Wise Living

PRAY

Remember to pray & read the entire passage before beginning.
Colossians 4:5-6

 Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Colossians 4:5-6 NLT

“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
Colossians 4:5-6ESV

WRITE

  • How is it possible to live wisely in a world that does not know Christ (John 14:1)(Luke 12:12) (2 Timothy 3:10) (1 Corinthians 1:20-25)?
  • When you go through your day – are you making the most of every opportunity, or are there times when God has encouraged you to share (or not) and you have not been obedient?
  • Read Romans 12:9-21. Think of these verses in terms of a discussion. How does it help you understand what it means to have a conversation “seasoned with salt”?
  • Why is it important to be prepared for every opportunity?

GROW

Praying that the Lord would use you today. That your conversation would be perfectly seasoned, and full of God’s love, grace and truth. May we all seek to be prepared for every situation, and may the Lord provide us with His Spirit to guide and strengthen us. Praying for you!

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Your Gift to God – Day 4

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Matthew 5:14-16


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 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

  • Where does our light come from – See John 8:12?

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

  • Make yourself available to Him today! He will surely use you. Write a prayer asking Him to show you how to shine His light today.

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Let His light shine in you – it is the light of life! It will bring God glory! I will be praying for you! 

Your Gift to God – Day 3

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Hebrews 13:16


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“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
Hebrews 13:16

  • Write a definition or some synonyms of the word neglect.
  • Do you ever leave good “undone” or get careless about it? Read Galatians 6:1-10 & make a list of some of the ways we can do good. 
  • It is sometimes hard to discern, but God does not leave us alone to figure it out.

” Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Romans 12:2

  • Ask God to renew your mind and transform you so that you can discern what He has planned for you in this day…write down anything that He brings to mind.
  • One of the ways we can do this is by sharing what we have. Make a list of he qualities, spiritual and material gifts,  etc.  that you possess which you can share and how you can share them.
  • It can be the smallest thing a smile a phone call or a note. Set out in this day to be obedient to what God has called you to. It is a gift to Him!

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Offer God your gift doing His will and sharing what you have! I will be praying for you! 

Your Gift to God – Day 2

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Hebrews 13:15


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“Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.”
Hebrews 13:15

  • When should you be praising God?
  • This praise is an outpouring of our gratefulness. How is it described here?
  • Using this passage, write down from where that gratefulness springs?
  • Do you often thank God only for your good circumstances. We are to continually offer up a sacrifice of praise. In this day thank God for every circumstance. Ask the Spirit to guide you…

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Offer God your gift of praise! I will be praying for you! 

Run…

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NIV

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” 
Acts 20:24 NIV

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  • What did Paul say was the purpose of his race (Acts 20:24)?
  • Summarize the 1Corinthians passage.
  • Why do you think it is important to maintain self control as you run this race?
  • What kind of race are you running?

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Pray that the Holy Spirit will grow the fruit of self control in you today!  I will be praying for you! 

Self Control & God’s Glory

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
1 Peter 4:1-11

“so as to live forthe rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God” 
1 Peter 4:2 ESV 

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  • 1 Peter 4:2 instructs you in how to live your life. What does it tell you to do.
  • We need to be prepared at all times, verses 7-11 give us some specifics about how to live. Make a list of actions you are asked to take.
  • Have you ever considered that the purpose in your life is to bring glory to the Father through Christ? Write your reaction- how is the Spirit moving you?

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Pray that the Holy Spirit will grow the fruit of self control in you today!  I will be praying for you! 

Spirit Controlled

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
1 Corinthians 7:5

Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” 
1 Corinthians 7:5 ESV 

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  • This speaks specifically about the marriage relationship. Still, reflect on what the lack of self control could allow in your life?
  • Have you felt the tug of temptation in your life recently? Do you think that there is a lack of self control in this regard?
  • Write a prayer asking the Spirit to grow the fruit of self control where you feel most weak.

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Pray that the Holy Spirit will grow the fruit of self control in you today!  I will be praying for you!