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Kendra Graham’s Summer Bible Study – Ephesians 4:32

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s Summer Bible Study! This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham notes from Ephesians 4:32

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACT: 

Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving,  just as God for Christ’s sake forgave you.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

LESSONS:

Have you ever been deeply hurt by someone that was supposed to be on your side but threw you under the bus instead? The raw searing pain of hurt. What does God’s Word say about this? How should I react to the one who has wronged me in the body of Christ? Be kind, tender and forgiving. Ugh. Now that is hard. My natural inclination is to go into all out protection mode; build some walls, toughen up, don’t let anyone close enough to do that again. I don’t want to be kind and tender for sure. My heart which is, as Jeremiah 17:9 says, “Deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” wants to gut the person in the same way with which I was hurt, to make them pay. After all, someone has to pay for that pain, someone has to bear the cost, to make it right.

Here, in Ephesians 4:32, God’s Word says my response needs to be one of kindness and tenderness, forgiveness, not anger bitterness and revenge. Hard passage to read. Harder passage to implement. Why should I be kind and tender? They were not kind and tender to me. Why should I shoulder the cost and forgive the debt of that hurt without requiring payment? Because of the last phrase of the verse: “… just as God, for Christ’s sake forgave me.” I have run from God, He has sought me. I have rejected God, He has fought for me. I have sinned against God, He has forgiven me. I have wounded God with my words, actions and intent, He has shown me kindness, tenderness and love.

Why has God done all this for me? I am His handmade creation who He loves more than anything. I was separated from knowing God and walking with Him because of my sin, so God, not trusting me to another, came Himself in the form of a man, the Christ, the Messiah, Jesus, and He shouldered all the pain Himself, not holding me to a single indiscretion. In tenderness and kindness, God, forgave me so that our relationship could be restored. Jesus did this for me, and Jesus did this for you.

Truth be told, even if the person who hurt us, suffers as deeply as you and I have, it will not be enough. The hurt can never be undone to us.   We forgive others because Jesus forgave us first… when we were not looking, asking, or deserving forgiveness, Christ paid to forgive us anyway.

Go, face the person who wronged you, speak forgiveness to them with as much tenderness as you can muster through the power that is given us through Jesus, and perhaps in the end you won’t lose a friend, but you will enable restoration of brother/sister through gentleness (Galatians 6:1), after all, truly this is the end goal, that we all keep “unity in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Who do you need to confront and forgive? Are you holding debts over people’s heads that they will never be able to pay, yet you continue to try to extract payment from them? Are you more interested in restoring your brother/sister in Christ or destroying them for what they have done? Will you pray for God to change your heart if it needs to be changed? Will you forgive for Christ’s sake if for no other?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Follow through with forgiveness.

Homework: I Corinthians 10:31

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Kendra Graham’s Summer Bible Study Series

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s Summer Bible Study!  Kendra is doing something a little different with her online Bible study this summer and she hopes you will join her.  She will still be using the three-question study approach, but will be responding in a more personal way with each post relating to her real life questions, lessons, and life applications to God’s Word.

Watch here as Kendra invites you to join her Summer Bible Study blog series.

This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham notes from 2 Corinthians 5:7

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACT:
Walk by faith not sight

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

LESSONS:
Is seeing believing or is believing seeing? When God calls me to a task,  honestly,  I want to see the result,  how it is all going to work out, or at least that it is going to work out and not be an epic fail!

Recently God laid on my heart to do something with my middle school soccer team that was completely “out of the box”, the thought overwhelmed me. The school I coached for and our rival school both were raising money to build a house together for a family here in Asheville. God laid on my heart to change that “rival”game between us into a “charity and service” game. That may sound easy, but the specifics that were needed to pull that off were far beyond my capabilities. God would have to do it. God brought all the people that were needed. God brought all the items that were needed. God brought above and beyond the support from both schools that was needed; yet I still doubted if He was really in it, would people really come?

I like to look back and see what God has done at the end, after it’s all over and everything is settled. I don’t enjoy the ride along the way, because I am wanting to know the result at the end before the beginning, then I know if it’s all worth it. If God told me the result up front; however, my faith would be placed in the result, not the God of the result. I had to walk this thing out by faith, and gain strength from the miracles along the way. I was charged to believe so I could see in the end. The day of fruition came, nerves overwhelmed me. I wanted to bail. The weather was bad. Things were looking like they would all fall apart, but it was in the hand of God. I had to press in and believe when my 5 senses were telling me it would end in failure…yet God… People came.

People saw the compelling compassion of God. That day the people who attended saw and believed what God could do through two teams of middle school soccer girls…Those who attended had the chance to experience and see God’s love because a handful of people and myself were charged to believe first so we could see later. It’s hard to walk your faith out, I’m not going to lie, but in the end it is always worth it. Press in to the adversity and doubt, don’t let the wind and waves drown you, let the one in charge of the wind and waves show you how to walk through them! Faith always requires movement! Press in!

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

What have you and I missed out on because when adversity comes we bail? Where is it today that you need to press in to that faith even when all your senses tell you the opposite? What has God stirred your heart to believe about Him, and to do, yet the result is up in the air so you rest instead of rally? Where is it your faith needs you to walk today?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Lord, today give me the strength to press in when I want to run out. Help my unbelief. Show me where I need to believe so I can see later.

