Week 7 of The Way Through The Darkness

Week 7 of The Way Through The Darkness

It’s so good to have you back for the final week of our 7-week study and here’s the link to the free printable PDF document containing all seven weeks.

If you’re just joining us, I strongly recommend you start with Week 1 HERE.  I included some helpful study hints in the Week 1 post that I haven’t repeated since then in order to keep these posts as short as possible.  I value your time and I don’t want to take more than necessary so you have more time to sit at Jesus’ feet.  (You may click the link HERE to go to my series of posts on discovering what it means to sit at His feet.)

Week 7: Serving Unselfishly

Brief Thought for the Week:

Are you ready?  In John 14:1-3, Jesus tells his disciples,

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

Jesus is coming again!

We do not know when we will die (Luke 12:20) nor the exact day or hour when Jesus will come for all believers (Mark 13:32-33), but in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 we are told we will meet Him in the air:

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

So, I ask the question again, are you ready?  How do we know who is ready and who is not?  Well, that’s the next topic we’re going to explore together!  I’m really looking forward to it.

But first, we’re going to wrap up our current series with our final topic of Serving Unselfishly.

In case you don’t already have a Bible, or you’d like a different translation to compare to what you do have, here are links to two affordable and trustworthy versions:  NASB Bible (New American Standard Bible) and ESV Bible (English Standard Version).  (These are affiliate links.  This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on one of them, I will make a small percentage commission.  This does not affect the price that you pay at all but helps with this blog’s ongoing monthly expenses.  Thank you!)

~ Just keep shining, Cindyeliora

“I pray thatthe eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power”. (Ephesians 1:18-19)

The Way Through The Darkness Week 7

Day 1: Do Unto Others

Reading:  Luke 6:31

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 2: Consider the Poor

Reading: Psalm 41:1-3

Blessed is the one who considers the poor!
    In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;
the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;
    he is called blessed in the land;
    you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
    in his illness you restore him to full health.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 3: Those in Trouble

Reading: James 1:27

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. (NKJV)

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 4: Love as Brothers

Reading: 1 Peter 3:8-9

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. (NKJV)

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 5: Serve in Love

Reading: Galatians 5:13

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 6: Submit in Reverence

Reading: Ephesians 5:18-21

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 7: Out of Darkness

Reading: 1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Week 6 of The Way Through The Darkness

Week 6 of The Way Through The Darkness

It’s great to see you here for Week 6 of our 7-week study and here’s the link to the free printable PDF document containing all the weeks including this one.

If you’re just joining us, I strongly recommend you start with Week 1 HERE.  I included some helpful study hints in the Week 1 post that I haven’t repeated since then in order to keep these posts as short as possible.  I value your time and I don’t want to take more than necessary so you have more time to sit at Jesus’ feet.  (You may click the link HERE to go to my series of posts on discovering what it means to sit at His feet.)

Week 6: Delighting Daily

Brief Thought for the Week:

How was your week?  Honestly, I had a rough week.  And if you’ve been following these posts as I write them, you may have noticed I didn’t publish a post last week.  My emotions and self-talk got totally out of control until … the fog lifted just long enough for me to remember I needed to cast my cares on Jesus. (What’s that saying – practice what you preach?)  So I gave it all to Him, asked Him to carry me and straighten out my thinking, and He was faithful to deliver me as I delighted in His Word!  I made a choice not to stay in the mire.  What about you?  Have you struggled in the miry clay long enough?  This week’s verses helped me and I pray they will help you as well!

I often use this NASB Bible (New American Standard Bible) when reading.  If you prefer the ESV Bible (English Standard Version) here’s a link to an inexpensive copy I’ve quoted from this week and because of their size and light weight they make excellent copies to carry with you.  (These are affiliate links.  This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on one of them, I will make a small percentage commission.  This does not affect the price that you pay at all but helps with this blog’s ongoing monthly expenses.  Thank you!)

Our last topic in this series will be “Serving Unselfishly.”

~ Just keep shining, Cindyeliora

“I pray thatthe eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power”. (Ephesians 1:18-19)

The Way Through The Darkness Week 6

Day 1: Praise God

Reading:  Psalm 43:5

Why are you cast down, O my soul,

    and why are you in turmoil within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

    my salvation and my God.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 2: Sing for Joy

Reading: Psalm 5:11-12

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;

    let them ever sing for joy,

and spread your protection over them,

    that those who love your name may exult in you.

