Bible verse for the study – Colossians 1:17 – He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.
Word for the Week: OBEY
Memory Verse of the Week
“He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back” (Isaiah 50:4-5 NIV).
Read – the following devotion by Sharon Jaynes
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One of my favorite devotion books My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. On October tenth, he wrote, “All God’s revelations are sealed until they are opened to us by obedience. You will never get them open them through philosophy or thinking. But once you obey, a flash of light comes immediately. …Obey God in the thing He shows you, and instantly the next thing is opened up…God will never reveal more truth about himself until you have obeyed what you already know.”
We must never fall into the trap of thinking that God will always give us “big” things to do. Jesus…took a towel and …began to wash the disciples’ feet…” (John 13:3-5). Through his act of servant leadership, he demonstrated the obedience we should have on a daily basis in the mundane activities of everyday life. Yes, he raised the dead, but he also washed the feet.
One evening Steve and I were on our way to dinner. Just before we arrived, I saw three teenage girls walking into another restaurant in the same area where we were going to eat. One of the girls had been in a small group I had led for two years. I felt God nudging me to go into the restaurant and pay for their dinners.
“Steve, there’s Christine,” I said. “I believe God wants me to pay for those girls’ dinners.”
Steve, being a man who listens to God, whipped the car around and headed toward the door.
“Hi girls,” I said as I walked up to them in line.
“Hi Mrs. Jaynes. What are you doing here?”
“May I take your order?” the cashier interrupted.
“Go ahead girls,” I urged. “You go first.”
Each girl ordered and then the cashier turned to me. “And you ma’am.
“Oh, I’m not having anything. I just came in to pay for these girls’ dinners.”
The threesome were very surprised and very appreciative. I ran back out to our car, feeling a warm sense of listening and obeying.
The next day, Christine called. “Mrs. Jaynes,” she said “thank you so much for paying for our dinners last night. My friends were so touched. No one has ever done anything like that for any of us before. See, last night, they wanted to go out to dinner, but I told them I couldn’t afford it. So they were going to pay for mine. Then you came in and well…thanks.”
Obeying God only cost me $19.95, but the lesson to Christine, and her two friends was invaluable. Jesus said, “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38).
Obeying God begins with heeding the simply nudges. Don’t be afraid! Many people are afraid to obey those nudges because they aren’t absolutely sure it is God’s voice. I’ve decided that if the inner prompting lines up with Scripture and is consistent with God’s character and ways, then I’d rather err on the side of obedience that the side of caution.
“We all have those times when there are no flashes of light and no apparent thrill to life, where we experience nothing but the daily routine with its common everyday tasks….Don’t always expect God to give you His thrilling moments, but learn to live in those common times of the drudgery of life by the power of God….I must realize that my obedience even in the smallest detail of life has all the omnipotent power of the grace of God behind it” (O. Chambers June 15). “If I obey Jesus Christ in the seemingly random circumstances of life, they become pinholes through which I see the face of God” (O. Chambers November 2).
My prayer is that I will be able to say like the prophet Isaiah, “He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back” (Isaiah 50:4-5).
Dear Lord, I’m listening. Speak to me. Nudge me. I will not be rebellious. I will not draw back. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Assignments for the Week:
- What information is provided in this devotional to help you with those unglued moments? Prayerfully consider why I felt God nudge me to share this devotion with you as a lead up to our September 17th start of Unglued. Write your thoughts down in your journal for this study and be sure to date each page in your journal and give it a title for your future reference.
- Define and look up synonyms for our word of the week – write this in your “unglued” journal. If you have written your “Mandate to Change” look at it and decide how the word “obey” will help you meet your objectives. Write this information down in your journal. If you have not written it yet, jot down some ideas or thoughts that come to you to from this task to help in writing your mandate. Make a word circle using our word for the week and include in the circle those things that will help you meet your objective and place outside of the circle those things that will hinder your objective.
- Further information for the word circles plus an illustration can be found at this link….https://heisourstrongtower.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/keeping-the-peace/
(Please note you do not have to make these on the computer, you may construct your word circles in any manner you chose, by hand, using scrapbook materials, however you express yourself artistically is the perfect way for you).
- Look up the Memory Verse in several different translations of the Bible; decide which translation speaks to your heart and memorize that one. Write this version in your journal and let the group know which one you picked. Look at your “Mandate to Change” and see how this verse applies to helping you meet your objectives. Make changes to your Mandate, as needed, including this verse.
- Set aside 30 minutes every day this week to spend alone with God. Get out your “Unglued” journal and put the date at the top of the page. Write out what you did during your time with God. If you read a devotion write down which one you read, if you read your Bible…what chapters or verses did you read. Make a note of what spoke to you during this time. Make sure that you schedule in some quiet time, where you are just silent and listen for what God is saying to you. Write down all the thoughts that come to you during this time of listening.
- Examine your life for areas that can cause you to become “unglued”.
- Record each area in your journal.
- Surrender that unbalanced area to God and ask Him to show you how to abide in Him instead of relying upon yourself and your own strength. Write out a prayer to God about those areas that you are surrendering to Him and ask for His guidance and His help.
- At the end of each day, reflect back on how your day went…be honest with yourself about those moments when you became “unglued.” Did you realize right away that you were not allowing God to hold you all together or did it take a while? What helped you in that moment? What did you forget to do in that moment? Record this information in your journal and, if need be, write an amendment to your “mandate to change.”
You may complete these assignments all in one day OR you may spread them out over the week. You will have to spend time with the Lord each day and reflect upon your day every evening, but other than that…you set the pace and the work that you put into these assignments. You will get out of them, exactly what you put into them. Let’s also purpose to pray for each other every day, let’s lock our armors together to stand strong against the true enemy of our unglued moments…the dark forces in this world.
If you would like to be a part of the on-line study “Unglued” by Lysa TerKeurst, please click on the link below and ask to be added to the group. You will need the book, “Unglued” and a journal. The on-line study begins September 17th.