Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study. This is a place where women can come together and share their journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!
Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture. We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.
Step 1: Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?
Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 24:5-8
FACTS: What Does it say?
Verse 5: I sent Moses & Aaron. I plagued Egypt. I brought you out.
Verse 6: I brought you out & you came to the sea & Egypt pursued you to the Red Sea.
Verse 7: A. When they cried to the LORD, He put darkness between you & Egypt, brought the sea upon them. Your own eyes saw what I did.
Verse 7: B. You lived in the wilderness a long time.
Verse 8: I brought you to the land of Amorites, they fought, I gave them into your hand, I destroyed them before you.
LESSONS: What Does it Mean?
verse.5: God delivers His people through extraordinary circumstances. God is faithful to His people, He saw their affliction, heeded their cries for help, was aware of their suffering, and DELIVERED them (Exodus 3:7-8). Moses and Aaron got to watch.
Verse 6: Sometimes God allows me to be pinned in, in an impossible situation, with nowhere to go but to Him. I am so quick to downgrade to the thought that God hates me and has it in for me when things “seemingly” get worse as soon as I turn to Him. I see a dead end, but in reality with God, it is just the beginning of great and miraculous things to come!
Verse 7: A. Sometimes being pinned in brings me to exactly where I need to be, the throne of grace, desperate, humble, weak, and dependent. So often I am quick to beg God to change my situation then I will believe and obey, and God says, “Child, believe Me, obey Me, and see what I can do with your situation.” I will have a testimony that I witnessed with my own eyes.
Verse 7: B. So, let me get this right…. God DELIVERS His people, just so they can suffer day in and day out in a WILDERNESS???!!! Who needs that kind of deliverance right?! Exodus 16:4, “…. that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in my instruction.” Sometimes God leads me to a place that makes no sense, a wilderness. God’s people were NOT in sin (yet), God simply wanted to teach His people to trust Him, in every situation and circumstance. The people were going to need the lessons learned in the wilderness, in order to have the boldness and the faith it would take to conquer the promised land. God cares about refining me and wants me to more than just “look to Him”, but learn to “LEAN on Him!” It took them a LOOOOOOOOONG TIME! God is a very patient teacher.
Verse 8: The battle belongs to the LORD, when I follow the LORD’s lead, he leads me to some scary places sometimes, but there is no safer place than the places where God goes before me.
APPLICATION: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME????
Verse 5: What causes me to doubt that God is aware of and cares about my current circumstances?
Verse 6: Do I trust God with the direction He wants to lead in my life? What impossible situation is in my life that God is just waiting for me to turn to Him with so He can do the miraculous? When have I been pinned in only to see God work in unbelievable ways?Verse 7: A. When have my own eyes seen God work in an unexplainable way? When have I gone to God in my weakness and desperation and experienced His personal faithfulness to me? If I have not experienced God’s hand of faithfulness in my life is it because I have never allowed myself to be completely dependent on Him because I don’t believe He will be faithful to me?
Verse 7: B: Do I have a teachable spirit, even when God leads me to places that don’t make sense, and seem to cause me more pain? Do I trust God and allow Him to refine me in the way that is best for me?
Verse 8: Do I believe God will go before me and protect me or do I think He will do that for everyone else except me? What do I really believe about God?
HOMEWORK: LUKE 2:8-20
PICK your FAVORITE verse or TWO in this Christmas passage and share in the joy of Christ’s birth!!!!
Women’s Bible study at The Cove begins January 8, 2013. Morning and evening options. While the studies are free, we do ask that you register. Bring a friend or two! See you in January! Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to register.