Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study. This is a place where women can come together and share their 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 suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture. We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.
Step 1: Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?
Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 14:12-15 homework
FACTS: What does it say?
v12: “Give me this hill country, Anakim (giants) were there, fortified cities” The LORD will be with me, and I will drive them out as the LORD has spoken.
v13. So Joshua blessed him and gave Hebron to Caleb.
v14. Hebron became Caleb’s inheritance because he followed the LORD GOD of Israel FAITHFULLY.
v15. The land had rest from war.
LESSONS: What does it mean?
v12. God calls us to HARD, TOUGH things that are too big for us…. thus we need him. Caleb knew the character of God, knew what God had called him to and then BELIEVED GOD by acting on that faith. FAITH IS A VERB (an ACTION verb). WE DO, because we believe. Caleb believed God and took Him at His Word.
v13. By faith the blessing was received on the front part of the battle. Because of the faith of Caleb, he was blessed. Acting on faith results in blessings from God.
v14. Faithfulness to knowing God and obeying God will always end in a life blessed by God. Caleb’s testimony to a life of faithfulness: It’s WORTH it! BELIEVE GOD! His Word is True and faithful!
v15. When we battle though those daunting times, when we want to walk away from our faith completely, but don’t makes the times of peace that much more of a blessing. Hang in there, hold on, press in, the King of Peace is coming. (Revelation 21:3-7) It is worth it! Praise God we can hold on through the tough times of trial and tribulation because Jesus overcame the the world! John 16:33 “These things I (Jesus) have spoken to you SO THAT IN ME you may have PEACE. In the world you HAVE (not may have, or might have, but HAVE) TRIBULATION but TAKE COURAGE, I have OVERCOME the WORLD!” AWESOME. We never want the testimony, the hardship, the struggles that God has entrusted us with… but God has indeed entrusted them to you so that you may hold on because we can… we can hold on because of what Jesus has done for us, and others need to see our peace in the midst of it. Courage in the midst of it. The battle in the midst of it… so at the end, when times are peaceful we can shout and share what God has done through the midst of it.
APPLICATIONS: What does it mean to me??
v12. What “Anakim” (giants) in my life am I facing now? Do I constantly look for the easy way out, thinking that because I love Jesus the hard stuff will float past me? When have I believed God through a tough situation, and held on by the skin of my teeth only to find that indeed God was more than enough? What situation am I facing now that makes me want to run and hide from my faith? What will I do? Stand or fall? Fight or flee?
v13. What am I believing God for? (my marriage to improve, a wayward child to come home, a disease to be contained, my economic needs to be met? Support to be raised?) What blessings are right there for the taking if I just really lived my life believing God really is who He says He is?
v14. Who do I know that has led a faithful life to God? What is their testimony? How will I live today in faithfulness to God and His commands? Tomorrow? The day after that? Will I start to live a life of faithfulness today?
v15. “And they overcame because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony” Revelation 12:11
What is my testimony someone needs to hear? What do I have to press into so that someone else can come to Jesus?
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HOMEWORK: Joshua 21:43-45