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{August 25, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


August 25 – 31, 2019

 

SUIT UP:Prayer

By Debbie Kirk

Have you ever been listening to a voice and following directions, only to discover they are not from God, our heavenly Father? Has fear ever had you so immobilized and discouraged that you wonder if it’s all worth it? This is right where the father of lies wants you and me to settle in and get comfortable. But, being in the middle of a battlefield is anything but comfortable and that’s why God warns us to be sober, be alert and to think twice before we head onto the field unprotected.

If you’re like me, thoughts can take you captive. Unless you have a way out, they can hold you hostage for quite some time. By God’s grace, I am much better at battling against those lies than I was years ago. When my dear husband first met me, I was a mess. I dealt with jealousy, insecurity and anger largely in part to some childhood wounds and unhealthy (or absent) emotional intelligence training (dealing with our feelings.)

A bible verse I claimed long ago is Ecclesiastes 7:8: The end of a matter is better than it’s beginning, and patience is better than pride. This verse meant so much because it gave me hope. Hope that tomorrow could be better and just because things started off rough didn’t mean they couldn’t be redeemed. It challenged me to evaluate how I was fighting the battles in my life. Do you feel like life is hard? Like you just can’t seem to catch a break?

God has truly given us an arsenal of protection and weaponry against the lies and hardships of this world. To value them, hold them and actually put them on, takes intention. First, we might need to acknowledge we are actually in a real battle. We also might need to believe these weapons, this armor of God, has power! The very same power that raised Jesus from the dead!

I remember my progress was slow and steady as I learned to buckle on the belt of truth to reveal the lies, position the breastplate of righteousness to control my anger, place each foot into a ready stance to live from a place of peace. I had to be willing to take up the shield of faith to protect against lying voices and wrong directions. I eventually became accustomed to wearing the helmet of salvation and holding the sword of the Spirit by committing God’s word to memory. I am presently learning more of what it means to pray in the Spirit on all occasions and easily recognize which father is speaking to me, although I have my days.

Be encouraged, God is patient, powerful and present and is our help in time of need. Remember friend, if today’s battle was fought without the right weapons, tomorrow you can try on the full armor and step onto the field unafraid!

 

{sunday 8.25.19}

Read Ecclesiastes 7:8; Ephesians 6:10-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Can you easily distinguish between lies and truth? Do you need help fighting against harmful habits, cycles and discouragement that comes from your inner critic? What would it look like for you to try on at least one part of God’s armor? Pick one bible verse that speaks truth into an area you are struggling with and commit to memorizing that verse everyday for one week.

 

{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 8.26.19}

Read 1 Timothy 5:17-6:2

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 8.27.19}

Read 1 Timothy 6:3-16

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 8.28.19}

Read 1 Timothy 6:17-2 Timothy 1:7

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 8.29.19}

Read 2 Timothy 1:8-18

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 8.30.19}

Read 2 Timothy 2:1-13

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?

{saturday 8.31.19}

Read 2 Timothy 2:14-26

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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