Friday, May 27, 2016

Bible Study: "The School of Obedient" Last Words


 
 

I have enjoyed this study! My heart wants to be submissive to God's will, I desire and I will obey You, Lord, as You led me wherever I go. I desire to obey You Lord in every area of my life, even in the smallest matters. I pray my will be You will; my desire is your desire; my thoughts are Your thoughts; my ways Your ways, because I am submitted to Your will, amen. 

Obeying God in small matters is an essential step in receiving God's greatest blessings. Let's remember that our obedience always benefits others.  God's call to obedience always demands our response. When we obey God, we will never be disappointed.  Our challenge is to be obedient even if others are choosing not to. Remember, we are responsible for our own actions, not those of others. However, we can also choose to help our brothers/sisters by advising them to obey as well.


 
 
  Prayer: Dear Jesus, Please help me to have a heart of obedience. I ask that you would give me the strength to obey joyfully and willingly so that I can glorify You. I thank you and praise you for all you've done for me. Amen.

New Bible Study Coming Soon…………..6/4/16

"Praying Like Jesus"


 
 

This bible study is to benefit our prayer life. Jesus had a powerful prayer life, and we can have it too. Jesus said, "A man ought always to pray" (Luke 18:1). In order to pray always, we need to learn all we can on prayer and how to pray to our Father in Heaven. My confession, I have been slack on praying lately. I felt moved to do another study on "PRAYER". It is always a good thing to study about prayer! Let's look at Jesus' life of prayer!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bible Study: "The School of Obedient"

Sharing Points: Week # 8

 

 
 

Week # 8        Obedient Question:               Read the account in (Mark 14:32-42, also Luke 22:39; John 18:1). Ask yourself, do you sleep when you should be praying?

 Answers:

I would be lying if I said, no.  I do sleep when I should be praying, that is why I knew in my spirit that I should do more studies on prayer. I need to get back to praying more, and pray when prompt by the Holy Spirit. Father God, forgive me and help me to pray more in Jesus' name, amen.

 

Week # 8        Application Question:           What did you learn in this lesson on obedient that you have applied to your life?

 

Answers:

Very good question!  Yes, I have learned a lot in this lesson on obedient; on my job sometimes it get rough to obey, or should I say, give up to the Holy Spirit even when it don't seem right to me. I know God will intervene, but He also want me to experience giving up to His will, purpose, and play at that moment.  The flesh do not want to give up! Jesus gave up! We must mortify the flesh and live unto God through the Holy Spirit. Obedient don't mean letting me use you or give into want they want for you to do. That is not obedience in the Bible!  Jesus did not obey the church leaders during His time here on earth just because they were leaders, but it obeyed God because of who God was in His life. AMEN!           We learn to obey God through leaders, AMEN! And when we do that, then God will honor it and lead us in the path of righteousness.

 

Week # 8        Bottom of FormBottom of FormObedience Bible Quiz:           True or False

1. It is good practice to associate with the disobedient to win them.

2. We will obey sin if we allow it to remain in our life.

3. Submitting to our inner strength is the first step in resisting Satan.

4. Through Adam's disobedience we were all made sinners.

 

Answers:

1. It is good practice to associate with the disobedient to win them. False (2 Thessalonians 3:14)

2. We will obey sin if we allow it to remain in our life. True (Romans 6:12)

3. Submitting to our inner strength is the first step in resisting Satan. False (James 4:7)

4. Through Adam's disobedience we were all made sinners. True (Romans 5:19)

 

Memory Verse: Luke 2:44-51

"But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart."

 

Reading Assignments:           Ephesian 2-Philippians 4


I am reading my last week reading assignment now!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Bible Study: The School of Obedient: Week # 8

"OBEDIENT 101"

 
 

Key PassageGenesis 2:15-16; Supporting Scriptures: 1 Samuel 12:15; John 14:15; John 14: 21; John 14:23-24; Ephesians 6:1-3; I Kings 8:61

Subject:          Submitted to His Will:

Luke 11:28

The Lord's simple requests often serve as stepping-stones to life's most wonderful blessings. Simon Peter illustrates what can happen when we say yes to God.

