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Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study — Joshua 1:9

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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!

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Kendra Graham notes from Joshua 1:9:  

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage.  Do not tremble or be dismayed for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Step 1

THE FACTS:  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage, do not tremble or be dismayed, the LORD your GOD is with you wherever you go.

Step 2

THE LESSONS:  Well, here we go! It’s the last week before school officially starts.  I don’t know about you, but for me, as I look to this year, I see all the places I need to be and the commitments I’ve made, and instead of being excited and ready to conquer the new school year with fresh energy and focus… I kinda want to hide.  Schedules…demands…yuck! Gone are the days of sleeping in and enjoying the summer.  Now it’s off to science fair projects and research papers.

I have three kids: one in high school, one in middle school, and yes, one in elementary school…just to keep things going in completely different directions!

When I asked my kids about what they are looking forward to this year, all of them expressed…. fear.  The girls are afraid because they are on new travel soccer teams and they don’t know the girls or the coaches.  My middle school daughter is afraid because this will be her last year in a school she absolutely loves.  My youngest and only son is scared because he is homeschooling this year and is afraid his teacher may lose it come Christmas. :)  OK, that is a REAL fear! I am afraid because what if I can’t homeschool adequately?  What if I can’t get these girls to their games across the wide blue yonder each weekend?  What if the school work load is too hard and these children need more help than I have time to give them?  Fear…. fear… fear.

Fear keeps us from doing that which God has called us to.  I may not be preparing to march around Jericho, but I sure feel the impending battles that are just around the corner.  Has God really called me to where I am?  What is it God is doing this school year in our family and among all these schools and teams we are part of?

I go back to Joshua 1:9 often because it reminds me that God knows that fear is a very real emotion that we battle with.  God did not chide Joshua for having fear, but He did call Joshua not to give in to fear.  We have a choice who we give the power to in our lives.  Fear is our natural response, so we must saturate ourselves in the Word of God on a daily basis.  This is our only hope.  We need to determine to trust that God IS with us and will lead us.  Setting our hearts and minds to believe the promises of God as we step out daily is a HUGE challenge, but so worth it.  God loves to leave us in these dependent situations, where we can’t even begin to conquer or vanquish all that is demanded of us.  This way, God stays at the forefront.

As the academic year begins and we feel pressed upon and pulled in so many directions, may the first direction we determine to set our feet, eyes and heart in, on a daily basis, is in the Word of God.  In the Joshua 1:8, it says, “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall mediate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do all that is written in it; for THEN you will make your way prosperous and you will have success.”  Success summed up: Stay in the Word of God and follow His lead…. day by day, by day.  Let’s dedicate to do that this school year, and show our children what courage looks like.  Courage is following hard after God.  Just do and go where the LORD leads today, then again tomorrow…all for His glory.

I love the quote accredited to Ambrose Redmoon: “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important.” As my kids and I discussed our fears, we came up with the promises of God that we can focus on instead.  Fear quickly turned into anticipation of what God will do and how He will accomplish the impossible in our personal lives.

  • God is faithful and true (Revelation 3:14).
  • God will not leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
  • With God ALL things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
  • Our God reigns (Psalm 93:1).
  • “See, I have set before you an open door and NO ONE can shut it, for you have a little strength, have kept My Word and have not denied My name.” Revelation 3:8

Step 3

APPLY IT:  How have you given in to fear instead of faith?  What promises of God do you need to claim to get through the day?  Are your eyes seeking to see things beyond today?  Will you determine this school year to begin your day with your eyes and heart set in God’s Word?  Where is God calling you to be courageous?

LIVE IT OUT:  TODAY, I will claim the promises of God as I go out.  LORD, may You and Your promises trump all fear, and give me the courage to tackle what You have set before me this day.

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 24: 5-8

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 24:5-8 

FACTS:  What Does it say?

Verse 5: I sent Moses & Aaron.  I plagued Egypt.  I brought you out.
Verse 6: I brought you out & you came to the sea & Egypt pursued you to the Red Sea.
Verse 7: A. When they cried to the LORD, He put darkness between you & Egypt, brought the sea upon them.  Your own eyes saw what I did.
Verse 7: B.  You lived in the wilderness a long time.
Verse 8:  I brought you to the land of Amorites, they fought, I gave them into your hand, I destroyed them before you.

