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Can the Word of God come ALIVE to us?

Can the Word of God come ALIVE to us?

A New Opportunity for Studying God’s Word

I will be starting a new FB study – Psalms Alive using David Kitz’s book, “psalms alive” (yes no caps). He has generously offered his book for anyone who wants to join this study. Some of you may have read this in my newsletter. You can sign up here to join my newsletter if you aren’t part of that and want to be.

Psalms Alive Starts November 1, 2017 (looks like a 7 doesn’t it?)

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You must be on Facebook to join psalms alive.  Sorry.

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We hope that anyone who joins in this study will do so with full attendance and attention. And if possible you will give David a review at the end of the study. (or in the middle. lol )

In the prologue David says:

God speaks to us – to humanity – through His Word….. How do we draw meaning from these words?…can the Word of God come alive to us and speak to our hearts? Are there insights we can gain by looking at the prayer and devotional life of the ancient Hebrews?

That speaks to me. I want to go deeper. Don’t you?

I will use the SIMPLE method of study for each of the chapters. You can follow that or do what you need to do.

I will be drawing, painting, and lettering as God leads me. You can do that or just let God speak to you as He does, which is different for each person.

You can find this study on Growing Through God’s Word FB. Ask to join.

Psalm 19:4 – I started David’s book … just a quick look and a sketch.

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Won’t you join us?

Word of God Speak – How Can We Find Peace this Christmas?

Word of God Speak – How Can We Find Peace this Christmas?

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Watercolour by Janis Cox – Reflections

This is the last Sunday in Advent – PEACE. Here is my acronym for peace.

{Aside: Much to my chagrin it looks as if JOY is the last Sunday in Advent, unless our Pastor got it wrong. 🙁 So the last two weeks are reversed}

Put Everything Aside Christ Enters

Although I started studying 1 Corinthians 2:4-5, I decided to memorize another Scripture. It came from my looking at other references and seemed to fit best with this Advent week of PEACE.

We will be memorizing Romans 15:13. See below.

Following my SIMPLE Method of Bible Study I looked at 1 Corinthians 2:4-5.

S – Say the Passage out loud. Check other versions.

My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power (1 Corinthians 2:4-5.NIV).

I – Interpret the passage – check footnotes, references and commentaries.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 14:17

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,

1 Thessalonians 1:5

 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.

All of these passages turned me to the true meaning of Christ’s birth. The filling up with the Holy Spirit. Those who lived during His time on earth could see and feel His power. Now we can do the same through the Holy Spirit.

M – Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.

The week before Christmas – the birth of our Lord.

We’ve discussed HOPE, LOVE and JOY. and now Jesus brings PEACE too.

How can we find God’s peace?

Through the Power of the Holy Spirit.

At the beginning of 2015 I found my WORD for this year – Intentional. Intentional for Jesus.

I think it funny that at the end of this year I join Intentional Bloggers and Tribe Writers. It has been a year of change, of rethinking, of growing. I had to drop some first loves (Family and Faith Matters, and Under the Cover of Prayer Group Posts) and find my focus which is God’s Word.

I must deliberately give my sanctified life to God for His service, so He can use me as His Hands and His feet (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest).

But it has been God’s POWER that has propelled me forward into uncharted waters:

I’m very excited to see what God has in store for 2016. I haven’t discovered my WORD for 2016 yet but I am getting some strong ideas. I will get back to you early in 2016.

P – Pray. After all your thoughts are expended – take time to talk to God and then to LISTEN to Him.

This time my prayer time was a jumble of ideas – probably because that is the way my mind has been going lately, – WILD,

L – Life Applications – Write down what you heard God speak.

I see a revival, a passion for hope, love, joy and peace in this world.

Nothing can stop God from moving in His people – NO THING.

Rely on the certainly of God’s redemptive power and He will create His own life in people (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest).

This December has been filled with excitement by following Christ and not the world.

