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Kendra’s Bible Study…Judges 3:12-14

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 Judges 3:12-14

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.

12:  Israel AGAIN did evil in the sight of the LORD.  The LORD strengthened Eglon the King of Moab.

13:  He (the King of Moab) defeated Israel and possessed the city of palm trees.

14:  Israel served Eglon 18 years.

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?

12:  God will discipline His people.  Never giving up on them… patiently waiting for them to return, but remember… God will not enable His people.  A life of victory must be maintained, it is not a one time deal…. it is an on going decision to be faithful, day after day.  

13:  The consequence of sin is bondage.  Sin always leads us to bondage and death, but is so enticing.  Often we don’t realize we are there until we have hit the bottom. 

14:  This well-known quote seems to sum things up…. “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you intend to pay.”  It is hard to turn around and come back to the arms of the loving Savior, but it always worth it, and the instant you turn around and humble yourself before God is the instant you realize He is right there, ready to forgive.  God is patient and will wait for us to return to Him, never leaving us in the process, but allowing His discipline in our lives with the purpose to refine us for His service and His glory.

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?

12:  Do I ever think that God will give up on me because I have done the SAME thing AGAIN?  Do I get angry with God when He will not enable my bad behavior and sin?  Do I blame God for the discipline He allows to come into my life instead of being overwhelmingly thankful that He cares that much about me, not to allow me to get away with sin?

13:  What sin has me trapped in an ongoing cycle of bondage?  Will I ask God for the power and the victory over this sin, or am I not quite done with it yet?  Not willing to give up what I think I want?

14:  How long will I choose to be a slave to the sin that I refuse to give up?  What will it take to humble myself before a loving God?  What is so much more important to me than my relationship with the God who created me to know Him and walk with Him?

LIVE IT OUT!
LORD, reveal to me in my heart what sin is keeping me from Your presence.  LORD, God, as the Psalmist prayed in Psalm 51, “Create in me a clean heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from Your presence, Oh LORD.”  God will allow us to stay in bondage as long as we choose to do so, but when we cry to Him, in repentance, things are made right between us…. then,  we will be empowered to walk through that valley in the strength of God.  May we come to God with humility and honesty.

Homework: Judges 3:15-26 

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Women’s Bible Study at The Cove Starts Tomorrow

The Cove’s annual women’s Bible study begins tomorrow (Tuesday, January 8th)!

Come experience inspiring Bible teaching, meaningful worship, and rich fellowship with other women in the quiet, majestic beauty of The Cove.

Jane Derrick is back for her 16th year of teaching at The Cove.  Her study titled “Be Still, My Soul, and Know Your God” is the theme this year with teaching from the book of Psalm.

Jane’s 8-week Tuesday morning session begins at 9:45am.  An optional $10 lunch is available for purchase each week, but you must register for the lunch the Friday prior to each week.  

See Jane’s personal invitation here.

 

Kendra Graham, nurse, mother, soccer coach and wife to evangelist and Cove Executive Director, Will Graham, will be focusing her study, “Oh, the Places He Leads!”, on Psalm 23 and various other scripture texts providing an exciting journey through God’s word. 

Kendra’s 7-week Tuesday evening session begins at 6:30pm.      

See Kendra’s invitation here.


Bring a friend, your church group or a neighbor and join us this week.  Newcomers are always welcome.  While the Bible studies are free, we do ask that you register.  Call 1-800-950-2092 to register or visit www.TheCove.org/womens-events.    

See you tomorrow!

A Psalm for Thanksgiving Bible Study by Kendra Graham

Psalm 100

Shout for joy to the LORD all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness; came before Him with joyful songs.
KNOW that the LORD is God.  It is He who made us, and we are His, we are HIs people, the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.

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Kendra suggests you use the following 3-question Bible Study process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process using 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?
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Psalm 100

What Does it Say?

