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Okay, so I have been in a serious binge for digging deeper into God’s word and every time I get this deep desire to learn more about God’s word, I get wrapped up in the busyness of life, side tracked, and everything else you could imagine.
In an effort to become better disciplined with my time management, I have been setting aside a time every week for personal bible study that works with my regular schedule and so far, I’ve been successful!!! From time to time, I will be sharing with you some of my bible studies that I feel will offer great resources and information to you through this “Bible Study: Digging Deeper” Series. I will be focusing on different topics I want to learn more about and often times, I may continue a study on a topic that especially interest me or that I have received some feedback from, over a couple of weeks.
The Digging Deeper Bible Study series will be structured around Bible Verse Memorization while incorporating bible study tools and insight to the power that these verses can have in your life. Back in the day, I remember going to Sunday School and using workbooks that offered a new bible verse every week that we learned about and on the next following Sunday we would be tested for memorization on those verses before moving to the next lesson. Bible based teaching that was so simple, yet the basic foundation for equipping yourself for unlocking the power of the word in your life!!!
Just like there are tools such as saws and hammers to help carpenters build and sewing machines to help a seamstress sew, there are tools out there to help us better understand the bible. These tools are available to use online and in print to help us make the most of our bible study time. Through my learning and seeking out God’s teaching on various topics, I will be sharing with you the bible study tools online and in print references that I have used in helping me understanding God’s word.
It has always been our effort, through DivineEndings.com, for Making Christian Connections, Everyday throughout the young adult Christian community, so this is one way in which we strive to do that for our bible study topics!!! I invite you to share comments or feedback regarding topics being covered or suggestions for topics you would like to have discussions on via our Discussions Board.
My hope is that through this Digging Deeper Series, Ministry Leaders will contribute to this community by becoming involved on our discussions board, or respond by commenting to these blogs, with your thoughts and scripture references for those of us that are just seeking ways to learn more and gain a better understanding of God’s word!!!
Join me back here on the MCC Blog for our first Digging Deeper topic based on the Scripture verse 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV).
Digging Deeper Bible Studies are a series of blogs devoted to the importance of Personal Bible Study time and Verse Memorization for unlocking the power of the word within in your life.
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Greetings everyone. I was a facilitator today for a Bible Study conference call that takes place every Tuesday from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. We all take turns bringing a Word of hope that God imparts to us. This study was taken from a CD that I received from a Sister-in-Christ many years ago. I had originally planned to bring a different message, but God placed this message on my heart very heavily because of the times we are living in.
It is time for us to step up to fulfill God’s plan for our lives to the best of our abilities. Every day we have to strive to pray more fervently, more effectively, so that the very words that we utter into God’s Ear will destroy the yoke by the root, will bring deliverance into the situation, salvation to the lost and spiritual growth to our walk with the Holy Trinity. May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in His Sight because He is our Rock, our Redeemer. Amen!
TITLE: “For His Name’s Sake” SCRIPTURE BASE: 2 Chronicles 20:1-18
Strategic prayer is not only teaching but training time. If you want to hear from God, if you need to have a deeper communication, if you need a word, if you need Divine intervention, if you need God to move in to the situation and stop the enemy dead in his track, exalt the Lord, cast down every vein imagination, cast down everything that would exalt itself against the knowledge of God, change the atmosphere. Use your authority to cast down everything that will come against you: fear, procrastination, weak belief system, defeated attitude, just to name a few. Release your faith to destroy the evil powers. Exalt Him above every word that is formed against you, every trial, crisis, problem, every assignment the enemy might have sent against you, individually and corporately. God is the most High in our minds and in our mouths. Declare that the Lord God loves His people and fights for His people. Our God reigns; He is our deliverer: He formed us, He forgave us, He fights for us and He shows favor to us!
Ask God to glorify His church, His people. Let the angels descend to minister to God’s heirs of salvation. God will take us out to bring us in. Create an atmosphere for His Holiness, His Holy Presence, His Holy Spirit. This is your day for an encounter with the Lord. You don’t always have to start a war; sometimes the war comes against you. War has started and the enemy has started to come against you, but you can smash him in the Name of Jesus Christ. We can stop the attack before it comes. Tell the enemy whatever he is bringing, we smash it in Jesus’ Name. Satan is very patient; he sets us up by sowing a negative seed and he waits for the harvest by careful planning over the years – homes, children, marriages, jobs, our nation. He waits for years for total destruction and is very calculating. Stop it, neutralize it and smash his actions. Make the enemy frustrated and confused so that he will have to go away and start all over again. We don’t know what God has protected us against, what He has stopped in its tracks. The angels have moved us out of the way – they have stopped activities in the spiritual realm.