For you bless the righteous, O Lord;

    you cover him with favor as with a shield.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 3: Mourning into Dancing

Reading: Psalm 30:11

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;

    you have loosed my sackcloth

    and clothed me with gladness,

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 4: Sing to the Lord

Reading: Psalm 96:1-6

Oh sing to the Lord a new song;

    sing to the Lord, all the earth!

Sing to the Lord, bless his name;

    tell of his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the nations,

    his marvelous works among all the peoples!

For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;

    he is to be feared above all gods.

For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,

    but the Lord made the heavens.

Splendor and majesty are before him;

    strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 5: Bless the Lord

Reading: Psalm 103:1-5

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

    and all that is within me,

    bless his holy name!

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

    and forget not all his benefits,

who forgives all your iniquity,

    who heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit,

    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

who satisfies you with good

    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 6: God Comforts

Reading: Isaiah 49:13

Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;

    break forth, O mountains, into singing!

For the Lord has comforted his people

    and will have compassion on his afflicted.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 7: God Hears

Reading: Psalm 18:1-6

I love you, O Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,

    my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,

    my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,

    and I am saved from my enemies.

The cords of death encompassed me;

    the torrents of destruction assailed me;

the cords of Sheol entangled me;

    the snares of death confronted me.

In my distress I called upon the Lord;

    to my God I cried for help.

From his temple he heard my voice,

    and my cry to him reached his ears.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Week 5 of The Way Through The Darkness

Week 5 of The Way Through The Darkness

Welcome to Week 5 of our 7-week study!  In case you missed it, here’s the link to the free printable PDF document containing all the weeks including this one.

If you’re just joining us, I strongly recommend you start with Week 1 HERE.  I included some helpful study hints in the Week 1 post that I haven’t repeated since then in order to keep these posts as short as possible.  I value your time and I don’t want to take more than necessary so you have more time to sit at Jesus’ feet.  (You may click the link HERE to go to my series of posts on discovering what it means to sit at His feet.)

Week 5: Waiting in the Word

Brief Thought for the Week:

Can you believe this is already week 5? My heart’s desire is that you have been able to make the time to join us on this 7-week journey and that through reading scripture you’re beginning to see an end to the darkness. We’re headed into His marvelous light together! So now, I really want to hear from you!  Is there something you’re struggling with that you’d like help with? What would help you the most?  I have a couple of ideas I’m praying about for future posts, but I’d like to hear from you!  Whether you just joined us or have been with us for months, I value your input.

This week we will read about waiting. When we wait on God, marvelous things happen:

  • He brings us up out of the muck and mire of the pit of destruction and sets us firmly on The Rock of our salvation … He alone is our salvation!

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  • Also, our hearts are encouraged.
  • Our souls find rest.
  • We are strengthened.

I know, waiting is a challenge and very often uncomfortable,  but we are told in our heavenly Father’s Word that we will be blessed when we do!  Cry out to Him and wait patiently.  He is faithful.

Next week’s topic is “Delighting Daily.”

~ Just keep shining, Cindyeliora

“I pray thatthe eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power”. (Ephesians 1:18-19)

The Way Through The Darkness Week 5

Day 1: Out of Miry Clay

Reading:  Psalm 40:1-3

I waited patiently for the Lord;

And He inclined to me and heard my cry.

He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,

And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;

Many will see and fear

And will trust in the Lord. (NASB)

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 2: On God I Wait

Reading: Psalm 25:4-5

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;

    teach me your paths.

Lead me in your truth and teach me,

    for you are the God of my salvation;

    for you I wait all the day long.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 3: Wait Silently

Reading: Psalm 62:1-2, 5-8

For God alone my soul waits in silence;

    from him comes my salvation.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,

    my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken…

….For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,

    for my hope is from him.

He only is my rock and my salvation,

    my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

On God rests my salvation and my glory;

    my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 4: Hearts Encouraged

Reading: Psalm 27:14

Wait for the Lord;

    be strong, and let your heart take courage;

    wait for the Lord!

