My Portion

PRAY

Remember to take time to pray & read the entire passages before you begin.

Psalm 73

But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
    I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,
    and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.
Psalm 73:28

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This Psalm holds a gem. One that we recite and hold on to in good times and bad. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26. And yet… this Psalm is so rich with struggle and understanding and trust in the Almighty – so much deeper than I could have imagined. 

  • From 73:1-14 What is the attitude of the Psalmist?
  • What was he trying to understand?
  • Ultimately, how did he gain the knowledge he was searching for?
  • In the end, what did the Psalmist learn about himself (v.21 & v.22)?
  • What do verses 21-24 reveal about our relationship with God – what will He do?
  • Read verse 25 – does this change your perspective on your circumstances or “things”?
  • When God brought His people into the promised land. He gave each tribe a portion of land… except the Levites. This tribe was special they became His priests – and he said to Aaron “You shall have no inheritance in their land, neither shall you have any portion among them. I am your portion and your inheritance among the people of Israel.” Numbers 18:20. How does help you see what it means to look to God as your portion?
  • Are there any “things” that you value more than your relationship with the Lord? Pray and ask the Lord to reveal them to you, and ask Him to guide you into a deeper relationship with Him.
  • The last line of this beautiful Psalm tells us how we should choose to live as a result of His constant provision for us. Write it down.
  • How can you live your life in a way that He is your portion and you give Him the glory!?

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God loves you so much! When we are weak He is strong. Praying that you will lay your heart and life at His feet and trust him as your strength and your portion forever. May we live a life believing… there is nothing I desire on earth besides you. Praying for you…

Never Changing

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“God is not man, that he should lie,
    or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
    Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”
Numbers 23:19 ESV

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Trust! Trust God! He is faithful! He is sovereign! He is eternal! His love is enduring! Do not doubt that He is in control. Do not doubt His promises.

  • Find a Bible verse about God’s faithfulness (some options: Deuteronomy 7:9, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 2 Timothy 2:13)
  • Find a Bible verse about God’s steadfast love (some options: Lamentations 3:22-23, 1John 4:10, Romans 8:38-39)
  • Find a Bible verse about God’s sovereignty (some options: Matthew 19:26, 1Corinthians 1:25, Revelation 12:10-11)
  • Are you doubting God today? Are you overwhelmed by your circumstances? Do the headlines make you uneasy? Write it down. He is Bigger! Apply God’s word to your concerns and trust God that He is in control.

GROW

Love this song By Aaron Shust – “Ever Be”

 

Praying that you would experience the loving, steadfast, sovereign love of our Amazing God! And may His praise ever be on your lips…

 

 

Be an Overcomer

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

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Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:21

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Short passage today… and jumping back to Romans 12, but I’m really struck by this verse! Good v. Evil. It is a battle that we know is constantly swirling around us. Ephesians 6:12 tells us “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” First He commands us to not allow this evil to overcome us! And yet… He gives us a way to overcome it! Good! Good overcomes evil! Sometimes it is hard. Sometimes it is hard to do the good thing… to say the right thing… to stand up for the moral thing… to do the Jesus thing! But, what happens when we do? We overcome evil. And remember – we are not doing this on our own – we have a helper – a counselor – the very Spirit of God that will empower, enlighten and guide us along our path. (Luke 12:2, John 14:25-26, Acts 4:31). Praying that the Lord would guide each of us where we need to be the good today!

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • So I ask… where is God revealing evil to you? Pray about it!
  • What is God calling you to do to shine the light of Christ into this situation? Write down the ways that God is encouraging you  to overcome this evil with good.

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Love this song… a Call to Action – Thank you Matthew West!

I hope that you will continue to pray Romans 12:9-21 for yourself and for others. May we grasp what it means to live as a light to others and to shine Christ’s love into the darkness. Praying for you!

Then Act Like It

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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

Definition of Grace

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