Sunday School Lessons: March – June 2021

The Lord’s House Community Church

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS
 
 

April 4, 2021 – SALVATION IS SEALED

Bible Background – Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Luke 24:1-35

Printed Text – Luke 24:13-16, 22-35 / Devotional Reading – Philippians 2:1-11

Aim for Change

By the end of this lesson, we will IDENTIFY the connections between the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 52:13-53:12 and the resurrected Christ in Luke 24, AFFIRM the joy of knowing the Suffering Servant is the resurrected Jesus Christ, and SHARE the story of the Suffering Servant, who is the resurrected Jesus Christ.

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April 11, 2021 – EZRA: FAITH AND ACTION PREACHER

Bible Background – Ezra 9-10

Printed Text – Ezra 10:1-12 / Devotional Reading – Ezekiel 18:25-32

Aim for Change

By the end of this lesson, we will CONTRAST the people’s need for repentance with their joyful response to God’s word, BELIEVE that God’s truth is eternal, and GROW in determination to serve God in our community and beyond.

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April 18, 2021 – NEHEMIAH: THE CAPTIVE CUPBEARER REBUILDS A NATION

Bible Background – Nehemiah 2:11-20; 13:1-22

Printed Text – Nehemiah 2:11-20 / Devotional Reading – Daniel 9:4-6, 15-19

Aim for Change

By the end of this lesson, we will EXAMINE why Nehemiah decided to restore the wall of Jerusalem and reform/revive the Sabbath law, APPRECIATE Nehemiah’s feelings and behavior in restoring the wall and reforming Jewish worship, and IDENTIFY ways to restore worn parts of the faith community and revive traditions that honor God.

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April 25, 2021 – A PLEA FOR RESTORATION

Bible Background – Lamentations 5

Printed Text – Lamentations 5 / Devotional Reading – Lamentations 3:22-33

Aim for Change

By the end of this lesson, we will UNDERSTAND why the writer of Lamentations pleaded with God for the restoration of Israel, SENSE the writer’s feelings over the oppression of his nation, and PRAY for and engage in the restoration of broken relationships with God.

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May 2, 2021 – MICAIAH: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER

Bible Background – 1 Kings 22:1-40 | Printed Text – 1 Kings 22:15-23, 26-28

Devotional Reading – 1 John 3:23-4:3; Deuteronomy 18:19-22

Aim for Change

By the end of this lesson, we will IDENTIFY with Micaiah’s boldness in declaring the word of the Lord, ASPIRE to be like Micaiah when speaking the word of the Lord, and COMMIT to tell those in power what the Lord has said.

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May 9, 2021 – ISAIAH: OFFERING HOPE FOR THE FUTURE

Bible Background – Isaiah 29

Printed Text – Isaiah 29:13-24 / Devotional Reading – Jeremiah 29:10-14

Aim for Change

By the end of this lesson, we will CONSIDER how God’s promise of mercy will triumph over God’s judgment, BELIEVE that an essential characteristic of God’s nature is forgiveness, and REJOICE in the manifestation of God’s love in our own lives.

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May 16, 2021 – JEREMIAH: THE SUFFERING PREACHER

Bible Background – Jeremiah 37-38

Printed Text – Jeremiah 38:14-23 / Devotional Reading – Jeremiah 38:7-13; 39:15-18

Aim for Change

By the end of this lesson, we will IDENTIFY Jeremiah’s hesitation to give controversial advice to Zedekiah, SENSE Jeremiah’s apprehension when talking to Zedekiah, and COMMIT to giving challenging godly advice.

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May 23, 2021 – EZEKIEL: STREET PREACHER TO THE EXILES

Bible Background – Ezekiel 18

Printed Text – Ezekiel 18:1-9, 30-32 / Devotional Reading – Psalm 147

Aim for Change

By the end of this lesson, we will EXAMINE behavior in which we blame others as the cause, COMMIT to be responsible for our own behavior, and ENGAGE in responsible behavior that finds favor with God.