Kingdom promises are there, but every day we have to put it to our account and pray. When you find yourself when all hell breaks loose – you find yourself in a war at home, you go to work and you find yourself in a war there, you need a prayer that will strategize against the tactics of the enemy. God will get very angry against the enemy and will slaughter them. It is time for God to intervene. Roll the problem right back to God and let Him know that the ball is back in His court. (2 Chronicles 20:6-18)
- Rehearse God’s greatness – make God the most high in your mind and make God the most high in your mouth. Tell God, “You are the Ruler of kingdom, no one can withstand You.” God will become great in your mind as He becomes great in your mouth so that your problems will not destroy your mind. The battle is always in the mind. If your mind is affected by fear, by depression, the battle is lost. No one can stand against God because He is the greatest. Man has tried to discredit God but it never works. He is the God that delivers – no one can keep Him bound. Put the whole case and pressure of the crisis on God’s back.
- Remember God’s past victories – yours or other people’s victories. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. See yourself in that situation: sickness – He raised Lazarus from the dead. He promoted Joseph from a position of slavery to a position of assistant to King Pharaoh. He was a provider for Moses by parting the Red Sea. God healed and protected many others. We don’t have to stay poor; we go by God’s economy. What has God done for you before? Thank Him again for what He has done and let Him know that you can trust Him to bring you through whatever you may be going through now.
- Remind God of His promises – He has always kept, and will continue to keep, His promises. He has exalted His name above everything (“I will bow down toward your Holy Temple and will praise Your Name for Your love and Your faithfulness for You have exalted above all things Your Name and Your Word.” – Psalm 138:2). God you said, “By His stripes I am healed; I will provide all your needs; no weapon formed against me shall prosper, believe in the Lord Jesus and your household will be saved.” Tell God whatever promise you need: “Father, Your Word says, etc.” The enemy cannot discredit His Word. Plead the Blood of Jesus over your situation so that when He sees the Blood of Jesus, He will pass over it.
- Bring your request to Him – He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him. Family, health, finances, job, home – tell God exactly what you want Him to do. Be specific – tell God exactly what the problem is and how you need Him to bless you. This is a prayer clinic. Thank Him in advance.
- Recognize your inability – “Father, this is bigger than I am. I have no power and don’t know what to do. My eyes are constantly upon you. If it doesn’t stop, it can mess up my mind, my home and I realize I cannot fight for myself.” Tell God you need Him, that you recognize your inability to fight for yourself – this is your dependence. You need strength, wisdom and direction. Humbly depend upon the Lord.
- Roll over and release the problem upon Him – it is for His Name sake (verse 8). “You must deliver us for Your Name sake. You will hear and save us because of the credibility of Your Name.” Exalt His Word and Name above everything.
After talking to many organizations and trying to figure out what are the needs of DivineEndings.com and how we can contribute to the needs of the community, I began to feel overwhelmed thinking “What value does DivineEndings.com bring to other businesses around here?” I saw myself being asked by a business professional, “So, What type of business do you have?” and my answer being, “I am the owner of an online social network called DivineEndings.com. It is a faith-based network that focuses on Making Christian Connections Everyday relating to faith-based entertainment, news, and fellowship among the Christian community.” I was feeling good and my elevator pitch seemed great, but then I heard the reply say, “Oh, okay that sounds great. I’ll have to check it out some time.” …and there went the introductions. We shook hands and went on with our networking and I just couldn’t stop thinking, what business perspective could that person have gained from DivineEndings.com? What did we have to offer to them or to their business?
I drove to work thinking these questions and simply spoke to God saying what was on my mind. I asked, “Are people going to hear what DivineEndings.com is about and move on? How will we ever be successful if people don’t really see any value in the business?” Getting totally side tracked…my mind runs a mile a minute, I remembered a friend telling me about WEZE 590AM, a Christian talk radio station. I searched for the radio station and programmed it into my radio dial. I heard a man talking about death. He was saying how people in the world are often asking about Death and like any message you start listening in on mid conversation, I was totally confused. I listened further and what the message was saying in regards to death was that as believers, verses being in the world, we are not frightened by death. The speaker said “Death does not scare us, it does not frighten us because it is a release from the slums to the mansion.” In other words, it is our passage from this world to our eternal destination with our heavenly Father, Who and which is the reason why we live!
Now, you may be wondering, what does this message have to do with the business and my concern for how people will respond to the value they see in DivineEndings.com, or what it has to offer? What this message did for me was open my eyes to the true reason I work so hard to make this business grow. This message and my concern for the value of my business relates to so many of the needs and concerns of our everyday lives. We get so caught up in the busyness of our lives, and what people may think, that we tend to forget the true meaning for living. Jesus is the reason we get up in the morning, work, and live. We serve him because, through death, we all want to reach that heavenly place and in everything that we do, its to bring glory to his name!!!
The message referenced 2 Cor 5:1-10, where the speaker was saying, “Paul’s telling us about that heavenly place where real wealth and prosperity are found and his anticipation of that life keep him above all the problems of this one. His anticipation of what is to come gave him victory over all the difficulties…” This speaker delivered just the message I needed to hear. It was a message that many of us need to hear to be reminded that the reason we serve the Lord is the same reason why we live- to be reunited with our heavenly Father. What I have to offer is not material, but a spiritual gift to share with others. I was reminded that it’s not what we live for, it’s the who. Read the rest of this entry »
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