Thursday, June 27, 2013

I Am Free (A Study in Galatians) Lesson 4

I AM FREE! A Study in Galatians
Galatians 4
Freedom from Slavery

Heirs vs. slaves, Grace vs. law!

Read verses 1-7

·         In contrast to bondage to the ______, life in Christ is the ___________ of sons and daughters.

·         Fullness of time is the __________ of __________.

·         God’s purpose in sending Christ was to _________ and ________ us.

Read verses 8-11

·         Paul tells us that going back to ____________ is no different than going back to __________ worship.

Read verses 12-20

·         What do verses 13-15 tell us?


·         In verses 17 and 18, what are the motives of the Judaizers?

Read verses 21-31

·         In these scriptures, Paul’s premise is that true descent from Abraham is __________ and not ___________.

·         Isaac represents those who trust in ___________ and Ishmael represents those who are in bondage to the _____.

Discussion:

Describe the “atmosphere” that surrounds a person living totally free in Jesus. (attitude, heart, outlook, treatment of others, approach to sin in others, etc.)



Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I Am Free (A Study in Galatians) Lesson 3


I AM FREE! A Study in Galatians
Lesson 3
Galatians Chapter 3- Freedom from the law.

Paul was astonished that the Christians in Galatia were attracted to a "gospel" that heaped extra requirements on them. Judaizers were saying that everyone needed to keep the laws of Moses. In chapter 3, Paul explains that Christ died to release us from these obsolete rules.

Read Verses 1-5 
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by[a] the flesh? Did you suffer[b] so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith—
What is Paul asking the Galatians?
Paul points out that the experience of the Galatians should have made it obvious — they received the Spirit by __________, not through the _____.

Read Verses 6-9  
The Jews regarded Abraham as their father and source of spiritual blessings, believing that simple physical descent from Abraham made them righteous. Paul shows them that Abraham pleased God by his faith and not by the law (it didn’t exist in Abraham’s time).

Read Verses 10-14 
What does Paul say in verse 10 about the law?
Verse 13 tells us we were redeemed from the curse by __________.
The law makes demands that no one can keep. On the cross, Christ did for us what we could not do for ourselves. His work, not ours, removed the curse of disobedience to the law.

Read Verses 15-18 
Paul is explaining that the basis of the covenant with Abraham was faith. The law, which came 430 years after Abraham, cannot possibly set aside this earlier agreement.

Read Verses 19-25 
Paul explains the purpose of the Law in 4 parts.
 1. The law was intended to reveal ______.
2. The law is inferior to the ____________.
3. The law is not _____________ to the promise but rather _____________.
4. The law directed us to ___________.

Read Verses 26-29
 What do these verses say to you? How might they affect your everyday life?

Live it out: Are you living “released” from the law? Why or why not? Write down anything that God reveals to you.

Further Study:  Read Galatians 4

Friday, May 31, 2013

I Am Free! (A Study in Galatians) Lesson 2

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I AM FREE! A Study in Galatians

Galatians Chapter 2 --Freedom from traditions/Freedom in Christ

The gospel becomes the new framework for viewing everything in a different light and it becomes a new dynamic and motivation for doing everything we do. The gospel must be applied to and transform everything. To "set aside grace" or ignore the implications and motivations of the gospel, is to render Christ's death pointless.

What do you think was the significance of Peter's "eating with Gentiles" (v.12)?

 What led Peter to stop and why was that hypocritical?

What do we learn from the incident in v.11-16 about when and how to oppose another Christian? 

How does Paul seek to move Peter to change his behavior?

What does Paul mean when he says that Peter was not "acting in line with the truth of the gospel" (v. 14)? 

How does Paul argue in v. 14-16 that continuing the ceremonial law is not "in line" with the gospel?

How is racism not in line with the gospel (v.14-16)?

How might we still partake in Peter's sin?  What difference does it make to argue like Paul instead of just saying "racism is wrong"? 
Do Christians normally appeal to each other like this?

What objection to gospel-based living does Paul anticipate in v.17? 

What is his answer in verses 19-21? 

