Hope in the Lord

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Psalm 33:20-22

“We wait in hope for the Lord;

    he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.” 
Psalm 33:20-22 NIV

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  • Rewrite this passage in first person.
  • How has the Spirit moved you as you put your hope in the Lord.

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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! 

Trust…

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

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  • How are you to trust the Lord?
  • What are you told not to do?
  • What is the result if you Trust in the Lord?
  • What do you need to trust God for today? Give it to God and ask for His wisdom and guidance.

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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! 

Gains & Losses

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Philippians 3:7-9

“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ  and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ”
Philippians 3-:7-9 NIV

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  • How do you look at your gains & losses. With a heavenly view or an earthy one. Comment on what your perspective is & what perspective God desires you to have.

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Pray that the Holy Spirit will open your eyes to see what is true gain – the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus !  I will be praying for you! 

Working in You…

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

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 1:6 NIV

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  • He’s not finished with you yet! When you became a follower of Christ – He began His good work in you. Write about the changes that you’ve seen in your life as you seek him.
  • Can you see any parts of your life that need some shaping. Give them to God here and ask Him to guide you through the process of transformation.

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The Skit Guys

Have you seen it?

http://skitguys.com/videos/item/gods-chisel

Pray that the Holy Spirit will open your eyes to the person God sees when He looks at you & then get out of the way and let Him do the work !  I will be praying for you! 

If You…Then…

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Proverbs 2:1-5

“If you seek it like silver
and search for it as for hidden treasures,
 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
” 
Proverbs 2:4-5 ESV

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  • Here we see action & effect. Write down what action God is calling you to as you seek after Him. If you…
  • Our society continues to chase after things of no eternal value. Instead God asks us to seek His word like treasure. What does it mean to you to seek God like hidden treasure.
  • According to this passage what is the effect of this action (Proverbs 2:4-5)
  • From these verses, what did you learn about what you must do to gain the knowledge of God?

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Pray that the Holy Spirit will increase your fear and knowledge of God!  I will be praying for you! 

The Beginning of Knowledge

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Proverbs 1:1-7

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” 
Proverbs 1:7 ESV

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  • What does this passage tell us about the purpose of the book of Proverbs – make a list.
  • If we are to gain knowledge in any way – where does it start?
  • Why do you think that knowledge begins with the Lord (see also Genesis 1, James 1:5-8)?
  • Write a praise thanking God for giving you knowledge and ask Him to help you to grow in your knowledge of him & to understand what it truly means to fear the Lord?

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Pray that the Holy Spirit will increase your fear and knowledge of God!  I will be praying for you! 

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! 

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!