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Running Your Race Under God’ Power

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Ruth Is Loyal

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Memory Verse: James 1:12

Bible Truth: While running your race remain loyal.

 

When there was a famine in the land, Elimelech took his wife, Naomi, and their two sons, Mahlon and Chilion, to live in another country, where they would have food to eat. After a period of time Elimelech died and his two sons married Moabite women. The women’s names were Orpah and Ruth. After about ten years the two sons died. This left all three of the women widows.

Ruth 1:1-5 NKJV

“Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion—Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there. Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons. Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years. Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband.”

One day, Naomi heard that the famine in Bethlehem was over. She decided to return to her homeland where she could be around relatives and friends. Naomi and her two daughter-in-laws, Orpah and Ruth, pack up and left for Bethlehem. While traveling Naomi stopped and told her daughter-in-laws to go back to their parent’s homes so that they might be able to find another husband and be happy again.

Ruth 1:6-9 NKJV

“Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had visited His people by giving them bread. Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each to her mother’s house. The Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. The Lord grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband.” So she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept”

Naomi kissed both of them good-by but they told her that they would return with her to Bethlehem. Naomi told them that it made her very sad to leave them, but that there was no reason for them to go with her. She wanted them to be happy with their own families.

Ruth 1:10-13 NKJV

“And they said to her, “Surely we will return with you to your people.” But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Are there still sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands? Turn back, my daughters, go—for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, if I should have a husband tonight and should also bear sons, would you wait for them till they were grown? Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands? No, my daughters; for it grieves me very much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me!”

Orpah and Ruth began to cry. Orpah kissed Naomi good-by and she left. Ruth continued to cry and to cling to Naomi. She did not want to leave.

Ruth 1:16-17 NKJV

“But Ruth said: ‘Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you;

For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people,

And your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.’ ”

When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined in her heart to stay with her she stopped asking her to leave.

Ruth 2:10-12 NKJV

“So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, ‘Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?’ And Boaz answered and said to her, ‘It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.’’

Camp Challenge

Loyal is being true and faithful to love, to a promise, to a duty, or other obligation. It is also being faithful to those in authority over you. We are to be true and faithful to God. In our Christian walk, faithfulness is staying true to God in our thoughts, words, and actions.

2 Chronicles 19:9 NKJV

“And he commanded them, saying, “Thus you shall act in the fear of the Lord, faithfully and with a loyal heart”

Ruth is a good example of loyalty. She was determined to remain loyal to Naomi no matter what. God blessed Ruth for her loyalty. Ruth found favor in the sight of man because of her love and sense of duty toward Naomi. Later, God provided a new husband (Boaz) for Ruth.

If we demonstrate our love for God by remaining loyal to Him we too will be rewarded. A crown is promised to all who are faithful. Just as Ruth firmly declared her choice to follow Naomi, we must firmly declare our choice to follow God.

James 1:12 NKJV

“Blessed is the man who endures temptations; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

Prayer Points

Ask God to help you be faithful to Him no matter what.

Ask God to help you to remain true to Him in your thoughts, words, and actions.

Ask God to help you act in the fear of the Lord.

Ask God to help you have a loyal heart.

Ask God to help you firmly declare your choice to follow Him.

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God Gave Daniel Wisdom

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Memory Verse: James 1:5

Bible Truth: While running your race ask God for wisdom.

King Nebuchadnezzar’s army overthrew Jerusalem and took the strong, healthy, and intelligent young men captive. One of these young men was Daniel.

Daniel 1:1-9 NKJV

“In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the articles of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the articles into the treasure house of his god. Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans. And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king’s delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king. Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. To them the chief of the eunuchs gave names: he gave Daniel the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abed-Nego. But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs”

The king wanted these young men to forsake their God, and to work for him and serve his gods. However, Daniel and his three friends did not forsake their God. They stayed loyal and obedient to God no matter what happened. God gave Daniel and his friends knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom. God also gave Daniel understanding in all visions and dreams.

Daniel 1:17 NKJV

“As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.”