One day a large crowd pressed around Jesus while He preached (Luke 5:1-11). The Lord wanted to use Peter's boat as a floating platform from which to address the multitude, so He asked the future apostle to push the vessel out a little way from shore (v. 3)—not in itself a particularly remarkable request. But Peter's compliance to His request paved the way for a life-changing blessing. From his example, we also learn how essential it is to obey God in even the smallest matters.

 

The noisy crowd received the first blessing of Peter's obedience; the people could now clearly hear Jesus' words. At the conclusion of the lesson, the Lord said to Peter, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch" (5:4)—a second opportunity to say yes or no. But this time, Peter may have felt tempted to decline. After all, he was a seasoned fisherman. He had worked the entire night for a catch but had returned empty-handed. Now this young teacher—a carpenter, by the way, not a fisherman—was asking him to go fishing again?

"Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets" (Luke 5:5).

Peter's reply demonstrates the beginning of a lifetime of faith in God. He said, "Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets" (5:5, emphasis added). The soon-to-be disciple chose to obey the Lord and to leave the consequences of his decision to Him.

But notice what happened as a result of Peter's obedience—Jesus demonstrated His power and sovereignty. Peter and his partners may have started the day off thinking their efforts had yielded nothing. But they ended it in complete amazement because they pulled in not one but two overflowing boatloads of fish (5:7). Saying yes to the Lord's request resulted in a miracle that transformed not only one fisherman's life but the lives of the entire group.

Consider four reasons why obedience is critical to the successful Christian life:

1). Obeying God in small matters is an essential step in receiving God's greatest blessings.

Suppose Peter had said, "Look, I'm busy cleaning my nets right now. I can't help You because I'm going fishing again tonight." Or he could have said, "Why don't You ask to use that other boat, over there?" Or, "I've already been fishing today; it would be a waste of time to go again." If Peter had said anything other than yes, he would have missed the greatest fishing experience of his life. But because of Peter's obedience, the Lord arranged a miracle that he would never forget. Often, God's greatest blessings come as a result of our willingness to do something that appears very insignificant. So ask yourself, "Has God been challenging me to do something seemingly unimportant that I have not yet made an effort to accomplish? Is there anything I have rationalized by saying, 'It's too difficult,' 'I don't want to,' or 'I have to pray about it first'"?

2). Our obedience always benefits others.

Think of how many people were blessed by Peter's obedience. Not only could the crowd see the Lord and hear His lesson, but Jesus Himself also benefited—preaching from the boat enabled him to sit down in comfort while He spoke (5:3). Then, of course, Peter's friends had a very profitable day—they took in two vessels so full of fish that both began to sink. More importantly, they had the opportunity to witness the Lord's supernatural provision.

3). God's call to obedience always demands our response.

God often rewards others—in particular, those closest to us—as a result of our obedience. For example, when a father obeys the Lord, his entire family reaps the reward of God's blessings. Likewise, a child's obedience will bless his or her parents. This does not mean that those who choose to disobey the Lord will escape His discipline because of someone else's godly walk. His call to obedience always demands our response. However, when we live obedient lives, those who know and love us will sense the peace and joy He has given us. Instead of conflict, there will be contentment—and that is just one part of experiencing God's goodness.

4). When we obey God, we will never be disappointed.

Peter no doubt assumed that Jesus' fishing instructions would amount to a waste of time. But when he complied with the Lord's simple request, Christ brought about a miracle that gripped the disciple with amazement. Jesus turned an empty boat into a full one. We, like Peter, must recognize that obeying God is always the wisest course of action. He can also take our emptiness—whether related to finances, relationships, or career—and change it into something splendid.

Perhaps you have hesitated to obey God because you fear the consequences of your decision. But the Lord's command is for you to fear Him above all else. The same sovereign, omnipotent God who keeps your heart beating and the planets orbiting is more than able to handle the results of your obedience. When He tells you to do something and you know without a doubt it is His will, then you need to obey based solely on who is doing the talking.

