Questions for Reflection for Study of Amos 5-9

I’ve posted over the last few weeks about the study of Amos 1-4. The poem below titled The ONE to Look To was inspired by this study.

The world can be a difficult place
But we all can win the race
If we turn to the Lord
And get on board.

Acknowledge He paid the price;
Then pray for His solid advice;
Accumulate knowledge from His Word
And the future will no longer be blurred.

The path to the future is unimpeded
If we confidently do what is needed;
Constantly being filled with elation
And built on a firm foundation.

Study the Holy Scripture
And get a clearer picture
By always being steadfast
To learning lessons of the past.

Because of Jesus there is grace
To help us keep up the pace.
Our sins are cleaned as with soap
So our future is full of hope.

Gaining wisdom on a daily basis
To meet the challenges that face us.
Living the way life is meant
By following the ONE God has sent.

Our growing faith will never be taken away
So we are confident things will be okay
For the Gospel message is beautiful,
Refreshing, simple, and useful.

The Gospel message sets us free
And as each day we get on our knees
We are thankful to receive the crown
For the message will never let us down.

The plan God has laid out for us
By accepting His Son is thus
The only path to sure victory;
Everything else is contradictory.

So listen and know His plan;
Making adjustments if you can.
Taking action on doing the right thing;
Knowing that He is King.

With God there is power
And no reason to cower
So plan out the right things
And soar on eagles’ wings.

Everything will fall in place
For an amazing day full of His grace
If we desire to daily return to the ONE
And focus on what He’s already done.

The ONE who formed the mountains;
Creator of the inspiring surroundings
Continues to reveal His designs
And how to live by His guidelines.

So make sure you feel empowered;
Uplifted and daily inspired.
Focused on going the Way
That He directs to go today.

Embrace the power of the Holy Spirit
To take on a challenge and smear it.
Making what seems impossible … possible
By being dependable and methodical.

Be willing to accept His correction
By asking in prayer for direction
And when making a list of what to do,
Know the Lord is the ONE to look to.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 09-29-2016

The objective of any Bible study should be to not only learn the main principles of the Word but to keep the Word in our thoughts in order to apply them in our life. I will continue this objective with a study in the book of Amos 5-9 over the next few weeks. The aim is to plant the seeds of faith, hope, and love in order to yield fruit that nourishes others.

I invite you to join me over the next few weeks as I step ahead using the questions below to inspire thoughts and ideas. God will give us the upper hand by producing in us the heart of a champion.

Amos 5-6
What will be the consequences of Israel’s sins (See 5:16, 27; 6:7)? What does God want in the lives of His people? How can you take action now to seek what God has for you?

Amos 7
What three visions are given to Amos in verses 1-9? Whom do you usually heed – God’s message and messenger or accepted experts? As a follower of Jesus Christ, do you have a tool like a plumb line in which you can evaluate your life?

Amos 8
What does the vision of summer fruit illustrate? Is the word of God daily food to your life? How has the study of Amos nourished your soul?

Amos 9
What does the vision reveal about the judgment of God? What will happen after the forthcoming judgment (vv. 11-15)? What is your hope beyond the destructions of this life? 

The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.

When we accept Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit is our companion and it’s exciting to think about what the future holds. Last week, we celebrated the birthday of Jesus and now we will continue the celebration throughout upcoming year because of the gift God has given us.

With God, we can get through anything, we can patiently grind it out during difficulties or give Him credit when the impossible is made possible. Beyond that, we can celebrate because of the victory we will always have with Him.

Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God. 

Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast
Christ Notes
Family Times
Image Source

 

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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