The Cross – Luke 23

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

Luke 23:26

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“And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country,
and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. “

Luke 23:26

  • What condition do you think that Jesus was in as he carried His cross (Matthew 27:27-31)?
  • Put yourself in the place of Simon of Cyrene. What would you have felt as you helped Christ to carry His cross?
  • What insight does this give you as you carry the cross of Christ every day?

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Remember – Christ carried that cross for you!  I will be praying for you!

The Cross – Mark 8

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

Mark 8:31-38

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““If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.”

Mark 8:31-38

  • As Jesus begins to teach, He shares with His disciples about His death and resurrection. record each of the events Jesus foretells.
  • Peter has just confessed that He believes Jesus is the Christ (Mark 8:29). Yet, he still rebukes Jesus. What is Jesus’ response?
  • What was Peter’s mistake in thinking?
  • Instead, Jesus gives us exactly how we need to think and live our lives…Make a TO DO list using His commands written here.
  • How do we know that Jesus’ call to action is not only for the disciples (see the beginning of verse 34)?
  • Jesus gives you 3 warnings – what are they?
  • How does this effect the way you look at life and what changes do you need to make today to follow Christ as He calls us?

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Take up your cross! I will be praying for you!

The Cross – Isaiah 53

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

Isaiah 53:5-6

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“But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.”

Isaiah 53:5-6

  • According to Isaiah 53:5 why was Christ pierced?
  • Define the word “chastise”.
  • Using the information you gained from defining the word chastise, paraphrase  Isaiah 53:5 b.
  • What phrases convey the entirety of the world’s transgression?
  • What phrase conveys the entirety of what Christ has done for  us all!
  • Within “us all” – is you! He died for YOU! Write a praise thanking Jesus for what he did for you!

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By His wounds you are healed! Live as a redeemed – new creation in Christ! I will be praying for you!

Bring Him Back… James 5

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James 5:19-20

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“My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back,  let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”
James 5:19-20

  • How do these verses shed new light on your call to bring your friends and loved ones back to the truth of Jesus Christ?

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Seek the lost…  I will be praying for you!

Yes & No! James 5

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James 5:12

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“But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.”
James 5:11

  • Is your “yes” a “yes” is your “no” a “no”?
  • Jesus tells us, “And whoever swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it. ” Matthew 23:22 Do you carelessly utter, “I swear to God.”  Think about what you are saying.
  • Is there something you need to change? Write a prayer asking God to change your heart and mouth to reflect His glory.

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It’s as simple as yes & no! Do it!  I will be praying for you!

Remain Steadfast! James 5

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

James 5:7-11

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“We consider those blessed who remained steadfast.”
James 5:11

  • Are you patient?
  • Personally, I struggle with this quality. Here what image does James us to draw us a word picture to help us understand what patience looks like?
  • While the farmer waited for rain and his fruit to ripen, do you think he sat on his porch watching?
  • No, the farmer diligently works to prepare for the harvest. Likewise, we are called ot prepare our hearts for what purpose?
  • The Lord is coming (Mark 13:24-27) we are called to prepare for Jesus’ return. Record the  specific action James 5:9 instructs us to take.
  • Are you a grumbler – do you speak ill of others and blame them for your circumstances – why?
  • Instead, what traits characterize the prophets?
  • Those who remain steadfast (firm in belief) are called what?
  • Like Job, God has a purpose for all events in your life (Romans 8:28). He will work all things together for your good – even when it doesn’t seem like it. In fact, we are called to thank God in ALL circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Through Job’s life how did God reveal Himself?
  • God can reveal himself through your life, too. If you search the word steadfast in the ESV version of the Bible, it is filled with verses about God’s steadfast love. He loves you so much…you can trust in Him (Deuteronomy 7:9), & abide in Him (John 15:5)! He is preparing you today – remain steadfast no matter the trial – He is faithful & His love endures forever! Give God whatever trial you are facing today, remain fixed in Him – His love never fails!

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Remain in Him and He will remain in you!   I will be praying for you!

What treasure? James 5

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James 5:1-6

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“Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days.”
James 5:2,3

  • What is your attitude about your earthly treasure?
  • Jesus tells you in Matthew 6:19-21 what kinds of treasure you should be storing…write it down.
  • Knowing your heart and treasure are connected, what does that tell you about truly giving your heart to God (Psalm 24).
  • Our hearts should be focused on God, trusting Him in every way…He has proven He is faithful! Ask God to renew your heart today. Devote it to God and live focusing on heavenly treasure and not on your earthly desires. Is there something you need to change today?

 

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Heavenly treasure is far greater and eternal…Seek to store up what will last forever!   I will be praying for you!

Got Plans! James 4

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James 4:13-17

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 Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ “
James 4:15

  • Do you consult God as you make your plans for today…tomorrow…two years from now
  • According to James in v. 15 how should we think about/plan our lives?
  • When you don’t include God in your plans, you promote what behavior?

    Do you ever get nudges from God? A phone call to make, a not to write, a situation to avoid…But you don’t listen? James tell us here what results when we do not heed God’s call.

    Do not boast…you and I are bust a mist that comes and goes. But, when we know Jesus we can be certain that our forever citizenship will be in God’s kingdom (Philippians 3:20,21). Choose today to live as a citizen of heaven. Read Romans 12:1-2 write about how we can seek to do God’s will.

     

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Seek God’s plans and not your own!   I will be praying for you!

Be a Doer! James 4

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

James 4:11-12

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 Do not speak evil against one another, brother.”
James 4:11

  • Verse 11a is very clear…what are we told not to do?
  • What happens when you speak against a brother?
  • If you judge the law what does that make you?

    *Who is the only lawgiver & judge?

    *How does He manifest His power?

  • In Matthew 22:36-40 Jesus was asked, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” How does that clarify the James passage?
  • We are not a judge, we are called to live according to His will and to seek Him. Read Romans 13:8-10…How do you become a doer of the law?

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Don’t talk evil about others! Live the law of love!   I will be praying for you!

Humility Before God! James 4

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James 4:1-10

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“Submit yourselves therefore to God.”
James 4:7

  • What causes disagreements and fights?
  • The reason we do not have is________.
  • The reason we do not receive is ______.
  • When you choose to be a friend of the world your relationship with God changes in what way?
  • God longs for our faithfulness, how do we show him we belong to him (James 4:7)?
  • You have the power of God in you. If you flee from the devil what is his reaction?
  • Instead, what is God’s reaction when we draw near to him?
  • How does James characterize sinners?
  • God gives us grace – when you come to him in humility. rewrite v. 10 in the first person. When I humble….
  • God wants to give to us his abundant grace, but we must first choose Him. We must first choose Him over the world, and humble ourselves before Him asking to guide us along His plan and not our own. Asking to change our hearts and minds and conform us to the image of His son. He will draw near to you…but you must first draw near to Him! Are you caught up in the world? Are you desiring what others have or determined to follow YOUR path?  Go to the Lord today & humble yourself…

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Choose God!   I will be praying for you!