Bible Studies

Taking on God’s Mind

God sees things differently than we do.

1 Samuel 16:7: But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Isaiah 55:8–9: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Progress—One Step at a Time

Ask God to help you set goals and arrive at the best plan for achieving them.

Psalm 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.

Proverbs 16:9: A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps

Proverbs 19:21: There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.

Suffering—A Blessing in Disguise?

God comforts and strengthens us in our suffering.

John 14:18: I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

1 Corinthians 10:13: No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

“Precious Promises” Sampler

Here are just a few of God’s promises to you. There are hundreds more that you can hold Him to when faced with any problem.

God’s promises are contracts. Most have conditions attached. Take a moment to think about each one in terms of God’s part and your part.

(In the following list, only the most pertinent parts of some verses are given in order to highlight the promise.)

Success with People

Look for the good in others.

Philippians 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Titus 3:2: To speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.

The Seasons of Life

A meditation on Ecclesiastes 3:1–8

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…

Thank You, God, for the seasons of my life, each having its own special beauty.

“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”—Psalm 118:24

Changing for the Better

God wants only the best for us.

Psalm 84:11b: No good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Giving at Its Best

Give cheerfully.

2 Corinthians 9:7: Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Deuteronomy 15:10a: Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart.

Exodus 25:2: Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.

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