One night King Nebuchadnezzar had dreams that troubled him so much he could not sleep. He called the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to come to him and tell him his dream. The Chaldeans told the king to tell them the dream and they would give him the interpretation. The king told them that he would not tell them the dream, and that they were to make known to him the dream and the interpretation. If they could not tell the king what he had dreamed about and the interpretation of the dream then they would be killed. If they could tell the king what he had dreamed about and the interpretation of the dream then they would be rewarded and receive great honor.

Daniel 2:8-13 NKJV

“The king answered and said, “I know for certain that you would gain time, because you see that my decision is firm:
if you do not make known the dream to me, there is only one decree for you! For you have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the time has changed. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can give me its interpretation.” The Chaldeans answered the king, and said, “There is not a man on earth who can tell the king’s matter; therefore no king, lord, or ruler has ever asked such things of any magician, astrologer, or Chaldean. It is a difficult thing that the king requests, and there is no other who can tell it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.” For this reason the king was angry and very furious, and gave the command to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. So the decree went out, and they began killing the wise men; and they sought Daniel and his companions, to kill them.”

The Chaldeans told the king that there was not a man on earth that could do both- know what the king had dreamed and know the interpretation of the dream. The king became very angry and he ordered all the wise men killed. When the king’s order was being carried out they sought Daniel and his friends to kill them. When they came to Daniel he ask why the wise men were being killed. The captain of the king’s army told Daniel all that had happened concerning the king and his dream. Upon learning what had happened, Daniel went in to see the king. He asked the king for a little time, that he might be able to tell the king the dream and the interpretation. The king agreed and Daniel went to his three friend to tell them. The four of them prayed and sought God for the dream and the interpretation.

Daniel 2:14-19 NKJV

“Then with counsel and wisdom Daniel answered Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon; he answered and said to Arioch the king’s captain, “Why is the decree from the king so urgent?” Then Arioch made the decision known to Daniel. So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation. Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.”

God revealed the dream and the interpretation to Daniel in a night vision. Daniel was very thankful to God so he blessed Him, thanked Him, and gave Him praise.

Daniel 2:19-23 NKJV

“Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His.
And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him. “I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, And have now made known to me what we asked of You, For You have made known to us the king’s demand.”

Daniel went to the captain of the king’s army and asked him to take him to the king so he could tell the king what he wanted to know. When Daniel approached the king he told him that the God in heaven had made known to him the dream and the interpretation.

Daniel 2:46-49 NKJV

“Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face, prostrate before Daniel, and commanded that they should present an offering and incense to him. The king answered Daniel, and said, “Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.” Then the king promoted Daniel and gave him many great gifts; and he made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief administrator over all the wise men of Babylon. Also Daniel petitioned the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego over the affairs of the province of Babylon; but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.”

After Daniel told the king what God had revealed to him, he received favor, great gifts and honor.

Camp Challenge

God gave Daniel wisdom in his time of need. Daniel would not have been able to save his life or the lives of others had it not been for the wisdom that God gave him. We are to trust in the Lord with all our heart. This kind of trust is a conscious dependence on God. We must know and acknowledge that our help is in Him alone. As we learn more and more about God and His nature we will not rely on our own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NLKV

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

The wisdom of God begins with reverence for Him and confidence that He controls everything and He will guide your path.

Psalm 111:10 NKJV

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.”

We are instructed to ask God for wisdom. When we do we can be confident that He will give it to us in an abundant measure.

James 1:5 NKJV

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Prayer Points

Ask God to help you trust Him with all your heart.

Ask God to help you grow in your acknowledgement that He alone is your help.

Ask God to help you not rely on your own understanding.

Ask God to help you lean not on your own understanding.
Ask God to help you grow in your reverence for Him.

Ask God for wisdom.

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Joshua Obeys

joshuaMemory Verse:  1 John 5:4

Bible Truth:  While running your race be obedient.

As Israel prepared to enter the Promised Land, they faced a very strong obstacle – the walls around the city of Jericho. As Joshua viewed the city of Jericho and its impenetrable wall, the Commander of the Lord’s army appeared to him.

Joshua 5:13-15 NKJV

“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?” So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.”

The city of Jericho closed its gates, sealing itself off from Israel’s attack. God wanted Israel to overcome Jericho so they could live victoriously in the Promised Land. To do that, Israel would have to overcome the wall surrounding the city.

