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Bible Study The Uplifting Word - October 2020

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BIBLE STUDY THE UPLIFTING WORD October 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 Presented by Brown Crayon Copyright © 2019 - All Rights Reserved

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And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good. Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone. Exodus 18:17-18 ■■ People oftentimes develop a desire for something that is not in God's plan for them. When they fail to meet what their heart is set on, the desire can build into intense, unrelenting pressure. Christians who are consumed by covetousness have ceased to depend on God. To reach a goal, some will manipulate circumstances because of lost faith in the Lord's ability to know what is best and provide it. Such behavior indicates a rejection of God's sovereignty. Then fear becomes an issue as the person chases harder after the object of his desire. The consequences of jealousy are painful. A believer's spiritual sensitivity weakened to the point that he no longer hears when God speaks to him. As a Christian distances himself from the Lord, an envious attitude is likely to breed ungratefulness. It's hard to be thankful for the things one has when focusing on what is lacking. Covetousness leads to a life of tension and worry. Jethro wisely advised his son-in-law Moses to search for assistants who hated

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ill-gotten gain. These men were more interested in what God provided for them than in what they could acquire for themselves. If we want to be like them, we must focus on God's purpose for our life. When we are sensitive to His voice, He will teach us to distinguish between desires falling within His will and those that lie beyond. As believers, we have the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit to help us resist the lure of wrong desires. Covetousness does not have to be our downfall. *** 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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There is a simple message from God repeated over and over throughout Scripture—He delights far more in our efforts to know Him than in any gift we might offer Him. God created us with a deep desire known so it should not be difficult for us to understand that seeking Him expresses our love better than words ever could. We begin to take advantage of our great privilege to personally know God when we receive His gift of new life through Jesus Christ. From that moment on, we are filled with His Holy Spirit. Jesus, our Mediator, spanned the gap of sin that separated God and man. Through His death on the cross, He made it possible for us as unrighteous to become children of the Lord of Hosts, whose holiness overwhelmed Isaiah. It is impossible to know God apart from knowing Jesus. If our focus is exclusively on our own personal concerns, we will learn very little about the Lord. To further take hold of the privilege Jesus has given us—that of knowing the Father—we must be interested in what interests Him. By looking carefully for His way of doing things, we can come to understand what He deems people walking in darkness as well as for those who are sick, suffering, dying, and have no one to help them. In order to take full advantage of our privilege of knowing Him more deeply, we must share His heart for the world and daily be involved with what He is doing all around us. Bible Reading Isaiah 6:1-13 Micah 6:1-16

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ISAIAH CHAPTERS 6 Note: You can call upon God even in the middle of the night. Like a 24-hour medical center, you can reach Him at any time. He is touched by the feeling of your infirmity. Lord, my greatest peace is coming from You. My greatest comfort is You. The quiet of Your presence still my soul and calms my fears. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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MICAH CHAPTER 6 Note: Submit your passions to the Father, just as our Lord submitted everything on the Cross, where He yielded all of His zeal and strength. Some people have built a wall around them because they do not trust anyone. The church can give strength to counter fear. The church can help its members learn to trust one another. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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Once we have the favor of God through salvation, does it matter how we act? The Bible responds with an emphatic “Yes!” and gives us many examples of godly lives to consider. ■ Noah responded to God by walking with Him daily. Our Father responds positively to those who walk closely with Him, live by His Word, and listen carefully to His Holy Spirit. For those of us who believe, that means not only making Scripture a vital part of our lives but also learning who God is and what He likes. ■ Moses, despite initial protests, chose to obey the divine call and live life God’s way. The Lord favors followers who choose His preferences over their own—that is, those who think about their life in terms of pleasing Him. This requires learning to think as He does. ■ Mary responded with trust and did not doubt when the angel announced that she would give birth to the Messiah. God extends His blessings to those who choose to believe even when the evidence says otherwise. ■ Paul, after his conversion, lived with the single-minded focus of serving Jesus. He sought to do his best with inward and outward obedience. The Lord favors those whose hearts are bent toward Him. We find favor with our heavenly Father through believing minds, responsive hearts, and obedient spirits. Bible Reading Psalm 101:1-8

