FOCUS OF THE MONTH
The Amazing Love of God
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us. — Romans 5:8 (KJV) (VOICE)
Sister Elner Davis – February 4 – Class 9/10
Sister Lillie Isler – February 6 – Class 04
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Overview: In this world of confusion, we must quiet our souls and listen to the still small voice of God. He speaks to us through His Word, therefore, we must purpose to read and receive His peace as He surrounds us with His love.
However, there are times when troubles come, we don’t always listen to God; instead we lash out in anger. God wants us to learn to praise Him through our problems and realize He knows the outcome.
Despite our shortcomings, God has provided a blanket of forgiveness through Jesus Christ for everyone. Therefore, we too, must be gracious to love and forgive one another.
We must never elevate ourselves in our own minds based on our titles, instead, stay humble as servants of God. Keep in mind, we are one body in Christ. As we do the work of an evangelist and to seek to reconcile others to Christ, He will give us rest for our souls.
Again, because of the fall of man, this world is chaotic; however, we can look forward to God’s future promise of a new heaven and a new earth where he will bring restoration among all His creation. In the meantime, we must trust God to give us peace as we mend our differences with our most unlikely friends, today.
***The Scriptures for this week’s devotionals are taken from the THE VOICE (VOICE). About 40 different human authors are believed to have been inspired by God to write the Scriptures. Most English translations attempt to even out the literary styles of the different authors in sentence structure and vocabulary. Instead, The Voice distinguishes the unique perspective of each author. The heart of the project is retelling the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works while remaining painstakingly true to the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic texts. Accomplished writers and biblical scholars have been teamed up to create an English rendering that, while of great artistic value, is carefully aligned with the meaning inherent in the original language. Attention is paid to the use of idioms, artistic elements, confusion of pronouns, repetition of conjunctions, modern sentence structure, and the public reading of the passage. To learn more, visit The Voice.***
Focus: God is speaking from heaven to earth despite the noises of this world. Let’s ignore the distraction, read His Word daily and respond to His still small voice.
Scriptures: 2 Peter 1:19-21; Hebrews 1:1-2, 2:1-3
Focus: God will always help us through our difficult times. When in distress, we must not lash out in anger, instead, praise Him through our problems.
Scriptures: 1 Peter 5:5-11; Psalm 18:1-6
Focus: Oftentimes, we say or do something that we later regret. Thank God for the blanket of forgiveness through Jesus. We too, must be gracious to love and forgive one another.
Scriptures: Use scriptures in the story. Matthew 5:21-26, 6:14-15
Focus: We must never elevate ourselves in our own minds based on our titles. Stay humble as servants of God. He will give us rest for our souls as we serve others.
Scriptures: Romans 12:3-4, 9-10
Focus: The fall of man created chaos. God’s future promise of a new heaven and earth will bring restoration. In the meantime, we must trust God to give us peace as we reconcile our differences with our most unlikely friends, today.
Scriptures: Use scriptures in devotion.
Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson
GOD IS AMAZING
This week’s lessons gave us a glimpse of God’s magnificent glory. He gives us a clear picture of His presence and His actions like listening to His still small voice as He calls to us in our deepest sorrow. God did not make bad things happen to us. God is so amazing that He can make good things out of the bad that has happened and He will make us whole again. That’s amazing!
Even at our lowest point, we can lift our eyes to the Lord and praise Him through our problems and pain. He who cares knows what we are going through. When we think He is not around, He shows His presence. He knows every trial no matter how big or how small. Size doesn’t matter; He helps us through them all. That’s amazing!
The most amazing thing of all is that God covers us in a blanket of love. He did not need us. He wanted us! He is our friend in time of need. He is a problem solver. He is the strength that never lets us fail.
Let’s shout it out, climb to the highest mountain top, and tell the world about our great and wonderful and amazing God.