Tuesday, September 17, 2013

BSF Matthew Study, Lesson 1, Day 1 questions

I've been debating whether or not to turn this into a BSF blog, but I've decided to post my answers here weekly.  I just get so excited about the truths I'm learning/re-learning/meditating on, but I don't really have anyone with whom to share.  I am in a discussion group, of course, but it's the Leader's Circle (I'm a preschool children's leader this year) so it's a fairly large circle.  There's so much wisdom in that group; I want to be listening and learning way more than I'm sharing.  I think sharing my answers on the blog will be a nice way to feel like I'm not just shouting "Hallelujah!" by myself as the Lord reveals Himself and gives insight.

So, without further ado, let's dive right in:
Question 1.  What did you apply to your life from the lecture?
One of the things our TL shared in lecture was Proverbs 30:5, "Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him."  She then connected that verse to Jesus Christ because He IS the Word, the Word become flesh, the Word by Name; He is the flawless One.  I just really fixed my eyes on the flawlessness of Christ this week and just beheld Him in the fullness of His beauty,  His utter Holiness and His complete righteousness.  When my vision fills with His unmarred perfection, all else fades.  He becomes the prism through which I view all things (self, others, circumstances, etc).  Captivated by Jesus and the totality of who He is, nothing else matters.  I don't always fix my eyes on Jesus, and that's when I start to drown in the storms of life.  But this week, meditating on this truth, I metaphorically "walked on water!"

Question 2.  Which thoughts in the notes did you find particularly helpful or interesting?
This goes along with my question to answer one, but at the end of page 6, there's a paragraph that talks about the vital importance of recognizing Jesus in His "infinite majesty and divine power.  Only then do we begin to understand His grace in taking our sins upon Himself."  In renewing my mind by fixing my eyes on Christ, I focused on God Himself, Wisdom personified, that perfect Lamb without spot or wrinkle or blemish who is also the Lion of Judah, full of grace and truth, the Godhead in bodily form, this One, the incomparable and all-surpassing Glorious One becoming sin on my behalf to destroy the power of sin in my life and clothe me in His righteous!  It's almost too much!  It's overwhelming!  I feel like my heart could just burst from the goodness of my God and Savior!  It's the simple message of the gospel, but it never grows old or stale.  It is the message of salvation, and I will always be so very grateful for the cross of Christ!

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