Read Genesis 16
We’ve been building to this point for a few chapters. Remember that God had promised Abram a descendent, yet he and Sarai could not have children.
- How does Sarai and Abram try to solve God’s problem (vv1-4)?
- How did this ruin relationships in the household (vv 4-6)?
- Describes how God intervenes (vv 7-10).
- What was the promise that God gave Hagar (vv 10-12)?
- How would you describe the son from Hagar as it relates to God’s promise to Abram (v 13-16)?
Think about what we can learn of God in this chapter. God is sovereign, and we (people) do not, actually can not, mess up His plans. Praise God that He will see His plan through to completion!
Read Proverbs 16
Now, Proverbs moves to talking about righteous living. Rather than contrasting with wickedness, the focus is righteousness. Many topics are presented that we’ve already seen, yet these extoll the virtues of righteousness.
I want you to look for what this chapter says about two topics – making plans, and pride.
- What is the most important point that is made regarding making plans?
- How does the Lord figure in to our plans?
- Why is pride and humility a topic here?
- How does pride and humility affect our walk with God?
Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city. v32
Read Psalm 3
It’s not often that I feel like every one is against me. But your life may be different. Sometimes it seems like everything you do is met with opposition, or it seems like everyone is beating you down.
David felt that way. This psalm recounts how David felt when his son was planning to seize the throne of Israel.
- Have you ever felt like you have so many enemies (v1)?
- Cry out to God. How can He be the one who holds your head high (v3-4)?
- What does it mean that God will hold my head high (v3)?
- Why can looking to God provide peace (v5-6)?
- Force yourself to look to God. Are you confident that victory comes from the Lord (v8)?
You probably don’t have someone trying to kill you. But, even if you do, turn your eyes to our Lord, who is our protector and provides the victory!
I cried out to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy mountain. -v4
Read Mark 7
Have you ever felt that religion is just a set of rules you have to follow? Have you ever had “rules” and been surprised when another person didn’t follow them?
In this chapter, the Pharisees had a set of rules that Jesus did not require his disciples to follow.
- What were the Pharisees upset about?
- How did Jesus respond to them?
- Describe the difference between inner purity and outer purity
Later, we see a woman who had great faith approach Jesus about casting out a demon from her daughter.
- What was Jesus’ response to the woman?
- How did the woman reply?
- What can we learn from this?
Finally, Jesus heals a deaf man
- Why did Jesus tell the crowd not to tell anyone?
- How did the crowd respond?
Jesus did some amazing things in this chapter. This was all done to show that Jesus is indeed the Son of God!
They were completely amazed and said again and again, “Everything he does is wonderful…” -v37
Read Genesis 15
Do you ever doubt that God will do what He says? Abram did. Back in Genesis 12, God first told Abram that he would have a large number of descendants. But, Abram was getting old and had no children.
- What was Abrams main concern in this chapter?
- How did God answer Abram?
- Why did Abram ask the question in v8?
- What was God’s response to that question?
- What was God’s covenant with Abram in vv 12-21?
The point of all this is that God will do what He says. At this point, Abram was waiting for an heir. God assured him that one would come.
What do you have trouble trusting God about? What can you learn from this chapter about trusting God? Ask him to give you the faith necessary to believe Him.
And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith. -v6
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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.