Surrender Daily – Susan's Devotional Journal 1/30/16

 Day Thirtieth: Surrender Daily

Scripture Devotional Series,  “Quiet Moments With Jesus”

  From the Devotional Series, “Quiet Moments With Jesus”

 

My Thoughts

We are following the Devotional Series: Quiet Moments with Jesus, Book 2, IN THE SECRET: A 30 Day Devotional by Adam Houge. Tonight, Jesus tells us in the Devotional that He wants us to surrender daily to His will and follow the Holy Spirit in loving our brothers and sisters, not those just in Christ but all brothers and sisters, even our enemies.

 QUESTIONS

1. What does Jesus ask you first?

2. What does Jesus want to use you as?

3. Where are we to keep Jesus’ teachings?

4. Are we to surrender fully to Jesus? Why?

5. What are you to humbly follow each day?

6. Reread the verses above in another version.

PRAYER

 Dear Lord,

You are so loving. Your words are such a blessing. I surrender to Your will daily, hourly.  Help me be obedient to You and Your Holy Spirit.  Let me show love whenever possible to those around me. Help me to learn from You and Your Holy Spirit. Let me show Your perfect love. Praise you, Father.

Amen, Susan…

***A Note to All***

I am ending this devotional as it is getting very repetitive and beginning February 1st we will be devoting time twice a week to a devotional on God’s Names in the Bible. We are only going to do this twice a week because there is a lot to learn about the names and their attributes, especially the Hebrew names and to go daily, I believe, will be too fast to absorb the information and meditate and pray about it. Thank you, Susan…


      Susan’s Devotional Journal will continue with my new devotional that is on my Kindle through Amazon.com. The Devotional Series, “Quiet Moments With Jesus” is a devotional written by Adam Houge and includes a series of six devotionals that are 30 days long each, totaling 180 days. If you are interested in this Devotional, then you can purchase it by clicking here.

**All of the teaching and readings from Susan’s Devotional Journal are from the Devotional, “Quiet Moments with Jesus”**

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Pliable and Virtuous – Susan's Devotional Journal 1/29/16

 

 Day Twenty-ninth: Pliable and Virtuous

Scripture Devotional Series,  “Quiet Moments With Jesus”

 

  From the Devotional Series, “Quiet Moments With Jesus”

   

My Thoughts

We are following the Devotional Series: Quiet Moments with Jesus, Book 2, IN THE SECRET: A 30 Day Devotional by Adam Houge. Tonight, Jesus tells us in the Devotional that He is captivated by our beauty as he prepares us for eternity.  But He wants us to remain pliable, virtuous, and obedient to Him.

 QUESTIONS

1. What is Jesus rejoicing in?

2. What does Jesus want you to do as He prepares you for an everlasting life?

3. What does Jesus call you when He calls Himself “the King?”

4. What two things should you seek to do daily for Jesus as He prepares you for everlasting life?

5. How will Jesus communicate His will to you and what does He expect?

6. Reread the verse above in another version.

 

PRAYER

 Dear Lord,

You are so loving. Your words are a blessing to me. When You call me beautiful and say that you are preparing me for everlasting life with You, I still feel so undeserving of You. I know in my head that Your grace is sufficient for me, but I still don’t completely feel it in my heart. Help me believe You in my mind and my heart and soul.  Help me to be in the Spirit and listen more attentively to Him. Help me to learn from You and Your Holy Spirit. Help me be obedient and pliable to You. You are so Loving and Wise. You are full of grace.Thank You, Lord.

Amen, Susan…

 


     Susan’s Devotional Journal will continue with my new devotional that is on my Kindle through Amazon.com. The Devotional Series, “Quiet Moments With Jesus” is a devotional written by Adam Houge and includes a series of six devotionals that are 30 days long each, totaling 180 days. If you are interested in this Devotional, then you can purchase it by clicking here.

**All of the teaching and readings from Susan’s Devotional Journal are from the Devotional, “Quiet Moments with Jesus”**

Ecclesiastes Chapter 2- Bible Study 1/29/16

 

Tonight we discuss the 2nd Chapter of Ecclesiastes.

Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 (NIV)

Pleasures Are Meaningless
I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. “Laughter,” I said, “is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?” I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly—my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was good for people to do under the heavens during the few days of their lives.
I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired male and female singers, and a harem[a] as well—the delights of a man’s heart. I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.
10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
    I refused my heart no pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my labor,
    and this was the reward for all my toil.
11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done
    and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
    nothing was gained under the sun.
Wisdom and Folly Are Meaningless
12 Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom,
    and also madness and folly.
What more can the king’s successor do
    than what has already been done?
13 I saw that wisdom is better than folly,
    just as light is better than darkness.
14 The wise have eyes in their heads,
    while the fool walks in the darkness;
but I came to realize
    that the same fate overtakes them both.

