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.

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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    Photo by REVWRM from Whit’s End blog
  • 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