Bible Study 3/10/2021
Let’s prepare ourselves before a time of prayer. Clear our attention so we can focus on what we need to pray about.
Read the book of Joel.
If we will listen with our heart and head, there is a thread that weaves a tapestry in our lives. There was chaos and devastation in the land. The condition of the people and nation has a common identity with what is happening today. We can be a child of God and still be discouraged. The second part of Joel dwells on Restore, Revive, Renew. Joel was a vehicle that God wanted to use to talk about the judgement of God and also the grace. The reality of hope comes through and will dictate to our attitudes. When His time of judgement is finished it brings an awakening, grace will come. Our carnality says “meet my conditions and I’ll believe in you”, but faith says believe without seeing. Sometimes if takes a desperate situation to move us to say “God help me”. He will begin to show His grace, we will have manifestation of it in our lives, a hope that has substance. The Holy Spirit is guiding us through the tunnel, but we are being prepared through the process, our character is being developed. Our spirit is painting a portrait of God’s Love for us. Joel’s purpose was not just to preach gloom and doom, but to give hope. Restore means to bring back to the place of origin where no part of our being is marred by the sin of this world. Be full of the presence of God, be full of the love of God, be full of the hope and joy He gives us. God is the redeemer. We live in hope and carry hope to the world.
When Jesus responded to the woman at the well, he spoke in a tone of love. Our sins challenge us but Jesus hears the cry of our hearts, he doesn’t see the issue. He spoke to her of her past, and she began to be released from the rejection and experience hope.
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.
18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.