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Studies designed to bring you joy, peace, and contentment by leading you to a better understanding of yourself; and maturing your knowledge of, and faith in, Christ Jesus and the Love of God.

Topic Bible Studies Addressing Everyday Problems and Questions provide thought-provoking, self-searching Bible Studies designed to bring you joy, peace, and contentment as you grow to see the Lord Jesus as a faithful and trusted friend.  The studies purpose to mature your faith to where you can live a stress-free content life, with the inner peace that only God's Holy Spirit can provide.

 
Series 1 -- ISBN: 1591603986
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Table of Contents - Series 1
- Peace
- Not To Worry
- Walking In The Spirit...Love
- Words Of Interest
- What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?
- Priesthood Of All Believers
- Armor Of God
- Strengths And Weaknesses
- Peer Pressure
- Job - The Trials Of A Righteous Man
- Who Is In Charge?
- The Ten Commandments
- Differences In Beliefs
- Prejudices
- Love Is And Is Not
- Gifts
- What A Friend We Have In Jesus
- Prayer
- Why Do Good Things Happen To Bad People?
- Everyday Problems And Misperceptions In Life
- Heart...Mind...Soul
- Boundaries
- Keeping Centered
- Goals In Life
- War - Terror From The Skies
- Defect Of The Heart - Original Sin
- The Garden Of Eden
- Where Is The Fire Of The Lord?
- Illusions
- Prove All Things
- Love, the Law, and Wisdom
- Count the Cost
- Judge Not
- My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?


Series 2 -- ISBN: 9781615792092

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Table of Contents - Series 2
- Angry?
- Be Holy Because I Am Holy
- Be Perfect
- Cancer of the Soul
- Consequences (Good Behavior - Bad Behavior)
- Everything is a Choice
- Everything is Relative...Isn't it?
- Expectations
- Filled with the Holy Spirit
- Godly Lessons from Team Sports
- Grief
- Grow Up
- Helpmate - The Godly Union
- In the Image of God
- Just Believe
- Pride, Arrogance, and Humility
- Satan Has No Power Over You
- Saved By Grace and Living Saved
- The Blessing in Giving
- The Foolishness of Man

Sample Bible Study excerpt from Series 2

 

BE HOLY, BECAUSE I AM HOLY

 

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to be holy, just as God is holy.  This may sound like an impossible task, so I want to investigate the definitions from Webster’s Dictionary concerning holy with you to give you a clear vision of what God is instructing us to be.

 

 

Holy

  • Set apart and dedicated to the service of and work of God:  HALLOWED – SACRED
  • Dedicated to or laying claim to being dedicated to a sacred or selfless purpose
  • Perfect in righteousness and divine love

                                        i.       Infinitely good

                                       ii.       Worthy of complete devotion and trust

                                     iii.       Commanding one’s fullest powers of adoration and reverence

  • Spiritually whole, sound, or perfect

                                     iv.       Of unimpaired innocence or proved virtue

                                      v.       Pure in heart: GODLY – PIOUS

  • Venerated because of association with someone or something holy
  • To be treated with the utmost veneration or respect

 

When we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and receive baptism in His name for the forgiveness of our sins, God puts His Spirit within us to guide us, teach us, and sanctify us for the purposes He created us to fulfill.  He makes us holy according to first, second, and fifth definitions.  As believers, we are to set ourselves apart and dedicate ourselves to the work God has prepared us to do.  We dedicate ourselves to a sacred and selfless purpose – venerated because our association with the perfect Lord God Almighty.  The shed Blood of Christ makes us holy when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior – then we must go on to walk in that holiness.

 

Only God is worthy of veneration and complete devotion for His holiness, as defined in third definition for holy; and only God is spiritually whole, sound, and perfect, as defined in the fourth definition.  Only God deserves our utmost veneration and respect, as defined in the sixth definition, but He calls us to respect each other with that same kind of respect because we are all His children – sons and daughters of God through the sacrifice of Christ Jesus.

 

We live holy by being devoted to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  When we become a follower of Jesus, we become holy through our association with the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins, and we become set apart to serve God and one another selflessly.

 

Jesus once told His disciples that when they did a kind deed for anyone, they were actually doing it for Him.  We, as Christians, need to practice seeing Christ in others.  Seeing Christ in others may be difficult at times, because some people are down right unlovable.  In fact, many times that unlovable person may be us.  Jesus gave instructions to love our enemies, however, if we want to demonstrate the perfect love of God; just as Jesus demonstrated it by asking the Father to forgive His killers as He hung on the cross dying for our sins – and theirs.

 

To be holy means we live out our purpose in Christ.  Being holy for us, does not mean that we will ever be perfect in the sense of being flawless.  God continues to perfect us into flawless beings as we follow Him and seek a closer relationship with Him, but our flesh will always be short of perfection until that day when God translates our earthly bodies into heavenly bodies to live with Him forever in heaven.

 

What is your purpose?  Have you discovered your God-given purpose yet?

