Bible Study 7/29/2020
Colossians 3:16 Let the Word of Christ live within you richly, flooding you with all wisdom. Apply the scriptures as you teach and instruct one another with the psalms, and with festive praises, and with prophetic songs given to you spontaneously by the Spirit, so sing to God with all your hearts!
It is important and there is such value in memorizing the Word. Every day we are living we will find ourselves quoting the scripture. It’s in your Spirit communicating with your soul. If you have a hunger in you spirit the Word of God will quicken the word and if you embrace it it will help you r mind be renewed. He will empower you. He promises that every Word in your life will come to pass. He provides the ability to walk out our faith even in their flesh. The journey will go on forever because our flesh wars continuously. Even if things have been broken, it will try to get your focus. Speak the Word and plead the Blood God wants to make a pillar in every area of our life. Can’t do it by works. We will react with encouragement not fear.
Prayer must become the root structure of what is being grown. Every growth upward has to be established by root going downward. Some don’t understand they are weak because of the lack of prayer and the Holy Spirit. Much prayer, much power. Little prayer, little power. Our prayers need to be specific to the need of the day. We need to sift what we say. It is God’s way of renewing our mind. Prayer is communication and needs to be matured to be vital and fresh. It will grow in proportion to the ability to yield to it. If we contend with what we read, we need to examine it to see if we are understanding correctly. Get sound counsel. But yield to the Holy Spirit. If we fail to enlarge our communication with God, we will lose interest in prayer. Sometimes we pray in tongues and our spirit is crying for ourselves or to intercede for others. We are not trying to change our prayer, but to grow in them. Progressive growth. Our prayers as we continue to mature in them, become our christian walk. We want to walk faster, but God wants to become strong
Discussion from 2020 Mandates for Ministers by Paul Tucker
8. Be aware of the distressing signs of the times, don’t be soon shaken in mind or troubled by spirit or word. Rather, OCCUPY (Kingdom Business) until Jesus comes. Luke 19: 13 So he gave his servants 10 minas to see what they would do with it.
It’s an attitude of God. He made available to us what we need and an access to all He has and who He is. What He gave to us an expression of His love for us. What we are dong right now is Kingdom business even in the midst of all this change and still being able to minister to those around us. We have seen ministers of several denominations join to pray and give and help. Determine to do God’s business in the environment we are in. People are seeing and appreciate people doing God’s business.
9. Spirit -filled leaders need to have a skillset like the sons of Issachar to effectively lead their congregations. We need “understanding of the times” ad well a being able to give clear direction by knowing “what to do” in todays stressful culture. 1 Chronicles 12:32 And the children of Issachar had discernment of what to do.
Some are teaching along the way. People respond to the act of love. The Spirit of God will draw them to us and God gives us wisdom and discernment to minister. We need to know the sign of the times not just the times. It is a sign of the spiritual warfare. God will guide your spirit and the spirit will guide your soul and you will know how to conduct yourself with the character of God. We need to get angry, but at the enemy not the people. Some are ignorant because of flesh. Freedom is being delivered from the threat of what could be. So many accept defeat before the battle is won. They give up before the threat even appears. Free from the fear within. We will help deliver freedom to others. Don’t neglect our own spiritual need by focussing on others need.
Witnessing: 1John 1:2 Character witness, 2 Peter 1:16 eye witness, we have seen and share our testimony, Material witness.
Book of Jude: false teachers, wolves in sheeps clothing
Mathew 24 Don’t be deceived.