six things…

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you study God’s word today! 

Proverbs 6:16-19

There are six things that the Lord hates,
    seven that are an abomination to him:
 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
    and hands that shed innocent blood,
 a heart that devises wicked plans,
    feet that make haste to run to evil,
 a false witness who breathes out lies,
    and one who sows discord among brothers.”

Proverbs 6:16-19

WRITE

  • Write down the six (or seven) things the Lord hates.
  • Dig into the Bible to uncover more about what God thinks about life choices.
    • Haughty Eyes – Humility (Philippians 2:3)
    • Lying Tongue – Put on your new self (Colossians 3:9-10)
    • Hand that Sheds Innocent Blood – Reconcile (Matthew 5:21-26)
    • Heart that devises and runs to evil – Set your heart on the Spirit (Romans 8:5-6)
    • Bears False Witness – Put away falsehood (Ephesians 4:17-32)
    • Sow Discord Among Brothers – Build up (Ephesians 4:17-32, John 13:35)

GROW

It’s easy to set our hearts and minds on earthy things. And desire to get even, exact our revenge, or get ahead at any cost. But as we see in Proverbs – it’s not something the Lord encourages. Instead we are directed in Romans 12 that ““if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Remember you get to choose what you hold in your heart. You get to choose what you act on and what attitude that you have  – every day. If you know Jesus then you are a new creation and you have His Spirit renewing you day by day. Choose to set your mind on the things of the Spirit – so that you may live in light and peace! Praying for you!

read & pray

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Spirit to guide you as you seek the Lord today.

 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Ephesians 6:18 NLT

WRITE

  • We are commanded to pray in the Spirit all the time! So… look at a headline in today’s news and write a prayer. I challenge you to pray often for the events you see in the news and swirling around you every day. Prayer is powerful because God is powerful! Alleluia!

GROW

Ask the Lord to guide you with how and when to pray each day. Ask the Spirit to reveal to you what burdens Him, and seek God’s will in all circumstances. We may not even know what or how to pray, but we know that “the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” Romans 8:26. May we all be daily prayer warriors. Praying for you.

choose peace

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you study God’s word today! 

“You keep him in perfect peace
    whose mind is stayed on you,
    because he trusts in you.”
Isaiah 26:3

WRITE

Is it really that simple? My mind is constantly jumping around. Imagining “what if’s” and worst case scenarios. Planning weeks ahead and thinking about what might happen. But God gives us a formula for His peace in Isaiah – and reminds us constantly throughout His word that peace is possible when we choose Him.

  • God will keep us in peace – but what do we have to do?
  • We can keep our mind fixed on God by recalling His word. Write down some of your favorite verses – use them to keep your mind fixed on Him. (here are some of my favorites Matthew 6:33, Proverbs 3:6, Jeremiah 29:11, 1 Peter 5:7, John 16:33, Romans 8:28)
  • We can keep our mind fixed on Him when we pray continually. Do you have a burden that is weighing you down. Write it down – lay it down. Pray about it, and turn the scenario you have concocted in your mind into a prayer to our Almighty God!
  • Finally, reminds us that peace comes when we actively choose to do what?

GROW

When we trust God, when we keep our mind fixed on Him – he offers us His peace. Praying that the Lord would draw you close, and fill you with peace as you choose to keep your mind fixed on Him!

got gifts?

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you spend time in God’s word today.

READ

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 & 1 Corinthians 12:27-31

Romans 12:3-8

Exodus 30:22

Ephesians 4:11-14

WRITE

In case you were wondering – the answer is YES! If you are a believer in Christ Jesus than you have a spiritual gift, “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 2:7. And, as we can be certain that it is for the common good of the church – we can be sure you are supposed to use it! There are a myriad of books and websites which may help you discern what your spiritual gifts are, but let’s start by looking at what the Bible says God has distributed to His people.

  • Using the passages that we read make a list of spiritual gifts.
  • Pray and as the Lord to help you discern your gifts. Think about your natural talents – write them down.
  • Consider where God is working in your life and honing your skills – is there a place where you see God’s hand?
  • Do you have a certain passion for service or ministry. Where does your heart break – where is God moving you?
  •  Paul exhorts Timothy to, “fan into flame the gift of God” 2 Timothy 1:6. What can you do today to develop and use the gift that the Lord has given you?

GROW

You have been given gifts by God to serve Him and His church! It is your responsibility to seek His will, His growth, and with boldness walk forward in service to Him. Praying that you will grow and fan into flame the gift of God in your own life!

pass the test?

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word today.

“Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.”
1 John 4:1 NLT

“For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.”
2 Timothy 4:3-5 NLT

WRITE

  • What warning do you hear in both of these passages?
  • Always test what you hear by God’s word. What was the message you heard yesterday in church. Look up the passages, pray and ask God to give you His wisdom. Search other passages on this subject – write them down. Does the message you heard yesterday agree with God’s word?
  • Always test the message – God’s word is the only measuring stick that really matters.

GROW

May His word light your path, give you wisdom, and lead you into all truth. Praying for you!

yours and mine

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Spirit to guide you
as you read and reflect on the passage today.

” For I long to see you, that I may impart to you
some spiritual gift to strengthen you
 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged
by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”
Romans 1:11-12

WRITE

  • Christian community is so important. Why does Paul desire to spend time with the church in Rome?
  • How does he express his desire to fellowship with the believers in this church?
  • Here is Paul, amazing man of God, writer of most of the New Testament and he is expressing his “longing” to spend time with these fellow believers so that he can be encouraged. Does this change your perspective on the leaders of your Church/Bible Study/Small Group and how they need to learn and grow and be encouraged by you?
  • Our faith grows when we are active in a Biblically sound Christian community. If you are not currently engaged in this way… pray about how you could become connected at Church or in an internationally offered  Bible Study like Community Bible Study. What are some steps you can take today?

GROW

Praying that you will be mutually encouraged as you fellowship and learn alongside other believers. May the Lord develop friendships in your life that will last into eternity! Praying for you!

a little light

 

PRAY

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

WRITE

  • What are some of the ways that you are sharing the light of Christ today so that others will see the His love and give glory to God?
  • Do you need to make changes?
  • Could you do more?

GROW

Praying that we would all be the light of Christ today! May His love in your heart light up your life and the lives of others. Praying for you…