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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “The Silent Cry”

Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. 1 Samuel 1:10 NKJV

“And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish.”

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2. Daniel 2:22 NKJV

“He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness,

And light dwells with Him.”

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3. Daniel 5:11-14 NKJV

“There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your father- your father the king- made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers. Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining enigmas were found in Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, now let Daniel be called and he will give the interpretation. Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king spoke, and said to Daniel, ‘Are you that Daniel who is one of the captives from Judah?

I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.’ ”

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4. Psalm 25:14 NKJV

“The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him.”

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5. 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.”

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6. Proverbs 1:7 NKJV

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

But fools despise wisdom and instructions.”

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7. Proverbs 9:10 NKJV

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

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From Reverence To Relying

from reverencing to relying

Memory Verse: Proverbs 9:10

 

Life Application: Reverence and respect of God leads to wisdom.

 

Bible Text:

Proverbs 9:10

Psalm 89:7

Proverbs 9:10

Hebrews 12:28

Psalm 33:20

Psalm 46:1

Psalm 94:17

Psalm 125:1

Psalm 118: 8-9

Hebrews 11:6

Mark 9:24

Matthew 17:20

Luke 17:6

Philippians 4:13

Proverbs 3:25-26

Proverbs1:33

Matthew 13:58

Psalm 46:1-3

 

 

The fear of the Lord means reverence and respect to God. Reverence is a feeling of great love and respect for God and His Word.

Psalm 89:7 NKJV

“God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints,

And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.”

 

Proverbs 9:10 NKJV

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

 

Hebrews 12:28 NKJV

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”

 

When we fear the Lord we will fully rely on Him. Rely means to depend or be dependent on somebody or something; to trust in somebody or something; to have faith in somebody or something; to have confidence in somebody or something. We must depend on God, trust in God, have faith in God, and place our confidence in God.

 

We Must Depend On God

Dependence means reliance on somebody or something; reliance on or trust in somebody or something for help or support.

Psalm 33:20 NKJV

“Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.”

As a Christian our reliance and trust is in God. In times of trouble it is Him that we go to for help and support. If we could not depend on God, we would truly be lost, helpless and hopeless.

Psalm 46:1 NKJV

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”

 

Psalm 94:17 NKJV

“Unless the Lord had been my help, My soul would soon have settled in silence.”

 

We Must Trust In God

Trust is a firm belief in the honesty, truthfulness, justice, or power of a person or thing. We must grow in our trust in God and in His Word. Trust also means hopeful reliance on what will happen in the future, to rely on somebody or something, to place confidence in somebody.

Psalm 125:1 NKJV

“Those who trust in the Lord

Are like Mount Zion,

Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.”

When we place our trust in God we will not be shaken or moved by anything. The world around us may seem to be falling apart, but we can rest assured that it will not harm us. God is our protection and our strength. He is our refuge and our fortress. As Christians we must grow and develop a firm belief in God’s honesty, truthfulness, justice, and power. We must also grow in our trust in God’s Word.

Psalm 118:8-9  NKJV

“It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in princes.”

 

We Must Have Faith In God

When we believe we accept something as true or real in such a way that it affects what we think and how we live. In order to please God we must believe without a question what He says about Himself and what He will do. This belief is often referred to as faith. Faith is belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof .

Hebrews 11:6 NKJV

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

There may be times in our lives, no matter how much faith we think we have, that we are nagged by doubt and have a sense of hopelessness. Like the father in Mark 9:24, we should ask God to help us with our unbelief. Each new trial that we face is an opportunity for our faith to grow.

Mark 9:24 NKJV

“Immediately the Father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’ ”

If we have even a small amount of faith anything is possible. Jesus compared a mustard seed to faith.

Matthew 17:20 NKJV

“So Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from hereto there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.’ ”

 

Luke 17:6 NKJV

“So the Lord said, ‘If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.’ ”

God can use all the things that we go through to show us something special about Him and to draw us, and others, closer to Himself. During our hard times and our trials we must never stop believing in God. Wonderful and miraculous things can be done with even the smallest amount of faith. We must believe without a question what God says about Himself and what He can and will do.

Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. He has done everything and given us everything necessary for us to live in victory. When we keep our eyes on Jesus and all that He has given us and done for us we can live victorious lives.

 

We Must Place Our Confidence In God And His Word

Confidence is a firm (strong) belief or trust (faith) and boldness. We must grow in our trust (faith) and boldness.

Philippians 4:13 NKJV

“I can do all things through Christ who strengths me.”

The only way a Christian can endure the criticism or hardships that they may face is to be confident in the Word of God and Jesus Christ. We must be unshakable in our faith and entrust every aspect of our lives to God. When we do we can be confident that He will take care of us.

Proverbs 3:25-26 NKJV

“Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.”

It is important to study and obey God’s Word. If we will meditate on it day and night, and observe to do according to all that is written in it then God would make our way prosperous, and we will have good success. God will be with us and give us direction no matter where we go. God speaks to us in His Word, assuring us of His protection, care, provisions, and presence.

Meditate means to engage in deep and serious thought, or to reflect upon.

Reflect means to think about carefully, ponder, or deliberate.

Deliberate means to think over carefully before hand or ahead of time.

There were many situations in life that we face, but as we obey God and meditated on His Word, we do not have to fear, worry or be anxious about anything. Today we are faced with many situations and things that could cause us to be fearful, especially if we do not know Jesus as our personal Savior. We can use God’s Word to overcome our worries or fears. We must meditate on God’s Word and obey it.

Proverbs1:33 NKJV

“But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,

And will be secure, without fear of evil.”

Jesus has power over everything, and while He was here on earth, He gave each of His believers the authority to use His name, however we must have confidence in God and His Word.

 

Fear, Doubt, and Unbelief

Matthew 13:58 NKJV

“Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

It is possible to hinder and block the miracle working power of God by having fear, doubt, and unbelief. When faced with situations we must look to Jesus with hope and faith. Fear should never be our first response. Faith in God and His Word will release God’s power for us in any and all situations.

Even when everything around us seems to be going wrong we must keep our faith in God and remember that He is our refuge, strength, and help.

Psalm 46:1-3 NKJV

“God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear,

Even though the earth be removed,

And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though its waters roar and be troubled,

Though the mountains shake with its swelling.”

 

 

 

Review

1. The fear of the Lord means reverence and _______________ to God.

2. What is reverence for God?

 

3. When we ______________ the Lord we will fully rely on Him.

4. What does rely mean?

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5. We must _______________ on God, trust in God, have _____________ in God, and place our _____________________ in God.

6. What does dependence mean?

 

7. As a Christian our reliance and trust is in ______________.

8. Give examples of times that you depended or relied on God.

 

9. In times of trouble if we could not depend on God what would it be like?

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10. What does trust mean?

 

 

11. God is our _________________, strength, refuge and fortress.

12. Faith is belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without _____________ _____________.

13. Each new trial that we face is an opportunity for our __________ to grow.

14. God can use all the things that we go through to show us something special about Him and to ____________ _______, and others, closer to Himself.

15. What is confidence?

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16. Why is it important to study and obey God’s Word?

 

 

17. Faith in God and His Word will ______________ God’s power for us in any and all situations.

 

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True Wisdom

TRUE WISDOM             True Wisdom

Memory Verse: Ephesians 1:17 

Life Application: God gives wisdom.

Bible Text:

Ephesians 1:17

James 1:5

Proverbs 2:6

Proverbs 1:7

Job 28:28

Proverbs 3:5-7

Proverbs 9:10

James 1:5

God will give us wisdom in every area of our lives. This wisdom helps us use facts that we know and truths that we understand to make right decisions in our daily lives. God desires for each one of us to have spiritual understanding.

