Then Act Like It

PRAY

Make sure you take time to read the passage and pray about it before you begin.

Read
Romans 12:9-21

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Before I start… I just want to say that Romans 12 is one of my very favorite passages in scripture. I have written about it before. But, with all that is going on in the world I just think it is so important for us to remember the characteristics that we are supposed to be exemplifying and be encouraging in others. Over the past months I have had the opportunity to study Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers. It is beautiful to see how God is giving His people ways to live their lives that set them apart from the nations that surround them. First, He asks them to put Him at the center. Then he gives them ways to  bring Him honor, and establishes rules & boundaries to protect them and define them as a nation. Like the Israelites, through Christ – God has set us apart. We are not supposed to conform to the ways of the world, but instead be transformed as He renews our minds (see Romans 12:2).  We have been called out of darkness into light – for a purpose (1 Peter 2:9). If you are a Christian – your life should look different!

  • As you read over Romans 12:9-21 do you see qualities that are different than those celebrated in our society?
  • Why is it important for us as Christians to live a life full of these attributes (Matthew 5:16)?
  • Pray through this passage and insert yourself… “Lord, let my love be genuine, help me to hate evil and cling to what is good…
  • Is there a certain attribute that you especially struggle with? Write about it and ask God work in your heart and mind to transform your life.

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I am going to try to pray this prayer over the coming days. Praying that the Lord would work to transform us all that the way we live our lives would set us apart as His kingdom citizens, and bring Him glory!

Spirit Power

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Read 2 Timothy 1:7

TAKE TIME TO PRAY  BEFORE YOU BEGIN…

God did not leave us here on earth alone to fend for ourselves. No! If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, the  Spirit of the Living God lives in you! It is not a Spirit of fear – no, it is a Spirit of Power & Love & Self Control. In a time where much uncertainty waits around every corner. We can be certain that we have been given the ability to overcome our fears by His power is in us!

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  • In light of the events of the past few weeks, what comfort does this verse bring you?
  • God’s power   God’s Love   God’s Self Control    are all available to you through His Spirit that dwells within you. How can it be… and yet it is! Pray now and ask the Spirit to guide you through your day, to increase each of these attributes in you.
  • How does this change the way you think about your daily tasks or callings in your life?

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As Christians, we have to live as the Spirit-filled, Spirit-powered, Spirit-guided, Spirit-controlled, Spirit-loving people that we are. Take time to prayerfully live out this Spirit power in your life today. Praying for you.

 

You Were – But God

Ephesians 2-8

TAKE TIME TO PRAY BEFORE YOU BEGIN…

So often here on earth “free gifts” are not so free. I think of all the offers that require us to buy something to get our free gift. It really isn’t free! But here Paul explains that our salvation is free! It is a gift! It is God’s unmerited favor! Stop feeling like you have to earn it. Accept the gift – then live in faith like the new creation that you are!

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READ EPHESIAN 2:1-10

  • FILL IN THE BLANK
    • You were_______________! (Make a list)
    • But God _______________!
  • You have been saved By God’s grace what is the result?
  • You are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for what purpose?
  • Write a prayer asking  God to guide you as He uses you for His purposes & His glory!

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This is a wonderful reminder! GRACE WINS! – Matthew West

 

If you know Jesus … God has prepared good works for you! Too amazing to even imagine. Praying for you – that the Lord to prepare and guide you so that you may “walk in them”.

God is Grace – Full

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TAKE TIME TO PRAY BEFORE YOU BEGIN…

Think about God’s grace and how deep and wide it is! God is grace-full! His grace is completely abundant and completely undeserved. It is a gift which we can never repay… but one that we can seek to honor as we are changed by Him from the inside out.

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There are so many many verses that speak of God’s grace.
Here are a few you can use to help see the picture of God’s grace
& I challenge you to seek some more.

Genesis 6-9  Ephesians 2:8   John 1:14-18  Romans 3:23-24
Romans 6:14   1 Peter 5:10   Revelation 2:21

  • Write about what God’s grace means to you. He has given you the gift of salvation and from his fullness he has given you “grace upon grace” (John 1:16).
  • Do these passages open up your understanding of God’s grace? Write down some of the words that really spoke to you.
  • His grace fills the entire Bible from the beginning to the end. It really is too much to comprehend. But it is truth! It is His free gift to you! Awesome! Take time to praise Him Now!

