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{March 10, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


March 10 – 16, 2019

 

Walk This Way: Alcohol

Anonymous

December 30, 2018, I was drinking with some friends. A lot. I was getting goofy, dancing, singing, letting my hair down, just, well, sloppy fun.

The next morning, I had a hangover. A terrible one. The kind where you only feel better if you throw up. Which I did.

That day, I kept thinking I didn’t want to be a 40-something wife and mom who behaved like this. Not just from the night before. But recognizing I was having a drink every day. Sometimes many. This had been happening for quite some time.

I realized my kids likely would look back on their childhood remembering mom was always drinking. That realization hurt. Stung. To add insult to injury, I realized this was another barricade I put up to keep me from the Holy Spirit.

I decided in that hung-over day-after realization agony, I was going to refrain from drinking during January. Kind of a New Year’s resolution.

A month time frame made me sad. When was the last time I’d gone that long without? Pathetically, I couldn’t remember when. How many hours had I committed myself to? 744, that’s a lot. I knew there’d be times just getting through the hour would be tough. Thus, I kept track and marked hours off as achievements.

The first week was tough. I was working through all the conditioned moments that sparked me to drink like driving into the garage after 5 pm, finishing household chores, tense times with others; plus traveling for work where we all stopped for a bite and a drink after flights or client meetings.

Amazingly, I made it through January. I did it!

But here’s what really helped me through it. I desperately want a close relationship with the Holy Spirit. During this time, I read my Bible every day. I prayed every day. And not just when I woke up, but when I was walking into a tough meeting, just before having a rough conversation, driving into my garage, finishing the household chores. I prayed frequently, like a mad woman.

Recently I’ve started experiencing the Holy Spirit, and I want waaaay more. A few incredible things I’ve experienced. The Holy Spirit…:

  • Constantly makes me feel loved, wanted, valued.
  • Talks to me. Through people, words, music, nudges.
  • Gives me a role in this world.
  • Reminds me God is with me. Always.

I believe the Holy Spirit is a drug: a new, different and better type of experience. And yes, even costly. I don’t know why more people aren’t searching for it, and why it’s taken me so long. He’s an experience that leads to incredible highs. Incredible. And unexplainable, out-of-this world experiences. Once you get a taste of it, you’ll want more. And want to move whatever in your life that’s in the way so you can experience more of the Holy Spirit.

Those things you’re moving in your life… those small things at a time… keep moving them out of the way. Keep searching for the Holy Spirit. He’s right there beside you. Just waiting for you.

{sunday 3.10.19}

Read Romans 8:15-17, Romans 5:5

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Remember, you are a pursued, wanted, valued child of God. What holds you back from accepting this? What small steps can you take now, later today, and tomorrow to step closer to this love? When will you finally let yourself surrender to God’s amazing love and grace?

 

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

As you read the verses each day, make notes of questions you have about what you’re reading as well as answering the reflection questions below. Grab a friend or two to discuss what you are learning and what God is doing in your lives.

{monday 3.11.19}

Read Romans 2:17-3:2

Observe, Reflect, Apply: These verses talk about the difference between knowing the law, and following it. In our day, this is similar to knowing what is right, vs doing it. Or knowing what God is asking of you, vs taking the action and following his nudge. What do you struggle more with…the knowing, or the doing? What is one thing you know God wants from you that you could act on this week?  

{tuesday 3.12.19}

Read Romans 3:3-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Read and re-read these verses and take note of what you hear, and how you feel. Is there a particular verse that makes your blood pressure rise? Or brings a feeling of embarrassment with it? If so, take a moment and ask God to speak into that feeling, those words. Invite him to reveal what is happening in you, and what he wants you to do about it. 

{wednesday 3.13.19}

Read Romans 3:19-31

Observe, Reflect, Apply: This passage sets up the profound offer Jesus makes to us–for us–by drawing us near to him and to God. "We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are " What does that claim look like in your life, right now, today? Is it time to renew your response to Jesus’ invitation? Or, to consider making a response to Jesus? How does this invitation to be made right feel?  

{thursday 3.14.19}

Read Romans 4:1-12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Which feels easier for you…to accept the gift of forgiveness from Jesus on it’s merit…as a gift…or to work to try and earn that gift of forgiveness?  

{friday 3.15.19}

Read Romans 4:13-25

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you ever wavered in your belief in God? If so, share with a close friend and talk about what causes you to waver. Perhaps take a moment to pray for one another, that God would meet you in those wavering places.  

{saturday 3.16.19}

Read Romans 5:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: If you are a follower of Jesus, how would you describe your "undeserved privelege" as noted in this passage? Where in your life is God meeting you, and bringing you joy? If you are not a Jesus follower, share with someone what is holding you back. Consider asking God to meet you in that holding back place this week.  

 

{community discussion questions}

We weren’t meant to experience the life of Jesus alone, so we encourage you to rally a few others to discuss what you are hearing, reading, and reflecting on together. Whether you are meeting as a Journey Community group, talking with a few friends throughout the week, or bringing up spiritual conversations around your table at home, feel free to use some of these questions as conversation starters on your journey.

  • Can you name a takeaway or challenge from the Sunday message?
  • How has that been relevant, challenging, or meaningful to your life this week?
  • What have you observed about God, Jesus, yourself, others, or God’s plan for you from these readings?
  • Where do you need a breakthrough from God this week?
  • Who do you need to share what you’re learning about God with?

 

{extra journey resources}

NEW RESOURCE: CLICK HERE to follow our own Seth Davidson on YouTube. He has begun a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to. Each day he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for the day. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page to follow this YouTube channel!

CLICK HERE to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

The Bible App Get a free Bible for your phone, tablet, and computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

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