1. Shout for joy to the LORD

2. Worship the LORD with gladness, come before Him with joyful songs.

3. Know that the LORD is God.  He made us.  We are His people.

4. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks and praise His name

5. For the LORD is good and His steadfast love endures forever. His faithfulness continues to all generations.

What Does it Mean? Lessons

1. In the presence of God, we can shout for joy because He is LORD… He is in charge.  Regardless of my personal situation, regardless of what I have and am going through, there is pure JOY in the FACT that we worship the LORD who is on the throne!  In spite of rulers who are on the different thrones of this world, in our country, or in other countries, it is the LORD who moves the hearts’ of kings.  We serve a God who is not aloof, ignorant or out of touch!  Praise! Praise! Praise! (Psalm 65)

2. Just the fact that we serve a God who beckons us to come into His presence, that should give us cause to sing.

3. God has made us to personally know Him.  What kind of awesome God is that?  My God cares personally about you and personally about me, and He wants us to know personally who He is, not just about Him.  God knows our struggles and what brings us joy, and it matters to Him, His people mean everything to Him.

4. Come today in the presence of God with true thanksgiving.  You can’t say the word “thanks-giving” without the word “giving”….. some of us may feel we have nothing left to give, and yet, here, God wants us to give thanks?  A true “sacrifice of praise” as spoken of in Hebrews 13:15.  Praising may be just that for you, a sacrifice at this time…. hard, difficult, painful, but as we put the world on pause, just for a few minutes here, and we focus on a God who loves you and loves me more than anything…. a God who loved us so much that He took His very wrath out upon Himself in Jesus, because He so desperately wants us to love and know Him (John 3:16), can we for just a minute, sacrifice our hurts, sacrifice our pain, to a God who understands and cares where we are coming from, having experienced it personally Himself….  can we truly give Him a sacrifice of praise this thanksgiving?   May we praise His name purely because we serve a God who’s name is beyond comprehension.

5. A friend my stop loving you.  A spouse may decide to leave you.  Your child may walk away from you.  A boss may fire you.  Countless people may come and go in and out of your life, but God says that His love for His people endures forever, and His faithfulness to them will continue through all generations! God has not dropped the ball or changed His mind with our generation. God loves His people and is big enough to reign every going on in the world, and personal enough to care about your hair that is on (or off) your head (Matthew 10:30), and He even saves the tears you cry (Psalm 50:8).  You matter to God Almighty even if you don’t think you matter to one person in the world, you MATTER to God, and He proved it when He came as Jesus, to shout to the world HE IS HERE, HE IS IN CHARGE and HE LOVES YOU!  For God so loved the world that He GAVE His only Son, that WHO EVER believes in Jesus will not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16.  Believe God this Thanksgiving.  Believe it. Hold on the TRUTH (Psalm 119:160, John 17:17, John 8:36), in this ever changing world when you can’t tell fact from fiction. The LORD is without change (Malachi 3:6).  The LORD means what He says, and Jesus died to prove His Word to you.  You are loved by God Almighty, and that love endures for you to ALL generations, faithfully!

What Does it Mean to Me?  Personal Application

1. What causes me to doubt God is on the throne?  When has God comforted me with the fact that He is in charge?

2. When have I sung purely for the fact that God loves to hear the praise of His people in His presence?

3. Know.  A lot of times we know in our heads these verses, and what God’s Word says, but has there been a time when God has so inscribed His Word in your heart that you will never forget it because you know it?  When has God been personally proven faithful to you, so that you just don’t “know” it on the surface, but you know, that you know, that you know, that your redeemer lives?  Do you know that the LORD is God deep in your knower?

4. What aspect of God’s name brings me thanks and praise?  I praise You, Jesus, my LORD, because You are faithful.  I praise you Jesus, because You are Savior.  I praise You Jesus, because You are deliverer….

5. Is it hard to believe God loves me, personally with a love that endures and won’t fail or stop? When have I doubted God’s love for me?  Did I realize the depth of God’s love for His people?  Is there a time when I asked Jesus to forgive me and to make things right between me and this God who loves me so?  When I realize that God loves me in Word AND Deed through Jesus, How can I stop from singing His praise?  He is the LORD!  Amen and amen.

Happy, grateful, praise filled Thanksgiving to you. — Kendra Graham

 

 

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 10: 15-19

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where you can come together and share your 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 10:15-19

FACTS: What Does it Say?
15: Israel returned to camp at Gilgal
16: These 5 kings fled and hid in the cave at Makkedah
17: It was told Joshua these 5 kings were found hidden in the
cave
18: Roll large stones against the mouth of the cave and guard
them
19: do not stay there yourselves; pursue your enemies and attack
in the rear, do not allow them to enter their cities for the LORD has delivered

LESSONS: What Does it Mean?