When you choose to obey the Lord, He will bless you. This is because obedience always leads to blessing. I have always told people who say they do not understand why God is asking them to do a certain thing that if they will obey Him, He will reward them with a sense of peace and joy that compares to nothing this world has to offer. Therefore, set a goal to obey the Lord and watch Him work in your life. Obedience "And how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:15-17

Is there a difference between obedient and submissive?

As with many English words or expressions, the difference in meaning between obey and submit is in the usage even though their dictionary meanings are similar. Submit usually means that someone does what they are ordered to do because they are up against a superior force, law, social custom etc.  The foreign army has just marched into town and demands that all men over 18 report for forced labor; and in face of that military force the men submit. You would be correct in saying that they obey, but the better word would be submit. Obey needs no superior force. It means that someone does something because if they don't, they will be punished; or it means that there is a social custom or rule which requires that you obey. You cannot have more than one wife in the USA because if you take on more than one you could be charged with a crime. Or, if you take an extra spouse your church congregation will shun you and vote you out of church membership.

Submit:

1. To yield or surrender (oneself) to the will or authority of another.

2. To subject to a condition or process: submit a tissue sample to testing.

3. To present (something) to the consideration or judgment of another: We submitted ourideas to our supervisor. See Synonyms at propose.

4. To offer as a proposition or contention: I submit that the terms are entirelyunreasonable.

Verb:

1. To accept or give in to the authority, power, or will of another. See Synonyms at yield.

2. To allow oneself to be subjected to something: submit to an interview; submit to drugtesting.

Obey:

1. To carry out or fulfill the command, order, or instruction of.

2. To carry out or comply with (a command, for example).

To behave obediently.

1. to comply with the wishes, instructions, or commands of.

2. to comply with or follow: to obey orders.

3. to respond readily to: The car obeys my slightest touch on the steering wheel.

4. to submit or conform to: to obey the law of gravity.

5. to be obedient.

Week # 8:   Obedient Question:                    Read the account in (Mark 14:32-42, also Luke 22:39; John 18:1). Ask yourself, do you sleep when you should be praying?

 

Week # 8:   Application Question:    What did you learn in this lesson on obedient that you have applied to your life?

             

Week # 8: Bottom of FormBottom of Form   Obedience Bible Quiz:    True or False  Week # 8

1. It is good practice to associate with the disobedient to win them.

2. We will obey sin if we allow it to remain in our life.

3. Submitted to our inner strength is the first step in resisting Satan.

4. Through Adam's disobedience we were all made sinners.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, my God, when we are afraid of failure, give us the courage to obey You anyway, and in all our ways. Remind us that with You by our side, we really have nothing to fear, but just need to obey You. Today, Lord, we will live courageously as we place our faith in You. We desire to be committed to You in all our way as well; Holy Spirit of God, take Your place in our lives, so we can be obedient and courageous to live a holy life unto You. Help us to hear Your direction for our life in the quiet moments of each day. Let everything that we do and say be in Your perfect will. Thank You for this study of obedient, we desire not only to study it, but to live it each and every day of our life. Help us to pray when we are prompt by the Holy Spirit, and help us to apply these principles to our life in Jesus' name. Amen.

 

Memory Verse:           Luke 2:44-51

"But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?

50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart."

 

Weekly Reading Assignments:           Ephesians 2-Philippians 4

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bible Study: "The School of Obedient" Sharing Points: Week # 7

 
 

Weekly Obedient Question:              What if Jesus had not been obedient? Read Galatians 1:3–5 to learn what His obedience made possible. (For this reason we should give thanks for Christ's obedience.)

 

Answer:

"Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."  I believe we should have a surrender heart and pray with thanksgiving in our heart for what Jesus has done for us. His obedience made it possible for us to be in close relationship with the Father, now our obedience should cause us to share the Kingdom News with anyone, and everyone we meet. I give thanks to You my Lord Jesus Christ for dying on the cross for me. AMEN.

