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Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 9:22-27

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study. This is a place where women can come together and share their journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!
Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture. We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.
Step 1: Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 9:22-27

FACTS: What Does it Say?

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

LESSONS, What does it Mean?

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

Applications, What does it Mean to Me?

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

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

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

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

Homework: Joshua 10:1-5

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 9:16-21

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

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 9:16-21 

FACTS, What Does it Say?

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

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

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

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

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

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

LESSONS, What does it mean?

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

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

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

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

Application, What Does it Mean to me?

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

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

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

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

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

HOMEWORK: Joshua 9:22-27

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 9:1-6

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

 

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 9:1-6 

Verses 9:1-2 What does it say:  
When all the kings beyond the Jordan heard of it (Jericho, Ai, the reading of the Law), they gathered together to fight with Joshua and Israel.

Verse 9:1 What does it mean: 
Here, the kings beyond the Jordan hear of what went down, mainly Jericho and Ai…. then they hear that the Israelites have a gathering where basically the “Law of the Land” is read…. and they don’t even have possession of all the land?  Who do they think they are?  Well, this really made the rest of the kings in earshot pretty mad…. so what do they do?  Well, they decide to put aside their differences and come together and fight against Israel.  Hmmmm, this sounds vaguely familiar even today, does it not?  I think it is pretty remarkable that these kings, who surely had their own fighting amongst themselves, decide to unite, against their common enemy. 

Verse 9:1 What does it mean to me:
What would happen if we in our country put aside our differences in the church and united to fight against our common enemy for the glory of God?  What is so important that keeps us at odds with one another?  Baptisms? Praise songs? Order of service? Liturgy? If the enemy can unite, why can’t we?

Verse 9:2 What does it mean:
Those in opposition to God fear what God can do.

After I experience the victory God gives me, the enemy will try to overwhelm me to prevent me from continuing to live in victory

When I live a life of obedience to God I should not be surprised when the enemy notices and sets his sights on me. 

Verse 9:2 What does it mean to me:
Do I realize the reason why the enemy comes together with such fervor to beat me down is because the enemy actually lives in fear of what God can do?

When have I experienced the thrill of victory only to be faced with an enemy who wants to overwhelm me in the next minute?

Am I surprised when I hear the enemy is set on coming against me?

John 15:18  “ If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you.”

Verses 9:3-5 What does it say:
When Gibeon heard, they acted craftily- took out worn out sacks, wineskins that were torn and mended, worn out and mended sandals, worn out clothes, all the bread in their provision was dry and crumbled.

Verses 9:3-5 What does it mean:
I need to be careful what I see with my eyes is not always the truth.  The enemy is deceptive and crafty.

Verses 9:3-5 What does it mean to me:
Am I naive, quick to believe everything and everyone I see, or am I seeking godly discernment? Proverbs 14:18 “The naive inherit foolishness, but the sensible are crowned with knowledge”  Proverbs 14:15  “The naive believes everything but the sensible man considers his steps.”

Verse 9:6 What does it say:
They went to Joshua at Gilgal and said to Israel, “We have come from a faraway country make a covenant with us.”

Verse 9:6 What does it mean:
I cannot always trust what I hear people say.  It is not always what they do say, but what they don’t say…. “a far away country”…. what country?  Name it.  Those who seek to deceive leave out little facts…. be aware.  Details matter.  Bring what I hear before the LORD and ask Him to sort it out… it is above my pay grade.  People do not always say what they mean and mean what they say.

Verse 9:6 What does it mean to me:
Do I realize the enemy will say the things that I want to hear…  so I will not question it?  Am I really listening to what people are saying and to what they are leaving out? Do I hear what I want to hear so that I won’t have to act and discern? 

*Proverbs 15:5 “For your guilt teaches your mouth, and you choose the language of the crafty.”

Even though others do not say what they mean and mean what they say, will I rise above and have integrity in a world that knows not the meaning of that word?

Homework for next week: Joshua 9: 7-15

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

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 8: 23-29

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

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 8:23-29

FACTS from verses 23 & 29:

23. The king was taken alive
29. He hanged the king of Ai.

The king of Ai had to watch what was being done to his people, and then was hanged and died himself.  (It is recorded that he was a wicked king full of arrogance and hatred against God, and especially the people of God.) 

