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7/31/13 6:48 P

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Our attitudes can affect the results of our Bible study.

The Bible is different from all other books. Just as you understand a written letter from your own family better than an anyone else can, true Christians can best understand the Word of God. This is possible because we become God's children when we are born again through salvation. We have His Spirit as I Corinthians 2:6-16 tells us.

Being reborn into God's family is only a beginning. As we read God's Word, we become hungry for more of His word for it is the Bread of Life. As young children who come daily to their parents to be fed, we must come to God to have our spiritual hunger satisfied (see 1 Peter 2:2).

Also, we must approach God's Word, as a child wishing to please their parents, not as an adult with an attitude of obedience. The child who gets the most from his parents love and receives an inheritance is obedient. He listens to his parents commands and has been reared up in the word of the Lord. An adult with an attitude about obedience, often defies his parent and isn't ready to be fed and has not been reared up in the word of God to be an obediant child. The Apostle Paul was concerned about the disobedience of the church in Corinth and wrote them a letter (1 Corinthians) to counsel them. He explained that because of their arguing and other bad attitudes, they were not growing spiritually. He said:

I could not talk to you as I talk to people who have the Spirit; I had to talk to you as though you belonged to this world, as children in the Christian faith. I had to feed you milk, not solid food, because you were not ready for it. And even now you are not ready for it, because you still live as the people of this world live (1 Corinthians 3:1-3).

Our attitude must include discipline. We cannot expect God to reveal things to us unless we make a real effort to learn. The Scripture says, "Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7). This means we need to spend time in careful study.

Now, in order for our study to change our lives, we must be teachable, as a child is teachable. We must be willing to receive our Heavenly Father's instruction. Too often we try to live life our own way and unless you surrender to God's will and allow for instruction, this is an attitude problem. Children are eager to be taught and have an abundant desire to learn from their parents, that is why we must be reborn into God's Kingdom as His children, so that we may learn God's way's, His Truth, His Life. Both King David and the prophet Isaiah admitted to God their need and desire to be taught.

I have not neglected your instructions, because you yourself are my teacher. How sweet is the taste of your instructions -- sweeter even than honey (Psalm 119:102, 103).

The Sovereign Lord has taught me what to say, so that I can strengthen the weary. Every morning he makes me eager to hear what he is going to teach me (Isaiah 50:4).

When we are reborn, we are teachable, we approach God's Word humbly. There may come a time when we think we are very wise spiritually or self-righteous. But we must remember not to boast. God has made us what we are, as 1 Corinthians 1:30, 31 tells us.

God has brought you into union with Christ Jesus, and God has made Christ to be our wisdom. By him we are put right with God; we become God's holy people and are set free. So then, as the scripture says, `Whoever wants to boast must boast of what the Lord has done.'

We can never learn everything in God's Word. But we continue to learn as the Holy Spirit reveals God's truth to us. Our learning will go on even in heaven for God's Word will not pass away.
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Jill "survivor61"
Jesus said, "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me." John 14:1


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Lord We bring to our burdens and You know our situations. Father You know many times in our lives, how we have struggled and needed you to get us through these difficult times. We thank you Lord for always bringing us comfort to our hearts, giving us the strength to carry on and the will to carry on. We praise your Holy name and pray that You will watch over our family and friends who are struggling right now and help them through the difficult times as you have helped us.
In Christ Jesus Name
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Awesome. Thanks so much.

Darlene

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7/30/13 6:15 P

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Hallelujah and Praise the Lord!!

Recognizing our needs and meeting them through the study of God's Word is a must.

God made us in His image. He is concerned about us, He Loves us unconditionally. He knows our needs better than we know them.

As a master craftsman knows his product better than anyone else does, God knows man for He created man. If a product does not work, we send it back to the craftsman to have it repaired or replaced. The crafts makes it whole again or like new.

When our lives are broken, we become bitter, sad, lonely and often angry. We developed bad habits. We do not follow God as we should. We are in need of repair -- correction. The Word of God is the only instrument we are equipped with to make those repairs. Let's read 2 Timothy 3:16, 17:

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking our errors and correcting faults, and giving instruction for living righteous, so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.

God begins to repair our lives when we accept Christ as our personal Savior. He cleanses us from sin and gives us a new start. He instructs us how to become like Jesus. The teachings of the Bible guide us in our growth as Christians. They describe God's will for us in our daily living.

As God's Word makes repairs, it fulfills many needs in our lives. It helps us know the truth about our salvation. It teaches us what our heritage in Christ is. It gives us strength and power through Christ. It discusses how to be filled with the Holy Spirit. It provides joy and peace that can only come from God. It directs us to live Holy lives. Hebrews 4:12 tells us:

The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where the soul and spirit meet . It judges the desires and thoughts of man's heart.

The Word of God shows us when our desires are against God's will. It helps us shape our thoughts to be like His thoughts. Our desires and thoughts are at the center of our souls
and spiritual being. We must therefore stay attuned to God's word, by remaining active by reading it daily and living it daily.

The more we read and study the Bible, the more apt we are to listen to the Holy Spirit teaching us, the more we are to know and do God's will. We have purpose in life and the wisdom to make the right choices. The Bible teaches God's Word: "The explanation of your teachings will give light and bring wisdom to the ignorant" (Psalm 119:130). This light guides us in our daily lives. It gives us understanding about Christ's return and our eternal life in heaven.

The light of God's Word changes us into the image of Christ. As we study, we "put off the old self with its habits and have put on the new self." (Colossians 3:9, 10). The likeness of Christ can shine through us to a lost world who needs Christ.

When we truly know God, our spirits are joined with His Spirit, which is the source of life. Once this is done our greatest need is met -- the need for life itself. Hallelujah


Jill "survivor61"
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6/22/13 1:03 A

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Brilliant..thankyou

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6/19/13 12:44 P

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God bless your precious heart!

In GOD We Trust Choose To Lose
"If you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired."
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6/19/13 11:40 A

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emoticon thank you.

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Wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing.

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Loved it. Thanks for sharing this. It is so true.

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In GOD We Trust Choose To Lose
"If you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired."
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"We become what we think about." Earl Nightingale


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Contentment is not possessing everything but giving thanks for everything you possess.

Every time I am asked to pray, I think of the old fellow who always prayed, 'Lord, prop us up on our leanin' side.'

After hearing him pray that prayer many times, someone asked him why he prayed that prayer so fervently.

He answered, 'Well sir, you see, it's like this.... I got an old barn out back. It's been there a long time; it's withstood a lot of weather; it's gone through a lot of storms, and it's stood for many years.

It's still standing. But one day I noticed it was leaning to one side a bit.
So I went and got some pine poles and propped it up on its leaning side so it wouldn't fall.

Then I got to thinking about that and how much I was like that old barn. I've been around a long time. I've withstood a lot of life's storms. I've withstood a lot of bad weather in life, I've withstood a lot of hard times, and I'm still standing, too. But I find myself leaning to one side from time to time, so I like to ask the Lord to prop us up on our leaning side, 'cause I figure a lot of us get to leaning at times.

Sometimes we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward bitterness, leaning toward hatred, leaning toward cussing, leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn't. So we need to pray, Lord, prop us up on our leaning side, so we will stand straight and tall again, to glorify You.''
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