Ephesians 1:17  NKJV     “…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him…”

True Wisdom Comes From The Fear Of The Lord

Proverbs 2:6  NKJV     “For the Lord gives wisdom;

From His mouth comes knowledge and understanding”

      The dictionary describes wisdom as knowledge (information) and good judgment, wise conduct, wise words. Wisdom can also mean abiding success or victory. It describes understanding as the power or ability to know; intellect; intelligence; comprehension.

When we have wisdom we use the facts that we know and the truths that we understand to make right decisions in our daily lives.

Real (true) wisdom comes from God and it begins when we place our faith in Him. Fear of the Lord is a deep respect and reverence for God and unto God. When we fear God the thought of Him fills us with awe and wonder. The fear of the Lord is very important in receiving wisdom. Our wisdom depends on our knowledge of God and our submission to His will. To gain true wisdom we must place a high regard on, and honor God and His will for our lives in every situation and circumstance.

Proverbs 1:7  NKJV     “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Job 28:28  NKJV     “And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,

And to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”

      There is no use in knowing “things” if you do not know God and reverence Him. Not fearing (reverencing) God is the same as rejecting wisdom. True wisdom is found in the fear of the Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-7  NKJV     “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.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the Lord and depart from evil.”

Proverbs 9:10  NKJV     “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

And knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Ask God For 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.”

      As a believer in Christ Jesus if we lack wisdom we should pray ask God for it. God will answer our prayer. He will freely and generously give to us an abundant and plentiful supply. When we have to ask for wisdom God will not be disappointed in us. He desires for us to ask Him for anything that we lack, and that includes wisdom and understanding.

Review

1. God will give us wisdom in every ________________ of our lives.

2. Wisdom helps us use facts that we know and truths that we understand to make right _____________________ in our daily lives.

3. What is wisdom?

4. When we have wisdom we use the facts that we know and the truths that we ________________ to make right decisions in our daily lives.

6. Where does true wisdom come from?

7. What does the  fear of the Lord mean?

8. True wisdom depends on our knowledge of God and our _______________________ to His will.

9. As a believer in Christ Jesus if we lack wisdom we should ____________ ask God for it.

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Wells Of Wisdom

WEEK 9Wells of Wisdom

Memory Verse :1 Corinthians 2:12  NKJV

Bible Truth: God gives wisdom.

 

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction – God Gives Wisdom

God will give us wisdom in every area of our lives. This wisdom helps us use facts that we know and truths that we understand to make right decisions in our daily lives. God desires for each one of us to have spiritual understanding.

Ephesians 1:17  NKJV     “…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him…”

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ____________________________

2. ____________________________

 

4. Memory Verse

1 Corinthians 2:12  NKJV     “Now we have received, not from the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.“

5. God Gave Solomon Wisdom

1 Kings 3: 12  NKJV     “…behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.”

      When Solomon went to Gibeon to sacrifice burnt offerings, the Lord appeared to him in a dream. In the dream the Lord asked Solomon what He should give him. Solomon told the Lord that He had been so good to him already. The Lord had shown Solomon great kindness because of David, his father. Then Solomon asked the Lord for an understanding heart so that he could discern between good and evil as he judged the people.

The Lord was pleased with Solomon’s request. Solomon had not asked the Lord for wealth, riches, long life, nor help in defeating his enemies. Instead Solomon had asked the Lord for a wise and understanding heart. Because the request pleased the Lord, He not only gave Solomon what he asked for, but He gave Solomon wealth, riches and honor also.

The Lord had answered Solomon’s request in an abundant measure. The abilities that were given to Solomon were exceptional. Solomon is known to have been the wisest man that ever lived, and that wisdom was given to him by the Lord.

 

6. Game – “Measure Your Life By God’s Word

Need: 2 rulers with the memory verse written on them.

1 Corinthians 2:12  NKJV     “Now we have received, not from the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.“

     Divide the class into two teams and have them line up in two lines. Give a ruler to the first person on each team. At the signal they will say the Bible verse and then pass it to the next person in line. They will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

7. God Gave Daniel Wisdom

Daniel 2:19  NKJV     “Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.”