LESSONS: What Does it Mean?

verse.5:  God delivers His people through extraordinary circumstances.  God is faithful to His people, He saw their affliction, heeded their cries for help, was aware of their suffering, and DELIVERED them (Exodus 3:7-8).  Moses and Aaron got to watch.
Verse 6:  Sometimes God allows me to be pinned in, in an impossible situation, with nowhere to go but to Him.  I am so quick to downgrade to the thought that God hates me and has it in for me when things “seemingly” get worse as soon as I turn to Him.  I see a dead end, but in reality with God, it is just the beginning of great and miraculous things to come!
Verse 7:  A. Sometimes being pinned in brings me to exactly where I need to be, the throne of grace, desperate, humble, weak, and dependent.  So often I am quick to beg God to change my situation then I will believe and obey, and God says, “Child, believe Me, obey Me, and see what I can do with your situation.”  I will have a testimony that I witnessed with my own eyes.
Verse 7:  B.  So, let me get this right…. God DELIVERS His people, just so they can suffer day in and day out in a WILDERNESS???!!!  Who needs that kind of deliverance right?!   Exodus 16:4, “…. that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in my instruction.”  Sometimes God leads me to a place that makes no sense, a wilderness.  God’s people were NOT in sin (yet), God simply wanted to teach His people to trust Him, in every situation and circumstance.  The people were going to need the lessons learned in the wilderness, in order to have the boldness and the faith it would take to conquer the promised land.  God cares about refining me and wants me to more than just “look to Him”, but learn to “LEAN on Him! It took them a LOOOOOOOOONG TIME!  God is a very patient teacher.
Verse 8:  The battle belongs to the LORD, when I follow the LORD’s lead, he leads me to some scary places sometimes, but there is no safer place than the places where God goes before me.

APPLICATION:  WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME????

Verse 5:  What causes me to doubt that God is aware of and cares about my current circumstances?
Verse 6:  Do I trust God with the direction He wants to lead in my life?  What impossible situation is in my life that God is just waiting for me to turn to Him with so He can do the miraculous?  When have I been pinned in only to see God work in unbelievable ways?Verse 7: A.  When have my own eyes seen God work in an unexplainable way?  When have I gone to God in my weakness and desperation and experienced His personal faithfulness to me?  If I have not experienced God’s hand of faithfulness in my life is it because I have never allowed myself to be completely dependent on Him because I don’t believe He will be faithful to me?
Verse 7: B:  Do I have a teachable spirit, even when God leads me to places that don’t make sense, and seem to cause me more pain?  Do I trust God and allow Him to refine me in the way that is best for me?
Verse 8:  Do I believe God will go before me and protect me or do I think He will do that for everyone else except me?  What do I really believe about God?

HOMEWORK:  LUKE 2:8-20
PICK your FAVORITE verse or TWO in this Christmas passage and share in the joy of Christ’s birth!!!!
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Women’s Bible study at The Cove begins January 8, 2013.  Morning and evening options.  While the studies are free, we do ask that you register.  Bring a friend or two!  See you in January!    Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to register. 

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 24: 1-4

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we an come together and share the 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 24:1-4

What Does it Say?

Vs.1: Joshua gathered the tribes of Israel, the elders, judges, & officers. They presented themselves before God.

Vs.2: Thus says the LORD the God of Israel, “From ancient times your fathers lived beyond the river, Terah, the father of Abraham and Nahor, they served other gods.”

Vs.3a. Then I took Abraham from beyond the River, led him though Canaan

Vs.3b. God multiplied descendants, gave (Abraham) Isaac,

Vs.4: To Isaac I gave Jacob & Easu, Easu I gave Mt Seir to possess, but Jacob & his sons went to Egypt.

What Does it Mean? Lessons 

Vs.1:  I LOVE that God is not just for the head honchos.  FIRST Joshua called ALL the tribes of Israel, then the leaders.  God doesn’t just speak to the ones we put in charge, God speaks to all of us, if we will just come and listen.  How He beckons me to just come and listen to all that He has to tell me.   

Vs.2:  God reminds us to remember our past, remember from where He drew us.  God’s gracious eye to see us, call us, woo us, and love us in spite of our sinful state that kept us far from Him.  I don’t think we are to dwell in our past, but remembering from whence we were drawn should give us pause for thanks. 

