Fruit of The Spirit or Fruit of The Flesh

Start with prayer.
Praise God for the time of worship yesterday and for the church.
Ask God to help you focus and to be consistent with your daily devotional this week.
 
Read John 7:32-36
What is Jesus trying to tell the pharisees in v.33-34? 
“The Dispersion” is just a reference to Jews who were scattered around Rome. The pharisees didn’t get what Jesus was talking about so this was the best they could come up with. Jesus was talking about his limited time on earth and his physical resurrection and ascension to heaven. 
Jesus no longer walks on this earth but who did he send to help us? John 14:25-, 16:7
What does Paul say about the church at Corinth in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3?
The pharisees never got Jesus because they were focused on material things. The Corinthian church was dysfunctional because they were too focused on material things. 
Are you spiritual? What is the fruit or evidence of this?
 
Close with prayer.
Ask the Holy Spirit to dwell in you and to help you produce spiritual fruit.
Pray for the person you know that does not understand spiritual matters.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.
 
 
 

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Weekend Review

What was the best part of your week?
What was the worst part of your week?
Praise God for your week the good and the bad.
Read the entire weeks reading at one time.
After reading all of it what stands out to you the most?
Why do you think this is? Does this passage challenge you? Does it teach you something new?
How does this passage impact your daily walk with God?
Spend some time praying for your church. 
Ask God to lead his people to church tomorrow.
Ask God to bless our gathering and to move in a mighty way.

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Trust In A Sovereign God

Start with prayer.
Praise God for the life he has given you. Praise him for forgiving you and saving you from sin and death.
Confess your sins to God and ask him to help you change.
Ask God to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 7:25-31
What were the different responses to Jesus?
What do all these different responses tell us is going on in relation to Jesus?
How is this battle still taking place today?
What truth does Jesus share about himself in this passage?
What truth about God is revealed in the statement “his hour had not yet come”?
How might this affect how you trust in God?
What areas of your life do you need to trust in God more?
 
End with prayer.
Praise God for his sovereignty which means he is in control and faithfully rules his people.
Ask God to lead you to trust in him with all areas of life.
Pray for the person you know that does not trust in God.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.
 

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Don’t Judge By Appearances

Start with prayer.
Praise God for his love and for pursuing you and not giving up on you.
Confess your sins to God and ask him to help you change.
Ask God to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 7:19-24.
Why is Jesus asking them about Moses and the law? What are they accusing him of?
What hard truth does Jesus speak to the leading Jews here?
Why were they upset with Jesus according to Jesus in v.23?
What does Jesus mean by “judge by appearances”?
Sometimes people are really good at playing the religious game and miss God’s heart entirely.
They are rule followers but miss the entire commandment of God which is to love.
How can you make sure you don’t fall into that trap?
 
End with prayer.
Ask God to line up your heart with his.
Ask him to help you be faithful to his word and ask him to help you follow his heart.
Pray for the person you know that doesn’t know God. Ask God to use you to lead them to him.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.

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Glory Robbers

Begin with prayer.
Spend time praising God for his character.
Confess your sins to God and ask him to help you change.
Ask God to help you focus as your read and pray.
 
Read John 7:14-18
What did Jesus begin to do in the middle of the feast of booths?
Why were the Jews confused by him?
What good advice does Jesus give us for identifying false teachers here?
Who’s glory to you seek?
What evidence is there of that?
 
End with prayer.
Give God the glory for the great things he has done.
Give God the glory for his character.
Pray for the person you know that does not know God.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.

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Friendly Reminder

I apologize for missing a few days of posts. If the online posts get a day or two behind please just keep reading and praying. 
 
Start with Prayer.
Praise God for a new day and the new life he has given you in Jesus name. Praise him for the privilege of reading his word and for the privilege of coming into his presence.
Ask God to help you focus as you read and pray this morning.
 
Read John 7:1-13
Where was Jesus? What else happened in this town?
Why were the Jews seeking to kill Jesus?
The Feast Booths dates back to the wilderness journey from Egypt to the promised land. The Lord told them to build these tiny structures and live in them for a week. The purpose was to remind them of God’s provision and God’s grace to deliver them out of slavery and into the promised land. The concern was that they would forget about God once they began to prosper over the years.
Has your prosperity led you closer to God or further from God? 
Does your heart line up with God’s agenda and priorities or the priorities of your stuff and your career?
What can you do to make sure you don’t forget about God’s grace in your life?
 
End with prayer.
Confess your sins to God and seek forgiveness.
Ask God to help you never to forget his grace and your salvation.
Pray for the person you know that has not experienced God’s saving grace.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.

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Weekend Review

Spend time praising God for your week, the good and the bad. 
Ask God to help you focus as you read.
Read the entire weeks readings at one time.
What stands out to you the most after  you read all of it.
Ask God to prepare your heart for worship tomorrow.
Pray that God would lead his people to gather together tomorrow.
Pray for God to bless the service and for God to move in a mighty way.
 
 

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Words of Eternal Life

Start with prayer.
Spend time praising God.
Spend time confessing sin to God.
Ask God to help you focus.
 
Read John 6:60-71
Why do you think the disciples had a hard time with what Jesus was saying?
What gives life according to v.63?
What is key to understanding Jesus teaching?
What happened after Jesus gave his final answer in v.65?
Did Jesus try to make it easy for everyone to understand? Why or why not?
What did Peter say about Jesus?
Do you believe what Peter believes? 
Does your life show this belief?
 
End with prayer.
Thank Jesus for his words of life and for your salvation.
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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Life in Jesus

Start with prayer.
Spend time praising God.
Confess your sins to God and seek forgiveness and strength to change.
Ask God to help you focus.
 
Read John 6:41-59
Why did the Jews grumble against Jesus?
What did they use as a reason for their disbelief?
What has to happen before someone can come to Jesus?
When Jesus is talking about eating himself and drinking his blood what is he really referring to?
How does this relate to the passover?
Look how many times Jesus uses the word live or life.
What does this tell us about his goal?
What does this tell us about where real life is found?
How are you seeking life? Through Jesus or through some other means?
What do your actions indicate? What dominates your thoughts, calendar, wallet?
 
Close in prayer.
Thank Jesus for bringing you life in him.
Pray that you would seek life in him and not the world.
Pray for the person you know that has not tasted the bread of life.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.
 
 

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