15 Then I said to myself,

“The fate of the fool will overtake me also.
    What then do I gain by being wise?”
I said to myself,
    “This too is meaningless.”
16 For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered;
    the days have already come when both have been forgotten.
Like the fool, the wise too must die!
Toil Is Meaningless
17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 19 And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 21 For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. 22 What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? 23 All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.
24 A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? 26 To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God.This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

 My Notes

In reading Chapter 2, Solomon, David’s Son the King continues to discuss the meaninglessness of life including pleasure, wisdom, folly, and toil because in the end we all die. So, you say, “What’s the use?… Why the bother?” I have been there before. I have been so depressed and distraught with my life as it was that I just didn’t see much use in going on with it. I would chase after one thing hoping it would make me happy…wrong. I would switch directions and go back to school after my degree for happiness and satisfaction…wrong. I would change jobs…wrong. Finally, I realized that it was all meaningless without God in my life.

Questions:

  1. As you experience pleasure, you need to experience more and more to get the same effect and be “happy” or satisfied. Why do you think that is?
  2. What kind of projects (v.4) does Solomon do to find happiness? Did he do these alone? (see 1 Kings 5:12-18, 1 Chronicles 2:22)
  3. Why is it vanity/why are we vain to work our fingers to the bone on projects according to Solomon? 
  4. In v. 8 it describes Solomon’s wealth but not in money. How rich was he? (Refer to 1 Kings 8:63 and 4:21)
  5. Solomon did not condemn work itself because he recognized that God even put Adam in the Garden of Eden to take care of it. What does it say in Proverbs 12:13-15 (written by Solomon) about work?
  6. In v24-26 what does Solomon say is needed to be happy and satisfied?
  7. One phrase, “chasing after the wind” is repeated 3 times in Chapter 2. Write down what you think that means to you?
  8. Pray about one verse that spoke to you the most.

See you Tuesday,

Susan…


 

Ecclesiastes Bible Study

  A study of Ecclesiastes from the book by Josh Hunt, Good Questions Have Small Groups Talking  EcclesiastesWe will read 1-2 chapters per week and answer some questions related to what was read. I will post twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays usually. You will need (1) a plain lined notebook to answer your questions and (2) your own Bible. You may want to use Biblegateway to check other versions or if you don’t have a Bible or have questions about your interpretation.

 

Forgive Yourself – Susan's Devotional Journal 1/28/16

 

 Day Twenty-eighth: Forgive Yourself

Scripture Devotional Series,  “Quiet Moments With Jesus”

  From the Devotional Series, “Quiet Moments With Jesus”

   

My Thoughts

We are following the Devotional Series: Quiet Moments with Jesus, Book 2, IN THE SECRET: A 30 Day Devotional by Adam Houge. Tonight, Jesus tells us in the Devotional that He wants us to forgive ourselves and let our past sins go. He has forgiven us through grace.

 QUESTIONS

1. What has Jesus told you about your past sins?

2. What does Jesus want you to do now that you are forgiven?

3. While others may still condemn you for your sin(s), what does Jesus say He does?

4. Is it possible for you to find joy and rejoice in forgiveness and grace?

5. What does Jesus say the Devil wants you to do with your past sin?

6. What two things do not lead to righteousness?

7. What does Jesus require for your righteousnss?

8. Memorize one of the verses above.

 

PRAYER

 Lord Jesus,

You are so loving and kind. You are so ready to forgive when we turn away from our sin and toward you. Your grace is sufficient for me. Help me to stay more focused on Your love and grace and less on self-condemnation when I fall short of my expectations. Help me to be in the Spirit when I pray and talk to others. Help me to learn from You and Your Holy Spirit. You are so Loving, Wise, and Holy. You are full of grace.Thank You, Lord.

Amen, Susan…


       Susan’s Devotional Journal will continue with my new devotional that is on my Kindle through Amazon.com. The Devotional Series, “Quiet Moments With Jesus” is a devotional written by Adam Houge and includes a series of six devotionals that are 30 days long each, totaling 180 days. If you are interested in this Devotional, then you can purchase it by clicking here.

**All of the teaching and readings from Susan’s Devotional Journal are from the Devotional, “Quiet Moments with Jesus”**