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May 30, 2021 – JONAH: DO THE RIGHT THING

Bible Background – Jonah 3

Printed Text – Jonah 3 / Devotional Reading – Jonah 2

Aim for Change

By the end of this lesson, we will SURVEY Nineveh’s response to Jonah’s message, SENSE how the people of Nineveh felt after hearing Jonah’s message, and ENGAGE in repentance and right behavior after hearing God’s warning.

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June 6, 2021 – WHY DO YOU WORRY?

Bible Background – Matthew 6:19-34

Printed Text – Matthew 6:25-34 / Devotional Reading – Ezekiel 34:11-16

Aim for Change

By the end of this lesson, we will CONTRAST Jesus’ teachings about worry with our own anxieties, APPRECIATE God’s care for everything in nature, and EMBRACE the opportunity to trust God in everyday life.

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June 13, 2021 – WHY ARE YOU AFRAID?

Bible Background – Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25

Printed Text – Matthew 8:23-27 / Devotional Reading – Psalm 107:23-32

Aim for Change

By the end of this lesson, we will CONSIDER the feelings of the disciples when a storm overtook their boat while Jesus was asleep, IDENTIFY the crises that cause adults to worry about themselves and their families, and RESPOND to the promised presence of Jesus in bad times as well as good times.

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Jun 20, 2021 – HEALED BY FAITH

Bible Background – Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:40-56

Printed Text – Matthew 9:18-26 / Devotional Reading – Proverbs 3:1-8

Aim for Change

By the end of this lesson, we will EXAMINE the nature of the faith involved in the healings of the woman and the girl in this passage, SENSE the power of God to bring life and healing to our loved ones, and REJOICE in the healing power of God as manifested in our own lives.

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June 27, 2021 – WHY DO YOU DOUBT?

Bible Background – Matthew 14:22-33

Printed Text – Matthew 14:22-33 / Devotional Reading – Isaiah 38:16-20

Aim for Change

By the end of this lesson, we will RECALL the amazing story of the storm at sea followed by Jesus’ appearance walking on the water, REPENT of failing to trust in God when caught up in a crisis, and DEVELOP habits of trust that enable us to overcome our doubt about God’s care.

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Day 21, January 30

 

What Has God Shown You?

 

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:10 (NLT) But it was to us that God revealed these things by His Spirit. For His Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.

 

Thought for Today:

On this 21st day of our season of prayer and fasting, let’s  pause to reflect on our journey with God. Prayerfully you have experienced a real and permanent spiritual transformation, through the power of spending focused time in prayer, fasting, worship and the Word of God. Hopefully, He has drawn you closer to Him and increased your desire to serve Jesus and live the Spirit-filled life.

 What has He shown you and what has the Holy Spirit revealed?

…about your walk with Jesus

….about keeping your eyes on Jesus

…about listening to His voice

…about having the mind of Christ

…about trusting God at all times

…about obeying Him

…about forgiving others and yourself

…about serving Him faithfully

…about your relationships

…about your spiritual gifts

…about the deeper things He has for you

 This passage of scripture really resonates. Apostle Paul reminds the Corinthians that “it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit.”

 God has shown you things by His Spirit during these last 21 days. How will you respond to the Spirit of God? He is waiting for your answer.

 It’s Time to Pray: Heavenly Father, what have you shown me in during my 21 days of prayer and fasting? Help me to respond to those things in obedience so that I may be used by You throughout 2021 and beyond…in Jesus’ name, Amen!


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Day 20, January 29

 

 

A View from the Top!
 

Scriptures:

 Matthew 5:1-3 

And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 6:33

But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

 

Thought for Today:

Have you ever seen the view from the top of a mountain? The summit of a mountain is a majestic place and offers a majestic view to those who have the rare opportunity make it to the top. It has been described as one of the most life-changing experiences that one can have. Maybe you have experienced this while looking down from an airplane or watching a movie with mountain views. However you might have experienced it, such spectacular views elevate your thoughts and change the way you see the world. The experience provides you with a view from some of the highest places on earth and enables you to see valleys, rivers and other terrain at great distances. You gain a far greater line of sight and broader vision.

