I Know…

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

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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  • Although life sometimes seems haphazard, you can be certain that it is not an accident. What does Jeremiah 29:11 tell us about God’s plan?
  • He knows the plans He has for you. Write down the words that He uses to describe the plan that He has for your life.
  • What joy to know He has plans to give us a future and a hope. Write the definition of hope.
  • What do we know about  hope from God’s word (see Romans 5:2-5, Romans 12:12,Romans 15:4, Romans 15:13).
  • Hope does not disappoint…because we know Jesus, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Write down what it means to you to have hope not built on circumstances or wishes… but build not the cross of Christ and God’s perfect plan for your life into eternity.
  • He knows! Put your life in His hands, and ask God to pour out His hope into your heart by the power of the Holy Spirit so that you will overflow with hope.

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Sometimes it is too much to even imagine the love that God has for us! Praying that you would trust His plan and hold on to His hope so that you can experience the fullness of life in Christ. Praying for you!

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Hold on & Don’t Let Go

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How to Act Like a True Christian – Digging Deep Into Romans 12:9-21

“Hold fast to what is good.” 
Romans 12:9c

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

“Hold fast to what is good.
Romans 12:9c ESV

“Hold tightly to what is good.
Romans 12:9c NLT

“Cling to what is good.
Romans 12:9c NIV

“Cleave to that which is good.
Romans 12:9c KJV

“Hold on for dear life to good.”
Romans 12:9c The Message

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  • Reflecting on each of these different translations there is no doubt what we are called to do. Restate it in your words.
  • So… the question is… What is good?

God is good! 
“For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:5

  • So… how do we cling, cleave, hold on for dear life to our Lord our God? Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9
  • When we do what is the result? James 4:8
  • It is not just us reaching out for Him, but it is our loving God who reaches out to us. Write a reaction.
  • In clinging to God,  we also reject what opposes Him. Is there anything that has crept into your life that is preventing you from holding fast to what is good?  Confess it now.
  • By the blood of Jesus Christ you are forgiven. Now what can you do in your life today to cling a little more closely to the Lord? Read your Bible, Listen to Christian Music, Read a Christian Book, Pray with a friend… ask the Lord to direct you. Then start today!

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He is faithful… He sent Jesus to redeem us so that we can have a relationship with Him. Don’t take it for granted… “hold on for dear life.”

The Flesh or The Spirit

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

Galatians 5:16-17

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  But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
Galatians 5:16-17

  • Reread verse 17, what is the relationship between the flesh and the Spirit?
  • What is the result of this conflict?
  • Yet, Paul gives us the way to conquer this battle. What is a way to overcome the flesh?
  • Each of us struggles daily with our flesh and the sinful nature. Is there something that has been particulary troubling for you? Write it down. Ask the Spirit to intercede…Focus on God and His will and allow the Spirit to transform you as you walk by the Spirit.

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Walk like a child of God!  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!

Live your Faith! James 2

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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 2:14-26

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“I will show you my faith by my works.”
James 2:18b

  • James answers his own question, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?” Write his answer.
  • What does it mean to have faith (see also Romans 10:8-13)?
  • How does James say he (and you) will show faith?
  • Here James uses Abraham as an example of living his faith. Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac proved his faith. According to v. 23 (and Genesis 15:6) what did Abraham do to be found righteous?
  • Abraham’s actions revealed what was in his heart. See Luke 6:43-45 and write down how we all reveal our true heart.
  • As a result, what was Abraham called?
  • You, too, exhibit that you are a friend of God when you live your faith. Read Colossians 3:12-17 & write down  the traits and actions that characterize a Christian.
  • We’ve discussed before that we have a purpose here on earth. But, let’s revisit Matthew 5:14-16. Jesus speaks to you saying, “You are the light of the world.” What is the purpose in you revealing your light before men?
  • Give God the glory…seek today to spread the light of Christ by the way you act. Write at least one change you can make today to reveal your faith and His love.

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Don’t let your faith be dead..seek to live your faith!!!!!!!!  I will be praying for you! 

Fulfill the Royal Law! James 2

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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 2:1-12

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“If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture,
‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing well.”
James 2:8

  • Do you look at the people as God sees them?
  • When you judge someone by how they look, what do you become?
  • How does God see the poor?
  • In order to fulfill the “royal law” how should you act toward others?
  • The law finds you guilty when you________.
  • It is easy to think “that’s a little sin” or “it’s not that bad,”  but James tells us here when you fail at keeping one part of the law you are guilty of what offense?
  • By your actions you may not have committed every sin, you have still broken the whole law. But, praise God we know Jesus and it is through His blood – God’s mercy – that we receive righteousness and not on our own merit. For this reason, how are you called to look at others?
  • Is there a consequence when you do not have this attitude?
  • Has this passage changed the way you look at the lives of those around you? Write about it…

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God love you…love others with that same love!  I will be praying for you! 

Be a Doer! 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 1:19-27

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” But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” 
James 1:22

  • Write about what verse 19 instructs you to “be”.
  • Anger fails to produce what in you?
  • Describe the characteristics you are called to put away?
  • Instead, God freely gives…what are you called to receive?
  • Verse 22 gives you a call to action…write it down!
  • Record the result of being a doer who acts.
  • Rewrite verse 26 and begin it with “If I think”…
  • Write down how you can show that you are a doer of “pure and undefiled” religion.
  • Do your actions match your words? Pray and ask God to search your heart and guide you on your path to knowing Him. Write down how He is moving your heart today…

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Be a doer of the word!  I will be praying for you!