SESSION TWO - BECOMING MORE THAN A GOOD BIBLE STUDY GIRL
IN MY WALK WITH GOD
Lysa started this week's DVD segment with some fresh pineapple. She told of how she had been settling for canned pineapple instead of fresh pineapple because the outside of the fresh pineapple looked "scary". Then she watched a friend cut a fresh pineapple and realized, "I could do that. It's not so hard." She compared that to studying the Bible. Sometimes, we settle for the "canned" version - what others have studied and then told us - instead of getting the Word "fresh" for ourselves because the Bible can look "scary" on the outside. It's so big - I don't understand it - we use all kind of excuses.
She referenced Ephesians 1:17 as giving us an important clue to understanding the Bible: "I keep asking..." ASK for understanding and don't just ask once - KEEP ON ASKING. The only way we are going to have His Word dwell in us is to get it in to us and the only way to do that is to get in to the Bible for ourselves.
She used the story of David as an example of how we can learn by studying people in the Bible. Some questions we should ask ourselves when we are studying any person in the Bible are: What is odd about this passage? What could it say to me personally?
In I Samuel 16:1, 7, 10-13 we see that David was overlooked by everyone else but he was handpicked by God. (He wasn't even brought in with his brothers!) His character was developed in the fields of everyday life to match his calling. Even though David should have been afraid, he wasn't because he knew God was with him so he ran straight to the center of God's will.
If you settle for canned versions of someone else's revelations instead of studying the Bible for yourself, it could have a negative impact on your walk with the Lord. How? Because, how would you know if they were speaking the truth? Also, you can't get the same feelings from someone else's experiences as you can from your own.
Even after David was anointed as King where was he sent? Back to the fields! And he never complained once. He trusted God and didn't question.
We must remember that the fields of every day life are our perfect preparation place, just as they were David's. God knows exactly where we are and has us there for a reason. He knows His plan for us already. We need to trust Him and allow Him to work in and through our lives right where we are this moment.
Other scripture used in this week's lesson: I Samuel 17:34-37, 40, 45 and 48-49
Each lady present received a bookmark with a picture of a pineapple and Ephesians 1:17 "I keep asking..." to help remind us not to settle for the "canned" version of the Bible.
And one lady (Alisa) was blessed with two fresh pineapples to take home! WOO HOO!!!
Please realize that this blog is a very abbreviated version of everything that we discuss on Thursday nights. Please feel free to come and join in even if you didn't sign up and don't have the books. You can really get a lot of insight just from watching the DVD session and taking part in the discussion that follows. We'd love to have you join us.
We will be watching the Session 3 DVD this Thursday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m. You never know what little surprises might be waiting for ya :)