Thursday, March 3, 2011

WHAT's ON YOUR NIGHT STAND?...Bible study material

 Capture the Everyday from AdventurooWHAT'S ON YOUR NIGHT STAND?  Joining Melissa at ADVENTUROO for Capture the Everyday : capturing everyday moments in your life. Each Thursday, she’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. Post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then she'll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted. (next week: your kid's fav toy).  My representative pic...a pic taken close to one of our local church's..their belfry
(let me explain: My Bible Study is on my night stand...)

Life is sometimes difficult, especially with humans.

Have you ever had instances of hurtful words being flung or feeling like you're not in the room?  When these happen, how are we called to react? 

Warnings from Timothy and again in 1 Peter  5:8-9, "Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil." and "Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith".  This passage might be misconstrued and some might interpret it to 'staying away' and preserving yourself against anyone who has 'flung' at you. 

2 Tim. 2:25-26 reminds 'who is in control' and how things should be ironed out:   "...Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.  Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap.  For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants."   

Just as Timothy clarified God's opinion, Peter re-clarified God's expectations.  1 Peter 5:10, "In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus.  After you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation." 

Kindness AND restoration are Christ's call to us; not dismissal and self-centeredness.  By His grace and His power, relationships should be restored for HIS GLORY.  God never leaves us 'invisible'...even if people do.