Weeks Six and Seven – The Judges and the United Monarchy

The period of the judges teaches us many lessons. One of the greatest lessons we can learn is that God uses flawed people to accomplish His purposes. However, this is not an excuse to sin (Romans 6:1). God requires us to focus on Him, and develop a character that is in line with His will. In chapter six, we describe this as being single minded. How are you doing in being single minded? How can you improve, and align your life closer to the will of God? Provide verses and encouragement for others in the chatroom.

Secondly, let’s discuss number 3 in the “Relate” section. What do we learn about prayer from Psalm 119? How can we implement this in our lives?

The schedule for the remaining chats are as follows:

Weeks 8-9 – November 5th
Weeks 10-11 – November 26th (Postponed due to Thanksgiving, the winner of the contest will be announced.)
Weeks 12-13 – December 3rd

22 Comments

  1. I could do a better job at being single-minded. I feel like you can do that by meditating on God’s will. Study and pray! Php. 4:8 There are numerous studies that have been put out for you to do. If you need one I would be happy to give you one… Cindy Colley’s Digging Deep study is great! Rebekah has also put out Finding Him as well.

    Prayer will tell God what you need. In James it says to ask God for wisdom. He knows what you need even before you ask Him, but you need to ask Him anyways. You an praise God through prayer.He can help you to do as He has commanded. You are remembering His name. You are entreating Him. He can give you understanding. He will comfort you. He does not need complex things to be said. You are giving offerings. He can revive you. He knows if you are serving Him; He also knows that you sin. You are not limited an your prayers.

    1. We cannot underestimate the important role that study and prayer play in being singleminded! It is impossible to have a mind that is focused on God without communicating with Him. During the period of the judges, the Israelites strayed from God when they began to focus on the idols around them. Today, when we take our focus off of God, and place it on the world around us, we begin to divide our mind. Colossians 3:1-4 says: “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

      I love the statement: “you are giving offerings.” Just as the people who lived during the Old Testament had to give their very best sacrifices, we must give our very best to God through prayer. This does not mean (as you said) that we must say complex things…but it does mean that God must be our priority, and we must give Him all of ourselves. James 4:4-8 sums this thought up by saying: “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, β€œHe yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, β€œGod opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

      1. Where you quoted that He yearns jealously: it reminded me of Him saying that He is a jealous God. We must seek first the things that are above.

        1. Very good point. Isn’t that the root of why we are to be singleminded? Just as we would not want to marry a man who had many other wives, God does not want to “marry” a bride who has given her heart away to many different idols. One question we must ask ourselves is this: where do I spend the most time? If we are spending more time on entertainment than we are on God, then entertainment has become an idol. Also, we must ask ourselves if there is anything that is keeping us from serving and worshipping…if so, that is probably an idol. What are some other questions we can use to evaluate ourselves?

          1. Do I study my bible at home or do I just learn at church services? Am I being an encouragement to others or just letting them be an encouragement to me?

          2. Those are great! If our study habits are limited to church services, then we are definitely letting our hearts be taken by the world. Also, 1 John 4:19 says: “We love because He first loved us.” A heart that knows the love of God WILL show love toward others. If we are not encouraging others, we do not have hearts that are captivated by God’s love. Great point!

  2. Sorry it took me so long to get a comment on here I was looking over Psalm 119 real quick b/c I had not done that question & I was also typing up my comment.

  3. I probably will not make it on next week. I will try my best, but we have a gospel meeting and we won’t be home by 8:00. If I so make it on it will be a little late. Sorry about that. πŸ™

        1. You’re sweet! It would be fun to be with ya’ll. Thank you so much for getting on tonight! I so enjoyed talking with you. For your sake, though, I hope we have others on next week πŸ˜‰ Love you very much, and I hope you have a great week! Let me know if you need anything between now and then.

          1. Thank you so much Rebekah! I know you haven’t had as good of a turnout this time as you would like,but I hope that won’t discourage you from continuing to do what you are doing. It is a great work for the Lord and I will continue to get on as much as I can!

  4. Is there still supposed to be a chat room tonight? Oh, and I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to make it last Monday πŸ™

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