Homework: Ephesians 4:32

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Mark 16:1-8

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham notes from Mark 16:4-8

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS:

Verse 1: Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome brought spices to anoint Him.

Verse 2: Very early they came to the tomb.

Verse 3: They were saying, “Who will roll away the stone for us at the entrance of the tomb?”

Verse 4: Looking up, SAW the stone rolled away.

Verse 5: Entering the tomb they SAW a young man sitting wearing white, they were amazed.

Verse 6: He said “Do not be amazed you are looking for Jesus crucified, He has risen, He is not here, here is the place they laid Him.

Verse 7: GO tell His disciples, “He is going ahead to Galilee, there you will see Him just as He told you.”

Verse 8: They went out, fled, trembling, astonishment gripped them, they said nothing, they were afraid.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

LESSONS:

Verses 1 & 2: We come expecting to see Jesus where we put Him. We put Jesus in church on Sunday, or in our prayers when everything is falling apart and we need a super hero, or in our complaints when things don’t go the way we asked them to go. We expect to see Jesus where and when we need Him. We need to be willing to look for Him where He is,  not where we expect Him to be. Jesus is always found in His Word!

Verse 3: Resurrection was not even a consideration in the midst of these women. Don’t we tend to be blown away by the miracles of God?  We say things like, “I can’t believe God came through here, in such a huge way”, instead of expecting the God of miracles to show up BIG. I am so guilty of this. I believe God can do miracles, don’t get me wrong, I just don’t believe a lot of times that He will do them for me, but He does! Oh that we press in so we don’t miss them!

Verses 4 & 5: Jesus could pass through solid objects after His resurrection, so they saw with their eyes, the stone rolled away… the stone was not rolled away for the sake of Jesus to let Him out, the stone was rolled away for the sake of the women, so they could see with their eyes inside that tomb. Sometimes we believe because we see. God knew it was very important for these women to see that tomb was empty. This emptiness was going to rock their world,  just when they thought Friday was unbearable. Now Sunday  is proving to bring an emptiness and fear they did not imagine, but how often would they recount that moment in the future and cheer because of what they found at this moment. This moment of doubt and fear would become a lifetime of strength and encouragement. Press in when we don’t understand what our eyes are seeing.

Verses 6 & 7: We celebrate Easter year after year, the resurrection of Jesus, but as we look into the lives of these women, the women closest to Jesus, we are reminded of just how difficult and implausible the moment, in the moment,  there was no celebration here at the time. Don’t miss that! Jesus is not scolding or hiding from these women, because they have forgotten His Word and His promise to rise again.  An angel was there to invite and remind these women to go where Jesus is,  proving His Word is true & even in times of doubt Jesus can be trusted. #compellingcompassion Come see Jesus where He is. The invitation is open. We often just don’t like the circumstances that cause us to look for Him. Press in. Hear, see, look, listen… go.

Verse 8: The reactions of these women were fear, confusion and unbelief. In their fear, they didn’t speak back to the angel, but they did go. Trust God, take Him at His Word, even when you don’t understand and you are full of fear, overwhelmed, and want to hide. Don’t end your story with fear to act.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verses 1 & 2: When have you been frustrated because Jesus didn’t show up when you needed Him most? Or Jesus showed up, but not in the way you thought you needed? Are you willing to seek Jesus on His terms where He is asking you to come? Or do you want to see Jesus on your terms where you think you need Him to be?

Verse 3: Have you missed the miracles of God in your life? Will you take a moment and recount the miracles God has done for you? Have you ever had a time in your life where in the moment you begged and begged God to change the situation, only to look back now and be thankful that He didn’t change things your way?

Press in to these moments of doubt and fear. The very thing that they thought was destroying them at the moment would be the thing that strengthened them in the future.

Verses 4 & 5: When has your world been rocked so hard that you wanted to run and hide instead of press in and face things?  Why is it so hard to press in?  What miracles am I missing because I don’t press in to the end?  Like Peter walking on that water, are you consumed with the wind and the waves of a situation when you just need the strength to see Jesus in the middle of it?  Don’t give up. Press in here.

Verse 6 & 7: Are you looking for Jesus where He said He is, or are you demanding and angry that He is not where you want Him to be?

Verse 8: What is your story? Have you pressed in, in spite of your fear and confusion or have you turned your back and given up with a miracle perhaps right on the verge of becoming a reality? What miracles have we missed because we turned away?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Press in when you want to run out. Determine where God is leading me to press in, in spite of pain, worry, count and confusion, get in God’s Word and hold on to who He says He is and what He has called you to.

Homework: 2 Corinthians 5:7

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Isaiah 53:10-11

The Book of Isaiah

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham notes from Isaiah 53:10-11

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS:

Verse 10a: The LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief.

Verse 10b: He would render Himself as the guilt offering.

Verse 10c: The pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.

Verse 11a: As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied.