15. It’s good to gather together and asses the situation get feedback  and get back to  work
16. the “fearless” leaders of these cities, so  ready to destroy Israel off the face of the earth find themselves cowards  hiding in a cave.  In times of crises our true character comes out
17. You  can’t hide from God
18-19: Do not be distracted from the task at hand even if you  capture a high value target.  Stay focused on the task at hand.  Pursue those enemies.  Often times I give up the fight when God has called me to complete it.  I may say, “Ah, I have done most of it, I’m out” Do not allow the enemy to re-group, finish the task completely.

APPLICATION: What Does it Mean to me?

15. Do I realize we are in this fight together as Christians? Are we listening to one another  and getting back to work together with a common goal?
16. In  times of crises in my life, what was or is being revealed about my character?  Am I strong and courageous in the LORD, or weak and cowardly? Crises reveals my belief, what has crises revealed regarding my belief?  Has my belief and faith been proven or run from?
17. What causes me to question God sees me?
18-19: Am I living in disobedience because I have been distracted from what God has  called me to do? How have I been distracted from the task at hand?  Have I completed things “mostly” but I don’t want to put the finishing touch on it because…..? Too much
effort? Time? I’m not “feeling” it any longer?  I would rather……?  This distraction over here is more “me” and makes more sense?

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications and what they mean to you.

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Homework for July 3 discussion: Joshua 10: 20-27

What Does The Bible Say About Angels?

ANGELS PROTECT AND MINISTER TO GOD’S PEOPLE
See Psalm 91: 11 & 12
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.  12 In their hands they shall bear you up,  lest you dash your foot against a stone.”

Angels are mentioned throughout the Bible as protecting God’s chosen people or bringing them messages from God—appearing to Jacob (Genesis 32:1); Daniel (Daniel 6:22); Moses and the children of Israel (Numbers 20:16); Zacharias, Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds (Matthew 1: Luke 1; 2); and Philip (Acts 8:26), to mention a few.  Angels ministered to Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4), and angels rolled back the stone of Christ’s empty tomb (Matthew 28:2).

ANGELS GLORIFY GOD
See Revelation 5: 11, 12
11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

Angels sing praises to God, and they will accompany Christ when He returns to earth to set up His kingdom.  Matthew 25:31 says, “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.”

ANGELS CHARACTERISTICS
See Isaiah 6: 2, 6
2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar.

There are many opinions about angels and what they are like; we look to the Bible for God’s insight on His messengers.  The Bible may not tell us everything we want to know about angels; but we know God’s Word is true, and from it we can glean the following.  Some passages, as this one, describe angels as having wings (see also Daniel 9:21).  Angels are powerful holy beings (2 Peter 2:11; Luke 9:26) who do not have physical bodies as we know them.  They are usually invisible to the human eye; however, at times their appearance is glorious with the light of God surrounding them (Matthew 28:2-4).  They occasionally appear in human form (Genesis 19).  In fact, Hebrews 13:2 warns, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.”
In his book, Angels: God’s Secret Agents, Billy Graham said, “We may not always be aware of the presence of angels.  We can’t always predict how they will appear.  But angels have been said to be our neighbors.  Often they may be our companions without our being aware of their presence.  We know little of their constant ministry.  The Bible assures us, however, that one day our eyes will be unscaled to see and know the full extent of the attention angels have given us (1 Corinthians 13:11, 12).”

These excerpts were taken from The Billy Graham Training Center Bible.

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Kendra’s Bible Study: Joshua 10:6-11

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 10:6-11

What Does it Say? FACTS

6-7. Gibeon sent word to Joshua, “Do not abandon your servants, come to us, save us, help us for all the kings in the hill country have assembled against us.” Joshua went.
8. The LORD said, “DO NOT FEAR, I have given them into your hands”
9. So Joshua came upon them by marching all night
10 The LORD confounded them before Israel, He slew them, & pursued them
11. They fled before Israel, while on the descent, the LORD threw large stones from heaven. More died from hailstones than whom Israel killed with the sword.