 As He begins to preach the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives His disciples and the multitudes of people a “View from the Top” proclaiming The Beatitudes. Matthew 5:1 describes when Jesus saw a large gathering of people, He went up on a mountain and took a seat and His disciples gathered around Him. Jesus was intentional about everything He did. Therefore initiating His ministry from the mountain was symbolic of elevating their standard of thinking and living to the standard of the Kingdom of God.  Each Beatitude describes a kingdom character trait that Jesus desired His disciples to receive, understand and live by daily as citizens of the Kingdom of God. He knew that as they took in each Beatitude, their soul and mind would be elevated to be more like His. He gave them the highest view of what their life could become for the Kingdom if they followed Him and believed on His name. Each Beatitude begins with “blessed” (happy, supremely blessed, special joy granted to the person who receives salvation — Spirit Filled Life Bible).

 Today, just as He taught His disciples and the crowd that day, Jesus wants to give you a fresh “View from the Top” to increase your spiritual vision and understanding of His Kingdom. He wants to elevate your thinking to a Kingdom mindset. He wants to reveal His divine character and nature in you. There is a higher standard that you can attain as a disciple and servant of Jesus Christ if you seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness. Once you receive a “View from the Top” you will never be the same. He will place your feet on higher ground. You will praise, worship, pray, receive the Word and serve with greater Kingdom fervor and faithfulness.  Less of you, More of Him!

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s table land,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

(Refrain from Higher Ground

 

It’s Time to Pray: 

Lord Jesus, I repent for living beneath Your standard. Pour into me a fresh vision for my role in your Kingdom. Elevate my thinking and living to the standard of the Beatitudes. Help me to gain your “View from the top.” Lord, plant my feet on higher ground. I decrease so that You may increase in me… Amen.

 
 

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Day 19, January 28

 
 

The Holy Harvest Part 2: After the Reaping

Scripture: John 9:4

“I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”
 

With these words in John 9:4, Jesus acknowledged He was mandated by God (I must work) to complete an assignment on earth. He cautioned that the window of opportunity would end (night is coming when no man can work). His disciples had asked if familial sin was why a certain man was born blind. The Lord said the man was born blind so that the works of God could be revealed. Jesus then began setting the stage for him to walk the path which led to restoration of his sight.

We too are created for works which reveal God’s will. These works are time sensitive; they must be completed in the order ordained by God.  They are cyclical – a comforting rotation of being filled and emptied repeatedly to be used by Him. Farming is a common analogy in the Bible which illustrates the concept of seedtime and harvest. Like summer and winter, day and night, reaping must follow a planting and growing season (Genesis 8:22).

The Day 16 devotional, The Holy Harvest, reminded us of the significance of allowing God to renew our strength as we continue in well doing.  Among the risks associated with extreme weariness include spiritual dimness, making it difficult to see God’s plan. In that devotional was a story of a weary farmer who labored all season and was blessed with a bountiful yield. However, the morning of the harvest he was too tired to gather.

When we left him, the man was snuggled in his bed, sound asleep after a mere quick glance at his fields bursting with fruits and vegetables. What a waste of resources and energy it would be if the farmer slept through the blessing of reaping what he had sown. Did he miss the opportunity to harvest his goods?

No. The farmer fully awakened a few minutes later when the Holy Spirit reminded him of today’s scripture. He was convicted in his spirit; the Lord had given him well beyond what he expected. He quickly assembled other laborers to help him in the field.  As the crew gathered an endless supply of fresh goods, he meditated on 2 Corinthians 9:6:

He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  

When the fields were cleared his heart was grateful, he thanked the Lord for the bounty. At the same time he wondered what should he do with the massive abundance he had collected. 

Has God poured a cornucopia of blessing upon you during this time of fasting and prayer? Are you enjoying it in good measure, pressed down shaken together and running over (Luke 6:38)?  When this season ends and reaping is done, what will you do with your crop?

Without a doubt, thanksgiving and praise will immediately follow. Set aside time after the fast to take inventory of your unique harvest. Did you reap new relationships, answers to prayer, opportunities to reveal God to someone? The Bible provides clear instructions on what to do with the Lord’s blessings.  Among the first is to freely and sacrificially share what you have been given. This work is a key component of the harvesting cycle. It blesses you and the recipient. At the same time, it makes room to prepare for the next growing season.

