Draw in Nearer: Humility Required

 

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The purpose of this study is to move us closer to the love of our Heavenly Father

 

The remarkable fact is that God truly does desire for each one of us to come to Him.

But, how do we accomplish this?

We learned last week that God does not want us to feel anxious about anything no matter how big or small.

When we feel anxious we sometimes are tempted to ACT on our own behalf to try to solve our issues.

This week we are going to go one step farther.

Many times it is tempting to want to “grab” our problems back from our Heavenly Father, but we must not do this.

We must be patient and allow God to SOLVE our problems in His time and in His way.

In order to do this we must be humble!

This week’s lesson will focus on humility.

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Focus Verse

1 Peter 5:6-7 (NKJV)

6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

 

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Important Words

humble- to make low (verb)
Original Word: ταπεινόω
Drawing nearer to our Lord and Savior requires humility.  Before we can actually move closer to God we must first be willing to submit our complete control to Him.  This includes releasing the grip that we may have on our personal burdens and cares. 
1 Peter 5 (6-7)
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
These verses are literally saying-
Before God can exalt us (lift us up out from under our cares/burdens), we must first lower ourselves and bring everything we have under His protective hand. When we humbly relent our cares to God, He can then exalt us from them!  Jesus truly does care for us. 
Notice the primary first step.  We must humble ourselves.  This means that we must first stop attempting to “fix” problems on our own.  Peter is literally teaching us that before we look to the Lord for help, we must first learn to crawl under God’s Almighty Hand.
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Biblical History
The author of these verses, Peter, was a former fisherman. Let’s learn about the power behind humility through his story.
As we read the following verses it is important to note that at this time Peter is known as “Simon”
Simon Peter is Called

Luke 5 1-9

So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.

4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

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Let’s pause for a moment to notice the steps that Simon(Peter) took in order to come to Jesus.
Important Words
Monday
Toiled: verb-  work extremely hard or incessantly
Original Word: κοπιάωto feel fatigue; by implication, to work hard
 Peter was weighed down under a  burden.  He had toiled all night, but caught nothing. He depended on catching fish for his livelihood, yet he had worked all day and had not caught a single fish. In a matter of seconds, Peter’s outcome was about to change.  As we continue to read the story, we see that Jesus Himself was about to exalt this fisherman named Simon..
But before this would happen, Peter had to literally pack up his fishing nets.
How can you relate this to your life?
Tuesday
let down: verb,  to allow someone or something to move to a lower position
Original word: χαλάω- let down, lower let down, lower, slacken, loosen.
  Next, Peter let down his net a second time, but this time he relied on Jesus to help. (verse 5)
This time Peter depended on God’s guidance and mite to help him.  It is vital to see that Peter was still responsible to  “man” the net, but this time Jesus was there to lead and bless the direction of  the “drop”.
 Jesus does not want us to sit on the sidelines and be simply a spectator in this life.  He wants us to be involved in solving our problems, but He wants to guide and direct us first. It is not up to us to figure everything out on our own, we must simply be humble and follow His voice.
How can we relate this to our lives?
Wednesday
forsook: verb, renounce or give up
Original Word:  ἀφίημιI send away, release, remit, forgive, permit(a) I send away, (b) I let go, release, permit to depart
 Finally, Peter had to release all (including all of his burdens) before he could follow  Jesus – verse 11.
Once again, let’s look at the symbolism in this verse.  Before we can truly draw nearer to Christ we must first lay all our burdens down.  Our hands should be light and free so that we can hold onto His mighty right hand.
I love how Simon did not have to catch any fish (solve any of his problem)
before he was invited to abide with Jesus. 
I also love how Jesus asked Simon to forsake all.
Let this be a lesson for us.
We can totally depend on Jesus to solve our problems, but we must first release control of our burdens. This means that we must intentionally lay our burdens down.
How does this relate to your personal life?
Thursday
humble- to make low (verb)
Original Word: ταπεινόω
Drawing nearer to our Lord and Savior requires humility.  Before we can actually move closer to God we must first be willing to submit our complete control to Him.  This includes releasing the grip that we may have on our personal burdens and cares. 
What do you need to release to your Savior today?
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Thoughts from Leslie
As women it is hard for us to admit that we can not fix every problem. After all, mending broken things is our specialty.  Women are experts at repairing damaged toys,  calming hurt feelings, and retrieving “lost” objects. If we are incapable to fix a problem, we will wear ourselves out trying to repair it anyway. It is very hard for us to admit defeat.
After all, as women we should be able to fix everything that goes wrong in our lives.
RIGHT?
WRONG!
It is this type of thinking that gets us into trouble. It is this type of thinking that Satan wants women to believe.
In our scripture today, Peter is instructing us to humble ourselves. This is usually easier said than done!
Admitting that we can not resolve troubles on our own is where humility comes in. Acknowledging that we need help from God should never make us feel weak or like less of a woman.
Having the power and might of The Creator of the Universe  available to us anytime day or night should actually make us feel more like a fierce superwoman than an inadequate failure.
We must never forget that we are physical beings living in a spiritual world.  The issues we face cannot always be fixed by adding  glue or even by applying a superhero band aid.  There is nothing we can purchase through Amazon or at the mall that will ultimately give us more power! The only way to achieve victory in these battles is by allowing God to do our fighting for us.
For victory’s  sake- we must humble ourselves and draw nearer to God!
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Discussion Questions
1.  What is the number one thing in your life that you are trying to “fix” at this moment?
2.  What steps have you already taken?
3. What improvements have you seen, if any?
4.  Are other areas in your life suffering as a result of your excessive attention to this one issue?  If so, name these overlooked areas.
4. What do you think would happen if you laid your “net” down at the feet of Jesus?
5. What is your big takeaway from this lesson?
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Life’s Burdens ~

isaiah-41-10-hand-of-god-god-says used with permission Darrell Creswell

When difficulties come at you,
and troubles are all around
when worried about life’s burdens
and their hurdles you can’t bound.

That’s when you need to take a grip,
hold on to God’s righteous hand
for, Jesus won’t let you fall
and in His strength you will stand.

When problems can’t be solved,
and you have nowhere else to turn
when others try to help you out
but your fears they can’t discern.

That’s when you need to take hold,
of God’s mighty right hand
for, Jesus won’t let you down
all your anxieties He’ll understand.

When life hands you a lemon,
but you don’t like lemonade . . .
when all those around you
fail to come to your aid.

That’s when you need to give up,
and rest in His loving hands
for, Jesus wants you to grasp
He has for you, His own plans!

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Isaiah 41:10
King James Version

“Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Fellowship Strategy
Intentionally sit and reflect upon today’s lesson.
Ask God to help you release all of your problems to Him- even the ones you are not aware of at this time.
As you relax your mind and body, start coloring this week’s coloring page.
Intentionally seek God’s presence.
He is right there beside you!
Talk to your Heavenly Father.  Ask Him to reveal Himself to you.  Thank Him for loving you in such a deep and meaningful way!
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Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I deeply desire to draw nearer to  you.

I am so grateful that you want me near to you.

Please help me to totally move into your loving presence.

It is one thing to believe in You, it is another to willingly MOVE toward You.

Please help me each and every day to draw nearer.

I know I need to bring my burdens with me.

Please help me to not only pack up my burdens, but to also release them to you.

To do this I need you to help me loosen my grip on my burdens, sorrows, and worries.

Father, I need you to lead and help me.

I desperately need you to teach me how to truly be humble and dependent on you.

Thank you for loving me!

Thank you for inviting me to abide in you 🙂

Please be with me during this study.

Help me to release everything I am and have over to YOU!

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen