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Bible Study The Uplifting Word - August 2020

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BIBLE STUDY THE UPLIFTING WORD August 2020 A Monthly Publication of the "Word" to live life each day. The Lessons are from my Bible notes since the 1960’s, Life Experiences and Studying the Bible. ■■ Bible Scripture searches the King James Version on the Bible Gateway website Public Domain in the United States https://www.biblegateway.com/versions/King-James-Version-KJV-Bible/ Presented by Brown Crayon Copyright © 2019 - All Rights Reserved

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I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:1-3 ■■ There is a wonderful passage in the Old Testament book of Habakkuk. Like a lot of books in the Old Testament, the Book of Habakkuk is a short one and delivers God’s message of judgment to His people. Habakkuk was a prophet that lived in perilous times. He feared the enemies would attack and overtake the southern kingdom of Judah. Most of Habakkuk's prophecies relate to the future kingdoms of Babylon, Persia, and Media, which would expand and eventually become so great that they would conquer the Land of Israel and the rest of the world. Habakkuk conversed with God on behalf of the Hebrew people about the tension and violence. He questioned God's presence and movement. In the book of Habakkuk, God reveals an insight that confirms the prophet's fears in Judah. God told Habakkuk to write down the

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information using tablets, which in Bible times were in public places for the people to see and act on it. In the Bible, God raised up certain "prophets" who were His mouthpieces. They would speak out against sin and worship of idols that would continually warn of His judgment. God was faithfully warning them of certain catastrophe if they would not turn to him. Like Habakkuk, God has given us a blueprint of wisdom to follow each day. It can be tempting to sail through life and not listen are be open to how God speaks to you. God's instructions are clear and addressed personally to you. When you are entrusted with a revelation or vision from God, it is necessary to communicate in a way that others can understand it. *** The King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, widely known throughout the English-speaking world was commissioned in 1604 by King James of England and was first printed in 1611. All the Bible Scripture in the publication was taken from the King James Version for referring to the “Word” only.

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Sometimes people get confused by the talk of fearing God. Scripture admonishes us to fear the Lord. God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love and a sound mind. Fearing God does not mean always looking over your shoulder in anxiety to see what He will do next. Fear of the Lord is clearly defined in different scriptures as something positive and healthy. The Bible says, "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil.” Many people are bothered by the thought of hating anything. Yet God says we are to hate evil because He Himself hates all forms of it. A simple reason-namely, the Lord sees the corrupting, destructive influence that wickedness has on us. We often fail to see any corruption at all. We sometimes look at evil and think that it is not really bad. Satan's job is to camouflage iniquity until it appears quite innocent or even attractive. The enemy is so successful in deception that we often fall into his snares without any compunction. That is why we must learn to view things as the Lord sees them. We need to develop a holy hatred for evil. When we get the Lord's view of transgression, the Devil will be stymied in his efforts to seduce us. Although it may not be a popular stance, we can choose to love the Lord and hate evil. Bible Reading Proverbs 8:1-36 II Timothy 1:1-18

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PROVERBS CHAPTER 8 Note: Do not join the masses of people who are chasing affections of some fantasy things. Whatever you need, natural or spiritual, God is the source from which your blessings must come. Blessings may come through men, but not from them. All of our help will come from the Lord. He will use people from time to time. Your deepest needs He will fill Himself. He alone can give the soul release. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain: https://www.biblegateway.com/

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II TIMOTHY CHAPTER 1 Note: Do not allow changing times to change who you are. It is dangerous to lose your identity in your circumstances. Circumstances change, and when they do, you can feel empty and unfulfilled. Redefine your purpose, gather your assets, and keep on living and giving. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain: https://www.biblegateway.com/

