Knowing God

Sep 9, 2016 – Daniel 10

Read Daniel 10

This chapter describes yet another vision given to Daniel. If you clicked the above link to view this chapter at bible gateway.com, take a look at the footnote at the end of this chapter.

  • When did Daniel see this vision?
  • Where was Daniel when he saw this vision?
  • What did Daniel see?
  • Who was the man that Daniel saw?
  • What did the Man say to Daniel?
  • How come the Man was delayed in coming to Daniel?

The vision is continued in Daniel 11, with the Man explaining things to Daniel. Put yourself in Daniel’s place. What could you have learned about God in this situation? Was Daniels response appropriate?

Know that God is all-powerful and all-knowing. He knows our past and our future. Thank Him for knowing you and leading you. You can respond knowing the following…

“Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!” -v19

Sep 8, 2016 – Mark 4

Read Mark 4

This chapter introduces something new. Jesus begin teaching with parables, or stories to communicate a point.

The first parable is in vv 1-20.

The second parable is in vv 21-25.

The third parable is in vv 26-29.

The fourth parable is in vv 30-34.

For each of the parables…

  • Recount the story Jesus uses
  • How did Jesus explain the meaning?
  • What lessons can we learn from the parable?
  • Are there any implied warnings to us?

Finally, in vv 35-41, Jesus calms the storm.

  • Where were the disciples and Jesus?
  • What happened with this event?
  • How did the disciples respond?
  • Can we learn anything from this event?

Are you in the middle of any storms in life right now? Jesus can calm those storms. Call on him and know that He is with you.

Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” -v40

Sep 7, 2016 – Genesis 11

Read Genesis 11

There are a couple of major things happen in this chapter.

We have the introduction of various languages with the subsequent scattering of people, and then we see the lineage of Abram (Abraham) from Shem (son of Noah).

Take a look at vv 1-9 again.

  • What were the people doing, and why?
  • How did the Lord respond? Why?
  • What is the impact of this in the modern world?

Now, look at vv 10-32.

  • Calculate how many years were between the flood and the birth of Abram. Is that longer or shorter than you expected?
  • Pay attention to the family relationships surrounding Abram. They will keep appearing later in the story. What can we learn about each of them?
  • Where did Terah live? Where did they move to?

This chapter shows us a couple of things. Where needed, God will make direct intervention in the affairs of man. Also, we wee that God guides our steps to lead of to where He wants us to be.

Pray that the Lord would guide your steps to follow Him.

In that way, the Lord scattered them all over the world, and they stopped building the city. -v8

Sep 6, 2016 – Proverbs 11

Read Proverbs 11

Honesty, speech, pride, gossip, beauty, generosity, wealth. These are all addressed in today’s reading.

  • What is said about these things in Proverbs 11?
  • Did you see anything unusual here?
  • How can our response to these things be godly? wicked?

Many of us are very wealthy when compared to most of the world. Give some thought as to how you can use that wealth to serve our Lord. 

If you are poor, think about how you can use your situation to serve God.

The Lord detests people with crooked hearts, but he delights in those with integrity. -v20

Sep 5, 2016 – Psalm 1

Today’s reading is Psalm 1

It is a classic comparison and contrast between those who seek to serve the Lord, and those who don’t.

  • What are some of the activities of those who follow the Lord?
  • What are some of the activities of the wicked?
  • How are the righteous described?
  • How are the wicked described?

Each day we make the choice of righteousness or wickedness. Choose to follow the Lord.

For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, -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.