A LOT IN MY HEART; A LOT IN MY MIND

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When rage and fury overwhelm my heart,
It’s  high time I looked to God’s own Holy Word.
I search the Bible for His good advice;
My will to His commands must be deferred.
God reveals His love for me In His Word;
In all things God works only for my good;
He gives me blessings I still struggle to understand;
I’d be peaceful if I’d do the things I should.

Jesus forgave so much; why then can’t I?
I want to mold my life after His own.
I pray, I try, but my sinful nature wins;
Lord, help me, I can’t do this thing alone.

I read about the peace of Christ;
Oh, how I long to feel it in my heart.
All I have to do is to forgive,
But Lord, it seems I don’t know where to start.

I need to walk a mile in the others shoes;
They’re doing what they think they have to do.
I know some problems are blessings in disguise,
But Lord, sometimes I feel so doggone blue.

Your word says “forgive as the Lord forgave you;
Get rid of anger and every form of malice.”
I’d love to just let go and release it all,
But upon my heart is a wound that’s become a callus.

I’ll keep praying, trying, Lord, no matter what;
I’m determined to let go and relinquish blame;
Someday, I’ll say, and be truly sincere:
“I forgive it all in Jesus’ precious name.”

                                                    

                               Romans 8:28  [NKJV]

And we know that all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to His Purpose.

 

                               Colossians 3:13 [NKJV]

Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you must also do.

 

                              Ephesians 4:31  [NKJV]

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking be put away you, with all malice.

AAT- To God the glory be.

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ALONG THE DUSTY ROAD

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Until you’ve walked the road that I’ve trod,

And pushed your foot in my shoes,

And felt how worn out they are,

Because of the distance I’ve traveled,

And realize there is no difference between

Walking with them on and without them on

You can never tell me you know how I feel.

 

There are times

Situations could bring my tear glands to task

My tears are a language only God understands.

I laugh every day

Without one knowing what’s really going on in my head.

I smile every morning because I have life.

I go through every week hoping that things will get better.

I count the months of disappointments,

But I do know the years of victory will not only come

But they will be sweet too.

God never gives us more than we can bear,

I’m going to continue walking,

No matter how hot the sun is,

No matter how dusty the day gets,

No matter how cold the night is,

No matter how lonely I feel.

I will always be grateful to God

I believe in the plan God has for my life,

I may fall short, but He never lets me go.

I may stumble, but He uphold me with His hand.

Thank you, Father, for your grace and mercy

That have brought me through.

I’m living this very moment at the expense of Jesus Christ.

 

AAT – To God the glory be.

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTIAN FASTING – WHAT DOES IT MEAN?


Answer: Scripture does not command Christians to fast. God does not require or demand it of Christians. At the same time, the Bible presents fasting as something that is good, profitable, and beneficial. The book of Acts records believers fasting before they made important decisions (Acts 13:2; 14:23). Fasting and prayer are often linked together (Luke 2:37; 5:33). Too often, the focus of fasting is on the lack of food. Instead, the purpose of fasting should be to take your eyes off the things of this world to focus completely on God. Fasting is a way to demonstrate to God, and to ourselves, that we are serious about our relationship with Him. Fasting helps us gain a new perspective and a renewed reliance upon God.

Although fasting in Scripture is almost always a fasting from food, there are other ways to fast. Anything given up temporarily in order to focus all our attention on God can be considered a fast (1 Corinthians 7:1-5). Fasting should be limited to a set time, especially when fasting from food. Extended periods of time without eating can be harmful to the body. Fasting is not intended to punish the flesh, but to redirect attention to God. Fasting should not be considered a “dieting method” either. The purpose of a biblical fast is not to lose weight, but rather to gain deeper fellowship with God. Anyone can fast, but some may not be able to fast from food (diabetics, for example). Everyone can temporarily give up something in order to draw closer to God.