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I have never met a person with no past. I have never spoken with a man or a woman whose life did not include a "yesterday," a "last week," or a "last year." If someone has a past, you can be sure he or she has some mistakes scattered throughout it. If every one of us has a past, then why do we often feel isolated, alone, and ashamed of "once upon a time?" Why do we allow the shadows of our long-ago to darken our today? The answer is a matter of perspective. When we look back at our lives, we usually see mistakes through the lens of guilt, remorse, or fear of judgment. The old axiom says that hindsight is 20/20—what we once accepted as permissible behavior may now shock us as we realize the gravity of those actions. How does our heavenly Father perceive us? Is He hampered or even influenced by the same dirty lenses through which we tend to look? No, He sees us with Crystal clarity. He is free of the guilt and remorse that tend to color our perceptions. Our loving Father looks upon us with the perfect grace and forgiveness that only He can offer. Our mistakes may hurt Him, but the Lord regards us in love. If you face your sin problem and accept the forgiveness that is available in Jesus Christ, then you now live a life of second chances. For the rest of your days on earth, you can have the joy of knowing that you are forgiven. Bible Reading John 8:1-59

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JOHN CHAPTER 8 Note: People with a past have always been able to come to Jesus. He makes them into something fresh and beautiful, sometimes new. The chains that bind you may be from events over which you had no control. You may have willfully lived a life that brought bondage and pain. Regardless of the Source, Jesus has come to set you free. You can find the potential of a wonderful future because of His power operating in your life. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain: https://www.biblegateway.com/

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Paul gives Titus guidelines for selecting church elders. At the end of a list of desirable conduct and character traits is an essential qualification that applies to every believer: holding fast to Scripture. It is necessary that we, like the first century elders, demonstrate an unwavering commitment to God's Word in order to nurture and guard the church. We cannot use the Bible to defend our faith and assist others unless we study. Knowing truths is not enough; for them to be effective, we must apply them. Christians appreciate Scripture's power to encourage, comfort, and heal, but too often, we keep our knowledge to ourselves. We may feel uncertain about sharing, but God provides courage and brings to mind pertinent verses when we are willing to speak. As we practice His ways, our wisdom will increase. We will begin to recognize hurting people and learn how to exhort them in sound doctrine. Paul bids believers to confront those who contradict true faith—this requires courage and discernment. We will recognize false doctrine when studying and living out sound biblical principles. The better we know God's Word, the more readily we will be able to find passages that challenge counterfeit teachings and support our own beliefs. We cannot all be elders in the local congregation. Each Christian is a member of God's church and responsible for gaining biblical knowledge. Then, we can discern correct doctrine, defend our faith, and encourage the disheartened. Bible Reading Titus 1:1-16

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TITUS CHAPTER 1 Note: Titus is one of three Pastoral Epistles written by the apostle Paul. Pastoral Epistles, where he offers instructions to younger believers caring for large groups of others. Paul uses the book of Titus to emphasize the importance of selecting church elders carefully. Paul wanted Titus to be an example of how Christ frees the believer from the law of Moses. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain: https://www.biblegateway.com/

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Disappointments are hard to bear. One minute life is on track for what we hope and dream. Then the next moment, our way is blocked. How do we respond when facing closed doors? Our hearts are sometimes on a certain course of action. We may convince ourselves it is God’s will and push ahead regardless. We might send up a quick prayer asking for His help or blessing, but mostly just move forward. By manipulating people or circumstances, we could get what we want but be outside of God’s plan. Another response to a blocked path is to become emotionally upset. Then we face the danger of operating out of our feelings and replacing a Christ-centered perspective with a self-centered one. Strong emotions can be a temptation to blame others—including the Lord. Anger toward Him can lead us to rebel against His ways. Godly responses start with waiting and trusting. When the Lord blocks our way, we need to have faith in Him, taking time to assess the situation and praying for guidance. By asking the Spirit to increase our sensitivity to the events around us, we will be able to notice any open doors. Even if we find none, we are to live with hope, anticipating other doors of opportunity in His perfect time. Thanking God for His work on our behalf is essential, even at times when we lack understanding. An important part of our wait is remaining faithful to what the Lord called us to do. Wait. Trust. Pray. Obey. This is God’s prescription for handling closed doors. Bible Reading Philippians 4:1-23

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PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 4 Note: If you are going to bring forth and develop anything in your career, character, marriage, or be a fruitful person in life, it will come from the things you suffer. You will enter into strength through sorrow. Look to God when there are needs in your life. He satisfies. Like calm sheep grazing in the afternoon sun, you will find fulfillment for your soul and contentment within. It is going to require faith, but you must, with maturity, begin to conclude that if God does not grant it, you do not need it. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain: https://www.biblegateway.com/

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