You will reap in due season if you faint not! In the natural realm, crops picked too soon produce fruit that is not fully developed to its full potential. Procrastinating can lead to crops rotting on the vine, wasted and useless. The same applies to your spiritual harvest; stay alert to the revelation of God’s work as you reap. His grace will abound toward you and provide an abundance for every good work He has called you to complete (2 Corinthians 9:11).

It’s Time to Pray:  Thank you, Lord God, for blessing our lives with divine order and direction. We receive Your supply with thanksgiving, and give You all honor and praise always. In Jesus name…Amen!

 

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Day 18, January 27

 

 

The Center of My Joy

 

Scripture: Nehemiah 8:10b 

 Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

 

Thought for Today: Some people think of joy as an emotion that is activated by their feelings. Others equate joy with happiness. What does joy mean to you and what role does the second fruit of the spirit play in your daily walk with God?

Numerous scriptures in the Bible describe joy as a virtue that God gives to His people. The joy that God provides is gladness, contentment, rejoicing and peace that is anchored in your faith in God alone. This joy cannot be found in people, work, money, possessions or even in church attendance. It is found only in your personal covenant relationship in God.

Following a period of despair in my life, I experienced the restoration of joy and I  testify to you that “joy comes in the morning.” There were times I had to sing the song,

“ Jesus, You’re the center of my joy,

all that’s good and perfect comes from You.

You’re the heart of my contentment,

hope for all I do.

Jesus, You’re the center of my joy”

(by Richard Smallwood)

 

Yes, the Lord did it! He restored my joy! The word tells us “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10b). There is a strength that grows in your soul when you choose to receive the joy of the Lord. God’s great joy defeats, sadness, sorry, despair, despondence and even depression. So even in the midst of the storms and stresses of life, you can anchor your faith in God and experience the joy of the Lord. He will fill you with His joy in you and that joy will give you the strength to move forward.

 How will you know that you have His joy? Decide that in spite of your circumstances, you will focus on His awesome power over any and everything that you are facing in life. Rather than drowning in your troubles, you will soar by singing a song of joy. And the joy of the Lord will lift you and restore your soul.
 

It’s Time to Pray: Dear Lord, You alone are the source of all joy. Make your joy complete in me today. I declare that Jesus is the center of my joy and the source of my strength… Amen

 

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Day 17, January 26

 

The Power of the Word!

 Scripture:  Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 Thought for Today:  Great surgeons focus on identifying the “root cause” of disease in the body.  Surgery performed to save a person’s life requires the use of invasive tools that cut deep into flesh, tissue, bone and cells. Surgeons are trained to identify and remove disease from the body of their patient to enable the patient to heal.  They accomplish this by using very sensitive diagnostic imaging equipment and precise surgical tools that can remove the most microscopic pieces of diseased tissue and cells.

 As powerful as surgery is to remove disease and promote healing, The Word of God is even more powerful to diagnose sin in your life. Sin is the disease that produces spiritual sickness and death in us. Jesus Christ is the Living Word, who gave His life and shed His blood to cleanse us of our sins, so that we may live. When you read and meditate on God’s Holy Word, it gets inside of you and changes you from the inside out to enable you to live for Jesus Christ. Through His Holy Word, God reveals His plan of love, salvation, and redemption for mankind directly to you. In Hebrews 4:12, the Hebrew writer provides a vivid description of the power of the Word of God. It is living (active, always at work in you), powerful (filled with God’s power), with sharpness, precision, and accuracy to pierce your total being (Amplified Bible: the completeness of a person and the deepest parts of our nature). God’s Word diagnoses and shows the inward condition of our thoughts and intentions. When you deposit His Holy Word, it  will produce permanent righteous change in your life. That’s the power of God’s Word!

The Word of God is life-saving and life-giving! You cannot live a victorious life without it. Read it, study it, meditate on it, apply it! Hide (deposit) the Word in your heart. God wants to unleash the power of His Word in your life. Are you open to it?

It’s Time to Pray: Heavenly Father, Reveal to me the power of Your Word. Enable Your Word to diagnose ‘root cause’ sin in my life so that I may confess and repent of my sin and enable the blood of Jesus to cleanse me. Give me a love for Your Word so that I will read and meditate on it daily. Holy Spirit, please teach me how to study and apply the Word of God in a way that produces growth and Christlikeness in me…in Jesus name Amen!

