steps

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Spirit to guide you today!

READ

If you would like, you can read the entire stories from these passages in
Exodus 14 & Joshua 3

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
Exodus 14:26-29

“So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people,  and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest), the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho. Now the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all Israel was passing over on dry ground until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.
Joshua 3:14-17

WRITE

Thinking about our life’s journey today! I’m a planner. I like to know what is ahead of me, I like to plan and prepare for it. I like to think through every scenario, test my options and pick the most logical, time tested, safe one. Yet, often that is not the way God works. In both of these passages God is leading His people to the promised land. There are uncertain things in front of them (and in the case of the Exodus behind them, too). But, when God is with them, guiding them… they just need to keep moving forward. Isn’t that the same with us. Trust… it can be so hard. But, really it should be so easy – the creator of the Universe has a plan for our lives that is so much better than any and every scenario that we can think up. How well are you trusting God?

  • In both of these stories what unique way did God provide for His people?
  • What did Moses  do just before God miraculously parted the Red Sea (Exodus)?
  • What did the Priests do before God helps His people cross the Jordan?
  • What is the main difference between these two stories?
  • Which do you think would have made it easier to trust, having the sea part first or taking the step first?
  • What was the end of both of these stories (Exodus 17:30-31) & Joshua 3:17)?
  • Our God is a mighty God – I can imagine that as the Israelites approached both of these bodies of water they might have been thinking, “Great, what do we do now?” But- God knew and He provided abundantly!  How does this change the way that you look at the uncertainties or roadblocks in your life?
  • God’s power is at work in us – and He is able to do far more than we can ever even ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). Ask Him now to work in your life to transform your attitude into one of trust even when we can not see.

GROW

Love this song by Jeremy Camp… May we all “Walk By Faith”

Praying that the Spirit would work in your hearts and minds to help you to rely on our mighty God. May we trust in Him whether the path is clear or not. Praying for you.

investment strategy

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Spirit to guide you today
as you read through the entire passage!

READ

“You shall have no other gods before me.”
Exodus 20:3

“’Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’  And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.’
Matthew 22:36-38

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:19-21

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33

WRITE

Recently I have been reading through the book of Ezekiel.  I have been thinking about the fickle hearts of the Israelites of long ago and about the people of God today.  We are no different than they were! We set our hearts on things other than God, we work for comfort, money and success. We desire the pleasures that this world has to offer seeking after happiness, and fulfillment and satisfaction in places other than our relationship with God through Christ. As Ezekiel prophesies about the fall of Jerusalem God instructs him to tell His people,  Then when they are exiled among the nations, they will remember me. They will recognize how hurt I am by their unfaithful hearts and lustful eyes that long for their idols. Then at last they will hate themselves for all their detestable sins.  They will know that I alone am the Lord and that I was serious when I said I would bring this calamity on them.” Ezekiel 6:9NLT. All over the Old Testament God calls the act of unfaithfulness by His people “whoring.” It is a vivid picture of how God views us when we choose “things” before Him. And, though God has made a way to Him through our Savior Jesus Christ and He has given us grace upon grace – and abounding steadfast love.  Though, as Christians, He will judge us as redeemed citizen cleansed in the blood of Christ. I do not believe He views the act of unfaithfulness to Him any differently. He wants our whole heart, our whole soul, and our whole mind. Does He have yours?

  • Where is your treasure?
  • Where is your heart?
  • Where is your mind?
  • Where are you investing your time, talents and money?
  • Write down some of the idols that you have set in your life. Destroy them!
  • Pray and ask the Lord to  change you so that you love Him with all your heart and soul and mind!

GROW

Praying that the Lord change you to seek Him first. May we all dedicate our lives and hearts to Him. Praying for you!

while you wait

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Spirit to guide you today
as you read through the entire passage!

READ
2 Peter 3:13-18

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”
2 Peter 3:18

WRITE

  • According to this passage, what are we looking forward to?
  • While we are waiting we are called to be found unblemished and in a state of peace. Both of these characteristics are completed in us through Christ. Look up 1 Corinthians 6:11 & Ephesians 2:14. Write down what stands out to you about these passages.
  • Peter then goes on to tell us about the wisdom of Paul’s letters. What does he tell us that the false teachers are doing?
  • What is the warning that he gives?
  • How can we be sure that we are not swept away by false teachers (1 John 4:1-6, John 17:17, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • Peter gives one last piece of advice, write it down.
  • What do you need to be doing to grow this way?

GROW

Praying that the Lord would give you wisdom and discernment as you test the teaching of those around you. So that you can grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Praying for you!

connected & free

PRAY

Take time to ask the Spirit to guide you as you spend time in God’s word today…

READ
John 8:31-32 & John 15:1-11

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'”
John 8:31-32

WRITE

  • What does it mean to abide in Jesus and in His word (See also John 15:1-11)?
  • It is pretty awesome to think that when we abide in Him – He abides in us! How does this truth affect your desire to seek Him?
  • The more our lives our intertwined with Christ the more we receive from the life-giving, freedom giving, joy giving vine. Where do you stand today in your life with Christ? Are you so connected to Him that your joy is complete? Are you working apart from Him and bearing no fruit? Or do you fall somewhere in between?
  • When we know Christ we know freedom. When we submit to Christ & abide in Christ we grow in Christ and bear His fruit. What can you change today to better root your life in Christ ?

GROW

Praying that the Lord would work to grow you and mold you and make you His disciple. May you know that in Christ you have freedom as you remain in a state of connectedness with Him. And, in turn will you bear much fruit and bring Him glory. Praying for you!

 

attitude adjustment

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Spirit to guide you today!

READ
1 Thessalonians 5:16-19

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,  give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-19

WRITE

  • According to this passage, what is God’s will for you?
  • Is this the attitude that you carry with you each day?
  • Write down ways that you can incorporate this attitude into your day to day life!
  • Ask the Spirit to help you to change you so that you can rejoice, pray & give thanks at all times.

GROW

Praying that the Spirit would intercede so that you will stay connected with the Lord in prayer, be thankful no matter what & let His joy be yours always. Praying for you…

transformed

PRAY

Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you through this time today

Read Romans 12:9-21

WRITE

Building on our thoughts from last week on transformation. I was thinking that we could pray this week for God to work on a specific attribute in us. As you read through Romans 12:9-21 choose an attribute and ask the Lord to cultivate it in you. Try to pray continually throughout the day. Ask the Spirit to show you where you need to change the way you think, speak & act. Then, pursue Him & allow Him to change you.

  • Take time to write each day about what the Lord is revealing to you as you continue to seek His transformation!

GROW

Praying that the Lord would guide you as He works in your heart and mind to transform your life! It is not always easy to think we need to change, and certainly it is not so easy to actually change! But, you can be certain that what the Lord will transform you into is far better than where you are now. Praying for you!