What Does it Mean? LESSONS

6-7. Allowing the Canaanite Kings to wipe out Gibeon would have been tempting…. then Joshua is out of his vow, and the conquering of the promised land could go on as scheduled. In Joshua 9:15, it says, “Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them to let them live” Joshua said “he” would not kill them…. but hey, if the other kings in the area wanted to kill Gibeon…. who was he not to allow it…. right? You can see here, just what a man of honor Joshua is! Gibeon is grafted into Israel at this point, just the same as Rahab and her family were, “If you mess with me, my family, or my servants… you are in for it!” Joshua gets the army suited up for battle, and they are going to protect everyone, from the greatest to the least! What a great reflection of what Christ does for us in John 10:11 “I AM the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep”. Joshua is willing here to lay down his life, and the lives of his men, for these new sheep, brought into the fold. Remember Matthew 25:40 as well, as Jesus says, “Truly I say to you to the extent you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” Joshua is a man of honor. May I be the same in the vows I make, even to (especially to) the “least of these”.

8. God commands me not to fear in my obedience to Him & promises victory. Challenges force choices…. choose not to fear, “Press toward the goal” Phil. 3:14. LORD, help me to set my unbelief down and pick up the courage and victory in Your Word!

9. Faith is found in the “verb position”. I must participate, “Be careful to do all…Joshua 1:8” Faith is dependent on courage and obedience. I cannot speak of having a deep meaningful faith without having both.

10. As I show up and stand where God has asked me to stand, and say what He has asked me to say, even if it involves an all night march, just wait and watch because God will do what only He can do. If I never have the courage to obey, I will never see what my God wants to show me. It is not what I can do, but through my obedience I get to see what only my God can do!

11. I must have the courage to obey; God does the work. To Him who can do far more than I can ask or think…. Ephesians 3:20

What Does it Mean to Me? APPLICATIONS

6-7. Am I constantly looking for loopholes to “get out of” promises made? Do I say what I mean and mean what I say because of the God I serve? Does honor and integrity matter in my life? Will I keep my word if it is a person of “importance” and “title”, but not so much if the person has neither importance or title in my eyes?

8. Do I have a faith that beats back fear, or does my fear consistently get the best of my faith?

9. How has obedience to God required courage in my life? Did I face up, press in & have the necessary courage to obey…. or not?

10. What testimony of God’s character have I seen displayed in my life? Where has God asked me to stand and what has He asked me to say?

11. Will I be careful to do according to what God has asked of me (Joshua 1:8) or will I shrink back in fear?

LIVE IT OUT.

Lord, help me to have the courage to press in to faith and not to run in fear, help me to stand where You have asked me to stand and say what You have asked me to say with courage.

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications and what they mean
to you.   Do you know someone that might be blessed by joining our study?  Please share this blog link with them.

HOMEWORK: Joshua 10:12-14

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 10:1-5

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 selected from Joshua 10:1-5 homework:

The FACTS: What does it say?
10:4&5:  (The King of Jerusalem said) Come and help me attack Gibeon for it made peace with Joshua and Israel.(5) So they gathered with their armies and fought against it.

LESSONS: What Does it Mean?
These two verses in Joshua 10, struck me as I read them and immediately thought of the words Jesus said:
John 15:18-22, 25 “If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before if hated you. (19) If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this, the world hates you. (20)…. if they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you, if they kept My word they will keep yours also. (21) All these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. (22) If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. (25) They have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law: ‘THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE’.”

The rest of the nations around Gibeon are furious that Gibeon made peace with God and His people.  Some are convicted to repentence (Gibeon) and others convicted yet angered and embittered.  I love the fact that Gibeon was not a city of weaklings, but a city of great men of valor, and that valor is shown more boldly in their humility to put aside their brute strength, take on the title of slave, in order to be part of God’s people! WOW!!! Humility before God is strength and LIFE!
Zechariah 4:6 “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts.”

I should not be surprised that when I decided to follow Jesus, things will get tough, Jesus told me they would, but REMEMBER:
John 15:26,27 “..I will send to you from the Father, that is, the Spirit of Truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, and you will testify also..”

DO NOT BE SHOCKED BY ADVERSITY!  BE CONFIDENT IN THE GOD WHO CALLED ME. DO NOT SHRINK BACK.  BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS.  The enemy attacked the new members of God’s family, Be on alert and be ready to fight with those, for those, encourage (pour courage into) those who are new in their faith.  STAND STRONG TOGETHER, and have your eyes peeled, ready to see God fight for His people!  Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto Me and I will answer thee and show thee GREAT ND MIGHTY things which thou knowest not!”

