Thursday, February 23, 2017

1 Corinthians 2: Notes on God's Plan

1 Corinthians 2
Notes on God's Plan

GOD’S PLAN - 1). God made Paul and the leaders of the time for that moment in history to begin to declare His plan of salvation. (v.7) It was a mystery to the people of that day. Unfortunately, it’s still a mystery to many people today, and it shouldn’t be. We’ve got to continue sharing this valuable plan to people in this world so they too can enjoy God’s mercy and grace. We are part of this plan, so important that it was destined for us too before the world even began 2). God has great things in store for those who receive Him. (v.9) Surprises? God is full of them. Those that don’t receive Him don’t know what they are missing. We can always trust that God has more in store for us that we could ever imagine or understand. 3). God revealed these truths to Paul and the apostles by His Spirit. (v.10) Jesus had ascended to heaven but He left His Spirit on earth in His place. This was an even better plan for us because the Spirit is one with God and knows His inner thoughts and desires. That same Spirit shows us God’s truths and propels us forward in God’s plans.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Matthew 17: Notes on God's Character

Matthew 17
Notes on God's Character

GOD’S CHARACTER – 1). Jesus shined like the sun. (v.2) We serve a tremendous, supernatural, all-powerful God. He appeared in radiant splendor, talking with some of the greatest historical figures of all time. Men, who had died in their physical bodies on this earth, but were now alive in abundant life in heaven. 2). The disciples bowed down with their faces to the ground in fear. (v.6,7) This is similar to when Peter, who had been walking on water, started drowning in fear. But Jesus, once again in his physical earthly state, touched them and calmed them. This is just another example of how He calms our fears, and we don’t need to be afraid with Jesus on our side.

VERSES 14-23
GOD’S CHARACTER –Jesus exercised His authority over demonic forces and drove the demon out of the child. (v.18) He rebuked it, and the demon listened to Him and obeyed. Our God is greater than all things, and He has power over everything, including demonic forces in the spiritual realms.

VERSES 24-27
GOD’S CHARACTER – 1). Jesus immediately spoke to Peter when he entered the house. (v.25) He knew the situation. Nothing happens to His disciples without Jesus knowing about it. He keeps a good watch over His people. 2). Jesus’ reply indicated that He was the reason for the temple, and His disciples were the real workers. (v.25) Many times, He even referred to His body as the temple. They could’ve been exempt from it in that sense, but He paid it to show that He was just and abided by the rules. He is a righteous God. 3). God did a miracle for Peter’s eyes only. (v.27) A common trade to Peter in fishing held a supernatural blessing. God meets the physical need of the tax, and the spiritual needs of showing Peter His power over all things. He meets the needs.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Joshua 17: Notes on Leadership

Joshua 17
Notes on Leadership

LEADERSHIP - 1). Joseph’s grandson Makir was known for developing great soldiers. (v.1) They received Gilead and Bashir because of their reputation as strong warriors. Joseph had been the son that was discarded by his brothers and had to fight for himself in Egypt. God did great things through him, even saving his whole family. He had to develop him as a fighter to get the job done, and he handed it down to his family through the generations. The challenges that we face are making us strong for God so we can accomplish His purposes and then pass it on to those who follow in our footsteps. 2). When one of Manasseh’s relatives only had daughters, they went to Eleazer the priest, along with Joshua and the other leaders. (v.3,4) When they had an issue they went to the leaders to ask for help, and the leaders responded accordingly. Leaders need to be available to help their people when they are in need. 3). Joshua told the tribes of Joseph that if they were so abundant and blessed they needed to go into the forest wilderness and claim more land for themselves. (v.15) He allowed them an opportunity rather than solving the issue for them. Leaders look for ways to help people be involved in the process, rather than just taking care of it all on their own. 4). Joshua held his ground with the tribes of Joseph and encouraged them. (v.17,18) He told them that they were large and prosperous, and he believed they could get the job done. Rather then giving in and letting them get what they wanted, or becoming angry at them for their bad attitudes, he simply encouraged them to keep trying and provided the opportunity to succeed.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Exodus 16: Notes on Attitude

Exodus 16
Notes on Attitudes

ATTITUDE - 1). The people grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the desert. (v.2,3) They said they wished they had been left to die in Egypt, where they sat around eating everything they wanted. According to earlier reports, this isn’t accurate, but desperation has made them exaggerate their past predicaments. They had been out roughly 45 days with hardly and food and water so they’ve reached a breaking point. A physical need drove them to give up. Often, when we choose a bad attitude, we bend the facts to try and excuse our behavior. Whenever we find ourselves twisting the truth, we must know we are headed in the wrong direction. 2). God asked them to get enough food on the 6th day to cover two days so they could rest on the Sabbath. (v.5) He wanted them to plan ahead so they could rest. Also, when they arrived back after the Sabbath, they wouldn’t have any work they needed to catch up on. God likes for us to plan ahead and work hard rather than putting things off and getting to them later. 3). Moses was angry with the people that tried to keep more than they should. (v.20) Though he was the leader, he still got mad. He was frustrated when they deliberately disobeyed his commands. It’s natural for us to be unhappy when people frustrate us, but we musn’t let it dictate our decisions. 4). The people called the food from heaven ‘manna’. (v.31) The word doesn’t translate directly to Hebrew, but sounds very similar to the word meaning, ‘what is it?’ The people were surprised by this act, and confused. Rather than give it a joyous name, the name even carries a sense of question and concern. They were struggling to trust God even after all that He had done for them because they were dealing with difficulties and change.