Each day I will post the daily entry & questions that go along with it. I am challenging all of you to set aside time each day to dive into the Word together, and I hope this can help! We have been praying for each and every one of you and your families. We pray that God will use this Bible study to draw you nearer to him, and nearer to each other. We pray that your hearts are open to what God wants to reveal to you during this time!
Each of the four living creatures had six wings; they were covered with eyes around and inside. Day and night they never stop, saying Holy, holy, holy, Lord God, the Almighty, who was, who is, and who is to come.
Revelation 4:8The book of Revelation is filled with visions that Jesus' disciple, John, had while he was forced to live on the island of Patmos at the end of his life. In this book, he writes of many visions, including what the new heavens and new earth will be like. This verse give us a look at part of what heaven will be like, with heavenly creatures saying praises to God forever.These creatures that John talks about have one sentence on their mind forever, and they repeat it over and over: "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, who is, and who is to come." They repeat three times that God is holy. Repetition often means that there is something specific to pay attention to. So what is God's holiness and what does it mean?God's holiness means that He is pure. Completely sinless. There is nothing bad found in Him. He is glorious, and there is no one like Him. Notice that the creatures that are praising God are "full of eyes all around and within." Even with better eyesight than we can ever have, they first see God's holiness, and then repeat praises about His holiness over and over again because it is so good to talk about-and so that you and I can understand its importance. God's holiness is something to pay attention to, to think about, and to praise Him for.
- Can you think of anything else that is Holy?
- Why should we pay attention to things that are repeated?
- Why is important that God is Holy?
Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.
Leviticus 19:2bYesterday we talked about what it means that God is holy, but today we will talk about what it means for us to be holy like He is. God is perfect and untouched by sin, but we are not. In Genesis 3, we read about how Adam and Eve had sinned against God, disobeying His command not to eat fruit from a tree, and because of that there is now a curse on all of us. Now, we all sin and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). That means that everyone sins-we all disobey God. When we sin, it makes it impossible for us to be holy like God is. So, if it is impossible for us to be holy like God is, why does he command us to be?Hebrews 10:10 tells us that we are made holy by Christ's sacrifice for us on the cross. Isn't that wonderful? Because Jesus is holy and sinless and because He died on the cross for our sins, when we accept Him as our Lord, we are made holy. All because of Jesus! When we accept Jesus and we have a relationship with Him, we have the Holy Spirit who helps us to live differently than those who don't have a relationship with God. His holiness becomes our holiness. He has made a way for us to be obedient to His commands.
- What do you think it looks like to be holy like God?
- Is there anyone who hasn't sinned and fallen short of the glory of God?
- In what ways do you think God has given you the strength to be obedient to Him?
God is not a man, that he might lie, or a son of man, that he might change his mind. Does he speak and not act, or promise and not fulfill?
Numbers 23:19God is not like us. We are sinful, and we struggle to keep the commands of God and obey what He tells us to do. But God doesn't lie. He doesn't change his mind. He isn't mean. He will not and cannot sin. He will always fulfill His promises and plan. He is completely holy and perfect. But we aren't holy and perfect, and it is such a good thing that God is not like man. If he were like us, we couldn't trust Him. But we can find comfort that He is not like man, and He will never lie. God is completely true.It is so very important that we know what is true. What is true shows us what is goof for us and what we should believe; it shows us what is trustworthy. God is true, and everything He says is true. Everything in our Bible is true. We can trust in God's truth, and we can trust that everything he says is good for us.When we rely on God being true and know that there are no lies found in Him, we can be comforted by His Word. We can always trust it to tell us exactly who God is and exactly how we should behave. God will never lie to us. He will never change his mind. He has always been and will always be completely true!
- What are some ways that God is different from man?
- Why is truth and honesty so important?
- What are some ways that God's truth impacts our lives?
As a parent I know how busy life can get, especially with spring and summer sports/activities. All too often our busy schedules take over and we aren't spending time in the Word with our kids. It's an area I think we all fall short in, including us!
So during the month of May I thought it would be fun to dive into this devotion together as a family! I will post daily devotions and questions that help dive deeper into knowing who God is!
Our children are fighting battles daily, and they will only get harder as they get older. NOW is the time to prepare them, and teach them how to arm themselves with the armor of God!