Wednesday, 17 January 2018

James Jan Bible Studies- Week 1 - Day 4

Scripture
You adulterous people,[a] don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us[b]? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”[c]

Observation

God's way is not the same as the ways of the world. He doesn't want us to focus on pleasures of this world which will never be enough for us. 

 Application
God wants us to know that going after material gains and other world pleasures  is not sustainable. We will never get the Peace that  we seek nor his favor therefore it would be prudent to be following along his path for us. 

Prayer
Dear LORD,
Help me to be centered and focus on you. Let me not be tempted by evil and the ways of this world. AMEN. 



Tuesday, 16 January 2018

James Jan Bible Studies- Week 1- Day 3


Scripture

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

Observation
God gives us the right information. He shows us the correct way to live our lives. 

Application
Focus on the wisdom that comes from GOD . Do Good and be focus on the present and how to live according to GOD's wishes.

Prayer
Dear LORD,
help me keep focused on you and your wisdom.
AMEN.


Monday, 15 January 2018

James Jan Bible Studies- Week 1- Day 2


Scripture
James 3:8-10
but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be
Observation
We can use our tongue for good or evil. It is up to us to use it appropriately.  Do not use it to spread rumors or gossip. 
Application
 Think before you speak and use your tongue for GOOD. What you say can make or break a spirit.
Prayer
Dear LORD,
I look to you for guidance to use my tongue for GOOD and not make things worse because of it.
AMEN.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

James Jan Bible Studies- Week 1- Day 1


Scripture

James 1:1-4New International Version (NIV)

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:
Greetings.

Trials and Temptations


Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Observation
God sent obstacles our way to groom us and prepare us for being worthy enough of his kingdom. 

Application
 Don't despair when you face  trials and know that all this is for your development. He knows that you are able to overcome whatever is thrown your way. You are being polished into a sparkling gem

Prayer
 Dear LORD,
Although I thoroughly dislike being sent trials and sometimes get really depressed when they get overwhelming I do know that it is essential for my growth. Give me the strength and courage to see myself through all challenges that get thrown my way. AMEN.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

1 Year Bible Studies- Book on Genesis

Scripture- Genesis 1-50
Personal Reflections

In Genesis it was mentioned how the earth was formed and how men came to be on earth. How each generation let to the other and the longevity of men. Adam and his immediate descendants lived 900+  years each however as each generation came after the other their lifespan shorten. With more people in the world there is more discourse and more evil seeped into the world and god had to clean the world with the 40 day flood. 
As more then 20 generations came from Adam there was division and different norms being adopted by the people.  Jealousy and other bad values surfaced and cause more harm the peace for all. 

The book of Genesis ends with the death of Joseph. It documents how his family grew from being sold into slavery and what he has done for his family and the rest of the generations.  
All the suffering that he and his family went through were not in vain. They were rewarded for their loyalty to GOD.






Thursday, 21 December 2017

Prince of Peace- Dec Bible Studies- Week 4- Day 5

Scripture
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.

Observation
Jesus suffered for our sins. And because he went through suffering that's why we are saved

Application

It is through his suffering that he saved us. We too need to undergo the mill to be polished gems.   We will survive as GOD has.

Prayer
 Dear LORD,
I'm grateful that you go before me and pave the way for me so that my wounds too can be healed in time.
AMEN.

Prince of Peace- Dec Bible Studies- Week 4- Day 4

Scripture
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Observation

God gives us the information  so that we know. We may not get the peace that we seek in this world but it will certainly come to use in the next.

Application
 Focus on the future and be at peace to know what you desire will come to you. Do not get overwhelm by the current troubles that you face. 

Prayer
Dear LORD,
I seek the peace that you can give . I long for it and am looking forward to be trouble free.
AMEN