We are not going home to Canada for Christmas this year (we celebrated the family Christmas last weekend – yes a plane ride back and forth). I’m watching and waiting to see what God has in store for us.

I’m shaken by the news of the human trafficking that is happening around the world – and even in my province of Ontario. Watch the video from the Toronto Star and your eyes will be opened. I’m wearing a dress every day in December to remind me to pray and to advocate for those caught in human trafficking.

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I’m reminded of one of my favourite scriptures: Micah 6:8

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

This is a great reminder before Christmas.

May Jesus be Christmas for you this year.

May you shine for Him.

May you be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Let’s be revived and revive others.

E – Exit the study with a written prayer.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Jesus – for His coming to earth to see, to share to teach. Create in us Your life so we can know You more. We rely on You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tweetables:

Rely on the certainly of God’s redemptive power and He will create His own life in people (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest). (click to tweet).

Nothing can stop God from moving in His people – NO THING. (click to tweet).

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Word of God Speak – Linky Party

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Blessed rather are those.

Today is the start of a new vision for my blog. God has been speaking into my heart more and more about not only being in the Word myself but encouraging others to do this as well. My Sunday Stillness name did not focus on that even though my posts did.

So today I have changed the name of the LINK to Word of God Speak. Each week I will look at one Scripture – just the way I did through my Titus study. I will use the SIMPLE Method of Study to discern what God wants me to learn today.

I will also be posting this link earlier in the weekend – 6:00 am EDT Or EST each Saturday depending on the time of year. This will give all my linkers 2 days of the weekend to link their posts. I hope this doesn’t lead to too much confusion. But if you read last week’s post you will know that my head has been full of ideas.

For the first Scripture I chose Luke 11:28 which has been my scripture for the new name for my blog – Growing Through God’s Word.

SIMPLE Method of Bible Study

S – Say the passage out loud:

He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it (Luke 11:28, NIV).”

Jesus commented, “Even more blessed are those who hear God’s Word and guard it with their lives (Luke 11:28, The Message)!”

I – Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?

Other Scriptures from my Study Bible:

Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Proverbs 8:32 Now then, my children, listen to me;
    blessed are those who keep my ways.

From Henry’s Concise Commentary are these words:

Though it is a great privilege to hear the word of God, yet those only are truly blessed, that is, blessed of the Lord, that hear it, keep it in memory, and keep to it as their way and rule.

M- Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.

First thing I can think of is that everyone cannot understand the word of God. I hear that we must have our hearts, eyes and ears opened and be blessed. And at that time we can also learn to memorize Scripture.

My hope is that each week I will work on a Scripture for the week – memorizing it, a word at a time.

How can I encourage others to join me in memorizing Scripture?

How can I encourage others to read a Scripture and let God help them see what is important for them for the day?

P- Pray for God’s Guidance

This is a silent time of prayer, listening to God Speak.

L- Life – How can I apply what I have heard from God to my life?

This is the hardest but the best part. Actually taking the time to listen to God. What I heard today was how easy it is to write and speak about God’s Word but very hard to remember it and obey it.

I thought of all the times I had heard about watching my words – and then I do it again with my hubby – I get upset if he doesn’t understand me. Why? Because I want to get my way. I want to be clearly understood – never thinking that he wants the same thing.

So OBEY has been the word I heard clearly today.

What I learned today is not to just read, study, speak and write the Word of God – but obey it. (tweet this)

E- Exit with a prayer of confirmation and acceptance.

Lord God, I love how you teach me through Your Word. I love how this passage might tell me something entirely different another time. But for today, what I heard clearly was to obey Your Word. I heard to take it deep into my soul by memorizing it. I heard to make it part of who I am. Thank You for teaching me this today. In Jesus’ name. Amen

I hope you have enjoyed my first post on Word of God Speak. Once again here is the scripture I intend to memorize this week:

He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it (Luke 11:28, NIV).”

I will leave you with a favourite worship song of the same name by Mercy Me.

Let’s memorize this Scripture together.

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