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!

Just Ask! James 1

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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 1:2-8

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 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God.”
James 1:5

  • James has a view of trials that it probably different from your own. How does he instruct you to view your tials?
  • When you are tested it develops what characteristic in you?
  • When you are steadfast you remain fixed in the Lord it brings about what change?
  • James instructs you exactly what to do if you are confused or uncertain as you go through life, what does he tell you to do?
  • Does God expect you to know and understand everything…how does He give to you?
  • With what mindset should you approach God?
  • Conversely, what does the man with the doubting mind receive?
  • God’s answer is not always what we want or expect, and sometimes it’s wait. But,  Paul tells us in Romans 8:28 that ” we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,for those who are called according to his purpose.” What is on your heart right now…write it down and ask God to bring you His wisdom.

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God love you and wants you to come to Him! Just Ask! I will be praying for you! 

Who are you? James 1:1

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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 1:1

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James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
James 1:1

  • Before we start…how would you label yourself?
  • Here James writes to Jewish Christians in the First Century, and to many throughout the ages, and it is obvious that he wants to portray himself in a certain way…How does he identify himself?
  • He calls himself a servant of God and of Jesus Christ. Is that how you labeled yourself?
  • I’m sure that, like us, James had many roles to fill. But, he doesn’t make a list – he says, simply, that he is God’s servant.
  • Envision the other labels you gave yourself and how they can change to reflect your defining characteristic of servant of God (Matthew 22:35-40, 1 Peter 4:8-11)
  • Ask the Spirit to change your heart and to make you a true servant of God. May He reveal to you just what you need to change so that the light of Christ can shine through you always. Write down where God is moving you to make changes.

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Choose to be a servant of God! I will be praying for you! 

Your Gift to God – Prayer

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

Revelation 8:3-4

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“And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne,  and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.”
Revelation 8:3-4

  • Here the word saint is used to desribe every believer who accepts Jesus Christ as his or her savior. The picture of heaven given to John and shared in the book of Revelation reveals where your (and all saints) prayers go…from your heart to where?
  • Your prayers rise to heaven and are placed on the golden altar of God before the throne…Awesome! What prayer would you like to place now on the altar of the Almighty God? Allow the picture to form in your head…from your heart to God!

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Place your prayer on the altar of the Almighty! I will be praying for you! 

Your Gift to God -Honor Him with Your Body

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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 Corinthians 6:12-20

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“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,  for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

  • Do you ever think about that? Do you think about your body as the temple of the Living God!?
  • You are! If you are a believer in Jesus Christ – you were purchased by His blood & your body is His dwelling place. Do you mistreat your body (food/sex /porn/exhaustion/sleeplessness)?
  • Pray on it. Is there something that you need to change in your life so that you are glorifying God in your body?

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Honor God with your body – it brings Him glory! I will be praying for you! 

Your Gift to God -Show Him You Love Him

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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 John 2:1-6

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“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.  He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.

 And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments.  If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him.  Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.”
1 John 2:1-6 NLT

  • How can we be sure we know Him?
  • What does this reveal to the world?
  • If we desire to live in God who is our model?
  • God knows we are not perfect. Reread the verses 1 & 2. Besides your role model, what are the other roles of Jesus in your life given here?
  • We are not in this alone… (“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2Timothy1:7). He both desires our obedience and works in us to accomplish it. Pray and ask God to give you the power, love and self control to demonstrate how much you love Him.

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Show the world you love God – it is your gift to Him! I will be praying for you! 

Where does your help come from?

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Psalm 121

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.”

Psalm 121:1-2 NIV

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  • Read all of Psalm 121.  Take it all in! Absorb it!  Rejoice in it! Where does your help come from?

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Pray that the Holy Spirit will work in your heart as you trust in the Lord !  I will be praying for you!