By taking our eyes off the things of this world, we can more successfully turn our attention to Christ. Fasting is not a way to get God to do what we want. Fasting changes us, not God. Fasting is not a way to appear more spiritual than others. Fasting is to be done in a spirit of humility and a joyful attitude. Matthew 6:16-18 declares, “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Recommended Resource: A Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer by Piper, Platt, & Chan
Credit: gotquestions.org

​As You Coordinate The Study Itself…

“FROM THE BIBLE STUDY WING : ORIENTATION GUIDE ”

It is not about the amount of information you pour into them but what through the Holy Spirit you let members  see; the truths for themselves through Scripture or quotes.

1.) Let the members know the scope of the study in order not to waste time on issues outside the scope of study.
2.) Avoid turning a bible study into comprehension exercises. Ask effective questions. Where members seem not to get a particular question very well, the study leader must reframe the question very well to be understandable without losing its purpose and meaning.
3.) Don’t be afraid of silence especially after a question requiring a careful thought.
4.) Never say that an answer or viewpoint is wrong. But tactfully ask, “In what verse did you find that?” or “how did you arrive at that?” or “what does somebody else think about this point?”
5.) Be observant and draw all members in. Encourage shy members to participate; reading a verse or asking direct and simple questions.
6.) Learn how to handle talkative members very well. Direct questions to others instead to avoid one from monopolizing the discussion.
7.) Encourage members to respond from the bible.
8.) Be sincere and honest when you have no idea about something. Tell the person you intend to find out later and give him the answer.

TRANSFORMED TO TRANSFORM…

A few guidelines to help bible study leaders have an effective small group discussion.

A big part of the message was inspired from “THE BIBLE STUDY WING: Orientation Guide (NUPS-G KNUST)” with a few revision.

Intro:

What you do outside the Bible study time  affects your Bible study discussion ; and what you do during the Bible study time will affect your time outside the Bible study   https://bible.org/article/bible-study-small-group-guidelines-and-priorities

PREPARING FOR A BIBLE STUDY DISCUSSION

  • Go through the study for your own edification (CRUCIAL!!!!)

This is highly important.

The whole process starts with you. Spend time with your Bible and the Holy Spirit and discover for yourself the lessons God wants to teach you in particular.

 You can only be an appropriate vessel to bring transformation to your group members if you have been first transformed by the study.

Your understanding and commitment in preparation leads to a great study which then goes a long way to inspire your group members to do same.

Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest.

The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God! — harvests a crop of weeds.

All he show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life. (Gal 6:7-8 MSG)

  • Go through the study with your group members(flock) in mind

This is where you consider the group you will be leading.

This step comes with considering the lessons you ought to share with them [not all that you discover during step 1 is for the edification of your group], some illustrations, examples, the list continues.

As you embark on this step, you ask and wait for the Holy Spirit to relay these examples to your heart.

Remember it is not about you and all the knowledge you possess but it is about God; and what he wants to relate to His children through you. It is about fellowship.

We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up but LOVE EDIFIES (1 Cor. 8:1)

Pray for yourself and the Group

These prayer topics can be considered:

  • Understanding into the word of God-Ephesians 1:17-18
  • Handling the Word-2 Timothy 2:15
  • Utterance and boldness to speak the truth-Ephesians 6:19,Col 4:3
  • Insight into the coordination of the group.

(Allow God to transform you through to this prayers)

  • Relationship

Establish a cordial relationship with your group. There are many ways this can be achieved, by introducing yourself and asking how they are faring.

Build a gradual friendship by asking for names when one submits or asks a question.

Humbly admit you are also learning from them. This can be achieved by showing interest and listening when one is talking.

IT IS A DISCUSSION SO INVOLVE MEMBERS AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN!!!!

  • Taking the introduction to the study

Give the general overview of the study.

Clearly outline the aim of the study.

Where the study has a linkage with a previous study, try to recap what the previous study covered and indicate the linkage.

 CONCLUSION

Emphasize on the key points in the study.

If possible identify a verse or part of a verse that clearly brings out a major teaching in the passage for memorization by members.

Please note that these are just guidelines and not to be followed religiously but get the concept and let the Holy Spirit guide accordingly.

ABOVE ALL TRUST GOD!!!!