This week we returned to Chapter 22, specifically Q.1 on page 51 of our study notes. In verse 1 what does it mean that God did tempt Abraham? How did God tempting you turn out? Would you share your passing or failing the test with the class? In verse 1 God calls Abraham, how does Abraham respond to God? and finally When God calls you how do you respond?
Some notes from our discussion:
Do we think God still talks to us? Does He still call us? If He does,how does he do it?
Some answers given:
- other people
**remember what we “hear” must line up with God’s word.
Pastor asked for examples of personal experiences where you know God was speaking to you. One person shared and Pastor encouraged the rest that it is so important to share our stories whether failures or successes. It truly helps others to hear.
- What is God speaking to us about? (in our church and individually)
Does God only tell you things for the betterment of the person? – a testing of our lives.
- How do we handle when God speaks to us? Do we obey? Are we afraid?
- Are we too focused on our selves (busyness) and fail to hear God? Are we so caught up in what needs to be done around us and so caught up in the world we have created that we fail to hear?
- Does God ever speak to us (or open our eyes) when we are around people? (seeing the condition of their hearts?)
God calls us, He tries us.
- There will be failures and successes. We can’t be wrapped up in ourselves and miss His calling.
The enemy likes to play havoc with us, but we can’t allow Satan to get us down so we don’t do anything.
Has God spoken to you about what He wants you to do in the body of Christ?
It may be bringing up Godly kids or it could be preaching…there is so much to be done and it doesn’t always mean being a pastor.
- Did you tell God yes?
- Did you keep your yes?
Ecclesiastes 5: 1-6
Fear God, Keep Your Vows
1 Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil.
2 Do not be rash with your mouth,
And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God.
For God is in heaven, and you on earth;
Therefore let your words be few.
3 For a dream comes through much activity,
And a fool’s voice is known by his many words.
4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it;
For He has no pleasure in fools.
Pay what you have vowed—
5 Better not to vow than to vow and not pay.
6 Do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin, nor say before the messenger of God that it was an error. Why should God be angry at your excuse[a] and destroy the work of your hands? 7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also vanity. But fear God.
- If you promised something and not kept it, you need to talk to God! Go back and repent and make it right.
- We make lots of vows in our lives…example: our marriages.
God tries our faith…..to increase our faith.
If we constantly reject God there will come a time when He will say “no more.”
- Life is not a joke- there is right and wrong, when the Holy Spirit reveals something is wrong do we pay attention?
Acts 8: 26-29 –
- Knowing the difference between our conscience “voice” and the Holy Spirit’s “voice” which speaks to our mind (conscience).
- Is it possible God is saying more than we hear? What do we do about that?
- We have to have a desire to search God’s Word, look at our lives and examine it. Repent, let to, be willing when God is speaking and not run away.
What age will you be when you say…enough of this foolishness? We only have so many days.
When will you start truly listening to the Lord and being obedient? Look toward Abraham’s example with his son Isaac.
Examine your life…if you are a Christian… it will cost you your life ( your wants, your fleshly desires, your time, your will, your everything) to be a disciple of Christ.