LESSON from verses 23 & 29:

To whom much is given, much is expected.  We are accountable to God for the way we lead His creation, the people or things He has given under our command whether we like it or not, whether we personally believe it or not.  Nothing escapes God’s eye, and He is passionate about people, especially His people.

APPLICATION from verses 23 & 29: 

What or whom has God placed under my authority?  A family? A classroom?  Employees?  A soccer team?  If Jesus physically walked through my day with me, how would He see me treating His people He has entrusted to me? 

FACTS from verses 24-27:

24. Israel finished killing ALL the inhabitants of Ai. 
25. All who fell that day were 12,000, all the people of Ai.
26. Joshua did not withdraw his hand until he destroyed ALL the inhabitants of Ai.
27. Israel took only cattle and spoil as plunder according to the work of the LORD which He had commanded Joshua.

LESSONS from verses 24-27:

God demands my complete and total obedience to all that He has commanded me to do.  God will provide the complete victory, all in His power, in His plan and for His purpose, I need to obey what He has asked.  Obey. Obey. Obey All….  KNOW God’s Word so that I may obey all….

Am I in God’s Word to know what He is asking of me?  Have I been completely obedient to all He has asked me to do, or mostly obedient?  I expect God to grant the complete victory all the time, but I tend not to be as excited about the complete obedience… why is that?  

FACT from verse 28:

So Joshua burned Ai and made it a heap forever. 

LESSONS from verse 28:

No reminders of their wayward sin anymore.  Gone forever.  God takes our failures, gives us a testimony of victory to shout from them! No longer does the word “Ai” bring shame and embarrassment, but when brought up, it brings a personal testimony of complete and total victory!  Wanna talk about Ai?  Yah, let’s talk about Ai!  See in that direction over there? Yah, that was the general vicinity of our TOTAL HISTORIC VICTORY!  Oh, let me tell you what God did at Ai! BRING IT!  WOOT!  Raise the roof! A story of defeat turned upside down to a testimony of COMPLETE and total Redemption! “Our Savior who gave Himself for us that He might REDEEM us from EVERY lawless act!” Titus 2:14! AWESOME!

APPLICATION from verse 28:

What story did the enemy previously beat me down with, but NOW it is a testimony of redemption that I can shout about instead of run and hide from!?

Homework for next week: Joshua 8: 30-35

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

 

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 8: 18-22

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

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 8:18-22

FACTS from verses 18-22: 

18. The LORD said to Joshua stretch out your javelin toward Ai, I will give it.  19. The men in ambush rose, entered the city, captured it, and set it on fire.  20a. The men of Ai turned and looked, the smoke of the city ascended to the sky.  20b. The people fleeing turned against the pursuers. 21.  When Israel saw the city captured they slew the men of Ai.  22. They slew them until no one was left.  

LESSONS from verses 18-22 

The victory for God’s people is a complete victory… God is not in the business of giving a half-hearted victory, or mostly a victory, but the whole victory.  The enemy MUST flee because of the great name of My God, and that name is Jesus who conquered the enemy once and for all.  Joshua was careful to again… obey “all” immediately, without fight or question.

APPLICATION from verses 18-22 

When have I settled to have part of the victory in an area of my life instead of total victory?  Is there more ground to be conquered in a certain area of my life that I thought was “close enough” to closure but not complete?  Am I obeying “mostly” or “partly” and then complaining that I am not experiencing “total victory”?  Where is the battle in my life being fought and how does God want to bring glory to His name through it?

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

Homework for next week: Joshua 8: 23-29

Kendra’s Bible Study: Joshua 8: 9-17

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

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 8:9-17

FACTS from verses 11-13
11. All the people of war came before the city and camped. 
12. He took 5,000 men and set them in ambush.
13. Joshua spent the night in the valley.

LESSONS from verses 11:13: 
Sometimes God’s plan leads to an offensive attack at the doorstep of our enemies.

God’s plan involves my active obedience and it will probably take an insane amount of   courage that will strengthen my faith in the end.  It is never easy.  There is always a gap between what I can do and what God must do…. that gap will demand courage and will produce faith in my life.  

APPLICATION from verses 11:13:
Would I rather live in a defensive mode or offensive?  Am I willing to go on the offensive against the enemy?  Are there places and things if God calls me to do them that I just won’t do? “I’ll go there, but I won’t go there”?

