Weekend Review

Read the entire weeks reading at one time.
What comes to your mind first.
How can you apply it?
Spend some time praying for your weekend. 
Spend some time praying over your church gathering tomorrow.

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The Great “I Am”

Start with prayer.
Praise God for a new day and for the life he has given you. Praise him for the privilege of coming to him in prayer.
Confess your sin to God and ask him to help you change.
Ask him to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 8:48-59.
Why did the Jews think Jesus had a demon?
Who is Jesus equating himself with in this passage?
Jesus statement in v.58 was the icing on the cake for the jewish leaders. 
“Before Abraham was, I am.” It almost seems like bad grammar but it is not.
What claim is Jesus making by using the phrase “I am”?
Read Exodus 3:1-14 for the Old Testament background to that phrase.
This is another trinitarian passage. Jesus is God The Son not just another religious leader.
It is important for us to recognize that we are not The Great I am but the great sinner in need of Him.
Does your daily life reflect that you are the great I am or that He is the great I am?
 
End with prayer.
Thank God for this passage and for helping you understand more about him.
Pray for the person you know that does not know the great “I am”.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.

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Champion of Truth

Start with prayer.
Spend time praising God.
Confess your sins to him and ask him to help you fight against sin.
Ask him to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 8:39-47
Why does Jesus tell the crowd that God is not their father?
What does someone do if God is their father?
How does Jesus describe the character of the devil?
Imagine Jesus telling you the things he just told this crowd? What would your response be?
This is a description of everyone before faith in Christ. Do you recognize that before Jesus you were a child of wrath; a child of the devil? That is hard to accept but its the truth.
What does Jesus say about people who believe his truth?
Are you a person of the truth? Are you a champion of truth?
Is there any deception in you right now? If so go to God and get rid of the deception.
 
End with prayer.
Confess any deception within you to God. Ask him to help you be a champion of truth in word and action.
Pray for the person you know that is a child of wrath.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.

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Disciples Abide in The Word

Start with Prayer.
Spend time praising God.
Confess your sins and ask him to help you fight against sin.
Ask him to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 8:31-38
What do Jesus disciples do?
What is the result of abiding in Jesus word? 
What does Jesus word set us free from?
If Jesus sets us free can we be enslaved to sin again? 
Christians can still sin but we are not slaves to sin. There is a difference. Once we are in Christ, sin cannot take that away. 
Do you abide in Jesus word? The word abide means to remain or continue. 
The purpose of this devotion is to help you abide in God’s Word. It will help you overcome sin and become more like Christ. 
Do you feel that you are becoming more like Christ or that not much has changed over the years?
 
Close in Prayer
Ask God to help you abide in his word and pray that his word would help you become more like Christ.
Pray for the person you know that does not know Jesus and is enslaved to sin.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.

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Skeptics and Believers

Start with prayer.
Praise God for your weekend and your time with the saints.
Ask God to bless your week and for him to guide you through it.
Ask God to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 8:21-30
Jesus speaking to a mixed crowd here. What harsh things does Jesus say to them? v.21, 23, 24,  
What happens in v.30 despite all the pharisees skeptical questions? 
Remember there will always be skeptics and there will always be believers. Jesus dealt with the skeptical pharisees but he spent most of his time helping others believe. He said he came for those who needed him and wanted him. If Jesus was rejected, we will be rejected. Jesus never stressed over who rejected him. He never lost sleep over those who walked away. He never tried to manipulate them to come back. He never compromised his message to keep the crowds big. He focused on those who were hungry and gave them the spiritual food they desired. 
Do you believe? Are you hungry? Spend time with Jesus and you will find food for your soul.
 
End with prayer.
Ask God to help you believe and to feed you what your soul needs.
Pray for your friend who is still the skeptic.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.

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The Importance of Saturday Worship

Have you ever thought that Saturday could be your most important day of the week to have a time of worship with God in the morning? Many spiritual battles play out on Saturday. Why do you think that is? Perhaps it has something to do with the gathered church the next day? People let their guard down on Saturday because they want to relax and veg and forget about all their worries and so they often forget about God. Saturday is also a day to prepare for corporate worship on Sunday. When most saints are spending their time vegging in front of tv or their phones or doing recreational activities they could be praying for God to move in their churches the following morning. Spiritual warfare can be very real and alive on Saturdays so pray for your pastors and pray for protection over your church and pray for God to lead all the saints to gather for worship the next morning. Pray for the lost to come and hear the gospel and be saved.
 
Read the entire weeks reading at one time.
What stands out to you the most from the week? 
Why do you think that is?
 
 

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Again With The Light

Start with prayer.
Thank God for delivering you out of darkness and into his marvelous light. Praise him for giving you true sight to see the world from God’s perspective. Thank God for showing you the truth.
Confess your sins and ask God to help you change.
Ask God to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 8:12-20
Jesus as the light is a common theme in John. The word occurs 24 times, more than any other book in the New Testament.
What do we need to do to not walk in darkness? v.12
What does following Jesus look like?
The Pharisees didn’t believe Jesus was the light. How do we know that Jesus is the light? v.14-18
Why did Jesus not get arrested? v.20 What does this prove? Who is in control?
 
End with prayer.
Ask God to help you follow Jesus.
Pray for the person you know that does not follow Jesus.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.
 

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Put Down The Stones and Pick Up The Word of Life

Start with prayer.
Praise God for friends and family by name.
Confess your sins and ask God to help you fight sin.
Ask God to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 8:1-11
Be careful not to follow the way of the pharisee. They had a lot of zeal for the law but no love for people or God. They were arrogant and rude and wanted to show others that they were superior. All of this under the disguise of religious maturity and preaching the truth. We should all strive to grow in our faith but be careful of the slippery slope of pride. Jesus specializes in humbling the proud. By the end all the accusers had left.
What is the last thing Jesus told the prostitute to do (or not to do)?
First Jesus conveys love and draws near to her. Then he calls the woman to change. Don’t get this backwards. Christians who are still sinful often expect people without Jesus to understand sin and live rightly. They need Jesus first before they can change. Don’t stone people before you give them Jesus. Lead them to Jesus and then call them to follow Jesus.
Why do you think Jesus wrote in the sand with his “finger”? No one really knows for sure.
Look up Exodus 31:18 and think about how that might help answer the previous question.
 
End with prayer.
As God to help you see people the way Jesus does.
Pray for the person you know that does not know Jesus.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.
 
 
 
 

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Controversial Jesus

Start with prayer.
Praise God for some of his different characteristics.
Confess your sins and ask God to help you fight against sin and glorify him with your life.
Ask God to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 7:40-52.
This passage shows Jesus causing quite the stir among the people. They were arguing over who he was.
What were they calling him?
Why did the officers not bring Jesus to the pharisees? 
What was the pharisees argument for not believing in Jesus in v.48? Why is this a lame argument?
Why do you think Jesus was so controversial back then?
Why is Jesus controversial today? Even church goers sometimes are uncomfortable saying his name. Why?
 
End with prayer.
Pray that God would help you to be bold about Jesus and not be ashamed of his name.
Pray for the person you know that does not believe in Jesus.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.

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