Thursday, December 22, 2011

Moment with the Master Week 4

I pray you are not growing weary in daily spending time with the Lord through these devotions.  If you keep it up, it will become a habit to read your Bible and pray everyday, then it will become a delight!  So, let us press on together sisterJ
1.    Read Psalm 63:4  How does David praise the Lord and how should we?

I have been saved since I was 13 years old and have been going to church at least three times a week or more every week of my life.  That is a lot of opportunities to offer praise to the Lord, but I wasted a lot of those opportunities.  When I was at a youth camp it was easy to raise my hand to worship because other people were.  However, when I got back to my regular church I quit raising my hands to worship for two reasons.  One reason was no one else was raising their hands to worship.  The second reason was the devil was telling me that because I wasn’t perfect and had not prayed enough or been with Him that day that I would be a hypocrite to raise my hand and worship.  Finally, one day a few years ago the Lord taught me that He wanted me to praise Him with my hand raised in church (and at home) no matter how I felt or what I had done wrong that day.  He is always worthy of our praise!

Read Psalm 100:1-5.  Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise.”  How can you apply this verse in your life?

One way is to come before the Lord by telling Him thank you when you start your prayer.  I am in the habit of starting most of my prayers by saying, “Lord thank you for today and everything you’ve done for us and given us…”  My kids have heard me start my prayers like that and now that’s how Benjamin starts his prayer!

2.    Read Psalm 63:5  “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness”  Marrow is the soft tissue that fills the cavities of most bones.  Fatness is defined as “well filled out, abundant, and richly rewarding”  So, this verse means my soul is satisfied to the core with Jesus and He fills every crack, crevice and emptiness in my heart with His love.  It means Jesus has made me full, content, abundant and richly rewards me for being satisfied in Him.  John Piper once said, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”  Think about that.  Is your soul satisfied in Jesus today?  What will it take to satisfy you?

3.    Wherever you are right now put into practice verse 5 by opening your mouth and praising the Lord joyfully.  Oh, come on, be a good sport and do itJ  It is contagious!  One example of how I do this is by singing godly songs or making up songs to the Lord.  I sing while I clean the house, do the dishes and feed the kids.  Before I know it I look up and my 3 and 5 year old are singing too!  One day I got onto Benjamin for yelling and then I continued to sing loud and he said, “You are being loud too!”  I told him that is was ok to sing loud to Jesus!  What is one way you can add praising the Lord to your daily routine?

4.    A lot of times I begin to find satisfaction in Jesus by praising Him, worshipping Him, singing to Him and being in His presence.  Try this and see if you find the same satisfaction!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Moment with the Master Week 3

Moment With the Master          Week 3

1.    Read Psalm 63:1-2  Why did David seek God early according to Psalm 63:2?
2.   During church services I have seen the power of God and felt the presence of God.  David had seen God’s power and glory in the sanctuary and it was so wonderful that He longed to see it again.  I love to go to church to worship God and sing to Him with other believers.  The Bible says “Where two or more are gathered together in my name there am I in the midst”…  Why do you come to church?
3.   When we go to church as much as we can, experience the presence of God through worshipping Him, and hear the word of God preached we will grow as a Christian.  However, God desires that we seek HIM and spend time with Him daily.  Everyday you need to be reading your Bible and praying a little so you will grow in your relationship with God.  How would you feel if your husband or friend only talked to you and listened to you one day a week when you were in public and ignored you the rest of the week?  Let us not do that to Jesus and only talk with Him Sunday.  He has a lot to tell you the rest of the week!  He has many promises to share with you and many prayers He wants to answer if you will pray them.  How exciting!
4.   Read Psalm 63:3  Why does David praise the Lord according to this verse?
5.   Why do you think His lovingkindness is better than life?
6.   If it were not for His lovingkindness we would be in Hell!
7.   Jesus had sympathy and compassion on us and He died for our sins.  We are alive today because of His lovingkindness.  
8.   Application:  Make an effort  everyday to read a verse out of your Bible in Proverbs and to say a little prayer asking God to fill you with the Holy Spirit each day.