 

Week # 7         Weekly Application Question:         How can we practice obedience?

 

Answer:

 

We practice obedient when we follow Christ's steps and the way He lived while here on earth. Jesus prayed, asked God for directions, sought His will in everything, He read God's Word (the Law), and when God tell us to do something, we must trust Him

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Week # 7         Obedience Bible Quiz:           True or False 

1. Solomon was promised a long life if he obeyed God.

2. Obedience to God brought Israel pain and suffering.

3. The wrath of God comes to those who disobey.

 

Answer:

1. Solomon was promised a long life if he obeyed God. True (I Kings 3:14)

2. Obedience to God brought Israel pain and suffering. False (2 Kings 21:8)

3. The wrath of God comes to those who disobey. True (Ephesians 5:6)

 

Week # 7         Memory Verse:           Deuteronomy 28:2

"And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God."

 

Week # 7         Weekly Reading Assignments:           Galatians 1-Ephesians 1

 

I have finished reading my assignment for this week!

Bible Study: "The School of Obedient: Week #7

The Weekly Prayer:
 
Father God, I want to start this prayer with thanksgiving for all the blessings You have brought into my life. We thank, You, Lord, for blessing each and every Prayer Warrior in this community, and those in other community and other websites too. Thank You, Lord, for all that You have done on our behalf; Thank You, Lord, for Your obedience to come and die for the sin of the world. We honor and praise Your holy Name. You are worthy to be praised. Glory be to You! Hallelujah! Father God, when You bless us and we do not see it, please help us to see what You are doing in our lives. When we suffer help us to stay faithful and obey Your plan for us. Help us to practice obedient daily, so Your wrath do not come to us as a result. When You speak to us, Lord, help us to hear and obey You in Jesus' name. Lord, You are our refuge and strength, and You are a very present help in time of trouble. The Lord of host is with us, and we are so grateful. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised. You are our God and our guide forever and ever, AMEN.

Bible Study: The School of Obedient: Week # 7

"OBEDIENT 101"
 
Key Passage:  Psalm 24:1-5:  Supporting Scripture:  Mark 9:41; Luke 6:21-23; Romans 8:28; 2 Corinthians 11:23-27; 2 Timothy 4:7
Subject:          Obedient Always Bring Blessings:
You might read this statement and say, "That many be true for you, but it hasn't been true in my life."  If you feel that way, it's possible that you have been expecting the Lord to answer your prayers in a particular way. As a result, you have missed how He wanted to bless you.  What is blessing? I personally define it as "anything that is an expression of God's love or goodness towards us." Answers to prayer, miraculous provision, and unexpected favor are some examples. We easily recognize these as God's gifts, but He sometimes chooses to bless us in different ways. For instance, He gives us strength, joy, and peace throughout seemingly impossible hardships, and He uses suffering to mature us spiritually.  God's blessings come in a variety of forms, but we can be assured that obedience to Him always bring blessing.

I define a blessing as any expression of God's goodness and love toward us. Answered prayer, miraculous provision, and unexpected favor are some examples. We easily recognize these as God's gifts. But sometimes He chooses to bless us in different ways. For instance, He grants us strength and joy in the midst of hardship, and He uses our suffering to help us mature spiritually.
When we obey God, we can trust that He will display His goodness and love to us. Those who are wise will watch for His blessings in all their different forms.
Spiritual Principles:
Biblical Examples:
A. Noah's obedience saved his family from the flood.
B. Abraham's obedience resulted in his becoming the father of a great nation, God's chosen people, Israel.
C. Moses led the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage.
D. Joshua won the battle of Jericho by following God's supernatural strategy.
E. David refused to harm Saul, the anointed king.
F. Jehoshaphat relied on God's word when the Ammonites attacked Judah.
G. Peter obeyed Jesus' command to fish in the heat of day.
H. Paul followed God's will and took the gospel to the Gentiles.

