Category: Small Group Lessons

Faithfulness…

Galatians 6:9(KJV)

9. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

“You have seed in your spirit of everything that God is. You must learn to be faithful as God is faithful”

 

John 1:14 (AMP)

 

 

14. And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth.

{Many times throughout Scripture, love is linked with faithfulness. Faithfulness means being consistent in doing what God asked you to do, finishing what you start, worthy of trust or belief, adhering firmly, loyal, reliable. The great leaders of the bible were finishers. Men and women who stuck with the assignments God gave them to the end. Why do you think faithfulness is such an important aspect of loving people?}

” It’s not what we do once that brings victory to our lives… Faithfulness is knowing what God is telling you to do and doing it over and over again.”

{Sometime with faithfulness persistence is the key}

 

Hebrews 11:25-27 (GNT)

 

25.He preferred to suffer with God’s people rather than to enjoy sin for a little while. 26. He reckoned that to suffer scorn for the Messiah was worth far more than all the treasures of Egypt, for he kept his eyes on the future reward. 26.It was faith that made Moses leave Egypt without being afraid of the king’s anger. As though he saw the invisible God, he refused to turn back.

{God wants us to faithfully do what’s right simply because it’s what we’re supposed to do. He wants us to trust that he will reward us appropriately and in the proper time.}

~What shift in attitude would help you release your “give to get” mentality?~

~What’s the immediate reward of trusting God with every outcome?~

“Keep on it. Even if you aren’t getting the results you want, you have to keep doing what you’re doing. Hold steady in the storm”

{God is coming and helping you. Trust I know it feels like forever! God has a perfect plan even if you can’t see it.}

{If you are having a hard time finding peace I have found praying is the best way. The God wants you to live happily now that doesn’t mean he will give you everything you think you want but as you seek him you will find peace.}

~ Are you faithful in giving even when the results are not what you want or expect?~

~ Do you praise God regardless of your circumstances?~

{As you look back at your life so far, how would you characterize you faithfulness to God? Your relationships? If you haven’t always been faithful… what excuses have you offered until now?}

Just a little something to ponder over the rest of the week 😉

Over and Out

Lindsay A Barth

Notes thanks to: Fruit of the Spirit workbook by Joyce Meyer

 

 

 

 

 

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·3 characteristics of a good and loyal friend·

There is a big difference between an acquaintance and a true friend. People you simply just hang out with will come and go as I have experienced many times, but true friends are\ people who will always be there for you. Even in the bad times when all hope seems lost. Here are 3 markings of a true friend I have found to be good.

1· Honesty. A true friend should always tell you the truth no matter what. Having someone who is honest is priceless and someone you can not afford to lose.

  • Luke 16:10 – “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” (NIV)

2· Dependability. The people who truly value their friendship with you will keep their words . If you cant count on that friend what do you have?

  • 1 John 2:5a – “But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him.” (NKJV)

3· Respect & Honor. It is a huge part of a good friendship. If you do not respect someone, their opinions and feelings you will be discounted and overlooked. Without respect, friendship will simply not work.

  • Romans 12:10 – ” Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another. (NKJV

I feel like these tips have really helped me weed out who should be my good friends and who really don’t belong in that category. Hope you guys all have a good week!

Over and Out

Lindsay A Barth

 

7 Bible Guarantees For Friendship Part 2

Lets dive right back in… We just finished #4 in part 1… So here is 5-7 🙂

5.) God’s Word guarantees that you will become wise if you hang out with wise friends. Surround yourself with wise friends who can help you make wise choices in every area of life… Peer Pressure is good if pointed in the right direction

6.) God’s Word guarantees that you can avoid suffering by not hanging out with foolish people. So choose to avoid inevitable heartache by steering clear of those who make bad choices.

