In All

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

1Thessalonians 5:16-18

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 Rejoice always,  pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV 1984

  • What words stand out to you in this passage?
  • Again, we see completeness…what does it men to you to be continually in prayer?
  • Working backwards, paraphrase God’s word from this passage.
  • It is God’s will…though it’s hard to imagine giving thanks in all circumstances, he works all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). Is there a difficult situation you need to thank God for? Lift it up to Him now.
  • We are told His joy is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10), which is very different than worldly happiness, but much more fulfilling. Ask the Lord to fill you with His joy so you may remain strong in HIM!

Always! Continually! All circumstances! It is God’s will!!!!  I will be praying for you!

EVERY …THING

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

Philippians 4:6-7

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Philippians 4:6-7

  • Here Paul tells us what we should be anxious about. Write it down.
  • Here he also explains what we should be anxious about. Write it down.
  • Do you see a completeness in those words?
  • when we offer up our fears to God what results?
  • We do not understand His peace, but we can be certain that it will guard what?
  • So, here I ask you…what do you choose…Your own fear and anxiety or God’s peace.?

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Take your thoughts captive to Christ! His peace will be yours!  I will be praying for you!

What Race?

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

Hebrews 12:1-3

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 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.  Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.
Hebrews 12:1-3

  • We are called to run the race of life with our eyes fixed. Where should our eyes be?
  • In order to assure that we can moe forward, it is necessary that we take action. What does verse instruct us to do?
  • Jesus is our example, the founder and perfecter fo our faith. What does this reveal about our faith?
  • This passage points out the reason Jesus endured the cross-what is it?
  • Write about the Joy set before Christ?
  • Like Christ, each of us is called to carry our cross (Luke 14:21). But, do not grow weary…you, too, have a beautiful joy set before you. Write about what you are looking forward to.

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Do not grow weary!  I will be praying for you!

Facts or Emotions

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

Numbers 14:1-4

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 Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to one another, ‘Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
Numbers 14:1-4

  • The Israelite s cried out to the Lord. What was their complaint?
  • What do they want instead of the land the Lord had promised – the land of milk and honey?
  • Let’s think here…They want to go back to Egypt. What were their living conditions in Egypt (Exodus 1:13-14)?
  • As the Israelites escaped their captors, God repeatedly protected and provided for them (See Exodus 7-16). Yet, they let their emotions overtake what they know to be true. God is faithful! Is there anywhere you are letting your emotions overtake the truth of God’s word?
  • Ultimately, what is the result of the Israelites rebellion (Numbers 14:20-22)?
  • We know that through Christ we are forgiven of all our sins. But when we choose to ignore what we know to be true about God and His word, we take steps away from our walk with Him. Don’t be a wanderer. Trust God! Look at the facts and not at your emotions. Write down some facts you know about God.
  • Remind yourself of these facts and live by the truth and not by your emotions.

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Don’t be a slave to your emotions…instead be a slave to Christ!  I will be praying for you!

Think About It

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

Philippians 4:8

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Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable,
if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Philippians 4:8

  • Paul tells us here what to fill our minds with. Write down what you are called to think about.
  • Think about what you read/watch/day dream about, do they match up with this list?
  • Pray and ask God to reveal where you fall short. Write is down – I know it’s hard but it makes it real.
  • Repent.
  • Then seek His guidance in shifting your thought pattern. We are called to  “take every thought captive to obey Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:5. When negative, impure, destructive thoughts creep in…take it captive and give it to Christ.
  • Pray Philippians 4:8 for yourself that God would transform your thoughts.

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Think about what you think about! I will be praying for you!

Heart in His Word & on your Lips

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

Joshua 1:7-9

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Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:7-9 ESV

  • God is preparing Joshua to carry out His long awaited plan for His people. How does He reassure Joshua…what are His instructions?
  • As with Joshua…He gives us a list of  do’s and don’ts. Using this passage write your “To Do” list.
  • Now write your “Do not” list.
  • As I have shared before…I struggle with my tongue. But here, God gives us the remedy for that weakness. Write down the two key components that can help all of us, through Christ, win that battle.
  • This isn’t about quiet time each day, or saying the right prayers. It’s about meditating on His word day and night. It should never leave our lips…what changes can you make in your life to keep your heart fixed on Him and on His word?
  • This command leads to a “So That.” When we keep His word in our hearts and mouths what results.
  • The end of Verse 9 reiterates God’s command to Joshua – and to you. Write it down.
  • Write about the comfort it brings you to know that the Lord is with you wherever you go.

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Put God’s word in your heart and on your lips! I will be praying for you!

Eyes On The Word

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

2 Peter 1:20-21

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“Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.  For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:20-21  ESV

  • Peter assures us that God’s word comes from what source?
  • Picture what it means to be carried along. What did you picture? Write it down.
  • Being carried along implies that it is not in ones own power. Instead whose power enabled the Scripture to be written.
  • Knowing this, we can be confident that when we study God’s word it is indeed just that. Soak that in…God’s own words.  What power …write about your reaction.
  • Picture yourself being carried along by His Spirit. Are you allowing this in your study of His word or do you try to control your time with Him?
  • Pray about it and ask God to guide each time you spend with Him. Open your heart to Him and allow the Spirit to carry you.

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Focus your eyes on God’s word! I will be praying for you!