THE MAN WHOM GOD USED SO MIGHTILY
DURING THE GREAT AWAKENING
I SIN WHEN I PRAY
I SIN WHEN I READ THE SCRIPTURE
HE KNEW HIS HEART
HOW EVEN WHEN DOING SACRED THINGS
HOW DESPERATELY DARK HIS HEART COULD BE
HOW IT COULD QUENCH THE SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD
HOW DO I SQUEEZE THAT GENTLE DOVE?
HOW DO I CAUSE MY SHY LOVER TO RETREAT?
HOW DO I QUENCH THE QUICKENING?
LET ME COUNT THE WAYS
- When I am reading to feel good about myself as a Christian, checking off my chapters
- When I am studying to become smarter, but not transformed
- When I make the Bible all about me and not all about Him
- When my motive is not intimacy with God, but to feed an idol
CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART, O GOD
AND RENEW A RIGHT SPIRIT WITHIN ME
THE HOPE OF EXPERIENCING GOD DURING BIBLE STUDY BEGINS WITH
- REPENTANCE – FOR ALL MY WRONG MOTIVES
- ASKING, KNOCKING, SEEKING FOR HIM TO COME TO ME
THE WIND, I KNOW BLOWS WHERE IT WILL — SO IT MAY NOT HAPPEN
BUT IF HE COMES
- IF A VERSE QUICKENS ME
- IF QUESTIONS ARISE IN ME
- IF EMOTIONS COME
I AM LEARNING TO STOP BECAUSE HE’S COME TO ME.
Right now I’m reading through Matthew and Micah. This morning I was reading about the terrible beheading of John the Baptist — and the next verse quickened me: “Now when Jesus heard this he withdrew in a boat to a desolate place.”
I was quickened. You grieved too, Lord, when one you loved was taken from you. You had to withdraw. You had to grieve.
You understand our sorrows.
It was just a moment, but I experienced the presence of God, like a gentle hand on my shoulder.
This week I pray you will experience God — in the Bible study, in the music, and in the wonderful message I want you to watch from Paige Benton Brown. You may have heard her through the Women’s Gospel Coalition website (or been in person) — but I want you to watch another message from her that moved me to the core.
There is no more important factor for Bible study transforming you than having a responsive heart. I am anticipating a GREAT WEEK WITH A WONDERFUL GROUP. SO MANY OF YOU JOINED US LAST WEEK. SO GLAD YOU ARE HERE — WE WELCOME YOU SO!
LET’S SEE WHAT GOD WILL DO.
1. What stood out to you from the above and why?
We also have an enemy
who longs to
distract us from experiencing God.
The Song of Songs warns:
Catch the little foxes for us,
the little foxes
that spoil the vineyards
for our vineyards are in blossom
(Song of Songs 2:15)
E-mail is one of my little foxes. So tempting to look first thing in the morning — but then it’s got me! So after I wash my face, brush my teeth, and get my coffee — I’m meeting with my Bridegroom.
2. What is a little fox you must guard against?
MONDAY-WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY
(IF YOU GET DONE SOONER, GO ON TO SERMON, BECAUSE IT IS WONDERFUL YET LENGTHY)
We are going to look at Psalm 101, a psalm of David when he was to become King of Israel. He had high aspirations for how he would behave himself as king. Though he failed, he walked in repentance, returning to these standards.This psalm also points to the King who kept the standard.
And though we are not kings, in particular, the first four verses are relevant to us and to experiencing God.
Read Psalm 101 slowly.
3. In the first four verses, David asks “When will you come to me?” In these inspired verses you will find principles that not only apply to David, but to each of us in experiencing God. What do you find?
4. In the last four verses, David sets goals for himself as a king. What are some of those goals?
5. Go back to verse 1. What does this teach you?
Each of us has favorite artists and songs that minister to us. I love Sandra McKrakin and Sara Groves, among others. One of my favorite you-tube versions of Hiding Place is this one:
Whatever songs minister to you — use them more this week than you usually do. Sing before you meet with Him, sing along the way, sing as you do the dishes, sing in the shower — sing of his steadfast love and justice, make music to the Lord. Sing Sing Sing and be ready to report how it is impacting you later in the week!
In fact, sing now! It will soften your heart so the seed of the Word can sink down.
6. What does “I will ponder the way that is blameless” mean? (Obviously you must figure out what blameless means!)
7. What does “I will walk with integrity of heart within my house” mean?
8. What does “I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless” mean?
9. Is anything from the above quickening you? Stop then — ponder — and let us know what it is.
Thursday-Friday: Watch this video — take it in — let it speak to your heart — and then tell us how it does! (And keep singing!) Link
10. Share your notes, your thoughts, your heart.
11. Have you been singing more? Share what you like here.
12. What is your take-a-way and why?