Sunday, July 6, 2014

SoZo Devotionals: Faith without works is DEAD

I've been INCREDIBLY inconsistent with these SoZo devos this year ... but hey, I'm trying again this week.  We talked a lot today in both Sunday School and group tonight about practicing our faith and tapping into the power of the Holy Spirit.  So I encourage you to take some time each day this week to read these Scripture passages and spend some time in prayer, thinking about OUR response to Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross.  Take some time to think about YOUR role in this relationship with Jesus.  Don't forget ... faith without works is dead.  How can you be ALIVE in your faith this week?  Just keep practicing. :)  Love you, guys!

Monday - Read Romans 12:1-2.
Think about what it means to be a living sacrifice.  How can you put that into practice this week?

Tuesday - Read Galatians 5:16-17.
What does it mean for the flesh to be opposed to the Spirit?  Look up the word "opposition" in the dictionary if you wanna think a little deeper about this question. :)  Do you ever feel your flesh (sinful nature) battling against the Holy Spirit in your life?  How so?

Wednesday - Ephesians 5:15-18.
Think about what it means to be drunk with alcohol.  Now, think about what being drunk with the Holy Spirit would look like?  If we were drunk on Jesus everyday, what would our lives look like?

Thursday - Read Philippians 2:12-13.
Read this verse in the New Living Translation if you can.  I especially like verse 13 in that translation.  How do these verses challenge you or encourage you?

Friday - Read James 2:14-26.
Write down some thoughts about these verses.  How do these verses make you stop and think about YOUR faith?

Saturday - Read James 2:14-26 again.
What kinds of "works" have you been doing in your everyday life lately?  Make a list.  Do you live your life to please God?  If not, what is holding you back?  If you've been struggling to serve God lately, how can you be more intentional in listening to the Holy Spirit's leadings and putting your faith into practice?

Prayer Requests from the group this week ...
~ Caylee takes her driver's test on Tuesday
~ Angelica's niece is sick ... may have malaria
~ Jenny starts culinary school this week
~ Kristy is struggling with her teammates on her softball team
~ Darian has three waitressing shifts at Dave's this week
~ Darrell's dad got fired from his coaching job recently
~ Dallas is looking for a new job

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