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{July 21, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


July 21 – 27, 2019

 

SUIT UP: Breastplate of Righteousness

By Bill McMurtrey

The battle is every day. The struggle is real. For real. How many times in your life have you felt attacked? And how many of those times felt like they were by the enemy? For me I know it’s been countless.

Do you ever feel that no matter what you do, how you prepare, or even how well thought out your plans are . . . that they don’t come to fruition because the enemy was trying to stop you? 

A few months back I was in a really rough spot in my life. No matter what I did I wound up a step behind. One bad thing after another piled on, and that led to a deep discouragement, and lots of negative thoughts.

I knew . . . without a shadow of a doubt . . . in my heart, my mind and my soul that it was the enemy telling me that all of these bad things kept happening because I deserved it. He was also telling me that I wasn’t worthy of achieving the goals that I was working towards. That my efforts were in vain; a waste of time and energy. It was a rough time for a month or two.

During that span I was having fun stuff happen . . . like a surprise audit from the IRS. A tree falling and taking out the power to my street . . . on the first hot day of the year, no less. They finally got the power back on the next day. I was almost forced to stop my annual Mother’s Day flower box give away. Nearly every day, for a period of 6 weeks or so, I had something of that magnitude happen.

I knew it was the enemy the whole time. Because all of these things kept coming and coming and coming and I felt that they might not ever end. During this time I was trying to prepare for a contest for my job. If I was selected I would be compensated to attend and speak at a conference on the west coast. Between all of the stuff that kept happening, piled on with everyday life, I had this little voice in the back of my head saying, "You won’t win. There are so many other guys nationwide trying to get that spot. They have more years of experience than you. They are more polished than you. You’ll look like a fool, don’t even try." I hated that voice, I still hate it. That voice was the enemy. 

Eventually things began to settle down. Things got back to normal and on track if you will. What got me through it all without pulling my hair out was my faith. I put on my armour. I put on my breastplate. I invited God to drown out that voice, and worked hard to listen to His voice alone. Some folks call this "giving it to God." It simply means allowing God into those spaces where I know I am being side tracked, or attacked, and inviting Him to speak truth to me.

When I was a young man I was in the Army. I went some places, I saw some stuff. And the mindset I learned helped prepare me for difficult and challenging times. But giving it to God is what got me through those times back then. And giving it to God is what got me through the rough patch I recently hit.

God tells us in Mark 9:23 "All things are possible if you believe". Do you believe that? Do I believe that? Wholeheartedly, every day?

My battle with the IRS was thankfully very short lived, and that work competition that I was in? I won! They’re flying me out to the coast to speak. I wanted it. I worked for it. I made it happen. But it truly wasn’t until I gave it to God that it did happen.

 

{sunday 7.21.19}

Read Ephesians 6:10-14, Mark 9:21-24

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How do we continually turn toward right relationship with God and others? How do we increase our faithfulness, so we don’t get caught in "unbelief"? What do we see happening in these verses that can guide us in right relationship and move us closer to Jesus?

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

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 7.22.19}

Read Philippians 3:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 7.23.19}

Read Philippians 3:12-4:1

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 7.24.19}

Read Philippians 4:2-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 7.25.19}

Read Philippians 4:14-23

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 7.26.19}

Read Colossians 1:1-14

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{saturday 7.27.19}

Read Colossians 1:15-27

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{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}

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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