Ladies’ Bible Studies

Is Your Hope in God

God’s All Sufficient Grace

Where Help Resides

God’s Grace in Shepherding

With God There is Hope

What We Have in the Kingdom-Joy

Forsake Me not O Lord

What We Have in the Kingdom-Peace

What We Have in the Kingdom-Righteousness

What Does it Mean to be Called the Sheep of God

Have You Lost Hope

Do You Desire to Feel the Nearness of the Lord

That I May Know Him

Do You Understand

Draw Near to Him

I Am Weak But Thou Art Strong

We Change but God Does Not

Edify

He is Our Sufficiency

We Cry Out

What it Means to Love the Brethren

The Wounded Spirit

The Wounded Spirit

6/4/18 Ladies Bible Study

Affliction…But Joy Cometh in the Morning

The God of All Grace Part IV

The Daily Struggle with the Old Man

The God of All Grace Part 1

A God of all Comfort

Constant, Unchanging God

The God of All Grace Part 2

 

LADIES’ BIBLE STUDY      June 4, 2018

“A Wounded Spirit”
The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?”
Proverbs 18: 14

Who can bear a wounded spirit?

Proverbs 15: 13 – Scripture attests that all children of God desire a “merry heart” because a merry heart makes for a merry countenance, but sorrow of the heart breaks the spirit.

Proverbs 17: 22 – Scripture also attests that the merry heart is like a medicine that does good to the heart, but again, the spirit that is broken dries up the “bones.” Our bones form our skeleton that holds our flesh and all our organs. Without our bones, no flesh can live; thus, sorrow, a vexed, distressed soul!

Psalm 6: 3 – With such vexation of spirit, our souls cry out to our God saying “how long, Lord” must I endure his affliction?

Psalm 13: 2 – Cast down, having counseled our own souls, sorrow lingers on in the heart; thus, it seems to a cast down soul and a wounded spirit that the enemy is exalted over it. How long, Lord? We cry out.

Psalm 23: 3 – Our Lord is the Shepherd of our souls and scripture attests that “he restoreth” our souls. He will lead us down paths of righteousness for “his name’s sake.” That is delight to our cast down and wounded souls.

Psalm 31: 7 – Our Shepherd has mercy and has considered our trouble. He knows that our souls are wounded, shrouded in much adversity.

Psalm 33: 20 – Thus, the Lord enables our souls to wait upon Him, Who is our help and our shield from the dangers that adversity brings to further wound our spirits.

Psalm 40: 14 – The Lord will confound those enemies of our souls who seek to harm us. In verse 17, we are reminded that He thinks upon His chosen and is our Deliverer.

Psalm 41: 4 – Though we are free to come before our Lord in all times knowing we always need His marvelous mercy, we also know that our souls need healing, for we sin against Him. Sin wounds our spirits so that we feel unable to beseech our Lord in these times of need.

Psalm 42: 6 – Thus, we cry out to God, “my soul is cast down within me”. A wounded spirit knows it is wounded and that God only is its need.

Psalm 55:18 – And that God delivers the cast down soul from the battle, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. (II Chron. 20: 15)

Psalm 77: 2 – Yet, our wounded spirits sometimes refuses to be comforted. We just wallow in our misery and suffer in our troubles not wanting to look up at our God Who looks upon us!

-Psalm 88: 14 – Then, we complain to our God, “why castest thou off my soul? Why hidest thou thy face from me?
Psalm 119: 28 – So laden down, our souls melts from the heaviness of our afflictions.
Psalms 120:2 – Our spirits are wounded from lying lips and deceitfulness against us. We cry, “Deliver our souls, O Lord.”
Psalm 123: 4 – Deliverance not only from lying lips and deceitfulness but also from those who scorn us and have contempt for us, who are at ease and are proud.
Psalm 142: 4 – Our wounded spirits look in deep sorrow at our isolation and lack of creature comfort and caring saying, “I looked on my right hand, and beheld but there was no man that would know me; refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.” Our wounded spirits feel the loneliness and the despair. Our souls feel helpless and cast down and are now willing for deliverance. Remembering the old song, “ O where could I go, oh, where could I go, where could I go, but to the Lord!
Psalm 143: 11 –To the Lord the wounded spirit goes. “Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name’s sake: for thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.”
Psalm 62: 5 – Now the cast down and wounded soul breathes out, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.”
Psalm 94:17 – And the wounded soul admits, “Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.”
Psalm 138: 3 – At last, “In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.” Our Lord never fails us!