 

Only God can reveal your purpose to you.  Many people in our lives try to tell us what we should do or what we should be, but only God can truly reveal that to us.  When we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our God and Savior, He sets us apart for His work and sanctifies us for His purposes.  We must then go on to dedicate ourselves to God’s purposes, and acknowledge God’s claim on our lives – giving up our own claim and surrendering our will into the hands of the Father to direct our will through the presence of His Holy Spirit living within us.  As we continue walking the path He has prepared for us and seek to know Him better, He continues to unravel His mysteries to us, reveal His will for our lives, and bless us so that we can be a blessing to others.  After our conversion, we must continually seek God through prayer, fasting, and service to others, in order to draw closer to Him and experience His peace and blessings; and to realize His purpose for our lives.

 

Our whole purpose is to love God and obey His commands, as King Solomon once concluded.  Jesus gave us a general command to love others as much as we love ourselves, so our perpetual duty is to be kind and do good to others whenever and wherever we can.  Beyond that, we need to open our spiritual ears and eyes so that we can hear and see God’s specific daily direction.  God will give us visions of future purposes He plans to fulfill through us, and He will give us very detailed directions; such as, “Go give so-and-so $300”, or maybe it will be a $1000.  Or, He might say, “Go and lay hands on so-and-so – I want to heal them.”  When we surrender to Jesus, we will hear His instructions and directions – as He said to His disciples, “My sheep hear my voice.”  God indeed speaks, and those who are devoted to Him and listening, will hear His instructions, and usually feel a strong confirmation in their spirit.

 

Do you think your fight with ungodly desires end when you accept Christ?  Why or why not?

 

What does the indwelling of the Holy Spirit mean to you?

 

When we become Christians, our fight with human desires, also called the flesh, does not go away.  In fact, the battle will probably get stronger.  Before receiving salvation through Jesus Christ, people just naturally do what they want or feels good to them – regardless of the harm it will do to them, their relationships with other people, or to other people’s physical, emotional, or spiritual well-being.  We are, basically, selfish beings, so we want what we want when we want it.  After receiving the Holy Spirit, however, we begin a life-long spiritual battle, because the Spirit within us will convict us every time we want to do something contrary to God’s will; then it becomes our choice because God has given us a free will, which means we still get to choose to do good, or to do evil.  When we surrender our will to God, it means we let Him do the driving and leading, but He still does not “make” us do anything – He simply tells us what to do.  Since temptations surround us constantly, and our flesh (natural human desires) likes to be satisfied, this spiritual battle within us can be very strong at times.  Because our battle is spiritual, we need to wear the full armor of God to stand against and defeat our enemy when He attacks – both Satan and our own desires.  (See the Armor of God lesson in Topic Bible Studies Addressing Everyday Problems and Questions – Series 1).

 

Do you think living holy should be easy?  Why or why not?

 

Do you think living holy is asking too much?  Why or why not?

 

Don’t ever underestimate Satan’s power.  Satan was the most beautiful and powerful angel in heaven.  He was beautiful, powerful, and intelligent.  You are no match for Satan – only the Holy Spirit within a believer can resist Satan.  Even the archangel Michael did not dare rebuke Satan to his face – he said, “The Lord rebuke you.”  Only a fool would think he or she could resist Satan of his or her own power.

 

As you continue to seek God, you will grow stronger in your spirit, and you will gain Godly wisdom and understanding as God gives it to you – giving you more strength to handle the battles that come your way.  Your battles, however, will not likely get fewer or easier – you will just be given more strength, wisdom, and understanding to endure them.  As a perfect parent, God the Father wants us to grow and mature; just as we, as earthly parents, want to see our children grow and mature.  We all know that it takes hard work and some hard knocks to grow and mature physically and emotionally.  Spiritual maturity is no different – we mature through trials, temptations, and some hard knocks.  As you mature in your faith, you will find that even though the battles do not end, you will get increased clarity and wisdom to see your way through them – by the Grace of God through His Holy Spirit within you.

 

 

 

 

Verse of the week:

1 Peter 1: 13-16 (NIV)

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

 

 

 

Challenge of the week

Be holy by living out your life dedicated to doing God’s will.  As a child of God, your sins are forgiven, and God has a plan and purpose for your life; or perhaps, multiple purposes to further His kingdom.  With all the temptations that surround you and all the trials you go through – many of your own doing – it may not always be easy or pleasant living holy, but the outcome is worth it.  This world, as the apostle Paul stated, has nothing to offer us as believers.  We live in the world, but we are not to be of the world.

 

Grow in your relationship with God by seeking Him continually through prayer, studying His Word, and purposing in your heart to live holy out of love and devotion to Christ Jesus.  As you do that, you will find that your desires continually change to align with God’s desires, and you will find yourself feeling more and more out of place in this world.  Living holy is a process and it all starts with saying “YES” to Jesus, and “NO” to you.

 

Practice saying “YES” to JESUS and “NO” to SELF – you will be eternally grateful that you did.

 

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