The Lord Created us with the ability to choose right from wring. Each choice has either consequences or rewards. in Matthew 7, Jesus shares a list of four choices during His famous Sermon on the Mount. At any given moment, we have decisions to make ... and honestly, they can be tough.
- Take the wide or the narrow gate.
- Eat fruit from good trees or corrupt trees.
- Do the will of the father or your own will.
- Build your house on the rock or on sinking sand.
Day 1 - Scripture
Matthew 7:12King James Version (KJV)
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
- Write out the scripture. We suggest that you write out the scripture in at least two versions.
- Feel free to draw a picture or diagram if you like. This activity will slow down your reading through the Word of God.
Every word of the scripture is powerful and useful (2 Timothy 3:16
Day 2 - Observation
Studying the scripture is important. You want to use this day to identify the who, what, when, where, how and why of the verse or verses that we are observing.
Be creative, draw a picture or diagram of what the Lord is revealing to you as you study. You can draw a timeline or even make a coloring page. Whatever you need to do to capture what you have observed. Also, search commentaries, dictionaries or other references in the original language for further clarification.
Day 3 - Application
Application or Action
Action: Every day brings a new set of options. and each choice you make affects the course of your life. We urge you to pray over your choices and decisions today. Let the Lord guide you. Invite God into your decision-making.
The word of God is active. We encourage you to be active as you are studying this word over the next several days. Take time to do the application and write down your experience. You can also join the "Devoted" facebook community to share with others what you have learned. You can go Live, post pictures and/or video!
Day 4 - Prayer
Prayer: Lord we repent for not acknowledging you in our decisions and choices. Not our will, but Yours be done in our lives. Help us to be dependent on you - the One who knows our thoughts and our motives in Jesus name we pray, Amen!
The prayer prompt is a starter prayer for your personal time with God. Jot down what's on your heart and share it with God in prayer. We suggest reviewing your prayers often to see how the Lord has responded. Take your time. You have a whole day just to devote to God about what you have been studying. Don't rush. Wait for the Lord to respond.