Monday - 11/30By Eric Welliver
Read Hebrews 4:16"Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
Response/Questions1. What is one area of your life it is hard to be confident in? Why?
2. When is a time you trusted God confidently with a tough circumstance? Was it hard to allow him to guide the situation instead trying to yourself?
3. Reflect back on times when you have received the Lord mercy and grace on you when you have fully trusted him. (Keep a journal of these times to look back on when it's harder to trust.)
4. Identify something you can trust God with in your life, then pray and tell him you have surrendered it.
Tuesday - 12/1By Grace Ruta
Trusting in God and releasing control can be hard to do, especially if we have a skewed view of Him.
Response/Questions1. What do you imagine God feels when He thinks about you?
2. The truth is that He swells with LOVE when He thinks of you. Read : 1 John 4:9-11
3. A little further, 1 John 1:16-19, talks about the confidence we can have because His love is complete. Are there places in your life that lack confidence, and how can you allow God into them to cover them with His love?
Wednesday - 12/2By Mike Merrill
Read Psalm 46:10-11"He says, 'Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations I will be exalted in the earth.’ The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress."
Response/Questions1. The hustle and bustle of December can be draining, but Psalm 46:10 reminds us to "Be still, and know that I am God". With all of the plans and activities to coordinate this season, let your heart reflect on your Heavenly Father who is in control.
2. Find a quiet place (DISCLAIMER: you might have get creative if you have kids), take a deep breath and set aside 10 minutes to connect with your Father in Heaven.
3. Psalm 23:2 says, "He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.” Just be still and know that He is God. Let Him refresh your soul. He is in control.
4. If you're looking for a tangible way to connect with God during this time of solitude, check out this praise song from Chris August. Just click the link and ask God's Spirit to minister to your spirit (Romans 8:16).
Thursday - 12/3By John Frank
Read: Proverbs 3:1-8"My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones."
Response/Questions1. Write 3 things God is asking you to surrender to him to help you grow in your faithfulness.
2. Ask a trusted friend to hold you accountable to making those changes today. Set an appointment to check in with that trusted friend weekly between now and Christmas.
3. Set your calendar for 1 month from now to check-in and see if God has brought you peace with respect to those items.
Friday - 12/4By Jon Peacock
Read Psalm 55:22"Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”
Response/Questions1. What “cares” are you gripping today? Write them out in your journal or type them into your phone.
2. Examine these “cares” and ask the question, are these “cares” greater than God? Are these “cares” blocking out how God cares for you today and has cared for you in your past?
3. Now read this passage from the Amplified version. From the Hebrew interpretation, observe how you now understand the words care, sustain and shaken.
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