Your Gift to God – A Light in the Darkness

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

John 8:12
Matthew 5:14-16

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‘”Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
John 8:12

 Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16

  • In the John passage, Jesus presents two choices…light or darkness. If people choose not to follow Jesus they walk in darkness – what does that mean (see also Romans 12 & Ephesians 6:12)?
  • What does Jesus tell you will result if you follow Him?
  • Aren’t you so thankful that you have the light of life! Jesus tells you in the Matthew passage exactly what to do with that light. What is your call to action?
  • What is the result of your willingness to share the light of Christ?
  • You have the opportunity EVERY DAY to bring glory to God by sharing the light of Christ with others…are you? If not, pray about it & write down some changes you can make in your life that will let that light shine!

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Check out this song by Addison Road

This Little Light of Mine

Praise the Lord that we have the light of life! Now show it to all you meet! I will be praying for you! 

God is Love

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
1 John 4:7-21

This passage is so deep and rich. I encourage you to seek past just my simple questions and really immerse yourself in these words of truth.

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  • According to this passage, where does love come from?
  • Because God first loved us,  what must we do?
  • If we live in God then He ____________. “Because he has _________his_________ v. 13.
  • This gift enables us to testify. What is our testimony?
  • God’s Spirit enables us to rely on His love. How is God’s love made complete in us and what is the confidence we have in this?
  • Ultimately we love because ____________. v.19
  • Paraphrase v. 19 & v.20, but write it from a first person perspective.

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Jesus IS…Messiah

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
John 4:1-26

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Again, Jesus puts himself in a place to have a  loving interaction with a person in desperate need.

The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming
(he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.”
Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.” 

John 4:25,26

  • What kind of water does Jesus offer the Samaritan woman?
  • What does Jesus share about how God wants us to worship?
  • Remembering that Jesus is “the way, and the truth, and the life”  (John 14:6). What does it mean to you to worship in spirit and truth?
  • We are all in desperate need. Without the living water we are sinners who live life empty and thirsty. What does it mean to you that Jesus can fill you up and meet your every need. 

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Jesus IS…Healer

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Mark 5:24b-34

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This story grips my heart. Though they are in the midst of a crowd, Jesus and this fragile woman have a very personal interaction. He feels her…He knows her …

He said to her, “Daughter, your faith  has healed you.
Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
Mark 5:34 NIV

  • Write what strikes you most about the woman we meet in this passage.
  • Write what moves you about how Jesus interacts with her.
  • Where do you need healing? Pour yourself out before your healer.  Jesus is there, just reach out and grab onto His cloak…

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Jesus IS…Teacher

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Matthew 5:1-12

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Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain,
and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
And he opened his mouth and taught them…
Matthew 5:1,2ESV

  • For an interesting perspective try reading the Beatitudes in several different translations.
  • From a world-view the state of those who are blessed does not appear to be desirable. However, from a spiritual perspective they are close to God. Write each state and its spiritual blessing (example: Poor in spirit = kingdom of heaven).
  • Note how EVERY spiritual need is met in Christ.
  • You are told in Matthew 5:11 that you are blessed if you are hated for the sake of Christ. There are times I find it a great challenge to speak the truth in love. Write a prayer asking God to give you wisdom, strength and discernment to know when HE is calling you to share His truth.

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Day Five – Jesus said, “I AM…

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
John 15:1-11

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This is one of my very favorite passages in the Bible. Foolishly I think I can do it alone, but Jesus reminds me…

“I am the vine; you are the branches.
Whoever abides in me and me in him, he it is that bears much fruit,
for apart from me you can do nothing.”
John 15:5 ESV

  • Jesus tells you that if you abide and produce fruit, His Father will do what for you?
  • Think of your life being pruned by God – pretty amazing!  Write about what it means to have God himself tend to your spiritual growth.
  • What does the Bible tell you will result from this tending?
  • In the  human mind we often think we can produce good fruit by our own effort. What does Jesus tell us we can do apart from Him? Write it in big bold letters!
  • You are given a key to abiding in Christ in John 15:7,8. What does this reveal about the importance of storing His word in your heart (Psalm 119:11)?
  • Webster defines the word abide as “to remain stable or fixed in a state.” Jesus tells you that state is His love. According to this passage, how do you remain in His love?
  • Why did he share this with you (John 15:11)?
  • Think of one thing you can change in your life that will help you abide in Him?

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Jesus promises you that if you abide in Him that He too will abide in you!  If you do, he promises you that His joy will be in you and that your joy may be full! Awesome!

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Day Four – Jesus said, “I AM…

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

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There are many rooms in His Father’s House . He wants to share one with you!
Listen to His invitation…

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6 ESV

  • Freedom from worry is a common theme in Jesus’ ministry. What does Jesus share with the disciples in John 14:1? Copy the verse.
  • What is the key  to avoiding a troubled heart?
  • If you know Him, Jesus assures you that He will prepare a place for you in His Father’s house. What does He also promise?
  • Still Thomas doubts! Many people, like Thomas, wonder, “How can we know the way?” What is Jesus’ answer?
  • Again, Jesus goes on to emphasize His relationship to the Father. What do verses 9-12 explain about this connection?
  • Jesus explains why it is important to pray in His name. He also relays his purpose in answering prayer – what is it?
  • What can you do today to bring glory to God the Father (it can be as simple as pointing out His blessings, His creation, His provision in this day – or whatever He moves in your heart)?

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