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How to Act Like a True Christian – Digging Deep Into Romans 12:9-21

“Be constant in prayer.” 
Romans 12:12c

Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. 

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  • I’m sure I do a few too many definitions here, but I have really been moved by the word “BE” in this part of the passage. One of the Merriam Webster definitions of be is, “the condition of a person or thing.” Write down what that definition means to you in this context.
  • Paraphrase Romans 12:12c  taking into consideration this definition.
  • It reminds me of Jesus instruction to abide in Him (John 15). We are to BE in a condition of constant communication with our Savior. How does that look to you in your life?
  • He is our way, our truth and our life. He is our guide. He is our life GPS. I know it’s cliché, instead of just  thinking “What would Jesus do?,”  we need to be asking Him – “Lord what do I do.”  And, it can be a simple as that. God is not telling us we need to live our lives in our living room praying…no He’s telling us to live our lives while constantly praying. Write a prayer now asking the Lord to abide with you and make you mindful in seeking Him constantly.

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Praying you feel the presence of the Risen Savior in your daily life as you seek to live in a condition of prayer, may you just BE in Him.

Hold on & Don’t Let Go

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How to Act Like a True Christian – Digging Deep Into Romans 12:9-21

“Hold fast to what is good.” 
Romans 12:9c

Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.

“Hold fast to what is good.
Romans 12:9c ESV

“Hold tightly to what is good.
Romans 12:9c NLT

“Cling to what is good.
Romans 12:9c NIV

“Cleave to that which is good.
Romans 12:9c KJV

“Hold on for dear life to good.”
Romans 12:9c The Message

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  • Reflecting on each of these different translations there is no doubt what we are called to do. Restate it in your words.
  • So… the question is… What is good?

God is good! 
“For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:5

  • So… how do we cling, cleave, hold on for dear life to our Lord our God? Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9
  • When we do what is the result? James 4:8
  • It is not just us reaching out for Him, but it is our loving God who reaches out to us. Write a reaction.
  • In clinging to God,  we also reject what opposes Him. Is there anything that has crept into your life that is preventing you from holding fast to what is good?  Confess it now.
  • By the blood of Jesus Christ you are forgiven. Now what can you do in your life today to cling a little more closely to the Lord? Read your Bible, Listen to Christian Music, Read a Christian Book, Pray with a friend… ask the Lord to direct you. Then start today!

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He is faithful… He sent Jesus to redeem us so that we can have a relationship with Him. Don’t take it for granted… “hold on for dear life.”

Day Five – Jesus said, “I AM…

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
John 15:1-11

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This is one of my very favorite passages in the Bible. Foolishly I think I can do it alone, but Jesus reminds me…

“I am the vine; you are the branches.
Whoever abides in me and me in him, he it is that bears much fruit,
for apart from me you can do nothing.”
John 15:5 ESV

  • Jesus tells you that if you abide and produce fruit, His Father will do what for you?
  • Think of your life being pruned by God – pretty amazing!  Write about what it means to have God himself tend to your spiritual growth.
  • What does the Bible tell you will result from this tending?
  • In the  human mind we often think we can produce good fruit by our own effort. What does Jesus tell us we can do apart from Him? Write it in big bold letters!
  • You are given a key to abiding in Christ in John 15:7,8. What does this reveal about the importance of storing His word in your heart (Psalm 119:11)?
  • Webster defines the word abide as “to remain stable or fixed in a state.” Jesus tells you that state is His love. According to this passage, how do you remain in His love?
  • Why did he share this with you (John 15:11)?
  • Think of one thing you can change in your life that will help you abide in Him?

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Jesus promises you that if you abide in Him that He too will abide in you!  If you do, he promises you that His joy will be in you and that your joy may be full! Awesome!

Leave a comment and share what God revealed to you today! I will be praying for you!