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Bible Study Notes 3/25 – Part 2…The Answers

IMG_1387If you missed yesterday’s post, you’ll want to start here to see what lead to today’s notes.

Let me start today by saying, great job! Making lists takes patience!  It takes discipline and time.  But it also allows us to spend time in God’s Word which allows His Word to penetrate our hearts and change us from the inside out.  So congrats on your lists!

Here are the lists we made in class on Wednesday.

GIVING

V2 do pray

don’t announce your giving with trumpets to be honored by men

V3 don’t let right hand know what left hand is doing

V4 give in secret & God will reward you

PRAYER

V5 do pray

Pray in secret.  If praying for attention you have received your reward in full

V6 Go into your room and close the door and pray to the one who is unseen

your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you

V7 Don’t babble – be sincere

PRAYER MODEL

FASTING

V16 Do fast

Don’t look somber as the hypocrites to show everyone they are fasting

V17-18 Put oil on your head & wash your face so it won’t be obvious you are fasting

Fast in secret &your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you

REWARD

V1 No reward if you do you righteous acts before men

V2 if you pray before men that is your entire reward

V4 the Father rewards what is done in secret

V6 The Father rewards what is done in secret

V14 If you fast in public you have received your reward in full

V18 if you fast in secret your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you

SECRET

V4 Give in secret and the Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you

V6 Pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

V18 Fast in secret to be noticed by your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

FORGIVENESS

V12 Ask God for forgiveness and forgive others

V14 If you forgive others, your Heavenly Father will forgive you

V15 if you don’t forgive others, your Heavenly Father will NOT forgive you

REPEATED PHRASES

  • So that they will be honored/seen/noticed by men
  • Truly I say to you they have their reward in full
  • Your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you

Now that you have made your lists…

What conclusions can you draw from these lists?

We discussed yesterday what this would look like today…

I think Jesus would say,

“When you give, don’t post on facebook in order to see how many likes you can get.  Truly I tell you, that is your reward.  Instead, give in secret.  Your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”

What do you think?

We also had a great discussion about what as women we struggle with wanting praise from others and/or feeling judged by others.

Here are a few things that we came up with…please add to the list!!

  • Work status (Stay-At Home Mom, Working Mother, Not working with grown children, etc.)
  • Appearance (what we wear and or who much we weigh)
  • Marital Status
  • Childbearing status
  • How clean our house is
  • How we parent our children (how they act in public)

What would you add to the list?

We left knowing that God knows and judges the intentions of our heart!  We can be free from the pressure we put on ourselves to impress others, because our reward is greater if our intention is to please God alone!

Wife, Mother and encourager of women. My passion is helping women discover their identity, significance and purpose Jesus Christ!

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