Full-Time Trust

Full-Time Trust – Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.

It’s easy to trust God on Sunday during worship services.  It’s Monday through Saturday that’s the problem for most people. How can you trust God all the time, no matter what is going on in your life? Notice Luke 23:46 and Colossians 3:15 – 4:6 for some answers. Both Scripture references are taken from the New International Version.

Christ’s Confidence: Luke 23:46

“Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ When he had said this, he breathed his last.”

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A Christian’s Confidence: Colossians 3:15 – 4:6

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

21 Fathers,do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.

4:1 Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

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1. Describe the tone or mood of Colossians 3:15 – 17.

2. Why is thankfulness such a key ingredient in a Christian’s life?

3. What do these verses say about roles and attitudes in a Christian marriage?

4. Look at verses 20, 21. What does this say about God’s design for parent-child relationships?

5. Now read Colossians 3:22 – 4:1. Let’s assume Paul’s instructions can apply to employees and employers today. What does he say our attitude should be toward work? Our employers? Our employees? Why?

Paul wasn’t living in some ideal world when he wrote these instructions. He knew life wasn’t always fair or just the way he wanted. He chose to trust God no matter what was going on in his life.

6. Suppose your life is rotten right now. Why can you, as a child of God, still follow these instructions? Consider Colossians 3:17, 23 – 25 and Colossians 4:5, 6.

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Scripture Meditation: A Beginner’s Guide

Scripture Meditation: A Beginner’s Guide – Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.

When we hear the word “meditation”, the first thing that often comes to mind is a guru or a lonely shrine in the mountains of Tibet. The Bible, however, talks about a different kind of meditation – meditating on God’s Word. It is simply a way to be quiet and listen to God. You might describe it as praying, thinking, and listening all rolled into one Meditation helps us to stop, place ourselves before God, and let Him work in our lives.

Step 1: Find a quiet place.

Try to find a place that is free from distractions as possible. Get comfortable and quiet in your thoughts.

Step 2: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.

Read a short passage of Scripture (the Psalms are ideal). Don’t read as if you would a school book or a business report, studying just to get the facts. Instead, read it as you would a good story or a communication from your best friend. Put yourself in the passage. Here’s an example. Read Psalm 42 . . .

As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food
    day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”
These things I remember
    as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
    under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
    among the festive throng.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

My soul is downcast within me;
    therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
    the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
    in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
    have swept over me.

By day the Lord directs his love,
    at night his song is with me—
    a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God my Rock,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
    as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

  • What pictures do the words bring to mind?
  • Do you ever feel the way the psalmist felt?
  • What does this psalm tell you about what God is like?

Sometimes our prayer are like handing a grocery list of requests to God. Rarely do we wait for His answers.

Step 3: Listen.

So now that you’re quiet, now that you’ve experienced God’s presence in His Word, open yourself to listening. Try to listen not only with your mind, but also with your heart. Ask yourself what God wants to say to you in the Scripture you just read. Don’t forget that God also wants to help you with everyday things in your life – relationships at work, getting along with family, pressures at school, etc.

Step 4: Thank God.

Don’t forget to show your appreciation to God. Thank Him for speaking to you through His Word.

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Meditation isn’t so weird after all. It just takes a little discipline. Once you get the hang of it, you can meditate anytime and anywhere. And that’s what it’s all about – drawing close to God so you know He’s with you every moment.

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Does God Speak In Dreams Today?

(Does God Speak In Dreams Today?) Bible Question.

Question:

“Does God speak to people in dreams today, to warn them or direct them into certain paths?”

Answer:

God spoke to people in dreams many times in the Old Testament Scriptures. He used a dream to warn Abimelech that Isaac and Rebekkah were married (Genesis 20:3 – 6). He revealed the path to prosperity to Jacob (Genesis 31:5 – 10). God also revealed to Joseph the meaning of the dreams of the baker and butler (Genesis 40:5 – 9) and of the Pharaoh (Genesis 41). Daniel gain favor with the king by interpreting his dreams, which God showed him (Daniel 2).

But there was a clear warning given about what God revealed in a dream and just a common dream. . .

The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has My word speak My word in truth.(Jeremiah 23:28, New American Standard Bible)

In other words, if you have a dream, tell it as a dream. Don’t tell the dream as God’s revelation. The prophet (such as Joseph, Isaiah, Daniel, etc.), who had the word of God revealed to him in a vision (or a dream), was to tell it as the word of God. But one who simply had a dream was to tell it as a dream, not tell it as the word of God.

But how does God speak to humanity today? Does He still speak in dreams? How can we tell whether God is speaking to us in a dream, or the devil? How can we tell whether or not it is simply a dream, originating in our own mind?

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.” (Hebrews 1:1, 2)

Notice this very carefully. God spoke in times past (from the time of Adam until the time of Christ) many different times in many different ways. But now a change has been made: “in these last days” God speaks to us through His Son, Jesus Christ. So does Christ speak to us through dreams (or other ways)?

Jesus told the apostles that He was going back to the Father, but He would give them the Holy Spirit to guide them. . .

The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me. . . for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” (Luke 10:16; Luke 12:12)

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. . . when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” (John 14:26; John 16:13).

What was the result of that guidance? The apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 2:11 – 13. . .

For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.”

This passage is too clear to misunderstand. How can we know what God wants us to understand today? “Words. . . taught by the Spirit.” Does God reveal His will in dreams today, or does He warn us in dreams today? The Bible says no. He reveals His will in “Words taught by the Spirit” and which were written by the apostles.

The apostle Paul made it clear in 1 Thessalonians 2:13 . . . 

For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.”

God speaks to us today through His Son, Jesus Christ. His Son, the Lord Jesus, speaks to us through the apostles, who were guided by the Holy Spirit. The apostles speak to us today through the word which they wrote, as the Holy Spirit directed them (2 Peter 1:20, 21).

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