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Bible Study: Meditating on God’s Word Week #3

Prayer:

Lord God Almighty, You are my peace and my stay. I come before You with open heart and mind to receive from You what I need for today. Bless my mind and whosoever follow these studies to learn more from Your Holy Spirit. We ask You for entry to Your presence right now; we know that You are always with us, but there are times when we need a closer relationship with You. Bless this time we pray, help us to meditate on Your Word today. If we are doing anything wrong please help us to correct it, so we can enjoy Your presence this day. Open up our hearts so we can see You high and lifted, shinning in the light of Your glory. AMEN.

Scripture: Joshua 1:8, James 1:1-4, 1 Peter 1:13, 2 Corinthians 10:5

Lesson: “Meditation includes three Steps”

Using James 1:1-4 as an example, we can learn how to meditate on a passage of Scripture by following three steps.

1). Observation. Begin by asking these questions: Who is the writer? To whom is he writing? What is the passage saying?

Verse 1 says the letter was written by James, who was probably Jesus’ half-brother. He wrote to the twelve tribes who were dispersed abroad. Although these people lived a long time ago, Scripture was written for every generation, including ours. James gave clear instructions regarding what God desires to accomplish through our trials and how we should respond to them.

2). Interpretation. What does the passage mean, and what can we learn from it? By focusing on these verses, our entire perspective regarding trials will be changed. Instead of being consumed by the hardships, we will understand what God is trying to achieve in our lives through them.

Verse 2, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials.” In the midst of difficulties or suffering, we want relief from pain and a way out of hardship, but James says the solution is a change of attitude. Instead of becoming bitter or resentful, we are to count it as joy, not because we enjoy the experience but because we know God is sovereign over it and promises to walk through it with us. Our joy is in the Lord and His purpose, not in the situation.

Verse 3, “Knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” The reason we can consider trials joy is because of what we know to be true. Whatever God sends or allows in our lives is not a random event but a test of our faith. His purpose for testing is approval not defeat. This is how we become strong and are able to endure. We’ll never develop this quality if life is always easy, and if we lack endurance, we may quickly yield to temptation or give up and walk away from God’s will. This verse teaches us that God is up to something good even when our circumstances look bad.

Verse 4, “And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” If we refuse to endure our trials, we short-circuit God’s purpose for allowing them. He has a perfect result in mind—that we may be perfect and complete. The word perfect does not mean sinless but complete, strong, and mature. The Lord loves us so much He doesn’t want us to lack any of these qualities.

3). Application. Based on what we’ve just learned, how should we respond? How does God want us to think about our trials? The following are a few specific practices to help us rejoice even in trouble or suffering:

Continue meditating on this passage until it becomes real in our thinking and belief system. Once we truly believe this, we’ll be able to confidently face whatever we’re going through.

Continually affirm that God loves us unconditionally. Knowing that He always does what is best for us increases our trust in Him.

Ask the Lord to show us what specific areas of our lives He’s targeted for spiritual growth. Each trial is designed to strengthen us in a particular area of weakness.

Agree with God that the end result is worth the pain. Whatever He allows us to go through is for our benefit.

Meditation is a gratifying and rewarding experience that increases our intimacy with the Lord and our fascination with the Bible as we hear Him speak to us personally through His Word. God has also given us His indwelling Holy Spirit who enables us to interpret Scripture rightly and empowers us to apply it to our lives.

Let’s talk about discipline your mind:

1 Peter 1:13 says, “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, and be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5 puts it this ways, “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

We are called to get rid of extraneous things, the things that get in our way, and be proactive about the use of our minds.

The screen of your mind is totally under your control. Make choices. As much as it is possible, I want to have a controlling interest in what crosses my mind. I am not going to feed my mind with things that will be destructive to me, or will not be positive or beneficial to me.

This is more difficult today, in our culture, than ever in human history. We are bombarded by so many impulses from so many different places-the internet, the media, even the news.

Screening out the negative will not happen naturally. It will require action on our part, conscious discipline will help us to meditate on God’s Word daily.

Your Assignment: Week 3 Questions:

1). According to this lesson how many steps are there in meditation?

2). What are those steps

3). Explain each steps briefly.

4). Read James 1:1-4

5). What does the testing of our faith produces?

6). Meditation is a ___ and ____ _____ that increases our ____ with the Lord and our _____ with the Bible as we ___ ___ ___ __ __ _____ through His Word.

7). To you, what is disciplining your mind?

8). Read 1 Peter 1:13, explain.

9). Read 2 Corinthians 10:5, explain.

10). When mediating on God’s Word, what is required on our part as to disciplinary of our mind?

