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! 

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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! 

The Fruit of the Spirit is Self Control

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Titus 2:11-14

” It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions,
and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,”
Titus 2:12 NIV

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  • What is the grace of God (Titus 2:11)?
  • What training does Jesus offer? Make a list of how you are called to live.
  • Where do you see the importance of self control in your life?
  • Is there anywhere you feel out of control? Ask the Spirit to calm and guide you so that you can practice self control in your life.
  • We are told here why Jesus gave up His life. What is the reason?

**Remember – He wants you to be His, purified and ready for every good work.
Confess and ask God to purify you and guide you in His service. **

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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! 

Speak with Gentleness

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
1 Peter 3:14-17

” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
1 Peter 3:15

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  • You are told in verse 15 to prepare your heart in what way?
  • You also need to be prepared for what task?
  • We each have a unique testimony of how Christ has worked in our lives to bring us to salvation. Pray about it – what is the reason for the hope that you have?
  • It is easy to be confrontational or defensive when we share the truth of the gospel. But here Peter reminds us  just how we are to share the truth of Christ. In what manner are you to share your hope?
  • What does Peter tells us is the purpose in sharing the truth of Christ in this manner?

People do not always react to the truth in a positive way, but we are called to deliver the truth with gentleness and respect. May our Lord Jesus guide you as you share His truth.
“Even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed, do not be frightened.” 1 Peter 3:14

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

Be Gentle

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Titus 3:1-10

” Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,  to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”
Titus 3:1-2 ESV

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  • We need to prepare ourselves for God’s service when He calls. What does this passage from Titus tell us about how we are to prepare?
  • Paul reminds us of what we once were. and then shares what you become when you know Jesus. Paraphrase Titus 3:4-7 using the first person.
  • What does Paul warn against?
  • Knowing his encouragement and his warnings, what does this passage reveal about what God characteristics God desires to grow in us.

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

Carry Their Burden with Gentleness

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Galatians 6:1-2

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
Galatians 6:1-2 ESV

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  • If you see someone in sin what are you asked to do about it?
  • Describe how the Spirit of gentleness will guide us as we encourage, teach or admonish one another (see Colossians 3:12-17).
  • Are you asked to shame and accuse those carrying the burden of sin?
  • What are you called to do instead?
  • What is the purpose of bearing the burden’s of our brothers and sisters in Christ (this doesn not mean engaging in the sins themselves see Galatians 6:1)?
  • Look to John 15:4, 5 for more insight into how Christ asks us to treat one another. Comment on  just how Jesus calls us to love.
  • What are some ways that God has recently been encouraging you to act with gentleness?

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