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A Week to Make You Strong: Day 3

Introduction

The longer you’re saved, the better you should know God’s Word. Today, we’re going to examine how you’ve been growing in your knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures.

Bible Reading

For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Heb 5:12-14)

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: (1Pe 2:2)

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2Ti 2:15)

Bible Study

Our first passage makes it clear that your knowledge of God’s Word should grow over time. “When for the time,” the writer of Hebrews says. You been saved long enough that you should know enough to teach others. What about you? Does your level of Bible knowledge reflect the amount of time you’ve been saved?

You’ll only grow to know the deeper truths of God’s Word as you exercise your senses – by consistently studying the Bible. That’s how you develop discernment.

Do you desire God’s Word, or have your lost your appetite? Peter reminded his readers that they should long for God’s Word like a baby cries for mother’s milk.

Bible study takes work. It’s wonderful work, but it’s still work. I worked in an apple orchard right before I joined the Marine Corps. During the harvest, moms often brought their children into the orchard to pick apples. They didn’t have any special equipment, no training, no deadlines. They just got what they could reach from the ground and left after a pleasant visit. Most folks study the Bible that way. Thumbing through the pages looking for something sweet and quitting quickly. But a laborer stays at it, looking on every branch, under every leaf, for each ripe piece of fruit.

Conclusion

  • How has your Bible reading and study improved over the year?
  • Are you hungry for the Word of God?
  • When it comes to Bible study, is it a leisure activity, or a labor of love?

A Week to Make You Strong: Day 2

Introduction

Once you’re saved, one of the most important things you can do to live a godly life is to get control of your time. Today, we’ll take a look at the importance of time management and the role it plays in being the person God wants you to be.

Bible Reading

Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
(Col 4:5)

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. (Eph 5:15-17)

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (Psa 90:12)

Bible Study

It’s easy to get caught up in day to day life and lose sight of what really matters. And, sadly, the most imporant things may not cry out for attention like the urgent things do. We are called to redeem, to buy back, our time and put it to good use in God’s service. If you don’t control your time, you don’t control your life, and you won’t be godly.

How many hour, how many days, have you wasted on activities without eternal value? At the end of your life, will you rejoice or regret the hours you’ve spent on soap operas, sitcoms and sports? In these evil days, are you wisely doing God’s will?

To be a good steward of your time, you’ll need to learn how to number your days. Knowing that there are only so many tomorrows will help you live each day wisely. Many folks coast through life on autopilot and are crushed by regret when they get to the end. You can do better by looking down the road and regretting before you waste your life.

Conclusion

  • In what ways are you wasting your time? What do you need to do less of, or stop doing entirely?
  • What important activities are you not devoting enough time to? What can you do to devote more time to these tasks?