Lesson 17 - Trusting the Lord
What meant the most to you from this chapter or helped you think more accurately about God’s character and the truth of His Word?
What offered you the greatest challenge or blessing, and why?
Write out Romans 8:28. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Hope = Desire
Desire offered up to God = Prayer
We need to change our perspective of God to where we see God as the God of the Bible -- supreme, sovereign, and sensitive.
We should always interpret experience by truth and we do this by filtering every pain through the lens of deity. It is only when God is in sharp focus, then will our life be undistorted.
God uses these biblically sound thoughts to help us respond to the events in our lives calmly, rationally, and with hope because we know Him. It is when we acknowledge God’s supreme role in our lives and set our minds on Him, He enables us to be filled with hope.
Knowing God the Father
Enthusiasm for life is established and rooted in the knowledge of the God who gives us the promise of Romans 8:28.
Let’s consider some background facts:
· In the book of Romans, the apostle Paul thoroughly and powerfully presents the doctrine of justification by faith.
· In chapter 8, Paul affirms the blessed position of those of us who name Jesus as our Savior.
· By virtue of His death for our sins, we are accepted by God as His children.
· Paul offers believers hope and comfort in their trials as he explains that the very trials that threaten us are actually “overruled” by God.
· Romans 8:28 gives us knowledge of God that bears the fruit of hope in our lives.
Knowing God Is at Work
What do the following verses say about God’s work in your life?
Psalm 57:2 - I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
Psalm 138:8a - The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me:
Philippians 1:6 - Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Philippians 2:13 - For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
James 1:2-4 - My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; (3) Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. (4) But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Knowing God Works All Things Together
Loving God…Even More
Read this section in your book again. As you consider the contents of this chapter and God’s amazing love for you, what can you do this week, in obedience to Christ…
…to count on God’s goodness?
…to remember God’s power at work in your life?
…to love God with all your mind?
We know that in everything God works for good.