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Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study – John 15: 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!

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Kendra Graham notes from John 15: 1-8

I AM the true Vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.

Step 1

THE FACTS:
1. I AM the true vine, My Father the vinedresser.
2. Every branch in Me that does not fruit, He takes away.  Every branch that fruits He prunes to bear more.

Step 2

THE LESSONS:
Do you remember that amazing, great, and deep theological movie with Keanu Reeves in it called, “A Walk in the Clouds”? This movie was so great at depicting the scene here in John 15 that Jesus is trying to get across on the night of HIs arrest.  These are in essence, the last words of Jesus, who had eternity to decide what He was going to say, and this was it, John 15…. abide! Stay with Me, even when you want to disassociate and run!  Which is the situation the disciples were about to find themselves in.

Ok, back to the movie… so this vineyard owner in Napa Valley, California came from Mexico, and with everything that he had, all that he owned in the world, he invested it in this land to produce a vineyard. This man, was the owner/operator/cultivator of this land in Napa Valley now, and with his root in hand, he began the process of growing his vineyard. The vineyard was very successful, with acres and acres of beautiful grapevines.

When Keanu Reeves arrives on scene, the leathery old, wrinkled man wanted to show him what he was really looking at. They walked together to the top of a ridge, where they looked out and the aged vineyard planter looked at the young Keanu Reeves and asked him, “What do you see?”  Keanu answered, “I see a lot of work, a lot of vines, a lot of grapes.”  The elder owner explained how wrong that answer was, and brought the young lad to a plant that was surrounded by an iron fence, and he explained to the ignorant young man, that really, he sees one vine.  All the growth–all the fruit–came from this one root, planted so long ago.  If that root dies, so does the vineyard.  Everything the family owned was wrapped up in that one root of that one vine.  I told you! #Theological #deep!  John 15 shown Hollywood style!

God, who loves you more than anything, invested all He had, and came Himself, with skin on, and His name is Jesus. Jesus is the vine.  God’s complete and total investment.  Everything, every bit of fruit we have in our lives is dependent on that vine.  We were created by God, to walk with Him, to know Him and to need Him, so He made a way Himself, so that we could be connected, and that is only through Jesus.

God cares about His vineyard. Just like the old man in the movie, got into the vineyard business to cultivate the fruit, to grow the fruit… the vineyard owner is not anti-fruit, he is pro-fruit.  Do we hold it against the vineyard owner when he prunes the fruit and gets rid of the dead branches?  How could he!!!??  Hahaha… don’t be crazy, of course we would tell him he has to tend to those branches, and if he doesn’t prune, the only thing he will have is a mess and distasteful drink to consume.

Yet when God prunes… we hold it against Him. We think He is against us!  How could He?  But God…. invested all He had in this vineyard, and so not trusting it to anyone else, He prunes, cultivates and directs where the growth is supposed to be.  It’s in these times of pruning when we want to dispatch ourselves from the vine entirely…. then blame God for dying out.  It’s in these times, however, when we need to purposefully keep ourselves in His presence.  It’s in these times of pruning when our faith is proven to be genuine and worthwhile.  It’s in these times of pruning, that if we can stay attached to the vine, the sweetest fruit will blossom, no matter the location we find ourselves in.

How can we be assured of that? The investment that has been made, cost God all He had, and the cost was for you, and for me, so that we could bear much fruit.  The choice to abide in His presence, through it all, is ours.

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APPLY IT:
Are you in a time of pruning? (You can tell if you are if you are in the midst of losing something… people, places and things in your life.)

Will you choose to stay in His presence, attached to the vine, trusting there is fruit to come of it all, or will you run, disassociate and dry out?

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LIVE IT OUT:
LORD, life is hard. It’s so hard when things I love, and things that bore fruit in season past, now get pruned.  I want to scream, “Do you know what you’re doing?  Don’t prune that!”  LORD, give me the strength to stay in your presence and allow the fruit you produce even from my suffering, to be a sweet aroma in Your presence today.  Help me stay attached, when everything in me wants to run.

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What Scripture are you studying now?  What have you learned?  How has the Lord spoke to you?  Share with us in the comments section.

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NOTE: If you are unable to attend Kendra’s winter Bible study at The Cove  in person (January 12 – February 23, 2016), we will continue the online study as well, using lessons shared during the LIVE study.  We are also streaming the study LIVE via Periscope.  You can catch ALL the replays here.

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You don’t have to have Periscope to watch the replays.  You can just click on the links below.

Click here to watch Week One’s study with a special performance by artist Jared Emerson.

Watch Week Two’s message on TRUTH here.

Watch Week Three Message here.  Kendra shines a Light on the woman with issues.


 

 

Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study – Ephesians 6 and Mark 5

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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 Ephesians 6:14b + Mark 5:27-29

Ephesians 6:14b …having put on the breastplate of righteousness.

Mark 5:27-29  After hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. (28) For she thought “If I just touch His garments, I will get well.”  Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.