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 5: Strength Renewed

Reading: Isaiah 40:29-31

He gives power to the faint,

    and to him who has no might he increases strength.

Even youths shall faint and be weary,

    and young men shall fall exhausted;

but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;

    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;

they shall run and not be weary;

    they shall walk and not faint.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 6: Rest in God

Reading: Matthew 11:28-30

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 7: My Soul Waits

Reading: Psalm 33:20-21

Our soul waits for the Lord;

    he is our help and our shield.

For our heart is glad in him,

    because we trust in his holy name.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved

Scripture quotations marked NASB are taken from the NASB.

Week 4 of The Way Through The Darkness

Week 4 of The Way Through The Darkness

Welcome to Week 4 of our 7-week study!  In case you missed it, here’s the link to the free printable PDF document containing all the weeks including this one.

If you’re just joining us, I strongly recommend you start with Week 1 HERE.  I included some helpful study hints in the Week 1 post that I haven’t repeated since then in order to keep these posts as short as possible.  I value your time and I don’t want to take more than necessary so you have more time to sit at Jesus’ feet.  (You may click the link HERE to go to my series of posts on discovering what it means to sit at His feet.)

Week 4: Casting Cares

Brief Thought for the Week:

This week we’re going to read a little of what Scripture says about anxiety, depression, and fear.  We’re also going to read that God sustains us, cares for us, gives us His peace, and leads us into His presence where there is joy everlasting!  I’m very excited about what God’s Word will accomplish in your life this week!

I would like to start with a very brief little word study of the two words that are this week’s topic.  The word “care” comes from an original language word that is sometimes translated as anxieties, fears or concerns. Let’s look quickly at the word “cast” first. It is the word used in Luke 19:35 to describe how the disciples’ coats were placed on the donkey on which Jesus rode into Jerusalem.  This word is the same one used in I Peter 5:7 which we’ll be reading on Day 4 this week.

And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon. (Luke 19:35, KJV)

The New American Standard Bible translates the word “garments” as “coats.”  So once their coats were cast upon or thrown (NKJV) upon the donkey, they were no longer on them, right?  If it’s on the donkey, it’s not on you!  So, when you read later about casting your cares, remember this word picture.  Your cares are no longer on you once you’ve cast them.  Now, your cares include anything that causes concern in your heart, in your mind, and for any amount of time.  Turn it all over to Him! God wants to carry them for you just like a beast of burden carries a heavy load.  Matthew 11:28 below is a promise, so let’s commit this week to trust His promise!

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Next week’s topic is “Waiting in the Word.”  I know that I sure don’t like it, but sometimes we just have to wait!  😉

~ Just keep shining, Cindyeliora

“I pray thatthe eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power”. (Ephesians 1:18-19)

The Way Through The Darkness Week 4

 

Day 1: Cast Anxiety

Reading: Proverbs 12:25

Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
But a good word makes it glad.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 2: Redeemed Fear Not

Reading: Isaiah 43:1-3

But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I gave Egypt for your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in your place.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 3: God Will Sustain

Reading: Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 4: God Cares

Reading: I Peter 5:6-7

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 5: Peace of God

Reading: Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 6: Lead Me

Reading: Psalm 139:23-24

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 7: Joy in God’s Presence

Reading: Psalm 16:11

You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

 

Week 1 of The Way Through The Darkness

Week 1 of The Way Through The Darkness

So glad to see you today!  To make it easier to follow along with this week’s study, I created a printable list.  So, not only is it colorful (fitting for the season), but it’s free!  Just click HERE to get it.  Then come on back and start the study.

 

Week 1: Feeding on Faithfulness

Brief Thought for the Week:  The suggested scripture readings for each day are listed below, but first just a few thoughts on this week’s topic.  

Taken literally, faithful means to be full of faith of course, but can God be full of faith? What would He be full of faith in? This by itself is a difficult concept for our limited human minds to comprehend, so let’s look at Webster’s definition. Webster’s defines faithful as being steadfast in affection or allegiance and includes in its list of synonyms: loyal, conscientious, binding, constant. This helps because we can more easily understand God as being affectionate, conscientious, and constant rather than full of faith. What examples of God’s faithfulness might help us with this concept? Psalm 89 is a wonderful example of God’s faithfulness; verses 33 and 34 say,

Nevertheless My lovingkindness I will not utterly take from him,Nor allow My faithfulness to fail.My covenant I will not break,Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.

