Welcome to Section 2 of the Bible Study Preparations Toolkit.
Let me be real with you for a sec ...
It is virtually impossible to enjoy bible study without being hungry for God.
This is the one place where gluttony is completely acceptable! For you must become ravenous for the word of God to truly feast at his table. Jesus stated in Matthew 5 vs 6 “ Blessed [happy] are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled”
What does it mean to hunger and thirst after righteousness? Let’s go look a little closer to these two words to get a clearer understanding:
Hunger according to the dictionary means:
Thirst has a similar definition. It means :
So, if you have a strong desire and craving for righteousness [or after understanding truth and pleasing God] God will give you what you crave.
But before it is given to you, you must be hungry for it.
Sounds simple, but this is some really powerful stuff!
Have you ever truly been starved? You’ll do anything, pay any money, just to have some food. Am I right?
That’s real hunger right there!
And when you are thirsty it is almost unbearable! You even
get weak, dehydrated at times without water. When that first drop hits your
body, it instantaneously let outs a release ---- Ahhh! – Like it’s saying
That right there is true hunger and thirst.
That’s the same thing Jesus means right here. He say blessed are they which do hunger ..for they shall be…”. In other words ‘ if we really hunger after God; if we really thirst then we will be filled’.
Do you see what I see?…
We can only be filled if we ‘hunger’!
That’s the trigger!
And we can only ‘hunger’ is we are empty!
Only empty bodies are hungry for food!
If we do not hunger after God then there won’t be any need for him filling us! Because we are already filled…
with something else [ like the cares of this world, perhaps]…hmmm, now that's something!
Let me reverse that question and say instead; you’ll know that you hunger after God when:
All these and more are indications that you hunger for God.
What does this have to do with preparing for bible study?
That hunger after God is needed. It is numero uno! ( did I get that correct in Spanish?).
And that desire is needed for bible study.
If there’s no desire to know more about God, then we will forever be filled to the brim and running over with excuses why bible study just is not possible right now, next week or even next month for that matter.
But when we have that hunger …
That’s when bible study becomes literal food to us because it’s feeding your hunger and quenches your thirst.
This hunger after God is the driving force. Without it you have already lost, because guess what....you will never begin.
We all need not just a little spark but a hot blazing fire!
Psalms 42: 1 -2
“ As the hart panteth [longingly] after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?”
Now that right there is some mighty fine longing! When we have that kind of hunger after God we will leave go after Him with all our might!
When it comes to bible study, it is vital to have both the …
The Hunger to know and the Hunger to grow.
What you would like to know about God? In your quest, do you want to:
Take a piece of paper ( or download the worksheet) and start writing. Post the finished list in clear view so that you will remain focused. This list can be endless. But it’s time to do some soul searching.
How do you picture your relationship with God? What is it like? What do you want to be used by God? This area can be broken down into :
1. The Desire for Change: Whether it be
2. The Desire to be Used By Christ:
3. Desire to be more like Jesus Christ:
As you make this list, it also represents your first ideas for topical bible studies. You can now use these as a guide on areas to focus your next bible study session.
For instance: if a cause for concern is ‘forgiveness’, then you can use your next bible study session to study the word forgiveness and then begin applying what you’ve learnt for changes.
Wow, that was a mouth full right there!
I greatly enjoyed this lesson. I hope you did too. Share and leave a comment below, then join me in Section 3 of the Bible Study Preparations Tools kit called "Make Your Vision Plain": We will be getting prepared for bible study un 4 easy steps.
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