Do I trust God if He asks me to place myself in a position of vulnerability in front of friend or foe? Or do I demand from God a place to play it safe and a constant “comfort zone”?

Will I press in to what God is asking of me, or get out?  Was I thinking this would be easier than it really is?

FACTS from verses 14-17
14.The king saw it, rose and went to meet Israel in battle. 15. Israel pretended to be beaten and fled. 16.All the people pursued and were drawn away from the city. 17. They left the city unguarded

LESSONS from verses 14-17
14. Often the ENEMY will use the EXACT SAME strategy against me until it doesn’t work anymore.
15. GOD uses a NEW strategy with His people, Trust God with His plan and the results.
16- 17. The enemy is often times bold in their pride and arrogance, James 4:6 “God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble.” The enemy will over-reach due to their arrogance.

APPLICATION from verses 14-17:
What strategy for defeat has the enemy used on me time and time again and has found victory in my defeat?

Have I asked God what His plan is, His new strategy for the enemies defeat and His victory in my past or present circumstances?  Am I willing to “do all”  according to God’s plan even if I don’t like it, or it’s not easy, or it doesn’t make any sense?

When do I think the arrogant enemy just prospers and prospers thinking that God does not see it?  Do I take God at His Word and trust that He is in control?

Homework for next week: Joshua 8: 18-23, 29

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

Kendra’s Bible Study: Joshua 8:2-9

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

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 8:2:

FACTS from verse 2:

a.  Do to Ai & it’s king like Jericho, take only its spoil and cattle.
b.  Set an ambush for the city

LESSONS from verse 2:

a.  God commands Ai to be burned like Jericho…. BUT…. Israel gets to keep the booty!  Again, God does not point His finger and hold their past sin that occured in Jericho against them… God does not say, “Lets try this again… everything to MY treasury, can you handle it this time?”  GOD BLESSES HIS PEOPLE as they walk in obedience.  God not only restores their standing and calling before Him, but restores their BLESSING as well.  See how good it is to be near the shepherd, obeying and following Him… life will still have challenges and battles and tough stuff…. BUT will be FULL of HIS BLESSING!!!  God will not with-hold His present blessing because of our past mistakes! PRAISE GOD! Not only are we victorious, we are blessed! ACCEPT IT!

b.  God gives Joshua a plan, now he must follow it.  The quickest way to re-gain victory in my life, is to listen to God’s plan, and “Be careful to do all” (Joshua 1:8).

APPLICATIONS from verse 2:

a.  Do I think God will with-hold a calling or blessing in my life because of my past mistakes?  Do I KNOW God wants to bless me?  When and How have I been undeservedly blessed by the awesome hand of God?  Will I accept God’s blessing, or walk away from it b/c I don’t deserve it?

b.  What has God laid on my heart to do today in obedience?  Start something? Stop something?  Wait for something? Encourage someone? Share something? Testify to someone?  Will I be careful to do all He has asked? No more no less?

 Homework for next week: Joshua 8: 10-17

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

Kendra’s Bible Study: Joshua 8:1

 Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study. This is a place where women can come together and share their journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it meansand What it means to you!  Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture. We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1: Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the FACTS)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the LESSONS)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice, find the APPLICATIONS for your life)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 8:1:

FACTS from verse 1:  

a.The LORD said to Joshua do not fear.  b.Take all the people of war with you.  c.Arise and go to Ai.  d.I have given you the king, people, city & land.

LESSONS from verse 1:

“Do not fear or be dismayed”
- God RENEWS Joshua’s confidence w/ the same familiar words as Joshua 1.  We have a tendency to “live” in the fear of past mistakes & not go forward even after God has dealt with them.  God is so tender and gentle here, not reminding, or chiding Joshua, “Don’t mess it all up again!”, but God sweetly renews Joshua’s confidence reminding him of His Word.  God’s Word did not change b/c Joshua and Israel messed up last chapter, Joshua didn’t lose his spot, his favor or his calling, it was all just re-enforced.  God renews His people through His never changing Word and promises.

Take all the people of war with you
- God kindly RESTORES the entire nation of Israel to Himself.  In Joshua 6, again, God used all the men of war to march around that wall, and here, for the small city of Ai, God is going to use them all.  God is interested not just in restoring Joshua, God not only just cares about Joshua, but cares about His entire nation.  God did not say, “Since you messed up in chapter 6, now I’m not giving you Ai, you will have to settle for less.”  NO! Our past sin does not disqualify us for present service. 

