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In the Beginning…Part 2

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Adult & Teen Discussion Guide

1. Primary Statement

God owns it all – the earth, and everything in it. He blesses us with many good things, and as His managers, He expects us to handle His resources His way. The first and the best of what we receive belongs to God; when we fail to do that, we open ourselves to unnecessary hardships and temptations.

2. Bible Verse

Genesis 4:3-5 [NIV] “In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor.”

Q. Why did God receive Abel’s sacrifice with favor, but not Cain’s?

Q. Abel gave the first and the best of what he had to God. What would the first and the best look like in your life?

3. Discussion

Genesis 4:6-7 [NIV] “Then the Lord said to Cain… ‘If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.’”

Cain’s refusal to give God his first and best lessened his view of God as leader and Lord, and that weakened state left him vulnerable to temptation. Instead, he should have refocused on giving God what was right. When we learn to put God first in any area of life, it helps us to put Him first in all other areas.

Q. How are you honoring God with your possessions? 

Q. Do your giving habits make it easier or harder to fully put God first in other areas of your life?

4. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family: thank God for blessing you with life, and for meeting your needs. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you put Him first in your finances.


Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

1. Power Verse

 Matthew 5:16 “Let your shine before men…”

LIGHTNING BUGS“I’ll Shine My Light In This Dark World!”

This week, we continue the series called, “Bugs”.  In this lesson, we learn how to work together as partners who belong to God!

2. Bible Reading

Read: Exodus 34

The New Stone Tablets

34 The Lord said to Moses, “Cut out two stone tablets that are just like the first ones. I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Be ready in the morning. Then come up on Mount Sinai. Meet with me there on top of the mountain. No one must come with you. No one must be seen anywhere on the mountain. Not even the flocks and herds must be allowed to eat grass in front of the mountain.”

So Moses carved out two stone tablets just like the first ones. Early in the morning he went up Mount Sinai. He carried the two stone tablets in his hands. He did as the Lord had commanded him to do. Then the Lord came down in the cloud. He stood there with Moses and announced his name, the Lord. As he passed in front of Moses, he called out. He said, “I am the Lord, the Lord. I am the God who is tender and kind. I am gracious. I am slow to get angry. I am faithful and full of love. I continue to show my love to thousands of people. I forgive those who do evil. I forgive those who refuse to obey me. And I forgive those who sin. But I do not let guilty people go without punishing them. I cause the sins of the parents to affect their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

Moses bowed down to the ground at once and worshiped. “Lord,” he said, “if you are pleased with me, then go with us. Even though these people are stubborn, forgive the evil things we have done. Forgive our sin. And accept us as your people.”

10 Then the Lord said, “I am making a covenant with you. I will do wonderful things in front of all your people. I will do amazing things that have never been done before in any nation in the whole world. The people you live among will see the things that I, the Lord, will do for you. And they will see how wonderful those things really are. 11 Obey what I command you today. I will drive out the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites to make room for you. 12 Be careful. Do not make a peace treaty with those who live in the land where you are going. They will be a trap to you. 13 Break down their altars. Smash their sacred stones. Cut down the poles they use to worship the female god named Asherah. 14 Do not worship any other god. The Lord is a jealous God. In fact, his name is Jealous.

15 “Be careful not to make a peace treaty with the people living in the land. They commit sin by offering sacrifices to their gods. They will invite you to eat their sacrifices, and you will do it. 16 You will choose some of their daughters as wives for your sons. And those daughters will commit sin by worshiping their gods. Then they will lead your sons to do the same thing.

17 “Do not make any statues of gods.

18 “Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days eat bread made without yeast, just as I commanded you. Do it at the appointed time in the month of Aviv. You came out of Egypt in that month.

19 “Every male animal born first to its mother belongs to me. That includes your livestock. It includes herds and flocks alike. 20 Sacrifice a lamb to buy back every male donkey born first to its mother. But if you do not buy the donkey back, break its neck. Buy back all your oldest sons.

