I started out with a different study planned for the next two weeks. But I was not at peace with the topic so here we go. I hope that you enjoy and learn from the post. As a believer we should have many qualities, but I am going to focus on only seven. The seven S’s! We have already covered one so we will focus on the others for now. Well, that is if God allows us. These seven qualities are a striver, sower, sufferer, soldier, studier, shunner and server. I know that God will give you the understanding that you need. I hope and pray that you will grow as you study God’s word.
We begin today by looking at what not to strive for. We are human so we strive for things against God, even when we don’t realize that it is happening. It’s our FLESH! I mean wouldn’t it be nice to just have a new fancy car like your neighbors? Do you ever say that? I know that I have! So what do we do? We would spend all of our time working so the payments can be made on that new car. What does this do? HUH! It takes time away from God and causes strife in our lives. I left my teaching job in a good school system because God told me to leave. I knew deep inside that God wanted me to. I didn’t know where I was going or what I was going to do, but I had a desire to do God’s will. He had placed a desire in my heart to strive to be closer to Him. He provided me with another job. I was making less but I was at home and I could spend more time with Him. My point today is to not strive for MAN but strive for GOD!
As you read each verse don’t forget to take into account that you need to know how the word strive is defined in each verse. The Hebrew dictionary defines the word strive as “to rule” or “plead the cause”. In these following verses God is telling us not to strive against Him.
Match the correct scripture to what God says about striving.
If God is saying not to be ruled by man then what should rule us? ______________________________________________________________________
Do you find yourself fighting for a cause because your friends keep encouraging you, too? Now, don’t get me wrong; fighting for causes is great, but the cause you fight for should be one that God has given you.
Luke 13:24 ________ to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. What is your cause in this verse? ________________________________________
Psalm 35:1 Plead my_________ O LORD, with them that ____________ with me: fight against them that fight against me. What was David asking God? ________________________________________
Exodus 21:22 If men _________, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
What happens if you strive for something that is against God? ______________________________________________________________________________
Deuteronomy 25:11 When men ___________ together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets:
In Romans 15:30 Paul tells us to strive how? ___________________________
What should we be doing for one another? ___________________________________________
In the Hebrew tongue “controversy” can also mean strive. In Hosea 4:1 What does God Himself strive with? And why? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Why should the people not strive against or reprove one another? _____________________________________________________________________________
God knows that they are all guilty of not having truth, mercy, or knowledge of God, so how can they judge someone else? A believer must be right with God before they can call another out on what they are doing wrong in God’s eyes. I know, I know; we can’t judge! We are not judges, but if you see a fellow brother or sister going against God you can lovingly bring it to their attention and then tell them that you will be praying for them.
Strive in these verses refers to debating or fighting.
II Timothy 2:24 How are we to teach men? _________________________________________
Matthew 12: 18-21 and Isaiah 42 Who will not strive? Why will He not strive or cause His voice to be heard? __________________________________________________________________
II Timothy 2:25 Instruction that is gentle and meek will do what? ________________________
Christ does not bring attention to himself. He quietly goes about His Father’s business. That is exactly how we should strive. God will send those that need to hear what you have to say because you are striving or fighting for His cause.
Romans 15:20 What did Paul strive to do?
Psalm 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they ______________in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
I Corinthians 3:9 For we are _____________ together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
I Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that you _____________ is not in vain in the Lord.
Colossian 1:29 Whereunto I also ____________, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
I Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both ______________and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
Again, what should we be striving for? _____________
As a believer we should strive for good works because they are profitable to us and God. Strivings, which here is controversy, is unprofitable and vain. We are to avoid those arguments and debates that pull us and God down to a fleshly level..
In these particular verse the Greek translation of strive is labor. We are to labor for our LORD.
Titus 3: 8-9 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
Application: Today in prayer ask God to show you how to strive in profitable way for Him. Remember, it’s great to have a cause but God must be able to use you in it. If you are only doing it for man, then it’s in vain.