Seven Qualities of a Believer: Being a Shunner

To shun a person or a behavior the world would say is rude. It is not political correct. You are not a caring person if you shun someone. Well, the Bible and God say differently. We will always be different than the world since we have the Holy Spirit living in us. What does it mean to shun? How do I shun and what do I shun? Why does God tell me to shun?

The Webster Dictionary defines shun as a verb so it’s an action. It means to persistently avoid, ignore, depart from, or reject (someone or something) through antipathy or caution. So if we shun certain actions then we are known as shunners. We deliberately and habitually avoid things not of God. Keep in mind through this study that there are different words that mean shun. Even as you study on your own use the dictionary to find the meanings of words along with their synonyms and antonym. It gives you a better understanding of what you are reading.

God knows best. He gives us examples in His word what to shun and what not to shun. He doesn’t just say to stay away from it; He explains to us why we should shun or flee from something. I mean think about children, whether they are your own or someone else’s. You say don’t do that or stay away from that. What do they do; they go right to it! We are the same with God. That is our fleshly nature. How many times has He said don’t go near that & He has given direct instructions to avoid that behavior. Too many for me, I have to admit! Then something goes wrong. I then feel terrible because I knew I was not supposed to be a part of the situation. Luckily, God doesn’t say “I told you so.” He just continues to give us directions in what to avoid and what to follow.

In 2 Timothy 2:16 what are we to shun? _____________________________________

What happens if we don’t avoid these things? ________________________________

2 Timothy 2:19 tell us to depart from what? __________________________________

Are depart and shun the same meaning? ___________ Why or why not? __________________

What is iniquity? _____________________________________________________________

By being a shunner we are saying to this wicked world that we are God’s and that we want to live a Godly life.

2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will ________ ________   ________ in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

Titus 1:14 _______ _______   _______ to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

1 Timothy 4:7 God says to refuse profane and old wives fables. What does this mean to you? ___________________________________________________________________________

Read that verse and use the word shun. Does it still the same? ___________ Why or Why not? ___________________________________________________________________________

What are we supposed to be exercising ourselves in? __________________________________

1Timothy 6:20 Paul tells Timothy to avoid what? ______________________________________

Again, look at the definition for shun; what word in this verse means the same as shun? ______________________________________________________________________________

Complete the chart with what we are supposed to shun.

Verse What to shun.
2 Timothy 2:23
Titus 1:3
1 Timothy 1:4
I Timothy 6:4-5
Job 28:28

Read Proverbs 4:14-18

What path should we not enter into? ____________________________________________

In verse 19, why is this path not a good idea? ______________________________________

What words are in these verses that mean to shun? __________________________________

What path in verse 18 should be taken? ____________________________________________

Isaiah 7:15 what are we to shun and what are we to choose? ____________________________

If we shun these things God will reward us. 2 Timothy 2:21 tell us that we become vessels of honor. How great is it to know that you are a vessel of honor for God.

2 Timothy 2:21 Fill in the blanks.

If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a___________ unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

If we are to take the path towards God, what are the things in our lives that we are required to follow? We must always consider what is right in the eyes of God not man.

Verse What to follow
2 Timothy 2:22
Romans 14:19
I Corinthians 14:1
Philippians 3:12
I Thessalonians 5:15
1 Timothy 6:11
Job 10:2
Proverbs 13:13
Proverbs 8:33
Proverbs 15:33

Match the verse to what happens if you do not follow a godly path.

   
Matthew 18:17 A. Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
Matthew 25:41 B. The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin. He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 C. Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
Proverbs 10:16-17 D. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Proverbs 13:18 E. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Proverbs 15:32 F. He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
Proverbs 13:13 G. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

Departing from evil is to gain understanding God says this in Job 28:2 When you are closer to the things of God you begin to see more clearly the wicked behaviors of people. You are growing in spiritual discernment.

Read I Corinthians 2:13-14

What do the children of God know? __________­­­________________________________

What does the natural man know? ____________________________________________

What do you think the difference between these two are? _______________________________

One thing to point out is that the natural man is the unsaved man. They are relying on their flesh to lead them; while the children of God rely on the Holy Ghost.