Put it in your own words as a "sermon to your heart."

Live it out: Are you locked in to any traditions or religious rules? What are they? Where did they originate?


Further study: Read Galatians 3

Thursday, May 16, 2013

I Am Free! (A Study in Galatians) Lesson 1

Welcome to our series I Am Free! (A Study in Galatians)
These weekly lessons coincide with the teachings on Coffee and the Word Radio.

Introduction
Freedom—we all want it! We desire freedom from oppression, poverty, war, illness. But freedom from our own spiritual bondages is what we need to pursue. Galatians is about the freedom we can have in Jesus Christ. Galatians was written by Paul, a former Christian persecutor. God set him free from religious bondage and he wanted everyone to know this freedom.

Background
Paul had visited Galatia before traveling on to other areas. Very soon after he left, false teachers infiltrated the young churches and tried to convince them they were not really Christians. They did this by telling them that if they weren’t following the law of Moses, they weren’t really saved. They mixed Mosaic law with grace as a condition of salvation. Paul heard about this and immediately wrote a letter the Galatians’ churches.
 
Galatians is the only letter that Paul wrote directly to a group of churches. Galatia was a region, an area, not a particular city. It actually encompassed many towns. At the time of this letter, false teachers were present in the churches. They were legalists (Judaizers). These false teachers taught that men and woman must observe the law of Moses for salvation from sin. But Acts 15:11 says we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. They were false teachers.

Read Galatians Chapter 1 

Read verse 1-5
 
Where did Paul’s authority come from?
 
Read verses 6-10
 
How did the beginning of this letter differ from the other letters Paul wrote?
What is Paul’s major concern with the Galatians’ church? 
 
Read verses 11-17
 
Where did Paul’s gospel come from?
 
Where do we see the proof of the divine origin of Paul’s gospel?
 
When was Paul appointed for the work of the gospel? (Read Jeremiah 1:5)
 
Paul received no human instruction following his conversion, so where did he learn the substance of the gospel?
 
Read verses 18-24
 
Who did Paul meet in Jerusalem? 
 
 
What was the purpose of his visit?   
 
Live it out: Freedom in Jesus Christ--what does that look like? How would your life be different if you were totally free from all bondage?
 
Further Study: Re-read, and meditate on, Chapter 1 of Galatians. What stands out to you?

 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Our Inheritance-Lessons 3-5 (Conclusion)

Lesson 3

What are some practical aspects of our relationship with Christ that influence our experience with our inheritance?

 
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8

Abraham went out by __________ to receive his inheritance.

 
Abraham’s desire to be obedient allowed him to step out "not knowing where he was going." The unknown cannot be fearful if we have faith and trust the Lord. We cannot operate in fear and faith at the same time.

Obedience is a key to claiming our inheritance.

That you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:12

Who should we imitate?

Hebrews 6:12 tells us to follow those that have gone before and exhibited great faith and patience. While we look to biblical heroes of faith, such as Moses and Abraham, we should also look for present day mentors. When we find someone who is living out faith and patience in their day to day life, we can learn much from them.

 

"When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Matthew 25:31-40
 

Something to think about:

Are you serving your fellow man in a way that glorifies Christ?
 

To prepare for the next lesson, please read Hebrews 1:4, Acts 2:47, 1 Corinthians 1:18, 1Peter 2:24 and Philippians 4:19.

 
 

 
Lesson 4

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.1 Corinthians 1:18

 1Corinthians 1:18 shows the present reality of our salvation.

Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousnss by whose stripes you were healed. 1Peter 2:24 

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Healing and provision are present realities of our inheritance.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!" This amazed them. But Jesus said again, "Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!" The disciples were astounded. "Then who in the world can be saved?" they asked. Jesus looked at them intently and said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God." Then Peter began to speak up. "We’ve given up everything to follow you," he said. Yes," Jesus replied, "and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. Mark 10:23-30

And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life. Matthew 19:29

"Yes," Jesus replied, "and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, 30 will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come." Luke 18:29-30

In response to our sacrifices, God multiplies our resources. We will have a rich reward, both now and in the future.

