Even the Heavens Speak

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

“The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”

Psalm 19:1

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  • My friend posted these pictures on her facebook page from the Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore.  Our God truly is an awesome God. Look upward, where did you see the glory of God today? Where did you see His handiwork?

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Praying  that you will see the glory of God everywhere today. He is so amazing, every part of His creation cries out to Him.

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In the Mirror

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

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

Romans 12:9-21

  • Paraphrase the whole passage we’ve been studying.

That is what your life should look like.

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 Our lives should reflect the love, mercy and truth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Praying that His Spirit will work in you to transform your life for  His glory. Praying for you!

How to Win

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

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“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” 
Romans 12:21

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

2 Timothy 1:7

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control”
2 Timothy 1:7

  • According to Romans 12:21 what is God’s plan for overcoming evil?
  • As we see this world filling with more and more immoral and evil acts we can be certain it is not by accident. What does Ephesians 6:12 & 2 Corinthians 4:4 tell us about who we are fighting against.
  • But, if you know Jesus, God has provided His Spirit to dwell within you. Using 2 Timothy 1:7 describe the spirit that lives in you?
  • We are not called to overcome evil on our own. No, God has given us His very own Spirit! Jesus Himself shared with us how the Spirit would aid us in doing good and defending ourselves against evil. Write down His promise in Luke 12:11-12.
  • We can overcome evil with the love of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us. Ask the Lord to give you insight and discernment about how to do good in the face of evil…write out your prayer.

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Praying  “that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power,  so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 1:11

Love All Around

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

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“To the contrary, ‘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.'” 
Romans 12:20

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

Matthew 5:44-48

 “But I say to you,
Love your enemies and
pray for those who persecute you.”
-Jesus
Matthew 4:44

  • Using Romans 12, instead of vengeance, what are we called to do for our enemy?
  • Jesus tells us in Matthew 5 that it means nothing to love those who love us. To stand out in a self-centered society, what instead does He ask us to do?
  • Society tells us it’s ok to call names and make  horrible accusations to those who oppose us or our views. But Jesus calls us to more. He asks us to pray for our enemies and Paul tells us to feed and provide for the needs of our enemy. Is there someone who you need to pray for? Is there someone who you need to feed? DO IT!

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It is not enough for us to love those who love us. No, we must show God’s love by loving, feeding, praying for those who oppose us.  Praying for you!

If Possible

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

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“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” 
Romans 12:18

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

2 Timothy 2:22-26

  “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness.
2 Timothy 2:24-25

  • According to 2 Timothy 2:22-26, what are we called to flee?
  • Instead, we should pursue what?
  • We are also called to avoid what activity?
  • How are we to approach our opponents?
  • Why are we called to correct our opponents misconceptions with gentleness?
  • In your opinion what is the difference between quarreling & correcting?
  • We do not have control over how others act or react, only in the way that we act or react. How does 2 Timothy 2:22-26 help you to understand, “so far as it depends on you”?
  • We are the example of God’s love…we are the example of God’s grace…we are the example of God’s truth. Ask the Lord to guide you as you stand firm in His truth & share it with gentleness.

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Remember, it does not say, “walk away” or “avoid”. No it says, correct your opponents with gentleness.  Praying for you!

Live It

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

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“…but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.” 
Romans 12:17b ESV

“Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.”
Romans 12:17b NLT

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

 ” Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.
1 Peter 2:11-12 NLT

  • How does Peter describe our position in this world?
  • As Christians we are foreigners in this world because our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20), for this reason we are called to act in what way?
  • Write down  some synonyms of the word honorable.
  • According to 1 Peter what results from our honorable behavior?
  • Ask the Lord to help you act in a way that brings Him honor in all things.

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Bring God honor by acting honorably! Praying for you!

Pay-Up

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

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“Repay no one evil for evil.” 
Romans 12:17a

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

 ” For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.”
1 Peter 3:17

  • As humans our immediate reaction is to lash out… or react to whomever is doing us harm. But, what does Romans 12:17a about how we are called to react?
  • How does 1 Peter 3:17 bring clarity to the Romans passage?
  • We are not facing this alone… what does 2 Timothy 1:7 tell us about the Spirit in us?
  • God has given us a Spirit of power and self control. He is our strength. Claim Psalm 119:14-15 now & use it whenever you feel attacked.

“You are my hiding place and my shield;
    I hope in your word.
Depart from me, you evildoers,
    that I may keep the commandments of my God.”
Psalm 119:14-15

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Do good… and remember – Jesus has overcome the evil of this world! Praying for you!