      King Nebuchadnezzar’s army overthrew Jerusalem and took the strong, healthy, and intelligent young men captive. One of these young men was Daniel. 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 three friends knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom. God also gave Daniel 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.

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.

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 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.

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

 

8. Game – “Stomp The Balloon”

Need: Slips of paper with the memory verse on them and 2 different colors of balloons / 15 of each color.

“Now we / have received, / not from the/  spirit of / the world, / but the Spirit  / who is /  from God, / / that we might / know the /  things that have / been freely/  given to / us by God.“ /  1 Corinthians 2:12  NKJV

     Cut the memory verses up into sections of two or three words (make 2 sets).Keep each set separate. Blow up balloons, inserting one rolled slip of paper into each balloon before tying.

Divide the group into two teams. Place all the balloons on the floor. At the signal the children will run to the balloons and pop them with their feet in order to get the slip of paper out. The first team to arrange their slips of paper in order is the winner.

 

9. God Gave Joseph Wisdom

Genesis 41:39  NKJV     “Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.”

      Joseph was favored by his father, Jacob, because he was the son of his favorite wife, Rachel. This favoritism caused Joseph’s brothers to be jealous. One day Joseph was sent out into the fields where his brothers were taking care of the flocks of sheep, to check on them.

Joseph’s brothers saw him coming and they plotted to kill him. One of his brothers, Reuben, told the other brothers not to kill Joseph but to throw him into an empty water hole and leave him there. Later on while Joseph was in the empty water hole a group of Ishmaelites came by and the brothers sold Joseph to them.

 

Acts 7:9-10  NKJV     “And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.”

      Joseph was taken to Egypt and sold as a slave to Potiphar, who was the captain of the guard in the army of the Pharaoh. While at the house of Potiphar, Joseph found favor and he was placed in charge of everything at Potiphar’s house. Later on when the wife of Potiphar lied about Joseph he was thrown into prison.

While in prison Joseph found favor in the sight of the prison keeper. He placed Joseph in charge over the prison. While in prison God continued to fill Joseph with wisdom and understanding. Joseph was given the ability to interpret dreams.

After a long period of time Joseph was called upon to interpret a dream for the king. God gave Joseph the interpretation to the dream. When Joseph interpreted the dream for the king he acknowledged that God had given Joseph discernment and wisdom. The king placed Joseph over his house and the country. There was no one greater than Joseph except the king.

Genesis 41:37-41  NKJV     “So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. And Pharaoh said to his servants, ‘Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?’ Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.’ And Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

      Because of the wisdom that God had given Joseph he found favor in the sight of the king.

 

10. Game – “Fill In The Blanks”

Need: 2 poster boards and 2 markers.

On each poster board draw a blank for each word of the memory verse. Divide the group into two teams. Set the poster boards and the markers a short distance from the teams. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the poster board and fill in one of the blanks., then return to their team. The next person will repeat the process. The team that correctly fills in all the blanks to the memory verse is the winner.

 

11. True Wisdom Comes From The Fear Of The Lord

Proverbs 2:6  NKJV     “For the Lord gives wisdom;

From His mouth comes knowledge and understanding”

      The dictionary describes wisdom as knowledge (information) and good judgment, wise conduct, wise words. Wisdom can also mean abiding success or victory. It describes understanding as the power or ability to know; intellect; intelligence; comprehension.

When we have wisdom we use the facts that we know and the truths that we understand to make right decisions in our daily lives.

Real (true) wisdom comes from God and it begins when we place our faith in Him. Fear of the Lord is a deep respect and reverence for God and unto God. When we fear God the thought of Him fills us with awe and wonder. The fear of the Lord is very important in receiving wisdom. Our wisdom depends on our knowledge of God and our submission to His will. To gain true wisdom we must place a high regard on, and honor God and His will for our lives in every situation and circumstance.

