Friday, July 10, 2020
Character I: Week 11 Who Does the Work of God? Chapter 11
1. Missionaries in some countries are often accused of being so busy with Christian work that they don’t have time to be Christian. What do I understand that to mean?
2. How am I dependent upon God to accomplish my work?
3. Does God need to “show up” for me to accomplish my work?
4. In what ways am I working without God?
5. What is God saying to me about this?
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Rise up, ancient doors!... [v. 7]
Lift up your heads, you gates!
Rise up, ancient doors! [v. 9]
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle. [v. 8]
Who is he, this King of glory?
The Lord of Armies,
he is the King of glory. [v. 10]
Monday, July 6, 2020
- Are we so tired after a mere 50 or 60 hour work week because we haven't spent the hour (or two or three or four) in prayer that might have strengthened our resolve?
- Are we as brutally honest with ourselves, like Finney, about our weakness in the face of temptation?
- Should we not be more interested in reading, praying, and studying scripture than we are eager to watch some silly movie, engage in physical exercise, be attentive and committed to a food diet, or to manage our own social media image?
- Are we looking for approval from others more than God?
Saturday, July 4, 2020
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
His ways are always prosperous;
your laws are rejected by him;
he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”
His mouth is full of lies and threats;
trouble and evil are under his tongue.
He lies in wait near the villages;
from ambush he murders the innocent.
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
His victims are crushed, they collapse;
they fall under his strength.
He says to himself, “God will never notice;
he covers his face and never sees.”
Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
Do not forget the helpless.
Why does the wicked man revile God?
Why does he say to himself,
“He won’t call me to account”?
But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.
Break the arm of the wicked man;
call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
that would not otherwise be found out.
The Lord is King for ever and ever;
the nations will perish from his land.
You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that mere earthly mortals
will never again strike terror.
I Corinthians 1:18-31
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
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