“You must not come to worship me with your hands empty.

21 “Do your work in six days. But you must rest on the seventh day. Even when you are plowing your land or gathering your crops, you must rest on the seventh day.

22 “Celebrate the Feast of Weeks. Bring the first share of your wheat crop. Celebrate the Feast of Booths. Hold it in the fall. 23 Three times a year all your men must come to worship me. I am your Lord and King, the God of Israel. 24 I will drive out nations ahead of you. I will increase your territory. Go up three times a year to worship me. While you are doing that, I will keep others from wanting to take any of your land for themselves. I am the Lord your God.

25 “Do not include anything made with yeast when you offer me the blood of a sacrifice. You must not keep any of the meat from the sacrifice of the Passover Feast until morning.

26 “Bring the best of the first share of your crops to the house of the Lord your God.

“Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.”

27 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write down the words I have spoken. I have made a covenant with you and with Israel in keeping with those words.” 28 Moses was there with the Lord for 40 days and 40 nights. He didn’t eat any food or drink any water. The Lord wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant law. Those words are the Ten Commandments.

The Face of Moses Shines

29 Moses came down from Mount Sinai. He had the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands. His face was shining because he had spoken with the Lord. But he didn’t realize it. 30 Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses. His face was shining. So they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called out to them. So Aaron and all the leaders of the community came to him. And Moses spoke to them. 32 After that, all the Israelites came near him. And he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai.

33 Moses finished speaking to them. Then he covered his face with a veil. 34 But when he would go to speak with the Lord, he would remove the veil. He would keep it off until he came out. Then he would tell the people what the Lord had commanded. 35 They would see that his face was shining. So Moses would cover his face with the veil again. He would keep it on until he went in again to speak with the Lord.

3. Discussion

Jesus told us that we should be like a city on a hill with a light that can’t be hidden.  We are to SHINE the light of Jesus all over the darkness. Even the smallest light can cut through the thick layers of darkness that sin brings into the world. 

Q.  What does it mean to shine your light?  

Q. How can you shine your light?

Q. Do you think it is easy to shine your light?  

4. Prayer Focus

Pray with your children that they will shine their light in their school and in their neighborhood so that all people will see Jesus in us.

In the Beginning…

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Adult & Teen Discussion Guide

1. Primary Statement

When Satan brings temptation, it’s not obvious – it’s sneaky. He uses things that seem good, things which have a ring of truth to them, to get us off of God’s game plan.

2. Bible Verse

Genesis 3:1 [ESV] “Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”

 

Satan didn’t use a full-on attack – that would have been easy to spot. He didn’t even start by contradicting God. Instead, he created doubt in Eve’s mind. Those same tactics he used in the garden are just as effective today. Your crafty enemy will tempt you by creating doubt.

Q. Have you ever wrestled with doubts about who God is or what He wants? If so, how did you resolve them?

Q. When Eve had doubts, she trusted the serpent’s interpretation. What should she have done instead? How does that relate to topics which are debated in today’s culture?

3. Discussion

Genesis 3:8-10 [ESV] “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”

God put two things into place to help keep Adam and Eve from falling – His Word, and His fellowship. The best way to resist temptation is to lean into those supports. Stay connected to God through prayer and worship. Study the Bible and incorporate it into your life.

Q. Where do you need growth the most right now – Prayer, Worship or Bible Study?

4. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family: thank God for making a way for you to come near Him again, and for giving you access to His Word. Ask Him to strengthen you so you won’t fall for the sneaky temptations that Satan brings.


Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

1. Power Verse

1 Corinthians 3:9 “We work together as partners who belong to God.”

 ANTS:  “You & Me, We Agree, We Will Work In Unity!”

This week, we continue the series called, “Bugs”.  In this lesson, we learn how to work together as partners who belong to God!

2. Bible Reading

Water Out of the Rock

17 The whole community of Israel started out from the Desert of Sin. They traveled from place to place, just as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim. But there wasn’t any water for the people to drink. So they argued with Moses. They said, “Give us water to drink.”