Step 1

THE FACTS:
Ephesians 6:14b: Put on the breastplate of righteousness.
Mark 27: After hearing about Jesus, she came, in the crowd behind Him, touched His cloak.
Mark 28: “If I touch His garments I will be well.”
Mark 29: Immediately the flow of her blood dried.

Step 2

THE LESSONS:

Having “put on” the breastplate of righteousness… there is an action verb here… the word “put on” in the Greek is the word, “endyo” which means: to reach to put on, to sink into. When I read this verse and the definition of endyo, I immediately thought of the woman who was covered in issues in Mark 5:25-34.  This woman had an issue of blood for 12 years that she could not fix.  This woman tried everything she could to fix her issue, every doctor, every remedy and instead of getting better, she got worse.  In the society of the day, this woman would have been isolated from family, deemed unclean and uninvited to attend church, functions, parties or fellowships.   The issue this woman had would have left her ashamed, destitute, desperate, and deserted.

Then… she hears about Jesus! Jesus is said to be the Messiah! God with skin on!  He was within her reach.

Jesus within reach! Hmmmm so…. would you have run out to find Him?  We love to say the Sunday School answer… “Of course! Jesus is there!! Lucky her!”  Really?  Often times my reaction when things are bad… when my life is covered with issues that continue to get worse no matter how hard I try, is to be kind of mad at God… fold my arms, sigh, and say, “Oh, Jesus is here is He?  Well, do I have a bone to pick with Him!” We don’t run out to find Him, nope, we sit, arms folded in our pride, and demand He comes to us and give us an explanation for all the mess.  If we are being honest…

This woman… low on iron… exhausted… hurting… desperate… decides to fight the crowd, she is determined to go in spite of have very valid reasons to stay home. The customs of the day were such that every person she touched or that touched her, would become unclean, so going out into a mob… probably could have gotten her stoned to death… if people knew her issues.  This woman being weak and tired could be trampled to death, not having the strength to fight to get to Jesus… I mean that is what it would take.  To get to Jesus would take everything she had.

See this here… don’t miss it… determined and driven against a physical crowd and an emotional crowd keeping her down, telling her she is filthy and unclean and undeserving, yet she fights. This woman will reach for that righteousness, that cleanliness of Jesus if it is the last thing she does.  This woman is on the ground crawling… how do I know that?  She reaches for the hem of His garment, not the lapel.

This woman is very aware of her status, she comes in absolute humility. No demands, no fist flying in the face of Jesus, no anger or bitterness, just desperation.  Feel this here, press into this crowd, feel the feet stepping on her hands as the crowd is electric with anticipation of Jesus being there… feel her garments being stepped on, dirt being kicked in her face, maybe even an unsuspecting sandal in the face.  This woman coming to Jesus, invisible in a crowd of people, no one knowing what she is going through… can you relate?  This woman refuses to give up until she sees it! There it is!  The tip of the tassel on the hem of His garment! It’s Jesus!

Jesus knew she was there… she was the one lost sheep in the crowd of sheep that day. That crowd could have been created just for her… would  she be desperate enough to press in here? Against the odds?  Jesus was pleading, seeking, calling, stirring… desperate to save… she was the reason He came.

This woman…think about it… was willing to make Jesus unclean! Jesus unclean!  What do you think about that?  That is what it takes to be healed.  That which has covered our hands and made us unclean, we must give to Jesus.  This is the reason Jesus came.  Jesus would choose to hemorrhage Himself, blood flowing from His veins even to death, since that is what it would cost Him to make her clean… yet He stays within reach!  I love this!  Did Jesus kick the hem of His garment her direction?  Can you see it?  Can you see the love in His eyes he has for this woman, scraped, battered and bruised…. by more than just the crowd… to see how intent she is on getting to His presence?  Can you hear in His heart, Jesus pleading, “REACH!  Come on woman…. R-E-A-C-H! You can make it!  Reach, and I will put on my righteousness all over you!  Covered… CLEAN!”

The woman reached as far as her fingertips could go and she held on to Jesus, and immediately let go of all the issues that plagued her.

Healing is found in the presence of Jesus. If you are willing to fight the crowd of emotions like anger, bitterness, judgment, unforgiveness, and misery… if you can reach with all that is in you to make Jesus unclean with all your issues, He will cover you in His grace, mercy and righteousness.

The breastplate covers your vitals… your issues will kill you, unless they are covered with the very righteousness of God. No one can reach for you, you must reach with your own hand.

Come… do not delay. Get into the Word of God today because you were created to walk with Him, know Him and you desperately need Him whether you see it or not.  Jesus died to give you victory through this valley, but you will have to reach for it.

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APPLY IT: 

Are you desperate enough to come to Jesus… or do you prefer to coddle your pride and the million reasons you should stay away?   Will you reach for your therapist, a friend to pander to your way of thinking, continue to try to atone for your own issues–to no avail–or will you reach for Jesus?  Will you stay in His presence holding on to the hem of His garment as long as it takes to be well even if being well doesn’t look like you have demanded?

