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Last year, I took Joyce Meyer’s #3030challenge. I studied the Bible daily for 30 minutes then posted what I learned. I’d like to go back and share some of the topics that were particularly eye-opening. I hope you find them helpful!
- Comparing to Others
- God’s Love
- Personal Talents
If you don’t do regular Bible study, I strongly encourage it. I’m a Bible beginner myself. I finished reading the Bible in its entirety just a few months ago. And I only started truly studying it last month.
In that short period, I’ve really been transformed by the Word. I’m not seeing angels or having visions or anything like that. But everyday moments, moments I used to think nothing of, are spiritual lessons and messages.
Give it a try, you’ll see what I mean. If you already study the Bible routinely, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
When I read interesting things in the Bible, I love to share. The gem I’ve recently unearthed deals with Ruth, King David, and King Solomon. Three well-known characters.
Their stories take place in the Old Testament. The Old Testament, for the most part, deals with God’s chosen people- the Jews.
The Gentiles, aka us Christians, don’t get formally invited to join the party until the New Testament. (Thanks, Jesus!)
King David was a Jew. King Solomon was also a Jew. Both are the most renowned Jewish kings in history.
I have questions.
Why does God let evil exist?
Why does He permit pain?
How can He sit by while His creations, His children, suffer?
There are apologetics and theologians with quick answers. Most sound pretty good. But outside the Mind of God, responses to such questions are grossly inadequate and unsatisfying.
But that’s okay.
I’m not interested in second-rate faith characterized by an obsession with answers to specific questions. Because that defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?
Read Genesis 12:1 – 22:1
- After this, the word of the Lord cam to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” (Genesis 15:1)
- Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6)
- “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14)
- God isn’t opposed to being asked questions as long as we believe His answers.
- God values obedience and faith.
- God is Almighty.
- Nothing is too hard for the Lord.
- God grants requests.
- God is against adultery.
- God keeps His promises.
Read Genesis 4:27 – 12
- God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.” (Genesis 6:12-13)
- But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” (Genesis 11:5-6)
- God does not like violence.
- God protects His people.
Read Genesis 1:1 – Genesis 4:26
- And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.
- 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.
- God created everything.
- Sin is disobedience to God.
- Satan lies to and opposes mankind.
- God favors sincere generous offerings.