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I love this song from Mercy Me. It really reminds me how much He loves me – and that His grace is always enough!

 

Pray now that His grace would abound in your life. That you would come to a full understanding of the completeness of His grace. And that you would live your as the new creation that you are – transformed for eternity! Alleluia! Praying for you

So That…

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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 17: 20-26

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message…”
John 17:20

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  • Who is Jesus praying for in this passage?
  • You! If you know Jesus as your savior then He is praying for you! It really is too much to even fathom. From v. 21 what does he ask God to provide?
  • Jesus desires that we would be unified just as the Father and the Son are one. What is the result of that connection? Finish the SO THAT statement.
  • When this occurs what is accomplished (v. 23)?
  • Ultimately the world does not know God. But, Jesus has made Him known for what purpose?
  • Jesus desires that the love of God would be in us and that He would be in us (John 15:1-11). This is a love so great and deep that it can transform us and the world. Respond to this amazing love.
  • What insights does this shine into your life and how will you respond and apply it? Write down your thoughts and ask the Lord to lead you on this journey into deeper love with Him

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There is no love greater than the love of God for us. Ask the Spirit to draw you deeper into relationship with Him that you would understand how wide, long, high & deep is the Love of Christ!  Praying for you!

Our Hope…His Love

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

Psalm 33

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

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  • This is a beautiful Psalm that clearly reveals who God is, His power on this earth, and in the hearts of man. Read over the Psalm and write down all the aspects of our world where God proclaims His authority.
  • How is God’s love described?
  • His love is unfailing as we wait in hope, trusting in Him… what should the condition of our heart be (v. 1-3 & v. 21)?
  • The Bible continually refers to God’s love as steadfast or unfailing (Genesis 39:21, Exodus 15:13,  Psalm 36:7, Jeremiah 9:23-24, 1 Corinthians 13:8) . What does it mean to you to trust in a God whose love never fails?

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He is our only Hope… Praying that the Lord will renew your strength, cover you with His peace, provide His shield, and fill you with His love as you put your hope in Him! Praying for you!

LOVE IS

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

God is love

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  • What is God?! Write it down.
  • Now pray that all people will see the love of God that He has poured out for us in Jesus Christ (Romans 5:8).
  • Pray for our nation, and for all the lost and hurting people.
  • Now… be the love of God to someone today!

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Praying that we would shine the light of Christ to this hurting nation today! Praying for you!

El Hayyay – God of My Life

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

Psalm 42:8

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  • Write down some of the ways you see God’s love for you.
  • He loves you! He loves you so much!  He created you (Psalm 139), and He knows ever part of you… down to every hair on your head (Matthew 10:30). You can trust in Him because He is  El Hayyay – the God of your life. Take those thoughts and turn them into a song (prayer) of thanksgiving to the God of your life.
  • What areas of your life are you struggling to turn over to God? Write them down and then offer them to El Hayyay.  Remember: His faithful love endures forever (Psalm 100:5)

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No matter your circumstance, may you see His His perfect love for you each day. And, may  these sweet reminders become your song to Him each night. Praying for you!

Lay it Down

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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 Thessalonians 2:13

“Greater love has no one than this,
that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

-Jesus

John 15:13

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  • I’ve read and heard this quote from Jesus many many times. I always thought of it as physically laying down my life. But a read something recently that made me rethink it. We are called to lay down our life…put others first. How does that make Jesus’ statement different?
  • How can you lay down your life for your friends (spouse/child/boss/co-worker) today?

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Praying that He will show you where you need to lay down your life today, and equip you to willing give of yourself for the benefit of others. Praying for you!

As good as it gets

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

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“Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.” 
Romans 12:16b

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

 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
Luke 10:27

  • Paraphrase Romans 12:16b.
  • As Christians we are not to think of ourselves as better than anyone. Still, according to Luke 10 who are we called to love first.
  • Our love of God is entire and complete. Write down each way we are called to love God.
  • Honoring God by being faithful to Him and to His word must come first in our lives. What is the second great commandment?
  • It is so easy to think of ourselves first or better than others, but here we are told to love others as we love ourselves. Think of the ways you sometimes love yourself or put yourself above others.
  • Confess this now and ask Him to help see ways you can serve the lowly so that they will see His love and give Him glory!

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We never know who we are entertaining when we choose to help those in need (Hebrews 13:2). Seek to serve God by loving our neighbors. Praying for you!