After study the seven qualities of a believer study it has taken a 360 degree turn all the way back where we started a few weeks ago. All believers’ paths are directed back to God. We must have a desire to have a mind as Christ.

Application: Have you ever been around people that just like to keep things stirred up? They try to push others into inappropriate actions. Whether they realize it or not they are being wicked. Profane babblings means a wicked cry of incitement. What is incitement? It is stirring up, urging on or irritating others into actions. Ask yourself do you want to be that type of person. Pray that God opens your eyes to the people you should avoid. Ask God for a burden to pray for those that you know that behave in this manner. God will show you how to follow Him and how to be a shunner of wicked behavior.

Seven Qualities of a Believer: Being a Sower

I suppose that this could be a continuation of the previous lesson. While you are serving Christ you also can’t help but sow the seeds of Christ. All of these qualities are interconnected; sort of like a spider web. Also, think of all the seeds you have planted for Christ; whether you know it or not you have done this.

I love the song Thank You by Ray Boltz. This song speaks of a man that has been given a glimpse of Heaven and the people he has touched throughout his life. God had used him in the lives of people that he never even knew about. You will meet people every day and God’s you the opportunity to sprinkle His seeds of life over them. That makes you a sower of God’s word. When you are doing God’s will his seed is always planted. His word never comes back void.

. As you take part in this bible search think about the seeds that you sow for Christ. God has a pan for every one of His children. The people we meet and the actions we take are all sown together in God’s great tapestry. I picture when we are finally raptured and we stand before His throne we will see Gods master piece complete. What beauty we will behold!

Who is a sower? What is sown? What does this have to do with me!! If you are child of God then you are a sower. WOW! Did you know that? I just thought preachers and missionaries were the ones that witnessed to people. Well, I was wrong!

We are sowers and God’s word is the seed. God’s word is planted deep in the person’s soul and their heart. As it begins to grow it fills up the soul and heart to the point that it is going to burst. God then touches them by His grace and they blossom into a beautiful child of God.

In Isaiah 55:1, relating this to salvation, the sower has sown the seed and it has brought forth a bud. What is the bread? _________________________ Who is the eater? _________________

Read Hosea 10:12 Why do we continue to sow? _______________________________________

2 Corinthians 9:10 Who ministereth seed to the sower? _______________________________

What happens to your fruits or blessings each time you sow the seed? ____________________

As a child of God you need to produce fruit. What are your fruits? __________________

We are known by our fruits. Other people see your fruits. They may not know why you are different; they just know your behavior or beliefs are not of this world.

In Matthew 7:1-20 and Matthew 12;33-37 what type of fruits are we known by? ____________

Being fruitful leads us to a very old saying” You reap what you sow.” Another saying is “Oh, they are just sowing their wild oats!” What exactly do those saying mean? Well, the definition of reap is to get something as a result of something that you have done. My mother tells my boys   ”You get what you get, so don’t pitch a fit!!” So depending on your actions you get what you get or in other words you reap what you sow. Whatever you do in the this life whether it be good or bad you are either rewarded or you pay a price for it.

What does God say about sowing and reaping? I know more verse to look up! I appreciate the hard work you are doing.

Verse  
John 4:36-38_______ A. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Galatians 6:7-8_________ B. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
Matthew 25:26_________ C. For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.
1 Corinthians 9:11_______ D. The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.
Hosea 8:7________ E. But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
Proverbs 11:18_______ F. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
2 Corinthians 9:6_______ G And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

I don’t think there is particular time to be a sower. It’s whenever God needs you. That is one reason you should always be ready to explain the scriptures. Always be aware of your surroundings and the people there. You may be required to give account for your belief and faith.

I started attending a local gym. There was this elderly gentleman there that started talking to me. He shared about wife and how much he loved her. She was going to have a surgery on her spine. I expressed to him that I would keep them both in my prayers. He said that I was the second person to say that to him. This lead into how faith works. He stated that, “Faith does not work.” When I asked why he said that I didn’t want to go there. Now, I know it does, but you have to be meek and gentle. No, arguing about who is right. The entire tie I was searching my mental file cabinets for the scripture or Godly knowledge I needn’t so I wouldn’t start arguing. My words are not perfect but God uses them to plant a seed. So , when is it time to sow? Read the following verses and complete the chart.

