Sunday, May 30, 2010

Experiencing God - Unit 2

Unit 2 - Looking To God

Verse to Remember
Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Day 1 - God-Centered Living

John 12:24-25  24I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

I read this verse several times trying to fully grasp it. And that is why I love the workbook concept.  I happened to glance at the title of today's lesson and it all fell so beautifully and simply into place! Don't you just love it when the Holy Spirit opens your eyes so wide!

Verse 24 - Only when we die to this world through salvation can God work through us to save many more. 
Verse 25 - If you love your life on earth you have it all wrong!  Hating this earthly life means that you are aware of the sin of this world and you should then be focused on God by repenting of your sins and eagerly awaiting your eternal life with Him.

Day 2 - God's Plan Versus Our Plan
God works His purposes through us. If we say things like "I can't", "Not right now", "I don't think I am able to" then we are focused on our own inadequacies.  Often God knows that we can't do it on our own, but He can! He wants to do it Himself through us!
Day 3 - God Takes the Initiative
Philippians 2:13 (NIV) for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
Philippians 2:13 (NLT) For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.
Sometimes I find that a different translation helps to make a verse more clear.  In this case the NLT showed me that God gives me the desire to obey Him.  How wonderful! He wants me to obey Him and so he helps me to do it. 
Day 4 - God Speaks to His People
God speaks to us by the Holy Spirit, through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church.  The deeper our relationship with God, the better we are able to hear Him.
Day 5 - God Speaks with a Purpose
Matthew 25:21 "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
God speaks to us when he has a purpose.  A small assignment may be to develop your character in preparation for a larger assignment.  If we are faithful in obeying God in the small things He asks of us, we are already blessed.

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