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Sunday, September 23, 2018

God is Never, Never, Never on Vacation

Let these Scriptures and insights encourage you of this truth that God will never leave you! #Bible #Biblestudy #BibleLoveNotes

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 
The wording of this verse in the Greek gives it emphasis, almost as if God is saying, "I will never, never, never forsake you."  God's Spirit is with us no matter what...through thick and thin...in good times and bad...always...no exceptions...whether we feel His presence or not.

From the Benson Commentary: "The many negative particles, and their position in the original [Greek], render this passage extremely emphatical and beautiful. Doddridge renders it, I will not, I will not leave thee; I will never, never, never forsake thee; words from which all God’s people (his love to them being the same in all ages) may take a just encouragement in all the difficulties to which they may be exposed."

Knowing God is always with us, will we ignore Him or take His hand throughout the day? Will we acknowledge His presence or take Him for granted?
Please join me today in thinking of ways to remember God's faithfulness.  One way to do this is to set an alarm to go off every hour as a reminder to pause and say "I love You" to the God who will never, never, never leave you.

Here are some additional Scriptures to encourage you: 

These two verses are part of Moses' speech to the Israelites, assuring them that God would be with them as they entered the unknown territory of the Promised Land. Are you entering unknown territory in your life? Why not memorize one of these verses:

Deuteronomy 31:6: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. 

Deuteronomy 31:8: The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. 

God spoke these words to Joshua when he was facing enemies greater than any he'd faced before. Do you feel you are facing greater obstacles than you've ever faced? I encourage you to memorize this verse:

Joshua 1:9: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. 

We may not always understand the way God works in our lives, but we can rest assured that He treasures us as His children. These Psalms are good verses to recite whenever you feel lonely or afraid:

Let these Scriptures and insights encourage you of this truth that God will never leave you! #Bible #Biblestudy #BibleLoveNotes
Psalm 94:14: For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance. 

Psalm 37:25: I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.

This passage is a good one to read every day when you are struggling with doubts, fears, or loneliness: 

Romans 8:31-39: What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

What passages of Scripture help you when you need assurance of God's presence and concern?

copyright, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Running the Race With Perseverance

Running the Race of Faith With Perseverance according to Scripture. #Bible #Biblestudy #BibleLoveNotes

Scripture often refers to our faith as a race.  

We deliberately discipline ourselves - sacrificing time and effort to know God better, running “with purpose in every step.”  We are as serious as an athlete in training.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27: Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. 

Sometimes, God allows the race to get harder so we can build our faith. This happened with Jeremiah. He was complaining to God about the opposition he faced, and God answered him this way:

Running the Race of Faith With Perseverance according to Scripture. #Bible #Biblestudy #BibleLoveNotes
Jeremiah 12:5: "If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?”  

As we put our hope in the Lord, our strength is renewed so we can "run and not grow weary." 

Isaiah 40:31:  Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

We gain understanding because we run on God's race track, "in the path of His commands."  

Psalm 119:32: I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding.

Others have run this same race and they’re cheering us on, telling us we can do it, urging us to get rid of things in our lives that slow us down so we can “run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus."

Running the Race of Faith With Perseverance according to Scripture. #Bible #Biblestudy #BibleLoveNotes
Hebrews 12:1-3:  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame,and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. 

Sometimes we will also have to endure opposition and make sure that nothing cuts in front of us and stops us from running with perseverance:

Galatians 5:7: You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? 

Note that the race depends on obedience to God's truth. That why it's important to run as these Scriptures encourage us to run. Then, when our earthly race comes to an end, we can run into eternity with these words on our lips: 

 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 

copyright 2018, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com

Scripture calls faith a race and gives us these instructions. Well worth our time! #Bible #Biblestudy #BibleLoveNotes

Monday, September 3, 2018

3 More Things That Will Steal Your Peace

Injustice, Worry, and Selfishness can steal our peace. Scripture offers advice.

Today's study, covers 6-9 on the list 9 Things that Can Steal Your Peace. You can study 1-3 here and 4-6 here.

3 Things that can steal our peace if we let them:

7. Injustice. 

We must accept hardship as a way of growing our faith. Jesus understands earthly troubles and tells us to put them into eternal perspective: 

John 16:33: "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." ~ Jesus

2Corinthians 4:16-17: Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

See: Asking God for an Eternal Perspective 

8. Worry. 

Worry is a lack of trust in God. It's having a small view of God's ability to care for us and give us strength in difficulties. 

Let's not let it steal our peace.

Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. 7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].

See: Worry is Based on a Small View of God

9. Self-focus. 

Let's esteem God. In the end, this brings us the most fulfillment, peace, and confidence.

Matthew 16:24: Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Here are 6 reasons that modern self-esteem philosophy contradicts Scripture. for Scripture links and additional resources on this list, see 6 Ways the Self-Esteem Movement Contradicts Scripture.

1. It makes us believe we're victims when we choose to sin. 1 John 1:8-10. 
2. It makes us think that feeling bad about our sins is wrong.  James 4:7-10. 
3. It encourages us to praise ourselves. Proverbs 27:2. 
4. It makes us underplay the importance of holiness. Hebrews 12:14-17. 
5. It makes us shower our children with undeserved praise. Luke 17:7-10. 
6. It makes us think loving ourselves is a desirable quality. 2 Timothy 3:1-5. 

copyright, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com, 2018

Injustice, Worry, and Selfishness can steal our peace. Scripture offers advice.