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David

david Memory Verse: Psalm 51:10

Bible Truth: While running your race keep your heart pure.

King Saul had disobeyed God on many occasions which caused God to reject him as Israel’s king. This made Samuel sad. One day God asked Samuel how long was he going to be sad over it. Then God told Samuel to fill a container with oil because He was going to send him to Bethlehem to anoint someone else to be Israel’s king. God had picked out someone from a man named Jesse’s family. Samuel was concerned because he thought that King Saul would kill him if he found out. So God told Samuel to go and do what He had instructed Him to do but to take some things for a sacrifice. Then he could tell people that he had come to sacrifice to God, instead of the real reason he was there.

1 Samuel 16:1-3 NKJV
“Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.” And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” But the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you.”

Samuel prepared the items that he needed and took them with him to Bethlehem. When the people in Bethlehem saw Samuel they were alarmed and asked him why he was there. Samuel told the people that he was there to sacrifice to the Lord, which was what God had instructed him to say. He invited the elders to come to the sacrifice and then he went and invited Jesse and his sons.

1 Samuel 16:4-5 NKJV

“So Samuel did what the Lord said, and went to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice.”

When Jesse’s family came, Samuel saw one of his sons named Eliab. Samuel thought to himself, “Surely he is the one!”

1 Samuel 16:6 NKJV

“So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!”

However, God told Samuel not to look at the outward appearance. God had not chosen Eliab. Then He told Samuel that He did not look at the outside of a person – He looked at the heart of a person instead.

1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV

“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

God was showing Samuel that how a person looks on the outside isn’t important. He shouldn’t be judged by his physical appearance. What really matters is a person’s heart attitude toward God.

Samuel was learning that God looks at what’s on the inside of a person and not at the outward appearance.

1 Samuel 16:8-10 NKJV

“So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.”

One by one Jesse’s sons were shown to Samuel. Samuel looked at all seven of them and stated that God had not chosen any of them. Then he asked Jesse if that was all his sons – did he have any more?

Jessie told Samuel that he had one more son. He was the youngest son and he was out in the field taking care of the sheep. Samuel told Jesse to bring that son to him, and that they would not sit down to eat until he was there with them.

1 Samuel 16:11 NKJV

“And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.”

So someone went out into the field and brought David, Jessie’s youngest son, to where Samuel and the others were. When Samuel say David, God instructed him to anoint him as the chosen king.

1 Samuel 16:12 NKJV

“So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!”

God had rejected all seven of David’s brothers and chosen David instead as the king. David was very young and to the natural eye and because of his appearance he would not have been the best choice, however God did not look at David’s outward appearance. He looked at David’s heart. In David’s heart God saw love and trust in God, a desire to please God, and a heart completely committed to God. David’s heart-attitude pleased God, and God was going to use him to lead His people.

1 Samuel 16:13 NKJV

“Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.”

Samuel took the oil that he had brought with him and he anointed David as the next king of Israel. After that Samuel went to Ramah and David returned to the field of sheep. For a period of time David continued to work in the fields taking care of the sheep while he awaited God’s time for him to become king.

Camp Challenge

God searches our hearts instead of looking at our appearances. Man looks at the outside of a person however, God looks at a person’s heart. What’s inside a persons heart is far more important and significant that their physical appearance or their natural abilities.

Psalm 7:9 NKJV

“For the righteous God tests the heart and minds.”

Everything that comes out of our mouth begins on the inside (innermost part) of us.

Matthew 12:33-37 NKJV

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings firth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

God knows everything in our hearts – every motive, desire, dream and word, even before we express it. God will search (test, examine) each person’s heart to see what is in it. He searches our hearts so that He can help us. Like David, we too should desire for God to examine our hearts (and our thoughts) and to purge us of sin so that we may have everlasting life.

Psalm 139:1-24 NKJV

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me.

You know my sitting down and my rising up;

You understand my thought afar off.

You comprehend my path and my lying down,

And are acquainted with all my ways.

For there is not a word on my tongue,

But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.

You have hedged me behind and before,

And laid Your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

It is high, I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend into heaven, You are there;

If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

If I take the wings of the morning,

And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

Even there Your hand shall lead me,

And Your right hand shall hold me.

If I say,

‘Surely the darkness shall fall on me,’

Even the night shall be light about me;

Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,

But the night shines as the day;

The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

For You formed my inward parts;

You covered me in my mother’s womb.

I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Marvelous are Your works,

And that my soul knows very well.

My frame was not hidden from You,

When I was made in secret,

And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.

And in Your book they all were written,

The days fashioned for me,

When as yet there were none of them.

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!

How great is the sum of them!

If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;

When I awake, I am still with You.

Oh, that You would slay the wicked O God!