What are the blessings promised (our inheritance) for those who give up everything to follow Jesus?

When are we to receive these?

 
In preparation for the next lesson, please list all of God’s promises that you know/think are in the Bible. We will discuss them and their scripture references in our next lesson.

 

Lesson 5

We can trust the promises of God (our inheritance) as they are written in scripture. His word stands forever, does not change and can be taken literally!

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8

Let’s look at some of the promises of God:

God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

• We have no reason to fret about provision. God has promised us that He will supply all our needs.

Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1

• We have no reason to fear if we are following God. He has promised that we are redeemed. He has called us by name and we belong to Him. We are safe.

God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave; for He shall receive me. Psalm 49:15

• We are saved from death. He shall receive us upon our physical death to live with Him forever.

No weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue which rises against you in judgement you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord....Isaiah 54:17

• There will be times on this earth that people will come against us. But we are not to worry or fear. God’s promise is that no weapon formed against shall prosper. We have no reason to fear our enemies.

 

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Psalm 32:8 • We are privileged to be able to look to God for our guidance. He is the ultimate counselor and has promised us that He will teach us and guide us.

The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9

• We can trust God to provide refuge in times of trouble. He is our safety net.

I will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.2 Corinthians 6:18

• God has promised us that He will always be our father. We are never alone, no matter how things appear, because we are His children.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children's children. Psalm 103:17

• God has promised us mercy. Mercy is not getting what we deserve as sinners, because God pours out His mercy on us.

Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9

• God has promised us patience and instructed us to not grow weary when doing good. We will be rewarded for our patience.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6

• Righteousness is a promise of God and part of our inheritance.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

• Salvation is the cornerstone of our inheritance and the ultimate reward for following Jesus.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5, 6

• God has promised us that if we lean on Him and not on our own abilities, He will direct our path.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

• If we love God and follow Him, we can rest assured that He will work all things for good. When can take any situation that comes against us and use to His glory!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Our Inheritance -Lesson 2

How do we enter in to our inheritance?

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:27-29

We are sons and daughters of God through ____________ in Jesus Christ.

Because we believe in Jesus, and follow Him, we are sons and daughters (heirs) of God. Romans 8:17 states we are "joint heirs" with Christ and Galatians 3: 27 tells us it is through "faith in Jesus Christ" that we are children of God.

As Christians, there is no separation according to race, nationality, economic status or position. We are all one in Christ Jesus according to Gal 3:28. We are Abraham’s seed, or heirs according to the promise.

Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. John 3:5

Unless we are baptized in _______ and in __________, we cannot enter into our inheritance.

Baptism itself does not cement our relationship with Jesus but it is an outward demonstration that we have accepted Jesus as savior, and therefore we are heirs.

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Galatians 4:4-7

Our position as sons and daughters was secured by God's action in sending his Son. We could do nothing to attain to the position of sons and daughters; we can only receive the gift of adoption by faith. We also could do nothing to produce an experience as sons and daughters; the action of God in sending the Spirit of his Son into our hearts enables us to enjoy our new relationship with God our Father. The gift of adoption is ours when we receive it
through Christ.

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. Ephesians 1:18-19

Jesus taught that when we focus our heart on things of eternal value, we lay ‘treasure in heaven.’ Our heart is a conduit, a channel or pathway through which the eternally valuable things we do here on earth are deposited into our ‘inheritance account’ in heaven.

God’s already done His part to guarantee that the inheritance will be there for us. We’ve got to do our part and then add to our inheritance each and every day.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has given you a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, securing an inheritance for you that can never perish, spoil or fade. Where your heart is, there the treasure of this inheritance will be, kept in heaven for you. Matthew 6:19-21

Read Ephesians 1:18-19 and in your own words, write the main thought of these verses?

What is Paul praying for in verse 18?

What does this mean to you personally?

What is Paul saying to us in verse 19?

In verse 18, Paul wants us to have hope and to know the hope of God’s calling of us. He wants us to know the "riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints." In other words, he wants us to see and receive the blessings of our inheritance. In verse 19, he wants us to know and understand God’s power in our lives.

