Your Gift to God – A Light in the Darkness

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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 8:12
Matthew 5:14-16

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‘”Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
John 8:12

 Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16

  • In the John passage, Jesus presents two choices…light or darkness. If people choose not to follow Jesus they walk in darkness – what does that mean (see also Romans 12 & Ephesians 6:12)?
  • What does Jesus tell you will result if you follow Him?
  • Aren’t you so thankful that you have the light of life! Jesus tells you in the Matthew passage exactly what to do with that light. What is your call to action?
  • What is the result of your willingness to share the light of Christ?
  • You have the opportunity EVERY DAY to bring glory to God by sharing the light of Christ with others…are you? If not, pray about it & write down some changes you can make in your life that will let that light shine!

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Check out this song by Addison Road

This Little Light of Mine

Praise the Lord that we have the light of life! Now show it to all you meet! I will be praying for you! 

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Your Gift to God – A Living Sacrifice

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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 12:1-2

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“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”  
Romans 12:1-2

  • Here Paul pleads with the Romans – and you – to present God with what kind of sacrifice?
  • Do you think of yourself as a living sacrifice? What does that look like to you (Mark 12:31-32)?
  • What is the purpose of this kind of sacrifice?
  • You are warned not to conform to the ways of this world, what are you called to do instead?
  • What are the results of this transformation?
  • REMEMBER: God can not transform you unless you are willing to begin by putting your sweet sacrifice on His altar. Will you do it now?

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God wants you as a holy & acceptable sacrifice! Lay yourself down for Him now – it will bring amazing changes. I will be praying for you! 

Your Gift to God – Encourage One Another

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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 5:9-11

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“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up.”  
1 Thessalonians 5:11

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  • When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior you obtain what?
  • Through whom did you obtain your salvation?
  • Because Christ died for you…what is your ultimate destiny?
  • Define the word therefore…
  • This passages tells us….that because God has saved us from wrath & given us salvation through Christ so that we might live with Christ forever we should___________.
  • Based on this passage where should our source of encouragement come from?
  • When you encourage others, does it ever occur to you to encourage them by reminding them of their eternal destiny? Is there really any better encouragement?
  • So often we get caught up in our worldly circumstances. We give encouragement based on what people have or have done. But, here God tells us to encourage one another based on what Christ did for us! A reminder of our ETERNAL destiny.
  • Who can you encourage today?!

Encourage one another. Build up the Body of Christ!  I will be praying for you!