Life Application: How can I be a more a trustee of God’s plans and God’s grace this week? Who has hurt me that I need to forgive? Will I pray for that person or persons this week? Are there additional steps I can take to be at peace with those who have hurt me? Where do I need to stop being a trustee of guilt so I can use my God-given power for good?
Life Application: If I am deeply honest with myself, how restless is my soul? How tired am I? What will help me understand that Sabbath is about restoration, healing, and life rather than an outdated rule to follow? Which steps from above can I take today to better embrace the resting power of Sabbath?
Life Reflection: Have I ever thought about the importance of Sabbath? Do I view Sabbath more as a gift or a chain in my life? Is it easy or hard for me to rest? Why? What step can I take to embrace the gift of Sabbath in my life? What will help me to stop and rest? To celebrate and breathe? To know that in Jesus, “I am enough?”
Life Reflection: What is my biggest obstacle to actually practicing spiritual disciplines? Have I considered the power of God that I am missing out on when I do not engage in spiritual disciplines? What spiritual discipline am I willing to commit to practicing this week?
Prayer: Almighty God, help me to experience disciplined power by making the commitment to begin practicing at least one new spiritual practice in my life, for the flourishing of others and your creation, and so that the powerful love of Jesus would be flow from me into the world.
For more information on spiritual disciplines, particularly solitude and silence, reference Richard Foster’s work Celebration of Discipline.
Life Reflection: In what ways is my schedule out of control? How is my schedule being determined? What do I need to say “no” to? What do I need to add to my schedule? What spiritual disciplines am I willing to exercise this week to keep my eye on the prize of Jesus?
Scripture Reflection: Hebrews 12:1-2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
Life Reflection: What most helps me to remember and realize my true identity in Christ? Do I realize the power God has given me to live into? Am I willing to more intentionally live in the quiet power God offers by reclaiming my identity? What steps am I willing to take to experience this identity? What will it take for me to say “I know I am an Image Bearer of God…” and then live into that identity?