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PRAY

Lord we thank you that in Christ we are victorious. Help us to live our lives as the kingdom citizens that we are. Help us Lord to see your truth today.

WRITE

READ 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

"For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you 
except Jesus Christ and him crucified."
-Paul
1 Corinthians 2:2
  • How did Paul define his testimony in this passage?
  • What did preaching point to?
  • Where did he desire their faith to rest?
  • in 1 Corinthians 2:2 he explains the basis of his message – what is it?
  • Where should we keep our focus?
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, 
let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, 
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 
 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, 
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrew 12:1-2
  • I think often we are so focused on our faith, that we sometimes forget where our eyes should be fixed. how does the Hebrews passage describe Jesus?
  • He is the founder and perfecter of our faith. May our eyes be ever fixed on him as we remember the sacrifice that He made for us. He now reigns in victory – and so do we.
  • Take time now to praise Him! Here is Elevations Worship – Resurrecting

GROW

Father God, thank you that you have begun a good work in us and that you will see it to completion. Help us Lord to live according to your way, and love with your love so that people can see our Savior, Jesus Christ. Lord equip us that we would do your will for your glory! Amen!

sacrifices

PRAY

Lord we thank you that you have called us to serve you. We praise you that you have given us a clear picture as to what it means to be your follower and what that looks like. Help us Lord so that we can be a picture of your love and grace here on earth.

WRITE

READ HEBREWS 13

“Do not neglect to do good 
and to share what you have, 
for such sacrifices are pleasing to God."
HEBREWS 13:16
  • Using Hebrews 13 write a list of actions we are directed to take.
  • What has God stirred in your heart?
  • Pray and ask God if he is directing you to change or add anything to your everyday life.
  • Pray Hebrews 13:20-21 over yourself and those you love.

GROW

Father God, thank you that you have begun a good work in us and that you will see it to completion. Help us Lord to live according to your way, and love with your love so that people can see our Savior, Jesus Christ. Lord equip us that we would do your will for your glory! Amen!

parched

PRAY

Lord we thank you that you have created us to be in relationship with you. We praise you because you love us so much that you have called us to yourself through your son Jesus Christ. Lord may we always look to your steadfast love and put our hope in you.

WRITE

READ PSALM 42

“By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
    and at night his song is with me,
    a prayer to the God of my life."
PSALM 42:8
  • Do you ever feel spiritually thirsty? Do you ever desire more of God? Do you ever ask God where He is?
  • That is exactly what we see in Psalm 42. How does the psalmist phrase it in verse 1?
  • How is our need for God highlighted by likening it to our hunger and thirst?
  • In verse 5 The psalmist asks themselves a question – write it down?
  • What is the immediate response?
  • No matter what, our hope is in God alone! In verse 8 we see a reminder of who we are putting our hope in. Write down the way God is described.
  • El Hayyay is the “God of my life”. What does it mean to you to make the Almighty Father the God of my life?
  • Is there something that you are hungering or thirsting for more than God. Pray about it and ask God to help you make Him your satisfaction!

GROW

Tory Kelly – Psalm 42
I had never heard this song before today – but tears flowed as I listened. We need you Lord…

Lord may look to you alone to satisfy our hunger. May you fill our thirsty souls with more of you! May you be always El Hayyay – the God of our life. We are kingdom citizens – help us to remember this as you pour yourself into us through your Spirit. We need you Lord – “Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” (Psalm 33:22) Amen….

delight

PRAY

Lord we thank you that when we delight in you, you give us the desires of our heart. May our heart be fully yours as we meditate on your word and seek your face. Lord may our delight be in you alone.

WRITE

READ PSALM 37:4

“Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
PSALM 37:4

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God 
with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them 
when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, 
and when you lie down, and when you rise.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, 
and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 
You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."
Deuteronomy 6:4-9

"'Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 
And he (Jesus) 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
  • Take time to think about the word delight. Write down some synonyms.
  • We do not often think of enjoying God. Think about when you meet a good friend for coffee – you delight in the time that you spend with this dear person. You look back on your conversation, you appreciate their thoughtfulness. Do you do the same with God?
  • As Matthew 6:21 tells us -“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Where is your treasure – what do you delight in?
  • Our delight in God is directly related to our heart. As we see God direct His people as they prepare to enter the promised land – “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” – Jesus then reiterates this in Matthew 22. Where is your heart?
  • See – when our heart is delighting in God – God desires to give us what our heart desires. When our joy, treasure, satisfaction come from God… he desires to give us more of himself. What is one thing you can change or add to your daily routine to help you enjoy our loving heavenly Father?

I love to worship God and one of the ways that I enjoy God is through song. This is one of my favorite Psalms and it lead me to this song today… “But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, ‘Great is the Lord!'” Psalm 40:16

GROW

Lord as we meditate on you and your word. May we remember that we are called to delight in you. Help us today to enjoy your presence with us. Help us Lord to devote our hearts to you. May we love you Lord with our heart, soul, and mind. May we pour out our praise to you because our hearts are full of you. May our treasure be you! Alleluia! Amen!

rest

PRAY

Lord we thank you that you are our place of rest. Help us to see what that looks like in our lives.

WRITE

READ MATTHEW 11:28-30

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you 
and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, 
and you will find rest for your souls. 
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
-Jesus 
Matthew 11:28-30
  • We are called to pursue (2 Timothy 4:22) – write about what we are called to pursue.
  • We are called to strive (1 Timothy 4:6-10) – write about how we strive.
  • We are called to seek (Matthew 6:33) – write down what we are called to seek
  • But Jesus also tells us that we must rest in him. Take time to pray and ask God to shine a light on where you are doing your will and not His. Write down what you sense He is speaking to you.
  • Take time to carve out time to rest. Jesus desires for you find rest for your soul – in Him! Write down one way you can do that this week.

GROW

Lord we are called to do your work. To strive to honor you and to seek your kingdom above all. But you also call us to rest in you. Help us Lord to not seek your will and not our own, help us Lord to rest in your grace remembering your love is steadfast and eternal. May we each take refuge in the shadow of your wings, feast on the abundance of your house, and drink from the river of your delights (Psalm 36:7-9)

sealed

PRAY

Lord open our eyes to the abundance of your grace. Lord help us see who we are In Christ

WRITE

READ EPHESIANS 1:3-14

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
who has blessed us in Christ with 
every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places"... 
Ephesians 3:3
  • Using verses 3 & 4 write down what God has done for us in Christ.
  • What did God do for us in love?
  • Using verses 7-14 write down what God has done for us in Christ.
  • Who sealed you?
  • When were you sealed?
  • What does it guarantee?
  • It is awesome to see all that God has done for us in Christ! He loves us so much and desires us to be in relationship with him – to unite all things to himself. Still – there is an additional purpose for the transformation he works in us. I would note that both the beginning and the end of this passage are praise. In fact verses 11& 12 tell us, “having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,  so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.” Take time now to sing his praises – turn on your favorite praise song and give God glory! And spend time in prayer thanking Him for all that he has done for you!

GROW

Thank you Lord that in Christ we have been transformed. Thank you Lord that your grace is enough. Thank you Lord that “In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:14 May our lives ever sing your glory.

strong

Read Psalm 18

WRITE

  • Write down all the words that the Palmist uses to describe God.
  • Take time in prayer to praise him using these words.

I love this song by Matt Maher… Deliverer

GROW

We praise you God that you alone our our strength. Help us today to trust you for who you are. May we always know your hand is upon us and no situation is hopeless. But that you are our refuge, support and our deliverer. Alleluia. Amen…