It’s our second week of online Bible study as we study Children of the Day by Beth Moore. We’re continuing our study of Thessalonians and walking through the the pages of Scripture verse by verse. Some of you are writing the verses in the back of your workbook, it would be fun if you take a snapshot photo of your handwritten verses and post this on our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/womensbiblecafe
We are reminded of God searching our hearts and I thought you’d like to see these related verses:
- Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. Psalm 139:23 HCSB
- You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 HCSB
- And He who searches the hearts knows the Spirit’s mind-set, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:28 HCSB
Take a look at these same verses in a different translation:
- Examine me, O God, and know my mind. Test me, and know my thoughts. Psalm 139:23 GOD’S WORD
- Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 Amplified
- And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. Romans 8:27 New Living Translation
When is the last time you invited the Lord to search, examine and seek your thoughts? Most likely this makes you uncomfortable, yet it should not make you afraid. There is a purpose in allowing God full access to your heart, for it is there that the Holy Spirit resides and His will is done. Romans 5:5 ESV says “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” If you want His love to pour out in your testimony and witness to others, you need to trust Him with your thoughts. Pray as Jesus prayed and send your invitation for a heart makeover, designed like His.
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK
- Read Week Three in your workbook.
- Join a small group this week!
- OPTIONAL: Listen to Audio Session Three or Video Session Three (optional due to cost)
- Visit Beth Moore’s blog for a Summer Bible Study update
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK (share answers in small groups)
- From p.46, middle of the page: Did 1 Thessalonians 2:8 stir up a story of your own about a way you have shared not only the Gospel but also your very self because someone had become so dear to you? If so, please share a portion of it with us.
- From p.50, in the margin toward the bottom of the page: Isaiah 38:15 records words from the pen of Hezekiah that poignantly describe bitterness: “I walk along slowly all my years because of the bitterness of my soul.” I suggest in the lesson that bitterness makes our souls heavy and our feet like anchors and it ages us far beyond our years. Share something of the impact bitterness has had in your own life and, if God has delivered you from it, testify.
- From p.51, mid page: Share a time when you experienced some form of persecution because of your belief in Jesus. This topic will only grow more relevant in a culture increasingly hostile to Christianity. We’re going to have to learn to expect it, deal with it, and not shrink back in our faith because of it. Our tendency will be to return insult for insult but Christ has called us instead to bless when we are cursed. (1 Peter 3:9) Nothing about it will be easy. We’ll have to be deliberate to be victorious.
- Have you ever imagined yourself walking with God? How would this look and feel? Using as much visual imagery as you can, describe “walking with God” in your own words.