Even the Heavens Speak

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

“The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”

Psalm 19:1

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  • My friend posted these pictures on her facebook page from the Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore.  Our God truly is an awesome God. Look upward, where did you see the glory of God today? Where did you see His handiwork?

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Praying  that you will see the glory of God everywhere today. He is so amazing, every part of His creation cries out to Him.

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How to Win

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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 overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” 
Romans 12:21

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

2 Timothy 1:7

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control”
2 Timothy 1:7

  • According to Romans 12:21 what is God’s plan for overcoming evil?
  • As we see this world filling with more and more immoral and evil acts we can be certain it is not by accident. What does Ephesians 6:12 & 2 Corinthians 4:4 tell us about who we are fighting against.
  • But, if you know Jesus, God has provided His Spirit to dwell within you. Using 2 Timothy 1:7 describe the spirit that lives in you?
  • We are not called to overcome evil on our own. No, God has given us His very own Spirit! Jesus Himself shared with us how the Spirit would aid us in doing good and defending ourselves against evil. Write down His promise in Luke 12:11-12.
  • We can overcome evil with the love of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us. Ask the Lord to give you insight and discernment about how to do good in the face of evil…write out your prayer.

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Praying  “that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power,  so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 1:11

Love All Around

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

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“To the contrary, ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.'” 
Romans 12:20

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

Matthew 5:44-48

 “But I say to you,
Love your enemies and
pray for those who persecute you.”
-Jesus
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  • Using Romans 12, instead of vengeance, what are we called to do for our enemy?
  • Jesus tells us in Matthew 5 that it means nothing to love those who love us. To stand out in a self-centered society, what instead does He ask us to do?
  • Society tells us it’s ok to call names and make  horrible accusations to those who oppose us or our views. But Jesus calls us to more. He asks us to pray for our enemies and Paul tells us to feed and provide for the needs of our enemy. Is there someone who you need to pray for? Is there someone who you need to feed? DO IT!

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It is not enough for us to love those who love us. No, we must show God’s love by loving, feeding, praying for those who oppose us.  Praying for you!

A Burnining Spirit

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

“Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor;
be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.
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Romans 12:11 (Amplified)

Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.
Romans 12:11

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  • Romans 12:11 tells us exactly how we should serve the Lord. Write it down.
  • What does service with a glowing & burning Spirit look like to you?
  • You have been baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire (Luke 3:17) Are you serving that way?
  • This isn’t about serving because you should, or serving because it looks good, or serving with a no effort because you signed up. NO! Why do we serve (Matthew 5:16)?
  • When you serve with enthusiasm and love you bring God glory. Service doesn’t necessarily mean heading to the soup kitchen (though this is a wonderful act of service). You can serve the Lord many ways (Colossians 3:23) – write down some ways you serve the Lord in your everyday life.
  • This verse really reflects on our attitude of service… it reminds me of the Third Day song, “Soul on Fire” .  Write down your reaction.

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When we choose to enthusiastically serve the Lord we an bring glory to God and shine the light and love of Jesus in this dark world! Lord may you give each of us a soul on fire for you! 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!