What’s Your Golden Calf?

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

Exodus 32

“The people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, ‘Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’”
Exodus 32:1

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  • As God faithfully brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt, He calls Moses to Mount Sinai to solidify His covenant with His people and to give Moses the law. While Moses is gone, the people wonder where he is. God is sharing His heart for His people, and His people are asking for another god. Do you ever question where God is?
  • Our own strength & knowledge is no strength at all! Have you created a golden calf (money, happiness, friends, success) to make yourself feel more comfortable?
  • You can be certain, God’s steadfast love endures forever…He is working even when you don’t feel like it! Confess your idols now and ask the Lord to cleanse your heart and guide you as you trust in Him alone!

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Again, it is about a relationship built on trust…
Lord, “If I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight.”
Exodus 33:13
Praying for you!

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At Work in You

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

1 Thessalonians 2:13

“Therefore, we never stop thanking God that when you received his message from us, you didn’t think of our words as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as the very word of God—which, of course, it is. And this word continues to work in you who believe.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NLT)

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  • Here Paul is writing to the Thessalonians to exhort, instruct and encourage them in their faith journey. He thanks God for the faith of the Thessalonians… he thanks God that they had willing and open hearts. I was struck by the action words that Paul uses here to describe their journey. Fill in the blanks.

First they _________ the message.

Then they __________ the message.

  • Did the message come from Paul?
  • What is the result of the word of God that they accepted?
  • How exciting to know that God’s word is at work in our lives when we choose to accept and believe it. It truly is His voice speaking to us. How has this passage changed the way you think of the word of God – are you open to hear, receive and accept His voice?

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Again, it is about relationship. God wants you to know Him… He wants to be at work in your life. Praying for open and willing hearts ready and waiting for His precious word to transform.  Praying for you!

Hunger & Thirst

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

Matthew 4:4

 Jesus answered, “’It is written,
“‘Man shall not live by bread alone, 
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Matthew 4:4

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  • We hunger for food, we crave food (we love bread – hee hee)… but here Jesus tells us that in the same way we think about/enjoy/ crave/ need food we should also desire what?
  • We need food to survive… why do you think that we need God’s word in the same way?
  • In this passage Jesus is being tempted by satan, Jesus’ response is God’s own word (see Deuteronomy 8:3). We are told in Ephesians 6:17 that as believers we wield the sword of the Spirit which is the very word of God. It is the only “weapon” of all the armor we are told to put on (Ephesians 6:10-20). Why do you think this is an effective tool against the acts of the devil (2 Timothy 3:10-17)?
  • Here Jesus is reminding us that we NEED God’s word – for our growth and protection. It is not an if I feel like it, or maybe if I have time. No, it’s an I have to. It’s a necessity… like food or water. How are you going to make God’s word a priority in your life today?

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This is my prayer for you today. From Psalm 63:1 … May you earnestly seek the Lord, may your soul thirst for Him, your flesh faint for him, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Seek & Find

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

Jeremiah 29:13

“You will seek me and find me,
when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13

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  • Pick one word from this passage that stands out to you, and write it down.
  • Why do you think the Lord has focused your attention on this word?
  • It is pretty amazing that the Lord promises us that we will find Him when we seek Him with all of our heart. What do you need to change in your life to allow you seek Him in this way?

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The God we love and serve wants us to know Him. He wants us give our whole selves to Him in love and He meets us there. Praying you will find Him in this day!  Praying for you!