Philippians 2:1-11 💗 Jesus is With Us

Read Philippians 2:1-11

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Paul is challenging us to “have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” That might seem a bit daunting, but Paul shows us a bit about what that means. Having this knowledge gives us a glimpse into Jesus’ character as well. Humble. Compassionate. Loving.

You may be thinking, it’s easy to have a good attitude when you’re God. You’re in control. Yet, while Jesus is God, he is also man. We can’t forget Jesus “gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave.” Jesus knows firsthand how difficult being a human can be.

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1 Samuel 3:9-18 💗 Open My Ears

Read 1 Samuel 3:9-18

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We’re starting a new theme in our Discovering the Bible Challenge called “Listening to God’s Word.” You are precisely in the right place as we’ll walk through some great Bible texts giving us insights to the importance of listening to God rather than the mumblings of the world.

I especially like this first passage as it tells the story of Samuel hearing God’s voice. We have the Bible as God’s word to us, but Samuel heard God’s message first-hand. Whether you’ve audibly heard God’s voice or not doesn’t matter. It’s important that we be listening!

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1 Kings 17:1-7 – Elijah’s Story Begins

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It will be helpful to know that Elijah is the first of several important prophets that God will use to bring messages to his people in both Israel and Judah (northern and southern kingdoms). Elijah is from Gilead (Israel) so he reports to his king, Ahab.

We’ve already seen how the kings of the north have all been evil and corrupt. For years, there were some in Israel who remained faithful to the God of Abraham who had brought them out of bondage in Egypt. They have lived under leaders who flaunt an entirely different spirituality, totally ignoring the God of their inheritance.

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1 Kings 16:1-34 – How Can It Get Worse?

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We are walking through some very dark days in the history of Israelite leadership. Each new king seems to be worse than the one before. How is that even possible?

Meanwhile, we must assume that because Judah’s king, Asa, is following God, everything is going well over there. The remnant of the Israelite people living in Judah and Benjamin are living lives that are more pleasing to God, honoring him with their obedience.

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1 Kings 13:1-10 – God is the Focus

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What was the “real” purpose the man of God appeared before Jeroboam? Was it to give him this message or was it to get Jeroboam to repent? Perhaps it was both.

Of course, the story also involves Jeroboam’s arm become paralyzed when he threatened the man of God. Can you imagine how Jeroboam was feeling in that moment? He certainly would have been fearful wondering who would follow a crippled king. He had been worried about credibility in the past. I’m sure that hadn’t changed.

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