Setting aside a time:

Daily Exercises: Personal Time with God

Song:

Prayer:

Write down and meditate on one of God’s Characters:

Scripture Worship:

Scripture Memory:

Scripture Reading:

Daily Devotion Reading:

God’s Promise Today:

Spiritual Goal in life:

Ultimate Goal in Life:

Daily Goal Today:

Speak it Now:

Healing Confession:

The Lord’s Prayer:

The Lord’s Supper:

Read Psalm 23:

Read Matthew 18:18

Pray Matthew 18:18 for someone:

My Personal Confession Today:

Prayer Focus:

Ending Song:

Pause:

Record what God spoke to you:

MY ASSIGNMENT QUESTIONS/ANSWERS

1). Why do the devil interrupt our meditation on God’s Word?

The enemy interrupts our time with God because he knows we are absorbing it into our soul.

2). How should we meet with God?

We should choose a private place to meet alone with God, no TV, no media, computer, just the two of you.

3). What is the purpose of meditation on God’s Word?

The purpose of meditation is to hear from God, and to grow our relationship. The more you spend time with God, the more closer you get to Him.

4). Can God speak to us through the Scriptures, Yes or No?

Yes! That is why He left His Word to speak to His people.

5). Name four exercises of your choice in this study.

I love prayer, song, scripture reading, and the Lord’s Supper.

6). Find a reference to Matthew 22:37.

(Deuteronomy 6:5)

7). What does it means to love God with your mind?

It’s not the heart vs the mind. It’s both, AMEN.

8). The Bible calls us to develop our thinking process to its fullest potential.

9). When we study God’s Word we must put our hearts into it.

10). The mind and heart works together when we worship God.

MY QUIET TIME WITH GOD

Setting aside a time: 7:40-9:14 AM

Daily Exercises: Personal Time with God

Song: I surrender all

Prayer: Lord, grant us peace today in Jesus’ name, amen.

Write down and meditate on one of God’s Characters: God’s peace

Scripture Worship: Psalm 82

Scripture Memory: Matthew 6:19-21

Scripture Reading: I Chronicles 3

Daily Devotion Reading: Beautiful Living by James Russell Miller

God’s Promise Today: Psalm 55:22

Spiritual Goal in life: Keep my mind stayed on Jesus today

Ultimate Goal in Life: Worship God in my heart daily

Daily Goal Today: Hear, obey, and follow You Holy Spirit

Speak it Now: I am blessed, healed, and highly favored by God

Healing Confession: I Peter 2:24 says by Jesus stripes I am healed

The Lord’s Prayer: Matthew 6:9-13

The Lord’s Supper: I Corinthians 11:22-26

Read Psalm 23: Lord, You are my Shepherd!

Read Matthew 18:18 I bind peace to my mind, soul, and spirit today

Pray Matthew 18:18 for someone: I pray this prayer as God led

My Personal Confession Today: I love You Lord Jesus Christ

Prayer Focus: I pray for Israel and the peace for their city Jerusalem (Numbers 6:22-26)

Ending Song: My soul says yes, Lord

Pause: Just wait

Record what God spoke to you: I am your peace, Claudia!

SHARING WEEK # 2

Let’s talk about “How Should We Wait?” by Charles Stanley

I think this is a good way to meditate on God’s Word!

KEY PASSAGE: Various Scriptures from the Psalms

SUPPORTING SCRIPTURES: Psalm 25:3 | Psalm 27:13-14 | Psalm 37:9 | Psalm 40:1-3 | Psalm 62:1 | Psalm 62:5 | Psalm 130:5 | Isaiah 40:28-31 | Matthew 7:7 | 1 John 5:14-15

SUMMARY

Whether you’re about to make a purchase or facing an emergency, the last thing you want to do is wait.

In fact, today having what we want immediately is almost the norm. What we once waited a month to receive is now available the same day. Although this is very convenient, it has also led to a moral decline, including the actions of people who aren’t willing to wait for sex until marriage. Furthermore, it has resulted in the selfish conclusion that we should always get what we want right away.

SERMON POINTS

God doesn’t work by this world’s standards. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.” This command is given to us because God knows that it’s not easy for us to wait, especially if we’ve already had to do so for an extended period of time.

God speaks often about waiting because it’s important and essential for every area of our lives—in our relationships, finances, physical life, and spiritual life. That’s why Scripture often admonishes us to wait for the Lord. It’s one of the key lessons in the Bible that we’d do well to learn.

Yet so often we don’t see the value of waiting and prefer to get what we desire immediately. But God knows that sometimes we’re not ready to receive what we’ve requested, and some of the things we want are unwise or even physically, emotionally, or spiritually dangerous for us.

Waiting on God is a principle in His Word.

There are great advantages and protections for us in God’s delays. Some things become richer and more meaningful when we wait for them. Another benefit is that we avoid the consequences of impatiently running ahead of God.