Not only does this verse illustrate God’s faithfulness beautifully, but it establishes that His word can also be trusted! God’s word is binding and constant. Psalm 119:89 and 90 add to this:

Forever, O LORD,

Your word is settled in heaven.

Your faithfulness endures to all generations;

You established the earth, and it abides.

His faithfulness endures to your generation! Pause and think about that!

Blessed be the LORD, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses. (1 Kings 8:56)

This moment, right now, would be a good time to pause again and feed on God’s love and faithfulness. It’s warm, sweet and filling.  Ultimately satisfying.  I truly hope you enjoy feeding this week on God’s faithfulness!

 

Day 1: God is Faithful

Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

After reading each day’s scripture, I would like to suggest you ask yourself just two quick questions and contemplate your answers. Some people like to keep a journal so they can write these down and review later.  

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?  (Example: What does it mean to me to be faithful?

How does this verse from scripture help me? (Example: How does having an escape help me to face temptation?)

Next, you might want to use the prompts below to meditate on today’s verse for a few more moments.

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 2: Faithful to Forgive

Reading: 1 John 1:8-10

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?  (Example: Describe how God has been faithful to you.)

How does this verse from scripture help me? (Example: What do I learn about my responsibility in receiving the forgiveness of God?)

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 3: Pillar and Cloud

Reading: Nehemiah 9:19

Yet in Your manifold mercies

You did not forsake them in the wilderness.

The pillar of the cloud did not depart from them by day,

To lead them on the road;

Nor the pillar of fire by night,

To show them light,

And the way they should go.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?  (Example: How did God show His faithfulness in the wilderness?)

How does this verse from scripture help me? (Example: Does this scripture build my faith for God’s faithfulness in my own life?)

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 4: Shepherd Through Valley

Reading: Psalm 23:1-4

The LORD is my shepherd;

I shall not want.

He makes me to like down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters.

He restores my soul;

He leads me in the paths of righteousness

For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death

I will fear no evil;

For You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?  (Example: How did God show His faithfulness in the wilderness?)

How does this verse from scripture help me? (Example: Does this scripture build my faith for God’s faithfulness in my own life?)

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 5: Near to Broken Hearts

Readings: Psalm 34:18 Psalm 51:10-12, 17

Psalm 34:18

The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart,

And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

Psalm 51:10-13, 17

Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from Your presence,

And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,

And uphold me with Your generous Spirit.

 

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,

A broken and contrite heart –

These, O God, You will not despise.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 6: Orders Steps

Readings: Psalm 37:23-24 & Proverbs 3:5-6

Psalm 37:23-24

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD,

And He delights in his way.

Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;

For the LORD upholds him with His hand.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Day 7: Faithful to Stay

Reading: Hebrews 13:5-6

Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

So we boldly say:

The LORD is my helper;

I will not fear.

What can man do to me?”

Reflection:

What does today’s subtopic mean to me?

How does this verse from scripture help me?

Response:

What is my first thought in response to this?

What is God saying?

What action should I take?

I want to remember ____________________ .

My response to God ____________________ .

 

Next week’s topic is “Seeking the Light.”  See you soon!

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Sitting at Jesus’ Feet: 3 Keys to Understanding

Sitting at Jesus’ Feet: 3 Keys to Understanding

Good to see you again!  How did your week go? Were you able to spend some quiet time with Jesus at His feet in His Word?

If not, please don’t put guilt on yourself because of it. Just resolve to pick up again tomorrow!

 

The Bible records a time when even Jesus’ disciples missed their quiet time. Why? The needs of the people. You also have people in your life that need you!  Some of you have little ones and it can be so hard to make time with Jesus a priority when they are counting on you to take care of their needs!

And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves. The people saw them going, and many recognized them and ran there together on foot from all the cities, and got there ahead of them. When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. When it was already quite late, His disciples came to Him and said, “This place is desolate and it is already quite late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But He answered them, “You give them something to eat!” (Mark 6:31-45, NASB)

What followed was the event we refer to as the feeding of the five thousand.

