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! 

Speak with Gentleness

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
1 Peter 3:14-17

” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
1 Peter 3:15

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  • You are told in verse 15 to prepare your heart in what way?
  • You also need to be prepared for what task?
  • We each have a unique testimony of how Christ has worked in our lives to bring us to salvation. Pray about it – what is the reason for the hope that you have?
  • It is easy to be confrontational or defensive when we share the truth of the gospel. But here Peter reminds us  just how we are to share the truth of Christ. In what manner are you to share your hope?
  • What does Peter tells us is the purpose in sharing the truth of Christ in this manner?

People do not always react to the truth in a positive way, but we are called to deliver the truth with gentleness and respect. May our Lord Jesus guide you as you share His truth.
“Even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed, do not be frightened.” 1 Peter 3:14

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Pray that the Holy Spirit will grow the fruit of gentleness in you today!  I will be praying for you! 

Be Gentle

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Titus 3:1-10

” Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,  to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”
Titus 3:1-2 ESV

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  • We need to prepare ourselves for God’s service when He calls. What does this passage from Titus tell us about how we are to prepare?
  • Paul reminds us of what we once were. and then shares what you become when you know Jesus. Paraphrase Titus 3:4-7 using the first person.
  • What does Paul warn against?
  • Knowing his encouragement and his warnings, what does this passage reveal about what God characteristics God desires to grow in us.

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Pray that the Holy Spirit will grow the fruit of gentleness in you today!  I will be praying for you! 

Carry Their Burden with Gentleness

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Galatians 6:1-2

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
Galatians 6:1-2 ESV

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  • If you see someone in sin what are you asked to do about it?
  • Describe how the Spirit of gentleness will guide us as we encourage, teach or admonish one another (see Colossians 3:12-17).
  • Are you asked to shame and accuse those carrying the burden of sin?
  • What are you called to do instead?
  • What is the purpose of bearing the burden’s of our brothers and sisters in Christ (this doesn not mean engaging in the sins themselves see Galatians 6:1)?
  • Look to John 15:4, 5 for more insight into how Christ asks us to treat one another. Comment on  just how Jesus calls us to love.
  • What are some ways that God has recently been encouraging you to act with gentleness?

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Pray that the Holy Spirit will grow the fruit of gentleness in you today!  I will be praying for you! 

The Example of Jesus is Gentleness

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Matthew 11:29b

“‘Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”‘
Matthew 11:29b NIV

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The passage that this verse is found in is one I look to often. Especially when I feel bogged down by earthly things. But, I just want you to look here at how Jesus describes himself…

  • Write the words Jesus uses to reveal His character.
  • Define humble and gentle.
  • Jesus instructs you to learn from him, what can you learn about how to interact in your day-to-day life.
  • Is there something you need to change? Write about what the Spirit has revealed to you. Ask Jesus to show you how to be humble and gentle.

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Pray that the Holy Spirit will grow the fruit of gentleness in you today!  I will be praying for you! 

The Fruit of the Spirit is Gentleness

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Proverbs 15:4

“A gentle tongue is a tree of life,
    but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.”
Proverbs 15:4

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  • This verse was very convicting to me! What does it mean to have a gentle tongue?
  • What is the result of a gentle tongue?
  • What is the result of a tongue filled with perverseness?
  • Which do you want to impart, life or a broken spirit? Write a prayer asking for God’s gentleness to be woven in your words that you would bring His love & life to all who hear.

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Pray that the Holy Spirit will grow the fruit of gentleness in you today!  I will be praying for you! 

Faithfully Focused on Christ

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Hebrews 12:1-2

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  • Many have come before us full of faith and amazing examples of living by faith (if you’d like,read Hebrews 11 for greater insight). Yet, this brief passage sums up how to walk by faith.  On whom should you focus?
  • You are told to take action! First you need to put aside every weight (distraction) & every sin. Make a list of anything that might be pulling your focus away from Christ.
  • Next you are instructed to do what?
  • This race of life isn’t a sprint (no matter how hard we might try to make it one), what kind of race are we running?
  • This passage tells us there is a reason we are  to look to Christ. What are His two roles revealed here?
  • Jesus is willing to perfect your faith. He has shown his faithfulness as He endured the cross for your salvation. Open your heart to Jesus and allow Him to perfect your faith. Write a prayer asking him to do just that!

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Leave a comment and share what God revealed to you today!  I will be praying for you! 

I Choose Faithfulness

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Psalm 119:25-32

“I have chosen the way of faithfulness.”
Psalm 119:30a ESV

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  • The Psalmist asks repeatedly throughout this passage for God to impart His mighty word in His life. Write down some of the phrases he uses to make this request of God.
  • In Psalm 119:30a  he makes a proclamation. What is it?
  • Part of living the way of faithfulness is knowing God’s word, His precepts & seeking His guiding. Read over His commandments (Exodus 20:1-21) and ask God to reveal Himself to you. Write down anything that sings out to you!
  • Are you willing to make the same proclamation as the Psalmist? If you are…write it down and pray that God will fill you with the Spirit of Faithfulness!

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Leave a comment and share what God revealed to you today!  I will be praying for you!