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LIVE IT OUT:

Today, I will reach for His presence, fighting the sleep I would rather have. I will choose God’s Word and His presence before the busyness of life awaiting me this day demands my attention.

HOMEWORK: John 15:1-8

NOTE: If you are unable to attend Kendra’s winter Bible study at The Cove  in person (January 12 – February 16, 2016), we will continue the online study as well, using lessons shared during the LIVE study.  We are also streaming the study LIVE via Periscope.  You can catch the replays here.

Not sure how to use Periscope? 
1.
You must first sign up for Twitter (it’s free).  Click here for step-by-step instructions.
2. Then you sign up for Periscope (it’s free).  Click here for step-by-step instructions.

You don’t have to have Periscope to watch the replays.  You can just click on the links below.

Click here to watch Week One’s study with a special performance by artist Jared Emerson.

Watch Week Two’s message on TRUTH here.

Watch Week Three Message here.  Kendra shines a Light on the woman with issues.

Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study – Philippians 3:13b-14

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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 Philippians 3:13b-14

Step 1

THE FACTS:
Forgetting what is behind, straining toward what is ahead, PRESS ON toward the goal which God has called me.

Step 2

THE LESSONS:
Happy New Year! The beginning of the new year is a new beginning, a clean slate. Some people are sad to see 2015 go, and some are thrilled, leaving behind heartache and disappointment they shake the dust off of 2015 and are hoping for a brighter year. The year 2016 is unknown territory and for some of us, it’s daunting and unsure with all the world chaos going on.

Here, in these verses, the Apostle Paul is urging his readers to not be brought down by the past. Each day is a new day, a new opportunity to press in to what God has called you to do. We were all created by God, knit together in our mother’s womb for a unique purpose from the beginning of time, to know God, to walk with God and to need God. Many of us have things in our past that haunt us, things we have done perhaps decades ago that strive to chain us down and keep us from that God-given purpose. We tend to beat ourselves up for past indiscretions and then year after year strive to atone for them by living our lives in misery, enslaved and defined by these epic fails.

What if… in 2016… we decided to forget what is behind and strive toward what is ahead? Learn from the past for sure. Know we never want to repeat some things, but accept the fact we can never change the past, it’s done…the brick was laid… we hate it, we wish it was different, but what can we do? We can do nothing… so that is why God, not trusting you to another, came Himself with skin on, His name, Jesus! Jesus lived a perfect holy life, in order to pay the bounty on that indiscretion of mine and yours. We are unable to pay off, work off or talk off the mistakes of the past, but oh that we would press in to Jesus this year and allow Him to pay that debt He bought outright from us. Let it go at the foot of the cross once and for all. Jesus paid it all on the cross so that we could grab a hold of that purpose He has set aside for us. We have to let go of our past to press on today to His call.

Aunt Anne Graham Lotz tells a story of a monkey that I found appropriate to start this new year with. The question: How do you catch a monkey? The answer: you place a banana in a jar that is wider at the bottom, and smaller at the top, then bury the jar at ground level, leaving the top of the jar open for easy access to that banana. A monkey comes by, with his sniffer, he smells the banana, sticks his hand in the jar, grabs the banana and then makes a fist around that banana… you have now caught yourself a monkey. That monkey will scream and holler and throw his hand around, but that fist won’t fit through the neck of that jar. The monkey is caught, ensnared, and unless he drops the banana, he won’t ever be free.

Whatever your “banana” is, the answer is found in setting our eyes today in the Word of God. Intentionally setting our sights on Jesus (Hebrews 12), and when we see who Jesus is, and His incredible love for us, that banana will pale in comparison. When we see what it cost God Himself to forgive us of our past, and present us with a future we will be constrained by the love of God to look no where else.

May this year be the year of healing for your heart. It cost God the agony of Calvary to provide us with the freedom and joy that is present and in Him, may we reach out this year and obtain Him. As we hold on to Jesus, we will forget all about that banana in the past that held us down for so long; this year may we have the strength to let it go. Let’s start this year, this day and the next and the one after that, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our days (Hebrews 12:1-3). This year, let’s daily seek God in His Word, starting now!

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What is your “banana” from last year(s) to this year? What do you just need to let go of so that you can press on toward all God has set aside for you to do? Do you need to let go of a ungodly relationship? Step away from an immoral practice? Let go of an unforgiving spirit, anger or bitterness from the past that continues to define you, enslave you and keep you down? Do you need to let Calvary pay once and for all that debt you seem to think is too great for the blood of Jesus to cover? This year will you be defined by the grace of Jesus or will you work yourself to death trying to make it right on your own? You will press on toward someone or something… so what will it be?

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Today I will press in to God’s Word and seek out what He has to say to me. I will ask God what I need to let go of, and what I need to grab hold of and do it.