Joshua 6:1 NKJV

“Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in”

God’s enemy Satan tried to use the wall to discourage Israel, making victory seem impossible.

Joshua 6:2-5 NKJV

“And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.
You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”

God gave instructions for Israel to follow in conquering Jericho. Joshua gave the people the instructions that God had given him – march around Jericho daily for six days. Only by obeying God’s instructions could Israel have victory over Jericho. They needed to know what God said, believe it, and act upon it.

Joshua 6:6-7 NKJV

“Then Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.” And he said to the people, “Proceed, and march around the city, and let him who is armed advance before the ark of the Lord.”

Marching around the city each day probably did not make sense to the people, but they obeyed.

Joshua 6:8-14 NKJV

“So it was, when Joshua had spoken to the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the Lord advanced and blew the trumpets, and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed them.
The armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, ‘Shout!’ Then you shall shout.” So he had the ark of the Lord circle the city, going around it once. Then they came into the camp and lodged in the camp. And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. Then seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord went on continually and blew with the trumpets. And the armed men went before them. But the rear guard came after the ark of the Lord, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. And the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. So they did six days.”

Israel obeyed God, silently marching around Jericho for six days. On the seventh day the people marched around Jericho seven times, and Joshua commanded that when they heard the trumpets they were to shout.

Joshua 6: 15-16 NKJV

“But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city!’

Joshua told the Israelites that Jericho and all its inhabitants (except Rahab and her family who believed God) were doomed to total destruction.

Joshua 6:17-18 NKJV

“Now the city shall be doomed by the Lord to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.”

God declared His judgment on Jericho because of the sin of the people. Most of the people of Jericho refused to believe in God, and now they would suffer His judgment on their sin.

Joshua 6:19-20 NKJV

“But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, are consecrated to the Lord; they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.” So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.”

At the trumpet blast, Israel gave a loud shout, and the wall fell down flat by God’s great power, allowing the Israelites to march in victoriously. All in Jericho were destroyed except Rahab and her family.

Joshua 6:21-25 NKJV

“And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword. But Joshua had said to the two men who had spied out the country, “Go into the harlot’s house, and from there bring out the woman and all that she has, as you swore to her.” And the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, her mother, her brothers, and all that she had. So they brought out all her relatives and left them outside the camp of Israel. But they burned the city and all that was in it with fire. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord. And Joshua spared Rahab the harlot, her father’s household, and all that she had. So she dwells in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.”

Camp Challenge

Satan wants to discourage us and he wants us to do wrong. He will do anything that he can to draw us away from God and cause us to loose sight of our final victory. God can give you victory over your temptations and obstacles. He can help you even when it seems impossible. Just as He did for Israel when they faced the obstacle of Jericho. When the people of Israel obeyed God, He miraculously provided victory for them.

In First Samuel we are told that obedience is better than sacrifices.

1 Samuel 15:22 NKJV

“So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.”

Jesus tells us that if we love Him, we will obey Him.

John 14:15 NKJV

“If you love Me, keep My commandments”

God wants to give you victory too. When the world’s temptations try to draw you away from obedience to God, remember that you are born of God and that you can overcome the world.

1 John 5:4 NKJV

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.”

Prayer Points

Ask God to give you strength to obey Him.

Ask God to help you overcome discouragement.

Ask God to help you overcome temptations and obstacles.

Ask God to help you remember that it is He who gives you victory.

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Gideon Is Bold

gideon   Memory Verse: Hebrews 13:6

Bible Truth: While running your race be bold.

The children of Israel had done evil in God’s sight, so God allowed the Midianites to oppress them for seven years. Afraid of their enemies, the Israelites hid.

Judges 6:1-3 NKJV

“Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord. So the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian for seven years, and the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of the Midianites, the children of Israel made for themselves the dens, the caves, and the strongholds which are in the mountains. So it was, whenever Israel had sown, Midianites would come up; also Amalekites and the people of the East would come up against them.”

The Midianites continually stole animals and ruined the crops, leaving the Israelites to starve.

