Knowing God

Sep 27, 2016 – Proverbs 14

Read Proverbs 14

This is another chapter where righteous living and wicked living are compared and contrasted. As you think about this chapter, I’d like you to think about the following.

Identify 5 actions of the wicked or foolish that you have fallen prey to.

Identify 5 actions of the righteous that you would like to exemplify.

This is an ideal time to ask the Lord for strength to leave the wicked/foolish behaviors behind, and to learn to be righteous. 

Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death. -v27

Sep 26, 2016 – Psalm 8

Read Psalm 8

This Psalm begins and ends with praises to our God. In between, is a section about man. Let’s look a little closer…

Verses 1, 2 and 8 are the bookends of this chapter.

  • What does the author (David) have to say about the Lord?
  • Why is He said to be “majestic”?
  • How does the Lord relate to people who oppose him?

Verses 3 thru 8 raise the question, “What is man?”

  • How does the author position mankind?
  • How does mankind relate to the Lord?
  • What is the role of mankind?

I’ve always loved this Psalm. The God who created the universe also created me. He loves me and He cares for me. Consider how God loves you. Does that change your perspective about things in your life?

O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! -v9

Sep 23, 2016 – Daniel 11

Read Daniel 11

Daniel 11 is the explanation of the vision that was given to Daniel in chapter 10. There’s lots of information here and requires a careful reading to follow what’s happening.

Take a piece of paper and create a timeline reflecting the activities of the kings in this chapter.

Now, find a good commentary, like the Zondervan Bible Commentary that can be found at www.biblegateway.com, and see what is said about these events.

Why would God put this chapter in the Bible?

What can be learned about God from this chapter?

Remember that God is the God of past, present and future. Nothing happens outside of His plan. Thank Him for that today!

Sep 22, 2016 – Mark 5

Read Mark 5

There are two main sections in this chapter, and in each of them we see more about Jesus.

Look at vv 1-20. Think about these things…

  • What do we see happening?
  • Who approached whom? Is this significant?
  • What did Jesus do? What did the demon-possessed man do?
  • How did the crowd around them respond?
  • Why did Jesus respond to them like he did?
  • What can we learn about Jesus in these verses?

Now, consider what you see in vv 21-43…

  • Where did this event happen?
  • What happens in these verses?
  • How does Jairus approach Jesus?
  • How does the suffering woman approach Jesus?
  • Why did Jesus heal in these two situations?
  • What can we learn about Jesus in these verses?

Jesus came to heal. We see physical healing in the second section and spiritual healing in the first section. Do you have need of some healing? Pray to God and ask for His healing – physical, spiritual and emotional. Seek help and trust Him.

But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.” -v36

Sep 21, 2016 – Genesis 13

Read Genesis 13

Continuing the story from last time, we now see Abram and his family (including nephew Lot) leave Egypt and head back to Bethel.

There are a couple of interesting things happen in this chapter. There is a family problem, and God again makes a promise to Abram.

  • What was the root cause of the problem between Abram and Lot?
  • How did Abram and Lot address the problem?
  • Is there anything that can be learned about how to handle family problems that we might have?
  • After Lot had gone, what did the Lord say to Abram?
  • How does this relate to the promise given in chapter 12?
  • Is anything new revealed in this promise?

Consider your family relationships. Are there any problems that need to be worked thru? Remember that God desires that these relationships be made right. Pray that God would give you the courage to face what might be a difficult conversation. Pray that He would give you a godly attitude. Go forth and reconcile!

 

This was the same place where Abram had built the altar, and there he worshiped the Lord again. -v4

Don't make reading the Bible a chore. Get yourself a cup of coffee or tea, and follow along as we read the Bible together!

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.