 Arise and go to Ai:  God REDEEMS the previous failure at Ai. God forgave Israel for their sin back in Joshua 7, but NOW He wants to REDEEM  it!  Go back and face that which formally defeated you and beat you down, this time with Me in the lead, in My power in MY plan! God does not leave people in the state of their failure to remind them of it time and time again… He leads them out…. He calls them to ARISE and GO in His victory as He redeems that exact failure and replaces it with His conquering victory.  Notice they did not “try again” with a different city, in a different place, with a different challenge…. no, they had to conquer Ai before they moved on to another challenge.

I have given you the king, people & land of Ai.  God REMINDS His people of His promise.  The land He promised is still theirs, and is clear, it is “this” land, this city of Ai.  My promise hasn’t been altered or changed because of any of your actions.  My promises stand, now go and claim them in confidence!  Again, it is this city, don’t go looking anywhere else, it is this one which has held you in such a grip of fear for the past bit here.  God has given us the victory over things which in the past have been a source of fear to beat us down with…. go and claim the VICTORY, stop living in DEFEAT! Know what God promises in His Word! Those promises do not change!

APPLICATIONS from verse 1:

a.  Am I allowing the failures of the past to discourage me instead of God’s present Word to encourage me?  What lies of discouragement do I listen to?  You are a failure?   God’s Word renews His people, so whose word am I listening to?  Am I allowing God to build strength and courage, or allowing the world to tear me down with fear and discouragement?

b. Have I believed the lie that since I have messed up here and there I have disqualified myself for God’s service?  Where in my life do I need restoration back to a place of honor in the presence of God?  Will I allow God to restore me or will I stay in the fact of my failure?

c. Will I allow God to redeem that past failure (the one I don’t want to talk about) through my present obedience?

d. What victories has God given to me that I am too afraid to claim?  What present victories do I have over past failures that I have claimed and live in victory over?

QUESTION:  What has God given you the victory over?  What past pain or failure has He redeemed and turned into victory?  You fill in the blank!  depression…self pity…bitterness…eating disorders…legalism…bigotry…

Watch this beautiful music video, When Love Sees You, by Mac Powell (Third Day).
HE came for YOUR story…Yes, you–reading this now.

  

Homework for next week: Joshua 8: 2-9
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Kendra’s Bible Study…1 Kings 19:19-21

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

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice–write the applications)
1 How do I view the Bible?
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Kendra’s Notes on 1 Kings 19:19-21:

What Does it Say?
FACTS:

  • Verse 19:  Elijah went and found Elisha. He was plowing with 12 yoke of oxen, himself driving the 12th pair. Elijah threw his cloak around him
  • Verse 20: Elisha left and ran after Elijah.  Let me kiss my father and mother and I will come. Elijah: Go back, what have I done to you?
  • Verse 21: Elisha left and went back, took his oxen, slaughtered them, burned the plowing equipment, followed Elijah and became his attendant.

What Does it Mean?
Lessons:

  • Verse 19: Be found faithful where God has placed me.
  • Verse 19: God’s call is clear
  • Verse 20: The choice to follow is mine, and is costly
  • Verse 21:  Sometimes a “promotion” in God’s eyes is a “demotion” in the world’s eyes

What Does it Mean to Me?
Applications:

  • Verse 19:  Would I be found faithfully doing what God has called me to do, where He has called me to do it? Being a wife, mom, soccer coach??? Or are my eyes looking for a more “important” post to be sent to? Something else? Anything else?
  • Verse 19:  If God’s call is clear, then am I living a life that evidences that I’m doing what God wants, or does my life show evidence of me doing what I want?
  • Verse 20: Have I really decided to “follow Jesus”, really? Or do I just choose to follow when the choice is convenient for me?
  • Verse 21: Have I rejected God’s call in my life because it’s beneath me? Not the important “leadership” position I thought I deserved?

LIVE IT OUT!

  • Ask God where He wants me, and where He doesn’t.  Pray for the strength to quit those areas He never called me to, and strength to pick up the ones He has.

Share with us, by using the comment section, your lesson(s)/application(s) from any part of 1 Kings 19:19-21 and what they mean to you.   

HOMEWORK for March 20th online discussion:  JOSHUA 8: 1
Yes, just one verse for next week!  There is a lot to discover in those two sentences.