May 21, 2019

Six Steps to Knowing God’s Will

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Hey everyone! Check out these six steps to knowing God’s will. I found this while looking at my Dad website that has hundreds and hundreds or articles of anything you could think of! Check it out at: http://www.graceonlinelibrary.org/.  I hope this post is beneficial to you!

  1. Begin by prayer for wisdom. Do not doubt that God has a wise course of action for you and will make it known.
  2. Intentionally seek God’s face even more than His answers. “In Your light we see light” (Psalm 36:9).
  3. Seek to be willing to take any course that God would have for you. Be thorough in your work on yourself. Often people miss God’s will because they are not fully willing to be submissive to God whatever He leads them to do.
  4. Carefully seek to discover if there are any directives already given in Scripture which could guide you. Are there illustrations, commands, principles, which speak to this issue? Meditate on these and see if Scripture promotes or rules out any action you are considering. Try to find not only what God permits and does not permit, but what God likes, what is dear to His heart. Go directly to any passage which deals with the general subject to see if there is help to be found which you had not discovered before. Always read the Bible in context.
  5. List each possible course of action, and in a prayerful frame of mind write out what are the pros and cons of each option. Put these options before the lens of Scripture one by one to see if God has spoken on these issues in some way. You will find more being said about most issues than you might first believe.
  6. When helpful, seek objective counsel from godly and wise men or women you can trust.
  7. Finally, examine your will again. If you are willing to do anything God might direct and that is certain in your mind, then you are free to pursue what God may be placing in your thinking related to the issue. Is there a long-term righteous desire in you?
  8. Now, act in faith. If God in His perfect cadence intervenes so as to cause everything to turn again, this is His business. For your part, you are required to take action along the lines of the wisest choice you can biblically make. Rejoice and do God’s will!-Jim Elliff, Led by the Spirit

The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Study: A Survey of the Bible (vols. 1-4 and Answer Key) by Starr Meade

Hey everyone! I had been looking around for some good Bible studies that would be good for me and came across “The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Study.” I did get it and have really enjoyed it so far! I would recommend it as a children’s Bible study! To use the Bible study children  need to be old enough to read on their own and be able to answer simple comprehension questions. I hope this is a blessing and broadens your understanding and comprehension of the Bible as you grown in grace! Please comment below and let me know what you think and how you are using this wonderful Bible study tool!

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Download PDF Study Guides:

Description:

Using an easy-to-follow study guide format, this overview of the Bible leads students of middle or early high school age through Scripture, training them to grow in knowledge and love for God’s Word. [Read more…]

Prayer and Devotions

Hey Everyone! Well, this is my first post since the switch from my old blog! I had such an amazing week this past week at my friend’s church for teaching, fun and games and have  been encouraged is several things that I am sure will come across some more in later posts. As for today I wanted to talk to you about prayer and reading/studying your Bible. I have posted some before on these topics, but wish to bring out some different things in this post than I have mentioned in the past.

Prayer and our time in God’s Word is the means God has given us to develop a relationship with Him. Negligence  in prayer and in the Word is to neglect spending time with the God who saved us, our friend, and our creator. What things are they that would take priority over our time with the God of the universe? It is through these means that we are sanctified and made to be more like Christ. [Read more…]

What is it to Meditate?

Hey everyone! I have been reading through Thomas Watson’s book, Heaven Taken By Storm
and read through the section on prayer and meditation. If you’re like me you probably haven’t ever thought too much about what it means to meditate, but when you read in Psalm 1, “and on his law he meditates day and night” it is obviously pretty important to know what it means. I’ll share some of the thoughts from Thomas Watson on this subject.

“Thomas Watson says that meditation is a duty wherein the very heart and lifeblood of religion lies. You may be wondering what meditation even is, well Watson gives a wonderful definition of meditation being described as a holy exercise of the mind whereby we bring the truths of God to remembrance, and seriously ponder upon them and apply them to ourselves. In meditation two things are required: A Christians retiring himself from the world; meditation can not be done in a crowd and serious thinking upon God. This is not a few transient thoughts that are gone quickly, but a fixing and staying of the mind upon heavenly objects. [Read more…]

Verses About Choosing Friends

I decided to do something a little different than just posting a passage of scripture and decided to post different scriptures about a particular topic along with a few good quotes; which today is about friends and choosing friends.

Scripture:

  • “Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” -1 Corinthians 15:33
  • “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” -Proverbs 13:20
  • “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” -Proverbs 13:20
  • “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” -Proverbs 27:17

Quotes:

  • “You will never be more spiritual than your three closest friends.” -George Hull
  • Let those be thy choicest companions who have made Christ their chief companion. -Thomas Brooks