Church of the Living God
Bible Study Lesson
Presenter: Overseer Ennis F. Tait
Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Series: The Power of Prayer
Reference Scripture: Joshua 7:6-9
Focus Verses: Joshua 7:5
Today’s Discussion: “Heart Condition”
The lesson aim is to uncover the root causes of a broken heart. More importantly, the spiritual condition of a person’s heart contributes to his/her choice of actions and behaviors. (Reference: Matthew 102:34; Hebrews 4:12)
Joshua represents the modern day church. God has anointed and appointed him to lead HIS people into a place of promise. Similarly, we have been chosen to lead God’s people into a right relationship with HIS son, Jesus Christ. (Reference: Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:18-19) Joshua’s heart has been broken as result of the defeat at Ai. The defeat is not a result of military incompetence, but is manifested because of disobedience. Our actions will either help or hurt us. Subsequently, the works of our hands depend on the condition of our hearts. A broken heart awakens any negative spirit/feelings that are hiding in our hearts from past or present encounters. As a result of this encounter Joshua’s focus was distracted because he experiences disappointment. In addition Joshua’s faith is diluted because he becomes discouraged by the unexpected defeat at Ai.
What are the symptoms of a broken heart?
What is the impact of a broken heart?
- Your connection to God is disrupted/disconnected
- Your connection to people is disunited
- Your faith and confidence in God’s ability and will is dispirited.
The believer has to learn to trust God through every situation. The Apostle Paul’s message to the church at Philippi is a great example of how we should live in this day and time. (Reference: Philippians 4:11