Judges 6:4-6 NKJV

“Then they would encamp against them and destroy the produce of the earth as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep nor ox nor donkey. For they would come up with their livestock and their tents, coming in as numerous as locusts; both they and their camels were without number; and they would enter the land to destroy it.
So Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord.”

When Israel cried out to the Lord, God sent a prophet to remind them of His faithfulness and their disobedience. Israel had angered God by foolishly worshipping Baal. The people sought strength from the idol instead of relying on God, the true source of strength.

Judges 6:7-10 NKJV

“And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried out to the Lord because of the Midianites,
that the Lord sent a prophet to the children of Israel, who said to them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘I brought you up from Egypt and brought you out of the house of bondage; and I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of all who oppressed you, and drove them out before you and gave you their land. Also I said to you, “I am the Lord your God; do not fear the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell.” But you have not obeyed My voice.’”

As fearful Gideon hid from the Minianites threshing wheat in a winepress, the Angel of the Lord appeared and said, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”

Judges 6:11-12 NKJV

“Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”

Gideon was fearful when the Angel of the Lord appeared to him.

Judges 6:13-15 NKJV

“Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”

When Gideon accused God of forsaking Israel, the Angel shocked him with the news that God would use him to deliver them. The Angel encouraged Gideon, assuring him of God’s presence and promising victory over Midian.

Judges 6:16-23 NKJV

“And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”
Then he said to Him, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is You who talk with me. Do not depart from here, I pray, until I come to You and bring out my offering and set it before You.” And He said, “I will wait until you come back.”So Gideon went in and prepared a young goat, and unleavened bread from an ephah of flour. The meat he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot; and he brought them out to Him under the terebinth tree and presented them. The Angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread and lay them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And he did so. Then the Angel of the Lord put out the end of the staff that was in His hand, and touched the meat and the unleavened bread; and fire rose out of the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. And the Angel of the Lord departed out of his sight. Now Gideon perceived that He was the Angel of the Lord. So Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord GOD! For I have seen the Angel of the Lord face to face.” Then the Lord said to him, “Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.”

At last Gideon believed, built an altar and worshiped God.

Judges 6:24 NKJV

“So Gideon built an altar there to the Lord, and called it The Lord- Is-Peace. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites”

That night God told Gideon to tear down his father’s altar to Baal and build an altar to the Lord in its place.

Judges 6:24-26 NKJV

“So Gideon built an altar there to the Lord, and called it The-Lord-Is-Peace. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. Now it came to pass the same night that the Lord said to him, “Take your father’s young bull, the second bull of seven years old, and tear down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the wooden image that is beside it; and build an altar to the Lord your God on top of this rock in the proper arrangement, and take the second bull and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the image which you shall cut down.”

God wanted Gideon to build an altar to remind Israel of the only way to Him. Gideon wanted to obey God, but he was still timid, so he tore down the idol of Baal by night and built an altar to the Lord.

Judges 6:27 NKJV

“So Gideon took ten men from among his servants and did as the Lord had said to him. But because he feared his father’s household and the men of the city too much to do it by day, he did it by night.”

The next day the men of the city saw what had happened and demanded to know who was responsible. Eventually they learned it was Gideon.

Judges 6:28-29 NKJV

“And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, there was the altar of Baal, torn down; and the wooden image that was beside it was cut down, and the second bull was being offered on the altar which had been built. So they said to one another, “Who has done this thing?” And when they had inquired and asked, they said, “Gideon the son of Joash has done this thing.”

Gideon’s father, Joash, defended him when the men wanted him put to death. Joash told them to let Baal stand up for himself.

Judges 6:30-31 NKJV

“Then the men of the city said to Joash, “Bring out your son, that he may die, because he has torn down the altar of Baal, and because he has cut down the wooden image that was beside it.”
But Joash said to all who stood against him, “Would you plead for Baal? Would you save him? Let the one who would plead for him be put to death by morning! If he is a god, let him plead for himself, because his altar has been torn down!” Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, “Let Baal plead against him, because he has torn down his altar.”

God was helping Gideon learn to be bold – to stand up for God and do what was right. It wasn’t easy, but God was with him. Later when the Midianites prepared to attack Israel, God gave Gideon His Spirit and he boldly gathered the army of Israel.

