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Favored Life

Proverbs 18:22 NIV
He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.

As the sun rises to give new hope, i pray that God would continue to bless your life!

Amen! I can’t agree more! I felt so blessed to have a wife like you – intelligent, outspoken, beautiful, confident, giver, jolly, responsible, sweet, and God-fearing. God knows that in this life that somehow I will lose my way so He sent you to me to be my guide and help. To remind me of my purpose when things are unclear, and to keep me stay focused on the Lord. 

God made you especially for me. Together, with God’s guidance and help, we will be able to do incredible things for the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let’s fan the fire into flame to keep the desire to share the gospel to one more soul inside us burning.  I pray that we could continue to disciple many people for the Lord. 

As we serve our creator, let us not forget to have fun and enjoy the fellowship as a couple, and with our loving brothers and sisters in Christ, and for all the people that God brought into our lives. I am experiencing real blessing in my life now, and it’s happier with you besides me. I am very thankful to God for giving you as my wife. I just love your smile 🙂

And on your special day, let me do everything to make you happy. I hope you’ll enjoy our moment together as we explore the famous great wall of China. Just relax, have a joyful dream amidst the 2-hour flight delay. Remember, this is your day no matter what so let me watch the night  as you stay still and dream away.  I love you and have a happy birthday my beloved wife. 

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Give God your Best

Lesson 12 – Day by Day Bible Study Guide 2 by Pastor Ed Lapiz

PRAY

BACKGROUND

  • Abraham was a man of great faith.
  • In Genesis 17:1-6, God promised Abraham would have many descendants.
  • The problem was that Abraham was 99 years old at that time.

INTRO

  • God gave his best to us.
  • What about us?
  • What and how should we give to God?

READ

Genesis 22:1-18  (NIV)

22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring[b] all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.”

OBSERVE – Retell the story.

DISCUSS

A. Abraham’s case

  1. Why did God test Abraham by involving Isaac? (vv1-2 Isaac was the dearest, the best)
    • Could Isaac be taking too much of Abraham’s love? (DISCUSS POSSIBILITIES)
  2. What was Abraham’s response? (vv3-8 “Yes!” No hesistationn, no grudges.)
  3. At what time did Abraham move to obey? (Early the following morning.)
    • What does this teach us? (DISCUSS)
  4. What made Abraham’s obedience difficult?
    • ( Love for son.
    • Common sense. He was too old to have another son!
    • Difficult journey for an old man. He even had to bring the fire and wood.
      • A willing heart finds all reason to obey.
    • Three days to change his mind!
      • An unwilling heart finds all the excuses.
    • The issue of murder. Genesis 9:5-6
      • What would Sarah say?
        • Who is Sarah?
        • How do we have the same difficulties? (DISCUSS)
  5. What did Abraham discover?
    • (vv 9-12) (DISCUSS)
    • WHAT PLACED ON GOD’S ALTAR CAN NEVER BE LOST!
  6. What were the results of Abraham’s obedience?
    • God became Jehoava-Jireh (God the provider)
      • v14 God provided the offering. (DISCUSS)
    • God made a greater covenant and took an oath to fulfill it! (vv 15-18)
    • God blessed Abraham with multitudes of offspring, especially that one offspring/seed by whom all nations on earth would be blessed – the Lord Jesus Christ.)

B. OUR CASE: GOD CALLS US TO OFFER OUR BEST

  1. The best of our love.
    • Matthew 22:37  (NIV)
      Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a]
  2. The best of our gifts.
    • Leviticus 27:30-32 (NIV)
      “‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. 31 Whoever would redeem any of their tithe must add a fifth of the value to it. 32 Every tithe of the herd and flock—every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rod—will be holy to the Lord.
    • Malachi 3:10 (NIV)
      Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
  3. The best of our labors.
    • Matthew 19:27-29New International Version (NIV)
      27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”

      28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife[a] or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

    • How can we serve God?
  4. The best of our loyalty.
    • Luke 9:23-24 (NIV)
      Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.
    • Do we treat God as God?
    • How do we become disloyal in terms of giving?