Depart from me, therefore you bloodthirsty me.

For they speak against You wickedly;

Your enemies take Your name in vain.

Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You?

And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?

I hate them with perfect hatred;

I count them my enemies.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me, and know my anxieties;

And see if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting.”

The Bible tells us that whatever is in the heart will come out of our mouths. It also tells us that each one of us will give an account for every idle (unfounded) word that we speak. That our words will either justify us or condemn us. God desires for us to ask Him to search our hearts. Not so that He can condemn us but to help us.

Psalm 51:10 NKJV

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

Prayer Points

Ask God to search your heart.

Ask God to help you not judge people by their outward appearance.

Ask God to help you be careful with the words you speak.

Ask God to reveal to you what’s in your heart.

Ask God to purge you of sin so that you may have everlasting life.

Ask God to create in you a clean heart.

Ask God to renew a steadfast spirit within you.

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The Beatitudes

BEAUTITUDES

Memory Verse: Matthew 5:1-2

Life Application: Jesus taught about blessings.

Bible Text:

Matthew 5:1-12

Luke 6:20-22

Matthew 5:1-12

Isaiah 57:15

Psalm 37:11

2 Corinthians 5:21

1 John 2:29

2 Samuel 22:26

Matthew 23:25-26

1 John 1:9-10

Psalm 51:10

John 14:27

Psalm 34:14

Hebrews 12:14

1 Peter 2:21

Romans 8:18

A beatitude is a pronouncement of some blessing that we will receive when we follow Jesus’ example and allow God to shape our thoughts, words, and actions. It should bring joy to us when we know that God is pleased with us. The world would have us to believe that we are blessed if we are happy and have a lot of things. But God says that we are blessed if we relinquish our pride, have a mindset characterized by meekness, and look to Him for spiritual significance. True blessings come from being like Jesus – gentle and humble.

Matthew 5:1-12 NKJV

“And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.
Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

God will bless those who are poor in spirit.

When a person is poor they are lacking or in need. When we realize that we are poor in spirit and that we are dependent on God, His mighty power is available to us, and we find favor with Him! God desires that we realize that we are dependant upon Him

Matthew 5:3 NKJV

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

God will bless those who mourn.

When we mourn we feel or express sorrow or grief.

Isaiah 57:15 NKJV

“For thus says the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity,

Whose name is Holy:

‘I dwell in the high and holy place,

With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

To receive the spirit of the humble.

And to receive the heart of the contrite ones’ ”

Contrite means that we are broken in spirit by a sense of guilt. It also means showing deep regret and sorrow. When we are truly sorry that we have sinned against a holy God, God will receive us, comfort us, and forgive us. When we receive salvation the Holy Spirit (the comforter) comes to live in us. He will be our companion and help us in times of trials and troubles.

Matthew 5:4 NKJV

“Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”

God will bless those who are meek.

When a person is meek they are not easily angered, are patient and are yielding. We must not get being meek mixed up with being weak. They are two totally different things. When we see ourselves the way that God sees us it will cause us to be meek. We will no longer focus on ourselves, instead we will focus on God and others. God will bless us when we put Him first.

Psalm 37:11 NKJV

“But the meek shall inherit the earth,

And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”

Matthew 5:5 NKJV

“Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.”

God will bless those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.

Righteousness means always thinking and acting in a way that is just, right, and good. When we have a very strong desire (need) to live in such a way that pleases God and brings glory to Him we will be filled. When we are filled with God and the things of God there will not be room for anything else. When we hunger and thirst for righteousness we will want more of God. This desire will cause us to spend more time in prayer, reading the Bible and in worship.

2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

1 John 2:29 NKJV

“If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.”

When we receive Jesus as our Savior we receive His righteousness, and with it comes the power to live right (to think and act in a way that is just, right, and good).

Matthew 5:6 NKJV

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.”

God will bless those who are merciful.

Mercy means not to punish someone when they deserve it. The dictionary describes mercy as more kindness than justice requires; kindness beyond what can be claimed or expected; kindly treatment; pity; something to be thankful for. Merciful means having, showing, or feeling mercy; full of compassion. When we forgive others and show them kindness when they don’t deserve it we are being merciful. God has been merciful to us by giving His Son, Jesus, to take our punishment for our sin. Because of the great mercy that was shown to us we must also be merciful to others, even when they disappoint us or hurt us.

2 Samuel 22:26 NKJV
“With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;

With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless.”

A person that is merciful will also reach out to help others in need. When we show mercy to others we will be blessed with God and others being merciful to us.

Matthew 5:7 NKJV

“Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.”

God will bless those who are pure in heart.

