GPS: Grow, Pray & Study

GPS for the week of May 9, 2021

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“Dare to Dance Again:  Break Forth!

 

The Spirit of God is just waiting to break forth…to break out of the boxes that we have made to try to contain it.  How is it that we see the Spirit breaking out into our lives and into our world?

 

Prayer:  Lord, we pray today for your Spirit to move in our lives.  Break us out of our complacency.  Break us out of our tired habits.  Breathe into us a new life inside of the daily lives we now lead.  Lord, break forth!  Amen.

 

Monday 5.10         “Break Forth!”                                Psalm 98

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; BREAK FORTH into joyous song and sing praises.” (vs 6)  When you hear the opening words of this psalm of praise “Sing to the Lord a new song, for God has done marvelous things.”, what is it that comes to mind in your own life that God has done in marvelous ways?  In your own personal history, how have you experienced God breaking forth?

 

Tuesday 5.11                “The Holy Spirit Comes”             Acts 2: 1-4

The Holy Spirit has always existed.  Since before the earth existed, the Spirit has always been in our universe.  From time to time, we allow this Spirit into our lives.  God’s Spirit is always flowing around us, but we are not able to sense that presence.  It’s the same thing as asking a fish, “What is water?”  When you swim in it your whole existence, you have no idea what it truly is.  How have you seen the Holy Spirit at work in our world?  How have you seen it in your own life breaking forth?

 

Wednesday 5.12  “Weak = Strong”    2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Mysteriously, the Apostle Paul talks repeatedly about this “thorn in his flesh.”  One of the things we suspect this could be was recurring bouts of Malaria especially affecting his eyes.  Paul speaks about his weakness and problems but does so with humility knowing that his weaknesses are actually his strengths.  What are some of your weaknesses?  How have you ever seen them become your strengths?

Thursday 5.13      “Baptism = Power”         Acts 10: 44-48

It was on this day that Peter figured out that God is not just the God of the Jews, but moves in powerful ways in ALL people.  “Can anyone keep these people from being baptized…?”  When we seriously accept our baptisms, God gives us a new power.  Have you claimed the power of your baptism, even if you were baptized as an infant?  Today in prayer, stop and thank God for baptism.  Claim the power that God has placed in your life.  Ask God how you can best claim that power and live into your baptism.

 

Friday 5.14            “Spirit = Gifts”         1 Corinthians 12:1-11

We are the Body of Christ.  Each part of the body has different gifts.  The Holy Spirit gives to us each a place and a function in the body that is faith.  What are your gifts?  How have you used them lately?

 

Saturday 5.15               “A Blessing”               Ephesians 3: 20-21

“To God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus…” (vs 21)  We ask God to bless us, but the fact is that God has already blessed us in so many ways.  Reread this blessing.  As you do so imagine that this is being spoken directly to you.  In verse 20 insert your name.  Today this is YOUR blessing.