Verse 11b: The knowledge of My servant will justify many as He will bear their iniquities.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

LESSONS:

Verse 10a: Notice this is written in the past tense. Isaiah is written hundreds of years before Jesus, but when God says He will come Himself to fix the gap sin created between Him and His handmade creation, no matter what the personal cost is to Him, it is as if it is done already. The promises of God are done! Oh, that we would believe. It pleased the LORD to crush Himself, to crush Jesus, putting Himself to grief, since we were not created to bear such a burden. God loves us more than anything, His handmade creation and has gone the distance to bear in full the debt our sin leaves us in. Jesus praying in the Garden that night, if there be any other way, then let’s do that, but trusting in where His Father was leading Him, in spite of the crushing pain and grief. Oh how He loves you and me…Jesus went forth, because we were created to know Him, walk with Him and need Him.

Verse 10b: There is the sin offering, offered in the temple, inside the walls of Jerusalem. The sin and the guilt offering is found in Leviticus on the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. There are two goats. Straws are drawn for the sin and guilt offering. One goat is offered as the sin offering inside the temple, the other goat is the scapegoat. The scapegoat is driven outside the city walls, carrying the guilt of the sin just atoned for. The scapegoat is driven off a cliff, so that the guilt of those sins would not return to the people. Jesus was the sin offering, shedding His blood in the city being scourged beyond recognition, but then, as He carried His cross, He carried the guilt of sin as well, outside the city, dying on a hill called Calvary beyond the walls, forsaken by God. Jesus went forth, trusting that as He paid for the sin with His blood and then carrying the guilt of the sin beyond the city, that indeed the payment for sin would be satisfied, because here, in Isaiah 53, it says that the LORD was indeed satisfied. Jesus went forth for us and carried the guilt and the shame for what we have done, yet many of us, choose to carry that sin and shame anyway. Jesus paid it in full. Jesus fully felt the shame of your sin and my sin, and for some reason we feel that Jesus’ payment fell short, so we pick up these bags we were never intended or created to carry, and we carry that sin and shame for years and years. Jesus felt every bit of shame for what we have done, oh that we would render His sacrifice sufficient for it! The LORD Yahweh rendered the sacrifice of Jesus sufficient, but often we do not. Jesus went forth and paid it. Oh how He loves you and me!

Verse 10c: I love what Tim Keller has been quoted in saying: “On the cross, Christ wins through losing, triumphs through defeat, achieves power through weakness and service, comes to wealth through giving all away.” Because of what Jesus has done, Jesus prospered, and we prosper!

Verse 11a: The payment for sin was satisfied completely. Paid in full. No more is owed. My guilt will not pay down the debt, the shame I hide will not pay down the debt. Jesus paid it all.

Verse 11b: Personally knowing Jesus, and what He has done justifies us before God. Believe your debt is paid. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Acts 16:31

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 10a: Do you trust God through the crushing times of life? Do you realize that you pray to a God who understands what it means to be crushed and in anguish? Do you realize the love of Jesus as He went forth for you, and was crushed and forsaken by God so that you could have the opportunity to do that which you were created to do: walk with God, know God because you were created to need God?

Verse 10b: Have you allowed Jesus to take the shame and guilt He rightfully paid to have on your behalf, or do you prefer to hold in to it yourself, thinking there is another way to pay the debt and redeem yourself?

Verse 10c: Do you look at the cross as a moment of defeat or victory? How often is God’s definition of victory so contrary to our own ideas of how victory and prosperity should look?

Verse 11a: What sin, guilt and shame are you determined to carry in spite of the fact Jesus took it upon Himself to carry? While you are carrying your guilt and hiding your shame, has it produced a life of victory? Do you think that God taking the payment on Himself for your guilt and shame has fallen short in your case? Do you believe the verse: “For the wages of sin is death BUT the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”? Romans 6:23. Will I accept the free gift God offers through Jesus?

Verse 11b: Do you believe Jesus is God with skin on who came to fix the gap that sin created since the beginning of time? Who do you say Jesus is? Do you believe God satisfied His own wrath for sin Himself so that you could walk with God, know God, because you were created to need God?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Humbly before God, today, now, give your heart and life to knowing the God who came Himself not trusting you to another. Today, ask God to forgive your debt that sin has left you in, and then to help you place your shame and guilt both past and present upon Him as well. Jesus paid a high price for your baggage, He knew what He was getting inside that suitcase of guilt you haul around day after day, and He paid full price for it. Oh, that as we pray Jesus would help our unbelief and our unwillingness to give up what rightfully belongs to Him. We would rather give Him something shiny and impressive, but He paid for our filth. Give it up, today, now; then, spend today, and the next day, walking with and getting to know the God who loves you and gave everything to have you beside Him. You are not created to go through life without Him, start the journey today. Get to know the God who created you with His own two hands, and loves you more than anything.

Homework: Mark 16:4-8

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

Kendra’s Bible Study…Isaiah 53:3-4

The Book of Isaiah

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham notes from Isaiah 53:3-4

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS:

Verse 3a: He was despised and forsaken of men.

Verse 3b: Man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.

Verse 3c: From whom men hide their face.

Verse 3d: Despised, we did not esteem Him.

Verse 4a: Our griefs He bore, our sorrows He carried.

