Read the Bible in first person. Each time it says ‘they’ or ‘us’, place yourself there, and apply the biblical advice to your experience and the struggles you are facing at that moment. This way, you will get to know Jesus and He will be the foundation of your faith. You will be able to trust Him,…
Read the Bible in first person. Each time it says ‘they’ or ‘us’, place yourself there, and apply the biblical advice to your experience and the struggles you are facing at that moment. This way, you will get to know Jesus and He will be the foundation of your faith. You will be able to trust Him, because you got to know Him through study of the Bible.”
Alejandro Bullon, Finding Fulfillment in Christ, p. 336
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
Alejandro Bullon, Finding Fulfillment in Christ, p. 230
“So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”” Matthew 8:27
God chose Saul as the first king of Israel because he matched the description the people had requested. But when God chose David to be the next king of Israel, He reminded Samuel that the Lord looks on the heart (1 Sam. 16:7).
David was far from being perfect. In fact, some would argue that David’s later moral lapses were much more serious than Saul’s sins. Yet, the Lord rejected Saul but forgave even David’s worst mistakes, allowing him to continue being king. What made the difference?
God is in the heart business. He not only reads the heart, the center of thought, inner attitudes, and motives, but He can touch and change hearts that are open to Him. David’s heart yielded to the conviction of sin. He repented, and he patiently accepted the consequences of his sins. In contrast, whatever outward confessions he made, it was clear that Saul’s heart was not surrendered to the Lord. “Yet the Lord, having placed on Saul the responsibility of the kingdom, did not leave him to himself. He caused the Holy Spirit to rest upon Saul to reveal to him his own weakness and his need of divine grace; and had Saul relied upon God, God would have been with him. So long as his will was controlled by the will of God, so long as he yielded to the discipline of His Spirit, God could crown his efforts with success. But when Saul chose to act independently of God, the Lord could no longer be his guide, and was forced to set him aside.”—Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 636.
Ask yourself, how does what goes on inside your heart differ from what people see of you on the outside? What does your answer say to you about yourself?
Taken from the Sabbath School lesson Quarterly, July 31, 2011
Moses’ desire to see God’s glory was not one of curiosity or presumption but came from a deep heart hunger to sense God’s presence after such blatant apostasy. Though Moses had not partaken of their sin, he was impacted by it. We do not live in isolation from other members of our church. What impacts one impacts others, a point we should never forget.
Look carefully at Exodus 33:13. Moses says to God that he, Moses, wanted to “know Him.” Despite all that the Lord had done, Moses still sensed his own need, his own weakness, his own helplessness, and thus he wanted a closer walk with the Lord. He wanted to know better the God upon whom He was so dependant. How interesting that, centuries later, Jesus said, “ ‘And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent’ ” (John 17:3). He wanted to see the glory of God, something that would make him realize even more his own sinfulness and helplessness and, hence, his utter dependence upon the Lord. After all, look at what Moses had been called to do; look at the challenges he had to face. No wonder he felt this need to know God.
Here, too, we come to a crucial point about worship. Worship should be about God; it should be about us in humility and faith and submission, seeking to know more about Him and His “way” (Exod. 33:13).
How well do you know the Lord? More important, what choices can you make that will enable you to know Him better than you do? How can you learn to worship in a way that will give you a better appreciation of God and His glory?
Taken from the Sabbath School lesson quarterly, July 7, 2011
In speaking to the woman at the well, Jesus said, “ ‘You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews’ ” (John 4:22, NKJV). Imagine, worshiping what you do not know. In a sense, that is what almost all the world has done, or perhaps is doing now—worshiping what they do not know. When you see someone bowing down and worshiping a block of stone, thinking it will answer their prayers, you are seeing folk worshiping what they do not know. That is, they are worshiping what they think can bring them salvation but cannot. In a more modern context, people who make gods out of power, money, fame, and self are, likewise, worshiping what they do not. They are worshiping that which cannot save them.
In the immediate Christian context, the question for us could be: do we know what we are worshiping? Do we know the Lord whom we praise and honor with our mouths? Who is He? What is His name? What is He like?
Some sincere children of God think that they can make God love them more if they do something more. That is impossible! There is nothing that I can do that will make God love me more, just like there is nothing that I can do that will make God love me any less!
Keeping God’s commandments is only valid if it is a result of following Him and not departing from Him. Obedience is a result of a right relationship with the Source of obedience, Jesus.
Alejandro Bullon, Finding Fulfillment in Christ, p. 176
” For he held fast to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses.” 2 Kings 18:6
Alejandro Bullon, Finding Fulfillment in Christ, p. 148
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2