Verse The Time
Ecclesiastes 11:4
Ecclesiastes 11:6
Matthew 13;3
Mark 4:3
Luke 8:5

As you can see there are no limits to where, how and when you should sow the seeds of God’s word.

Isaiah 32:20 Where is a sower the happiest? _______

Why are they happy? ______________

Look up the word water in the dictionary and in concordance of your Bible. What is it in reference to in Isaiah 32:20? _________________

I took this verse to be speaking about missions. Oceans, rivers, lakes, seas and streams are all over the world. We are happy when we are sharing His word with everyone we meet. I do get excited when I am telling someone about something God has done in my life. You can’t help but have a smile on your face.

Let’s think about God’s idea of a sower. Now, we can be sowers of good seed or bad seeds.

A person can sow wickedness or righteousness into someone’s heart. What do you want to sow?

Mark the correct box that the verse is speaking about. Is it speaking of wickedness or righteousness?

Verse Wickedness Righteousness
Job 4:8
Psalms 97:11
Psalms 126:5
Proverbs 6:19
Matthew 13:37
 

In conclusion read Matthew 13:1-9

This is the parable of the sower. Jesus taught in parable or stories because he could relate messages to the people’s lives.

In verse 3: Who is the sower? ________________________

Verse 4: What is the seed? ________________________

The fowls in this verse refer to the devil and his forces. What did they do to the seed? ________________________________________________________________________

Verses 5-7 Where did the seed fall? ___________________________________________

Verse 8: What is the good ground? _______________________________________

What happens when the seed falls there? ______________________________________

When God’s word falls on the ears of those that listen they sprout a bountiful fruitful life.

In verse 9: Why does Jesus say those words? _________________________________

What is Jesus telling you with this parable? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Application: Ask God to prepare your heart with his word so that you can serve Him by being a fruitful sower.

Also, these words in each devotional are what God has given me. He may give you more knowledge in a different way. Always search the scripture. Ask God to reveal to you what He wants you to know.

Seven Qualities of a Believer: Being a Servant

When you think of a servant; what idea is in your head? I always think of a person that waits on or takes care of rich people. I know it probably sounds funny to you, but we all have our ideas on what a servant does or even what they look like. Sometimes people look at a servant as a slave. A servant is not a slave because a servant is willing to serve – a slave is forced to serve. The two words that are important here are willing and forced. During and before the Civil War occurred there were slaves. These saves were forced to work for the plantation owners. After the war ended some slaves stayed on as servants. “Many freed slaves simply stayed on because they had nowhere else to GO and became more or less indentured servants, a paid employee of sorts, who had to buy room and board but had no way out of the poverty they found themselves in.” (After the Civil War)   When America was being colonized people wanted to come to the new world. If they had no money they agreed to be an indentured servant for seven years until they paid off their voyage cost.

Can you list the characteristics of a servant? _________________________________

One servant I think of is Jesus Christ. He was God made flesh on their Earth. He selflessly left his home in heaven to come to Earth to die for my sins. Jesus was a selfless and humble servant. Philippians 2:7 Christ took on the role of a ______________________.

In Philippians 1:1 and in Titus 1:1 Paul refers to himself as a servant. Are you a servant? Who are you a servant for? When relating the word servant biblically what does it mean? Look at I Corinthians 7:20.

All words have root words. This is where you get the meaning of a word. The root word for servant is serve. So what does serve mean? It means to serve, perform duties or services; be of use in achieving or satisfying.

Can you think of people that have served? What kind of people where they? Were they humble or selfless?

Complete the chart for what characteristics does a servant have?