Vs.3a: “I took” Abraham….  God saw, God drew, God led, God loved…. Abraham did nothing but follow.  God calls us to “Come follow Me”, Jesus, God’s son, God with skin on, said that phrase a lot in the Gospels, “Come, Follow Me”  we are invited to come and follow, not come and lead the way… no matter how gifted we are in leadership, or talented by genetics, come… follow.  Abraham followed even though he did not control the direction, timing or place he would go.  

Vs.3b.  When I choose to follow Jesus, I will see the impossible become possible, and I will see God’s faithfulness displayed day after day.

Vs.4.   Sometimes God leads others to places of “ease” it seems, then me? Oh, He leads me to places of affliction and suffering.   Regardless of the place God leads me, He is there, and if He is leading, then He goes before me…. even when the place seems like the valley of the shadow of death.  God’s faithfulness to me continues regardless of the place I find myself in.

What Does it Mean to Me? Personal Application

Vs.1: How many times does God beckon me to come into His presence, beckon me to open His Word and just listen to what He has to say to me, yet, I am too busy, or the time doesn’t suit me, or I just don’t want to?  Did I realize God has something to say to me, or do I get caught up into thinking He only has things to say to pastors and other people of that sort?

Vs.2: How did God call me?  From where did God draw me?  From what miry clay did the LORD reach down into and pull me out of so that my feet could be firmly set upon the Rock which is Jesus? 

Vs.3a Do I come to God with the heart to follow, or the heart to tell Him where I want to be, where I am gifted and where I should be?  Am I willing to follow where He leads? 

Vs.3b How have I seen God’s faithfulness on display in my life?  Have I missed seeing God’s miraculous power because I didn’t like, agree, or see the point for the places He was trying to lead me to? 

Vs.4 Have I thanked God purely for His desire to lead me where He is?  Isn’t it cool that God will go to extremes to show (me) His people His love and faithfulness?  When and how has God shown His faithfulness to me in the dark places?  When has God blessed me with places of ease where joy just seemed to flow without measure?

Homework:  Joshua 24:5-8

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 23: 12-15

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in the 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 23: 12-15 homework 

WHAT DOES IT SAY?
12-13:  If you EVER go back and cling to these nations which remain among you, know with certainty the LORD your GOD will NOT continue to drive these nations out.  They will be a trap, a whip to your sides, thorns in your eyes

14:  (Joshua speaking)  I am going the way of the earth, and you KNOW in your hearts and soul NOT ONE WORD which the LORD spoke concerning you has failed.

15: Just as all the good words the LORD spoke to you have come upon you, so the LORD will bring upon you all the threats.

What Does it Mean?

12-13: DO NOT COMPROMISE.  DO NOT COMPROMISE.  DO NOT COMPROMISE.  We compromise with sin because our “common thought of the nation” says we should.  God says, “Thou shall not commit adultery”  it is now, nationally, a “consenting relationship between adults”  God says, “You shall have no other gods before Me”, yet we are in the process of writing Him out of our nation’s history.  God says “Thou shall not covet, Thou shall not steal” today we claim, “But it’s not fair”, “I am entitled”, “It doesn’t matter how I get it” or  “It doesn’t matter how I climb the corporate ladder, who I maim, smear or hurt along the way, so long as I am happy, and achieve my goal” Our motto: “Look out for number 1”.  God says, “You shall not take the name of the LORD in vain”, we say, “I have a right to express myself, it’s my freedom of speech”.  To protect the name of God Almighty in society, however, has become hate speech, and judgmental.  God says, “You shall not bear false witness”, we say, “Truth? Truth is relative, gray, it’s how I see it, there is no set Truth standard”.  God says, “Thou shall not murder”: We have renamed it “The Right to Choose” or “The Right to Die with Dignity”.  A nation of compromise.  Let’s not be families of compromise. 

We have been challenged as God’s people not to compromise…. yet now, we cannot even display the Standard of Truth (God’s Word, 10 commandments) because God Himself has been labeled “offensive” to society.  We would rather not “offend” anyone so we trade in our God, our shield, our refuge, our strength, our help, for the status quo of common thought.  We choose not to live lives with the evidence of the very presence of God in our midst.

