Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bible Study
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Reference:  I Samuel 30:6

Topic:  “Is There Any Hope?”

Over the last five years, many Americans have posed this question to various leaders within politics, corporations and communities.  Unfortunately, very few people have sought answers from God regarding any of the matters that shape our earthly lives, such as economics, medicine, education and family.   

The lesson aim is to show how we should deal with issues that arise in our lives.  More importantly, believers are equipped with an internal barometer that helps to gauge when we reach our boiling points which causes many to fall into self-pity and depression.  HOPE in God is the by product of the “believer’s walk of Faith”. (Read: Hebrews 11:1-6)
HOPE initiates prayer to God for HIS divine will to be done. 

David is the primary focus of the text.  However, his situation is very common and real.  We all face unexpected setbacks.  In every instance we must wrestle within ourselves (deny the flesh) on how to best resolve these unwarranted problems.  When we are confronted by life’s challenges, David’s action to help restore his confidence in God is a perfect script for the body of Christ to study.  Even though David is directly impacted by the matter at hand, he doesn’t try to direct his energies into figuring out his own solutions. 

“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” (KJV)

“David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God.” (New Living Translation)

“And suddenly David was in even worse trouble. There was talk among the men, bitter over the loss of their families, of stoning him.  David strengthened himself with trust in his God.” (THE MESSAGE)

When trouble arises in our lives, we must maintain our confidence in God.  When the storms of life are raging, we must stand firm on the promises of God.  When there seems to be no hope, we must dig within ourselves and draw from the well that never runs dry, which is Christ Jesus. “My hope is build on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.  I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but holy lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand”.   

Please take time to study the following reference scriptures:
Phil 4:13, John 7:37-38, I Peter 1:3-5, Psalm 42:11, Psalm 118:8