Friday, December 14, 2012

A Moment in Time Bible Study Lesson

Church of the Living God
Bible Study Lesson
Presenter: Overseer Ennis F. Tait

Date:   Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Series: The Joy of the Lord
Background Scripture: I Peter 1:8
Focus Verse: Psalms 118:24 (KJV)   

Today’s Discussion:    “A Moment in Time”

Since the beginning of time, God has concealed all dates and times.  No one else, other than God, knows who, what, when, where and how for any event that will take place in this world whether catastrophic, historic, or just natural. (Deuteronomy 29:29; Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Acts 1:6-7)

The lesson aim is to appreciate God for HIS grace and mercy.  More importantly, as disciples we must learn to give God thanks for everyday HE gives us.  We should use the “Lord’s Day” to reflect on God’s divine providence and provision afforded to us from minute to minute, day to day, month to month, and year to year.

David is compelled by the spirit to praise God for giving him another day.  He has toiled because of his enemies.  However, God had given him a day of reprieve.  David’s heart is overjoyed for the opportunity to spend the day giving God thanks without interruption or distraction. Now, David recognizes the rewards of having a day of worship.  From David’s example we must learn to see God in every experience.  We must learn to respond with thanksgiving and praise for all that God has done and is doing for us.  We should not make light of the daily blessings we receive from God.  Everyday is a day of thanksgiving.  Thus, David insists that we “rejoice and be glad”. 

Key terms in the text:
  • Rejoice – [gheel] – to spin around
  • glad – [saw-makh] – to brighten up

Final thought:  God wants to have constant habitation with us and not just unscheduled visitations.  

Friday, December 7, 2012

Church of the Living God Bible Study
Presenter: Evangelist Sheree Tait

Date:   Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Series: JOY
Scripture Reference in Context: Nehemiah 8:1-10   Focus Verse: Nehemiah 8:10 (KJV)       

Today’s Discussion:    True Joy
There are many things in this life that we find to be joyous, things that we believe make us happy and bring joy to our lives. We’ll entitle them joy perpetrators. They might to our family (children, spouse or significant other) and friends, our homes, our possessions, financial success, pets, television shows, vacations, doing things we enjoy and the list goes on and on. All of these things can be here today and gone today. However, true joy comes only from the Lord. He is the only constant in our lives, today, tomorrow and forever more.

What is joy? The bible defines joy in Nehemiah 8:10 as gladness. Webster defines a glad person as someone with a cheerful or happy disposition by nature, experiencing pleasure, joy or delight, full of brightness and cheerfulness.  When you read these definitions and you look around the body of Christ today, you don’t see much joy. There is a great deal of sadness, depression, frustration and hopelessness, but not a whole lot of joy.

Why is this? Again, because true joy comes ONLY from the Lord. It is not contingent upon our circumstances, what our day looks like, how we feel, what happened yesterday or even ten years ago. It based on a peace that passes all understanding and a relationship with God that is so strong that even in your most difficult days, your greatest tragedies and your saddest moments, the strength that comes from the joy of the Lord permeates in every area of your life and the gladness shines through for others to see and glorify God.

The scripture gives us multiple examples of how we can have and maintain true joy. Read the following passages:
Psalms 16:11           We can experience true joy when we spend time in His presence
Psalms 5:11              We can experience true joy when we trust in Him and love His name (or be in love with Him)
Isaiah 35:10              When we experience true joy, sorrow and sighing shall flee away (God will take away every pain and sorrow we experience in life)
Nehemiah 8:3            We can experience true joy when we are attentive to His Word (spending time focused on reading the Word without distractions)
Nehemiah 8:6            We can experience true joy when we spend time praising and worshiping the Lord
Nehemiah 8:9            We can experience true joy when we have hearts of repentance (we are sorry for our sin and repent)
Nehemiah 8:10          We can experience true joy when we operate in God’s strength no matter what!

True joy is not something that is only available for a few. It’s not something that is out of reach or 
impossible. It is something that is available to every believer if you follow the road map.  God
is standing by, waiting for us to lean and depend on Him. He is ready to fill us with His joy. He is
waiting for us to stop depending on the joy perpetrators in our lives. Instead, He wants us to
spend time in His presence, trust Him, fall in love with Him, be attentive to His Word, to repent
from our sins and spend time praising and worshiping Him. When we do these things, we will
begin to experience the “true joy” that God has in store for you. True joy will remove our hurts,
pains and sorrows and give us strength to not only endure but also overcome every trial,
tribulation, difficult circumstance and frustration. Then, we will be able to say what Nehemiah
said the “joy of the Lord is your strength.”