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Moment with the Master Week 2

1.    Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and give you understanding.
2.    Read Psalm 63
3.    This is a Psalm that David wrote when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
4.    Most Psalms are songs of praise or worship to the Lord, or heartfelt prayers to God.  Let’s let Psalm 63 become our prayer.
5.    Read Psalm 63:1a.  Can you say with the psalmist, “O God, thou art my God”?  Was there a time in your life when you realized you were a lost sinner and needed Jesus to save you?  Did you choose to make the one true God your God?  Having a relationship with Jesus is a personal thing that you have to decide on your own.  Once you are saved you can have an ongoing, intimate, and personal relationship with God.  If you are unsure of your salvation please talk to Pastor John or me (Brandi).
6.    Read Psalm 63:1b  Do you seek the Lord early?  I have a hard time with this one.  I do sit down and read my Bible and pray in the mid-morning, but it is not super early.  However, when I make the effort to get up early for the purpose of seeking the Lord, my day is always better.
7.    Does your soul thirst for God like the psalmist says?  The Webster dictionary defines “soul” as “the spiritual principle embodied in human beings or the moral and emotional nature of human beings”.  Thirst is defined as “an ardent desire or craving”.  What do you crave?  On most days, I crave my caffeinated herbal tea and chocolate more than I crave God!  When you crave or thirst for something you tend to want it ASAP.  We should be this way toward Jesus.  We should wake up in the morning “craving” to spend time with our Savior, Lord, Master and Lover; our King and Father who gave His own Son for us.  When I think about WHO GOD IS it makes me want Him.
8.    List some characteristics or attributes of God.
9.    Now list some things He has done for you and think about it…
10. Does that make your “flesh long for Him” a little more?
11. The end of Psalm 63:1 says, “in a dry and thirsty land where no water is..”  Like the woman at the well in our last bible study, she only had temporary water to temporarily satisfy.  Jesus is our living water and He forever satisfies.  We live in a world which tries to lie to us and tell us that if we only had a bigger house, nicer cars, nicer clothes, more money, a different body, a different husband, etc that THEN we would be happy and satisfied.  But, we are not made for just this world and nothing in this world will satisfy us, ever, except Jesus.
12. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 73:25-26.  Read these verses please.  I can’t wait to see Jesus when I get to Heaven.  Down here on earth my flesh and my heart fail everyday.  I mess up, I get mad, I complain or have a bad attitude and have to say “Lord, forgive me again!”  But He is my strength. 
13. What do you think it means that God is your portion?
I think of a dinner table with plates around it and a lot of food in the middle in big pots.  You grab your plate and put a portion of food from each pot until your plate is full.  You eat it and you are satisfied.  You had your portion, which was enough…be satisfied with Jesus as your portion today!

We will look more at Psalm 63 next time.

A Moment with the Master Week 1

Join me for a devotional I am writing called, A Moment with the Master.  I know we are all busy but as children of God we must spend time with Him each day, even if only for a moment in His Word and prayer.  My goal is to help you dig in the Word with some questions and thoughts for your time with God  through the week.  Here is Week 1...

1.Read John 4:1-8 and list the two people in this passage.

2. Where does this story take place?

3. Read John 4:9-14  What did Jesus mean by saying, "Whosever drinketh of  the water that I shall give him shall never thirst?"

4. Read John 4:15-19   Describe this woman's past.  Describe your past before you met Jesus as your Savior.

5. This woman said, "Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw" John 4:15  She was saying, 'I want what you have Jesus.  I want to be satisfied by you and not temporarily satisfied by the 'water' of this world'.  Describe the time in your life when you chose to cry out to Jesus to save you and give you eternal life and living water.

6. Read John 4:20-24  Once a person is saved, they can truly worship God.  According to this passage how do true worshippers worship God?

What do you think it means to worship God in spirit and in truth?

7. Read John 4 :25-30 What was the first thing the woman did after she met Jesus?

Pray for an opportunity this week to share your testimony with someone.  (Your testimony is the story of your life before you met Christ, how you met the Lord as Saviour and how your new life is after Christ has changed you.)