Verse 4b: We esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, afflicted.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

LESSONS:
Verse 3a
: God came personally to live among us with skin on, His name is Jesus. God loved us so much that He refused to trust us to another, so He came personally to fix the gap that was in our relationship, which is sin. God refused to reject us, even though we find it so easy to reject Him. In this world there is no other name that brings such emotion than the name of Jesus. It is not in us to run to God, it is in us to hide from God and to shake our fists at God, to despise Him and reject Him… “So He came, while we were still enemies, and loved us, and gave Himself for us.” Romans 5:8 God loves us first. We were created to walk with Him, know Him and need Him, so Jesus would go the distance to make that which we were created to do a possibility…

Verse 3b: Jesus knows what it is to be broken, to feel hurt, loss and pain. Jesus understands my intense hurt and pain because He experienced it to a degree I will never have to feel. Jesus is compelled to compassion for His hurting handmade creation.

Verse 3c: No one wanted to be connected with Jesus. Even in the Garden of Gethsemene when Jesus was being wrongfully arrested, His closest friends scattered and refused to be connected with Him in any way. Jesus knows abandonment by His closest family and friends, and yet still, He went forth out of indescribable love to fix the gap that was between us. Oh the deep deep love of Jesus.

Verse 3d: It is so easy to get it wrong… we like things to look right and sound right, and play the part that we think they should play… yet Jesus did not “look like” “sound like” or “act like” those who were looking for the Messiah thought He should be and do. It is easy for us to reject those God accepts and visa versa. God Himself came and allowed Himself to be despised by the very creation He had come to save. He could have struck us dead with a word, yet instead, He died for us, loving us in word and deed. Oh! That we would esteem Him now by just spending time with Him in His Word.

Verse 4a: God with skin on, Jesus, took our pain and sorrows upon Himself as if they were His. Jesus took our grief and sorrow, but it remains so hard for us to release them to Him to carry, so we burden ourselves with which we were never designed to carry. We were created to need God to carry us. I love the verse in Isaiah 40:11 “He tends His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart…” God knows often times we need to be carried, we can’t do it, so He carries us.

Verse 4b: “God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 God paid the price for sin, Himself. Jesus was smitten and afflicted so we wouldn’t have to be.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 3a: Is your relationship personal between you and God? Are you running to God or are you running from God?

Verse 3b: Have you laid out your hurt and brokenness to Jesus, knowing He understands the pain of your heart?

Verse 3c: Will you stay close to Jesus today or scatter? Did you know He loves you either way?

Verse 3d: What do you think Jesus should do and hasn’t in your life? How has Jesus looked differently in your life than you once thought He would look? Will you esteem Jesus today by spending time with Him in His Word, asking Him to lead you?

 Verse 4a: Are you needing to be carried? Did you need to know that, today, God will carry you? Did you know that God came Himself, with skin on, Jesus, not trusting you to another, so that He could bear your burdens? Will you ask God to help you release those burdens today?

Verse 4b: Will you believe Jesus came for you because of God’s great love?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Spend time today with God in His Word just you and Him. We were created to walk with Him, know Him and need Him.

Homework: Isaiah 53: 10-11

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

 

Kendra’s Bible Study…Acts 1:8

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Acts 1:8

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS:
Verse 8a
: You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you.

Verse 8b: You shall be witnesses to Me.

Verse 8c: In Jerusalem, all Judea, Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

LESSONS:
Verse 8a
:  You and I will receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon us…. so when God calls us to something, it is God who will empower us.  Sometimes it’s easy to think it is up to us to accomplish that vision what God has placed in our hearts. It is God that calls us, God who equips us…. God who empowers us… God always calls us to things and places that are beyond ourselves, and it is in that GAP… that faith and belief are squeezed out of us.  God calls us to things that demand His power to accomplish.

Verse 8b:  We are to be a witness to what Jesus can and will do in the lives of His hand-made creation… we are  witnesses to Jesus… not  witnesses to what we can do, what we want to do, what we  think God should call us to so we look good in the end and save face… we are  witnesses to Him… what Jesus, God with skin on, has done for us! What we do is to reflect Jesus. It is not your show or my show, it’s His show! In the words of that great philosopher Toby Mac… “Jesus, Come and steal my show!” :)

Verse 8c: We are called, we receive power after the call, to be  witnesses to Jesus and who He is, where He calls us and to whom He calls us to.  It is not about where we want to be, where we think you should be, the people we want to minister to,or the ministry we believe we deserve or demand to have,  it is about where God places us.  Often it seems God places us in areas with people we don’t want to be.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 8a:  Have you been trying to do all God’s work for Him?  Trying to help God instead of waiting for His power to come and do it? Remember Abraham tried to help God with the promise of a child and got Ishmael… will you allow God to accomplish what God wants to accomplish or do you have your own agenda of what God’s plan is?

Verse 8b:  Are you more concerned about being a witness to Jesus in all you do, or a witness to your own reputation?  Is it “your” show you want Jesus to bless or do you want to be a blessing and a witness to Him and His grace?

