Sunday, November 24, 2013

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS

 



QUESTIONS:
 
What did each one of these men/women received from God when they prayed?
 
Moses:  (Exodus 15:24-25)   (Healing for the people.)
Gideon (Judges 6:39-40)   (God revealed His answer on the fleece only.)
Hannah (I Samuel 1:27)   (God gave her a baby boy named Samuel
Samuel (I Samuel 7:9-10)   (God grant him the war against the Philistines.)
Solomon (I Kings 9:3)   ("That he could build the Temple unto the Lord.")
Elijah (I Kings 18:37)   (The people hearts turn to the Lord)
Hezekiah (II Kings 19:19-20)   ("Divine deliverance for His people.")
Jehoshaphat (II Chronicles 18:31)   (Divine help for the enemy to move)
Ezra (Ezra 8:23)    (Divine protection)
The Early Church (Acts 4:31)    (The people was filled with the Holy Ghost,  spoke God's Word with boldness.)
 


 

BIBLE STUDY WEEK 6 ( I MISS THIS ONE)

 
BIBLE STUDY
"The Prayer of Jabez" BIBLE STUDY
(By Bruce Wilkinson)
WEEK 6  
(11/19/13)
 
 
 

 
 
Subject:                                "And God granted him that which he requested…"   
                                                "Ask and ye shall receive" (Matthew 7:7)
                       
CONCLUSION:                 
                                                           
 
Scripture:                           I Chronicles 4:10 (WYC)
                                                "And Jabez was noble before all his brethren; and his mother called his name Jabez, and said, For I childed him in sorrow. (And Jabez was more respected than all his brothers; and his mother called him Jabez, or He who maketh sorrow, saying, For I gave birth to him in pain.)  And Jabez called inwardly (to the) God of Israel, and said, If thou blessing shalt bless me, and shalt enlarge my terms, and if thine hand shall be with me, and thou shalt make me to be not oppressed of malice. And God gave to him that thing that he prayed. (And Jabez inwardly called on the God of Israel, and said, If thou blessing shalt bless me, and shalt enlarge my borders, and thy hand shall be with me, and thou shalt keep me from being oppressed by malice, I shall be blessed indeed. And God gave him what he prayed for.)
 
 
LET'S OBSERVE THE ANSWER TO HIS PRAYER.
 
A. The petition was large, but it was offered to a God, who is pleased of its magnitude,
and glad that Jabez was not leaving God out of any phase of his life.
 
B. "And God granted him that which he requested"
 
1. It is not said that God held anything back, but gave him freely.
2. How please God must have been with this man.
3. The Bible teaches that God always hears the prayers of his children when they
pray in accordance with his will.
a. I John 5:14, 15
b. Psalm 84:11 "For the Lord is a sun and shield, the Lord will give grace
and glory, no good thing will He withhold from them that walk
uprightly."
 
C. We observe the honor Jabez had among men.
"And Jabez was more honorable than his brethren."
 
1. No doubt at all, but that this honor was his because he was a God-fearing man.
2. Whether these "brethren" is limited to meaning his blood brothers or the
community of Israel we don't know for sure.
a. It is not a verse that is speaking ill of the honor of these brethren, it
simply says that Jabez was more honorable than they.
3. The Lord honors those who honor him.
4. Jabez acknowledged God as the source of his prosperity, and God rewarded
him to a position of authority and esteem in his family and among his country
men.
 
D. We notice that Jabez prayed to have freedom from sorrow, and God granted him his requests, so Jabez must have been a happy man.
 
1. In spite of his name, and the sorrow surrounding the circumstances of his birth,
he was a happy man.
2. He had:
a. Success in life.
b. Evil kept from him,
c. And God's blessings sanctifying his success.
 
 
Talk Points:
A prayer that is successful can be outlined in II Chronicles 7:14, what are they?
When God grant a prayer what is the first thing you should do?
If you don't see an answer immediately, what should you do?
 
 
Extra:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference………………..Believing God will get you an answer
 
Habakkuk prayed a prayer and God heard him. (Habakkuk 3:1-2)
A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. "O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy."
 
 
Prayer:
"Father, I know that You are a faithful God, and thank You for answering prayers"
 
Quotes:
"God has done more than I could ask or even imagine on more occasions than I could ever recount. His ways are higher than my ways. My ideas simply cannot compete with his." (By Dillon Burroughs)

Scripture:     (2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV)

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
 
Statement:
My new start in receiving from God:
            In conclusion of our study I will remember that I'm just a pray away from having God's best.
 
 
 
Questions:   
What did each one of these men/women received from God when they prayed?
 
Moses:  (Exodus 15:24-25)  
Gideon (Judges 6:39-40)
Hannah (I Samuel 1:27)
Samuel (I Samuel 7:9-10)
Solomon (I Kings 9:3)
Elijah (I Kings 18:37)
Hezekiah (II Kings 19:19-20)
Jehoshaphat (II Chronicles 18:31)
Ezra (Ezra 8:23)
The Early Church (Acts 4:31)
 
Prayer:
May the Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord makes His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Amen.
 
This is my last week:
I will be concluding this Bible study this week, and I hope and pray that everyone has been inspired as I have been through it.  God bless you!   My next Bible Study will be (How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Life by Dr. Gregory R. Frizzell).
 