14: God’s Word is Truth.  In a world where we can’t find honesty, the truth is as elusive as ever, where it is easier to believe a lie because it doesn’t hurt so bad and there is less accountability… God’s Word is proven time and time again, from one generation to the next.  Joshua lived a life without regrets, faithful to the LORD Jehovah and His Word.

A life lived for God, according to the Truth of His Word is a life lived without regret.

15: God is a God of His Word.  We live in a world where no one is accountable, we all have an excuse or another person to blame for our own choices.  God loves His people enough to discipline them.  Discipline is not hate, discipline helps guide and form us.  When my parents disciplined me, it was because they loved me and because of their consistent “guiding” I am thankful.  We serve a God who loves us enough to keep His Word on both sides of the issue. The way I choose to live me life matters to God.

What Does it Mean to me?

12-13:  Am I living a compromised life more worried about societal reaction and dictation than my very soul and my God?  Am I living my life clinging to what the nation(s) say is right, wrong and acceptable, worldly arguments compromising God’s Word, or am I sold out to the God Who loves me, gave His life for me and Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life? 

14: Am I living my life according the Truth of God’s Word, or the truth the world has thrown at me to believe?  How has God been faithful to me? To you?  How has the Truth of God’s Word steadied me in shaky times? 

15: Am I in God’s Word? Did I realize my choices on how I live my life matter to God?  When have I been thankful for godly discipline in my life?

Homework: Joshua 24:1-4

Time to register for our FREE annual Women’s Bible Study at The CoveClasses begin on Tuesday January 8, 2013 for both Kendra Graham’s evening study and for Jane Derrick’s morning study.  Bring a friend or your Sunday school class and enjoy digging into the Word in the beautiful setting of The Cove, in Asheville, NC.

Click here for more information and to register or call 1-800-950-2092.

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 23:8-11

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 23: 8-11 homework

WHAT DOES IT SAY?? The Facts

verse 8HOLD FAST to the LORD your God.
Verse 9The LORD has driven out before you powerful nations
Verse 10:  The LORD your God fights for you as He promised
Verse 11BE VERY CAREFUL to LOVE the LORD your GOD.

What does it Mean?  LESSONS

Verse 8Joshua is pleading with the people, HOLD FAST, refuse apathy.
It is in us to turn, to let go and to follow anything and everything but God.  HOLD FAST.  DON’T LET GO.  When things are falling apart and the only hope you have is that God will come through and be faithful to His Word, HOLD FAST!   When things are going well, and we have had victory after victory, and our feet are steady beneath our feet, we still must make that difficult and conscious decision to HOLD FAST the LORD our God.  HOLD FAST.  HOLD FAST.  Be steady in our walk.  Faithfulness is our goal, faithfulness is our daily choice. Choose well.
Verse 9Remember what God has done for YOU.  Remember from what God has saved you.  Tell your children, your grandchildren.  REMEMBER.  We say that we will never forget, but honestly, we forget so easily.  If you cannot recall a personal testimony of what God has done in your life, pray, ask Him to reveal what He has done in the past, that we may have forgotten, or pray and ask God what personal testimony it is that He wants me to have.  God is faithful to His Word and God is the One who does the work.  We who are simply jars of clay get to see what He’s doing up close!  Lord open my eyes to see Your mighty works in my life!
Verse 10When we choose to go to God’s side, when we choose to do things His way, we see that it is He who does all the fighting.  We see He is our shield.  We see He never leaves us or forsakes us.  We see that He lifts us up.  We see He is faithful to His Word.
Verse 11Be very careful to love the LORD.  This passage — verse 8 — starts with the phrase “Hold Fast” and as I see it, here in verse 11, it ends with the same phrase.  Staying faithful to God is a choice, and it is hard.  Distraction is oh so easy.  Excuses and rationalization about why we don’t study His Word and pray come out like water.  LORD help us stay true to You, so that what flows from our heart and lips are all the ways You have shown us YOU and Your mighty works!!

