I Can’t Do It

PRAY

Read 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

WRITE

I’ve been thinking a lot about my strengths & weaknesses lately. God has blessed me with many gifts – and I am so thankful! I pray often about God using me & using my gifts …but, it always seems I am missing the one essential skill I need to take the next step.  I can talk myself out of just about anything.

  • How does this 2 Corinthians  passage destroy that mind-set?
  • When we are weak whose power rests on us?
  • Write down 2 Corinthians 12:10b. Write it again! Write it again! Write it again!
  • Pray about it… ask God – “Where am I using my weakness as an excuse?”
  • Our weakness is an opportunity for God to exhibit His power in us. What is your next step?

GROW

While it may not be easy, and there may be struggles ahead. Remember… “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13. Praying this for you today.

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It’s About the View

TAKE TIME TO PRAY  BEFORE YOU BEGIN…

 “Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…”
Hebrews 12:1-2

WRITE

Sometimes it seems like a long long race, with a very hilly winding course. Sometimes it stretches out before us straight and flat. But no matter the road ahead, we have one view that should be in front of us at all times. Jesus!

How is your race challenging today? Tired? Confused? Fear of the unknown? Sin weighing you down? Write an entry laying it all in the hands of the Lord, laying aside every weight and sin.  Then ask Him to guide you and give you perspective as you move forward with your eyes on Jesus – trusting Him to lead you!

GROW

 You are a precious, loved, unique creation in Christ. He has set a path before you and no matter the course he will lead you through it perfectly. Just keep your eyes on Him… make that view in front of you always Jesus and He will never let you down! Praying that you will have a clear vision of the path before you and renewed strength as you keep your eyes fixed on Him!

You Were – But God

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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!

WRITE

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!

GROW

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”.

Your Heart and His will

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

Mark 1:35

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  Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Mark 1:35

  • When did Jesus get up?
  • Where did He go?
  • What did He do?
  • What does this verse reveal about the importance of time alone with God?
  • Do you have a quiet time each day to simply pray?
  • We often think we don’t have time or not now. But, what can you learn form Jesus abut His choice of quiet time?
  • Take time now to ask God when you have time in your day to spend with Him.
  • Now make it part of your daily routine as you grow to know Him better…

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Alone time with God! Seek it! I will be praying for you!

Bring Him Back… James 5

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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 5:19-20

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“My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back,  let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”
James 5:19-20

  • How do these verses shed new light on your call to bring your friends and loved ones back to the truth of Jesus Christ?

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Seek the lost…  I will be praying for you!

Then He prayed… James 5

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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 5:13-18

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“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
James 5:16b

  • Instructions for life…
  • What do you do if you’re in trouble?
  • What do you do if you are happy?
  • What do you do if you are sick?
  • What do you do if you have sinned?
  • You are righteous because Christ has made you righteous. Verse 16b tells us what the results of your prayers (in Christ’s name John 16:24)…write it down.
  • Your prayers are powerful and effective. He loves you and he wants to be an intimate part of your life…one of the ways you achieve that is by being in communication with Him – prayer. How does this change your thinking about how/when/why you pray?
  • Choose today to make God a part of your everyday life. Pray…

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Your prayers are powerful and effective! Talk to Him!  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!