 

                                   The Daily Struggle With the Old Man

                                                                     Summary Notes

              “How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?   Psalm 13: 2 

 

Do You struggle daily with your old man; that is, your old nature or your flesh, the enemies of your soul?

Think on this:  “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being . . . .  Acts 17: 28a

Our Struggle:   The apostle Paul said, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him . . . ”  Romans 6: 6

Is that old man in you?  The sins of the old man are indeed crucified with Christ; then, why is my old man, my old nature, so alive?

Christ commands in Ephesians 4: 22, to “put off concerning the former conversation, the old man . . . .”  and in Galatians 5: 16 – 17, we are told to ” . . .walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh . . . .”

We often reply:   ” . . . I am carnal, sold under sin.  For that which I do, I allow not:  for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I . . . . Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:  for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. Romans 7: 14, 17 – 18

Like David, we cry out: “My soul is also sore vexed;  . . . I am weary with my groaning . . . .”  Psalm 6: 3, 6

And like the Psalmist, we also cry out, “How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? forever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?  How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily?  how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?  Consider and hear me O Lord my God . . . .”  Psalm 13: 1- 3

Because “in him we live. . . . and have our being”, we like Paul are enabled by the Holy Spirit to cry out, “O wretched man that I am!  who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”  Romans 7: 24 – 25.

And like the Psalmist we rejoice in a faithful Creator who “hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.”  Psalm 6: 9  This merciful Lord ” hath dealt bountifully with me.”  Psalm 13: 6

 

The God of All Grace Part I – II

“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ
Jesus, after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”          I Peter 5: 10

Summary

I. “Hath called you . . . .” –
A. “Out of darkness . . . .” I Peter 2: 9 & “according to His purpose” II Tim. 1: 9,
“might receive the promise” Heb. 9: 15c; “called to glory” II Pet. 1: 3
B. “Preserved”,“and called”- Jude 1: 1; “blessed”, “are called to . . . supper” Rev. 19: 9
II. “After . . .ye have suffered”
A. That we know “the fellowship of his sufferings” Philippians 3: 10
B. As “leaving us an example” I Pet. 2: 21
C. It is given: “to suffer for his sake” Philippians 1: 29; II Thess. 1: 5 “ ye also suffer”
D. “If we suffer”, “we shall also reign with him” II Timothy 2: 12
E., Rejoice! “partakers of Christ’s sufferings” I Peter 4: 13
F. Suffer“according to the will of God”, commit souls to“a faithful Creator” I Pet. 4: 19

 

The God of All Grace Part III

Summary

“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ
Jesus, after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”               I Peter 5: 10

III.   “Make you perfect . . . ” – yes, it is a command Matt. 5:48;    but . . . . are we not perfect             in Christ?
A. Being made perfect in one John 17: 23; II Cor. 13: 11
B. The warning: Gal. 3: 3
C. Hope – Eph. 4: 13
D. To attain: Phil. 3: 12
E. Stand Perfect – Col. 4: 12
1. The Ministry – I Thess. 3: 10
2. How? Through the Scripture II Tim. 3: 17; Heb. 13: 21, perfect in every
good work.
F. Patience – James 1: 4

 

The God of All Grace Part IV

“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ
Jesus, after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” I Peter 5: 1

 

IV. “Stablish you” Romans 16: 25 – Christ “stablishes” us

A. Christ “stablishes” our hearts unblameable I Thess. 3: 13
B. He “stablishes” us in every good work II Thess. 2: 16-17
C. He “stablishes” to keep us from evil II Thess. 3: 3
D. Christ “stablishes” us in the faith Col. 2:7

V. He Strengthens Us
A. We are “strengthened with all might” Col. 1: 10 -11
B. Strengthened by the Holy Spirit Eph. 3: 16

VI. He Settles Us Col. 1: 22 – 24