The Major Prophet|Isaiah

A #DestinationJESUS Sunday Bible Study Series

January 2016 – Isaiah: Study 2

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Assigned Reading: Isaiah 2-3

Points of Consideration:

Chapter 2

  • Who gave Isaiah the prophecy concerning Judah and Jerusalem?
  • What would be established in the last days?
  • What is the significance of the imploration made by Isaiah in 2:5?
  • How did God’s people show forth their idolatry?
  • How will God deal with the haughtiness of men?

Chapter 3

  • What does the “LORD of hosts” mean?
  • What will the LORD take away from Judah and Jerusalem as a result of their actions?
  • What is the main point that Isaiah 3:8 is making?
  • Are the children of God attempting to hide their sins or are they flaunting their sins?
  • What does the Bible say about how the “daughters of Zion” would be handled?

Personal Reflection:

Did any one verse resonate with you personally?
What is your #destination message from chapters 2-3?

Questions:

  • Have you been or are you strongly persuaded or enticed to partake in believing in strange philosophies, religious practices, or foreign ways that have nothing to do with the LORD?
  • Do you believe any one idol or little “g” god is greater than the Almighty God, and are your guilty of placing one such thing higher than Him?
  •  Are the sins that you commit or that you have committed ever been hidden from God? Expound.
  • Have you ever been stripped bare by the LORD and if so, what did you learn about Him and about yourself?

Going Further: Explore the history of Sodom and Gomorrah.

“Say to the righteous that it will go well with them, For they will eat the fruit of their [righteous] actions.” – Isaiah 3:10 (AMP)

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The Major Prophet|Isaiah

A #DestinationJESUS Sunday Bible Study Series

January 2016 – Isaiah: Study 1

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Assigned Reading: Isaiah 1:1-31

Points of Consideration:

  • What rich information can be gleaned from Isaiah 1:1?
  • Who was meant to listen to the message being indicated?
  • Who was the message from?
  • How did God feel about His children and what they were doing?
  • What were some of the ways God’s children were described?
  • What were the children of God guilty of/what had they allowed to happen?
  • Why is Isaiah 1:9 significant?
  • How did the LORD feel about the sacrifices and offerings being made to Him?
  • Is there a message of encouragement, hope, and/or warning that can be found in Isaiah 1:16-20 specifically?
  • How was God referred to throughout the chapter? (list His identifying names)
  • What does purge mean?
  • What does repentance mean?
  • How does the chapter end?
  • What was the main point from this chapter?

Personal Reflection:

  • Did any one verse resonate with you personally?
  • What is your #destination message from chapter 1?

Question: Do you give the LORD worthless or meaningful offerings?

Going Further: Compare and contrast the faithful city to its presenting state in Chapter 1. (Refer to verses 21 ->)

“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Get your evil deeds out of My sight. Stop doing evil, Learn to do good. Seek justice, Rebuke the ruthless, Defend the fatherless, Plead for the [rights of the] widow [in court].” – Isaiah 1:16-17 (AMP)

In the A.M.|Am I Strong Enough?

In the A.M. (My Thoughts About the I AM in the A.M.)

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“for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength].”

See 2 Cor 12:9-10 (AMP)

Am I strong enough when I am weak to call upon the LORD?

Do I have enough fortitude to bow my head and confess that I am wrong?

Do shame and dread consume me or has hope become my voice?

Am I wise enough, insightful enough to recognize a greater, more precious want?

Am I ready to surrender all in deed just as with word?

Am I ready to forsake all else and take God at His word?

4:59 A.M. #HeisAble #GODstrength #JESUSbreakseverychain #livingTRUTHfully #encouragement

New Year Happenings (2016)

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FYI -> New Year Happenings at the Phone Tree Bible Study Group

1st Quarter #DestinationJESUS Works (scheduled for January – March):

Destination JESUS Objectives:

To grow closer to the LORD GOD

To know a life-altering intimacy with His WORD

To experience a radical SPIRITual transformation

Happy 365-16!

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Destination JESUS|The Genesis, Part 4/4 (The Pause and the Praise)

Destination JESUS|The Genesis (Laying the Foundation for 365-16)

December 2015 – Part 4 of 4 (The Pause and the Praise)

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To pause means to temporarily stop in action, movement or speech. To praise, in comparison, means to express admiration or approval of someone or something. In terms of approaching and appreciating the LORD, it is essential that we as worshippers, followers, and children of the Most High God put these two things together. Neither a day nor a moment should go by when we don’t stop and pour out the fruit of our lips and our hearts to the Almighty. As we move closer and closer to the end of 2015 and onto 2016 (365 days), we need to intentionally concentrate our attention on the pause and the praise, in regard to the Savior.

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Destination JESUS|The Genesis Pause and Praise Assignments:

PORE OVER: (Assignment: Take some time this week to carefully study and to deeply meditate on the following verses.)

  • Proverbs 9:10
  • Proverbs 1:7
  • Genesis 1:1
  • John 1:1-5
  • 1 John 1:1-4
  • Jeremiah 29:13
  • Psalm 46:10
  • Matthew 6:33

PAUSE. (Assignment: Post reading each scripture listed above, stop and take a moment to consider how the verse or verses speak to your heart. Consider what it means to you personally and how it can help to shape your journey ahead.)

PRAISE. (Assignment: At the beginning and end of each day this week, write down 1-3 statements of praise or appreciation to the LORD. At the end of the week, go back and review what you have written. Make note of how it impacts your relationship with God.)

