Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Stepping Up - Session 6

Session 6 - Blessing from Zion

And so we reach the end of the Stepping Up Bible Study.  Funny how it took much longer than 6 weeks to complete...many times we were taking steps off of this particular path!  This session discussed how Psalms of Ascent were centered around the Israelites pilgramage to Jerusalem and how we as Christians are also on a journey.  Beth gave us 4 ways to have a satisfying journey.

1. We are to continually survey the road. Jeremiah 31:21 God gives us signs along our journey and the Holy Spirit helps us to interpret those signs.

2. Hebrews 12:1-2 tells us to lighten our load.  All of our sin entangles us and does not let us get closer to God.  To be able to take those next steps we need to throw off everything that is hindering us.

3. Take the next step with the strength that is provided by Him.  Isaiah 40:28-31 He will give you the strength that you need to walk out of whatever valley that you are in.

4. Know with certainty that the destination is worth the trip. Isaiah 35:3-10  Our pilgramage will come to an end.  We will meet God and have everlasting joy!!!

keep on walking...
keep putting one foot in front of the other...
keep on taking that next step
and every step we take we praise the LORD.

Psalm 134
1 Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD.
2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD.
3 May the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion.

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