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{August 4, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


August 4 – 10, 2019

 

SUIT UP: Lock Your Shields

By Joe Davis

I learned about the armor of God as a child in Sunday school and vacation Bible school. At the time, I assumed that putting on our armor was done on an individual basis. Now, as an adult, I still default to doing this by myself, and not in community. When I signed up to write in this sermon series I thought my military experience would offer a lot of illustrations between the armor of God and what I have experienced. Interestingly, as I learn more about the armor God has for us, the more I realize how little I actually know . . . and how far I have yet to go.

I do not have vast amounts of knowledge about the God’s armor, so I will speak from what I know of myself and how Satan attacks me. Satan is always very subtle in his attacks. I believe he does this because if he were to come in a full blown head on attack, it would be very obvious and we would be ready to resist what he is trying to do. Alas, he is extremely intelligent and knows exactly how to get to each one of us. For myself, Satan attacks my self worth in my ability to provide for my family. This not only demoralizes me but, because I am a man, it cuts right to my soul. "How much of a man could you possibly be if you cannot do something as simple as provide for your family," is what he asks me. Even writing those words I am filled with anguish and shame and embarrassment. He knows exactly how to cut meinto pieces with these horrible attacks on my character, my self worth, or even my ability to look myself in the mirror.

My biggest struggle is my heart. My head knows the truth easily. I am very much in tune with what the Bible says. I believe everything that Jesus says to me, and the instructions that Paul gives. But my heart is way less trusting. This is probably true for most of us who struggle with trusting God.

I can read the word of God and understand what it is telling me, but somewhere in the reading my heart is hesitant to fully embrace. I have been thinking about this struggle long before this sermon series. My question for myself has been, "What is it that keeps my heart from fully trusting God?" What I have come to realize is that I believe it is me trying to maintain control because my heart believes that if I let go of that control and let God take over, then I will be out of control and not know which way is up. But my head says to my heart, "Dude! Seriously, you have read the Bible! How can you not believe after all this time?" What can I say, I am a work in progress. And I do way better when I am spending time with others in faith who can help build me up while I am struggling.

 

{sunday 8.4.19}

Read James 4:7, 1 Peter 5:8, Psalm 36:5, Psalm 37:3

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do I trust God? What does God say about who I am? Am I surrounding myself with others in faith as part of the armor of God?

 

{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 8.5.19}

Read 1 Thessalonians 1:5-2:9

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 8.6.19}

Read 1 Thessalonians 2:10-20

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 8.7.19}

Read 1 Thessalonians 3

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 8.8.19}

Read 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

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 8.9.19}

Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:3

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 8.10.19}

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:4-15

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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