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PSALM CHAPTER 101 Note: Grace empowers us to continue and experience with God’s help. Ask Him for the grace you need to accept the things that you cannot change. When He gives it to you, get on with your life. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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Believers do many wonderful things in the name of God. Sometimes, service becomes more important in the worker’s mind than the Master Himself. Hosea 6 makes the Lord’s priorities clear. He wants our attention more than any gifts or works. Unfortunately, too many Christians never press beyond an occasional good work or Bible reading. They ignore the Holy Spirit’s nudges to spend time in prayer and Scripture meditation because it is too much work or does not fit their lifestyle. They tend to worship out of duty. Deepening your relationship with God requires time and commitment but is immensely rewarding. Human beings are created to know God. He instilled a thirst in us that will not be satisfied until we reach out to Him for companionship and love. Paul said, “I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him.” We were created for an intimate, loving relationship with the Lord and to bring Him glory. Paying homage with our gifts and good works is a natural extension of that design, but our foremost responsibility is to spend time with Him. Bible Reading Hosea 6:1-11 John 17:1-26 Philippians 3:1-21

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HOSEA CHAPTERS 6 Note: God’s power brings all things up under your feet. Believe Him for your household. God will deliver as your provider in this world. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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JOHN CHAPTERS 17 Note: Lord, please remove the storms in my life and restore the joy of having You. Let me find in You peace and a still quiet place that will take my tensions away. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 3 Note: When committing to bring forth all things God has for you, then you will need to push against everything people said about you. You may have to battle years of suppression, oppression, and depression. You may need to push with all your might to release the treasure God has put within you. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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Have you ever wondered why we see far fewer miracles today than what the Bible reports? God has not changed, nor His power. Our needs are no fewer than those of that day. Then, why do we witness less of His powerful healing in modern society? James 4 lists two reasons: You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. God’s power may be hindered by a lack of faith. The people in Jesus’ hometown rejected Him. He did only a few miracles there. Another reason may be the most difficult to comprehend and accept. Sometimes the Lord’s perfect and loving will is not for our health to be restored immediately—or ever. He might have a lesson for us to learn that requires suffering so we can listen and understand. Because our Father knows the big picture that we are unable to see, He may allow the difficulty to stay. Paul accepted this. He asked God three times to remove what he called his “thorn in the flesh.” He finally understood that it would continue, and the Lord’s power would be made perfect through his weakness. God desires that you turn to Him as Lord and Healer. Pray with faith in Jesus’ name, bringing your requests, but also surrendering to His will. Trust that He can do anything—and what He does will be in your best interest, and for His glory. Our heavenly Father still does miracles today. Bible Reading Matthew 13:1-58 II Corinthians 12:1-21 James 4:1-17 James 5:1-20

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MATTHEW CHAPTER 13 Note: There is great comfort in His arms. We can snuggle into His everlasting arms and hear the heartbeat of a loving God. You shall eat plenty and be satisfied to praise the name of your God. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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II CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 12 Note: In the name of our High Priest, Jesus Christ, I curse the infirmity that has bowed the backs of God’s people. I pray that the Holy Spirit would roll you into the recovery room where you can fully realize that the trauma is over. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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JAMES CHAPTER 4 Note: Where there is no passion, there is no power. The enemy will attempt to steal your passion or smother it beneath the fear of failure and rejection. Without passion, you will become passive, unable to achieve the purpose of God in your life. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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JAMES CHAPTER 5 Note: You cannot spend the rest of your life trying to protect yourself from the struggles of life. Stay vigilant and refuse to be overwhelmed. Wrap your godly virtue tightly around your heart, like a warm coat. Find the strength to keep on living and giving. Search Scripture KJV – BibleGateway Public Domain:

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