Judges 6:32-40 NKJV

“Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, “Let Baal plead against him, because he has torn down his altar.” Then all the Midianites and Amalekites, the people of the East, gathered together; and they crossed over and encamped in the Valley of Jezreel. But the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon; then he blew the trumpet, and the Abiezrites gathered behind him. And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh, who also gathered behind him. He also sent messengers to Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali; and they came up to meet them. So Gideon said to God, “If You will save Israel by my hand as You have said—look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.” And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. hen Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.”
And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.”

 

Camp Challenge

Isaiah 12:2 NKJV

“Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.”

God wants you to be bold and do what is right. God is our strength and He will help us be bold for Him.

Hebrews 13:6 NKJV

“So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Prayer Points

Ask God to strengthen your faith.

Ask God for boldness.

Ask God to help you see yourself as He does.

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Joseph Forgives

josephMemory Verse: Luke 6:37

Bible Truth: While running your race God wants you to walk in forgiveness.

 

Jacob and his family lived in Canaan long ago. Jacob had twelve sons, but his favorite son was Joseph. Joseph was the first son of Jacob’s favorite wife, Rachael. Jacob loved Joseph so much because of the love that he had for Rachael. Jacob showed favoritism toward Joseph. He had a robe (tunic) made for Joseph that was very distinct in color (many colors). Because of the special treatment that Jacob gave Joseph, it made him very unpopular with his brothers. They began to have negative feelings and thoughts about their brother, Joseph.

Genesis 37:1-4 NKJV

“Now Jacob dwelt in the land where his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. This is the history of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.”

Sometimes Joseph would go out into the field to help his brothers take care of the flocks. Joseph did not agree with his brothers concerning some of the things that they did while they were working, so he would tell his father about it. Joseph’s brothers began to resent him because he would give a report of their negligence to their father. In other words, they thought he was a “tattle tail.”

Genesis 37:5-11 NKJV

“Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more.
So he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.” And his brothers said to him, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.” So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?” And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the
matter in mind.”

God gave Joseph a prophetic dream Joseph. In his excitement and enthusiasm he told his brothers about the dream. By telling the dream to his brothers it made them like Joseph even less. It caused the brothers to begin to have hostile thoughts about Joseph. In the eyes of the brothers, the dream was an insult to them. They understood the meaning of Joseph’s dream and what it meant for them and for Joseph.

One day Joseph was sent by his father to check on his brothers. his father wanted to know if all was well with his brothers.

Genesis 37:12-18 NKJV

“Then his brothers went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem. And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” So he said to him, “Here I am.” Then he said to him, “Please go and see if it is well with your brothers and well with the flocks, and bring back word to me.” So he sent him out of the Valley of Hebron, and he went to Shechem. Now a certain man found him, and there he was, wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying, “What are you seeking?” So he said, “I am seeking my brothers. Please tell me where they are feeding their flocks.” And the man said, “They have departed from here, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them in Dothan. Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him.”

The brothers could see Joseph coming off in the distance and they plotted to get rid of Him. All of them, but Reuban, wanted to kill him. Reuban suggested that they throw Joseph into a pit instead of killing him. So they grabbed him, stripped off his beautiful robe, and threw him in a pit.

Genesis 37:19-23 NKJV

“Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming! Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!” But Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands, and said, “Let us not kill him.” And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him”—that he might deliver him out of their hands, and bring him back to his father. So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him. Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it.”

As Joseph was in the pit, nine of his brothers sat down to eat their meal. While eating they say a group of Ishmaelites coming from Galead on their way to Egypt. Judah told his brothers that they should sell Joseph to the Ishmaelites. His brothers agreed.

Genesis 37:25-27 NKJV

“And they sat down to eat a meal. Then they lifted their eyes and looked, and there was a company of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead with their camels, bearing spices, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry them down to Egypt. So Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh.” And his brothers listened.”

Joseph’s brothers pulled him up out of the pit and they sold him to the group traveling through for twenty sheckels of silver.

Genesis 37:28 NKJV

“Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.”

Reuben had not been with his brothers when they sold Joseph into slavery. When he returned to the pit to get Joseph out, Joseph was not there. Reuben was very distressed because he had not intended to hurt Joseph. He was going to secretly remove Joseph from the pit and take him back home.