 
 

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Day 16, January 25

The Holy Harvest

Scripture:  Galatians 6:9

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

We are less than a week away from the end of the first prayer and fasting season of 2021. Like never before, we’re seeing broken souls healed and new miracles revealed! Our God is speaking to us and through us increasingly each day as we commit this time to press in tighter for a closer walk with Him. The angels in heaven rejoice with us and God is pleased that His people are seeking His face. It’s a spiritually rejuvenating season filled with purpose and promise. Hallelujah!  

Equally true is the fact that the devil is on the sidelines waiting to attack, just as he did Jesus during His sacred time of prayer and fasting (Matthew 4:1-11). As followers of Jesus, we expect the same attempts to steal, kill and destroy our lives. Because our weapons are not earthly, but mighty through God (2 Corinthians 10:4), we have the victory just as Jesus does. Still, there’s a reason the bible cautions against access weariness, even in well-doing such as fasting and prayer.

As humans, we have internal and external frailties that pull on our mortal resources. For instance, despite this time of fasting and prayer we still must attend to family and business matters, illness and other issues. Some of us have people in the home who are not fasting, creating the need to prepare extra meals. Families today have children in home school and many parents are working from home too, creating a complicated dynamic during the day to say the least. Our bodies will get tired. But the scripture cautions against becoming so weary that we faint (lose consciousness). When someone faints they become weak, unclear, or dim. As it relates to our spiritual journey, if we remain in such a frail state we run risks such as:

-Missing a special word from God during this time

-Giving the devil an opening to lie that you’ve failed or displeased God

-The inability to reap your harvest with complete clarity (if at all)

Imagine a hardworking farmer during an exceptionally challenging growing season. From the weather, finances and illnesses – everything seemed to go wrong. Yet he still carefully cultivated his fields day in and day out until eventually he saw signs he would have an extraordinary bounty at harvest. Finally the morning of the first harvest comes! He excitedly looks out of the window over his vibrant fields…then turns over in bed and goes back to sleep, too tired to reap the fruit of his long hard labor.

It’s an unlikely scenario but can be used to illustrate the importance of asking God for the strength to keep us strong as we finish out this very special time. He’s waiting to do it!  Among the rewards we reap if we faint not include:

-The Lord (whom we love) is well pleased

-You are a witness of God to others

-Your trusting relationship with Him grows deeper

God started you on this journey for reasons personally set aside for you. Rely on Him when you get tired as you keep going forward. He will strengthen, comfort and provide for you. And if you faint not, you can be confident He will complete the good work He started (Philippians 1:6)!

It’s Time to Pray:  Thank you Lord God for Your favor while we press in to hear more from You. Keep us in a position of humility so that we may with gratitude reap whatever you have for us. In Jesus name…Amen!


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Day 15, January 24

 

 

 

Just When You Need Him Most

 

Scripture:  2 Corinthians 12: 9 

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 

Thought for Today: Life comes at us from many directions and dimensions. As the saying goes “if it’s not one thing, it’s another.” As believers, we experience sickness, pain, suffering, grief, discouragement, conflict, negative emotions and now COVID-19. These are the issues of life. As we mature, the challenges and struggles of life can become overwhelming. When we feel overwhelmed, we often withdraw and focus more on the misery of our sufferings than allowing God’s grace to fill and sustain us.

Paul teaches us to know the sufficiency of God’s grace in 2 Corinthians 12 when he reported that he was attacked with an affliction (a thorn in his flesh) mentally/spiritually by a messenger from Satan. After pleading with the Lord for three days to remove the suffering from him, the Lord said to him , “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Just when Paul needed it most, God showed the power and sufficiency of His grace to strengthen and sustain him. God’s grace kept Paul from giving up. God’s grace at work in Paul was more than enough to enable him to face his suffering and to abound to every good work.