APPLICATION: What does it mean to me?
When have I felt the weight of the world against me? Did I stand strong in the Truth of God’s Word or fall hard in the reality of my own strength or lack thereof?

Am I surprised by the hatred of the world against God’s people?

How have I been challenged and encouraged by these verses?

LIVE IT OUT:
Know what God’s Word says.  Pray for and encourage new and seasoned believers.  Challenges force choices, Lord, give me the strength to stand and not run.

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications from a verse or two
and what they mean to you.
Do you know someone that might be blessed by joining our study?  Please
share this blog link with them.

Homework: Joshua 10:6-10

 

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 9:22-27

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 9:22-27

FACTS: What Does it Say?

22: Joshua spoke: “Why have you deceived us, saying ‘We are far’ When you are within our land?”
23: Now you are cursed and shall never cease being slaves
24: They answered: “It was told that the LORD had commanded Moses to give you the land & destroy the ALL inhabitants, we feared for our lives.”
25: “We are in your hands, do as it seems good and right to do.”
26: They did not kill them.
27: Joshua made them hewers of wood, drawers of water for the congregation and the altar of the LORD

LESSONS, What does it Mean?

22: Joshua confronts the lie. Sin must be dealt with, not shoved under the rug or ignored. We are sinners. We will all find ourselves at one time or another in this situation, confronted with our wrongdoing. Romans 3:23 “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:10 “There is none righteous, no not one.”
23: There are consequences for deceitful actions, sin. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.” We too, all find ourselves deserving of a punishment, we too have no hope of getting out of. BUT…. GOD!!! Romans 5:8 “BUT GOD demonstrated His own LOVE for US that while we were still sinners (enemies, Gibeonites,) Christ died for US!” Romans 10:9 “ that if you confess with your mouth, Jesus as LORD and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
24-25: The Gibeonites knew the Truth, when confronted with their deceit they did not fight the charges, “Yes, we came in deceit. You are calling us liars, that is accurate, do as you (Israel) think is right.” The Gibeonites believed God would do what He said he would do when they heard it through Moses, so they were doomed, a people without hope. Gibeon is trying to be counted in with Israel and their God, they realize they don’t deserve to be saved, and they put their future in the hands of Joshua. Romans 10:9 “ that if you confess with your mouth, Jesus as LORD and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:13 “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”
Before I get all up in Joshua’s grill for “letting Gibeon off the hook” I need to remember that same grace is extended to me and to you from God Almighty! We are all no better than the Gibeonites, and yes, grace and mercy have been extended to us through Jesus, if we are willing to accept it. The choice is ours! (this same grace was extended to Rahab and her family in chapter 6)
26: Gibeon did not receive what they deserved. By the grace of God, they were saved.
Romans 5:1 “Therefore since we have been justified by faith we have peace with God through our LORD Jesus Christ.” Romans 8:1 “Therefore there is NOW NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
27: Once saved by grace, honestly it doesn’t matter what it is that God has asked me to do, no task is too menial or too far beneath me, because of the depths to which God has come to invade my life and save me. By the grace of God, Gibeon was able to cut wood and draw water for the God of Israel, now, their God…. the God who saved them, not because they lied were they saved, but because of God’s grace and His grace alone. PRAISE GOD! Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all my sin….
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace we are saved through faith, and that not of ourselves it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.”

Applications, What does it Mean to Me?

22: Am I willing to confront the sin in my life and deal with it? Have I ever stopped to realize that I am a sinner, unholy before a holy God?
23: Do I get mad at God when I am faced with the consequences for my own actions? Do I find myself in a place of hopelessness because of my sin? Did I ever realize the consequences for my sin are separation from a God who loves me and provided a way to fix that gap of separation?
24-25: Am I quick to agree with God about the status of my heart, or am I stubborn trying to fight the charges with some fancy lawyering? Have I asked God what the status of my heart is? Am I thankful for the grace God extended to me, but when it comes to “other worse” people in my eyes, do I judge them and get angry with God’s mercy and love? Do I believe and take God at His Word, like the Gibeonites did?
26: Do I realize God has provided a way out from underneath the consequences of my sin?
27: How has God extended His grace to me? Have I accepted God’s gift of grace in my life, Have I accepted Jesus? (God’s gift is always a gift, offered, free and undeserved, but it is not mine until I receive it and take it for myself)