Genesis 37:29 NKJV

“Then Reuben returned to the pit, and indeed Joseph was not in the pit; and he tore his clothes.”

Reuban returned to his brothers to tell them that Joseph was gone. The brothers then killed a goat and dipped Joseph’s coat in it in order to deceive their father into thinking that Joseph was killed by a wild animal.

Genesis 39:1-6 NKJV

“Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field. Thus he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand, and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.”

In Egypt, Joseph was sold to Potiphar. Joseph was an excellent worker and in time he was put in charge of Potiphar’s household.

Genesis 39: 7-18 NKJV

“And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her. But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside. And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside, that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, “See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. And it happened, when he heard that I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went outside.” So she kept his garment with her until his master came home. Then she spoke to him with words like these, saying, “The Hebrew servant whom you brought to us came in to me to mock me; so it happened, as I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me and fled outside.”

One day, Potiphar’s wife lied about Joseph and him of assaulting her. This made Potiphar very angry and he had Joseph thrown into prison.

Genesis 39:19-20 NKJV

“So it was, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, “Your servant did to me after this manner,” that his anger was aroused. Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison.”

Years later, after revealing the interpretation of the Pharaoh’s dream, Joseph was released from prison and placed in a very high position. Joseph was made the governor over the land. People would come to him to buy grain during the famine. One day, his brothers came to Egypt to buy grain. Joseph recognized them, but they did not recognize him.

Genesis 41:57 – 42:1-3 NKJV

“So all countries came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, because the famine was severe in all lands. When Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, Jacob said to his sons, ‘Why do you look at one another?’ And he said. ‘Indeed I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down to that place and buy for us there, that we may live and not die.’ So Joseph’s ten brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt.”

Joseph had the power to get even with them for what they had done to him, however he chose to forgive. The second time his brothers came to buy grain, he revealed to them who he was. He even invited his entire family to come and live with him in Egypt where they would have plenty of food.

Genesis 45:3-8 NKJV

“Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph; does my father still live? But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence. And Joseph said to his brothers, ‘Please come near to me.’ So they came near. Then he said: ‘I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.’ ”

Camp Challenge

Forgiveness can be described as letting go of my anger and my desires to punish someone who has wronged me. Joseph is one example of a person who made the choice to forgive. Joseph realized that although his brothers had intended to harm him, God had a greater plan. God had sent Joseph to Egypt to prepare for the famine that would be coming. Through Joseph’s preparations many people were saved from starvation during the famine.

As believers we must strive to follow Jesus’ example in all things – including forgiveness. While on the cross, Jesus chose to forgive those who were crucifying Him.

Luke 23:34 NKJV

“Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

Forgiveness is vital for God’s plan for our life.

Luke 6:37 NKJV

“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

Jesus tells us in His own words that if we want God to forgive us of our sins, then we must forgive those who have hurt us or done us wrong.

Matthew 6:14-15 NKJV

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Prayer Points

Ask God to help you forgive others.

Ask God to help you not hold grudges against others.

Ask God to help you let go of your anger against someone who has wronged you.

Ask God to help you let go of your desires to punish or get even with those who has wronged you.

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Abigail Helps To Bring Peace

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Memory Verse: Hebrews 12:14

Bible Truth: God wants you to be a peacemaker.

1 Samuel 25:3 NKJV

“The name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. And she was a woman of good understanding and beautiful appearance; but the man was harsh and evil in his doings. He was of the house of Caleb.”

Nabal was a very rich man. He had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. His home and business were in a wilderness area. He was a target for thieves and bandits because of the location and because of his great wealth. At the time of sheep shearing, David sent word to Nabal asking for a reward for the services that he had been given. David and his men had protected the flocks of Nabal as well as his possessions. Nabal would have plenty of money on hand from the sale of the wool to pay David and his men. David had left the amount of the reward due up to Nabal to decide since no certain price had been set.