• Isaiah 40:28-31 “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”

To become the person God wants us to be and accomplish what He desires, we must learn to wait upon Him. Instead of making decisions based on our limited understanding, we need to wait until God shows us what He would have us do. However, if we ignore the Lord, there is a price to pay.

• Psalm 25:3 “None of those who wait for You will be ashamed.” If we obey God, we will not be ashamed because He works in our lives as we follow Jesus and depend on Him rather than jumping ahead.

• Psalm 37:9 “For evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.” God’s blessings come to us when we seek His guidance and obey. And since He is good and loves us, He will not forget our need. However, we must not assume that if God hasn’t stopped us, then it’s fine to do as we desire. The wiser approach is to wait for Him to make His timing clear.

What are wrong ways to wait on God?

  • Impatiently. Fussing at the Lord because He hasn’t done anything.
  • Nervously. Being anxious about the outcome.
  • Complaining. Grumbling at the Lord for His lack of response.
  • Questioning. Doubting that God’s judgment is right.
  • Frustrated. Being annoyed because God isn’t working according to your desires.
  • Irritated. Becoming aggravated by His seeming inactivity.
  • Miserable. Feeling that God is withholding something from you.

    All these attitudes result from a failure to realize that God is good and generous, giving us much more than we deserve. Because He is also wise and loving, He withholds those things that are not beneficial for us, that we’re not ready to handle, or that could become stumbling blocks in our walk with Him.

    How should we wait on the Lord?

  • Patiently. “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord” (Ps. 40:1-3). We can wait patiently for God if we understand that He is wiser than we are and that blessings follow obedience.
  • Quietly. “My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him” (Ps. 62:5). Instead of complaining, we should wait calmly for the Lord’s provision.
  • Trusting. Waiting isn’t passive resignation but active trust in God, which allows us to rest in Him and wait patiently. Instead of fretting, we bring our requests to Him and trust that He will answer as a loving Father would—in the right way and time. We can trust Him to keep His Word and do what is best for us.
  • Expectantly. “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Ps. 27:13). After salvation, the Holy Spirit came to take up residence within us and give us guidance for life. Therefore, we can confidently expect that He will direct our paths and show us both the way and the timing. For this reason, we should begin each day with the Lord in prayer and wait expectantly for Him to guide us through this sinful world.
  • Courageously. “Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord” (Ps. 27:14). Waiting on God may require courage when we don’t understand why He is delaying His response.
  • Standing on God’s Word. “I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope” (Ps. 130:5). Scripture is the foundation on which we stand as we watch for God to act according to His perfect timing and will. He has given us a promise: “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him” (1 John 5:14-15).

    RESPONSE

  • Look at the lists of right and wrong ways to wait for God. Which one more closely resembles your response?
  • How does your view of God influence your trust in Him and shape how you wait for Him?

Bible Study: “Meditating on God’s Word” Week # 2

Prayer:

Father God, we realize it is so important to come into Your presence to find peace for the mind. Bless us, Lord, to have the opportunity to come into Your presence and stay awhile as we meditate on Your Word. Help us to know the importance of this worship to You. Bless our time not to be interrupted. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.

Scripture: Joshua 1:8, Matthew 22: 37

Lesson: “Effective Meditation has four Requirements”

Effective meditation has four requirements.

1). Priority. The devil will try to thwart our efforts to focus on God’s Word because he knows we are absorbing it into our souls. If meditation is not a priority in our lives, we probably won’t do it.

2). Place. We need a private place to meet alone with God.

3). Purpose. The purpose of meditation is to hear from the Lord. When we concentrate on His Word and seek His guidance, He sometimes uses very specific passages of Scriptures to answer our requests. Once we’ve understood what He’s told us, our trust in Him increases and our worries lessen.

4). Plan. We must set aside a time to meet with the Lord privately to read His Word, ask for direction, and listen for His voice. This opportunity to be alone with Him will soon become the most precious part of each day as we learn to know almighty God more intimately and hear Him speak to us personally through Scripture.

Devote Your Mind:

Matthew 22:37 says, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

What does it means to love God with your mind? It means, first of all, to understand that the mind is important.

We evangelicals characteristically pit our heart against our head. And we opt for the heart as being more spiritual than the head.

But the Bible calls us to develop our thinking process to its fullest potential. We must learn to love the Lord our God with all our minds.

Our faith is not simply about feelings. When we study God’s Word, we must put our heart into it. AMEN. And when we worship the Lord, we must put our mind into it. It’s not the heart vs. the mind. It’s both!!

Your Assignment: Questions:

1). Why do the devil interrupt our meditation on God’s Word?

2). How should we meet with God?