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JOIN US FOR OUR FREE WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY AT THE COVE, BEGINNING JANUARY 12, 2016.

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Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study – Luke 2:20

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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 Luke 2:20

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“The Shepherds went back, praising God , all they heard and seen was just as had been told them.” – Luke 2:20

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?

I love the story of the shepherds so much.  Every Christmas these shepherds settle into my heart and I am once again reminded of a faithful God who loves me and came for me. The life of a shepherd was more of a curse than a blessing.  A terrible job, a stinky job (they were living in the fields).  These shepherds were off the grid and far from most people’s minds, living away from their families outside of town.  These shepherds drew the short straw having to work the night shift, risking their lives for a bunch a sheep against thieves and predators for a menial salary.  Shepherds were outcasts of society, one step above the leper who was completely exiled from society.  If you were a shepherd, someone working the worst job, with the worst pay and high danger, away from your family: what would your view of God be?

God hates me?  God loves everyone else, but my life is obviously expendable and hey, God probably wants to hide me somewhere so I don’t nauseate others with my presence?  The night would give someone like a shepherd a lot of time to think, not that I am a shepherd, but I have had many a conversation like that with God in the wee hours of the night when not a creature was stirring not even a mouse.  You don’t have to be a shepherd to feel unimportant, forgotten and hated by God.

BUT…. this night of Luke 2…. THIS NIGHT WAS DIFFERENT!  Out of everyone in the world God Almighty could have told and invited to His birthday party, it was the shepherds…those shepherds, living in the field!  The outcasts… the ones not even allowed to go to the Temple to worship because of their filth!  This very first Christmas, God was not asking them to get cleaned up and go to church, He was asking them to come to His bedside just as they were, immediately, right away!  Heaven scrolled back the night sky, and gave those shepherds a Christmas cantata that they would not soon forget.

The Shepherds each for themselves had to decide what to do, would they go or stay?  They had every reason in the world not to come to Jesus…. I mean, they cold lose their jobs, then what?  Shepherding was the lowest job around, who would hire them?  What about their family and their well being?  What if it was a lie?  Some cruel joke God was playing?  What about their stench, they had some things to fix before they came to Jesus…. some habits to break…. some things to make right, they may have been only on step 6 out of 12…. but if they waited to clean up their lives and character, or waited to “Yelp” out a shepherd sitter at that time of night, they would have missed Jesus.  SO… they went in haste.

The Shepherds found Jesus…. just like the angels said, in Bethlehem, in a manger, wrapped in rags.  Everything was just as heaven proclaimed to them earlier.  God had not lied.  God truly did invite them!  God had eternity to decide who to invite when He was born, and He chose them!  #sobering #overwhelming #Godseesme

These shepherds went back praising God.  Why?  What did that baby do for them?  They went back to their bad job, with bad pay, with bad hours…. they were still away from their families, they were still the lowest common denominator of society… it’s not like they got a new car, a new job, a new house, all their debts paid…. why the difference?

We cannot come to Jesus and leave the same.

Those Shepherds knew that night, that God did not hate them, they were not forgotten, they had not fallen through the cracks, they were not an embarrassment to God, they knew that they knew, because of that job, that night shift, that God Himself moved heaven and earth to tell them personally that He saw them, and loved them.

God’s Word was true even to them. God doesn’t demand behavior modification before you come to Him, or a New Years Resolution, He just asks and pleads that YOU come, in haste so you too can know that you know that you are loved by God.

Don’t miss Christmas.

I know you have every excuse in the world not to come. School systems are shutting down Christmas plays of “Charlie Brown Christmas” so that Linus will just keep his monologue under “wraps”…. so we just see trees and gifts but miss the true “Reason for the Season.”

Why would a world work so hard to keep you from knowing how loved you are by God?  God loved you so much that He refused to trust you to another, so He came personally with skin on, to bring “Peace, goodwill towards men.”  Peace…. the angels proclaiming what the death of Jesus would do on the night of His birth.  Is it not time for true peace between you and the God who loves you and gave Himself for you?  Ask Him this year to give you the song of the Shepherds, so that you too may know that you know that YOU are loved by God.

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?

Now, in haste will you come for a moment and praise God for His love for you?  Will you ask God now to bring peace between you and Him?  Your sin and my sin cost Jesus His life, will we now proclaim that story this Christmas since the lips of Linus have been sealed?

LIVE IT OUT:

This Christmas, recite Luke 2 as often as you can, sharing your own shepherd story with those you love.  As the shepherds proclaimed in Luke 2:17, will you take up their mantle this Christmas and continue to make known the statement which was told them about this Child, Jesus?

#GodSeesMe #LetLinusspeak #TrueMeaningofChristmas #ComeInhaste #God’sWordIsTrue

Would you like to begin your journey to peace with God today?  Click here to learn more and to pray to receive Christ in your heart.

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JOIN US FOR OUR FREE WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY AT THE COVE, BEGINNING JANUARY 12, 2016.

