Believer Has A Hunger For God's Word
[Continued from the Previous Lesson]
In 1 Peter 1:23 we learn that a person is _____________ _______________ by the __________ _____ ________. In 1 Peter 2:2 we find that the person who has been born-again is likened to a _________________ _______________. What is the one thing that babies yearn for, long for, earnestly desire, and fuss over if they dont get it? _____________ If a baby has no desire for ______________ then something must be wrong! Healthy babies have a real hunger for____________. Likewise, what should the born-again believer yearn for and desire (1 Pet. 2:2)? ______________________________
If a believer has no desire for_________________________ then something must be terribly wrong! A healthy believer therefore should have a real hunger for __________________. Is there something wrong with a Christian who never wants to read his Bible?________ If a believer truly has a hunger for Gods Word, then should he desire to faithfully attend a Bible-teaching church where he can learn more of Gods Word? ________
The person who truly has been born-again should be able to say these things:
The Bible is Gods personal love-letter to me and I should read it with that
attitude! I should set aside time each day to meet with my God and with my Bible! If I
really love the Lord, then I will love to hear Him speak to me! God speaks to me as I read
His precious Word! Do I really love Gods Word? Do I really desire Gods Word
more than riches and material things? Do I enjoy reading the Bible and learning truth from
the living God? Do I really hunger for the Word of God? Do I really love to go to
a good Bible believing and Bible teaching church
to learn more of the Bible? Is Psalm 19:7-11 really true for me?
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith."
Note: If a person meditates on one verse from Psalm 119 each day, then he will be able to go through this precious psalm (the longest chapter in the Bible) twice in a years time!
One of the ways a baby expresses life is by crying. The baby cries when he is hungry, when he is hurt, when he is wet, when he is uncomfortable, etc., but the very fact that he cries proves that the baby must be _____________! Do dead babies cry? ______ Likewise, when a person is born into Gods family (Galatians 3:26), he enjoys a new relationship that he never had before! He now can cry out, "_____________, __________________" (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6; compare Mark 14:36)! He now has a personal knowledge and relationship with the only __________ _________ (John 17:3) and he is able to call Him his _________________ ______________ (Matthew 6:32). He is now able to ___________ _____________ always for ______ _________________ (Eph. 5:20). Because the child of God has had all of his sins completely cleansed and forgiven (Heb. 10:17), he can ___________ _________________ to God (Hebrews 10:22) and he can ______________boldly to the _____________ _____ _______________, to obtain ______________ and to find ______________ to help in time of______________ (Hebrews 4:16). When the believer draws near to God, what does God promise to do (James 4:8; compare Zechariah 1:3)? __________________________________________
Prayer is simply talking to the living God! Just as a baby must learn how to talk, so the believer must learn how to ___________ to God! We ought to pray as the disciples prayed in Luke 11:1: "Lord,_______________ me _____ _______________." A baby learns to talk by talking (even though it may not make much sense at first)! A believer learns how to pray by __________________! The more a believer prays, the easier it will become! Would something be wrong with a child who grew up and never learned how to talk? ____________ If a person claims to be a child of God and never talks with the Lord, would you think that something was wrong? __________
The early church was a healthy church because the believers continued steadfastly in the teaching of the Apostles, in fellowship, in breaking of bread and ______ __________________ (Acts 2:42). How do we know that Daniel was a man of God (Daniel 6:10)? __________________________________________________________________ How do we know that David was a man of God (Psalm 55:17)? __________________________________________________________________________ How do we know that Paul and Silas were men of God (Acts 16:25)? _____________________________________
Do you enjoy talking to the Lord throughout the day? Do you spend time in prayer every day? Is the prayer meeting service at the church very important to you? Have you learned to give thanks to God for all things? Do you come to His throne of grace and cast all your care upon Him?
"EXAMINE YOURSELVES, WHETHER YE BE IN THE FAITH."
The Lord Jesus has told us that the person who is a true believer has passed from ____________ unto ___________ (John 5:24). How can I know whether or not I have truly passed from _____________ unto ________? Gods answer is found in 1 John 3:14---We ____________ that we have passed from ____________ unto _________because _____________________________________________. The person who does not __________ his brother has not passed from ____________ unto __________ because he still abides _____ _____________ (1 John 3:14).
There are two things that are true in the life of a person who is a child of the devil (1 John 3:10):
1. He does not live a righteous life.
2. He does not ____________________________________________
What message has God given to the believer (1 John 3:11)? _________________________________________ In 1 John 3:12 we learn that Cain (see Genesis 4:1-11) was a child of _____________________ because two things were true in Cainís life (1 John 3:12):
1. We know that Cain did not live a righteous life because his own works _____________ _____________.
2. We know that Cain did not love his brother because
Did Cain hate Abel? ______ This sin of _______________ finally led to the horrible sin of murder! Compare Matthew 5:21-22. Everyone who hates his brother is ____________________________ (1 John 3:15). What do we know about a murderer (1 John 3:15)? ______________________________________________ Why should we lay down our life for the brethren (1 John 3:16)? ___________________________________________
Read 1 John 3:17 and answer True or False:
________ This verse is talking about a person who sees a real need in his brothers life.
________ This person is able to meet this need.
________ This person is willing to meet this need.
________ This person refuses to meet this need.
________ The love of God dwells in this person.
________ This person is probably a true believer.
________ This person is just like the person described in James 2:15-16.
How does God want us to love (1 John 3:18)? _____________________ As believers in Christ, what should we be doing (1 John 4:7)? ______________________________________ Why should we be doing this? ___________________________________________________
There are two things that are true about the person who really loves (1 John 4:7):
1. He is _____________ of __________.
2. He knows ______________ (compare John 17:3).
What can we say about the person who does not love (1 John 4:8)? __________________________________ Is God a God of love (1 John 4:8)? _______ Therefore, if we are to imitate God as beloved children (see Ephesians 5:1), then what will be true of our lives? __________________________________________ How do we know that God loved us (1 John 4:9-10)? __________________________________________________ Did God "so love" us (1 John 4:11; compare John 3:16)? _______ According to 1 John 4:11 why should we love one another? __________________________________________ Why do we love (1 John 4:19)? _______________________________________________ If a man says that he loves God but hates his brother, what is he (1 John 4:20)? ______________________ If a person hates his visible brother, does he really love the invisible God (1 John 4:20)? _________ The person who truly loves God should also _________________________________ (1 John 4:21). Please read 1 John 2:9-11 also.
In John 13:34 the Lord Jesus, on the night before He died on the cross, gave His disciples a new commandment: "That ye ____________ one another; __________________________________, that ye also love one another." This means that we should love ________ _____________________ in the same way that _________________ loved us! Ephesians 4:32 teaches us that we are to forgive _______ ________________ in the same way that ________________ forgave us! If Christ could love a rotten sinner like you (see Romans 5:6-8), then can you love your brothers and sisters in Christ? _________ If Christ could forgive you of all ________________________ (Col. 2:13), then can you forgive those who wrong you? _________
How is the world going to know that we are true disciples of Christ (John 13:35)? ______________________________________________
If a person truly loves his brothers and sisters in Christ, will he desire to assemble together with them in a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church (compare Hebrews 10:25; Acts 2:42)? ______ Did the early church care for one another in love (Acts 2:44-45)? ________
Do you really love the saints? Do you lay down your life for other
believers? Do you give of yourself for others? Do you love them in deed and in truth? Do
you pray for them? Do you seek to help them in every way possible? Do you assemble
together with Gods people as often as possible? Do you love them because Christ
"EXAMINE YOURSELVES WHETHER YE BE IN THE FAITH."