LIVE IT OUT!
Have you ever accepted the grace God has offered to us through Jesus? We too can be counted in as His people, like the Gibeonites and Rahab, but we have to accept the gift. The great thing about this gift, is that is it always available 24/7 to everyone who will accept Him! God’s gift is not a groupon available to just a select few, it will never be sold out! Jesus was God, with skin on. Jesus lived a perfect life, and died a horrific death, the death which demonstrated the wrath God Almighty has against sin. Three days later Jesus rose from the grave! The payment of sin paid in full when He died on the cross, and the grip of sin broken when He rose from the grave. God loves you that much, that He came personally to fix the separation your sin created between you and Him. If you have never accepted God’s free gift of grace, will you now?

If so, here is a simple prayer you can pray to God. Saying this prayer is a way to declare to God that you are relying on Jesus Christ for your salvation. The words themselves will not save you. Only faith in Jesus Christ can provide salvation! “God, I know that I have sinned against you and am deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. With your help, I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness – the gift of eternal life! Amen!”

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications from a verse or two and what they mean to you. Do you know someone that might be blessed by joining our study?  Please share this blog link with them.

Homework: Joshua 10:1-5

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 9:16-21

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 9:16-21 

FACTS, What Does it Say?

16: At the end of 3 days after they made a covenant with them, they heard they were neighbors, living within their land.

17: Israel came to their cities on the third day.

18:  Israel did not strike them b/c the leaders swore an oath by the LORD God of Israel.  The congregation grumbled

19: The leaders said, “ We swore by the LORD the God of Israel, we can’t touch them.”

20: We will let them live, lest wrath be upon us for the oath we swore.”

21:  They became hewers of wood and drawers of water for the whole congregation.

LESSONS, What does it mean?

16-17:  The deceit of Gibeon towards Israel is discovered.  People will set out to deceive me in this world, unfortunately it is a cold hard fact.

18-19:  Hold fast to your word, your word needs to be your bond, it reflects upon the God I say I serve, especially when it is difficult.   Popular opinion may try to sway and pressure me to break my word, after all, the oath was made upon a lie… so doesn’t that make a nice loophole for me to get out of it?  The right thing to do is never the easy thing.

20:  Don’t sin on top of a sin.  Perspective is everything… Don’t be so quick to complain about someone else’s integrity that I degrade my integrity in the process, maybe I am currently being tested in the exact same way…  “In your anger do not sin” Psalm 4:4, Eph 4:26

21:  Better is one day in Your courts as a wood chopper, water carrier, door holder or bathroom cleaner…. than a thousand elsewhere! Perhaps my reaction to the situation will bring that person into contact with their Saviour! PRAISE that God kept His Word to me in spite of my poor behavior!

Application, What Does it Mean to me?

16-17: When have I been purposely deceived by someone and what was my reaction when I found out? Have I ever purposefully deceived someone to get my way or to get ahead, and what was the other person’s reaction when they found out? Anger? Hurt? disappointment? What was my reaction in both situations?  Godly or ungodly?  Did I attempt to make things right, or is it always right so long as I come out ahead? 

18-19: Even strong godly leaders will make mistakes, am I quick to point the finger, or do I realize I am just one decision away from making the exact same mistake?  Am I swayed by the convincing arguments of friends to break my word to someone?

20: Will I give people what I think they deserve? Or will I be careful that I don’t find myself in the same exact sin?  Will I hold fast to my oath for the sake of God’s name even when it’s difficult?  Will I hold fast to my oath for the sake of God’s name when people both godly and ungodly would understand if I didn’t?

21:  Will I keep an eternal focus when I am currently suffering and taking a loss? When has my reaction to a situation been a good example of Christ for someone else and when has my reaction to a situation been a not so good example of Christ? Have I thanked God for His faithfulness to me regardless of my deceitful actions?

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications from a verse or two and what they mean to you.  Do you know someone that might be blessed by joining our study?  Please share this blog link with them.   

HOMEWORK: Joshua 9:22-27

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 9:7-15

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 9:7-15 

What does it Say? FACTS:

7: Israel said to the Hivites: Perhaps you are living within our land how shall we make a covenant with you?

8: a. BUT they said to Joshua, “We are your servants.”

     b. Joshua said to them: “Who are you and where do you come from?”

9-10: They said, “Your servants have come from a far country because of the fame of your God; we heard the report of all He did in Egypt, and to the kings beyond the Jordan.

