______in God.
10. Elizabeth’s barrenness became an ____instrument____ through which God would ultimately be glorified.
11. One definition of revival is: God bringing something back to ___life_____ that looked like it has no ___hope____ of living again.
12. We will always have ___unfulfilled_____ longings this side of heaven.
• It’s not wrong to have unfulfilled longings.
• It is wrong to demand that God fulfill them here and now.
• It is wrong to fulfill those longings ourselves by taking ___shortcuts___.
13. According to Elisabeth Elliott, our unfulfilled longings are material for ____sacrifice___ , because they give us something to offer God.
Part 2: Finding Joy in Sensitive Service
1. Nothing in your life is chance. It is all ___ordained____by God.
2. _Trust_______ the sovereignty of God, even in the details of your life that seem to be chance.
3. When God sends revival, it’s always a ___supernatural_____ work.
4. Weeping may endure for a night, but ___joy___ comes in the morning. God remembers . . . and He is ___absolutely_____ reliable!
5. Being a wife and mother is a ___high_____and __holy______calling.
6. Elizabeth was in the stream of the unfolding of the ____redemptive___ plan of God.
7. Elizabeth, as the mother of John the Baptist, had to be willing to be an _unusual_woman.
8. John would be an instrument of revival for God’s people. He would “. . . make __ready____a people prepared for the Lord.”
9. Elizabeth had to be ___willing_____ to let God deal with her husband in His own way.
• Let God be God in your husband’s life.
• Don’t try to __rescue_____ your husband from the cross.
• Don’t ___tell____ God how to deal with your husband.
• God wants to turn your husband into a “man of God” more than you do!
10. Be alert to the __seasons______of your life.
11. During the last trimester of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, we can assume that she was instructing Mary. What kinds of things do you think she shared as she mentored Mary in the ways of God?
12. Elizabeth was ___others___-conscious.
13. Who is seeking you out . . . knocking at your door? Who can you commit to mentoring in the days ahead?
Part 3: A Woman’s Role in Revival
1. If you are going to raise children who are instruments of revival, you’ve got to be ___filled____ with the __Holy Spirit_____.
2. Elizabeth was controlled, guided, and filled with God’s Spirit ___then____ she spoke words that edified and blessed.
3. Elizabeth affirmed Mary with the ___words of blessing____ of childbearing.
4. She encouraged Mary to __believe___ God for the ___instruction____.
5. One key to revival is a woman’s contribution: the birthing and nurturing of life, and then passing on ___instruction____ to the next generation.
6. Elizabeth’s relatives and neighbors heard how God has showed her great mercy in
ending her barrenness, and her reproach was turned to ___rejoicing_____.
7. When Elizabeth named her child, she was one with her husband in ___obeying__ God. She carried out what was in Zacharias’ heart—what God had told her husband.
8. God wants us to get the ___vision (picture)___ of what it will be like when He opens heaven and comes down in revival.
9. Not only did Elizabeth birth a child, she had to be willing to ___yield (give)___ the child up for God’s purposes.
• Are you willing to release your children to the will of God?
• Remember: it’s not about us; it’s about God’s __glory (purpose)__ in this world.
10. Elizabeth __surrendered____ herself, and God fulfilled His purposes in and through her life.
© Used with permission. Elizabeth: Lessons on Grace and Faith from the Life of an Older Woman (DVD) by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. https://www.reviveourhearts.com