Pure means not mixed with anything else, genuine, perfectible clean, spotless, without defects, correct, with no evil, without sin, or, chaste (virtuous, decent, or modest). God wants us to be pure in heart. We cannot be pure in heart if we try to mix the things of God (and our relationship with Him) with evil or sinful things of the world. When we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord we become the temple of God. God will not share His house with evil, therefore we must be pure in heart. It is more important to be clean on the inside (pure heart) than it is to be clean on the outside.

Matthew 23:25-26 NKJV

“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisees, first cleanse the inside of the cup and the dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”

People can only see us our outside, but God see us on the inside. Being clean inside where God sees and being clean outside where people see are both important to God. He wants us to take good care of ourselves, but being clean on the inside where only God sees is most important to Him. No matter how good we try to be on the outside, without God’s forgiveness we are still dirty and impure on the inside.

1 John 1:9-10 NKJV

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

The first thing we need to do to become pure at heart is to realize and admit that we are not. After we realize that we need to be pure at heart, all we have to do is ask God to forgive us ) and cleanse us.

Psalm 51:10 NKJV

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

The Bible tells us that “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. God will give a pure heart if we ask Him to.

Matthew 5:8 NKJV

“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

God will bless those who are peacemakers.

A peacemaker is a person who makes peace. The dictionary describes peace as freedom from strife of any kind; condition of quiet, calm, order, and security. Peace is also described as an agreement between contending parties.

John 14:27 NKJV

“Peace, I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

We have peace with God because of Jesus’ sacrifice. When we accept Jesus as our Savior we receive a special type of peace that only God can give and we become a child of God. We will put on a spirit of calmness and tranquility because Jesus’ peace removes dread and fear from our heart. As a child of God we can tell others how they can receive the same peace that we have. When we tell others that they can have peace with God through His Son, Jesus, we are being a peacemaker.

Psalm 34:14 NKJV

“Depart from evil and do good;

Seek peace and pursue it.”

Hebrews 12:14 NKJV

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

Not only does God desire for us to live at peace with Him, He desires for us to live at peace with others. When a person is at peace with God and other people it will bring blessings.

Matthew 5:9 NKJV

“Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God”

God will bless those who are persecuted falsely because of Him.

Persecuted means to suffer repeatedly because of what you believe or because of your principles. There are people all over the world that are caused to suffer repeatedly, harmed, oppressed, annoyed and harassed for righteousness sake. When people oppress a child of God because of the stand that they take for God, He will bless them.

1 Peter 2:21 NKJV

“For to this you were called because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example , that you should follow His steps.”

When we begin to feel like we are persecuted for righteousness sake we must remember that it (the persecution) will not last forever. We must also remember to follow Jesus’ example of handling persecution.

Romans 8:18 NKJV

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present times are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

The persecution and troubles that we face here on earth are nothing compared to our time in eternity with God.

Matthew 5:10-12 NKJV

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Review

1. A beatitude is a ______________________________ of some blessing that we will receive when we follow Jesus’ example.

2. We are blessed if we relinquish our ___________________, have a mindset characterized by ___________________ , and look to God for spiritual significance.

3. True blessings come from what?

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4. God will bless those who are _______________ in spirit.

5. God will bless those who __________________.

6. God will bless those who __________ ______________.

7. God will bless those who ________________ and thirst for righteousness.

8. God will bless ___________ _________ _____________ merciful.

9. God will bless those who are _______________ in heart.

10. God will ______________ _______________ who are peacemakers.

11. God will bless those who are persecuted _________________ because of Him.

12. What does mourn mean?

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13. When a person is ______________ they are not easily angered, are patient and are yielding.

14. ___________________________ means always thinking and acting in a way that is just, right, and good.

15. When we receive Jesus as our Savior we receive His righteousness, and with it comes the ________________ to live right (to think and act in a way that is just, right, and good).

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17. Give examples of showing mercy?

18. No matter how good we try to be on the outside, without God’s ___________________________ we are still dirty and impure on the inside.

19. God will give a pure heart if we ________ ____________ to.

20. What is a peacemaker?

21. Give examples of when you have been a peacemaker?

22. What does persecuted mean?

23.The persecution and troubles that we face here on earth are nothing compared to our time in _____________________ with God.

24. Have you been persecuted because of what you believe or because of your principles?

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The Trumpet Will Sound

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Memory Verse: Psalm 139:23

Life Application: I must allow God to search my heart.

Bible Text:

Leviticus 23:23-24

Colossians 2:15

Micah 7:19

Genesis 22:1-14

Hebrews 11:17-19

John 3:16

Romans 5:11

Matthew 5:8

Psalm 51:10

1 Thessalonians 4:16

1 Corinthians 15:52

2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Leviticus 23:23-24 NKJV

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’”

In Leviticus God instituted the Feast of the Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah. It is observed in the Jewish month of Tishrei. Rosh Hashana means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.“ It is sometimes referred to as the Jewish New Year. The Feast of Trumpets, points to the rapture, when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as a bridegroom coming for His bride, the church.

