Devotions for November 2nd to 8th
This devotional is designed to be a help as you watch the sermon from Sunday. We will examine portions of the text to further explore the passage for the week and build upon the lesson that was taught on Sunday. May this be an added tool as we all grow in discipleship. Peace be with us in this time of study. Please feel free to share the devotional with others who may not have the ability to get this in email form or not be able to read it. I pray that this continues to keep us together in fellowship and love in this season.
Prayer every morning this week:
God of Grace, as we silence the world around us, have your Holy spirit breathe on us your peace. We ask that you continue to transform our hearts to be more loving and forgiving. Help us to appreciate this day that you have made, and may we rejoice in in by living our lives to the fullest as we share your love with everyone that we meet. Let the words of our mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing to you, Lord, our Rock and Redeemer and Sustainer.
Scripture reading every day this week: Romans 8: 22-39
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. 31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Questions for Monday, November 2nd:
Paul refers to creation being in labor pains as we wait for Christ to return. How does that imagery help you understand waiting for Christ?
How does labor pains give you hope?
What are other things you hope for that is not seen?
How does your life change if you have hope?
Questions for Tuesday, November 3rd:
Paul talks about our hope in redemption of our bodies while we wait for our adoption… what does that mean to you?
How has God forgiven you of your sins? How does this understanding give you hope?
How has God rescued you from evil? How does this understanding give you hope?
What does it mean when it says we “groan inwardly while we wait for adoption”? How does God adopt us? How does this understanding give you hope?
What does it mean to you to belong to the family of God?
How does WPC live into being a family of God?
Questions for Wednesday, November 4th:
How does the Spirit intercede for us? Has the Spirit interceded for you? How?
Do you believe that the Spirit knows our heart? Do you believe that the Spirit knows the depths of our pain, even beyond the words to describe your pain? Have you ever experienced this kind of pain?
How does an ever-present Spirit that consoles us and sits with us give you hope? Are there people that have sat with you and provided you comfort and consolation? How does that feel to have someone there to be with you in hard times?
How do we console and sit with others in their grief here at WPC? Have you been a person of comfort and care for someone else?
Questions for Thursday, November 5th:
• Do you believe in Paul’s statement “all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose”?
• When have you witnessed how God has done good things?
• When have you witnessed something that at first was bad, but in time you noticed that it was a good thing?
• When have you witnessed bad things and you wonder where was God? Did you ever see God in the midst of this bad thing? How does it change if you look for the love of God being present during and after the bad thing happened?
• How does this provide hope to you?
• How does WPC live into this belief of all things working together for good?
Questions for Friday, November 6th:
How would you define predestination?
How does Paul use the word predestine in our passage? What do you think Paul means when he uses the word predestine?
Do you believe in predestination?
If God is in control of all things, how does that change your understanding of God?
How does your understanding of God change if you knew God selected you and chose you to be in the God’s family?
How does WPC live into the belief of predestination?
Questions for Saturday, November 7th:
o How do you define justification?
o How does the Spirit justify you? (transforming you from sinful to being loved and belonging to God)
o How does Jesus justify you?
o How does being seen full of value in the sight of God give you hope?
o How does faith help you in living a life that is right with God?
o How does WPC live into the belief of living a life where God has justified you from not being viewed as sinful to one who is loved?
Questions for Sunday, November 8th:
Do you believe that nothing can separate you from the love of God?
How do you live out this belief that nothing can separate you from the love of God?
How can we better live out this belief that nothing can separate us from the love of God?
How does WPC live out the belief that nothing can separate us from the love of God?
How does this give you hope?
Questions to end each day with:
What gives you hope today?
What is your prayer today?
Amen. Peace and grace rest with us all!