Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study. This is a place where we an come together and share the 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 24:1-4
What Does it Say?
Vs.1: Joshua gathered the tribes of Israel, the elders, judges, & officers. They presented themselves before God.
Vs.2: Thus says the LORD the God of Israel, “From ancient times your fathers lived beyond the river, Terah, the father of Abraham and Nahor, they served other gods.”
Vs.3a. Then I took Abraham from beyond the River, led him though Canaan
Vs.3b. God multiplied descendants, gave (Abraham) Isaac,
Vs.4: To Isaac I gave Jacob & Easu, Easu I gave Mt Seir to possess, but Jacob & his sons went to Egypt.
What Does it Mean? Lessons
Vs.1: I LOVE that God is not just for the head honchos. FIRST Joshua called ALL the tribes of Israel, then the leaders. God doesn’t just speak to the ones we put in charge, God speaks to all of us, if we will just come and listen. How He beckons me to just come and listen to all that He has to tell me.
Vs.2: God reminds us to remember our past, remember from where He drew us. God’s gracious eye to see us, call us, woo us, and love us in spite of our sinful state that kept us far from Him. I don’t think we are to dwell in our past, but remembering from whence we were drawn should give us pause for thanks.
Vs.3a: “I took” Abraham…. God saw, God drew, God led, God loved…. Abraham did nothing but follow. God calls us to “Come follow Me”, Jesus, God’s son, God with skin on, said that phrase a lot in the Gospels, “Come, Follow Me” we are invited to come and follow, not come and lead the way… no matter how gifted we are in leadership, or talented by genetics, come… follow. Abraham followed even though he did not control the direction, timing or place he would go.
Vs.3b. When I choose to follow Jesus, I will see the impossible become possible, and I will see God’s faithfulness displayed day after day.
Vs.4. Sometimes God leads others to places of “ease” it seems, then me? Oh, He leads me to places of affliction and suffering. Regardless of the place God leads me, He is there, and if He is leading, then He goes before me…. even when the place seems like the valley of the shadow of death. God’s faithfulness to me continues regardless of the place I find myself in.
What Does it Mean to Me? Personal Application
Vs.1: How many times does God beckon me to come into His presence, beckon me to open His Word and just listen to what He has to say to me, yet, I am too busy, or the time doesn’t suit me, or I just don’t want to? Did I realize God has something to say to me, or do I get caught up into thinking He only has things to say to pastors and other people of that sort?
Vs.2: How did God call me? From where did God draw me? From what miry clay did the LORD reach down into and pull me out of so that my feet could be firmly set upon the Rock which is Jesus?
Vs.3a Do I come to God with the heart to follow, or the heart to tell Him where I want to be, where I am gifted and where I should be? Am I willing to follow where He leads?
Vs.3b How have I seen God’s faithfulness on display in my life? Have I missed seeing God’s miraculous power because I didn’t like, agree, or see the point for the places He was trying to lead me to?
Vs.4 Have I thanked God purely for His desire to lead me where He is? Isn’t it cool that God will go to extremes to show (me) His people His love and faithfulness? When and how has God shown His faithfulness to me in the dark places? When has God blessed me with places of ease where joy just seemed to flow without measure?
Homework: Joshua 24:5-8
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