 

Sound The Trumpet

During this feast the shofar, trumpet, was to be sounded. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in respect of God. In Biblical times trumpets were sounded for several reasons. These same reasons can also apply to the bride of Christ -she must wake up and prepare to ascend into heaven to meet with God.

 

1.The trumpet was sounded when the people were about to meet with God.

Exodus 19:10-25 NKJV

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Take heed to yourselves that you do not go up to the mountain or touch its base. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. Not a hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot with an arrow; whether man or beast, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come near the mountain.” So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and sanctified the people, and they washed their clothes. And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not come near your wives.” Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.
Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice. Then the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to gaze at the Lord, and many of them perish.
Also let the priests who come near the Lord consecrate themselves, lest the Lord break out against them.”
But Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai; for You warned us, saying, ‘Set bounds around the mountain and consecrate it.’” Then the Lord said to him, “Away! Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest He break out against them.”
So Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.”

2. The trumpet was sounded to wake the bride up.

Matthew 25:5-10 NKJV

“But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming ; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.”

3. The trumpet was sounded when the people were ready to ascend up into the city.

Joshua 6:1-5 NKJV

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

 

Services And Observances

During the Feast of Trumpets special services are held where the Scriptures are read and songs of redemption are sung. Psalm 93-100 are believed to have been composed for Rosh Hashanah.

A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol for a sweet new year. The following blessing is recited before the apples are eaten:

“Blessed are You, O Lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.”

A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. This symbolically represents your sins being cast away from you.

Micah 7:19 NKJV

“He will again have compassion on us, and subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

 

A Memorial of God’s Grace

Genesis 22:1-14 NKJV

“Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

 

The blowing of the trumpets is also a memorial of God’s grace to Abraham when He substituted a ram to be sacrificed instead of Isaac.

 

Hebrews 11:17-19

“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in figurative sense.”

Isaac is a type of foreshadowing of Christ. Just as Abraham offered his son on the altar, God offered His Son on Calvary’s altar.

 

John 3:16 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Self-Examination

Romans 5:11 NKJV

“And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

The Feast of Trumpets requires a preparing of the spirit. Each person is to take time to look back in self-examination over the events and emotions of the previous year. To be part of the rapture of the church also requires a preparing of the spirit.

Psalm 139:23-24 NKJV

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me, and know my anxieties;

24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting.”

Matthew 5:8 NKJV

“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

Psalm 51:10 NKJV

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

A person must know Jesus in an intimate way, have a personal relationship with Him, to be the Bride of Christ.

 

Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV

““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

Special prayers are recited during this festival. The prayers emphasize God’s mercy, benevolence and forgiveness. The prayers encourage us to reflect on our deeds. This is a time of offering forgiveness and seeking reconciliation with others.

 

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NKJV

“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

It is a time that people should awake and correct their ways.

 

Christ’s Return

The rapture is associated in scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16 NKJV

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

Some Bible scholars feel that this feast will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to catch away His Bride (rapture).

 

1 Corinthians 15:52 NKJV

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

Review

1. What does Rosh Hashana mean?

2. Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year. It is also called the Feast of _________________.

3. Who is the Messiah’s bride?

4. Jesus is our armor because He ________________ Satan.

5..Why is the end of the shofar curved and bent?

6. A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. What does this symbolize?

 

 

7. God substituted a ________ to be sacrificed instead of Isaac.

 

8. You must have a __________________ ________________________ with Jesus Christ to be the Bride of Christ.

9. Are there any people in your life that you need to offer forgiveness to?

 

10. What does reconciliation mean?

11. What sound will announce the return of Jesus?

12. Are you spiritual ready for Jesus’ return?

 

 

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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study – “Devotion”

COMPASS 1Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. Psalm 27:4  NKJV

“One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

2. Revelation 3:16  NKJV

“So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

3. James 1:8 NKJV

“He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

4. Jeremiah 24:7  NKJV

“Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I  am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

5. 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 the rams”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

6. Psalm 51:10  NKJV

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

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

7. Matthew 5:16  NKJV

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

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

8. Matthew 6:19-21

“Lay not up for yourself treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

How do these verses apply to my life?

 

 

 

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Wells of Blessings

WEEK 7Wells of Blessings

Memory Verse: Psalm 91:14

Bible Truth: God blesses His children.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – When We Have An Intimate Relationship With God He Will Bless Us

God will bless those that He knows and those who have an intimate relationship with Him. When we set our love upon God He will show us His favor and bless us by delivering us and setting us in a place of protection.