Verse 8c:  Where has God placed you that you may not necessarily want to be, or see any importance in being, yet God has gone out of His way to place you where He wants you?  Will you be faithful to His calling or would you rather be faithful to the calling you believe you deserve?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Ask God today to empower me to be a witness for Him where I am and the places I go in this 24 hour period.
Repeat tomorrow.

Homework: Isaiah 53:6-7

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

In case you missed it, here is part one, two and three of the 3-part video series on Kendra Graham’s Women’s Bible Study. Click here for video message part 1, click here for video message part 2, and click here for video message part 3.

Kendra’s Bible Study… Video Message Part 3 from John 11

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Thank you for joining us!

Here is part 3 of the 3-part video series on Kendra Graham’s Women’s Bible Study. If you missed the previous lessons, click here for video message part 1 and click here for video message part 2.

We have posted the three-questions below the video to coincide with the video content.

After watching the video, instead of sharing your three-questions, Kendra would like you to comment with a sentence or two on the following question:  When have you been asked to believe in order to see?

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Please open your Bibles to John 11:41-45.

Kendra Graham NOTES from John 11:41-45

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS:

Verse 41a:   SO they removed the stone.

Verses 41b-42: Jesus raised His eyes and said, “Father I thank Thee, Thou heardest Me, but because of the people standing around, I said it, that they MAY BELIEVE.

Verse 43:     He cried out with a LOUD voice, “Lazarus come forth.”

Verse 45:     Many beheld what He had done, believed HIM.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow? Meditate on these. Ask God what lesson it is that He wants you to hear or learn.

LESSONS:

Verse 41a: There is glory in the pain of the present and the past; trust Him that He knows what He is doing, and ask Him to use it.

Verse 41b-42: The words of Jesus are already DONE before they are spoken! Know the words of Jesus… because they are TRUE, they are LIFE and they are DONE.

Verse 43:Jesus breathes us out of death to life… from the beginning to the end. Lord! Breathe on me! All authority belongs to Jesus. The faith of Mary and Martha was not misplaced.

Verse 45:God has entrusted me with a testimony that I may or may not particularly like, for His glory. Don’t hold in those times of suffering and heartache; let the grace of God show in your life, don’t hide it!!!!

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 41a: IF there be glory in the pain of the present and the past, will you trust Him that He knows what He is doing when He asks you to use it? Would you rather look at and and smell the rot you carry around than give the hardship and suffering to Jesus to redeem?

Verse 41b-42: Do you know there is power in the name and words of Jesus? Is your life lacking power and life because it is lacking Jesus?

Verse 43: What, or who, is your faith in?

Verse 45: What testimony of yours—in your suffering, pain, heartache, your past, your frustrations—does God want to use first of all to show YOU the glory of God (in the stinky stuff) and then show others? God wringing redemption and life out of suffering and death!!!! Do you think something has killed your chances of being a testimony for the glory of God? What do you think now??? DO YOU NOW BELIEVE?????

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Oh, that you would be compelled to BELIEVE because of the relentless Love of a LIVING, LOVING Savior!!!!

Homework: Acts 1:8
(NOTE: We will begin posting Bible study notes and homework every other week on the blog again until next January.)

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Kendra’s Bible Study… Video Message Part 2 from John 11

Glad you are here!

Here is part 2 of the 3-part video series on Kendra Graham’s Women’s Bible Study. If you missed video message part 1, click here to view now.

We have posted the three-questions below the video to coincide with the video content.

After watching the video, instead of sharing your three-questions, Kendra would like you to comment with a sentence or two on the following question:  When have you felt the presence of God in the middle of tears?

Video 3 will be featured next week Tues. March 10.

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Please open your Bibles to John 11:33-40.

Kendra Graham NOTES from John 11:33-40

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS:

Verse 33: When Jesus saw her weeping & the Jews, He was moved in spirit and was troubled.

Verse 34: Where have you laid him? Lord, Come and see.

Verse 35: Jesus wept.

Verse 36: Behold how He loved him!

Verse 37: Some said “Could not this Man who…. also kept this man from dying?”

Verse 39a: Jesus said, “Remove the stone.”

Verse 39b: Lord, there will be a stench.

Verse 40a: Jesus said, “Did I not say to you…”

Verse 40b: “… if you believe you will see the glory of God.”

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

LESSONS:

Verse 33: We do not pray to a God who does not understand our burdens! Jesus felt the burden of pain, hurt and separation, before He removed it. Jesus compelled… with compassion…to go and face the hurt first, and look at and see the pain death brought to those He loved, then we would do something about this terrible separation of Lazarus in death. True compassion is more than just words. One who truly has compassion will be able to be kept away.

Verse 34: Jesus is broken, hurting and weeping probably for different reasons than the rest of the crowd. The family He loved did not believe His Word that was sent, “It is not unto death”, they buried Lazarus. Four days dead was believed in the Jewish culture to be beyond hope, that person is gone. Jesus asked to see the place of separation where Lazarus is laid, separated by the curtain of death. Here…in death, with our loved ones separated we begin to understand one drop of the pain of separation that God felt that day in the Garden of Eden, when His handmade creation was separated from Him by sin. Jesus drawn to “come and see”us, to live among us… so He can die for us, to fix the separation death brings with it.