** MOST OF US NEVER GET GOD’S BEST THINGS IN OUR LIVES ONLY BECAUSE WE NEVER GIVE GOD OUR BEST.

CHALLENGE

  • Who or what is your Isaac?
  • God is asknig that your Isaac be offered to him.
    • OFFER: Time, Talent, Treasure
    • Give-up: Bad habits,ungodly relationship,a person, a dream, a value,a vice, laziness, pride, doubts, selfishness that drive you away from God.
  • What is your reply to God’s command?
    • Don’t wonder if you don’t get the best from God if you do not give the bestt of your love, gifts, labor, loyalty.

QUESTIONS/REACTIONS/REMARKS

PRAY

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To do good or to do evil?

Mark 3:1-7

A Man with a Withered Hand Healed
3 And he entered into the synagogue again, and a man who had a withered hand was there. 2 And they were watching him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath, in order that they could accuse him. 3 And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come into the middle.” 4 And he said to them, “Is it permitted on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 And looking around at them with anger, grieved at the hardness of their hearts, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it* out, and his hand was restored. 6 And the Pharisees went out immediately with the Herodians ⌊and began to conspire⌋ against him with regard to how they could destroy him. 

SINS TO AVOID:

  1. Trapping someone to commit mistake or conspiring to kill an innocent person. There is no love here. 
  2. Having a hardened heart that’s not responsive to God’s love or rebuke. 

PROMISE TO CLAIM:

  1. Receive physical and spiritual healing from God who has big compassion.

EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW:

  1. Always seek the presence of God in the church despite the hardship we are facing. Problems or physical illness should not be a barrier for us to go to church. 
  2. Any tradition or belief should never contradict doing good to others. Loving our neighbors should always be above any other law (except for loving God).

COMMAND TO OBEY:

  1. Always be ready to obey God. Be sensitive to His voice – like the man with the withered hand he obeyed Jesus when he was asked to stand in the middle of the syngogue. Maybe God will perform a miracle in your life now but you must be willing to obey first. 

SOME OTHER TEACHINGS:

  1. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath. He can do miracles and work to help others even on a Sabbath day.
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Fasting – at the right time

Mark 2:18-22

On Fasting
18 And John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, and they came and said to him, “⌊Why⌋ do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19 And Jesus said to them, “The ⌊bridegroom’s attendants⌋ are not able to fast while the bridegroom is with them, are they? As long a time as they have the bridegroom with them, they are not able to fast. 20 But days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. 21 No one sews a patch of unshrunken cloth on an old garment. ⌊Otherwise⌋ the patch pulls away from it—the new from the old—and the tear becomes worse. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. ⌊Otherwise⌋ the wine will burst the wineskins and the wine is destroyed and the wineskins too. But new wine is put into new wineskins.” 


SIN TO AVOID:

  1. Judging others because they don’t cope up with our standard.  Extend mercy as God extended mercy to our own shortcomings. 

PROMISE TO CLAIM:

  1. Fasting is not needed when the Lord Jesus was with His disciples – physically.  Listen to God’s direction and guidance in your life. 

EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW:

  1. Fasting has a role in the maturity of our faith. John’s disciples did and Pharisees’ disciples did. The Lord Jesus said that when He’s gone, then His disciples would fast (v20). 

COMMANDMENTS TO OBEY:

  1. Do a fast – ask God for direction when and how long. We can also fast on things that takes higher priority in our life instead of spending time with God such as games, movies, TV, FB, Youtube, etc.  
  2. New teachings from the Holy Spirit needs a renewed heart that can only be obtained by having a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  Without this relationship and trust in God, change for the better is difficult to attain. 

SOME OTHER TEACHING:

  1. The teacher/pastor/leader is responsible for the behavior of his students.  As a leader, take responsibility for the growth of your members and start caring for them.