W.A.R. Bible Study – Living My Best Life – Pt. 6 – A Reliable Partner With God

Dr. Oscar T. Moses

W.A.R. Bible Study

Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Living My Best Life Bible Study #6

 The Proof of Your Reliability – A Reliable Partner with God

Proverbs 11:1-3 (KJV)

 We all know people that talk a great game for Jesus Christ but never actually “come through” at critical times. They promise to do this… and they promise to do that. They sign up or even volunteer for a ministry with fanfare, excitement and are quite convincing coming out of the gate but when the “rubber meets the road” … they bail! They will quit if circumstances are not going their way, sabotage ministry to get even when angry, or even become dishonest. However, if we are going to live our best life the proof of your authenticity will be your reliability when it comes down to handling God’s Business. The person that lives his or her best life understands that God is in control and lives a life reliable to God. Reliability speaks of honesty, integrity, trustworthiness and dependability. When we live our best life we realize that we are living with a purpose and our time on planet earth should be spent tending to Kingdom Business. However, one cannot do Kingdom Business if they have no relationship with the King. Can God rely on you?

This lesson is designed to teach the members of MHMBCOC that God is reliable and He wants to partner with you to live your best life but He wants you to also be reliable.

Vs. 1– A false balanceis abomination to the LORD: but a just weightis his delight.

The Proverbs are a literary form that speak of wisdom and being wise. Wisdom is the key to living your best life. Wisdom is the ability to make the right decisions and having a healthy balance of judgment. In this passage the proverb writer refers to a false balance as a set of scales that do not way evenly. The Lord hates a dishonest scale but is pleased with accurate weight. Verse 1 means “God wants us to be honest in all of our dealings.” J Vernon McGhee says, – “God does enter into business; you can take Him into partnership with you. However, you can’t form a partnership with Him if you are crooked. If you are honest, He would like to be your partner.”

Vs. 2– When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowlyis wisdom.

“Pride” comes from a root word meaning to boil or run over, indicating an overwhelmingly arrogant attitude or behavior. Pride will cause one to overlook what God wants to secure their own desires. Pride in the long run will definitely bring about embarrassment. However, those who exercise humility are wise. We must stay humble to please God. The humble have a teachable spirit which is firstly directed to God. A wise person realizes that everything he or she is has come as a gift from God and not of self.

Vs. 3– The integrity of the uprightshall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressorsshall destroy them. Here, integrity means innocence and moral conduct. The upright are innocent of any wrong doing, but we see that the perverseness (evil doings), of the transgressors (those who sin continuously), will destroy them. They actually destroy themselves.

Questions

Verse 1 – The policy of the world is unreliable and deceitful. It will change and shift on the drop of a dime.

  1. How do the following verses apply to a just weight?
  • Proverbs 12:22
  • 2 Corinthians 8:21
  • Matthew 5:37

Verse 2 – Honesty / Reliability

  1. How does honesty relate to reliability?
  2. How do the following verses apply to pride?
  • Proverbs 16:5
  • Proverbs 29:23
  • Proverbs 16:18
  • Galatians 6:3
  • Proverbs 26:12
  1. How can pride hinder one from being reliable? Give 3 reasons.

Verse 3 Integrity / Reliability

  1. What do the following verses say about integrity?
  • Proverbs 10:9
  • 1 Peter 3:16
  • Proverbs 20:7
  • Proverbs 12:22
  • Colossians 3:23
  • 2 Corinthians 8:21

Think About It…

If every member of MHMBCOC were in a reliable partnership with God we would be able to make an impact for the Kingdom of God that would change lives, community and conditions.

Group Application Questions

  1. Why do we choose people to do Kingdom Business that have proven to be unreliable?
  2. Is it best to let ministry suffer than to place a person over a ministry who is unreliable?
  3. How should church ministry approach persons who have taken on key positions that go missing in action?
  4. Why do you suppose people are more reliable on their jobs than the church?
  5. How can the church help people become more reliable?
  6. Name 3 ways being reliable can help you live your best life?

 

Personal Probe

How Reliable Are You?

 

Because of Him!

Dr. Oscar T. Moses

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