Moses replied, “Why are you arguing with me? Why are you testing the Lord?”

But the people were thirsty for water there. So they told Moses they weren’t happy with him. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt? Did you want us, our children and our livestock to die of thirst?”

Then Moses cried out to the Lord. He said, “What am I going to do with these people? They are almost ready to kill me by throwing stones at me.”

The Lord answered Moses. “Go out in front of the people. Take some of the elders of Israel along with you. Take in your hand the walking stick you used when you struck the Nile River. Go. I will stand there in front of you by the rock at Mount Horeb. Hit the rock. Then water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses hit the rock while the elders of Israel watched. Moses called the place Massah and Meribah. That’s because the people of Israel argued with him there. They also tested the Lord. They asked, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

Joshua Wins the Battle Over the Amalekites

The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men. Then go out and fight against the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill. I’ll stand there holding the walking stick God gave me.”

10 So Joshua fought against the Amalekites, just as Moses had ordered. Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hand, the Israelites were winning. But every time he lowered his hands, the Amalekites began to win. 12 When Moses’ arms got tired, Aaron and Hur got a stone and put it under him. Then he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands. Aaron was on one side, and Hur was on the other. Moses’ hands remained steady until sunset. 13 So Joshua destroyed the Amalekite army with swords.

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “This is something to be remembered. So write it on a scroll. Make sure Joshua knows you have done it. I will completely erase the memory of the Amalekites from the earth.”

15 Then Moses built an altar. He called it The Lord Is My Banner. 16 He said, “The Amalekites opposed the authority of the Lord. So the Lord will fight against the Amalekites for all time to come.”

 

3. Discussion

Q. Who was Moses praying for?

Q. What happened when Moses would lower his arms?  Q. When Moses was tired, who helped him to keep his hands up?

Throughout the church’s history, Christians have struggled to work together in unity.  Individuals have strong feelings on how we should go about accomplishing God’s work.  Many times, those feelings and ideas differ from one another.

Too often, Christians begin to fight against one another rather than work together in unity.  Nothing causes more damage to the Kingdom of God than when the people of God begin to hurt and destroy each other.

God wants His people to work together in unity.  We won’t always agree, but when we disagree we should do so in love, trying to compromise with one another.  Have you ever gotten in a fight with someone at church?  How can we be better at working together with other Christians? 

4. Prayer Focus

Pray with your children that they will stay away from fighting other Christians and work together.  Pray that God would help you to work together as a family to accomplish the BIG task of reaching the world for Jesus.

God Can Use Broken Things

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Adult & Teen Discussion Guide

1. Primary Statement

God uses people to accomplish His mission – not perfect, flawless people, but real humans with real issues. It doesn’t take perfection to be useful to God, but it does take the right effort and attitude.

2. Bible Verse

God called Noah, and entrusted him with the survival of the entire human race.

Genesis 6:13-14 [NLT] “So God said to Noah, ‘I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth!  Build a large boat from cypress wood…’”

But Noah had his own issues.

Genesis 9:20-21 [NLT] “After the flood, Noah began to cultivate the ground, and he planted a vineyard. One day he drank some wine he had made, and he became drunk and lay naked inside his tent.”

Q. Why do you think the story from Genesis 9 was included in the Bible? What can we learn from it?

Q. How do you think Noah felt after the whole incident?

3. Discussion

Even after his drunken experience, Noah had a huge role in God’s mission. He lived for another 349 years, teaching the new generations about God (he even lived alongside Abram for 58 years!). God doesn’t expect perfection, but He does expect humility, submission, and resiliency. If Noah had given up on serving God after his embarrassing moral failure, the entire human race would have been missing a huge wealth of knowledge about God and the times before the flood. The key is to repent, put it in the past and keep following God’s direction. When you fall, don’t give up – get up!

Q. Have you ever felt like you were disqualified to serve God because of mistakes / sins?

Q. If God called Noah (a drunk), David (an adulterer and murderer), and Peter (who denied he even knew Jesus), do you think He would disqualify you for your issues?

4. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family and thank God for calling you to serve Him. Ask Him to keep you from sin, and to help you get back up and keep going when you fall.


Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

1. Power Verse

1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Keep on praying.

 Watts Up: “P-R-A-Y, Lift Your Eyes Up To The Sky & Pray!

This week, we start a brand new series called, “Bugs.”  In this series, we will learn some big lessons from different bugs.  In this lesson, we are encouraged to talk to God daily.  He is our best friend.  God wants the best for all of us.  We can share with Him all the things on our minds and hearts.

2. Bible Reading

Luke 18:9-14 Jesus told a story to some people who were sure they were right with God. They looked down on everyone else. 10 He said to them, “Two men went up to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee. The other was a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed. ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people,’ he said. ‘I am not like robbers or those who do other evil things. I am not like those who commit adultery. I am not even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week. And I give a tenth of all I get.’13 “But the tax collector stood farther away than the Pharisee. He would not even look up to heaven. He brought his hand to his heart and prayed. He said, ‘God, have mercy on me. I am a sinner.’14 “I tell you, the tax collector went home accepted by God. But not the Pharisee. All those who lift themselves up will be made humble. And those who make themselves humble will be lifted up.”

Q. What kind of prayer did the Pharisee pray?  What about the tax collector?

Q. Which prayer do you think was most pleasing to God?

3. Discussion

Life is full of choices.  It’s so easy to rely on our own minds and power to make those hard decisions. God has provided a way for each of us to plug into His power and wisdom through prayer.  

Too often, we choose the advice of friends, family, internet, books, television, etc., before we ever go to the source of all wisdom – God.  

Prayer changes things. We must remember that prayer should be our first option, not our last.

Q. Where do you usually go to for advice when facing a tough situation?

Q. How do you think we can make prayer a priority?

 

4. Prayer Focus

Lead your child in the “PRAY” method of prayer.  Walk them through Praise, Repentance, Asking For Others, and then Yourself.  Remind them that prayer is an essential part of our lives.  It is how we stay close to God.  Remind them, “When you see a praying mantis, let it remind you of the importance of prayer.”

Waiting for God

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Adult & Teen Discussion Guide

1. Primary Statement

Sometimes it’s hard to wait. In a culture of microwave dinners, Keurig coffee brewers, and on-demand video content, it can seem downright criminal when God doesn’t answer prayers quickly. When the answer doesn’t come in the time we expect it to, though, the problem is not God’s timing… it’s ours.

2. Bible Verse 

2 Peter 3:9 [ESV] “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

God’s timing works differently than ours, with many factors we may not take into account. Remember, He’s patient, and He’s working for your good.

Q. What’s a prayer you’ve prayed that didn’t get answered as quickly as you wanted?

Q. What’s an example of a time when God was patient with you?

Q. Would you rather have God’s answers – and judgment – happen on your timetable, or on His?

3. Application

Matthew 7:11 [NLT] “So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”

God will give good things to you, but He’s the one who determines what is truly good. If you find yourself not getting what you want, that thing you’re asking for might not be as good for you as it seems.

Q. What’s something that humans used to think was good or healthy, which we now understand is bad or unhealthy?

Q.  Is it possible that something that seems good for you could actually be bad for others? If God loves all humanity, could His delay in answering be for the greater good?

Q. Sometimes a good thing can become bad if it comes at the wrong time or in the wrong amount. Can you think of a few examples?

4. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family and thank God for caring enough about what’s good for you to answer prayers in His timing. Ask Him to give you patience to wait for His answers and to help you trust in His character while you’re waiting.


Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

1. Activity

“I Will Worship God With All My Heart!”

Give everyone a pen and piece of paper and have them write down the name of their favorite celebrity—an athlete, a singer, an actor, a public figure, or whomever.   Once everyone is finished, tell them to imagine that they’ve been invited to spend an hour alone with this person.

