It's never too early to start making good decisions. This journal will teach you the how to know Jesus, how to love people well, and why God's design for family makes life better.
A few minutes a day will open up new opportunities to grow in faith and get you moving towards the future you want.
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How to Know Jesus
Establish Your Connection: Find a quiet place to study and connect with Holy Spirit. Take to God about what you hope happens while you spend time with him. If there are things weighing on your heart, imagine putting them in Jesus' hands.
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Intro: Journal Pg. 5-6
Day 1: Journal Pgs. 7
Christ At The Door
Commentary: Maclaren's Exposition says Christ desires entrance into the closed heart. The knocking can come from His Spirit working in man's spirit, the Bible, or the spoken word. This shows Christ's desire to love us and have relationship with us. (Biblehub.org)
Thought: Jesus will not force his way in. Your invitation allows his to come into your heart and spirit, so you can be a dwelling place for Christ. Eating together builds the picture of having eternal fellowship and communion with him in glory.
Question: What do you gain by inviting Jesus into your life?
Explain the things you may have to let go of if you choose him.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20 ESV)
Day 2: Journal Pg. 8
Commentary: Ellicott's Commentary says that in verse 19 Paul said he was "dead to the Law, and living unto God." The Law could not make people righteous before God. Choosing Christ and being baptized means we die a spiritual death and rise to a new spiritual life. (Biblehub.org)
Thought: Christ lives in me reveals a depth of union and connection with Christ. This is offered to every person.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NIV)
Day 3: Journal Pg. 9
Commentary: Barnes' Notes says that the brightness of his glory refers to Jesus. This points to the divinity of Christ through his divine glory and the express image of God. The Son of God (Jesus) is equal to the father. (Biblehub.org)
Question: The phrase "he upholds the universe by the word of his power", describes how Jesus rules and governs over the universe, upholds all creatures he made, holds up the pillars of the universe, supports and supplies every need for creatures all by his powerful will. Compare Jesus' power and authority to the President of the United States.
Breakdown: What do you see or understand about Jesus from each part.
Of his glory;
Exact imprint of his nature;
Upholds the universe;
By the word of his power;
After making purification for sins;
He sad down at the right hand;
Of the Majesty on high
"He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high," (Hebrews 1:3)
Day 4: Journal Pg. 10
Commentary: Ellicott's Commentary explains that "the image of the invisible God" means Jesus is the real and essential embodiment of God, not just a likeness. Image refers to the person, substance or essence of God.
Read: John 14:9 "Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?"
Question: How does John 14:9 reinforce what Colossians 1:15 says? Or what is similar about both verses?
Reflection: Explain how reading the Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John could help you know Jesus better?
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation." (Colossians 1:15)
Day 5: Journal Pg. 11
Commentary: Meyer's NT Commentary says Jesus points to the fact that fellowship with him should result in peace. Peace, rest for the soul and heart. (Biblehub.org)
Question: What role does sin play in the the trouble of this world? Start with examples of sin and the consequences.
Reflection: In the Boxes at the bottom of the page:
Draw a picture of what it looks likes when you are stressed and anxious.
Draw how Jesus could bring peace to your chaos.
Write a prayer asking Holy Spirit to help you recognize the areas of your life that you need to step into the peace of Christ.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
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