Sunday, February 12, 2017

February Monthly Study- The Book of Titus

Hello ladies, our monthly Bible study begins tomorrow! Yippee! We are moving right along, and what better way to be accountable on Bible study than to join a group of other women around the world that are also doing this study. So before we begin, here are some available resources as promised. I've created this study guide as a book for anyone to purchase from Amazon but I've also made it available to download for free by joining my blog and clicking on the Bible study tab or joining the group at ladiesletspray.com, I will automatically email a new pdf study each month via your email.

This will be a short but in-depth study from February 13-28, 2017. 


INTRODUCTION:
As believers, we’ve been called to live a godly life. We’ve been called to be set apart, consecrated, sacred and sanctified. Paul wrote this letter between his first and second imprisonment in Rome to guide Titus in working with churches on the island of Crete. Paul had left Titus in Crete to oversee and organize the churches, because the island needed a strong leadership. Titus was a Greek believer. He was taught and mentored by Paul. Paul loved Titus like his own son, and wanted to see Titus succeed in his ministry. Paul developed Titus by giving him specific instructions in the form of discipleship. Paul gave Titus the requirements and instructions to discern and appoint elders in the churches. Titus was instructed to promote righteous living in the churches and to do what is right in the communities.
Keynotes:
  1. Character
  2. Discipline
  3. False Teaching
  4. Family Values
  5. Wholesome Teaching
  6. Roles and Responsibility
  7. Righteousness
  8. Encouragement and Correction
  9. Submit to Authority and Government
  10. Gentleness and Humility
  11. Avoid Quarrels and Arguments
  12. God’s Mercy and Grace
  13. Paul’s Salutation and Remarks


As believers, we are to be grounded on the word of God. Our lives should exemplify the teachings as stated in the Bible. Paul warns Titus about false teachers and ministries that speak lies and are only doing it for the love of money. Paul instructs the older men, the women, and even the younger generation to live wisely.

Scriptures given are in KJV format, so please cross reference with a Bible you can understand.


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May the Lord be with you all and I pray that this study will be edifying to you as it was to me upon studying and writing this guide. 

Be blessed 

Xoxo
JoyfullyOsato 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Monthly Study: January Recap

Hello ladies, we are officially done with the first month of the year. Our study on God's commandment. Yes we do still observe God's commandments and it is part of our walk as a follower of Christ. Here are two video highlights I recorded for the summary.


Blessings, our next study will begin February 13.

Bitter or Better? Allow God to change your situation

When life gives you lemons, do you make lemonade?
 Quite often, life can seem so daunting and we begin questioning God. The life of Naomi, in the book of Ruth is an example of how some of us might feel during our must difficult situation in life. At times, we may look on the outside and see that everyone seems to moving so smoothly, yet ours seem like a scene out a very sad movie. If you're not familiar with Naomi's story, its pretty sad and discouraging. The Bible states that Naomi, not only lost her husband but her two sons as well. She was left with her two daughter in law, Orphan and Ruth. She attempted to send the two daughter in law back to their mother's houses but Ruth clung to Naomi and refused to go back. As Naomi, returned back to her homeland, on her way, she met with the people in the town, they recognized her. So they asked themselves, "is this Naomi?" here was her reply:
And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.
 I went out full and the Lord hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?  Ruth 1:20-21


The Hebrew meaning of Naomi is pleasantness and Mara means bitter. Here is a woman who literally lost everything, her husband dies then shortly after, both her sons also die. What a bitter life! I mean, we can't question God but a lot of us are on the same boat. As I write this, I think of my experience, with losing both mt parents at a young age, my father died when I was 7 years old and my mom soon passed 7 years later. It left me confused and at the time I had no conception of how God works. I was left feeling bitter for a while. It affected my life in so many ways, socially, economically, physically but ultimately as I got older and I came to know the Lord, I became better. So the lesson here is that we are allowed to be bitter but as we walk with God, we let God turn our bitterness into BETTER. The Lord will surely do it. He did it even in Naomi's situation. Naomi was bitter and she had a reason to be bitter, but due to her daughter in law, Ruth's obedience and commitment to her, Naomi was able to changer her situation from Bitter to Better. Take a notice, that Ruth also lost her husband, but she persevered and remained committed to God's will in her life and the Lord ultimately brought her fulfillment. 

Today I pray that the good Lord turns your situation from bitter to better. May His abounding hand be upon your life. May every bitter situation be turned to BETTER. May God give us grace and favor like Ruth with wisdom, kindness, patience and peace. May every situation that seems daunting be reversed to greatness. May the Lord give us strength, hope and faith to stand strong in the face of adversary. In Jesus' name amen. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Feeling discouraged?

It is not unusual to feel discouraged, no matter where you are right now,  or how far ahead you might be in life right now, discouragement doesn't discriminate. Even the most holy and spiritual people experience discouragement. It really doesn't take much to be discouraged. If I can be honest with you, I am writing this at a point of discouragement.

As I replied a text message from a new friend yesterday, she could feel my discouragement over a text message. She said, "feeling a little discouraged? we should catch up soon".

So what do we do?

We've all heard this verse in the Bible: "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33. 
That was Jesus telling us to expect tribulation but He reassures us that as we put our hope in Him, we shall overcome. 