Because of our relationship with Him God will answer us when we call upon Him. In times of trouble He will deliver us and He will honor us. Our intimate relationship with God will also cause us to be blessed with a long life, and God will show us His salvation.

Psalm 91:14-19  NKJV     “Because he has set his love upon Me,

Therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him,

And show him My salvation.”

      The blessings, favor, and benefits that we receive from God because of our relationship with Him are endless. He will provide for us in every area of our lives.

Deuteronomy 11:13-15  NKJV     “And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.”

      God will bless us spiritually, emotionally, physically and materially. A blessing is receiving something that brings comfort and joy. When we are blessed we are favored by God.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _______________________________________

2. _______________________________________

 

 

4. Memory Verse

Psalm 91:14  NKJV     “Because he has set his love upon Me,

Therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him on high, because he has known My name.”

5. The Beautitudes

Matthew 5:3-12  NKJV     ““Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

      A beatitude is a pronouncement of some blessing that we will receive when we follow Jesus’ example and allow God to shape our thoughts, words, and actions. It should bring joy to us when we know that God is pleased with us.

The world would have us to believe that we are blessed if we are happy and have a lot of things. But God says that we are blessed if we relinquish our pride, have a mindset characterized by meekness, and look to Him for spiritual significance. True blessings come from being like Jesus – gentle and humble. God will bless those who are poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who are meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, those who are merciful, those who are pure in heart, those who are peacemakers, and those who are persecuted falsely because of Him.

6. God Will Bless Those Who Are Poor In Spirit

Matthew 5:3  NKJV     ““Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

     When a person is poor they are lacking or in need. When we realize that we are poor in spirit and that we are dependent on God, His mighty power is available to us, and we find favor with Him!  God desires that we realize that we are dependant upon Him.

7. God Will Bless Those Who Mourn

Matthew 5:4  NKJV     “Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”

     When we mourn we feel or express sorrow or grief.

Isaiah 57:15  NKJV     “For thus says the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity,

Whose name is Holy:

‘I dwell in the high and holy place,

With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

To receive the spirit of the humble.

And to receive the heart of the contrite ones’ ”

      Contrite means that we are broken in spirit by a sense of guilt. It also means showing deep regret and sorrow. When we are truly sorry that we have sinned against a holy God, God will receive us, comfort us, and forgive us. When we receive salvation the Holy Spirit (the comforter) comes to live in us. He will be our companion and help us in times of trials and troubles.

8. Game“God‘s Favor” Memory Board Match-Up Game

The Bible tells us that Daniel and his friends remained righteous by eating only the food that God wanted them to eat. They were determined in their hearts not to disobey God. God caused Daniel and his friends to receive favor when they asked not to eat the royal foods that the king wanted them to. God blessed Daniel and his friends for seeking righteousness.

The Bible gives us many examples of people who received favor / blessings from God.

1. Ruth

2. Ruth

3. Daniel

4. Daniel

5. Stephen

6. Stephen

7. Mary

8. Mary

9. God will bless us.

Shuffle up the cards and place them on the memory board. Divide the children into two teams. The teams will take turns turning over two cards. If the cards match they will remove them and earn a point for their team. If they do not match they will turn them back over. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

Correct Matches:

Ruth / Ruth

Daniel / Daniel

Stephen / Stephen

Mary / Mary

9. God Will Bless Those Who Are Meek

Matthew 5:5  NKJV     “Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.”

     When a person is meek they are not easily angered, are patient and are yielding. We must not get being meek mixed up with being weak. They are two totally different things. When we see ourselves the way that God sees us it will cause us to be meek. We will no longer focus on ourselves, instead we will focus on God and others. God will bless us when we put Him first.

Psalm 37:11  NKJV    “But the meek shall inherit the earth,

And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”

10. God Will Bless Those Who Hunger And Thirst For Righteousness

Matthew 5:6  NKJV     “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.”

     Righteousness means always thinking and acting in a way that is just, right, and good. When we have a very strong desire (need) to live in such a way that pleases God and brings glory to Him we will be filled. When we are filled with God and the things of God there will not be room for anything else.

When we hunger and thirst for righteousness we will want more of God. This desire will cause us to spend more time in prayer, reading the Bible and in worship.

2 Corinthians 5:21  NKJV     “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

1 John 2:29  NKJV     “If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.”

      When we receive Jesus as our Savior we receive His righteousness, and with it comes the power to live right (to think and act in a way that is just, right, and good).

11. Game – “Blessed Are Those…”

Need: 2 clotheslines made out of pieces of yarn, a clothes pin for each child playing and note cards.

Write the following on the note cards- one phrase per card. You might need to make identical cards depending on the size of the group.

