Lesson 2: Do you see what I see?
Purpose: To walk circumspectly, being aware of the traps that seek to draw us from God's goal in our lives.
2 Kings 6:17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
2 Tim 4:1-5 Greek (1127)
Discuss the effect of Spiritual vision and have group re-read Judges 7.
As we saw, The Lord culled down the numbers of the Army of Gideon. First in the attitude of the heart (trust, humility and obedience), and second in a test of readiness(Judges 7:1-8). Paul tells Timothy to 'be ready in season and out of season;' (2 Tim 4:1-4), the Greek implies being on top of the situation, or being watchful or observant
1. What is meant by Spiritual discernment?
2. Read 2 Kings 5:1-27, and keep in mind the purpose for this study. List the Spiritual and carnal perceptions of the characters involved in these passages. Be specific, list names and reasons why.
3. What is the Lord trying to show us in the healing of Naaman? In the heart of Gehazi?
4. How does the relationship between Elisha and Gehazi compare with our relationship with the Lord?
1522-Gehazi ; from 1516 and 2372; “valley of vision,” servant of Elisha:
5. How did Gehazi's actions affect his ability to serve?
6. Read 2 Kings 6:1-23. What examples of Spiritual discernment do you see in these passages? What is God trying to show us in the passage about the axe head? In the passage about the Arameans plot to kill Elisha?
7. 2 Tim 3:1-4:8
What does Paul tell Timothy to do to ensure he is walking in Spiritual preparedness? How does this apply to Spiritual discernment? Why?
8. Read Matt 18:1-35. What in Matt 18 should be understood for Spiritual discernment?
9. What Godly attitude does Titus 2:11-15 instruct us to have? How does this relate to Godly discernment?
10. What is Paul trying to teach us in 2 Timothy 3:1-17?
What changes in your thoughts are required if you are to conform to the principles taught here? List all that apply.
11. Read 1 Peter 5:8-11. What is Peter warning us about here?
What does Godly discernment perfect in us?
12. If you learned to see what God wants you to see, how would it impact those around you?
13. Read 1 Peter 1:3-16. Why is it important to God that you walk in readiness?
14. What is the readiness Paul is trying to impart to us when we pray?
Why is this essential?
Something to think about
Read Mark 13:11 and Luke 12:11,12. These passages are often quoted for not studying the word. Why does Paul's admonition to preach, (2 Tim 4:1-4), and Paul's and Peter's urgings to study, (1Tim 4:13, 2Pet 1:10), not conflict with Christ's words? Explain why.
Read Eph 5
As we draw closer to the Lord, the enemy's schemes become more concentrated. It is essential that we seek a greater awareness for the Spiritual battles that rage around us (Eph 6:12).
Paul tells us to put aside childish things as we pass from infancy to maturity, (1 Cor 13:11), and to walk circumspectly, (Eph 5:15).
Let us seek to live our lives guarded to the things of the world, and yet with the total openness toward Him that He so cherished in David.(Acts 13:22)
What in these passages add to our understanding of Spiritual readiness?
What other Bible passages focus on Spiritual readiness?(Use a concordance, topical Bible, or cross-references to find other passages which deal with some of the same themes as this one. Write down some of the passages which you found to be helpful) Tell why.
Concluding Challenge. Prepare a challenge which reiterates your purpose for this study and suggests related action for the coming week.