3). What is the purpose of meditation on God’s Word?

4). Can God speak to us through the Scriptures, Yes or No?

5). Name four exercises of your choice of this study.

6). Find a reference to Matthew 22:37.

7). What does it means to love God with your mind?

8). The Bible calls us to ____ our ___ ___ to its fullest ___.

9). When we study God’s Word we must put our ___into it.

10). The mind and heart works together when we ____ God.

Setting aside a time:

Daily Exercises: Personal Time with God

Song:

Prayer:

Write down and meditate on one of God’s Characters:

Scripture Worship:

Scripture Memory:

Scripture Reading:

Daily Devotion Reading:

God’s Promise Today:

Spiritual Goal in life:

Ultimate Goal in Life:

Daily Goal Today:

Speak it Now:

Healing Confession:

The Lord’s Prayer:

The Lord’s Supper:

Read Psalm 23:

Read Matthew 18:18

Pray Matthew 18:18 for someone:

My Personal Confession Today:

Prayer Focus:

Ending Song:

Pause:

Record what God spoke to you:

My Assignment: WK # 1 Questions/Answers

1). To you, what do meditating on God’s Word means?

To me, it means to sit aside time to read, think on scripture given by the Holy Spirit

2). Did you spend time with God today?

Yes I did! I try to do this every day, but sometimes I miss it, and my day is not as good as if when I do sit aside this time to spend with God and hear Him talk to me through His Holy Spirit.

3). Read Joshua 1:8; Joshua 1:8-9; Psalm 63:6, 119:148, and Isaiah 9:7

I have read the scriptures for this lesson. They blessed my soul

4). Which scriptures touched your heart the most, Explain

Joshua 1:8-9 always ministered unto me, because God encourage us all to be strong in Him, not in ourselves; we need His strength to get through our daily life each and every day. These words touches your heart!

5). Which one of God’s characters you mediated on today?

God’s faithfulness; “The faithfulness of God is true and has been proven many times. In the Holy Scriptures, we can see that God is faithful and His Word is true. Hebrews 6:18 says God cannot lie, nor can He break an unconditional promise that He says He will fulfill. Every covenant He made is kept. Every promise or foretelling has or will come true. Testimony after testimony of God’s faithfulness is certainly found throughout the Bible and is still given in testimonies by people today.

6). Name the three activities involved in meditation.

I love these three activities; Shut out the world, shut ourselves up to God, and focus our attention on a passage of scripture. Glory to God!

7). What do dedicating your mind means?

Philippians 2:5 say, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,” It means to have the mind of Christ, pray for God to give you this mind as you read and meditate on His Word. He will do this, I know! We are to be followers of Jesus in our mind too. Love and obey God.

8). Set quietly and mediate on Philippians 2:13. God gave me this scripture years ago, and I have meditated on it ever since. If we get this scripture in our hearts, then we are more than a conqueror, which is Christ Jesus our Lord, AMEN. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” God is in control!!!

MY SIT ASIDE TIME WITH GOD

Sharing:

Setting aside a time: 8:05 AM-9:05 AM

I do try to sit aside time to spend with God each day, but sometimes I can’t, and when I do this is what I do!

Daily Exercises: Personal Time with God

Song: I song this song “Blessed Assurance”

Prayer: My prayer was for God to honored for His faithfulness to His people daily.

Write down and meditate on one of God’s Characters: God’s faithfulness today

Scripture Worship: Psalm 76

Scripture Memory: I memorize scripture for a month, this month “Matthew 6:19-21”

Daily Devotion Reading: I am reading “Jesus Calling by Sarah Young”

God’s Promise Today: I read John 14:27

Spiritual Goal in life: My spiritual goal is to keep my mouth on Jesus and not on others

Ultimate Goal in Life: I desire to worship God daily in my heart

Daily Goal Today: I desire to hear, obey, and follow You Holy Spirit

Speak it now!: I am blessed, healed, and highly favored by God!

Healing Confession: I am healed by Jesus’ stripes!

The Lord’s Prayer: I read Matthew 6:9-13 in a personal way

The Lord’s Supper: I read I Corinthians 11:23-26

Read Psalm 23: I read and remind myself that Jesus is my Shepherd

Read Matthew 18:18: Jesus gave me this authority, and I use it in my prayer

Pray Matthew 18:18 for someone: I pray for whoever the Holy Spirit put on my heart

My Personal Confession Today: I love You Jesus!!

Prayer Focus: I pray “Numbers 6:24-26” for the city and people of Jerusalem

Ending Song: God’s Life, Nature, and Ability

Pause: Doing this time I meditate on God’s faithfulness as led by Holy Spirit

Record what God spoke to you: “I am with you through all trials you face today”

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