To Do and Do Not

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Ephesians 4:29-32

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:32ESV

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  • According to Ephesians 4:29, what should & shouldn’t be coming out of your mouth?
  • When God’s Spirit lives in you, you have been sealed for redemption. For this reason, Paul implores believers with what request?
  • Let it all go! Make a list of the traits you are called to “put away.”
  • Instead, write about how you are called to live your life?
  • Write about what it means to forgive, “as God in Christ forgave you” (v. 32).
  • Pray about it…is there anyone in your life that you need to forgive as you have been forgiven?

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Growing the Fruit of Kindness

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Philippians 4:14-20

 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.”
Philippians 4:14 NIV

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  • As Paul toils on in service of the Lord he gladly thanks the Philippian church for what gift?
  • Note v. 15 & v.16. What strikes you about how the Philippians helped Paul?
  • Paul points out that he was not seeking the gifts they gave him, but he was seeking what was growing in them. What did he see growing? (reading the ESV will help with this question)
  • How does Paul describe the gifts the Philippians shared?
  • God will meet all of your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Read Jesus’ own words in Matthew 6:25-34 and write about how He has provided for you.
  • Realizing the amazing gift that He has given you, pray & write about where He is calling you to share His spirit of  kindness.

“To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen”
Philippians 4:20 ESV

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The Fruit of the Spirit is Kindness

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

“Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness
will find life, righteousness, and honor.”
Proverbs 21:21 ESV

“Whoever goes hunting for what is right and kind
finds life itself—glorious life!”
Proverbs 21:21
The Message

“Whoever pursues righteousness and love
finds life, prosperity and honor.”
Proverbs 21:21 NIV

He that followeth after righteousness and mercy
findeth life, righteousness, and honour.”
Proverbs 21:21 KJV

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  • What does Proverbs 21:21 tell you  to seek in life?
  • If you seek to live a life with kindness (love, mercy) what is the reward?
  • What are you hunting, pursuing, following after in your life today?

Smile today and show someone a little kindness. It’s amazing what joy it can bring.

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Need Patience – Seek It

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Matthew 7:7-11

“For everyone who asks receives,
and the one who seeks finds,
and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”
– Jesus
Matthew 7:8

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  • Jesus promises you that if you seek, you will find. I ask you today – do not only ask God for patience (if you need it of course) but also seek after it. You need to think action not reaction! Allow the Spirit to work within you, and then take action and follow the lead!
  • Think of a recent event where you didn’t remain patient. Confess it, and ask God to reveal what could you have done differently? Write about it

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Patiently Waiting

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
James 5:7-12

“You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”
James 5:8 ESV

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  • How long are you called to be patient?
  • You are not only called to be patient for the Lord’s coming, but you must also take action in your own life. What is this action?
  • This should be a daily activity! What does Matthew 24:42 tell us about Jesus’ coming?
  • What does v. 9 tell us is one way to prepare your heart?
  • I’ve been known to grumble – how about you? Remember God hears it all! Not only that, but the person you just grumbled about was created in God’s own image (Genesis 1:27). Something to think about!
  • Who does this passage reveal as examples of  patience?
  • Ultimately the lives of these prophets reveal which of Lord’s characteristics?

Those apply to you, too!!!! Remain patient and steadfast – God is merciful & compassionate!

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Patiently Working for God

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

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  • As a worker for God what are you called to flee?
  • What are the characteristics you are directed to pursue?
  • Here Timothy differentiates between situations to avoid and useful events in the lives of the unbeliever. What does Timothy instruct you to avoid?
  • List the qualities Timothy shares that you should nurture as a servant of the Lord?
  • Timothy then concludes with the purpose of your gentle and patient behavior. Share how God can use you.
  • Think of the example you give. Are your quarrelsome? Do you get involved in little spats that mean nothing just to prove your point?  Do you share the truth with gentleness? Ask God to reveal to you which trait in you needs some Holy Spirit work.  Begin to pray each day about the growth of that characteristic in your life.

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The Gift of the Spirit is Patience

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

 

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
1 Thessalonians 5:14

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  • Do you have some difficult people in your life? This verse tells us exactly how we need to act toward them. How are we to treat them?
  • It can be so hard to be patient, but we are examples of Christ on earth. When we show our love through our patience we teach others about Him. Is there someone you can think of that you need to be more patient with?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. This is actually a piece of one of my new year’s resolutions. Ok – I know it isn’t January. But, it is the beginning of a new school year and I’m trying to get into some new habits. Here it is…No more rushing. Be deliberate about what you are doing. Be present where you are and stop thinking about what’s next. If I am real and in the moment it makes it so much easier to be patient. This will take a lot of prayer, as this is not natural for me. I’m always in a hurry. But, I quit!  I’m asking the spirit to help me be patient with myself and others. Want to join me for the journey?

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First Day

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First Day of School!

  • My kids are starting school today! Please pray for all the children in this country to find The One True and Living God and His Son.
  • Pray for God’s hand to touch each student and each teacher.
  • Pray that no lies or deceptions will be taught. And if there are lies, that  God would give our children wisdom and discernment to recognize them.
  • Pray for our kids to be wise and bold and stand on the Rock. Pray that they are not moved or shaken and are willing to speak the truth in love.
  • Pray for the believing teachers and administrators  not to be intimidated by our culture and to be protected from persecution.
  • Pray for the Christian parents everywhere to have wisdom to teach their children to love the Lord and serve Him.
  • Pray for every hand that touches the lives of our children…bus drivers, janitors, teacher aides, secretaries and the list goes on and on…

LOVE!!!!!!! Share God’s love with someone today and say a prayer for the lives of those you come in contact with.

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Peace to Those Near and Far

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Ephesians 2:11-22

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  • As Paul wrote to the Ephesian Church he noted what separated them (Gentiles) from the Jewish nation. Make a list of their (and your) state without Christ.
  • How did they and you gain relationship with God?
  • “Christ himself is our ______________.” v. 14
  • Make a list of What Christ destroyed.
  • Christ came and preached his message both near and far. Write His message in large letters.
  • Make another list of what you now have access to in Christ.
  • Rewrite v.22 changing it to first person.

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Do you Choose His Peace

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Romans 8:5-11

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  • Those who follow their sinful nature set their minds on what desires?
  • When you choose to live according to the Spirit you set your mind on what the Spirit desires. Look back to Galatians 5:22,23 and record what traits the Spirit desires.
  • Mind of a sinful man =
  • Mind controlled by the Spirit =
  • Paraphrase Romans 8:10,11 using the first person

What do you choose?

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