We are in the middle of reading devotionals about the events leading up to Jesus’ death. What are you learning from God’s Word about God and his work in the world through these readings?
If necessary, go back and read anything you received this week that you want to reconsider … or that you missed!
Meditate on God’s Word
Embracing God’s Will
Don’t Fall Asleep!
By His Wounds, We Are Healed
This week’s lesson was about meditating on the Word of God? What one principle do you remember from that lesson?
When do you take time to meditate on God’s Word?
What benefit to your own life do you see in taking time to meditate on God’s Word?
Beth Yoe discussed the importance of joyfully accepting God’s purposes for our lives in “Embracing God’s Will.”
Do you embrace God’s will or do you fight against it?
Why is it sometimes difficult to embrace God’s will for us?
How can we recognize God’s will and joyfully accept it?
Beth followed up the devotional on God’s will with a devotional on God’s strength. In your own life, how are these two concepts linked?
Beth included this quote by Alexander Maclaren in the devotional on God’s strength: “Peace comes not from the absence of trouble, but from the presence of God.”
What steps do you need to take in your life to help you focus on the presence of God?
The next day Beth closed her devotional with these words: “Let all of our trials lead us to earnest prayer.”
When you are facing trials, to what or whom do you most often turn to? Why do you not pray first?
How can you begin to discipline yourself to turn to God immediately when faced with a difficulty, struggle, or trial?
In “By His Wounds, We Are Healed”, Beth wrote: “To free humankind from bondage, He [Jesus] became bound and we owe our liberty to His bondage.”
Take a few moments to reflect upon Jesus’ decision to become bound in order to pay your debt of sin.
Take time to thank Him for your liberty and freedom.
Write It on Your Heart
Take a few minutes to memorize this verse:
“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” —Psalm 143:10