Blessed are the poor in spirit.
Blessed are those who mourn.
Blessed are the meek.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Blessed are the merciful.
Blessed are the pure in heart.
Blessed are the peacemakers.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

Divide the class into two teams and have them line up in two lines. Using tape  or thumb tacks, attach the clotheslines to the wall.

Give each child a note card and a clothes pin. At the signal  the first person on each team will run to the clothes line and pin up their card, then run back to their team. The next person in line will run to the front and repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

12. God Will Bless Those Who Are Merciful

Matthew 5:7  NKJV     “Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.”

      Mercy means not to punish someone when they deserve it. The dictionary describes mercy as more kindness than justice requires; kindness beyond what can be claimed or expected; kindly treatment; pity; something to be thankful for.

Merciful means having, showing, or feeling mercy; full of compassion. When we forgive others and show them kindness when they don’t deserve it we are being merciful.

God has been merciful to us by giving His Son Jesus to take our punishment for our sin. Because of the great mercy that was shown to us we must also be merciful to others, even when they disappoint us or hurt us. A person that is merciful will also reach out to help others in need.  When we show mercy to others we will be blessed with God and others being merciful to us.

2 Samuel 22:26  NKJV     “With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;

With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless.”

13. God Will Bless Those Who Are Pure In Heart

Matthew 5:8  NKJV     “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

      Pure means not mixed with anything else, genuine, perfectible clean, spotless, without defects, correct, with no evil, without sin, or, chaste (virtuous, decent, or modest).

God wants us to be pure in heart. We cannot be pure in heart if we try to mix the things of God (and our relationship with Him) with evil or sinful things of the world. When we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord we become the temple of God. God will not share His house with evil, therefore we must be pure in heart.  It is more important to be clean on the inside (pure heart) than it is to be clean on the outside.

Matthew 23:25-26  NKJV     “Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisees, first cleanse the inside of the cup and the dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”

      People can only see us our outside, but God see us on the inside. Being clean inside where God sees and being clean outside where people see are both important to God.  He wants us to take good care of ourselves, but being clean on the inside where only God sees is most important to Him. No matter how good we try to be on the outside, without God’s forgiveness we are still dirty and impure on the inside.

1 John 1:9-10  NKJV     “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

      The first thing we need to do to become pure at heart  is to realize and admit that we are not. After we realize that we need to be pure at heart, all we have to do is ask God to forgive us ) and cleanse us. The Bible tells us that “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. God will give a  pure heart if we ask Him to.

Psalm 51:10  NKJV     “Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

14. Game – Pass The Ball Memory Verse Game

Need: 1 small ball and music.

Have all the children stand in a circle. Give one of the children a small ball. Turn on some music and have the children pass the ball around the circle. Stop the music. Whoever has the ball when the music stops must say the memory verse. If they cannot they are out of the game. The game continues until only one person is left or until allotted time runs out.

15.  God Will Bless Those Who Are Peacemakers

Matthew 5:9  NKJV     “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.”

      A peacemaker is a person who makes peace. The dictionary describes peace as freedom from strife of any kind; condition of quiet, calm, order, and security. Peace is also described as an agreement between contending parties.

John 14:27  NKJV     “Peace, I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

      We have peace with God because of Jesus’ sacrifice. When we accept Jesus as our Savior we receive a special type of peace that only God can give and we become a child of God. We will put on  a spirit of calmness and tranquility because Jesus’ peace removes dread and fear from our heart.

As a child of God we can tell others how they can receive the same peace that we have. When we tell others that they can have peace with God through His Son, Jesus, we are being a peacemaker.

Psalm 34:14  NKJV     “Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.”

 

Hebrews 12:14  NKJV     “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”

      Not only does God desire for us to live at peace with Him, He desires for us to live at peace with others. When a person is at peace with God and other people it will bring blessings.

16. God Will Bless Those Who Are Persecuted Falsely Because Of Him

Matthew 5:10-12  NKJV     “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

      Persecuted means to suffer repeatedly because of what you believe or because of your principles. There are people all over the world that are caused to suffer repeatedly, harmed, oppressed, annoyed and harassed for righteousness sake. When people oppress a child of God because of the stand that they take for God, He will bless them.

1 Peter 2:21  NKJV     “For to this you were called because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example , that you should follow His steps.”

      When we begin to feel like we are persecuted for righteousness sake we must remember that it (the persecution) will not last forever. We must also remember to follow Jesus’ example of handling persecution. The persecution and troubles that we face here on earth are nothing compared to our time in eternity with God.

Romans 8:18  NKJV     “For I consider that the sufferings of this present times are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

17. Game – “Blessed  Match-up”

Matthew 5:3-12  NKJV     ““Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Write the following on slips of paper – one phrase per paper. You will need to make a set for each team playing.