If you can attend in-person, we’d love to see you. Click on one of the links below to register.

If you’d like to register for Kendra’s Tuesday evening study (January 12 – February 16, 2016), click here.
NOTE: If you are unable to attend in person, we will continue the online study as well, using lessons shared during the LIVE study.

Register for Kendra’s Tuesday evening study here or by calling 1-800-950-2092..

Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study – Joshua 3:15-16a

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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 3:15 – 16a

 

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:  Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest.  Yet as soon as the priests who carried the arc reached the Jordan, and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. Joshua 3:15 – 16a

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: ​

Faith is hard. 

Crawford Lorrits out of Fellowship Bible Church in Alpharetta Georgia always says this, “Faith is verb even when it’s a noun.”

Faith is always moving, doing, or waiting… not just talking about it, being academic in your Bible studies, and answering all the right questions in your workbook.  Faith is the 18” journey down from your head to your heart.  Faith is every day, living according to those beliefs you’ve said you believed for years.

Faith is never easy.

Sure, I have miracles in my life where God called me to do something, and I did it with my knees shaking and heart beating rapidly out of control, only to look back and see the awesome hand of God…. but each and every time it is always a conscious decision that I have to make.  I wish having faith was easier.  God always calls us to impossible things, where we show up and bring what we have, but if God doesn’t come through then we will be sunk.

My usual prayer in times like this is, “God DO SOMETHING!  If You change my situation, I WILL BELIEVE I PROMISE!”  God’s usual answer in times like this: “Kendra! YOU BELIEVE in ME FIRST and see how I change your situation.”   I ALWAYS want God to act first.  Well… God has acted first!  God has come to live among us, not trusting us to another, and His name is Jesus.  Jesus lived a perfect life, then took the penalty for my sin and your sin, upon the cross, and then 3 days later rose from the grave, so that we could walk with Him, and know Him because we were created to need Him, especially in impossible situations!

God has acted first.  I want God, however, to act in a certain way for ME NOW.  If God doesn’t do what I want Him to, then all of a sudden He hates me and He is being the stubborn one!  We always want God to do more, or do different–I know I do!  I want God to put the tangible in my hand now, so I know I have it, then I will do what He asks, however, if you think about it, there is absolutely no faith in that!  Give it to me, then I will have faith?  Have faith in what?  It’s already received, no faith needed!

Waiting for God to act FIRST is UNBELIEF.  Ouch.

Belief is holding on, when everyone and everything else around us says to let go and run the other way!  Belief is this: “Fine, I will step into that Jordan River at flood stage because YOU, God, have asked me to, and if I die, I die, but trust You!”

Then the priests STEPPED…. The water did not part until they STEPPED… verb…  (If I was one of those priests I totally would  have thought God hated me for sure, and what did I ever do to make Him so angry! Forget woman’s lib in this case!  Men, you can carry that ark!) God delivered the priests.  God calls us to do those impossible things that only He can do.

We love to preach, “Believe in God!” to so many people throughout our lives, yet when it comes down to having to hold on and step into an impossible situation in our own lives, God’s Word is all of a sudden a lie, and God owes me first.

I taught Bible studies and went to Bible studies for years before I literally had to set my heart to believe all those promises, and hold on to the character of God I knew about so well in my head.  I would preach to people, “God can put the broken pieces of your life back together! Praise Him in it!”  It was not until I wanted to curse God in the pieces of my life did I see how hard that really is.  It wasn’t until my life was the one in pieces did I know the Master Artist, Jesus, really will create beauty from ashes.

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?

​Where is God calling us to have faith?  In our jobs, marriages, homes, schools, churches?  IS faith a verb for us, or a noun?  Would  we rather wait for God to work, then we will believe, or will we believe what God has said and who God is and walk in that faith?


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.

Today, live this day praising the God of the impossible!  Step out onto the waters that He has called you to with confidence.  Stop shaking our fists at who we wish or think God to be, and START getting in His Word to see who God says He really is!

Homework: Pick a verse or a few verses and use the three-question method to see what the lessons are, how they apply to your life, and how you can live it out.

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

JOIN US FOR OUR FREE WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY AT THE COVE, BEGINNING JANUARY 12, 2016.

If you can attend in-person, we’d love to see you. Click on one of the links below to register.

If you’d like to register for Kendra’s Tuesday evening study (January 12 – February 16, 2016), click here.
NOTE: If you are unable to attend in person, we will continue the online study as well, using lessons shared during the LIVE study.

Register for Kendra’s Tuesday evening study here or by calling 1-800-950-2092..

If you’d like to register for Jane Derrick’s Tuesday morning study (January 12 – February 23, 2016), click here.

Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study – Mark 5:28

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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 Mark 5:28

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: If I just touch HIS garments I WILL get well.