Proverbs 1:7  NKJV     “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

 

Job 28:28  NKJV     “And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,

And to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”

      There is no use in knowing “things” if you do not know God and reverence Him. Not fearing (reverencing) God is the same as rejecting wisdom. True wisdom is found in the fear of the Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-7  NKJV     “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.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the Lord and depart from evil.”

Proverbs 9:10  NKJV     “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

And knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

12. Game- “What’s In The Basket”

Need: a basket, a small cloth to cover up the basket, 10 small pieces of jewelry or hair accessories or beauty items, paper and pencils.

Pass around the basket with the items in it for everyone to look at. Cover up basket. Give each person a piece of paper and a pencil. Instruct everyone to write down what was in the basket (as many things as they can remember).

13. Worship Song – _________________________________

 

14. Challenge and Altar – Ask God For 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.”

      As a believer in Christ Jesus if we lack wisdom we should pray ask God for it. God will answer our prayer. He will freely and generously give to us an abundant and plentiful supply. When we have to ask for wisdom God will not be disappointed in us. He desires for us to ask Him for anything that we lack, and that includes wisdom and understanding.

How does your life measure up to God’s Word?

Are you growing in respect of God?

How do you regard the things of God?

Are you facing a situation where you need God’s wisdom?

15. Crafts

16. Refreshments or a light meal 

17. Dismissal

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Let Us Grow In Reverence

   Let Us Grow In Reverence

Reverence is a feeling of great love and respect for God and His Word.

 

Psalm 89:7  NKJV    “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints,

And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.”

       God is a holy God and the only way to approach Him is in the fear of the Lord (reverence, respect).

 

Proverbs 9:10  NKJV    “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Hebrews 12:28  NKJV    “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”

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The Silent Cry

The Silent Cry

Memory Verse: 1 Samuel 1:10

Life Application: God has compassion on man’s emotional torment.

 

1 Samuel 1:10-11  NKJV     “And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. Then she made a vow and said, ‘O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him back to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.’ ”

     Hannah’s desperation before the Lord was misunderstood by Eli. Like Hannah when you begin to cry out in desperation there will be those who misunderstand, and there will be those who do not understand.

1 Samuel 1:12-14  NKJV     “And it happened, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli watched her mouth. Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard.  Therefore Eli thought she was drunk. So Eli said to her, ‘How long will you be drunk? Put your wine away from you!’”

     When Eli confronted Hannah concerning what he thought was drunkenness, Hannah responded in a polite and respectful way.

1 Samuel 1:15-16  NKJV     “But Hannah answered and said, ‘No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but I have poured out my soul before the Lord. Do not consider your maidservant a wicked woman, for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken until now.’”

     The Lord ministered unto Hannah by giving her the desire of her heart, a son.

1 Samuel 1:20  NKJV     “So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.’”

     When Hannah went with her husband to take Samuel to the temple, she again ministered unto God by offering up a prayer of praise and thanksgiving to God.

1 Samuel 2:1-10  NKJV     “And Hannah prayed and said: ‘My heart rejoices in the Lord;

My horn is exalted in the Lord. I

smile at my enemies,

Because I rejoice in Your salvation. No one is holy like the Lord,

For there is none besides You,

Nor is there any rock like our God. Talk no more so very proudly; Let no arrogance

come from your mouth,

For the Lord is the God of knowledge; And by Him actions are weighed.

The bows of the mighty men are broken,

And those who stumbled are girded with strength. Those who were full have hired

themselves out for bread,

And the hungry have ceased to hunger. Even the barren has born seven,

And she who has many children has become feeble. The Lord kills and makes alive;

He brings down to the grave and brings

up. The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up. He raises the poor from the dust

And lifts the beggar from the ash heap,

To set them among princes

And make them inherit the throne of glory. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s

And He has set the world upon them. He will guars the feet of the saints,

But the wicked shall be silent in darkness. For by strength no man shall prevail.