11: So our elders and inhabitants spoke: Take provisions  for the journey and go and meet them and say, we are your servants, make a covenant with us.”

12: This our bread was warm when we took it for provisions on the day we left to come to you, but now is dry and crumbled

13: These wineskins were new behold they are torn, our clothes, our sandals worn out because of the very long journey

14: SO the men of Israel took some of their provisions and did not ask for the counsel of the LORD. 

15: And Joshua made peace with w/ them, a covenant, to let them live, and the leaders swore an oath to them. 

What does it mean? Lessons:

7. The Israelites, I think had a feeling, had questions in their gut, who these guys really were…..  they pressed them for an answer…. who are you… really?  Israel knew that God said not to make a covenant with anyone within the land, they knew the rules, but their eyes were seeing something very believable, their ears were hearing something very believable.  Discernment is something given by God and must be sought out from God. Our senses and emotions will betray us.

8. a. BUT they said to Joshua…. notice they did not answer the question…. where is Gibbs from NCIS on this one? Or “The Closer” right?  Flattery and compliments from the enemy.  Notice the enemy answers Joshua, not the leaders who asked the question, looking for who the softy is perhaps?  I wouldn’t think it would be Joshua.  They are trying to divide the leader from his counsel.  The enemy loves to divide and conquer, be alert.  Often times the enemy will tell you exactly what you want to hear.

b. Joshua presses for an answer to the leaders’ question, who are you?  Stand your ground.  Be firm.  Don’t be deceived.  Seek discernment from the One who gives wisdom upon request.

9-10:  There is STILL no answer to the question.  A far country is not WHAT country.  Notice now they brought up Egypt and the kings beyond the Jordan, but cleverly left out the most recent victories, so again as to “verify” their story.  They were sure to comment on how “far” the fame of the LORD had reached.  People are clever… the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9  Be careful of the flattery of others.

11:  The Gibeonites had no wish to fight Israel, they were just wanting a promise that they would not be destroyed, and they would be more than happy to be their servants, their slaves.  Be careful what you promise and to whom. Your word is your bond.  Your word reflects on the God you serve.  Be careful. Be careful. Be careful.

12-13. Be careful, what things appear to be, are not always what they are in reality.  Only God can give insight, so ask Him who gives wisdom liberally!  When someone is pushing me to believe something…. especially when they want me to believe it NOW and ACT NOW, and SIGN NOW, be wary.

14:  They believed their eyes, ears and touch.  Things are not always what they seem.  Times when we don’t think we need to seek counsel of the LORD are probably the very times we most need to seek the counsel of the LORD.

15:  Be careful of the promises I make.  Covenants should not be taken lightly.  My word is my bond, so be careful what situations and  people I bond myself to.

What does it mean to me?

7: Am I quick to believe all I see and hear, or am I seeking God on all things, even when the answer seems obvious to me, right in front of my eyes?

8: a. Am I quick to believe flattery and words that tickle my ears and ego?  Am I alert to the tactics of the enemy?  When has the enemy used the tactic “divide and conquer” in my life?  Was it successful?  Did I learn from that?  Was I bamboozled or wise?

8: b. Am I in prayer for discernment?  Am I quick to believe what I hear so I won’t have to press in any longer?  I hate confrontation, but am I willing to hold strong and face up or am I quick to crumble and just believe what I hear because it is easier?

9-10:  When have I been moved by the flattery of someone else to do something I normally would not do?  Have I used flattery to get my way?  Is that right?

11: Do I flippantly make promises with people or am I careful and prayerfully consider the covenants I make?  Is my word my bond, or an avenue to get what I want?

12-13: Am I quick to believe what I see?  Do I rely on my own senses to make decisions or do I prayerfully consider all things?

14: In whom do I trust? Myself? Circumstances?  Or am I constantly seeking God’s counsel?  Am I quickly making decisions, or patiently seeking and waiting for God’s answers? 

15: Have I impatiently made promises to do things, and be places that I never consulted God about?  Everything seemed right on the surface, but after I was committed I knew it wasn’t right?  Am I impulsive in my decisions?

LIVE IT OUT:

Take everything to God in prayer.  Wait for God to clearly reveal His wisdom on the matter then have the guts to follow through with His leading.

Homework for next week: Joshua 9: 16-21

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