Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 23:8-11

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where women can come together and share their journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 23: 8-11 homework

WHAT DOES IT SAY?? The Facts

verse 8HOLD FAST to the LORD your God.
Verse 9The LORD has driven out before you powerful nations
Verse 10:  The LORD your God fights for you as He promised
Verse 11BE VERY CAREFUL to LOVE the LORD your GOD.

What does it Mean?  LESSONS

Verse 8Joshua is pleading with the people, HOLD FAST, refuse apathy.
It is in us to turn, to let go and to follow anything and everything but God.  HOLD FAST.  DON’T LET GO.  When things are falling apart and the only hope you have is that God will come through and be faithful to His Word, HOLD FAST!   When things are going well, and we have had victory after victory, and our feet are steady beneath our feet, we still must make that difficult and conscious decision to HOLD FAST the LORD our God.  HOLD FAST.  HOLD FAST.  Be steady in our walk.  Faithfulness is our goal, faithfulness is our daily choice. Choose well.
Verse 9Remember what God has done for YOU.  Remember from what God has saved you.  Tell your children, your grandchildren.  REMEMBER.  We say that we will never forget, but honestly, we forget so easily.  If you cannot recall a personal testimony of what God has done in your life, pray, ask Him to reveal what He has done in the past, that we may have forgotten, or pray and ask God what personal testimony it is that He wants me to have.  God is faithful to His Word and God is the One who does the work.  We who are simply jars of clay get to see what He’s doing up close!  Lord open my eyes to see Your mighty works in my life!
Verse 10When we choose to go to God’s side, when we choose to do things His way, we see that it is He who does all the fighting.  We see He is our shield.  We see He never leaves us or forsakes us.  We see that He lifts us up.  We see He is faithful to His Word.
Verse 11Be very careful to love the LORD.  This passage — verse 8 — starts with the phrase “Hold Fast” and as I see it, here in verse 11, it ends with the same phrase.  Staying faithful to God is a choice, and it is hard.  Distraction is oh so easy.  Excuses and rationalization about why we don’t study His Word and pray come out like water.  LORD help us stay true to You, so that what flows from our heart and lips are all the ways You have shown us YOU and Your mighty works!!

What Does it Mean to Me? APPLICATIONS

Verse 8: What or who am I holding on to?  Have I drifted away from my LORD?  In crises mode, often, the LORD is all we have, but what about when things are ok?  Do I loosen my grip?  Am I making that daily decision to come, open God’s Word, and allow it to continue to change my life?
Verse 9: What impossible situation has God taken in my life and showed me His great power?  When has God driven out before me things that seemed to great and powerful for me to conquer?  A difficult relationship that was mended?  A boss that was unreasonable?  A co-worker who tried to run me over?  A disease that tried to kill me?  A circumstance or past decision that tried to define me?  How has God broken chains in my life and how am I remembering the greatness of my God in overcoming it?
Verse 10Am I so tired trying to fight the powers that be?  Am I ready to go to God’s side, ask Him how He wants it done, then pray for the strength to obey?  When has God fought for me and showed me that His Word is true and it will be true even for me?
Verse 11:  What do my current priorities say about the importance and love for God that I say I have?  Are there distractions in my life that need to be dealt with? Is there proof of the love of God in my life, or is it just a nice “churchy” catch phrase?

Homework: Joshua 23:12-14

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Classes begin on Tuesday January 8, 2013 for both Kendra Graham’s evening study and for Jane Derrick’s morning study.  Bring a friend or your Sunday school class and enjoy digging into the Word in the beautiful setting of The Cove, in Asheville, NC. 

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