Blessed are the poor in spirit,

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,

For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,

For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,

For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,

For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,

For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Fold all the pieces of paper and place in a basket. Divide the group into teams and line them up in rows. Place the basket with all the slips of paper in it a short distance from the teams. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the basket and get a slip of paper. They will take it back to their team and open it. The next person in line will repeat the process. If it is a duplicate phrase, they will have to take it back to the basket and get another one.

The team that correctly matches up the following sentences is the winner:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

18. Worship Song – _________________________________

19. Challenge and Altar –  Leper Gives Thanks

It is important to give God thanks for His many blessings.

Luke 17:15-16  NKJV     “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.”

      One day as Jesus was traveling through the middle of Samaria and Galilee on His way to Jerusalem He was met by a group of ten lepers. The lepers cried out to Jesus asking Him to have mercy on them. Because of Jesus’ compassion, He did have mercy on them. He instructed them to go to the priest so that he could declare them clean. As they were walking to show themselves to the priest they were healed of their leprosy.

When one of the ten men looked down and saw that his skin was well he turned to go back to thank Jesus for this wonderful blessing. He returned to Jesus and immediately began giving God glory for his healing. The blessing gave the leper comfort and joy.

Jesus asked him where the other nine men who were healed were at. When Jesus realized that only the one man, a Samaritan, returned to thank Him, He gave the man another blessing. Jesus made him well – he was made whole.  All the men were blessed with being cleansed (healed), however the one leper that thanked Jesus for His blessing received an even greater blessing.  Instead of just being cleansed, he was made well (whole).

Psalm 34:1  NKJV     “I will bless the Lord at all times;

His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

      All believers are to give thanks to God for His blessings. When we truly thank God for His favor and His blessings, He will bless us even more. The Bible tells us that we are to give thanks for everything, and that includes the blessings of God.

Ephesians 5:20  NKJV    “…giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

     God wants to bless each of us. When we receive salvation through Jesus it opens up the well of blessings to us.

20. Crafts 

21. Refreshments or a light meal 

22. Dismissal

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Devotion

Devotion 

Memory Verse: Psalm 27:4

Life Application: I must not allow things to distract me from my relationship with God.

 

Psalm 27:4  NKJV     “One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.”

     Anna was an elderly prophetess, maybe around 106 years old. She lived in Jerusalem. Anna was married for seven years when her husband died. The Bible tells us that Anna stayed in the temple day and night worshipping God. She spent all her time praying, fasting and ministering to God.

Luke 2:36-37 NKJV     “Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.”

     God showed Anna His secret, who the Redeemer was, because of her intimate relationship with Him. During our times of intimacy with God, He will whisper secrets, mysteries and revelations into our ear.

Luke 2:38  NKJV     “And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.”

     Anna was in the temple when Joseph and Mary brought baby Jesus to present to the Lord. When she saw Jesus, she immediately gave thanks to God. She physically saw what God had already shown her in the spirit.

The dictionary tells us that devotion means having a strong attachment or attraction to a person or cause. To be devoted is to be dedicated, to be completely applied to some activity, purpose, or person. To have devotion to someone or something means you won’t allow anything to distract you from doing what needs to be done.

Anna was devoted to worshiping God. She had a strong affection for God, and completely dedicated her whole life to ministering to Him through prayer and worship. She didn’t let anything distract her from her purpose. Her purpose was worshiping God and she knew it. Fulfilling her purpose brought great joy and blessings to her.

Isaiah 55:2     “Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? And your labour for that which satisfieth not? Harken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.”

     When we draw close to God, we begin to experience peace and joy that we can’t find anywhere else. When we fill ourselves up with God’s purpose our souls will find a special delight.

First and most importantly we should be devoted to God. Nothing should ever distract us.

*  We should be devoted to knowing Him.

* We should be devoted to obeying Him.

* We should be devoted to living a life that is pleasing to God.

We should not be lukewarm concerning our devotion to God and to the things of God. We should not be halfhearted in our love and devotion to God.

Revelation 3:16  NKJV     “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”

     Devotion to God involves all aspects of our life, wherever we are and whatever we’re doing- in public or in private. God desires for us to be single-minded. If we are double-minded we will be unstable, even in our devotion to God.

James 1:8 NKJV     “He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

     To “know” someone describes an intimate relationship that includes ardor (warmth of emotions, great enthusiasm, eagerness, zeal), passion (very strong feeling or emotions, very strong love or desire), mutuality and oneness (one in kind, singleness, unity, agreement, harmony).

Jeremiah 24:7  NKJV     “Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I  am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.”