What Does it Mean to Me? APPLICATIONS

Verse 8: What or who am I holding on to?  Have I drifted away from my LORD?  In crises mode, often, the LORD is all we have, but what about when things are ok?  Do I loosen my grip?  Am I making that daily decision to come, open God’s Word, and allow it to continue to change my life?
Verse 9: What impossible situation has God taken in my life and showed me His great power?  When has God driven out before me things that seemed to great and powerful for me to conquer?  A difficult relationship that was mended?  A boss that was unreasonable?  A co-worker who tried to run me over?  A disease that tried to kill me?  A circumstance or past decision that tried to define me?  How has God broken chains in my life and how am I remembering the greatness of my God in overcoming it?
Verse 10Am I so tired trying to fight the powers that be?  Am I ready to go to God’s side, ask Him how He wants it done, then pray for the strength to obey?  When has God fought for me and showed me that His Word is true and it will be true even for me?
Verse 11:  What do my current priorities say about the importance and love for God that I say I have?  Are there distractions in my life that need to be dealt with? Is there proof of the love of God in my life, or is it just a nice “churchy” catch phrase?

Homework: Joshua 23:12-14

Time to register for our FREE annual Women’s Bible Study at The Cove. 
Classes begin on Tuesday January 8, 2013 for both Kendra Graham’s evening study and for Jane Derrick’s morning study.  Bring a friend or your Sunday school class and enjoy digging into the Word in the beautiful setting of The Cove, in Asheville, NC. 

Click here for more information and to register or call 1-800-950-2092.

 

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 23:3-7

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 23: 3-7 homework

Facts: What does it say?
v. 3  You have seen all that the LORD your God has done, He has been fighting for you.
V.4  See, I have apportioned TO YOU these nations which remain as inheritance, nations from the Jordan, to the Great Sea, to the setting sun.
v.5 The LORD will thrust them out, & drive them from you; you will possess their land as the LORD promised
v.6 BE very firm.  Keep and DO ALL written in the law of Moses, so you don’t turn right or left.
vs.7  So you will not associate with these nations, mention, serve or bow to their gods.

LESSONS.  What does it mean?
v.3  God is faithful to His promises and His people.  When God works in our lives, and gives us a testimony of His great power, we need to cling to that and set our hearts not to forget what He has done.
vs. 4  God has victories for His people to claim.
vs. 5  God calls us to do things that only He can accomplish.  When God calls us, there is always a gap between what we can do and what God must do (Crawford Lorrits).  This gap is where obedience is a must and our faith will be tested, but God will be glorified on the other side! BELIEVE IT!
vs. 6  Be FIRM and DO ALL…  Faith is a verb.  Faith becomes real, personal and tangible when we put to action and obey the God we say we believe in.  We obey with action, not just words. We cannot be a people of a great faith without being a people of great obedience.
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s.7 Bank tellers do not train with counterfeit dollars so they can pick out the false currency, they train day after day with the real deal, so when the fake comes along, it’s obvious & easy to spot.  We need not fill our minds with learning the intricacies of all other ideas and religions of the world, we need to fill our hearts and our homes with the very Word of God, the TRUTH, day in and day out, so when a counterfeit comes along, it’s easy not only for us to spot, but our children as well.

APPLICATION: What does it mean to me?
vs.3  Do I live my life upon the fact that God will continue to be faithful to His Word and faithful to me?  How has God been faithful to me in the past?  Do I need to cling to that for the present?
vs.4  What victories does God have for me to claim?  Do I choose to live in defeat over the victory God has given?  Perhaps I have not claimed the victory because I don’t want to show up to the battle God wants me to face?  (God gave Jericho to Joshua before the battle ever began, but Joshua still had to obey and show up on site! Joshua 5-6)
vs.5 What has God called me to that He must do? (Not where have I called myself to, or where I would like to be, or where I think I deserve to be, or where it is logical for me to be, this is God centered not me centered)  Have I spent time in God’s Word and asked Him?vs.6  Is it now that God is asking us to ACT upon those beliefs we have said for years that we so strongly believe? What would it look like if we as Christians actually lived out in real life what we say we believe in our hearts?  How will I begin to implement godly obedience in my life?
vs.7  Am I more concerned about the gods of this world and not offending anyone than I am with knowing the Everlasting God, the LORD Jehovah and the Creator of Heaven and earth?  

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Homework: Joshua 23: 8-11

Time to register for our FREE annual Women’s Bible Study at The Cove.  Classes begin on Tuesday January 8, 2013 for both Kendra Graham’s evening study and for Jane Derrick’s morning study.  Bring a friend or your Sunday school class and enjoy digging into the Word in the beautiful setting of The Cove, in Asheville, NC. 

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 14:12-15

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 14:12-15 homework

FACTSWhat 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!
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15. 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?
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15.  “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