Fill Me Up Please! I Need Your Strength

http://bible.com/116/luk.11.3.nlt Give us each day the food we need,

God’s provision is daily, not all at once.

We cannot store it up and then cut off communication with God.

And we dare not be self-satisfied.

If you are running low on strength, ask yourself, “How long have I been away from the Source?”

***  Thoughts from Life Application Study Bible Devotions, 23 July 2015  ***

When my car needs gas I don’t just take it to any old gas station, I take it somewhere I know that I can depend on good quality gas, because I don’t want water in my tank.

When I need strength to climb over those obstacles that block my way, I go to the great source of fuel that will propel me over, under, around, and even through mere issues.  To the manufacturer of the good stuff issues are what He loves to dissolve.  The good stuff is tested and approved for these human vehicles.  There is no knocking or pinging with this fuel.  Jesus ran on this fuel for 3 years and he was able to perform like no other.  Peter being full of this formula was able to motivate over 3000 people to change their brand and try his brand.  Paul and Silas thrown in prison fill their tanks up with this formula and they rock the jail house to the point that the jailer said,  “What can I do to be saved?”  Fill me up Please!

How about you are you ready to change your brand, are you tired of your sluggish performance?

Do you find that your formula pings and knocks when you try to accelerate up those scary mountains.

What are you running on in your time of need, low tense or high tense the good stuff, you know God’s mercy, goodness, love, long suffering, and justice.

Have you been to God’s filling station to fill up on the strength that you need for today’s battles?

Grow Stronger or Weaker, You Choose!

http://bible.com/116/luk.8.18.nlt “So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.”

Applying God’s Word helps us grow.

This is a principle of growth in:
physical,
mental,
and spiritual life.

For example, a muscle, when exercised, will grow stronger; but an unused muscle will grow weak and flabby.

If you are not growing stronger, you are growing weaker; it is impossible for you to stand still.

How are you using what God has taught you?

***  Thoughts from Life Application Study Bible Devotions, 14 July 2015. ***

The 5 One Anothers

http://bible.com/116/eph.2.19-22.nlt So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.

The 5 One Anothers are based on the above and with that said the following is a list of the 5, 1 Anothers:

  • Love One Another
  • Accept One Another
  • Greet One Another
  • Serve One Another
  • Encourage One Another

Love One Another

http://bible.com/116/jhn.13.34-35.nlt So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.  Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

Accept One Another

http://bible.com/116/rom.15.7.nlt Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.

Greet One Another

http://bible.com/116/rom.16.16.nlt Greet each other with a sacred kiss. All the churches of Christ send you their greetings.

Serve One Another

http://bible.com/116/gal.5.13.nlt For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.

Encourage One Another

http://bible.com/116/1th.5.11.nlt So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

Questions Regarding Overflowing Love

http://bible.com/116/luk.7.47.nlt “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”

Do you appreciate the wideness of God’s mercy?

Are you grateful for his forgiveness?

Overflowing love is the natural response to forgiveness and the appropriate consequence of faith.

But only those who realize the depth of their sin can appreciate the complete forgiveness God offers them.

Jesus has rescued all of his followers, whether they were once extremely wicked or conventionally good, from eternal death.

What is your response to forgiveness?

Are you overflowing with love towards our loving God , who sent His son to die on the cross to redeem us from everlasting damnation?

Let’s talk about the appropriate consequence of your faith, does your belief allow you to respond appropriately to the forgiveness that God offers you?  What does that look like?  Is it an internal response or does it show externally in the form of great joy and excitement?

Have you really taken time to realize the depth of your own sin, rather than focus on others?

Have you grasped the life-line (Jesus) that God in Heaven has thrown out for you?

Please don’t sink in the muck and mire of sin, let the loving Father in Heaven draw you out of that mess.

***  Thoughts from Life Application Study Bible Devotions, 12 July 2015  ***

God and Man pt. 5

5. Your response[i]

What Insight from this lesson seems most personally significant to you?

Is there any action you would like to take in response?  If so, describe it.

List any questions you have about the proverbs in this lesson.

Prayer[ii]

Praise God for His attributes.  Ask Him to enable you to fear and trust Him, to treat Him the way He deserves to be treated because of His holiness, sovereignty, omniscience, and so on.

[i] Pg. 56 of A life-changing encounter with God’s Word from the book of Proverb, by the Navigators, copyrighted 1990 by the Navigators, ISBN 978-0-89109-348-0

[ii] 58 of A life-changing encounter with God’s Word from the book of Proverb, by the Navigators, copyrighted 1990 by the Navigators, ISBN 978-0-89109-348-0

God and Man pt. 4

4. For Thought and Discussion:[i]

Since God is love (1 John 4:16), how can He be said to hate anyone or anything (Pr. 16:5)

What other blessings does God bestow on His children?

See:

  • 3:25-26
  • 10:29
  • 12:28

Whose prayers does God hear (Pr. 15:8, 29)?

What difference does this make to you?

Proverbs 30:7-9 records a prayer of an upright man.  How does this prayer reflect wisdom?

[i] Pages 50, 53 and 54 of A life-changing encounter with God’s Word from the book of Proverb, by the Navigators, copyrighted 1990 by the Navigators, ISBN 978-0-89109-348-0

God and Man pt. 3

3. Man’s response to God[i]

Note:
Is kept safe (Pr. 29:25).  Literally, “to be inaccessibly high or exalted.”  The word carries the idea of being kept, out of reach of danger.

Proverbs exhorts us to fear the Lord and to trust the Lord.  Why should we fear Him?

  • Pr. 10:27
  • Pr. 14:26
  • Pr. 19:23

Why should we trust Him?

  • Pr. 3:5-6
  • Pr. 28:25
  • Pr. 29:25

What does it mean to both fear and trust the Lord at the same time?

Proverbs indicates that another important responsibility believers have is to deal properly with those people who have been offensive or unfair to them.

  1. How should we respond to those who have done us wrong (Pr. 20:22)?
  2. How should we respond to our enemies?
    • Pr. 24:17-18
    • Pr. 25:21-22
  3. What may result for the believer who pleases God (Pr. 16:7)

[i] Pg. 53 of A life-changing encounter with God’s Word from the book of Proverb, by the Navigators, copyrighted 1990 by the Navigators, ISBN 978-0-89109-348-0