7.) God’s Word guarantees that you will reap what you sow into your friendship. If you sow dishonesty you will have dishonesty in your friendship… If you gossip you will reap gossip in your friendship… Friendships have to be nurtured in order to thrive. If you take your friends for granted, the relationships will eventually wither and die.

Thanks for enjoying me on the journey of the 7 Bible Guarantees For Friendship…

Notes thanks to: The Little Black Book

Over and Out

Lindsay A. Barth

7 Bible Guarantees For Friendship Part 1

God recognized man’s need for relationship when He created a companion for Adam in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 2:18, God said, “It is not good that man should be alone.” We need godly relationships in our lives to strengthen and encourage us. Here are 7 bible guarantees for friendship.

  1. God’s Word guarantees that you will have friends if you show yourself friendly. {Proverbs 18:24  A man who has friends must himself be friendly. But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.} You will have quality friends if  you make the effort to always be friendly.
  2. God’s Word guarantees that godly friends make you stronger {Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. } As you grow in your relationship with God and pursue godly relationships, the friends you choose to surround yourself with will either move you closer to or father away from your goals. Good friends will sharpen you, because they are moving int he same direction as you.
  3. God’s Word guarantees that godly friends will help you realize your potential. {Proverbs 20:5 Knowing what is right is like deep water in the heart;
    a wise person draws from the well within} 
    God has a unique purpose for you. Good friendships will help you achieve all that God has planned for your future.
  4. God’s Word guarantees that true friends will stick with you no matter what. {Proverbs 17:17 Friends love through all kinds of weather,
    and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.}
    Fair weather friends will leave at the first sign of trouble. But true friends do not change their attitude towards you just because negative circumstances arise.

Part 2 coming soon! 😉

Notes thanks to:  The Little Black Book by Blaine Bartel

Over and Out

Lindsay A. Barth

Having A Grateful Heart Part 2

Being good at gratitude mean you are able to remember all the nice things you have been given, and you maintain a thankful attitude. It means you appreciate the people in ur life too and thank them for all they do for you. And you know what? That makes everyone happy especially God. Why not think about become really good at one of the things God loves, like gratitude. Get a little notepad, and before you go to bed ever night, wrote down ten things that make you feel grateful. After a week or so, look over your list, and you’ll begin to remember all the blessings in ur life in a new way. It can make your life more fun, and you just might inspire some people along the way by being really good at some things that matter most to God!

Hope this teaching spoke to you!

Over and Out

Lindsay A Barth

Having A Grateful Heart Part 1

One of my big things this year is to be really good at the things God thinks are important. Have you ever stopped to think about what God thinks of as important? It is not always the same kinds of things we think of as important. God likes things like love,patience,peace,mane joy. I want to be good at those things because I know that they are important to God. But another one I really want to work on is gratitude because in Colossians 3:15 the. Bible says we should be grateful. Gratitude is being aware of the things you receive and giving thanks for them. Ad while it is easy to enjoy the things you receive, it is sometimes harder to stay thankful for them.
Over and Out
Lindsay A Barth

Your Heart Is Christ’s Home! Part 2

God is as closer as your next breath. And I believe Christ has come to live inside us because there’s no way we can hope to live the life He wants us to live if His presence is not in us all the time, strengthening us and giving us the wisdom to do what He’s asking us to do. When you understand that as a believer, God the Father, Jesus His son, and the precious Holy Spirit are always with you, you will never be the same! Colossians 1:27 says the riches of the glory of the Gospel message…

… is Christ within and among you, the Hope of glory. The next time you need joy, the next time you need peace, the next time you need strength, realize that the Source of all those things- God Himself- has made His home in you. You have everything you need. And when we give God total control of every part of our lives, we have access to everything He offers us in Christ.

We can trust that God will do whats right for us at the right time. When we keep Him first and delight ourselves in Him (Psalm 37:4), He will give us the desires of our heart.

Hope you enjoyed this 2 part teaching

Notes thanks to Joyce Meyer

Over and Out

Lindsay A. Barth