PRAY: (Assignment: Take courage and try to engage in 3 different prayer methods this week. Pray to God with your words by way of written expression, song expression, and spoken word expression. Notice what happens with each. Does your prayer experience become richer? Do you become more spiritually and/or emotionally invested? Are you better able to express your truth to God? Can you hear the WORD being spoken over you or feel the WORD being written on your heart?)

PARTNER: (Assignment: Go to OneWord365 to find your tribe.)

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Destination JESUS Objectives:

To grow closer to the LORD GOD

To know a life-altering intimacy with His WORD

To experience a radical SPIRITual transformation

Happy 365-16!

May the new year bring many wonderfully enriching and fortifying experiences, may it show you a brand new way to look at hope, and may it pour blessing after blessing after blessing into your life and heart relationship with the LORD. I will be praying for you all as we look to a bright future filled with the Light.

Blessings from my Heart,

Kim

Praise in the Low Places, Part 3

What does the Bible say about praise? Psalm 34:1 answers that question perfectly.  
Scripture Study Reference: Genesis 37:19-36, 39:1 ->50:26 

An Abbreviated Character Study: Joseph (post his pit dwelling experience)

Low Place: Genesis 37:23-28, 36 and 39:20 (emphasis on these particular verses)

– He was stripped of a cherished part of his identity by those closest to him.

– He was savagely betrayed and disconnected from all that he knew – family, heritage, etc.

–  He was pushed into a pit, literally and figuratively.

– He was enslaved and sent to Egypt.

– He was sold and bought like a household good, becoming the property of one of Pharaoh’s officers.

Study Tip: Notice the significance of each act, occurrence, and circumstance after such time that Joseph was placed in the pit. Try to see the God-connect. Reflect on why the event was, is, or might be so noteworthy.

Significant Act/Occurrence/Circumstance:
– Joseph was continuously positioned in such a way that he was lowered or rather humbled while at the same time God was elevated or rather made higher in the eyes of others. (Spiritual Enrichment Challenge: Go back to chapter 37 and begin reading up until the end of chapter 50 in order to gain perspective on this point.)

– Joseph was made naked, in a sense, and thrown into an empty cistern. (Spiritual Life Fitness Exercise: Pray to God about what the spiritual significance of what being naked and empty might mean in regard to gaining greater intimacy with the LORD.)

Joseph was not killed. 

– Joseph was sent to Egypt of all places.

– Joseph was sold to Potiphar, an important officer to the Pharaoh himself.

– Joseph was cared for by God in such a way that he became successful in his own right within the house of his Egyptian master. 

– Joseph was used by God to draw attention to His Supremacy.

– Joseph was favored and trusted where he was positioned and became a prominent figure where he stood.

– Joseph was noticed, propositioned, and accused by Potiphar’s wife and as a result, he was jailed. (Spiritual Enrichment Challenge: Begin a log, tracking every account of Joseph’s incarceration. Make note of the who, what, why, when, where and how of it all. What do you notice about the presence and lessons of God and what do you notice about the attitude and heart/mind of Joseph?)

Praise Opportunity (the place where grateful homage could have been rendered to God): Go through the verses as well as the listed significant acts and, in your own words, write down each moment that a praise belongs. 

Praise Proof (tested and approved): Personalize this message. Relate what you have discovered to your life. (Example: If God has allowed you to be positioned in a place that you may not have expected but that He needed His glory to be revealed through, where might your praise go up? If God has shown you much favor despite the negativity, wrongs, or injustices that you have had to face, where might your praise go up? If God has given you a more defined role in His Kingdom plan, where might your praise go up?)

What is the overall lesson that you learned from this study?

#praiseinthelowplaces #truth15

12 Sundays (A 5P Journey Through the Psalms)|Week 6

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Position: Psalm 148:8-14

Pore Over/Paraphrase:  All things that have been made by God are to declare Him magnificent. They are to offer Him their full praise. He is to be recognized as LORD supreme and King extraordinaire. It is to be understood that there is nothing (no person, place or thing) higher. God’s people must live praising Him in every moment.

Pull Out (the spiritual principles): 

– The life purpose of all is to praise, to exalt and to proclaim the LORD. 

– Existing in the fullness of God means living with Him as the preeminent LORD. 

– Full praise denotes a firstfruit offering.

– Never hold back or try to keep back your complete truth from God. 

– As King and LORD, God should be declared Ruler over your heart and life. 

– No matter how high you go or how far you look, God will still be there revealing Himself as the Most High.

– Be present in every moment, constantly seeking and finding the Almighty. 

Pose (the questions):

– What have I considered to be my life purpose prior to today? 

– Does my life purpose include God? Has it ever been about Him?

– Can I more clearly define the fullness of God? 

– Why is it so vital to recognize God as preeminent LORD?

– In what ways can praise be offered? 

– Does anything come out of my mouth more than praise? 

– What are firstfruits? 

– Is it wise to attempt to “trick” God by trying to hide who and what we are or have been doing? 

– Is it impossible to follow God and His lead? (Delve deeply into this question. Discuss it with a spiritual mentor, Bible scholar, and/or an accountability partner.)

– Can you outrun, outmaneuver, or outwit God? (Why do so many try and what is the end result of that?)

– Is there truly an opportunity to see God in every moment? 

– Can grace be found even in the unpretty things of life?

– Do I begin and end my day with praise to God? 

Plan:

Proceed to Psalm 118:1-11. Read the verses and make your 5p notations.

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