I don’t know about you, but I confess that sometimes I struggle with doubts about whether I’m understanding Scripture.  I know that getting understanding (meaning as well as truth) from God’s Word can be challenging at times. Proverbs 16:16 tells us it’s more valuable than expensive things here on earth!  Well then, I’d have to say the effort will definitely be worth the value. Wouldn’t you agree?

How much better it is to get wisdom than gold!

And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.

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Based on Proverbs 3:5-6, we can have faith that there must be understanding that comes from God because we are instructed to not trust our own understanding.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

And do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He will make your paths straight.

During my study time preparing to write this post, I found three keys to understanding that I believe will help us to better understand what we are reading in God’s Word.  First, we are right to expect that God will give us understanding. Second, we can have faith that the Holy Spirit is present with us and guides us and the third key is our need to evaluate our hearts.

 

God Gives Understanding

The Bible informs us that God does indeed give us understanding through the reading of His Word.  Psalm 119:130 is one instance.

The unfolding of Your words gives light;

It gives understanding to the simple. (NASB)

The fact that Paul prayed for understanding for Jesus’ followers in Ephesians 1:15-19, gives us another reason we should expect that we can gain understanding.

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power (NKJV).

 

Holy Spirit Guides Us into Understanding

In John 14:16, Jesus is speaking and says,

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;” (NASB).

And in John 14:26 Jesus also says,

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. (NASB)

Later in John’s gospel, Jesus continues:

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. (John 16:13, NASB)

The Holy Spirit guides us and God the Father gives understanding to us, but we have a role in gaining understanding as well.

 

Evaluate Our Hearts

To get understanding, we need to look at our hearts and determine if they are ready to receive.  Psalm 111:10 says, 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.

In Proverbs 2:2 we read,

Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;

Do our hearts truly desire God’s truth — are they “inclined” to understanding? Are we in awe of Him and who He is?  Are we in a relationship with Him?  If there is anything in your heart that you think might be hindering your understanding, please pray and talk to God about it right now. Don’t wait another minute! (I’m not going anywhere. I’ll be right here when you’re ready to continue.)

 

A Valuable Blessing

I know there have been (or will be) times you want to throw your hands up in total frustration.  Whether that’s because you’re struggling with making the time or understanding what you’re reading, but let me encourage you that you will receive a blessing that is far beyond earthly value.  We need to: just – keep – reading. (Did you just see a little blue fish swimming by just now?)

Proverbs 23:23 (NASB)

Buy truth, and do not sell it,

Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.

Proverbs 3:13

How blessed is the man who finds wisdom

And the man who gains understanding.

 

Without a relationship with Jesus, we will have a longing we do not understand; an emptiness inside of us that nothing in this world will ever be able to fill.  To be in a relationship with Him means we need to get to know Him, to choose to and actually spend time with Him and continue to work at understanding what He has to say.  Thousands of years after He walked the earth, we can still spend time at His feet by studying the Bible.  We are so blessed to have His Word preserved for us in our time!

~ Just keep shining, Cindyeliora

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” (Eph. 1:18-19, NASB)

 

Sitting at Jesus’ Feet:  The First 7 Days

Sitting at Jesus’ Feet: The First 7 Days

Welcome back, sweet friend!  

I’d love to hear what part of “R-SHIP” (Resolve Start Habit Importance Plan) may have helped you the most since your last visit.

To start off today I invite you to picture in your mind a first-century fishing vessel at dawn near the shore on the Sea of Galilee. You’re not sure what one would have looked like? Well … I found a great photo online to help with that!  What would this boat have to do with our quiet time, you ask?  We’ll get into that in a minute.

1st century Galilee fishing boat.  Used during the time of Jesus.

Photo credit: Gem Fadling at unhurriedliving.com

This amazing photo is of an actual boat found at the Sea of Galilee! It is on display in a museum in Israel.  For being 2,000 or so years old it’s remarkably intact, don’t you think?

Here’s a link to the Galilee Boat Museum’s website if you’d like more information about this awe-inspiring archeological discovery. 

One more thing before we get started, I’m excited to tell you that I have a free printable for you to use with your first seven days of sitting at Jesus’ feet!  I’ll give you the link when we wrap up today.

Our topic today is going to get us ready for our first seven days of spending time alone with Jesus.  We’re going to talk about preparing, praying, reading and writing and their purpose.

