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Week 4 Intro: Journal Pg. 24
Day 1: Journal Pg. 25
Context: In this passage the Apostle Paul use the word walk to refer to the way we live. To sum it up: LIVE WISELY.
Thought: In order to grow and mature in faith we must realize that we won't be here forever. Billy Graham, an American Evangelist, said "The older you get, the more you think about using your time wisely in light of eternity. You try to evaluate what really matters."
Question: Give examples of what it would look like to live wisely at this time in your life. How could that help you grow and mature in faith?
Testimony: Live wisely. It seems obvious, but how many times a day do we make unwise decisions? I know if I eat too much junk food, I will gain weight. Yet I do it anyway. Then I am frustrated when my clothes don't fit correctly. Making unwise decisions always has consequence. You may get away with it for a while, but it will catch up to you. Ask Holy Spirit to reveal where your unwise decisions are stealing your peace.
Day 2: Journal Pg. 26
Context: Ephesians 5:15 directs us to live wisely, which allows us to make the most of every day. Verse 17 makes it clear that foolishness does not line up with the will of God.
Debauchery- extreme indulgence in bodily pleasures and especially sexual pleasures : behavior involving sex, drugs, alcohol, etc. that is often considered immoral. (Merriam-Webster)
Question: Why do you think God warns you not be foolish?
Question: Explain in your own words what debauchery.
Day 3: Journal Pg. 27
Commentary: God has called us to holiness. He has chosen us to be holy in heart and dedicated to service. Abiding in faith is not enough, we must go after the renewal of our soul and restrain ourselves from doing what the flesh desires.
Sanctified-to separate from profane things and dedicate to God, to purify internally by renewing the soul. (kingjamesbibledictionary.com)
Holiness- purity or integrity of moral character; freedom from sin, moral goodness, purity of heart. That which is separated for service of God. (kingjamesbibledictionary.com)
Question: How could you avoid being sexually immoral. List boundaries you could set up to avoid getting in tempting situation.
Day 4: Journal Pg. 28
Commentary: "The Christian who remains in sadness and depression really breaks a commandment: in some direction or other he mistrusts God—His power, providence, forgiveness." (Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers)
Question: Why do you think the Lord calls us to continual prayer?
Thought: Rejoice, pray, Give Thanks...Maybe this is a way to get posture our heart to talk to God. It helps us focus on the all the good things he has done.
Question: Share a time when you felt hopeless or depressed. Can you look back and see how God was working for your good? Ask Holy Spirit to help you.
Day 5: Journal Pg. 29
Context: We are called to pray from all people because God desires for everyone to have salvation. If there were people he didn't want saved, it wouldn't be agreeable for us to pray for them.
Question: Can you think of anyone it would be difficult to pray for their salvation?
Thought: You are doing God's will when you pray for people.
Suggestion: In your journal make a list of people you would like to pray for everyday for seven days.
Question: Ask Holy Spirit to bring to mind someone with whom you could share your faith.
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