six things…

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you study God’s word today! 

Proverbs 6:16-19

There are six things that the Lord hates,
    seven that are an abomination to him:
 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
    and hands that shed innocent blood,
 a heart that devises wicked plans,
    feet that make haste to run to evil,
 a false witness who breathes out lies,
    and one who sows discord among brothers.”

Proverbs 6:16-19

WRITE

  • Write down the six (or seven) things the Lord hates.
  • Dig into the Bible to uncover more about what God thinks about life choices.
    • Haughty Eyes – Humility (Philippians 2:3)
    • Lying Tongue – Put on your new self (Colossians 3:9-10)
    • Hand that Sheds Innocent Blood – Reconcile (Matthew 5:21-26)
    • Heart that devises and runs to evil – Set your heart on the Spirit (Romans 8:5-6)
    • Bears False Witness – Put away falsehood (Ephesians 4:17-32)
    • Sow Discord Among Brothers – Build up (Ephesians 4:17-32, John 13:35)

GROW

It’s easy to set our hearts and minds on earthy things. And desire to get even, exact our revenge, or get ahead at any cost. But as we see in Proverbs – it’s not something the Lord encourages. Instead we are directed in Romans 12 that ““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. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Remember you get to choose what you hold in your heart. You get to choose what you act on and what attitude that you have  – every day. If you know Jesus then you are a new creation and you have His Spirit renewing you day by day. Choose to set your mind on the things of the Spirit – so that you may live in light and peace! Praying for you!

got gifts?

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you spend time in God’s word today.

READ

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 & 1 Corinthians 12:27-31

Romans 12:3-8

Exodus 30:22

Ephesians 4:11-14

WRITE

In case you were wondering – the answer is YES! If you are a believer in Christ Jesus than you have a spiritual gift, “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 2:7. And, as we can be certain that it is for the common good of the church – we can be sure you are supposed to use it! There are a myriad of books and websites which may help you discern what your spiritual gifts are, but let’s start by looking at what the Bible says God has distributed to His people.

  • Using the passages that we read make a list of spiritual gifts.
  • Pray and as the Lord to help you discern your gifts. Think about your natural talents – write them down.
  • Consider where God is working in your life and honing your skills – is there a place where you see God’s hand?
  • Do you have a certain passion for service or ministry. Where does your heart break – where is God moving you?
  •  Paul exhorts Timothy to, “fan into flame the gift of God” 2 Timothy 1:6. What can you do today to develop and use the gift that the Lord has given you?

GROW

You have been given gifts by God to serve Him and His church! It is your responsibility to seek His will, His growth, and with boldness walk forward in service to Him. Praying that you will grow and fan into flame the gift of God in your own life!

transformed

PRAY

Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you through this time today

Read Romans 12:9-21

WRITE

Building on our thoughts from last week on transformation. I was thinking that we could pray this week for God to work on a specific attribute in us. As you read through Romans 12:9-21 choose an attribute and ask the Lord to cultivate it in you. Try to pray continually throughout the day. Ask the Spirit to show you where you need to change the way you think, speak & act. Then, pursue Him & allow Him to change you.

  • Take time to write each day about what the Lord is revealing to you as you continue to seek His transformation!

GROW

Praying that the Lord would guide you as He works in your heart and mind to transform your life! It is not always easy to think we need to change, and certainly it is not so easy to actually change! But, you can be certain that what the Lord will transform you into is far better than where you are now. Praying for you!

 

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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WRITE

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.

GROW

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!

Good Good God

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

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You pick! We have an amazingly good God! Search the Bible and find a verse that highlights this part of His character. Here are some possibilities…

Psalm 145:9   Mark 10:18    Psalm 110:5   Romans 12:2   Lamentations 3:25

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Thanking God for His goodness. May we all see His hand and perfect will in this day   Praying for you!

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.

In the Mirror

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

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

Romans 12:9-21

  • Paraphrase the whole passage we’ve been studying.

That is what your life should look like.

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 Our lives should reflect the love, mercy and truth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Praying that His Spirit will work in you to transform your life for  His glory. Praying for you!