1 Samuel 25:4-11 NKJV

“When David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep,
David sent ten young men; and David said to the young men, “Go up to Carmel, go to Nabal, and greet him in my name.
And thus you shall say to him who lives in prosperity: ‘Peace be to you, peace to your house, and peace to all that you have! Now I have heard that you have shearers. Your shepherds were with us, and we did not hurt them, nor was there anything missing from them all the while they were in Carmel. Ask your young men, and they will tell you. Therefore let my young men find favor in your eyes, for we come on a feast day. Please give whatever comes to your hand to your servants and to your son David.’” So when David’s young men came, they spoke to Nabal according to all these words in the name of David, and waited. Then Nabal answered David’s servants, and said, “Who is David, and who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants nowadays who break away each one from his master. Shall I then take my bread and my water and my meat that I have killed for my shearers, and give it to men when I do not know where they are from?”

When David’s men went to Nabal to ask for what they were due, Nabal acted like he didn’t know David and spoke of him in a mocking tone. Nabal even suggested that David was a runaway servant. The behavior (conduct) of Nabal and his response to David’s men was very foolish and defiantly the wrong thing to do. One of Nabel’s workers went to Abigail and told her everything that had happened. Both, what David and his men had done for them and the way that her husband had treated David’s men. The servants were very angry at Nabal because his actions put their life in danger.

1 Samuel 25:12-16 NKJV

“So David’s young men turned on their heels and went back; and they came and told him all these words.
Then David said to his men, “Every man gird on his sword.” So every man girded on his sword, and David also girded on his sword. And about four hundred men went with David, and two hundred stayed with the supplies. Now one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, saying, “Look, David sent messengers from the wilderness to greet our master; and he reviled them. But the men were very good to us, and we were not hurt, nor did we miss anything as long as we accompanied them, when we were in the fields. They were a wall to us both by night and day, all the time we were with them keeping the sheep”

Abigail knew that her husband was wrong and that she would have to take matters into her own hands. She immediately knew that she need to try to make things right with David. She gathered up a lot of goods to give to David in hopes that he would accept it as compensation for what he and his men had done for Nabal. Abigail sent the provisions to David right away by some of their servants.

1 Samuel 25:18-22 NKJV

“Then Abigail made haste and took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five sheep already dressed, five seahs of roasted grain, one hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and loaded them on donkeys.
And she said to her servants, “Go on before me; see, I am coming after you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal.
So it was, as she rode on the donkey, that she went down under cover of the hill; and there were David and his men, coming down toward her, and she met them. Now David had said, “Surely in vain I have protected all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belongs to him. And he has repaid me evil for good.
May God do so, and more also, to the enemies of David, if I leave one male of all who belong to him by morning light.”

After the servants had left with the things to give to David, Abigail followed after them. As soon as Abigail saw David she got off her donkey and fell on her face before him. Humbly Abigail began to plead for mercy and forgiveness for Nabal. Abigail understood that the right thing to do was to show David respect and honor.

1 Samuel 25:23-31 NKJV

“Now when Abigail saw David, she dismounted quickly from the donkey, fell on her face before David, and bowed down to the ground. So she fell at his feet and said: “On me, my lord, on me let this iniquity be! And please let your maidservant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your maidservant. Please, let not my lord regard this scoundrel Nabal. For as his name is, so is he: Nabal is his name, and folly is with him! But I, your maidservant, did not see the young men of my lord whom you sent. Now therefore, my lord, as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, since the Lord has held you back from coming to bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hand, now then, let your enemies and those who seek harm for my lord be as Nabal. And now this present which your maidservant has brought to my lord, let it be given to the young men who follow my lord. Please forgive the trespass of your maidservant. For the Lord will certainly make for my lord an enduring house, because my lord fights the battles of the Lord, and evil is not found in you throughout your days.
Yet a man has risen to pursue you and seek your life, but the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living with the Lord your God; and the lives of your enemies He shall sling out, as from the pocket of a sling. And it shall come to pass, when the Lord has done for my lord according to all the good that He has spoken concerning you, and has appointed you ruler over Israel, that this will be no grief to you, nor offense of heart to my lord, either that you have shed blood without cause, or that my lord has avenged himself. But when the Lord has dealt well with my lord, then remember your maidservant.”

David called Abigail’s speech blessed because through it God had kept him from avenging himself with bloodshed. After receiving the provisions from Abigail, David told her to go in peace to her home because he had heeded her words and had respect for her.

