God Is slow to Anger
Watch this you tube clip from the Bible Society.
In the Bible God’s anger is an expression of his Justice and his love for his world.
But, he is slow to Anger.
Which means he gives plenty of time for people to change.
God is Slow to Anger……..In the story of the Exodus.
When Pharaoh enslaves the Israelites and has the baby boys thrown into the waters!
God sends Moses to confront Pharaoh. God gives him ten chances to let Israel go free.
Pharaoh pushes God one step too far.
Pharaoh changes his mind about letting the people go and rides out to destroy the Israelites. The Israelites escape through the Red Sea (Exodus 14:15) in a miracle that is done through Moses raising his staff. Once the Israelites had safely passed Moses raises his staff again and the water rushed back and covered Pharaoh and the Egyptians, the entire army, and all of them were killed.
Slow to Anger.
This is something that we can learn from.
Ephesians 4: 26 - 27
In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27and do not give the devil a foothold.
We will all get angry at some point but we can learn not to say or do things that will have consequences.
When was the last time you were angry about something?
Why was that? Could you have acted differently?
The Holy Spirit helps us to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God but we can only do that if we let him guide us ask him for help.
The Bible is full of stories that we can learn from.
When you read your Bible remember to ask God to help you. Pray for guidance and ask God to speak to you through his word.
Thank you Lord that you continually guide us and help us to live a life that is good. Help us to focus on you in all things. Whatever life throws at us thank you that you will always be there for us to help us through.
Thank you Lord that you are compassionate.
You are Love.
Why am I alive?
Watch this Video from the Bible Project and then see if you can answer these questions…….
Why are we not supposed to make images of God?
Who is called to rule with God?
What does it mean to be made in God’s image?
What does it mean to rule in God’s image?
'For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago'. (Ephesians 2:10)
Ephesians 2:10 says we are God’s masterpiece.
What is a masterpiece?
The Mona Lisa picture is top left. Below are a few interesting facts about the painting.
In 2005, Mona Lisa's face was analyzed using "emotion recognition" software. The analysis revealed that she is 83% happy, 9% disgusted, 6% fearful, and 2% angry.
In 1983, a Japanese artist made a replica of the Mona Lisa on a piece of toast.
The Mona Lisa is the most visited, most written about, most sung about, and most parodied work of art in the world.
A masterpiece is how God sees us!
As it says in Ephesians ‘we are God’s Masterpiece’
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we are made NEW. !!!
When we look at the different masterpieces that many artists all over the world have made we think,
Waw! That Is amazing!! They are works of art!!
We might not see ourselves as masterpieces sometimes based on how we feel or when we look In the mirror but God sees us as perfect, all the time!!
How can you reflect who God is in your everyday life?........
This is a tough one…..what can you do or change today to reflect God better…?
Together we’ve focused on what the Bible says about being created in God’s image, and we’ve discussed what this means.
We were created to represent God and to reflect his character to the world—especially to each other! Our actions reflect what we truly believe. What we spend the most time, money, and energy focusing on reveals what we care most about.
Take some time to think about your life.
Make a list of what you spend the most time thinking about and doing.
What do your thoughts and actions say about what you believe your purpose in life is?
Journal your responses.
Consider asking God to renew your thoughts and make your purpose reflect his plans
Who is God?
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and
only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not
perish but have eternal life.”
To learn about God sometimes we have to ask………
How big is God?
Isn’t it amazing to think that everything in the world and beyond was created by God.
The vastness of space…all that we know and so much that we don’t know was created by God.
Want to know about space – the final frontier?! Then check out these 5 top facts about our solar system… and beyond!
1 There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth. That’s at least a billion trillion!
2 A black hole is created when big stars explode. Its gravitational force is so strong that nothing can escape from it – luckily the closest black hole is about 10,000 light-years from Earth.
3 When venturing into space, astronauts wear spacesuits which have to be warmed, cooled, pressurised and supplied with fresh air. This takes six hours for them to put on!
4 The universe has no centre and is constantly expanding (getting bigger) every second – making it impossible to reach the edge.
5 The Earth is tiny in comparison with the rest of the universe – it could fit into the sun 1.3 million times. How small does that make you feel?
In John 3:16 it says that everyone who believes in God won’t perish, but will have eternal life.
What does that mean?
And why do you think God offers this to us?
Ideas: “Perish” means die away.
We get to have eternal life with God in Heaven if we believe in God and accept
the grace He gave us through Jesus!
He did it for no other reason except that He loves us that much!
What can you pray for this week?
Ephesians 3 :18 says…
may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Pray that you would start to understand how much God really loves you!!!
To finish this week’s session watch this clip and Thank God for his love today.
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