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Bible Study Run the Race

Run the Race: Get Ready, Get Set

The apostle Paul said that the Christian life is like running in a race. Through this study, we will learn what the Christian race is and who is to run in it. We will also discuss how to prepare, how to run, what happens if you fall down, and what happens when you win.

Every game has people who:

Set the rules

Compete in the game

Judge the competition

Give the prize

Who does these in the Christian race? [God does everything but compete and we compete]

You have to know what the rules are and how to play a game or run a race. If you don’t start, how can you win it? You must be prepared for when the race starts.

What would happen if you had a race and no one knew the rules? No one knew where to start or finish or which road to take. What would happen if the rules were in a different language and you did not understand the rules?

The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:5 An athlete does not win unless he competes according to the rules.

Life is the race and God has set the rules for us to follow, and we find those rules in the Bible. Not knowing the rules is no excuse. We need to study God’s word to learn His rules for us. 2 Timothy 3:17 says Using the Scriptures, those who serve God will be prepared and will have everything they need to do every good work.

God’s rules are all through the bible. We can find a few in Matthew.

Matthew 22:36-40

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

The first thing Jesus says is ‘Love the Lord your God.’ Love is interesting because the Greeks have six different words for love while we just have the one. Here Jesus uses agape. Agape is defined as God’s love for man and man’s love for God. This is a sacrificial love that expects nothing in return. This means we willingly and cheerfully sacrifice time, money, talents and anything else for God.

The next bit is even more “with all your heart.” The Greek word is Kardia. This is defined as the organ in the body, but also, the center of one’s physical and spiritual life. The center of our lives. So we are to turn over our loves, our desires, our hopes, our dreams and our passions to God. Woah! That is the whole shebang. Yes, it is.

“With all your soul.” Soul in Greek is Psuche. It means the breath of life or the vital force that animates our bodies. Your soul is the part of you that will live forever. FOREVER! This means that you love God with that piece if you that Jesus saved and will live forever. Loving God with all your soul requires you feed your soul regularly and think of the eternal benefits before the physical.

“With all your mind.” This is the last way that Jesus says to love God. Mind is Greek is Dianoia. This is the faculty of understanding, feeling and thinking. So read this way we need to start Loving God with a sacrificial love in every aspect of our life. We need to love him everywhere at all times with everything inside of us no matter what our situation is.

We are not done yet Jesus is still talking. ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ This one is pretty easy to understand, but hard to do. Love here is agape just as before sacrificial love. So we are to sacrificially love everyone as you love yourself. Agape love is not linked to any emotions. It is linked to actions.

Memory Verse

John 14:15

15.If you love me, you will do what I command.

Now we need to get ready for our race. What do you need to do to run in a race? You need to put on your running shoes and line up on the starting line to be ready for the “GO!” signal, don’t you?

Jesus told a story about ten women who were preparing for a special “race”. Each woman needed to have a lamp lit, when the groom showed up to go into the wedding party. They didn’t know when the groom would come.

We don’t know exactly when the “GO!” signal will be given, but we must be ready! In the story, 5 women brought extra oil for their lamp and 5 women did not. Jesus says that five of the women were wise, and five were foolish.

The women who ran out of oil for their lamps, could not turn on their lights. They had to go to the store to buy oil. While they were gone, the groom showed up and they were not there. They were not on the starting line! When they returned, the others had already started the party and the doors were shut. They were not allowed in. How sad they must have been to have waited all that time, but because they weren’t prepared, they didn’t get to go to the party!

For the Christian race, Jesus says we are to put Him on, much like we put our shoes on, to prepare to run. We need to be like the five wise women and be prepared to run Jesus’ special race! You put on Jesus by following his commandments and what He tells you to do.

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Bible Study Tongue

Zip it, Lock it, Put it in Your Pocket

Saying that my son, Jack, is a talker is a huge understatement. He has this overwhelming urge to day everything he thinks of when he thinks it. It doesn’t matter if it offends or hurts feelings. He needs to say it, so it gets said. When he was about 2 or 3, we started telling him to, “zip it, lock it, put it in your pocket.” which meant zip your lips, lock the zipper and stick the key in your pocket. As Christians, There are many times when we need to be reminded to zip it, lock and put it in your pocket.

