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Kendra Graham’s Summer Bible Study – Romans 12: 1-2

 

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

Kendra Graham notes from Romans 12:1-2

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:
By the mercies of God, present your bodies as a living sacrifice, acceptable to God which is your service of worship.  Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.

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

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

LESSONS:
Service…. living sacrifice…. transformation…. now this is dramatic.  I’ll take the worst patient.  I’ll do the most work.  I won’t take a lunch break so everyone else can have lunch…. I’ll be the martyr…  When I read about “service and living sacrifice”I think of these things, and then I feel guilty because I don’t want to do them and I can’t do them everyday, and I don’t have enough energy to be that doormat hour after hour.  Is this what Paul means when he is talking about being a living sacrifice?  I can’t do it.  I am exhausted.  I am working as hard as I can, giving up as much as I can, yet I still fail.

What if it’s not about the “works” and all the “stuff” I do for Jesus at all?  What is it that God really wants out of you and me?  It’s not about what we “do” that peeks God’s interest in us…it’s about who we are.  Paul is urging me here in these verses to offer Christ what I am, and all of it, from my mind and my decision process to my literal actions.  God has created me with a purpose, His purpose, and I will never be satisfied or content with the world and all of its offerings, because I was not created to be content with the world.  I was created for a personal relationship with the God who created me.  Everything flows from that PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with God.  SACRIFICE…. EVERYTHING, to keep that personal relationship with God alive.  It is by the mercy of God that this relationship is available at all, so do all you can every day to keep that relationship in tact.  Don’t worry about my work, my theology, my image, my desires, or what everyone else will think about what I’m doing or not doing.  If I sacrifice time, and invest in my personal relationship with God, the work will naturally flow from that….

When we read the Gospels, we can’t miss all the times Jesus snuck away to pray.  It was that personal relationship with the Father that led Jesus to the Samaritan woman, the lepers, the tax collectors.  It was that personal relationship Jesus had with the Father that enabled Him to say in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Not my will, but Yours be done”(Luke 22:42). Jesus trusted the Father, because He knew the Father.  The relationship Jesus had with the Father, led Jesus to act and “Proved that Perfect and good and acceptable will of God”.

If I love Jesus personally and passionately everyday, I will be able to meet the needs of those  that He brings my way today, my work will be a natural outflow from my worship.

It is like a grain of wheat that falls into the ground and dies, it will spring up a harvest! (John 12:24)

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?

Have you invested time and energy into your relationship with God today?  Will you?  What is keeping you from investing and growing your relationship with God?  Are you so busy for God that you have not had time to stop and ask God what He wants to show you and where He wants to place you because you have your own ideas of where, when and how you want to sacrifice for Him?

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

Spend time with God today and ask Him to open your eyes to what His good, and perfect and acceptable will for you is.

Homework:  Hebrews 11:39-40 

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Kendra Graham’s Summer Bible Study – 1 Corinthians 10:31

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

Kendra Graham notes from I Corinthians 10:31

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

FACT:
Whether you eat or drink, whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

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

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

LESSONS:
There is a saying that my dad instilled in my heart from a young age, “If you are going to do something, do it right.” So what does that mean?  What does it look like to “Do something right”? Is it cleaning that toilet until it sparkles? Is it about being a nurse in the limelight and getting credit for being a 21st century version of Florence Nightingale? What does it look like to do things for the glory of God as stated here in this verse?   I am,  in the middle of my crazy work summer schedule, showing up at the hospital day after day delivering those babies. I am cleaning up vomit, charting in a crazy computer program that often defeats me, and listening to the lives of patients as they struggle and soar through life. It’s easy for me to think that being hidden away on one hall of a big hospital means there is less purpose, less importance, and what I do or don’t do doesn’t really matter. This is completely untrue.

It’s not about the what. It’s not about what I do, whether it is cleaning up the trash in my patients room, listening to my middle schooler tell me about her day, or if it’s leading a Bible study at the Cove; it’s about the why; it’s all about my heart behind why I do what I do. To do things “for the glory of God,” means that even in the smallest most unnoticeable things, people don’t see me, they see the compelling compassion of God. John 3:30 says it best, “He must increase but I must decrease.” It’s about Who I reflect when I do a task. What we do is noticed, and God has placed us where He has–not to climb the ladder, or get ahead, or put others down so we can go up–it’s about reflecting the character of Jesus in the big things with big people, and the small things with small people. God has entrusted me to represent Him here today. Lord, give me the strength to reflect Your character and Your glory where You have placed me!

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 have you been placed today? Today, can we worry more about what God thinks of our work than others? How can we bring glory to God in the menial tasks we have day after day? Are we more worried about personal glory, or God’s glory?

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… Lord, help me to focus on You and do all things to the glory of God.

HOMEWORK: Romans 12:1-2

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

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

Kendra Graham notes from Ephesians 4:32

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

FACT: 

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

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

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

LESSONS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LIVE IT OUT!

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

Follow through with forgiveness.

Homework: I Corinthians 10:31

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Kendra Graham’s Summer Bible Study Series

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

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

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

Kendra Graham notes from 2 Corinthians 5:7

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

FACT:
Walk by faith not sight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LIVE IT OUT!

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

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

Homework: Ephesians 4:32

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Mark 16:1-8

book of isaiah

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

Kendra Graham notes from Mark 16:4-8

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

FACTS:

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

Verse 2: Very early they came to the tomb.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LESSONS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LIVE IT OUT!

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

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

Homework: 2 Corinthians 5:7

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Isaiah 53:10-11

The Book of Isaiah

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

Kendra Graham notes from Isaiah 53:10-11

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

FACTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LESSONS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LIVE IT OUT!

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

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

Homework: Mark 16:4-8

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