The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces; From heaven He will thunder against them,

The Lord will judge the ends of the earth. He will give strength to the king,

And exalt the horn of His anointed.’ ”

     Hannah’s desperation and worship had birthed ministry to the Lord. Ministry to the Lord will in turn, birth ministry to people.

1 Samuel 2:11  NKJV      “Then Elkanah went to his house at Ramah. But the child ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest.” 

1 Samuel 2:18  NKJV     “But Samuel ministered before the Lord, even as a child, wearing  linen ephod.”

     God again ministered unto Hannah by giving her more children.

1 Samuel 2:21  NKJV     “And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived and bore three more sons and two daughters. Meanwhile the child Samuel grew before the Lord.”

     Even when you feel like you don’t have a word from the Lord (or revelation), you should still be worshipping Him and ministering to Him.

1 Samuel 3:1  NKJV     “Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation.”

     Samuel ministered unto the Lord, and the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel through revelations. Ministry to the Lord then revelation.

1 Samuel  3:21  NKJV     “Then the Lord appeared again in Shiloh. For the Lord

revealed Himself to Samuel in

Shiloh by the word of the Lord.”

     God will reveal Himself to those who minister unto Him in a deeper way. There are things that are inaccessible with human knowledge and wisdom. We need revelation knowledge of God.

Daniel 2:22  NKJV     “He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness,

And light dwells with Him.”

Daniel 5:11-14  NKJV     “There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your father- your father the king- made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers. Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining enigmas were found in Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, now let Daniel be called and he will give the interpretation. Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king spoke, and said to Daniel, ‘Are you that Daniel who is one of the captives from Judah?I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.’ ”

     The Lord speaks (and shares secret things) to those who fear Him.

Psalm 25:14  NKJV     “The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him.” 

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.”

 Proverbs 1:7  NKJV     “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

But fools despise wisdom and instructions.”

Proverbs 9:10  NKJV     “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

     The fear of the Lord is to greatly respect (high regard, honor, esteem, consideration) and reverence the Lord. When you reverence someone you will have a feeling of deep respect mixed with wonder, awe and love.  From the account of Hannah we can see that God can take something bad and bring about something good. Hannah was constantly being teased by Peninnah which made Hannah cry out to God for help. God heard Hannah and answered her prayer by giving her a son. She named the son Samuel and he became a great prophet for God.

Review

1. Read 1 Samuel 1:1-2.  Who were Elkanah’s wives?

2. What did Peninnah have that Hannah didn’t?

3. Read 1 Samuel 1:3-4. Where did the family go each year and what did they do?

4. According to 1 Samuel 1:5, Elkanah ______________ Hannah, although she was unable to have children.

5. Hannah was desperate to have a baby, but her  desperation before the Lord was ________________________ by Eli.

6. When Eli confronted Hannah concerning what he thought was drunkenness how did she respond or react?

7. The Lord ministered unto Hannah by giving her what?

8. When Hannah went with her husband to take Samuel to the temple, she again ministered unto God by offering up a prayer of ______________  and  _________________________  to God.

9. Ministry to the Lord will in turn, birth ministry to ________________.

10. God gave Hannah more ___________________.

11. Even when you feel like you don’t have a word from the Lord (or revelation), you should still be ______________________  Him and ministering to Him.

12. The Lord revealed Himself to Samuel through _____________________.

13. There are things that are inaccessible with human knowledge and wisdom. We need ______________________   ___________________________  of God.

14. The Lord speaks, and shares secret things, to those who what?

15. The fear of the Lord is to greatly _______________ and reverence the Lord.

16. When you reverence someone you will have a feeling of deep respect mixed with wonder, awe and _____________.

17. What is the definition of anguish?

18. Read 1 Samuel 1:6-7. Why was Hannah in anguish?

19. What are some examples of emotional torment or turmoil?

20. What should you do when you are in anguish?

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