Verse Characteristic
Job 7:2
Matthew 20:27
Psalms 116:16
Psalms 119: 122-125
Proverbs 29:19
Matthew 25:21
Ephesians 6:5
Ephesians 6:6
I Peter 2:18
2 Timothy2:24

God tells us over and over to be obedient; Titus 2:9. I want my children to be obedient because I know best. I expect them to listen to what I say. God has the same expectation for his children. We cannot be effective servants if we are not obedient to His voice.

Read Philippians 2:12-17 and Matthew 25:14-23

Philippians speaks of working out your own salvation; this refers to something you already have, not something you need to obtain. Your working is you being obedient and serving God. You will find that I refer a lot to my boys. I tell my boys when it is chore time to do all things without murmurings and disputings. Having a smiling face makes your job go a lot easier.

Why would God tell us to do all things without murmurings and disputings? _______________

Sometimes we are taken out of our comfort zone and dropped in the middle of a very uncomfortable situation or place. When this happens we completely rely on God or, in others words, obey every step God puts before us because we want to get back to our comfort zone. God has done this to me a few times. Now, I admit I still get nervous but I just smile and start praying for God to lead the way. Yes, that is hard to do but the more it happens to you it does get easier. Just obey Him and stand on The Rock.

Remember, be a willing servant of Christ. You should be willing because of His love for you and the suffering He did for you! We are not slaves – we are not forced to serve Him. Being a servant is a willing action. A servant puts other needs before our own. Do you place others needs before your own? ____________________________________________________

How do others see you?

Others see me as………….

  1. Someone who only thinks of themselves     or         2. Someone that loves others and puts them first.

I pretended for a long time to serve God. I figured on the outside that people would see all the good. I was afraid to actually do the work God wanted. I was actually miserable for years. I never thought I was good enough for God to use me. How could I serve God? I was right, though – I was (and am never) good enough to serve God. He sees things in me and creates a qualified servant. I am only qualified to serve Him because of what He does through me. I continually have to remind myself of this. I mean, why do I want to serve my God? Yeah, it’s nice to receive accolades but I do it because I love my LORD and I want Him glorified. It doesn’t matter if one or two people are reached in God’s Kingdom – the angels sing like it was a thousand.

Are you a faithful servant? Yes or No. Can you answer why or why not? __________________

Do you continue to pray such as Anna in Luke 2:36-38? How was she a faithful servant? __________________________

She was looking for Christ to come. Anna served God many, many years by continually praying and being faithful at church. After she saw the Messiah, Anna continued to serve by telling everyone she encountered that she had seen the Messiah and that He was here.

THE BIG QUESTION!

How do you serve????

Complete the matching chart.

Verse How to serve
Deuteronomy 6:13 A. with all thine heart
Deuteronomy 10:12 B. love the Lord your God
Deuteronomy 10:20 C. serve, swear by His name
Deuteronomy 11:13 D. serve with one consent
Daniel 6:16 E. let him follow Me
Zephaniah 3:9 F. Fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve
Galatians 5:13 G. servest continually
John 12:26 H. but by love serve one another
Revelation 7:15 I. Day and night

There are always opposites so if we know how to serve and who to serve then what does God tell us not to serve. Read the following verses and record what each one says about what not to serve. Note that the answer may not just jump out think deep into the verse.

Verse What not to serve.
Genesis 9:25
Matthew 6:24
John 8:34
Luke 17:10
Romans 6:6
I Thessalonians 1:9

Lastly, what difference can you make? How do you make a difference? These are very important questions. Remember, that you can do nothing without Christ. He gives you the ability and qualifications to make that difference in someone life. You just have to have faith that God will use you.

Verse The difference
Exodus 12:26
I Chronicles 29:5
John 16:2
Romans 12:1
Ephesians 6:7
Philippians 12:30
I Corinthians 7:21-23

I could literally go on and on with each of these devotional searches. I encourage you to look in the index of your Bible and search through every scripture that is under the words serve, servant or service. Any question that you have in life is found in God’s word.

Application for the day: How do you need to change your life to be a servant of God? Ask God to show you how to be humble and to serve Him sacrificially. Make a conscientious effort to put others needs before your own (I’m not just talking about your kids.), but maybe a complete stranger and always pray to be more like Christ.