2. Bible Verse

Psalm 100:2 “Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy.”   

Then talk about the following questions:

Q. What is the first thing you would do when you saw this famous person?

Q. How would you feel while you were in this person’s presence?

Q. How do you think you would feel once you left this person’s presence?

Q. What are some of the things you might say to that person?

When you’re discussing some of the things you might say, suggest to your children that they may say something like:

“You’re the best quarterback ever.  The way you run the ball is awesome.”

“You’re so funny in all of your movies.  I love the way you can make me laugh.”

“The way you dress is so cool, I would love to look just like you.”

3. Application 

Tell your children that while they may never get the chance to be in the presence of their favorite celebrity, they always have the opportunity to be in the presence of God. 

Sometimes our biggest problem in worship is we can’t really think of anything to say other than, “Thank you, Jesus” over and over.  Maybe it’s because we aren’t paying enough attention to what God is doing in our lives every day.  As a family, make a commitment to praising God every day over the next week for something He’s done in your life that day.  It may be something simple like giving you the strength to resist temptation or giving you a sense of peace during a stressful situation. Whatever it is, make sure you spend some time praising God for it.

4. Prayer Focus

To end your devotion, have each person name one thing that God has done for them recently.  Then worship God together as a family, either silently or out loud, praising Him for all of the good things He does.

Priority of Prayer

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Adult Outline

There is a fight all around us – in the spiritual world. Whether or not we realize it, we’re in the firefight between Satan’s sinful rule and God’s will and kingdom. The only way to fight that battle – and to win it – is through prayer.

Prayer is not only powerful to change things in our world – it’s the essential element of all of God’s work. Read the passages below, and consider how they play out in your life.

Prayer shapes the world

Matthew 18:18-20 [ESV]

“Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.””

What are 1or 2 areas in your world where Satan’s way is ruling? How would they look if God’s will and kingdom were ruling? How can you start bringing God’s kingdom into that area?

 

Without prayer, God’s work falters

Ephesians 6:16-18 [ESV]

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”

Taking action in the physical world can’t change spiritual realities – only prayer can do that. Think again of those areas in your world where Satan’s way is ruling. What would a physical-world strategy be? What would a spiritual attack strategy be?

Discussion questions:

  •  When challenges come, which should we do first, pray or act? Which do we do first? How should your prayer time change to reflect the things you’ve learned?
  • Take a few minutes as a family and pray for God’s kingdom to come into the areas you pointed out. Stand in faith – prayer changes things!

OK Kids Outline

 

Why do bad things happen in the world? It’s not because God wants them to happen, it’s because sin separates people from God, and when they’re separated, Satan has his way. There’s good news, though – God gave us the power to fight back and start to put things back the way He wants them. How? By praying.

Prayer can do some pretty awesome stuff! Here are just a few things God did through people who prayed:

A man paralyzed for eight years was healed. (Acts 9:34) Peter and other disciples were delivered from prison (Acts 5:19-23, 12:6-11, 16:26). Philip was carried away to a totally different place by the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:39) A woman was raised from the dead. (Acts 9:40).

 

The Holy Spirit is in us to give us power. When we pray and ask God to have His way instead of Satan’s way, things change!

 

Think of some things in the world that are bad (pick a few examples – the more specific, the better). How would those things look if God had His way? How much could you do by yourself to fix those problems? God has a better way to fight – pray!

 

Ephesians 6:16-18 [MSG]

“Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long.”

 

When we see things in the world where Satan is having his way, the first and best thing to do is pray. Remember – the same Holy Spirit who did those awesome things in the bible is in you!

 

Prayer Focus:

  • What’s one thing we can pray about, to ask God to have His way instead of Satan?
  • Take a few minutes as a family and pray for God’s kingdom to come into the areas you pointed out. Stand in faith – prayer changes things!

