Leaving Lo Debar - Session #1


Welcome to our study! A special thank you to Kim Arnold who is leading this Bible study.

A study about covenant and covenant relationships. A study about brokenness and spiritually dry seasons. A study about times when you cannot seem to forgive yourself for your own failures and now you walk in condemnation. A study about how hurt and anger can consume you because of something someone else has done to you. But it’s also a study about how that one intentional God ordained day everything can change and you find yourself leaving LoDebar.


In reading the introduction, Rhonda defines some words that are important to our study. She defined covenant and desolate. In your own words define covenant and desolate.

  1. How are they similar and how are they different?

  2. There is a key verse found in 2 Samuel 4:4. How does this verse relate to 2 Samuel chapter 9?

  3. What is LoDebar in relation to us spiritually?

Chapter #1:  The Condemnation Connection to LoDebar-It’s My Fault!

  1. In your own words define condemnation and relate it to Romans 8:1.

  2. What does condemnation breed?

  3. Recount a time in your life where condemnation has bred disdain.

  4. *Sometimes the person we are hardest on is ourselves. True or False? Discuss this.

  5. The enemy uses current situations to give us careless emotions. It is his intent to cause us to react and not respond in wisdom. What is the difference in reacting versus responding?

  6. Mephibosheth’s Nurse begins to identify herself through her failure. What are some things that come into play when we identify ourselves with our failures? 

  7. When we constantly identify with our failure it affects our walk with God. Why is our walk with God so important? How does Psalm 37:23-24 tie into this?  What about this passage gives you hope and encouragement?

  8. How does allowing condemnation to reign in your life affect your self worth?

  9. Rhonda mentioned a saying she heard a minister speak one time, “If it’s in the well, it’s coming up in the bucket!” What do you think that means?

  10. Do you think there is a progression for the surfacing of our words? If so, give the progression from start to finish.

  11. If my words are always condemning---how can I convince others of God’s love? Discuss this.

Condemnation definitely affects our worship, but we must keep reminding ourselves of the blessings we have been freely given. Name some of your blessings.

Thank you for sharing this time with us…Purpose in your heart that you will not allow condemnation to mold your mindset and keep you stuck in the past. Ask God to help you daily renew your thoughts according to His plan and love for you!

See you next week for Chapter 2!

Denise Chaney