This bible devotional describes bible verses for trusting the Lord with various practical areas of our life. As you read, reflect on the question and bible verse for each of these areas. [Read more…]
Bible Study Lesson:
2 Cor 12:7-10
1. What was St. Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh?
Paul did not mention about his ‘thorn in the flesh’. However, one thing is sure, that he was really concerned about this issue.
- It continually distracted him. He was distressed by it.
- He prayed twice that it may depart from him.
- Some scholars say, it was a disease, sickness, which kept him from serving God, some say, it was some area of life, which he was struggling with. (gotquestions.org)
- Whatever it may be, we really don’t know what it was.
- It was holding Paul back from complete devotion/commitment.
- It was his ‘weakness’, he may have found himself struggling over this issue so many times.
- There were so many things (reproaches, necessities, persecutions, distresses), which distracted him, as he mentioned in verse 10. But this particular one concerned Paul the most. [Read more…]
Bible Study Lesson: Psalms 13:1-6:
What is David’s state of mind at the beginning of this Psalm (V. 1-2)?
- He feels like being forgotten by God, forgotten forever!
- He is agonized at the silence of God towards his prayers.
- His relationship with God seems broken for a considerable time.
- He questions God’s providence and protection.
- He thinks that God has turned his face from him.
- He is in a state of being forsaken.
- ‘How long’ is used 4 times in first two verses, that goes to show his inner struggle and questioning with God. He knows the goodness and faithfulness of God, yet he is devastated by God’s silence in time of need.
- His heart is filled with sorrow everyday, there is a constant anguish, grief and pain in his heart.
- He constantly wrestles with his thoughts. There is a warfare in his mind and heart.
- His enemies are triumphant over him. He feels crushed by his enemies. [Read more…]
The Beatitudes: An Overview
Matthew 5: 3 -12 – “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Beatitudes are referred to, as the account of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ preached by Jesus Christ, recorded in Matthew 5: 3-12 in the Bible.
It is one of the most quoted passages of the Bible.
A similar list of beatitudes is also given in Luke 6:20-23.
This bible study guide is an eight part series on the Beatitudes. [Read more…]
Quiet time is one of the most essential aspects of your Christian life. Many Christians take some time reading the bible everyday. While it is very useful, just reading the bible will not lead you to much fuller Christian walk with Christ. You need to spend time in his words, study and learn from it everyday. Without daily regular quiet time, our spiritual life can be seriously malnourished just as our body can be mal-nutritioned without proper food and water!
Here I am presenting simple steps for how to do your daily quiet time.