     Mary and Martha are good examples of devotion to two different things. Mary was devoted to knowing Jesus intimately (worshiping), and Martha was devoted to working for Jesus (serving). Mary, Martha and Lazarus were friends of Jesus. Jesus would sometimes stop at their house when He was traveling in their area. Martha was the oldest female in the house, so she was in charge of running the household.

Luke 10:38-39  NKJV     “Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.”

     One day Jesus stopped by for a meal, and Martha hurried to get everything ready. Martha worked  hard and she began to get tired. She looked for Mary because she wanted help.

Luke 10:40  NKJV     “But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

     Martha found Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to Him. Martha looked at Jesus and said, “Lord, Don’t you care that my sister has left all the work for me to do? Tell her to help me!”

Luke 10:41-42  NKJV     “And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

     Martha probably thought Jesus was going to go and make Mary help her. Instead Jesus looked gently at Martha and said, “Martha, Martha. You are worried and upset about many things but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken from her.” The Bible doesn’t tell us what Martha’s response was. We don’t know what Martha did. She could have went back into the hot kitchen mad, angry and hurt or she could have fell to her knees in front of Jesus and cried out, “Jesus, forgive me!”

We don’t have to wait for Jesus to pass through our town to minister to Him. He is always with us. Jesus is always near us and always listening. When we realize who Jesus is, spend time with Him, and direct our attention toward Him we are “sitting at His feet.” We must talk to Him, learn about Him, and listen to Him. We must allow Him to pour His love into us and change us.

When you love someone, you want to spend time with that person. Jesus loves us and wants to spend time with us. We are His bride. He enjoys our company! Jesus wants us to feel the same about Him. He wants us to love Him so much that we want to spend time with Him.

God demands obedience. We must be devoted to obeying God. Sincerity and obedience are prerequisites for worship that pleases God. The sacrifice that Saul made to God was not pleasing to God because Saul disobeyed Him. God tells us in His Word that obedience is better than sacrifice.

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 the rams”

     God desires that everyone have an intimate relationship with Him, but you cannot if there is disobedience (sin) in your life. To know God intimately you must first make sure that there isn’t any unconfused  sin standing between the two of you.

Psalm 51:10  NKJV     “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

     You cannot be devoted to obeying God unless you allow Him to take your heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 11:19-21  NKJV     “’Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God. But as for those whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord God.”

     Each one of us should be devoted to living a life that is pleasing to God , and a life that reflects Jesus Christ. When we spend time with God, He can change us. He makes us more like Him. When we draw close to Him, He comes into our lives, our thoughts and our hearts. The more time we spend in God’s presence, the more we will reflect Jesus.

Matthew 5:16  NKJV     “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

     Anything can take our attention away from God, both good and bad things. Good activities (including church programs, schedules, and campaigns) as well as bad circumstances (such as worry, fear, sickness and tragedy) can distract us from God. Anything that we allow to crowd out our time with God separates us from intimacy with Him. How we spend our time gives us a good idea of what things are the most important to us.

Matthew 6:19-21     “Lay not up for yourself treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

     These verses tell us not to store up treasure on earth, but to store up treasure in heaven. It tells us that where our treasures are there our hearts will be also. We must not let ourselves become distracted by things or people in our love and devotion to God. God desires to shower us with His incredible love and to reveal Himself to us. God wants us to delight in Him, to be devoted to Him, and to desire to be in His presence.

 Psalm 27:4  NKJV     “One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.”

Review

1. What had Anna done since the death of her husband?

2. What secret did God share with Anna?

3. God will share what with us during our intimate times with us?

4. What is your definition of devotion?

5. When we draw close to God we will experience what?

6. We should be devoted to ___________________________.

7. We should be devoted to _____________________ and ___________________ God as well as living a life that is ________________________ Him.

8. According to Revelation 3:16, our love for God should not be ______________________________.

9. Devotion to God involves all _________________________ of our life.

10. If we are double-minded we will be ________________________________.

11. What was Mary  devoted to?

12. What was Martha devoted to?

13. Who would stop by Martha, Mary and Lazarus’ house sometimes?

14. Once when ___________________ stopped by their house, Martha found Mary sitting at the feet of ______________ listening to Him.

15. Jesus told Martha that she was worried and upset about many things but only ____________ thing was needed.

16. The _________________ doesn’t tell us what Martha’s response was.

17. Who is always near and always listening?

18. When we realize who Jesus ___________, spend _________________ with Him, and direct our _________________ toward Him we are “sitting at His feet.”

19. We must ___________________ to Jesus, __________________ about Jesus, and listen to Jesus.

20. If you love someone what will you do?

21. God _____________________________ obedience.

22. Sincerity and obedience are prerequisites for ______________________________ that pleases God.

23. What did Saul do that displeased God?

24. What comes between you and God in a relationship?

25, When we spend time with God what happens?

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