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: ​I was recently asked a question which has kind of stuck in my mind, and I’ve thought on it for the past few days.  I have been to Kenya, Paupa New Guinea, and countless stateside places to be with Wil as he ministers; so what do the women have in common from West Virginia to Paupa New Guinea?  The one thing that stuck in my my heart immediately is “brokenness.” Not to be a sapper of joy this Thanksgiving, focused on the worst things of life, but brokenness is a fact of life.  I am NOT thankful for brokenness…. but then on the same hand, I am.  It is in my brokenness and my desperateness that I saw my incredible need for a loving and gracious Savior.  It is also in my brokenness that in my pride and my anger… oh, and bitterness too, that I refused to come to a Savior.

We have all been there…some of us are there right now… desperate and in need.  What we do with that desperateness is of utmost importance.  This verse here, states it all… if this woman who has been in great need, extreme issues for 12 years, would just come to Jesus… she would be healed, she would be whole.  Isn’t that great… and not great at the same time?  If we go to Jesus to get healed… well, then, we will be healed! That means we will not have anything to hold over anyone anymore… that means that those rotten people who did this stuff to me won’t be reminded every time they see me, because I won’t be suffering anymore.

I will be healed, and better… Then… those people won’t know how badly they hurt me… So we stay away, willing to bleed out, because that will show them.  Truly, this is hard, because I know for me, I stayed in my situation, bleeding out, hurting, because I liked the excuses my situation afforded me.  I really didn’t want to be healed.

But then… the day came, when my pride no longer mattered more than my pain, and I went to Jesus–head low, hurting, and messy… and I was healed.  The worst/ best time of my life that I talk about constantly, because the grace of God was freely given to me.  I wasn’t judged or condemned.  I wasn’t scolded for taking so long.  It was as if Jesus would have waited a lifetime, just for me to come.  I am so thankful for the relentless love of a gracious Savior who just wants you to come as you are, and be healed.  What you choose matters.  Jesus takes broken things and makes them beautiful, oh that you would let Him.

 

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 is a testimony of brokenness that you are thankful for since it drove you to Jesus?  Are you currently broken, knowing if you just come to Jesus you will be healed, and instead of this being great news, that is the problem?  Do you really want to be well?  Will you grab the testimony that is just in your grasp or will you hold on to the misery of brokenness?


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.

Come to Jesus today.  Lay your burdens down, speak them out, yell them out, cry them out, write them out… to Jesus… He has waited for you and loves you more than anything!  Today, I am thanking God for healing me and taking my broken mess and painting a portrait I can’t not share.

Homework: Pick a verse or a few verses and use the three-question method to see what the lessons are, how they apply to your life, and how you can live it out.

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

JOIN US FOR OUR FREE WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY AT THE COVE, BEGINNING JANUARY 12, 2016.

If you can attend in-person, we’d love to see you. Click on one of the links below to register.

If you’d like to register for Kendra’s Tuesday evening study (January 12 – February 16, 2016), click here.
NOTE: If you are unable to attend in person, we will continue the online study as well, using lessons shared during the LIVE study.

Register for Kendra’s Tuesday evening study here or by calling 1-800-950-2092..

If you’d like to register for Jane Derrick’s Tuesday morning study (January 12 – February 23, 2016), click here.

Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study – Mark 8:34

 

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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 Mark 8:34

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.

FACTSAnd He summoned the crowd with His disciples and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me.” Mark 8:34

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:  “Let me explain…. listen to me on this…. it’s really hard for me, but…”

OK… so this may seem a bit random to you as you just read those words, but it’s where I am.  I’m currently in the throes of preparing for the upcoming Winter Cove Bible Study–on discipleship of all things, and God’s sweet way of bringing home a particular piece of Scripture, is for me to experience it.  I hate that my learning style is so kinesthetic!  If only I could be more auditory… perhaps things would be easier to learn.

So…God recently called me somewhere.  Somewhere new.   I spent the last eight years coaching a middle-school girls’ soccer team at one school, and have now taken a coaching position at a new school.  Was this new school always on my radar screen?  Ummm…no.  I actually thought I would never leave where I was.  God loves to keep things interesting for all parties involved!

In Mark 8:34, Jesus says, anyone who wishes to come after me… So that means I’m invited to live that life, walking with God–the life that I was meant to live before the beginning of time.   The “anyone” in the verse includes me, it includes you, and in the words that follow, it includes a choice.

IF I want to follow Jesus… then… I will deny myself.  UGH.  That is a hard one… I have so many great ideas of where I could be most profitable for the Kingdom of God–my list may or may not be alphabetized!

Deny myself… let go of my ideas and aspirations of where and when I want to serve Him, and just daily… follow Jesus.

I find myself making excuses to people that I hang out with–explaining why the change in location of my service, and that it’s not that I’m mad, or have a point to make… it’s just that I am called.

I find myself, day after day, making justifications and validating to everyone the reasons, the verses, the days in prayer behind this change of venue.  Have you ever been there?