Verse 35: Jesus wept. Love sometimes weeps. We serve a God who cares about your tears and weeps with you. Jesus didn’t laugh at the tears; scold the fact there were tears; mock the tears, put her down because of the tears; or chide her for having little faith in her tears. There is NO CONDEMNATION in Christ. The hurt it takes in our lives to see our need for Jesus hurts not just us, but we pray to a God who understands that burden of pain. WE were NOT created to carry that burden…so He came Himself to make it right. Jesus weeps for your heart; your heart cost Him His. Jesus weeps with those who weep.

Verse 36: The love of Jesus is genuine, real tears, real pain, He really loves you and did everything He could to show you His love. This story is about the love of God, not the cruelty. Believe it.

Verse 37: Could not Jesus have healed Lazarus? This is now the question of the multitude. Mary and Martha brought the same question to Jesus. The answer is yes, Jesus could have shielded the ones He loves from the suffering they must endure…Jesus could have shielded Himself from feeling the same pain of the death of Lazarus and the pain of unbelief of those who were closest to Him, and should have by this time, now believed…Jesus was leaving in a week, and those closest to Him still did not believe? Jesus could have shielded them all from it, BUT, it was through this period of suffering that Mary and Martha, the disciples, the multitude and you and I can SEE the personal love of God. God allows things in our life to SQUEEZE the belief out of us…not to prove to Jesus that He is who He said He is, but to prove to YOU that His Word will stand and that YOU believe.

 Verse 39a: REMOVE the thing in the way, in your life preventing God’s glory from being seen. Often that “thing”has been there quite a while and has been rotting…you know what it is.

Verse 39b: Jesus loves stinkers.. He is not surprised at the baggage you have…it does stink, but it has been killing you…Jesus, the Good Shepherd has come to bring LIFE and to bring it more abundantly (John 10)… He did NOT come to make sure your past kills you and rots you from the inside out.

Verse 40a: REMEMBER the words of Jesus…they are words of LIFE

Verse 40b: There is purpose in the pain. The whole point of suffering and pain is to see the glory of God IN it…to see that suffering and dark time redeemed.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 33: Jesus is pursuing you, pleading with you, coming for you, caring for you, do you see Him? How has Jesus showed up in your life? Do you see Jesus as full of compassion or cruelty? Do you have a misunderstanding about God’s love? What do you think God’s love should look like? How should He work? Are you glad in the end you serve a God who’s thoughts are higher than your thoughts and ways are higher than your ways and will not stay away, especially in the hard times when you have questions and pain?

Verse 34: Do you realize God understands the separation death brings more than even you do, so He came, and did something about it? Have you praised God in your weeping because now we can say and believe that death is swallowed up in victory because of the cross?

Verse 35: When were tears shed that you thought no one saw and no one cared about? Did you know Jesus weeps with you and understands that visceral pain of life? Are you weeping? Did you know you do not weep alone?

Verse 36: When will you believe that the love of God is not theoretical, mystical, or magical but real? Will you let the love of God come into your God shaped soul and fill you? All you have to do is believe in Jesus, and ask.

Verse 37: When have we wanted to shield the ones we love from the suffering they must endure? Do you see there is purpose even in the suffering of life and you don’t suffer alone or with a God who doesn’t understand and plead with you to bring it to Him?

Verse 39a: Is there something in your life that God is asking you to move out of the way so that He can work in an amazing way?

Verse 39b: Have we praised God for the fact that He loves our stinky selves full of mistakes, messes and all?

Verse 40a: Are you in the Word of God?

Verse 40b: What do you want? The choice is yours.   Do you want to hold on to the pain, shame and misery so that you have something to raise your fists about to God and so that you can complain about His injustice? OR .. In spite of the pain, are you willing to LOOK for God IN IT, so that you may believe He loves you more than anything? What do you want to see, really?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Oh, that you would be compelled to BELIEVE because of the relentless Love of a LIVING, LOVING Savior!!!!

Homework: John 11:41-45

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

 

Kendra’s Bible Study… Video Message Part 1 from John 11

BGTC stone wall with snow on Feb 24 2015Greetings from beautiful snowy Asheville!  Wherever you are reading this, we hope you stay dry and warm.

For those of you who have been attending our Bible study here at The Cove, in person for the last several weeks, you know that we were snowed out for Kendra’s last session.

After the snow cleared, Kendra came in and video recorded the message she prepared for that last night and we are rolling it out here in our blog in three segments.  The first video focuses on John 11: 1-32.  Please read this scripture before viewing the video.

We have posted the three-questions below the video to coincide with the video content (yes, it is a repeat from last week, but we want to keep current with what’s in the video).

After watching the video, instead of sharing your three-questions, Kendra would like you to comment with a sentence or two on the following question: When has God decided to wait in your life?

Video 2 will be featured next week (Tues. March 3) and video 3 (Tues. March 10).

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Kendra Graham NOTES from John 11 (Excerpts)

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS:

Verse 4:       When Jesus heard it (that Lazarus, the one He loved, was sick) He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God.

Verse 6:       When He heard it, He stayed two days longer where He was.

Verse 14:     Jesus said plainly, “Lazarus is dead.”

