Read Genesis 17
The story around Abram is building in this chapter. Pay close attention to these things…
- God changes Abram’s name to Abraham, and changes Sarai’s name to Sarah.
- God gives assurance that He will keep his promises of an heir via Sarah.
- God assures Abraham that He will also make Ishmael a father of 12 princes and a great nation.
- God tells Abraham to circumcise all male children as a sign of the covenant.
- Abraham obeys, and he and Ishmael, along with other males in the household, are circumcised.
Some aspects of this account are unusual for us. Remember that there are cultural aspects to this account that occurred 3000-4000 years ago.
Here’s the key point to take away. Even when it seems otherwise, God is working to fulfill His promises and make His plan come to pass. Thank Him for the plan that He has for your life. Ask Him to give you patience while you wait for His plan to come to pass.
Then Abraham bowed down to the ground, but he laughed to himself in disbelief. -v17
Read Proverbs 17
This chapter continues with ideas surrounding righteous living. Many topics are addressed.
Pick out one or two topics you see in this chapter, and think about these things…
- Why does the author include that in this chapter?
- How are doing with living according to the wisdom given?
- How can you improve?
Did you have trouble finding a topic to think about? How about speech or quarreling or money?
It is safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to confront a fool caught in foolishness. -v12
Read Psalm 10
Injustice is everywhere – across the globe, elsewhere in our country, and sometimes right in our home town. It seems like God doesn’t care, or isn’t there.
The writer of this psalm seems to have similar thoughts. This psalm is arranged in two sections – vv 1-11, and vv 12-18. The first portion expresses concern about the Lord letting the wicked oppress the poor, and the second section is the prayer of the observer or victim to God about the situation.
- What is the attitude of the wicked toward God?
- How does the writer see success for the wicked?
- How would you describe the faith shown in the prayer in the last portion of the chapter?
- What does the observer/victim realize about God?
- When you seen real injustice or oppression, what is your response?
- What actions should you take?
The LORD is king forever and ever! The godless nations will vanish from the land. -v16
Read 2 Timothy 1
Paul wrote this second letter to Timothy while he (Paul) was imprisoned in Rome. Pay attention to the tone of the relationship between Paul and Timothy.
Paul talks about serving God. What can we learn about motives for serving God?
Faith is also a topic in this first chapter. Look at vv 5-7. Why is faith important? Why does Paul tell Timothy to “fan the flame”?
How can you grow your faith?
How does having faith relate to telling others about the Lord?
Whatever your level of faith, ask the Lord to increase your faith. Ask Him to not be afraid or ashamed of telling others about Him. Be strong!
This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. -v6
Read Mark 8
The narrative in Mark 8 moves right along and the events change quickly. But, some important things happen here.
Bread and food are used a couple of times in this chapter. Why is that? What did Jesus want to teach the disciples and other people with food/bread? What is He trying to teach you?
Jesus also wanted His disciples to develop a complete understanding of who He is. Who did other people say Jesus is? Who did Peter say Jesus is? How did Peter arrive at that conclusion?
Jesus talks about being a follower in vv 34-38. What does it take to be a follower of Jesus? Is this still relevant today?
Jesus wants, or rather expects, us to be followers of Him. After reading this chapter, are there any actions or attitudes you need to change in order to be a better follower of him?
Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah.” -v29
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Do you know God?
Can you really know for sure you are going to heaven? Is it really possible to have a relationship with God and to know your sins are forgiven? God does not want you to live in uncertainty. He wants you to know for sure that you are going to heaven.