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KENDRA GRAHAM’S ONLINE BIBLE STUDY — I Corinthians 10:31

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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 :  I Corinthians 10:31
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Step 1

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

Step 2

THE LESSONS:  

There’s a song that Steven Curtis Chapman sings that is based upon this verse, “Every little thing that you do.. bring a smile to His face, tell the story of grace.. what ever you do, it all matters…”  I’ve needed this song this past and the coming week to help me focus on the moments that God puts in front of me.   Whether it’s cleaning the house, doing laundry, helping with homework, cheering at a game, working at the hospital, or listening to my husband or kids, I need to do it to the glory of God.   This can be hard.

I battle wanting to be doing and being somewhere else–doing something more important in my eyes–than whatever it is that I currently am.  This needs to stop.  Oswald Chambers made a statement that left a mark on my soul,  “Ministering in everyday surroundings does NOT mean we select our own surroundings.”  So often I think I know where I need to be and what I need to be doing, but believe it or not, it’s through the daily grind that God is patiently teaching me to bring Him glory…. in whatever I do, even something as basic as eating and drinking.

Think about some of the things Jesus did–some were “menial” things really–that made a huge difference.  Jesus washed nasty, dirty, stinky feet.  He ate dinner and broke bread, savoring the moment with His disciples, pouring His last words into them.  Jesus sat by a well and asked for a drink.  In the process He changed a woman’s life, and subsequently, an entire town.  Jesus brought glory to His Father whether it was cleaning, eating, or drinking.

Our character, and what we really believe about who God is, comes out in doing these menial things, too.

As I pondered this, I realized that I cannot do the things God puts in front of me on a daily basis for the glory of God without the power of God coursing through my  heart, soul and mind.  I cannot, because it is not in me to do these things AT ALL.  I cannot use a towel and water basin, as Jesus did, to the glory of God, without God empowering me to do so.

I am weak, shallow and prideful, but God loves me enough to strengthen me, deepen my relationship with Him, and humble me through everyday tasks.

What a mighty God we serve!  It matters to God that what I do, I do for His glory, because of His name sake.  There’s no room for complaining.   I like to think that when God asks me to do something really big and important that I’ll be ready to shed my selfishness and do what He calls me to, and in doing so, glorify Him.  Honestly, if you and I cannot be trusted to bring God the glory in what He puts in front of us today, in this moment, what ever makes us think He should trust us with anything bigger?

Wash the feet of those teenagers, those co-workers, that spouse that God has trusted you with today.  Let’s steadily minister in the everyday opportunities given to us in this moment and just see how God shows up.  These “little” things, like the song says, matter.

Step 3

APPLY IT:  What menial things are on the page for you to do today?  Will you ask God to empower you to do those things today for His glory?  When have you gone about your day for God’s glory and saw God show up in an unexpected way?  Do you battle with insignificance?  Today, how will you set that battle aside as you focus on where God has placed you and ask Him to focus your eyes on where He is in your everyday circumstances?

LIVE IT OUT:  Today Lord, empower me to do those little things for Your glory, even when in my eyes there is no glory to be found in them.  Today Lord, open my eyes to the people you place in front of me as I am eating and drinking at the table, and Lord, open my heart and my mouth to pour into them YOU as I engage over Cherrios, yogurt, or a bagel.  Change me, so they can see You.  #tothegloryofGod #today #don’twastethemoments

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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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Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study – Psalm 63:1

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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 : Psalm 63:1

“Oh God You are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for You in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”Step 1

THE FACTS:  Oh God, You are my God; earnestly I seek YOU, my soul thirst for YOU in a dry and weary land.

Step 2

THE LESSONS:  Daily there is confusion and chaos.  I love to go back to this verse a lot.  It’s one of those verses that tends to steady my feet and focus my gaze.  Oh God… “Oh God” being the God we pray to at meals, sing to at church, hear the pastor preach about….. but MY GOD… now “My God” is something entirely personal.  My God is personal.  Jeremiah 9:23-24 says, “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches,  but let him who glories, glory in this: that he understands and knows Me, that I AM the LORD.”  This is the purpose and the key to life.

To know the LORD… to spend time in God’s Word.  God’s Word is Truth.  (John 17:17)

In times like this, when information is pouring into us at the speed of light… it is important, to daily–before the chaos begins– to spend time soaking in the Truth.  God’s Word has been true from the beginning of time and will not cease to be true today.  God can be trusted.

With so many things vying for our attention, vying to control us, we must now, more than ever, decide to know “my God” and not settle to just hear about who He is from others.

God loves you more than anything, and knows the struggle and confusion of life, so He came, personally, with skin on, and His name is Jesus, so that we could walk through this life with Him.

When you are tired, weary and exhausted…. earnestly seek “my God,” for “My God shall supply all your needs in the riches of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19).

Step 3

APPLY IT:  Are you in a dry and weary place in life?  Do you know “my God” or have you settled to listen about “oh God”?  Will we get into God’s Word as God’s people and begin living lives to glorify Him or will we live in fear of what will happen next in this crazy world?

LIVE IT OUT:  Today I will be determined to get into God’s Word and begin to learn about this God who loves me more than anything.

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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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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.