Maybe you have taught Sunday School, led VBS or sang in the choir year after year, you are like the stable person everyone can count on to show up and then…. God calls you out?   Were there rumors started on why you stopped, and you feel like you need to constantly  expound, illustrate, spell out, and clarify why you are doing or not doing something?

Perhaps you have felt God tugging at your heart for a while now, to leave a place, go to a place or a person, or that He is calling you to just STOP it all, and not go anywhere, but just to rest.  Well friends… that is where I am.  I wish I could say it’s easy, and I don’t care about what people think, but alas…. that would not be true.  SO, I must decide daily to cling to the One who matters, the One I have decided so long ago to go after, and His name is Jesus.

Know this: your purpose in life, and my purpose in life belongs to God.  God wants to use us from HIS perspective, in HIS way, down HIS path.  If it is truly HIM we want, then we must trust that God will not lead us wrong, neither will He lead us to anywhere that He isn’t. God leads us to where He is!!!  He says, FOLLOW ME, that means He goes first!  He calls you and me to a prepared place!!!  Isn’t that comforting?!

The last thing we need to do is make an excuse for following hard after Jesus–the One who was found worthy to be slain for my sin. Knees knocking, heart hurting, questions blasting… Lord, strengthen me to follow.

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?

Am I willing to follow Jesus, or would I prefer for Him to follow me? Where is Jesus bidding me come?  What fears do I have?  What excuses have I made for where Jesus is calling me to go?  Is it time to let the excuses subside, and my feet start following?  Do I believe He leads me to where He is?

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, help me trust where YOU lead me… whether you crush me, exalt me, bless me, or simply just love me in a personal way that I know You are near.  Help my unbelief.  Silence my need to make excuses for running to Your presence.

Homework: Pick a verse or a few verses and use the three-question method to see what the lessons are, how they apply to your life, and how you can live it out.

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

JOIN US FOR OUR FREE WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY AT THE COVE,  BEGINNING JANUARY 12, 2016.  

If you can attend in-person, we’d love to see you.  Click on one of the links below to register.

If you’d like to register for Kendra’s Tuesday evening study (January 12 – February 16, 2016), click here.
NOTE: If you are unable to attend in person, we will continue the online study as well, using lessons shared during the LIVE study.

If you’d like to register for Jane Derrick’s Tuesday morning study (January 12 – February 23, 2016), click here.

 

Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study – Daniel 6:11

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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 Daniel 6:11

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:  “These men came, found Daniel making petition and supplication before God.” Daniel 6:11

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:  I love the story of Daniel!  From the beginning of the book of Daniel, in chapter one, Daniel “purposes in his heart not to defile himself” (1:6).  From the beginning, no matter what situation Daniel was in, he “purposed” in his heart to honor God above all else.  Daniel lived a life proving his words were more than just rhetoric that made him sound good.  Here, in Daniel chapter 6, an edict has been made that NO ONE is to petition any man or god except the king for 30 days.  This edict was deliberately placed as law in order to trip Daniel up and get rid of both him and his testimony.  The men in charge of enforcing the law, knew Daniel and knew what Daniel would do, so they were ready to catch all the footage of Daniel praying to God on their devices and then broadcast it for the world to see that, this “man of God” refuses to submit to the King’s authority!   Daniel, however, could not be thwarted or distracted, he continued to pray and God miraculously saved him!

IF we are not careful, we can catch ourselves thinking, that when God calls on me to do the big things, I’ll be ready!  I’ll make a stand, I’ll preach it… I’ll be like Daniel!  I’ll face those lions!  “If only I were somewhere else, and had a different job where I was more visible, more important, more extraordinary, I could make a real difference.”  But would we….. really?  If we claim we will do it on a large scale, are we living like that on our own personal small scale?

He’s just a coach… no, he’s just an assistant coach.  Joe Kennedy is one of the coaches at Bremerton High school in Washington state.  Since 2008….. don’t miss that part… since 2008… so, for the past EIGHT years Coach Kennedy, a former Marine, made a personal commitment to God, similar to Daniel in Daniel 6:11.  Coach Kennedy determined in his heart, to bend his knee after each game and thank God for the opportunity to be an assistant coach to these young men.  Coach Kennedy did not force others to pray, nor did he disrupt or draw attention during the game.

There were certain men (and women) who came by agreement, with the law, catching Coach Kennedy making petition and supplication before his God, and the nation exploded.

“It’s against the law!”  iPhones catching the footage so we could all see this law breaker blatantly disregarding authority in our own living rooms!

Fire this man!”  Coach Kennedy has been swarmed by the lions of media and national law for more than Daniel’s three days in the lions’ den;  YET…. Coach Kennedy continues to pray after each game, most recently joined by the opposing team!

God is raising him up.  Closing the mouths of the lions.  Who knew of this assistant coach before this season?  I sure didn’t.  Coach Kennedy is being faithful where he has been placed, and for eight years, game after game, he was making a difference that one day God would highlight for us to see.  Coach Kennedy is living out this verse;  this is what it means, this is what it looks like, in modern day, every day mundane living!  You have a purpose where you are, in the midst of your common, everyday routine.  Determine in your heart to be faithful, ask God what this verse looks like in your life.