Verse 15:     “I am glad for YOUR sakes I was not there, so YOU may believe.

Verses 25-26a: “I AM the resurrection and LIFE, he who believes in ME shall LIVE, even if he dies, EVERYONE who loves and believes in ME shall NEVER die.

Verse 26b:   DO YOU BELEIVE?

Verse 27:     She said to Him, “YES, Lord. I have believed You are CHRIST the SON of God even He who comes into the world.”

Verse 32:     When Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, fell at His feet, saying, “Lord, if you had, my brother would not have died.”

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow? Meditate on these. Ask God what lesson it is that He wants you to hear or learn.

LESSONS:

Verse 4: There is so much more to our suffering in life than “just to kill us,” which is surely what God wants to do, right? How many of us hold this view of God? IF He is good, how can He allow suffering? God allows suffering to show us His goodness. God allowed two sisters to lose a brother, and a brother to lose his life, to show them His love. We have so many misunderstandings about the compassion and love of God. We think God’s love should look like our personal definition of love. God is not bound by our finite thoughts or feelings, and this is a GOOD thing!

Verse 6: Love often waits, not out of hate, evil or power issues, but out oflLove. We do not understand the compassion of a God who loves us with a relentless love. Trust God in the waiting, even if there is excruciating pain associated with that.

Verse 14: We do not serve a God who is unaware of the difficulties and suffering of life. Jesus does not skate over the facts; He sees it how it is, plainly—there is no time to live in denial. The reality of life is hard, and we serve a God who is not ignorant of that.

Verse 15: Our sorrow, suffering and heartache is not in vain. THERE is Purpose in the Pain, which brings hope. Jesus is more concerned with my eternal soul than with my temporary comfort.

Verse 25-26a: Jesus meets you in the middle of the pain and suffering. You never find Jesus hiding out or running from people, did you realize that? Jesus runs to the hard situation here, full of grief, blame, hurt, tension, and feelings of personal abandonment from Mary and Martha… (ever feel that same way about God?) Jesus waited, yes, but now He will weep with His handmade creation. Jesus tells EVERYONE CLEARLY who He is. Everyone WILL have a confrontation with Jesus, what you do with that is your choice. Jesus either is who He said He is and IS the WAY, TRUTH and LIFE, OR Jesus is the worst kind of humanity, a LIAR who has basically played the role of “pied piper” for ages… NOT bringing people to life, but death. There is no in between. If Jesus isn’t the SON OF GOD, then He truly isn’t even a good man or a prophet. Some think that Jesus is being very “exclusive” here… it’s Him or nothing. I see that as very clear. ALL roads DON’T lead to heaven… but the great thing here is that GOD is CLEAR about which One does!

Verse 26b: YOU MUST DECIDE ABOUT JESUS.

Verse 27: The hard times are where our faith turns from being something theoretical to being real. It’s not to stroke the ego of Jesus that Martha needed this moment; this moment is for Martha so that she can see, and know in her heart, what she believes. If you want to know what you truly believe about God, your belief is proven in the challenging and hard moments of life, when challenges force choices out of you. Martha worshipped Jesus IN it. This is what it looks like for faith to travel from being talked about in Sunday school circles to being lived out in your life. Your faith (or lack of it) is forced out, in moments like this.

Verse 32: We all have these statements, don’t we? “Lord, if You had…. then….” In the middle of her questions—her grief—notice Mary does not shake her fist and spew her ideas of justice and the love of God, Mary sees Jesus in it and falls at His feet, worships in the middle of her grief, knowing that just because she lost a brother, it doesn’t change the FACT of who Jesus is. All things are under His feet… even those things that He allows in our lives that we wish He didn’t. Often it is the hard stuff—the stuff for which we have more questions than answers—that brings us to the feet of Jesus.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 4: What do you believe about God? Is He a God who cares less about your suffering and is the cause for it? OR Do you believe God is good and wants to use the suffering for a greater purpose? Are you willing to let God use your suffering to bring Him glory?

Verse 6: Are you waiting for God to move and fix things how and when you think they need to be fixed?

Verse 14: Are you willing to be raw and real in the presence of Jesus? Did you realize that He knows the pain, He can plainly see it, and you can just lay it out to Him and call it what it is?

Verse 15: Are you willing to ask God what He wants to do with your pain?

Verse 25-26a: What will you do with Jesus? Who do you say that He is?

Verse 26b: DO YOU BELIEVE?

Verse 27: What do your actions say about your belief, in those hard situations, the crossroads of your life when you are hemmed in? Do your words and actions agree?

Verse 32: Are you willing to just fall at the feet of Jesus in the middle of your pain and let it out? Do you feel guilty telling God you don’t get it, or if You had….? Isn’t it great that we can just lay out our realness at the feet of Jesus and it is not held against us? What posture do you have in your pain in the presence of Jesus?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Oh, that you would be compelled to BELIEVE because of the relentless Love of a LIVING, LOVING Savior!!!!

Homework: John 11:35-40

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

Kendra’s Bible Study…John 11 (Excerpts)

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Kendra Graham NOTES from John 11 (Excerpts)

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS:

Verse 4:       When Jesus heard it (that Lazarus, the one He loved, was sick) He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God.