1 Samuel 25:32-35 NKJV

“Then David said to Abigail: “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand. For indeed, as the Lord God of Israel lives, who has kept me back from hurting you, unless you had hurried and come to meet me, surely by morning light no males would have been left to Nabal!” So David received from her hand what she had brought him, and said to her, “Go up in peace to your house. See, I have heeded your voice and respected your person.”

Camp Challenge

Peace can be described as the absence of hostility, strife, and disorder. It is also being calm and quiet, free from struggles in your mind and heart. In his writing to the Corinthians, Paul encouraged the believers to live in peace.

2 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV

“Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”

Abigail could have ignored the conflict between Nabal and David’s men, however if she had many people would have suffered. She chose to be a peacemaker. Instead of fighting and living in conflict God wants peace to rule our lives. He wants us to be a peacemaker.

Hebrews 12:14 NKJV

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord”

Hebrews 12:14 shows us that our relationship with others and our relationship with God are equally important. God wants us to be at peace with others and He wants us to be at peace with Him.

1 Thessalonians 5:13 NKJV

“…Be at peace among yourselves.”

Prayer Points

Ask God to help you be at peace with Him.

Ask God to help you be at peace with others.

Ask God to use you as a peacemaker.

Ask God for strength to be a peacemaker.

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Paul – Faithfulness

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Memory Verse: 2 Timothy 4:7

Bible Truth: While running your race remain faithful.

The apostle Paul reached for a goal. He was a man who had killed many Christians. But one day while on the road to Damascus, he came to know Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior. From the moment that he trusted Jesus as his Savior, he did everything he could to reach his world for Jesus.

There were many obstacles in Paul’s life, however with the help of God he overcame them. Even when times got tough, Paul never let go of what he believed and knew to be true about Jesus. During his lifetime he reach most of the world with the message that Jesus came to save us from sin. He had done the things God wanted him to do with his life. Many people have come to know Jesus because of Paul’s ministry.

2 Timothy 4:6-8 NKJV

“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

As Paul came to the end of his life he wrote his friend Timothy some final instructions. He told Timothy that he had fought the good, he had finished his race, and he had kept his faith.

Camp Challenge

In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul compared the Christian life to athletic competition. Faithfulness is important to succeeding in athletic competition. We must not run our race with uncertainty. We must have a clear goal and prepare ourselves to accomplish it. Discipline is just as important to our Christian walk as it is to athletes preparing for the sports events of their lives.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NKJV

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”

Like Paul we must do everything God wants us to do with our lives. We too must fight the good fight, finish our race and keep the faith.

2 Timothy 4:6-8 NKJV

“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

We must have a clear goal. While keeping our goal and reward of heaven in mind, we must strive to be all that God wants us to be. We must also stay focused on God and keep our motives pure. If we are faithful to God and to the call that He has placed upon our life than we will receive a reward, a crown that will last forever, from God.

Prayer Points

Pray for Jesus as to be Savior and Lord of our lives.

Pray for an increased trust in Jesus.

Pray for strength in reaching our world for Jesus.

Pray for God’s help in overcoming obstacles in our lives.

Pray that we will finish our race.

Pray that we don’t loose faith.

Pray for clear goals.

Pray for an increased discipline in our Christian walk.

Pray that we will stay focused on God.

Pray for pure motives.

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Arrows Day Camp – Running Your Race Under God’s Power

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Running Your Race Under God’s Power

 Summer Memory Verses

2 Timothy 4:6-7 NKJV

“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

Week 1: Paul /Faithfulness

2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Week 2: Abigail / Peacemaker

Hebrews 12:14 NKJV

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord”

Week 3: Joseph / Forgiveness

Luke 6:37

“…. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

Week 4: David / Pure Heart

Psalm 51:10 NKJV

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Week 5: Gideon / Boldness

Hebrews 13:6 NKJV

“So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Week 6: Joshua / Obedience

1 John 5:4 NKJV

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.”

Week 7: Daniel / Wisdom

James 1:5 NKJV

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Week 8: Ruth / Loyalty

James 1:12 NKJV

“Blessed is the man who endures temptations; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

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