It is important to understand that you are NOT SUFFICIENT to face the challenges of your life without God’s help. Your weaknesses and limitations provide the opportunity for God to supply His grace the help in your time of need. Know that God is more than enough to meet any need and to solve any problem that you have.  Trust Him. He knows, cares and understands your circumstance. Allow His power to rest upon you. When you need Him most, He is with you and His grace will carry you through!

 It’s Time to Pray: God of grace, no matter what I experience help me to receive your grace and your strength in my areas of weakness. Oh God, I trust You to pour out your grace upon me when I need You most because You are my sufficiency…

 

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Day 14, January 23

Daily Discipline

 
 

Scripture: Luke 9:23

 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 

 

Thought for Today: Are you willing to discipline yourself to follow Jesus?

 People who accomplish great things in life often attribute their success to daily disciplines that they have practiced daily for many years. They describe their daily life by describing disciplines such as: spending time in prayer, setting daily goals, being organized, helping others, treating others with respect and kindness, being on time, spending time reading, preparing for assignments and learning something new every day. These are all great and noble disciplines that we should aspire to gain and practice to become better people and accomplish more in life. However, I believe that our greatest goal each day is to follow Jesus more closely and really know Him. Why? Because He is the one who gave His life and shed His blood to save me from my sins.  Therefore, I owe my life to Him. Nothing that I achieve or accomplish in this life means anything if I do not know and serve Him. He is my Savior, my Lord and my Redeemer!

 Jesus challenged His disciples in Luke 9:23 by giving them (and us) three disciplines that are required to follow Him (as true students of the master)

  1. Deny yourself! Deny your flesh and selfish desires. Give up your agenda and seek to follow the plan Jesus has for you.
  2. Take up your cross daily – think about the fact that Christ died on that cruel cross for your salvation, therefore, be willing to take up your cross every day for His sake.
  3. Follow Him! Discipline yourself to follow Jesus no matter what it costs you! Do not follow other voices. Listen and follow only His voice. He will lead you to ‘life more abundantly’.

 

It’s Time to Pray: Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, fill me with your power so that daily discipline becomes a part of my character. I have decided to follow Jesus…no turning back, no turning back…

 
 

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Day 13, January 22

Scripture: Matthew 6:14-15 

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 

 Thought for Today:  Are the words “I forgive you” in your heart? Are those words followed by “will you forgive me?” Forgiveness is at the heart of God’s love for you. He demonstrated His unfailing love when Christ gave His life and shed His blood to forgive your sins and mine. When you confess your sin, Christ is faithful and just to forgive you of your sin permanently. He never remembers that sin again. Having received this great forgiveness from Christ, why do we have such a difficult time forgiving the people in our life?

 Do you find yourself holding on to something someone said that offended you? Are you angry with a family member or friend who did something that hurt you? Are you harboring unforgiveness against a co-worker or manager because of the way they mistreated you? Think about these and other examples of unforgiveness that you are harboring in your heart.

 The devil wants you to believe the lie that by refusing to forgive the people in your life who have hurt you, you punish them. Just the opposite is true. You are the one who is hurt emotionally and spiritually. In the verses following The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us that God, The Father will not forgive you of your sins if you do not forgive other people who have sinned against you. Can you imagine The Father turning a deaf ear to your prayers and holding your sins against you because of your stubborn refusal to forgive the other person?  Jesus cried out on the cross, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. As He hung on the cross dying, Jesus asked the Father to forgive those who put Him to death did not understand the full extent of their sins against Him. Those who offend you often do not know the extent of their actions and how they have affected you. By refusing to forgive, you carry an unnecessary weight and burden in your heart and mind because of your refusal to release the other person from the debt you believe they owe you. To forgive a person is a choice you must make. When you choose to forgive, it opens you, it frees you, it lifts you, it matures you and gives you peace. Through forgiveness, you mature to become a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Learn to confess your trespasses and pray for others and allow them to do the same with you. Forgive as Christ has forgiven you.

 

 It’s Time to Pray: Forgiving Father, please forgive me of my many sins, faults and weaknesses. I need your forgiveness. Teach me how to love and forgive others as you have forgiven me. Once I have forgiven them, give me the desire to release them from the offense and move forward. Deposit your Word in my heart so that forgiveness is part of way I live for you…

 
 
 

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