Spiritually Preparing for this Class
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Studies show it takes twenty-one days to create a habit. This twenty-two-day study was developed to help you make fellowship with God a priority every day.
I get a lot of emails and message questions about Bible journaling and I feel like some are so focused on the craft that they miss the heart of Bible journaling.
The heart of Bible Journaling starts hours before you start the page. Bible journaling is something you do all day not just when you sit down to craft. It is praying and listening God through the day, making like-minded friends, and sharing what you are learning.
This will be a fun class and you will create a lovely crafty book to keep forever to remind you of what you are learning. But the focus is on growing closer to our Father —not the craft.
The investment of time in God's Word will produce fruit and it is worth putting other things aside. We can all fit in fifteen to thirty minutes a day to grow closer to our Father. If you struggle or face battles we want to encourage you. Visit the Bible Journal Love Facebook Group, ask for prayer.
The book of Joshua is the story of how God led the Israelites in the conquest of Canaan. The lessons in Joshua illustrate how choosing obedience brings victory and blessing, and how disobedience brings defeat.
You can follow Joshua's strategies for this study to help you make time with God a daily priority.
Joshua’s Plan for Success
Three elements combined to give Joshua success in this battle in Joshua 10. These are the same three elements you will use in scheduling your days.
- Believing God's promise (v. 8)
- Using sound strategy (v. 9)
- Calling on the Lord in prayer (vv. 10–15)
1. Believing God's Promise
The Israelites didn't have to be afraid because God had already promised them victory—and you don't have to fear either, because God has promised to direct your paths.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths
When we live by faith in God and in his promises, we can expect to receive God's help.
2. Using Sound Strategy
Create your plan with prayer and submission to God. Leaning on God does not negate self-discipline or forming good habits. God has always been working in your life, from before you were formed in your mother's womb.
He has been preparing you, just as Joshua was prepared many years for what would belong to him. You will need to plan, but allow time for a variety of unplanned activities; keep some flexible time in your schedule. In other words, schedule by faith.
3. Calling on the Lord in Prayer
D. L. Moody said, "Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure." Prayer is your first step in planning and the first step in daily Bible study. Use Colossians 1:9–12 as a guide.
- To fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding
- That you would live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way
- That you would bear fruit in every good work
- That you would grow in the knowledge of God
- That you would be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might; so that
- You may have great endurance and patience
- That you would joyfully give thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
Worried About Having Enough Faith?
Don’t worry—the building of your faith is incorporated into this Bible Study. We will learn to make God's Word your priority each day, all day.
Learning to lean on God will be part of your daily schedule. Your faith will grow daily because you will be in His Word daily. God will reward your desires when you trust Him and live obediently.
In his book, Pursuing a Deeper Faith, Charles Stanley said,
"Faith is not a goal that we must work to achieve. It comes as the overflow of a personal relationship with God. It is as natural as taking a breath of air. Faith is the breath and life of our relationship with God and His Son. A life of faith is one that is dominated by Jesus Christ—not selfish desires. There are three levels of faith—little faith that says, 'God can.' Great faith that says, 'God will.' Perfect faith that says, 'God has done it.'"
One of my married daughters and I had a discussion about waiting on God. She commented on the strength of my faith and expressed to me her anxieties about how desperately she wanted faith enough to count on God.
I explained to her that our faith grows as we consistently walk with the Lord. Faith is a living thing that grows as we see the Lord at work in our lives, and become continually aware of His presence. Like a ladder. We place our foot firmly on one step and we can move up another step.
I have gratefully watched God supply my needs and answer my prayers over and over and over for many years. I know I can count on Him because He never changes. This does not mean I am satisfied with the level of faith I now have. I fall very short of the faith God expects from me, as we all do. But I am satisfied with Jesus my Savior, and know that He is doing His work in me.
I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor come from God alone.
He is my refuge,
a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in him at all times.
Pour out your heart to him,
for God is our refuge.
—Psalm 62: 5–8.