Class 10: Let God Talk to You (Part 1)
Allow me to begin with a word from J. Wilbur Chapman. He said, “Study the Bible through. Never begin a day without mastering a verse from its pages. Pray it in. Never lay aside your Bible until the verse or passage you have studied has become part of your being. Put it down. The thoughts that God gives you put down in the margin of your Bible or in your notebook. Work it out. Live the truth you get in the morning through each hour of the day. Pass it on. Seek to tell somebody else what you have learned.”
Let’s begin by reviewing what we covered in our last class:
In the final part of LET GOD HEAR FROM YOU, we learned about when we ought to pray. From I Thessalonians 5:17, we saw that God wants us to pray without ceasing and to pray at every opportunity. In addition to that, we saw from Philippians 4:6 that we ought not to worry about anything, but instead to pray for our daily needs and for the needs of other people. And finally in Ephesians 6:18, we saw that we ought to pray for other people as God would have us pray for them, bringing their situations before the Father and asking Him to intervene.
Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read the entire corresponding letter in the book, Letters to Young Black Women, and then we will proceed with the first part of this lesson:
Dear Daughters & YBW:
I trust that you are doing well today.
In this letter, I want to encourage you to let God talk to you. What I mean by this is, I want you to get into the habit of reading the Word of God — the Bible — on a regular basis. Let the Word of God be your guide — not popular opinion, not your girlfriends, not your emotions, but the Word of God. Be a woman of the Word! Frankly, there is nothing more beautiful on God’s green earth than a woman who lives by the Word of God, and not by her feelings and emotions. Men are attracted to her, women respect her and listen to her, and children love her. The Bible refers to this woman as a virtuous woman — whose “price is far above rubies.” In other words, you cannot put a price on such a woman.
I strongly encourage you to make it a daily habit to read the Word of God, to study the Word of God, to meditate on the Word of God, and to live by the Word of God. Reading and doing the Word of God, young sister, will keep you from a lot of pain and heartache in this life. Psalm 119:11 says: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” When you put the Word of God in your heart, your conscience will not allow you to linger in sin. The great preacher, D.L. Moody, once said, “This Book will keep you away from sin or sin will keep you away from this Book.” Reading and doing the Word of God will make you a smart and wise woman; it will make you a leader instead of a follower.
Notice what these women said about the Word of God:
Martha Kilpatrick said, “Scripture has phenomenal power, but unless you submit your mind to its inerrant truth, its power is largely lost to you.”
Jacquelyn K. Heasley said, “The Word of God is a Person. When you read it, do you see words or do you see Him?”
Queen Victoria said, “That Book [the Bible] accounts for the supremacy of England.”
Again, let me strongly encourage you to love, cherish, read, meditate on and obey the Word of God, because, if you do so, it will make you a woman who is priceless.
With the Bible in my Heart & Hand,
Now, please follow along as we begin our study:
1. In order to hear from God, you must get into the habit of reading the Bible on a daily basis.
2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:7 states, “Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.”
When you are faced with a major test at school, do you just want to wing it or do you want to be confident that your answers are correct? Of course, you want to be confident that you have chosen the correct answer, and in order to do that, you study. The Bible is our roadmap for life. If we don’t read it, study it, and obey it, we will not know how to fulfill our purpose, what to do at certain points in life, or how to treat people and handle situations. We discover who we are, what we are supposed to be doing, and how to live successfully within the pages of God’s Word. If we do not study it, we cannot expect to reap blessings from it. When we read God’s Word, we are assured that He will give us an understanding of what we read. God does not give His wisdom and knowledge to just anybody, but to those who diligently seek after Him. One way you can seek after Him is by reading, studying, and obeying His Holy Word, and in the process, you will gain wisdom, knowledge, and understanding from God Himself.
2. Let God’s words guide your life, not your words, your girlfriends’ words, or the world’s words.
Psalms 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
How easy it is to allow ourselves to be led by other people, our circumstances, or our emotions. Because of our sinful nature, what we naturally think is the way to proceed in a certain situation is almost never correct. We need God’s light on our path. God wants to give His light to everyone. He wants us to be fully aware of who He is, what He has done in the world, and what He wants to do in each of our lives. In order to do that, we have to be willing to follow His Word. The light He offers to us is the Bible. The Bible lights up the path before us and helps us to avoid mistakes and pitfalls in our journey. Meditating on the Word of God is the key to turning on this light.
When we are faced with temptation, we can fight it with the Word of God. When we are faced with a difficult situation, we can search the Word of God to help us make the right decision. There are many who will seek to persuade you to follow some other source of light, but you must understand that sooner or later that light will go out and you will be left in darkness. The light provided by God’s Word offers just enough for you to take the next step. Once you take the next step, God’s Word gives you more light for the next step and so forth. As you take each step by faith, you will see your path becoming brighter and clearer because God’s light is everlasting, and if you’re willing to follow it, it will lead you all the way to fulfillment in this life and everlasting life in Heaven.
3. You will find great success in life by reading and meditating on God’s Word regularly.
Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
God wants all of His children to be successful. In order to experience good success in life, we must read, meditate on, and obey His Word. Everything you want to know about God is contained in His Word. Everything you need to know about life and how to deal with people and situations can be found in the Word of God. God does not have to come down from Heaven to explain to each of us what He expects of us and what is right and wrong. He wrote the Bible for that purpose. Good success, according to God, is not defined by having a lot of money, prestige, influence, fine houses, or nice clothes. Good success is everlasting joy, peace, hope, and assurance in Jesus Christ. These are things that cannot be taken away from you. If you meditate on God’s Word and choose to follow in His footsteps, you will find that your way in life will be peaceful, prosperous, and filled with good success.
In our next class, we will continue our study “LET GOD TALK TO YOU”.
Gipsy Smith said: “What makes the difference is not how many times you have been through the Bible, but how many times and how thoroughly the Bible has been through you.”
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what church people said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
God bless you and keep you until we meet for our next class.