The Hardest Choices

  
There are times in our lives when we are called to make tough decisions. We are expected to make difficult or hard choices. In these moments, we face ourselves clearly, seeing where conscious meets conviction. Do we decide to do what is good, godly and right or do we choose to do what’s right in the sight of our own eyes? Do we do what is just and fair on the behalf of those who cannot fight or defend themselves or do we make a call against that which is righteous and in the best interest of all? Do we find comfort and peace in being one with the One or do we experience unrest and anxiety as we foolishly and blindly go against truth just for the sake of following the crowd? 

Spiritual Life Fitness Challenge: Consider the life of Christ. Notice what He did each and every time He was called to make the hardest choices on His life path. 

Reflection: The hardest choices should also, in a sense, be the simplest. Who or what we choose to follow or whatever it is we decide to do or not do should lead us directly to the LORD every time. 

 Scripture Meditation: Philippians 4:4-9

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Fear is the Beginning 

  
Scripture of Reflection: Proverbs 1:7

A.M. Thoughts: 

He who is holy and Most High – the Father, Son, and Spirit – was first. Before all, He established Himself as LORD. No other was to be before Him. No other is meant to take His place. And yet…

What becomes the god or gods of our lives? What do we allow to take the place of our Creator and Savior? Who or what serves as our spiritual guide, compass, or teacher? What prideful, empty representation do we lose ourselves in, deluding ourselves into thinking that we are safe, saved, and satisfied? 

Going back to the beginning of our knowledge is paramount when we have, perhaps, lost sight of the who, what, why and how of God. It is helpful to be reminded of His God-ness, His goodness, and His grace. 

Study Challenge: Investigate, explore, and discover what Proverbs 1:7 is all about. Look into the richness of reverence for the Almighty. Seek to understand how fear is the beginning. 

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It Is In This Moment

A Remembrance Journal Entry|June 2016   
 
It is in this moment that I realize…

My first breath of the day is a gift. Whom shall I praise? 

The moment before I open my eyes upon fully waking is a treasure. Whom shall I honor?

The quiet stillness that greets me at first light is a blessing. Whom shall I thank?

The unique experiences that have been set for my day are indeed purposed. Whom shall I trust? 

The challenges, obstacles and problems of yesterday, yesteryear, and tomorrow can be easily surrendered and resolved. Whom shall I believe?

Every moment is another opportunity to taste and see the majesty and goodness of my LORD. Whom shall I revere?

The beautiful rhythm that my heart is beating is centered at a most excellent foundation – the Most High. Whom shall I love? 

Scripture Reflection: Psalm 145

When Others Want…

When others want to write the wrong words on the pages of your life, remember what the LORD says…

You are:

– Fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)

– Made in His image (Genesis 1:27)

– The apple of His eye (Psalm 17:8)

– New (2 Corinthians 5:17)

– Forgiven (Colossians 1:13-14)

– Loving and prayerful (Matthew 5:43-48)

  

Coming Soon…

Coming soon…the return of the Sunday Bible Study Series and more.

  
Thank you for your prayers and your patience. – K

The Major Prophet|Isaiah

A #DestinationJESUS Sunday Bible Study Series   (lp)

February 2016 – Isaiah: Study 6

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Assigned Reading: Isaiah 10-20

Points of Consideration:

Chapter 10

  • What was to become of those who issued evil against those who were needy, poor and desirous of justice?
  • Whom did God use to carry out His vengeance?
  • Why was the LORD angry regarding His people?
  • What drove the Assyrians and/or what was their motivation to fight?
  • How would the LORD deal with Assyria, ultimately? Why?
  • Who is the Light of Israel and the Holy One?
  • What did the LORD want to accomplish by His acts against His people?

Chapter 11

  • What or who was to come from the stock of Jesse?
  • What was the Spirit of the LORD to impart?
  • What would the earth be full of with regard to the LORD? (Isaiah 11:9)
  • What is the comparative relationship between what is uncovered in chapter 11 and what is known about the exodus of God’s people from Egypt?

Chapter 12

  • What is the significance of Isaiah 12:1?
  • What encouragement or inspiration can be drawn from this chapter?
  • What was to be made known about the LORD?
  • What were the inhabitants of Zion to do? (Isaiah 12:4-6)

Chapter 13

  • What was the burden of Babylon which was seen by Isaiah?
  • What was to become of the evil, the wicked and the proud?
  • What was Babylon’s end to be? (Isaiah 13:19)

Chapter 14

  • What will the LORD show or demonstrate toward Jacob?
  • What was to be the end of those who attempted to elevate themselves above the Most a High?

Chapter 15

  • What was the burden concerning Moab?
  • What role did ancient Moab play in the history of God’s people?
  • How was mourning displayed in ancient times?

Chapter 16

  • What is the significance of Isaiah 16:5?

Chapter 17

  • What was the burden concerning Damascus?
  • What is the significance of Isaiah 17:10-11?
  • What was to become of those who plundered and pillaged God’s people?

Chapter 18

  • What message is the LORD conveying in chapter 18? (You are encouraged to dig deeply into this chapter.)

Chapter 19

  • What three points can be ascertained from this chapter?
  • What is the significance of Isaiah 19:22?

Chapter 20

  • What did the LORD instruct Isaiah to do?
  • How was being stripped or naked viewed in ancient times (what did it represent)?
  • Did Isaiah waver or hesitate in doing what was asked of him? (How do you know?)

Personal Reflection:

Did any one verse resonate with you personally?
What is your #destination message from chapters 10-20?

Questions:

  • Do you stand against those who would do harm to the poor and needy?
  • How do you use your voice to fight for justice?
  • Are you ever confused or troubled by the actions of God? (How do you move past any confusion? Do you seek assistance?)
  • What does repentance mean to you personally?
  • Is the LORD the Savior to you on a daily basis?
  • Who is the Holy Spirit and what does He do for you as a Christian?
  • What does it mean to quench the Spirit? (1Thessalonians 5:19)
  • Is having a personal testimony still relevant in today’s times?
  • Are worship, praise and prayer related and do you practice them all?
  • Have you allowed anything in your life to become greater, higher or more significant than God? (Discuss.)
  • Have you ever felt like the LORD has been quiet during a time of your greatest need? (If so, what do you think His lesson to you might have been?)
  • Have you ever shown your raw and uncovered self to the LORD? (Why or why not? Was or is there a benefit in doing this?)
  • If the LORD asked you to do a difficult thing or hard task that was out of your comfort zone, would you do it?

Going Further: Define and/or research the following terms.

  • Idol
  • Remnant
  • Outcast
  • Salvation
  • Exalt
  • Chaldeans
  • Captive
  • Proselyte
  • Refuge
  • Reverence
  • Altar
  • Inheritance/heritage

“Then in the tent of David a throne will be established by faithful love. A judge who seeks what is right and is quick to execute justice will sit on the throne forever.” – Isaiah 16:5 (HCSB)

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