Types of Blessing
God's gifts aren't always obvious. But when you obey Him, He will bless you with:
A. Peace, joy, and contentment. These internal qualities often result when we step out in faith and obey God.
B. Spiritual growth. We will have more faith to obey the next time God challenges us to do something.
C. Eternal blessings. When we stand before God on judgment day, we will be rewarded for our obedience (see Mark 9:41; Luke 6:21-23).

Suffering before Blessing:
Often, the first effect of obedience is not blessing, but suffering. Sometimes, what God requires of us will initially lead to pain and sadness. We shouldn't assume that difficulty means we've made a mistake or that He has abandoned us. Let's look at two significant examples of suffering as an initial result of obedience:
A). Moses followed God's command to lead His people out of Egypt. 
Not only did the leader experience difficulty in freeing the Israelites from bondage; the people also complained bitterly about life in the dessert once they were released. Despite these and other challenges, Moses is known as the most important leader in the Old Testament.
B). Paul obeyed God by preaching the gospel. As a result, he suffered tremendous persecution, danger, and physical abuse (2 Cor. 11:23-27). However, because he was imprisoned, the apostle had time to write his epistles to the Colossians, Philippians, Ephesians, and Philemon. His obedience resulted in supernatural blessing (see 2 Tim. 4:7).

God's Purposes for Our Suffering
A. To bring us to the end of ourselves. We become most useful to the Lord when we rely on Him completely. If we respond correctly to loss and suffering, we will find blessing through it.
B. To prevent pride. Suffering reminds us that all good things are gifts from God and not earned by our own efforts.
C. To remove idols from our lives. Worshipping anything other than God is a problem. He causes all things to work together for our good (Rom. 8:28). So if He removes a good thing from our lives, He must have a purpose, even if we can't see it at the time.
D. To deepen our understanding of His ways. When God does something and we aren't sure why, we can anticipate learning something new about how He operates.
E. To demonstrate His faithfulness to His children. In suffering, you and I have the opportunity to become living examples of the goodness of God. As others watch how we respond to overwhelming adversity, they recognize His loving care. 
Conclusion:
If you obey God, can you expect His blessings? Yes. But remember that His choice of blessing may be different from yours. Perhaps He will use suffering to draw you closer to Himself. Or He may use it to remove from your life those things that hinder fruitfulness for Him. No matter what, if you walk in His will, He will bless you in surprising ways.
Week # 7         Weekly Obedient Question:              What if Jesus had not been obedient? Read Galatians 1:3–5 to learn what His obedience made possible. (For this reason we should give thanks for Christ's obedience.)
Week # 7         Weekly Application Question:         How can we practice obedience?
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Week # 7         Obedience Bible Quiz:           True or False  Week # 7
1. Solomon was promised a long life if he obeyed God.
2. Obedience to God brought Israel pain and suffering.
3. The wrath of God comes to those who disobey.
Prayer:
Father God, I want to start this prayer with thanksgiving for all the blessings You have brought into my life. We thank, You, Lord, for blessing each and every Prayer Warrior in this community, and those in other community and other websites too. Thank You, Lord, for all that You have done on our behalf; Thank You, Lord, for Your obedience to come and die for the sin of the world. We honor and praise Your holy Name. You are worthy to be praised. Glory be to You! Hallelujah! Father God, when You bless us and we do not see it, please help us to see what You are doing in our lives. When we suffer help us to stay faithful and obey Your plan for us. Help us to practice obedient daily, so Your wrath do not come to us as a result. When You speak to us, Lord, help us to hear and obey You in Jesus' name. Lord, You are our refuge and strength, and You are a very present help in time of trouble. The Lord of host is with us, and we are so grateful. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised. You are our God and our guide forever and ever, AMEN.
Week # 7         Memory Verse:           Deuteronomy 28:2
"And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God."
Week # 7         Weekly Reading Assignments:           Galatians 1-Ephesians 1

Bible Study: The Prayer Jesus Taught His Disciples Week # 7

Matthew 6:5-15 Beginning Prayer:   Father God, we ask that Thy will be done in our hearts today in Jesus' name.  Help ...