The truth is that our emotions are always up and down, we can be in the most desirable mood in the morning and by noon our world is upside down. Someone might have said something to us, done something to us, treated us unfair or simply didn't come through for us. And other times it could be our thoughts, our situation, our health or even our finances that takes us into a downward spiral. Maybe it was that unanswered prayer, that the Lord seems to be ignoring. 

Are you mad at God? 

There can be a million things that can trigger discouragement in our lives, and it seems like we are in a constant battle to stay encouraged. As I said earlier, no matter how spiritual you are, discouragement is part of the battle. As a believer, we have the Lord with us to help us overcome. 

Many men and women in the Bible experienced discouragement. King David experienced a life of ups and downs. In Psalm 142, the king cries out to God in a distressful period:

 " I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice unto the Lord did I make my supplication.
 I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me."

In the book of Job, we learn that Job was a man that was faithful to the Lord but still went through a period of discouragement, and despair. In the book of Ruth, Naomi, Ruth's mother in law was in total despair and discouragement after losing her entire family and only left with her daughter in law Ruth. Upon her return to Bethlehem, as the people in the town where excited to see her, saying,
 "is this Naomi?" Naomi replies them saying "Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?" Ruth 1:20-21
As believers, we can sometimes cover our discouragement and pretend things are fine. When in fact, we are just sorrowful inside. We can become so withdrawn and begin to deny our situation. Although we might not feel completely comfortable talking to others, we should always cry out to God for relief. The Messiah himself, the Lord Jesus had periods of discouragement. In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus is seen with His disciples telling them He was in distress.
 "And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt." Mark 14:33-36

In the above scripture, Jesus was obviously bothered in distress due to the weight of the cross that was quickly approaching, He remained humble although still in distress but decided to pray to the Father. 
The Lord gives His people reassurance even in a world full of disappointments and despair. We can find numerous scriptures to place our hope when we feel hopeless. 
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved." Psalm 55:22
And Jesus said: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
My prayers for you and I, is that no matter what we are facing, be it discouragement, disappointment, anger, loneliness, or depression, let us come boldly to the Lord saying: " Abba, father, all things are possible with You; take away this cup of burden from me, nevertheless not my will but let You will be done." Amen.
We are told by God to be strong and courageous, fear not because the Lord goes with us and will never leave or forsake us. Deuteronomy 31:6. 
My hope remains in God alone, with Him all things are possible. 
Be blessed sisters and you are always in my prayers. 
 with Godly love, Joyfully Osato

Monday, January 9, 2017

Our First Study of the Year! God's Commandments

Ahhh! It is officially a New Year, and we are finally picking up on our monthly Bible study. This year will be quite interesting as far as our Bible studies are concerned. I heard a few ladies on Instagram mention their interest in going deep with Bible study this year. Now I would like to make everyone aware that this year will be quite different. The format and topics will be different. Over the past few months, the Lord has been revealing some hidden understanding in the Bible to me and hubby. It has been a very intense, high pressure but very enlightening experience. The verse that comes to mind that best describes my feelings towards this process is : " And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32. 



Resources:

You will be pleased to hear that the resources for this study is simple. 

  1. You will need a KJV Bible. I will explain why a KJV Bible on a later blog. But for now, a KJV Bible is the closest true translator to the true word of God and a lot of the other Bible versions are not completely accurate and are somewhat misleading. if you live in the United States, visit your local Dollar Tree store, they have them for just a dollar. 
  2. You will need the study questions below
  3. You will need a note book or a journal to write on
  4. Also I will be posting a video on my YouTube at JoyfullyOsato regarding this topic. 
Introduction:

In our modern day churches, we sometimes hear pastors preaching to their congregation that we are not under God's laws and we no longer keep His commandments. This teaching is completely misleading and I am sad to say that this teaching is destructive. If you are reading this, I am forced to believe that we all have access to a Bible and can find truth for ourselves. Now, some of these preachers, and pastors are simply just repeating something they have been taught over the years. A lot of these preachers are also speaking from Apostle Paul's epistles. Here is what Peter had to say regarding Paul's letters : "And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto youAs also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. " 2 Peter 3:15-16
Now, I bring this up, not to condemn Apostle Paul's epistles but to make you aware that it is hard to understand, and because of this, those that are unlearned will stumble unto their own destruction. Jesus Christ is our ultimate savior and He is God made manifest in flesh. Jesus came to walk on earth to teach us to walk in God's Commandments. 

Study Guide Questions:






Should we still observe God’s commandments?



What was the original commandment God gave to mankind?
Read Genesis 2

Why was Noah the only one along with his family saved from the flood? Read Genesis 6

What are the 10 commandments? Read Exodus 20

What is the duty of mankind? Read Ecclesiastes 12:13

Does God change? Read Malachi 3:6, Read Psalm 111:7-10

Did Jesus come to abolish God’s Law? Read Luke 16:17, Luke 18:18-20, Matthew 5:17-19, Matthew 28:19-20

Why did Jesus refer to the Pharisees and Sadducees as hypocrites? Read Matthew 15, Matthew 16, Matthew 23

What is the love of God? How is the love of God perfected in us? Read 1 John 2:3-7, 1 John 5:2-3, 2 John 4-6

What does the book of Revelation say regarding God’s commandments? Read Revelation 22:12-14, Revelation 12:17, Revelation 14:12





We Begin this study January 14th- February 4th. I will update you weekly via www.ladiesletspray.com on my weekly reflection videos. 

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Best wishes!

JoyfullyOsato