Our inheritance is both future and present. Ephesians 1:13-14 tell us:

In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
Who is the guarantee of our inheritance?

We have this inheritance only in relationship with Christ. In our next lesson, we will explore some practical aspects of our relationship with Him that directly influences our experience of this inheritance now.

Read Hebrews 11:8, Hebrews 6:12 and Matthew 25:31- 40 in preparation for lesson 3.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Claim Your Inheritance! Online Bible Study Part 1


Introduction

Often we fail to understand or claim our inheritance that God promises. We have read about it in the scriptures, heard about it in sermons and maybe we’ve even contemplated it a bit. But do we truly understand what the inheritance is and how to walk in it?

Our Inheritance study will provide a guideline in which to study our inheritance and what it means to us as Christ followers. The materials may be used for independent study or in a small group format. You can also listen to this study on Coffee and the Word.

In each lesson, we will read and discuss scripture and how it applies to our lives today. Questions will be provided to promote online discussion and prayer. There is much to be gained from discussion with others, whether it is online or in person.

Don’t be shy! Weigh into the discussion with your thoughts, questions and observations.

Always begin your Bible study with prayer. Praise God and ask Him to reveal His truth and how it applies to your life. Be open to what the Lord tells you through the study of scripture and your life will be enriched beyond belief!

Lesson 1

And if children, then heirs-heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. Romans 8:17

That having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:7

Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Galatians 4:7

Who are we according to these scriptures?

Romans 8:17

Titus 3:7

Galatians 4:7

Romans 8:17 says we are "joint heirs" with whom?

The dictionary defines the words heir and inheritance as follows:

Heir: a person who inherits or has a right of inheritance in the property of another following the latter's death.

Inheritance: something that is or may be inherited; property passing at the owner's death to the heir or those entitled to succeed; legacy.

In our culture today, an inheritance is the end result of a legal document called a Last Will and Testament. This document states that the deceased has assigned their possessions (inheritance) to a specific person or persons (heir). If prepared properly, this document is binding and cannot be changed after the writer’s death. It serves as a guarantee that when the writer of the will dies, their instructions will be carried out and the designated recipient will receive the inheritance. An inheritance usually comes from a family member and is most often material possessions: money, property, jewelry, furniture, etc.

As Christians, God is our wealthy Father and we are members of His family. He has loved us, redeemed us, adopted us and made us heirs by His grace. The inheritance we have coming from God is greater than anything we can imagine and nothing on earth compares!

Something to Think About:

Have you ever been named in a will or received an inheritance? If so, how did you feel when you discovered you were an heir?
 

What does it mean to you personally to be an heir to the King of Kings?
 

What does it mean to be a co-heir of Jesus Christ?

 
In Lesson 2, we will look at how we enter in to our inheritance, both now and in the future.

If you would like to read ahead, our focus scriptures will be Galatians 3:26-29, Galatians 4: 4-7, Ephesians 1:18-19, John 3:5.

Monday, March 4, 2013

To Forgive or Not to Forgive?

 
What do you think of when you hear the word forgiveness?
 
Does it bring to mind people, places or things that hurt you?
 
Do you get a sick feeling in your stomach thinking about how you will NEVER forgive “so and so” for what they did?
These are common reactions until we understand forgiveness and how God instructs us in this area.
 
The Word of Truth, God’s Word, tells us exactly how to think about forgiveness and what action to take!
 
Forgiveness is not a natural instinct. More often we lash out or recoil in self-protection-- pull back, remove ourselves from the situation and reject those who hurt us.
 
Take some time this week to read and meditate on the following scriptures. Ask the Lord to reveal to you any area of unforgiveness in your life.
 
God forgives us our sins as we forgive others who have sinned against us.
 
If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15
 
Adopt the forgiveness of others into daily prayer- make it a habit.
 
But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. Mark 11:25-26
 
How different would the world be if we practiced making allowances for each other’s faults?
 
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13
Forgiveness is often not a one-time deal.  It is more often a process,a “layering” of forgiveness!
 
Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

How To Study The Bible With Purpose-Part 2

Where do you start and what do you study?

There’s really no wrong place to begin...just begin!

Let's say you are dealing with an anger issue and you want to know what God's Word says about anger. Turn to the back of your Bible’s concordance to look up anger. Scriptures relating to the subject of anger will be listed there. Or, you can do an online search of one of the many online sites such as www.biblegateway.com

If you can’t think of anything right away, thumb through the concordance in the back of your Bible and see what jumps out at you. Begin looking at all scriptures referenced with this subject. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you, and reveal things to you. Or use a devotional to get you started. There are hundreds to choose from, such as the one you are reading now :)

Here are four steps you can take to begin digging into God’s Word :

1. Purposely set aside time. Make an appointment with God. If mornings work for you,great! If not, find a time that does…even if it’s not every day. Whatever works for you is what you should do. Just start somewhere and you’ll see the fruit that this time brings to your life!

2. Make preparation for your Bible study. Study in a place that you enjoy and are comfortable. Find a place to study that fits your style. For example, if you like to spread out your study materials, choose a desk or table.

3. Have all your materials available. You’ll want of course your Bible, but also get a good Bible dictionary, concordance, a pen and paper. That way, you don’t have to stop every few minutes to search for a book or supplies.  A basket holding everything you might want during your study time is convenient and saves time.

4. Prepare your heart. Talk to God about things you may need to confess, and enter your study time peacefully and without anything that may block you from receiving revelation during your study.

Make the time to study the Bible. The Word is alive! Living it out can change your life. You’ll begin to experience a level of peace and joy that comes from knowing God's Word.

Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.
Psalm 119:105
 
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God's way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do. 2 Tim 3:16-17

Friday, February 15, 2013

How To Study the Bible With Purpose-Part 1


The Bible is no ordinary book. The words within its pages are like medicine to your soul. It has the power to change your life because there is life in the Word! (See Hebrews 4:12)
And when you discover the power and truth of God’s Word, you will begin to see changes in your life that only this truth can bring. You will even learn how to recognize what the enemy tries to bring against you.
 
The good news is, it won’t take you 30 years to know what you need to know. Just begin where you are right now and determine to stick with it!

Every time you study the Bible and pay attention to what you’re reading, you’re learning something.
Read and meditate on the following scriptures, embarking on your own personal study.
Proverbs 4:20-22
Pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body.

 John 15:3
You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.

John 15:7
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.

Psalm 119:28
My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.


 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Time With God


Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.
Mark 1:35 NLT

When we set aside a specific time to get quiet and focus on God, we are setting Him as our priority. We are honoring Him as Lord of our life and we are connecting with Him. If you have recently become a Christian, let me assure you that you will hear much on this subject from teachers and leaders.

So what's the big deal about quiet time with God?  Is it important? Yes. Is it biblical? Yes. Are there hard and fast rules to follow? No.

Most of us lead very busy lives. Our days and weeks are filled with family, home and work responsibilities. Women often tell me that they simply can’t fit devotional time into their schedule. It just seems impossible to add one more thing to the calendar. One of the main reasons this sounds impossible is the misconception that there are certain rules we must follow. The desire to “do it right” often keeps us from trying. The most important step is to start somewhere!

  1. Set an appointment with God, even if it is only a 15 minute time slot.  The more time you spend with Him, the more time you will want to spend with Him.  
  1. Remove yourself from chaos and activity. Here are just a few practical ideas. (Get creative to fit your particular life schedule) 
·         Set aside devotional time in your car on your lunch hour from work.
·         Read passages of scripture during children’s naptime.
·         Listen to worship music/read scripture early in the morning before anyone else is up.
·         Use a devotional book to guide you and structure your time.
·         Build a habit by scheduling your God time at the same time every day.
 
3.     Listen to praise and worship music to still your mind and quiet your thoughts.
Our daily appointment with God is so important that we must make a conscious effort every day to spend time with Him.
Everything works better once we get our priorities straight-and our relationship with Him should be our first priority.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33