Class 12: Let God Talk To You (Part 3)

Class Notes

Today, we are wrapping up our study titled, LET GOD TALK TO YOU.

Allow me to begin with a word from Lailah Gifty Akita. She said, “The Bible is a fountain of wisdom and knowledge. To be rooted in Christ, you must read your Bible daily. If you renew your mind with the knowledge of Scripture daily, you will be better equipped to handle any situation.”

Let’s begin by reviewing what we covered in our last class:

We learned three important points about meditating on and obeying the Word of God in our daily lives. First, we learned that we need to take a verse or passage of Scripture and read it two or three times. Second, we need to take time to memorize verses in the Bible. Third, we should listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit as He speaks to us while we read.

Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read a portion of the corresponding letter in the book, Letters to Young Black Women. Then we will proceed with this lesson:

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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.

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Now, please follow along as we begin our study:

How do you make meditating on and obeying the Word of God a daily part of your life? We will discuss the final three ways to do this.

  1. Incorporate Bible verses into your prayers.

Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

When you pray, quote Scripture back to God in your prayers. This will increase your faith and help you to rest in His promises. Mark 11:24 tells us that when we pray, we can ask for whatever we desire, believing that God will grant our request, and we will have it. That is a promise from God. When you ask God for something, you can quote this verse back to Him in prayer. It will build your anticipation about what God is going to do in your life in response to your prayer. John Piper said, “Praying the Word means reading (or reciting) Scripture in a spirit of prayer and letting the meaning of the verses become our prayer and inspire our thoughts.”

  1. Read and/or quote certain Bible verses aloud.

Psalm 119:18 says, “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”

When you come across a Bible verse that you want to memorize or hide away in your heart, quote it aloud. When we speak aloud, we have a tendency to remember things better than if we just read silently. You can also purchase an audio Bible that will allow you to hear someone else reading God’s Word while you are doing other tasks. Reading the Bible aloud will make a difference in how you interact with God’s Word and experience His presence in your life as He speaks to you through His Word. Throughout Scripture God called His people to respond to His Word and take action based upon His commands. Speaking God’s Word with your mouth will be a great help as you seek to hide it in your heart.

  1. Keep a journal about what you read.

Psalm 119:10 says, “With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.”

During your devotional time, have a notebook and pen nearby or a computer or mobile device to write out certain Scripture verses or passages that speak to you. Like speaking aloud, writing helps to reinforce the Word of God in our hearts and minds. There is no right or wrong way to journal. Your journal entry can be a few sentences, a paragraph, a page, or several pages. Just make sure it includes how the Lord spoke to you from His Word and how you will apply what you have read to your life. You can also use a section of your journal to write down the verse you are memorizing. Physically writing the words out is a very useful memory technique. Journaling is not just an exercise or a homework assignment. It is something useful and meaningful by which you can learn and grow and by which you can measure how far you have come in your spiritual walk with Christ over time.

Take some time today to begin putting these six points into practice:

  1. Take a verse or passage of Scripture and read it several times a day.
  2. Commit to memorizing that verse or passage over the course of a week.
  3. Listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit as He teaches you and helps you to understand what you are reading and memorizing.
  4. Incorporate Bible verses into your prayers.
  5. Read and/or quote certain Bible verses aloud.
  6. Journal what you read.

In our next class, we will begin a new study “LET GOD LOVE YOU”.

Jen Wilkin said: “When women grow increasingly lax in their pursuit of Bible literacy, everyone in their circle of influence is affected. Rather than acting as salt and light, we become bland contributions to the environment we inhabit and shape, indistinguishable from those who have never been changed by the gospel. Home, church, community, and country desperately need the influence of women who know why they believe what they believe, [and who are] grounded in the Word of God. They desperately need the influence of women who deeply and actively love the God proclaimed in the Bible.”

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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.