James 3:3-6

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

Zipping it

James describes the tongue as being like a bit in the mouths of horses or the rudder on a boat. Such a small part, but so vital in the directional control of the horse or ship. Such a small organ can completely change your life and the lives of others depending on the direction it is turning.

He also compares it to a spark that creates a forest fire. I have seen this many times in my life. As you have, I am sure. When one person’s negative comments turns a crowd of people against someone. On the other hand, I have seen one person on fire for God incite a revival, when they allowed God to speak through them. Consider Psalm 19:14.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Locking it

When someone asked you to keep something secret, are you trustworthy? I am always slow to trust new people with personal information. Trust is something that is earned and once it is lost, can be hard to get back. God’s word says it best.

Proverbs 11:13

13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,
    but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

Proverbs 21:23

23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue
    keeps himself out of trouble.

Proverbs 20:19

19 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets;
    therefore do not associate with a simple babbler

Prove yourself trustworthy and keep the secrets of those who trust you enough to share them with you.

Put it in your pocket (Memorize a few scriptures to keep in your pocket when Satan temps you)

Job 4:4

Your words have supported those who stumbled;
   you have strengthened faltering knees.– Can your friends say this of you.

Proverbs 12:18

18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 15:1

15 A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 16:24

24
Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Ephesians 4:29

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

These are a few to start you off there are so many more. If you have found a verse, you use to help you keep that mouth locked, share it in the comments section.

Challenge Yourself

Change doesn’t happen without God or overnight. Be patient with yourself. Prayerfully depend on God and His grace.

Choose a scripture you would like to see demonstrated in your life. Write it on a card-memorize the verse-pray for it to be manifested in your life.

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Bible Study Fight Like a Girl

Fight Like a Girl


2 Timothy 1:7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

When I was young, my boy cousins used to tell me, “You fight like a girl.” Oh yeah, I do! Boys may fight with their fists or legs, but girls use everything God gave them to fight. When push came to shove, I would scratch, pinch or bite to win. In life’s battles, we need to use everything we have to stand up and be brave.

I have had the distinct honor of being a mother to a son and an aunt to 4 nieces. My desire for all of them has been and is to chase hard after God. My dream would be for them to choose to live according to God’s word and not the world. To be brave through the light of God’s Word.

How to be brave and fight like a girl.

Living for God in the world is brave.

Making God the deciding factor in the choices you make is brave.

Defining yourself as a child of God is brave.

Leaving your sin filled life behind and choosing to follow God’s will is brave.

Every morning when we wake up is a new opportunity to choose God and be brave. God’s grace and mercy give us a new day to serve him and fight Satan like a girl. Our world is no fairy tale. There is a battle raging all around us, a fight for our hearts, minds, and eternities. Every day we are faced with choices that if we chose to fight like a girl, with all God gave us, we could push our enemy back and take steps closer to God.

To Fight like a Girl, Choose the Following.

To chase after righteousness and godliness, like they were diamonds and gold.

To run with faith and not bogged down in fear.

To love instead of hate or jealousy.

To endure instead of give up.

To be gentle instead of harsh.

To study, pray and strive to live like Jesus. Being brave looks a lot like Jesus.

One of the biggest lies we tell ourselves is that we can be brave standing all alone. We can’t do anything without God by our side. Then we need the help of an accountability partner or close Christian friend. In Mark 6:7 Jesus sent the disciples out two by two and paired Moses and Aaron. So were Ruth and Naomi and Paul and Luke. Dynamic duos are seen all through the Bible.

Where two are more are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20

A partner or friend can help keep you on track when your old nature tries to peek his head out.

So gear up by putting on the armor of God found in Ephesians 6:10-18 because this battle we are about to engage in is not of this world.

Even though we know this world is not our home, that doesn’t mean we just give up and refuse to stand against the assault that is happening all around us. No, as daughters of the King of Kings, we know that greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).