Verse 6:       When He heard it, He stayed two days longer where He was.

Verse 14:     Jesus said plainly, “Lazarus is dead.”

Verse 15:     “I am glad for YOUR sakes I was not there, so YOU may believe.

Verses 25-26a: “I AM the resurrection and LIFE, he who believes in ME shall LIVE, even if he dies, EVERYONE who loves and believes in ME shall NEVER die.

Verse 26b:   DO YOU BELEIVE?

Verse 27:     She said to Him, “YES, Lord. I have believed You are CHRIST the SON of God even He who comes into the world.”

Verse 32:     When Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, fell at His feet, saying, “Lord, if you had, my brother would not have died.”

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow? Meditate on these. Ask God what lesson it is that He wants you to hear or learn.

LESSONS:

Verse 4: There is so much more to our suffering in life than “just to kill us,” which is surely what God wants to do, right? How many of us hold this view of God? IF He is good, how can He allow suffering? God allows suffering to show us His goodness. God allowed two sisters to lose a brother, and a brother to lose his life, to show them His love. We have so many misunderstandings about the compassion and love of God. We think God’s love should look like our personal definition of love. God is not bound by our finite thoughts or feelings, and this is a GOOD thing!

Verse 6: Love often waits, not out of hate, evil or power issues, but out oflLove. We do not understand the compassion of a God who loves us with a relentless love. Trust God in the waiting, even if there is excruciating pain associated with that.

Verse 14: We do not serve a God who is unaware of the difficulties and suffering of life. Jesus does not skate over the facts; He sees it how it is, plainly—there is no time to live in denial. The reality of life is hard, and we serve a God who is not ignorant of that.

Verse 15: Our sorrow, suffering and heartache is not in vain. THERE is Purpose in the Pain, which brings hope. Jesus is more concerned with my eternal soul than with my temporary comfort.

Verse 25-26a: Jesus meets you in the middle of the pain and suffering. You never find Jesus hiding out or running from people, did you realize that? Jesus runs to the hard situation here, full of grief, blame, hurt, tension, and feelings of personal abandonment from Mary and Martha… (ever feel that same way about God?) Jesus waited, yes, but now He will weep with His handmade creation. Jesus tells EVERYONE CLEARLY who He is. Everyone WILL have a confrontation with Jesus, what you do with that is your choice. Jesus either is who He said He is and IS the WAY, TRUTH and LIFE, OR Jesus is the worst kind of humanity, a LIAR who has basically played the role of “pied piper” for ages… NOT bringing people to life, but death. There is no in between. If Jesus isn’t the SON OF GOD, then He truly isn’t even a good man or a prophet. Some think that Jesus is being very “exclusive” here… it’s Him or nothing. I see that as very clear. ALL roads DON’T lead to heaven… but the great thing here is that GOD is CLEAR about which One does!

Verse 26b: YOU MUST DECIDE ABOUT JESUS.

Verse 27: The hard times are where our faith turns from being something theoretical to being real. It’s not to stroke the ego of Jesus that Martha needed this moment; this moment is for Martha so that she can see, and know in her heart, what she believes. If you want to know what you truly believe about God, your belief is proven in the challenging and hard moments of life, when challenges force choices out of you. Martha worshipped Jesus IN it. This is what it looks like for faith to travel from being talked about in Sunday school circles to being lived out in your life. Your faith (or lack of it) is forced out, in moments like this.

Verse 32: We all have these statements, don’t we? “Lord, if You had…. then….” In the middle of her questions—her grief—notice Mary does not shake her fist and spew her ideas of justice and the love of God, Mary sees Jesus in it and falls at His feet, worships in the middle of her grief, knowing that just because she lost a brother, it doesn’t change the FACT of who Jesus is. All things are under His feet… even those things that He allows in our lives that we wish He didn’t. Often it is the hard stuff—the stuff for which we have more questions than answers—that brings us to the feet of Jesus.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 4: What do you believe about God? Is He a God who cares less about your suffering and is the cause for it? OR Do you believe God is good and wants to use the suffering for a greater purpose? Are you willing to let God use your suffering to bring Him glory?

Verse 6: Are you waiting for God to move and fix things how and when you think they need to be fixed?

Verse 14: Are you willing to be raw and real in the presence of Jesus? Did you realize that He knows the pain, He can plainly see it, and you can just lay it out to Him and call it what it is?

Verse 15: Are you willing to ask God what He wants to do with your pain?

Verse 25-26a: What will you do with Jesus? Who do you say that He is?

Verse 26b: DO YOU BELIEVE?

Verse 27: What do your actions say about your belief, in those hard situations, the crossroads of your life when you are hemmed in? Do your words and actions agree?

Verse 32: Are you willing to just fall at the feet of Jesus in the middle of your pain and let it out? Do you feel guilty telling God you don’t get it, or if You had….? Isn’t it great that we can just lay out our realness at the feet of Jesus and it is not held against us? What posture do you have in your pain in the presence of Jesus?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Oh, that you would be compelled to BELIEVE because of the relentless Love of a LIVING, LOVING Savior!!!!

Homework: John 11:35-40

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