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We want to invite you to join this home discipleship program designed to facilitate Bible reading, discussion, and prayer.

There are two pages in the Family Discipleship Guide.  One page is for teen & adult discussion and the other is for kids.

  1. Choose the discipleship outline that works for you and/or your family.
  2. Sit down and read through the scriptures and questions each week and then take some time to discuss your thoughts.
  3. Later in the week we ask that you take time to pray for each other and for specific needs.
  4. Text DISCIPLE to 24587 after each prayer and discussion time or comment below so that we can celebrate with you, who are deepening your knowledge.

As always, please feel free to ask questions.

The Power of Prayer- Part 1

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We want to invite you to join this home discipleship program designed to facilitate Bible reading, discussion, and prayer.

There are two pages in the Family Discipleship Guide.  One page is for teen & adult discussion and the other is for kids.

  1. Choose the discipleship outline that works for you and/or your family.
  2. Sit down and read through the scriptures and questions each week and then take some time to discuss your thoughts.
  3. Later in the week we ask that you take time to pray for each other and for specific needs.
  4. Text DISCIPLE to 24587 after each prayer and discussion time or comment below so that we can celebrate with you, who are deepening your knowledge.

As always, please feel free to ask questions.

Searching for God

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This morning I was reading from Deuteronomy chapter 4. This is the story of the Children of Israel under Moses’ leadership just before:

  • the giving of the ten commandments,
  • the death of Moses,
  • the leadership of Joshua,
  • the crossing of the Jordan River
  • and their taking possession of the promised land.

In Israel’s history they have repeatedly forsaken God. In their sin one of their patterns is to form some sort of image to represent what they think God looks like and then they worship that image. Usually by that time they have adopted one of the false religious systems around them and have forsaken the teachings of their godly ancestors. Ultimately, what happens is that God’s hand of blessing will be withdrawn, tribulation in the form of either poverty or oppression will arise, and the people, out of desperation and tribulation, will begin to call on the Lord once again and He delivers them.

It is this cycle of idolatry and God’s judgment that Moses is warning the people against.

Verses 29-31 are perhaps a few verses that speak not only of the unique situation that Israel found themselves in time after time, but also give us a picture today of God’s desire and willingness to reach out and pull people back to himself after periods of forsaking him. In these verses we read…

29 “But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30 When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the Lord your God and obey his voice. 31 For the Lord your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them.” Deuteronomy 4:29–31 (ESV)

I believe that like many passages of prophetic scripture, these verses have an application not only to an ancient time but also to a future time. Perhaps OUR time!

Can you feel the tension in the air? There is a small undercurrent beneath the daily lives of people. Slowly people are becoming aware of the emptiness and the hopelessness of a life without God in it. For many of them they have not yet recognized God as the answer to this growing uneasiness in their hearts but He’s preparing them for that realization. Just as in the days of the Children of Israel, Moses and Joshua, God is preparing through difficulty, the hearts of people to return to him. Through the fear and anxiety that always accompanies a life void of the Holy Spirit, God is breaking up the hardened ground of people’s hearts and while many of them don’t yet know it, revival is coming to their lives!

I love the last half of verse 30, “…you will return to the Lord your God and obey his voice.” What an awesome picture of what revival is, people returning to God and obeying his voice!

In these next few days leading up to our time of revival, you and I have some very important work to be involved in. We’ve been praying and asking God to revive us and I absolutely know that He is going to do just that. However, for those around us to benefit from this same move of God, we must reach out to them. Would you take some time today and make some calls, extend some invitations, send out a few emails, or simply share this this blog via Facebook?

For me the good news of hard times is that they always have a purpose within God’s plan. God’s not a belligerent father who takes pleasure in hurting people. He’s a kind, loving dad who will not allow the ultimate destruction of his children that will come if they remain separated from him through sin. Therefore, he allows difficulty to press his children back towards him. They begin to call upon him and he revives their relationship with him and the blessing of that life returns.

Are you ready for revival?

 

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