It's important to read the Bible on a regular basis. We want to provide resources to help keep you on track and take your faith from WEEKLY to DAILY. These readings allow you to take a longer look at some of the passages that the teaching pastor referenced during the weekend sermon. Please contact us if you have any questions/issues.
This Week's Readings:
INVISIBLE: Invisible Guidance
Week 3: June 16, 2019
READ: Hosea 6:3
REFLECT: What does this scripture tell us about God? What insights do the descriptive words in this passage provide us about God’s magnitude? When thinking of this in terms of God being present and active in our daily lives through the Holy Spirit, how does this increase your assurance in His ability to speak to and through you?
PRACTICE: Do a bit of self-reflection to start out this week: in an honest conversation with yourself, ask yourself: do I “press in to God”? What do you need to start doing or stop doing to make pressing in a bigger priority?
TAKE IT FURTHER!
LISTEN: “Holy Spirit” from Jesus Culture
REFLECT: What are some specific words from this song that stand out to you? Write them down in your journal/bible/etc.
PRACTICE: Use this song as your prayer this week as you seek to press in to God.
READ: John 14:15-17
REFLECT: As Jesus prepared to return back to his Father in Heaven, he assures the disciples that they won’t be alone, he is sending the Holy Spirit to live in and amongst us. How does this passage refer to the Holy Spirit? How does that word change your perspective on God’s presence in your life? How can you better rely on Him as the “Helper”?
PRACTICE: Read Psalm 121 and make that your prayer today.
TAKE IT FURTHER!
READ: “There is no use in running before you are sent; there is no use in attempting to do God’s work without God’s power. A man working without this unction, a man working without this anointing, a man working without the Holy Ghost upon him, is losing time after all.” – D.L. Moody
REFLECT: Why is God’s power essential in our daily lives?
PRACTICE: In your prayer time today, confess those areas in your life where you’re trying to live without God’s power and presence.
READ: Ephesians 6:17
REFLECT: In his sermon this week, Pastor Derek reminds that God’s guidance through the Holy Spirit comes to us through a personal relationship with Him. According to this passage, what are the two things we do that help us to know God better? Is there one piece that comes easier for you? If so, what might you do to strengthen the part that’s challenging?
PRACTICE: Make an effort this week to set aside intentional time for prayer and reading scripture. If you’re presently in a good rhythm of these practices, what’s something you can do this week to deepen your relationship with God?
READ: Jeremiah 29:12-13
REFLECT: Pastor Derek taught this week that God speaks to us when we make the time and space. We have to intentionally create space for God in our lives. We live in a time and place where there’s so much noise all around us vying for our attention. Pastor Derek also challenged us to lower the volume in our lives so that we can be in tune to what God has for us. What promises does God give through this passage? What happens when we pray and seek Him?
PRACTICE: As Pastor Derek challenged in his sermon – how can you lower the volume in your life this week? Make a plan and do it and ask someone you love to hold you accountable!
READ: Ephesians 3:14-20
REFLECT: As we think about June being Revival Month at Grace, how does this scripture reinvigorate you? What are some of the words/phrases that express God’s power that’s alive in us through our faith? How can this scripture be a battle cry in your life?
PRACTICE: In your prayer time today, thank God for the gift of life given through His son. Use this prayer time as a moment of surrender and allow yourself to be filled with His fullness. After you’ve prayed, in a journal or your bible or in the notes on your phone, write down today’s date and a key phrase to help you remember this idea of surrender and fullness in Christ.
Last Week's Readings:
INVISIBLE: Invisible Ally
Week 2: June 9, 2019
READ: John 16:5-11
REFLECT: In what ways is having the Holy Spirit in you more advantageous than having Jesus beside you? How can you be more conscious of specific ways the Holy Spirit works in your life?
PRAY/ PRACTICE: We often pray to God the Father or to Jesus but it’s also appropriate to pray to the Spirit. This may be a new concept for you, but spend some time praying to the Holy Spirit. Tell him you want to be more sensitive to what he is teaching you and ask him to help you recognize his work in your life this week.
REFLECT: What do these passages tell you about the Holy Spirit? What role does the Holy Spirit play in teaching you to know God?
PRAY/ PRACTICE: Think of some things you do that hurt or grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30.) Spend some time confessing and asking forgiveness.
TAKE IT FURTHER!
READ: “You Can Know the Holy Spirit” from Desiring God
REFLECT: How would you define your current relationship with the Holy Spirit? What changes would you like to see in that relationship?
PRACTICE: In the next 24 hours take one step closer to the Spirit through praying to him, meditating on Scripture, or worship.
REFLECT: The Holy Spirit is our parakletos (mentor.) What functions of a mentor do you see in these verses? How are you seeing the Holy Spirit work in these ways in your life this week?
PRAY/ PRACTICE: Spend some time thanking the Holy Spirit for what you see him doing in your life.
TAKE IT FURTHER!
LISTEN: Listen to this different rendition of “Holy Spirit You Are Welcome Here” on You Tube --
REFLECT: Reflect on the lyrics and ask yourself if the Holy Spirit is welcome to do all his work in your life.
PRACTICE: If you are willing, honestly invite the Holy Spirit to help you experience the glory of his goodness.
READ: Galatians 5:16-26
REFLECT: What do you think it means to “walk in step with the Spirit?” What are some practical ways you can do that? How do you think the way you live your life is different from those who don’t follow Jesus?
PRAY/ PRACTICE: Read the list of the “fruit of the Spirit” in Galatians 5:22,23. Which of those qualities do you see increasing in your life? Which seem to be a struggle for you? Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to develop His fruit in you.
TAKE IT FURTHER!
READ/ WATCH/ LISTEN: Read this article from Cru: “Walking in the Spirit”
REFLECT: Which of the 6 suggestions in this article is most challenging for you?
PRACTICE: Decide to practice that and ask the Holy Spirit to help you.
READ: Ephesians 5:15-20
REFLECT: What does it look like to be “under the influence” of the Holy Spirit? What can you do to let the Spirit dominate you so you get “under the influence”?
PRAY/ PRACTICE: Practice “Spiritual breathing” throughout your day. ‘Exhale” as you confess sin the Spirit brings to your mind and then ‘Inhale” as you ask the Spirit to fill and control you in a new way. This will probably seem awkward at first but will come easier with practice.
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