 

Preparing Physically

In the previous post, “5 Steps to Finding Time” in the “Sitting at Jesus’ Feet” series, I suggested we select a few things to use in setting up our special place so that we look forward to spending time there.  If you’re concerned about pets or young children getting into them, you could use a tote bag and stash it out of reach until your planned quiet time.

In case you missed either of the previous posts in this series, you can find them here and here.

 

Preparing Mentally

So back to the boat.  It actually does indirectly relate to today’s topic.  A little while ago I asked you to use a mental picture to help prepare you to continue our learning voyage toward sitting at Jesus’ feet.  Being mentally prepared is a significant part of spending time with Him, so we need to set aside our own priorities and the busyness of our lives for a short time so that our thoughts will be focused on Him!

 

Preparing Spiritually

John tells us in his gospel that,

“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24, NASB)

Since God is spirit, we also need to be prepared spiritually for our time with Jesus. We could start with a short, simple prayer similar to this:

Heavenly Father, please open my heart to hear from You as I read Your Word. I thank you that I’m able to come into Your presence because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross. It’s in His name I pray.

My suggestion for what we do during our special time with Jesus, now that we have prepared ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually, boils down to this: read, pray, write, repeat.  

 

Read Scripture

A good way to start out is to read a short passage in Scripture.  After reading, sit quietly and ask Jesus (silently if you like) what He wants you to know from the passage. Does anything seem to jump out at you or maybe even “sting” a little?  Did you have an “aha” moment – did the light just go on for you about something?  Is there a little stirring in your spirit deep inside of you and you’re not yet really sure what it is?

 

Pray for Understanding

This is a great time to pray again and this time ask God to show you clearly what He wants you to hear Him saying to you specifically through what you just read in His Word.

Father, Your Word says _______________________.  I want to be sure I understand You, so please give me understanding of this. I pray in Jesus’ name.

 

Write it Down

You may want to write down any truth, correction, promise, or clarification you have been given. A notebook of some kind can be helpful for recording these.  Life happens, we get busy and it’s easy to forget what you received in the quiet presence of God once the “loudness” of life sets in again. (I’m getting to know forgetfulness far too intimately as I prepare to turn 60!)

 

Read it Again

If you have the time, reread the passage.  God has filled His Word richly with depth of meaning and you may find that you gain even more understanding with a second reading!

 

Pray for Strength

It is very important to ask God to help you follow the guidance you just received. Here is a suggestion:

Father in Heaven, I can’t do what You have asked under my own strength.  I need Your strength to do ____________________ because You want me to and to stop doing ____________________ because You’ve asked me to stop doing it.  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  

 

Write Again

You might want to write your prayer down now too. It will help you track your progress in applying what you learn to your life.

 

Friend, I want to encourage you today that you can do this!  

Jesus’ disciples were not all highly educated.  Several were fishermen.  Though they may not have understood right away some of the things Jesus taught them, they did gain understanding through continuing to sit at His feet.  So let’s focus on continuing to get to know Jesus and trust that understanding will come.  More on understanding next time you stop by!

Here’s a list of seven selected readings. I love these because it’s so easy to forget who we are in Christ.  I hope you find it helpful in case you don’t know what to read during our first week of sitting together at Jesus’ feet.  I look forward to seeing you here next week and hearing about your time with Him!

Okay, so earlier I promised you a freebie to download and print and here it is!

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Download this free printable here.

 

I certainly understand if you prefer not to download files from the internet, so there’s also a simple list at the bottom of the page for you to copy and paste.

Until next time!

~ Keep shining, Cindyeliora

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” (Eph. 1:18-19, NASB)

 

Sitting at Jesus’ Feet: The First 7 Days

Day 1:

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.  

You are a new creature, a new creation.  

Day 2:

Read John 1:1-14.  

You are a child of God.

Day 3:

Read John 15:1-17.  

You are a friend of God.

Day 4:

Read 1 John 1:1-10.  

You are forgiven.

Day 5:

Read Ephesians 2:1-13.  

You have been brought near to God by the blood of Christ.

Day 6:

Read John 3:1-17.  

You have eternal life.

Day 7:

Read Philippians 3:20.

You are a citizen of heaven.