Bible studies for February 2003

 Study 1: THE BELIEVERíS QUITE TIME II

(Please note: This bible study topic continues from January 2003)


The quiet time is the believerís proven method of getting closer to God on a daily basis. It brings us into intimacy with the Son, gives us a new and fresh awareness of Christís presence and reassuring insights into the nature of Godís love. It is the believerís gateway to daily victory, the period of recouping strength and power for the dayís christian service and lifeís work.

THE MEANING OF THE QUIET TIME
Isaiah 50:4,5; Psalm 40:6; 66:18; Proverbs 20:12; Matthew 13:16,23; Luke 10:39; Mark 1:35; Nehemiah 9:20,21; Genesis 19:27


The believerís quiet time goes beyond the practice of admiring frescoes, cameos and cool paintings to relax the mind commonly found in professional circles. It is a period especially set aside by the christian for the all-surpassing purpose of having fellowship with God, allowing Him to talk to you through His word (the Holy Bible) and also bringing your request before Him in prayer.

THE MATERIALS FOR THE QUIET TIME
John 5:39; Acts 17:11; 8:28-32; Matthew 12:3-5; 21:16, 42; 2 Timothy 4:13


A good Bible with concordance (KJV); an aid to daily devotion; a quiet time notebook to jot down lessons learnt; a prayer notebook to write down prayer requests as well as noting the answers to prayers.

THE MANNER OF THE QUIET TIME
Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; Hebrews 11:6; Psalm 22:26; 25:9; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16; John 16:13


Come before the Lord in reverence, in faith, in meekness and with an open mind. Ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate the word and open your understanding. Listen in your spirit to Godís message for you for the day. Is there a command to obey, an example to follow, a pitfall to avoid, a warning to heed, a promise to claim, a task to perform? Is there a new insight into Godís nature and Christís Sonship? Is there a new vision of Christís cross and glory? Write down what God has taught you in your quiet time notebook for future reference (Acts 17:11; Exodus 17:14; Proverbs 3:3; 7:3; Hebrews 2:2). Pray in faith on what you have learnt with a firm decision to obey the Lord believing that His grace is sufficient for you (Hebrews 11:6). Pray on the topics you have listed in your prayer notebook, praying about your needs last (John 14:14; 1 John 5:14, 15; 3:22). The quality more than the length of the quiet time is more important. But the length increases as we grow and love Him more.


READ YOUR BIBLE AND PRAY EVERYDAY, IF YOU WANT TO GROW



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