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Love, Mary

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Good morning my friends! :) I’m so glad you’ve come back to study with us! I’m having such a great time getting to know some of you this way and learning from you! I have also heard of many who are reading the studies but not ready to join in yet. That’s ok! I’m so glad you’re here! If at any point you do have questions, comments, or prayer requests, please feel free to jump right in at any point!

Yesterday we started planting our feet by recognizing a character trait of God, and defining how we would LIVE by what we KNOW. Awesome! Please remember that planting our feet is something we need to be ever aware of. Will you please take a moment to thank God for who He is and to commit your day to Him? That’s right. Dig those feet in and stand firm!

Let’s head back today into the final verses of Psalm 1.

Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. (v.4-6)

For discussion: Verse 6 says that the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. Why then does it seem like so often the “wicked”… are the ones succeeding around us, while the godly suffer?

I’d like for us to plant our feet in the approach of the Psalmists when we study this issue.
1. Be real. The Psalmists certainly don’t soft pedal anything when they describe their situations. They know that quickest way to get to a destination is a straight and truthful path.
2. Be real about your circumstances, and be real about your GOD… at the same time. Have you ever noticed how habitually the Psalms start and end by stating the character of God, and praising Him? Their circumstances are a reality. The character of God is ALSO a reality. The Psalmists know that somehow the road to victory is in recognizing and acting on both realities.
3. When facing your enemies, always remember who you are, and what you have defined as “prosper.” Who is it that the Lord says will not prosper? The wicked. Do you remember how we defined “wicked” last week? As the ungodly… not even the most vile offenders but those who have chosen not to seek the Lord. But for those who are seeking and following Him, like you are today… Don’t fall backwards and look for answers to questions like those who don’t know that there is a God! He has incredible comfort and promises for those on the pursuit of truth in the most difficult of circumstances:

Check these verses out: Psalm 25:8-15 Psalm 18:30-36 Psalm 9:-10

FOR DISCUSSION: What do these verses tell us about the character of the God… who allows... and is Lord over circumstances (Even the ones that are painful)?Ok. Your feet are planted. Now… Why do you think that the ungodly so often seem to do so very well while others suffer? Yes, there are answers to difficult questions, and we CAN find real, applicable ways to apply them. So just start digging! And don’t worry, we’ll keep digging until we get there!

I’m anxious to see your answers. I’m thankful today that God knows just what we’re going through and that He allows us to walk this journey together!

For today, I am increasingly aware that someone might need to read the following verses. Let’s all finish this brief study with these incredible verses, a blessing for every child of God no matter how difficult your day:But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear[who KNOW] Him, [He is the God who sees us!] on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord! He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us O Lord, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:18-22 Don’t feel like these verses are for you today? Well… they are. :) Will you fix your eyes on His character today? He sees you. Maybe He’s waiting for you to see Him.

A point of clarification: As we begin to address these issues, feel free to share and be real, but please do not include the names or specifics of other individuals. Let’s find out how to stand here… not stir a big ‘ol pot and do the avenging ourselves!Have a wonderful day today!!!

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