So with that in mind, let’s get up and fight like girls, in the battle. With the faith that God has placed us here for this. We were made for this battle.

No longer will we stand idle while Satan attacks our marriages, children, homes, countries, and churches.

Sweet sisters, it’s time to throw on some glitter and fight like a girl.

Pray that God will show you areas where you need to be brave and to lead you to people who will fight along side of you.

Challenge Yourself:What is God calling you to fight for? Take time this week to pray and seek His face. Then write down what steps you need to take to begin to fight like a girl.

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Move from Fear into Fabulous

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere man do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4

The Shackle of Fear

I think we have all had that feeling. The one in the pit in your stomach, your heart is about to jump out of your chest, and rush of thoughts as you drop into a pit of fear, anxiety and flat out terror. It comes sitting across the table from a doctor, stepping into an angry bosses office or for some being asked to be more than a flower on the wall.

We are human and fear is something we can’t avoid, but it is something we can control. Having that tingle down your spine can alert you to a hazardous situation or danger. However, allowing that fear to take hold of you and keep you from moving forward will be detrimental to your Christian walk.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7

This doesn’t say that God will swoop down and change everything. It does say that if we take it to God. We will get peace. God understands that we will have fear and that we will need Him. Look at Psalm 56:3-4 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere man do to me?” David doesn’t write, “If I am afraid.” He says, “When I am afraid.”

Becoming Fabulous because of a Faithful God

When we look at life just with our own eyes, we become fearful, fugitive & pessimistic. We start to second guess ourselves and every decision we ever made. When we look at the Bible and begin to see how God empowered normal average people. The Holy Spirit takes the Word of God and strengthens us and gives us courage that we didn’t know we had.

John tells us how God’s love fights fear.


“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” ~ 1 John 4:18

God doesn’t want us to be shackled to our fears. All throughout the Bible, God tells us how faithful He is.

1 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10

“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” ~ John 14:27

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7

“But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” ~ Isaiah 43:1

“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” ~ Proverbs 12:25

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

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~ Matthew 6:34

“Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time.  Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” ~ 1 Peter 5:6-7

“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” ~ Psalm 27:1

“’For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.  Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” ~ Isaiah 41:13-14

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” ~ Psalm 46:1

“The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?  The Lord is with me; he is my helper.” ~ Psalm 118:6-7

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” ~ Proverbs 29:25

“But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.” ~ 1 Peter 3:14

“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.  He freed me from all my fears.” ~ Psalm 34:4

How to change my fears into fabulous

  • Put your hope in God—in God and His Word rather than the unreliability of ourselves or others.
  • Do what is right—according to God’s way of approaching life, not the world’s way, especially those cultural practices that go against God’s Word.
  • You can choose to give God your fears

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Choose to give God your fear

We have a faithful God. Who wants you to rely on him and step away from fear.

Your Faith Walk

Read John 14:27 and 16:33. What does Jesus promise to you?

John 14:27 New Living Translation (NLT)

27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

John 16:33 New Living Translation (NLT)

33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

He is with you through any trouble. You can trust Him. Our God is trustworthy!

What might be holding you back from trusting Him whenever you are afraid?

Fabulous-in-Action:

#1: God loves you

John 3:16; John 16:27; Romans 5:5

God sent Jesus to die for you. He loves you. Jesus would have died for you even if you were the only person on earth.


#2: God knows what is happening to you and around you.

Matthew 6:31-32; Psalm 139:1-10

God is everywhere and knows everything. So, God knows what is going on in your life. He knows your needs and how best to meet them.

#3: God can change you or your situation.

Genesis 18:14; Luke 1:37

Is anything impossible for the Lord? NO! Our God is all-powerful. He is capable of doing anything He chooses to do that is in agreement with His character, will, plan and purposes.

#4: You can trust His goodness in whatever He chooses to do

Psalm 119:68; Proverbs 3:5

The Bible says that God is good, and what He does is good. It’s a choice to trust God and bank on His goodness.

What is causing you fear today? What are your choices for acting on that fear?

Pray

Pray about your fears and decisions you are making to trust God in them. Thank God for His grace toward you and His love for you.