He Wants to Talk to You – Devotions
The Bible’s Claim About God: He wants to talk to you every day and give you comfort, guidance, strength, and inward courage to stand for Him.
1. What does God say about the Bible? 2 Timothy 3:16,17 ________________
2. How did Jesus use the Scriptures to present truth? Luke 24:27___________
3. Jesus said the Scriptures were a testimony about whom? John 5:39 ______
4. Since scribes have copied the Bible repeatedly throughout history, is it reliable for us to trust its Word today? Psalm 12:6,7 ___________________
5. What was God’s reason for giving us the Bible? Psalm 119:105 __________
6. Is it possible to know what truth is since so many people have opinions? John 8:32 ______________________________________________________
7. What attitude is essential in understanding Bible truth? John 7:17 ________
8. What kind of help does God give us to understand what He is saying in the Bible? John 16:13 _______________________________________________
9. What is our part in gaining an understanding of truth? 2 Timothy 2:15 ____
10. What will happen in our own lives as we study the Bible? 2 Corinthians 3:18
11. What do you think about the Bible? Is it God’s Word to YOU? ___________
12. Want to learn more about the Bible? Do Discover Bible Lesson 2
13. For the advanced thinker: Answer the questions on the next page.
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1. If you really believe that the Bible is God’s Word to YOU, then are you willing to spend some time studying it every day and do you know how to do that?
2. When you spend time with God in His Word – that is part of what Christians call a devotional life. If you have had a devotional life in the past, what was it like? Did you study the Word of God for yourself to discover the truths God wanted to tell you?
3. When you really want to learn and remember what someone important is telling you, like a professor or instructor, what do you do?
4. If the Bible is truly inspired and God has something to say to us today, then what are some questions you could ask yourself as you read it so that it becomes practical to your life?
5. The Bible is full of stories about real people, people who stumbled, failed, triumphed, cried, laughed, etc. Why do you think God had their stories recorded in the Scriptures with the good, the bad, and the ugly of their lives?
6. Read 2 Peter 1:16-21. Prophecy is history in advance given to man by God. Why do you think that it is important to understand prophecy? What will it do for you?
7. If you truly believe that the Creator really has written a message for you in the Word, then where can you schedule some time with God so you can know what He wants to tell you today?
8. God really wants to talk to us through His Word. When you hear Him and see what He has to say to you, you will be so excited you will want others to know that God wants to be with them too. Is there someone in your life who could use a dose of God besides yourself? What could you share with them to help them?
9. Need some ideas for making your time with God more personal? Read on.
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How to make the most of your time with God and His Word.
1. Set aside your best time of day to study the Bible. Some people are morning people, some are night people. Dedicate your best time to Him.
2. Get a notebook and take notes as you study. Write down your thoughts, your feelings, whatever hopes or dreams that you get inspired with as you study.
3. 2 Timothy 3:16 says that Scripture is given for 4 reasons:
a. for doctrine – so that we will know the way – gives us knowledge
b. for reproof – so that we will know when we are astray – gives us help
c. for correction – so that we will know the way back – gives us guidance
d. for instruction in righteousness – so that we will stay on track – gives us hope
When you study you can think about these four things. Is God giving you some knowledge? Is He convicting you of some wrong in your life? Is He showing you the way out of a situation? Is He telling you how to stay on the path? Write down what ever you are learning in your journal.
4. Some people think that devotions are reading what other people got out of the Bible. God can tell you more in a few minutes what He wants to say about your life, than you can learn from hours of studying what others say. (That is not to say we shouldn’t read a lot, we should. But replacing our own devotions with someone else’s, isn’t the most productive way to grow spiritually.) Give God a chance to inspire you!
5. Many people find that a systematic study is the most meaningful – That means you chose a topic or a book of the Bible, and spend time studying it. Trace the theme; understand how it applies to your life today. Read the story; imagine where you might have fit into it. Look for principles that apply to you today.
6. Here is an example of discovering meaning for our life today from Scripture.
Isaiah 1:3 “The ox knows its owner And the donkey its master’s crib; But Israel does not know, My people do not consider.” What does this verse mean to you? What is God trying to say? How are people different from the ox and the donkey? Have you ever been like that? Do you know and consider what God is saying?
“I know the Bible is inspired, because it inspires me.” Dwight Moody (and You?)