Heavenly Father strengthen us as we pour out so that You can pour in and lead us as we pour forth in Your name. Amen
May 18, 2020
Good Morning Princesses!
Can you believe it, we are finishing up on the first book of John this week! Yes, this first book of three has five chapters packed full of commentary and testimony around love, things we should be on the lookout for, and one truth. Today, we will look at the first book of John, next go through a series of questions to get our thoughts churning in preparation for prayer and end with a song from Stevie Wonder (yes, Stevie Wonder (smile))!
1. 1 John Chapters 1 Through Five
As we close out the first book, take some time to read or listen to 1 John 1-5. Prior to reading this first book of John, please take a moment to quiet your heart and pray for Holy Spirit wisdom.
2. The Testimony ~ a declaration of truth or fact; law evidence given by a witness
Question Group A (God, The Father)
Have you ever been an eye-witness to an event, accident, incident, situation, or the like? Based on this verse, think about a time when you were told about an event, accident, incident, or situation? Was the person an eyewitness? Was the information being told second-hand? If the person was an eyewitness, are they be more believable than the person who was telling the story from second-hand knowledge?
Take look at the following verse:
We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God,which he has given about his Son. 1 John 5:9
Question Group B (God, The Son)
As a believer, God's testimony is His son, Jesus. In John 3:16, the Bible tells us that, "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." What are your thoughts about this verse?
Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 1 John 5:10
Question Group C (God, The Holy Spirit)
We learn in 1 John 5:6 that the Holy Spirit testifies the truth about who Jesus is. Oh, the power of the Holy Spirit! We will talk more about this in a future study, but for now please read the scriptures below:
6 This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
So what is the testimony?
11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:11-12
3. Our Truth and Testimony: Signed, Sealed and Delivered- We Are HIS
Do you know the classic 1970's Stevie Wonder song, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours"? Are you humming the song a bit? Ok, let's sing the chorus together and then refocus:
Oo baby, here I am,
Signed, sealed delivered, I'm yours
As the medley of the song continues to play in the background (you know how it is once you get a tune in your head!) read the following:
As a believer, did you know you were chosen?
Did you know you are predestined?
Did you know you were marked and sealed?
Through the power of the Holy Spirit there is truth (Signed).
Because we are God's children, we are marked with the message of the Holy Spirit (Sealed).
As believers, we have our deposit, the Holy Spirit, God's power and truth that guides us in all things and He has our future in His hands (Delivered).
All praises be to our heavenly Father.
11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:11-15
4. Join us for WEEK #6- May 19th
"What Love Is" by Kelly Minter. There is still time to sign up, so please feel free to do so using the link below and invite a friend.
How will this virtual online study work? Here's the set-up...
1. Complete the registration and a link will be sent to you to finalize your information;
2. A login link will be sent for you to join the session either via laptop, tablet or iPad, desktop or phone;
3. We will pray, fellowship and spend time in God's word (specifically the letters of 1, 2 and 3 John);
4. Timeframe- 6:00 - 7:00 pm; and
5. Dates-Tuesday's - April 14- May 26.
Our new study is underway "What Love Is". See the Bible Study link to register=> HERE
Oh, princesses of faith...remember
Prayer “empowers and ‘charges up’ every other piece so they can be used effectively against the enemy. Without prayer… your armor, cannot, will not, be infused with the power that only God’s-Spirit can give."
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Know that through the Holy Spirit you can:
do things you couldn't;
feel things you didn't; and
know things you wouldn't.