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?

Will you and I be faithful today in our everyday routine that we may have never thought mattered (praying with our kids, praying over lunch with a friend, who may or may not be a believer, refusing to compromise in the board room and at staff meetings, interacting with the grocery clerk or sales associate in the store)?  Will you and I determine to be faithful where we are?

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 give you the heart of Jesus for all those who cross your path for 24-hours and to show you, in your daily schedule where He is on the move.  Honor God above all else…. today…..you never know who is watching.

*Please note: Kendra will no longer assign specific homework for this study. She will still use the Three-Question approach and recommends you do the same. Kendra would love to hear what Scripture is speaking to you at this season in your life. Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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

 

 

Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study – 2 Corinthians 12:10

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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 2 Corinthians 12:10.

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 :
“When I am weak, I am strong.” 
(2 Corinthians 12:10)

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:
My dear friend had the worst weekend… and now it’s Monday, and she has a huge task set in front of her.  Her boss has said no, twice already, yet today, she has to ask again.  God has moved her heart to do so.  She has no more energy to be winsome, no more power of persuasion; no strength to even get out of the car actually…. it’s perfect timing for God’s power to be displayed in her life, because she is a canvas of weakness.

A friend calls her en route to work… and prays that in her weakness God will go before her and that the hand of God will be seen, and His glory will be revealed to her, no matter the outcome.   When the two finished praying, in her weakness a strength welled up in her soul, as the burden of her work shifted to the shoulders of God… and…GOD WORKED in an unmistakable way she may have missed… not because of her strength but in her weakness.  When she was emptied of herself, God flipped the switch.  Through it all, miracles were accomplished right before her eyes.  The hearts of everyone, changed in a moment;  when she was weak, then she was strong.  This testimony of my friend, encouraged me, and really described to me, the essence of this verse.

The Apostle Paul wrote this verse in 2 Corinthians, and honestly, I don’t like to be weak! In 2 Corinthians 12:9 Paul states that God’s power is “made perfect in weakness”.  This is so contradictory in society today, isn’t it?  Power and strength through weakness?

A mark of a disciple of Jesus, is faith and trust in Him.  We love when God finally decides to use the “strength” of our “natural talents” for Him, don’t we? When God uses what we think He should use how we think it should be used, it is easy, it’s a natural outflow of what we want to do for Him, and… it is something we are familiar with, so the amount of faith and dependence on Christ is…minimal.

BUT GOD…wants to increase our faith and dependence on Him to show us how much He loves us, and what He wants to do right in front of our eyes… SO God… in His grace, mercy and love… brings us to a point of weakness so that we have nothing left to do, but trust that He’s got us.

God was pressing Paul to have confidence in His strength through the fact of his weakness.   The weaker we are… the more dependent we become.  God wants us to depend on Him, so He will bring us to the point of that dependence, not because He hates us, but because He loves us and wants to show us what He can and will do for us.  The power of God is put on display, when we get ourselves out of the way.  It’s often not until we are desperate that we see the mighty hand of God work in unspeakable amazing ways!

I want to see God work, but I don’t want to be weak and desperate.  If I refuse to allow myself to be broken and bread and poured out wine in the hands of Jesus, then I am choosing to settle to hear of all the testimonies of those who will.  I will miss the miracles and testimony that God has for me.  Jesus was broken bread and poured out wine in the hands of His Father.  The Apostle Paul here, is broken bread and poured out wine in the hands of Jesus.  A loaf of bread will never feed someone, it’s pretty to look at in its state of perfection, but useless, unless it’s broken into bite size pieces; then those pieces can feed a crowd.  A grape never satisfied the thirst of a single person, yet a crushed grape can make the finest wine after it is squeezed.  Trust God in your weakness.

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?

If God’s power becomes more evident in your weakness, then are you looking for God to work in BIG ways when He seemingly has gone out of His way to bring you to your knees?

When has God brought you to a state of total dependence on Him so you could see His glory, love, grace or mercy displayed more fully?

Will you walk away from a God who is relentless for you because in your pride you refuse to be weak and desperate so you choose to be angry and bitter?

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.

It’s in the things that drive us to our knees, those moments of weakness that God allows, in our lives to show us His power.  We run from all things that make us out to be weak, but what if today, in your weakness you pressed into it, and asked God to make you strong in Him? Today, run to God in your desperate state today, fighting the crowds of your feelings, frustration and hurt just to touch the hem of His garment and rest in the strength of His arms.

How has God used your weakness to display His strength in your life?  Will you encourage someone today with the testimony above?

*Please note: Kendra will no longer assign specific homework for this study. She will still use the Three-Question approach and recommends you do the same. Kendra would love to hear what Scripture is speaking to you at this season in your life. Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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