See you in my next study
 

 
 
 


BIBLE STUDY WEEK 6 (sharing talking points)

 First I want to share these talking points






A prayer that is successful can be outlined in II Chronicles 7:14, what are they?

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

1. Humble themselves
2.  Pray
3.  Seek His face
4.  Turn from wicked ways

When God grant a prayer what is the first thing you should do?

Receive it and worship Him in praises

If you don't see an answer immediately, what should you do?

Keep praying and wait on God

When God enlarge our opportunities, He will also enlarge our strength.  Glory to God!

We must remember that God is never served in vain, and He will bless His people when they ask. As the author said, "Join me for that transformation. You will change your legacy and bring supernatural blessings wherever you go.  God will release His miraculous power in your life now. And for all eternity, He will lavish on you His honor and delight."

1. God granted Jabez that which he requested. It was a good request.
2. God has ways of blessing us of which we have never thought when we are on
our knees.
3. But if we ask we shall receive - if we ask not... (Matt. 7 : 7 , 8 ; 21:22) If we
don't receive it in the way we ask, we will receive it in His better way.

The Prayer of Jabez is a treasure! ………………..

I Chronicles 4:10 (KJV) 

     "And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested."


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

BIBLE STUDY WEEK 5 (11/12/13)

BIBLE STUDY
"The Prayer of Jabez" BIBLE STUDY
(By Bruce Wilkinson)
WEEK 5
 (11/12/13)
 
 
 
Subject:                               "That it may not be to my sorrow"---Freedom from Sorrow
                                                                       "It was a prayer for a PAINLESS life"
                                                           
Scripture:                           I Chronicles 4:10 (NIV)
                                                "Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted his request."
 
 
This We will Discover:
What it mean to pray in joy and sorrow.
What it means to be strong in the midst of sorrow.
What it means to be a person of prayer.
Gaining honor through communion with God.
 
Key:
 
1. If he should be overcome of sin that would cause him grief.
2. And likewise, if he should have a disaster to befall him and take all his material
possessions, it would cause him grief.
3. It is a prayer that covers about everything, and yet it is a very brief, one verse prayer.
 
To a great extent we find that we must sow in tears before we can reap in joy. Many of our works for Christ have cost us tears. Difficulties and disappointments have wrung our soul with anguish. Yet those projects that have cost us more than ordinary sorrow, have often turned out to be the most honorable of our undertakings. While our grief called the offspring of desire "Benoni," the son of my sorrow, our faith has been afterwards able to give it a name of delight, "Benjamin," the son of my right hand. You may expect a blessing in serving God if you are enabled to persevere under many discouragements. The ship is often long coming home, because detained on the road by excess of cargo. Expect her freight to be the better when she reaches the port. More honorable than his brethren was the child whom his mother bore with sorrow. As for this Jabez, whose aim was so well pointed, his fame so far sounded, his name so lastingly embalmed—he was a man of prayer. The honor he enjoyed would not have been worth having if it had not been vigorously contested and equitably won. His devotion was the key to his promotion. Those are the best honors that come from God, the award of grace with the acknowledgment of service. When Jacob was surnamed Israel, he received his princedom after a memorable night of prayer. Surely it was far more honorable to him than if it had been bestowed upon him as a flattering destinction by some earthly emperor. The best honor is that which a man gains in communion with the Most High.  Jabez, we are told, was more honorable than his brethren, and his prayer is forthwith recorded, as if to intimate that he was also more prayerful than his brethren. We are told of what petitions his prayer consisted. All through it was very significant and instructive. We have only time to take one clause of it—indeed, that one clause may be said to comprehend the rest: "Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed!" I commend it as a prayer for yourselves, dear brethren and sisters; one which will be available at all seasons; a prayer to begin Christian life with, a prayer to end it with, and a prayer which would never be unseasonable in your joys or in your sorrows.
 
 
 
Talk Points:
Do you believe that Jabez realized that he caused much pain and he didn't relish in that thought, and wanted to avoid being in that spot ever again?  (Great point to talk on, amen!)
 
Extra:
Just like our salvation, and the grace that we receive, we should never forget that grace is Gods riches at Christ's expense.  It is a shame that it has to be this way, but it just seems that everything has a cost.  Sometimes its pain we endure, sometimes its pain others endure for us, and sometimes it is the price that Jesus paid on the cross that fixes our pain.  Be of good cheer for we believe in God.
 
The New International Version translates it this way: "…keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." The New Revised Standard Version translates it: "…that you would keep me from hurt and harm!" The New American Standard translates it "…that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!"
 
 
Prayer:
"Oh, that it may not be to my sorrow."
 
Quotes:
"The path of sorrow and that path alone, lead to the place where sorrow is unknown" (Cowper says)
 
Scriptures:           (Luke 22:40)
                        "And when he was at the place, he said unto them, pray that ye enter not into temptation."
                        (Matthew 6:13)
                        "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen."
 
Statement:
My new start in a painless life:      
            To close this week study on a painless life, pray the following prayer aloud, and then pray it every day in the coming week.
 
Prayer:
Father God,  which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine will be done.  Amen.
 
 
 
Questions:
What is the meaning of: "keep me from evil that it may not grieve me?"
How would you paraphrase it?
What kind of evil or pain do we want God to keep us from?
Why would evil grieve you?
What is evil?
What does it mean to grieve (be sorrowful)?
 

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