Weekend Challenge: “Go Deeper: God’s Judgment”

1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Genesis 3 was focused on how Adam and Eve got kicked out the garden of Eden because they ate from the tree of life and became aware of their nakedness. Adam and Eve represent all the humans on earth, we’re all sinners and have tried to hide from God numerous times. Their nakedness represents our sins, and how they tried to cover it themselves with leaves is like how we try to hide our brokenness from others and from God.

We try to hide away from God because of how we’re sinners and he’s perfection, but God wants us to come forth to him and go to him in all our brokenness and nakedness. He doesn’t want us to try to cover our own sins because he has so much more in store for us. God has already forgiven our sins, he just wants us to come into the light in front of him and ask for his forgiveness.

Continue over this week to pray to God and ask him forgiveness for all we’ve done wrong, and see if anyone in your life needs forgiveness as well. Reach out to them and deepen your relationship with them just as we are deepening our relationship with God.

Prayer: Dear God thank you for your forgiveness, grace, and mercy you have given to us. Would you help us uncover our brokenness and not be ashamed of our sins, for you better plans for us. 

Monday Intro: “Go Deeper: God’s Judgment”

Genesis 3:10

“He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

Genesis 3 talks about the fall of man, how Adam and Eve ate from the tree of life, which is when they realized that they were naked in the garden. Adam and Eve were both ashamed of being naked and so exposed after eating from the tree they weren’t suppose to eat from, this was the act of sin that separated humanity from God.

Adam and Eve represent all the people on earth. We commit sins and try to hide ourselves from him because we’re ashamed of our brokenness in front of God’s perfection. We lose sight of our destination and where we’re going, but God is still chasing after us, no matter how many times we run away. He extends his grace and mercy, so we can feel his neverending love for us and we can go out and show others the same love and forgiveness he has given us.

But even when we try to hide, God still tries to pursue us and his grace and mercy don’t stop because we sin or if we try and hide from him. He’s constantly forgiving us and pursuing us to come back to him, even in all our brokenness. When we try to hide ourselves, we don’t realize that God has so much more in store for us.

This week we want you guys to seek out people in your life that need forgiveness. Reach out to them, even if it’s just one person, if God is calling you to reach out to them, go talk to them and deepen your relationship with them and God.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your grace and mercy you have given to us. Would you help us this week to forgive others and if we have done wrong then we ask for forgiveness. 

Monday Intro: “The Cries of The Heart: Pilgrims On a Journey”

Psalm‬ ‭23:4

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

We’re on this constant journey with God, developing relationships with others and also growing in our own relationship with God. On our journeys, we may encounter obstacles and bumps in the road, but God is always there to help us.

The passage in Psalm 23 talks about how God is our shepherd and all that he does for us. He guides us, protects us, provides for us, and restores us. God leads us to where we need to be and helps us build strength along the way. When we’re struggling, God protects us from the larger harm that comes to us. When we feel broken and weak, God restores us to feel whole again, to feel complete again.

God has been a shepherd to us, so we can experience his love and care in order for us to go out into the world and shepherd others as well. To show them God’s love and care through us.

Prayer: Dear God thank you for all that you’ve done for us as our shepherd. Thank you for your love and care that you have shown to us. Would you help us this week show your love and care through ourselves to the people around us. 

Midweek Reminder: “Cries of The Heart: Hide and Seek”

Deutronomy 31:6

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Sometimes we stray away or hide from God, but we always find our way back to him. And those times where we hide in the closet or close our eyes to see if God will come and find us, we don’t feel him there. But we don’t realize that God is right there and he could be just outside the door or right in front of our eyes, but we just don’t realize it. We may not feel his prescence, but his prescence is always here.

God will always be here with us. No matter what we do, no matter how hard we try to push him away, God is constantly there. Even when we try to hide away from God, he will seek us out; even if we don’t always feel God with us, he knows where we are and where we’re going next, so trust in his plan and remember that he has planned every moment for us already.

Prayer: Dear God help remind us that you are always here with us and to trust in you, even when we can’t feel you here with us. 

Monday Intro: “The Cries of the Heart: Hide and Seek”

“Your eyes saw me when I was inside the womb.
All the days ordained for me
were recorded in your scroll
before one of them came into existence.”
– Psalm 139:16

There are moments when we cry out like David did in Psalm 13. He asked God, “How long will you continue to ignore me? How long will you pay no attention to me?” There are moments in our deepest despair that we are unable to see God in the midst of our trials. Shouldn’t he be intervening? Our at the very least, shouldn’t he be by my side, holding me and comforting me as I go through this?

It is important for us to recognize that God’s presence is not dependent on our ability to feel him or see him. In fact, in Psalm 139 the idea that God saw all of our days before a single one came into existence is a proclamation that God not only knows about, but is present and aware of every single day, hour, second, moment that we experience in life.

No matter what we are going through, the good times, the bad, and even the neutral, God is there. Trust in him and how he is leading you and see every moment as something that God ordained and prepared for you.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to trust in you even when we don’t feel you. Help us to look for how you are working in the midst of trials, to trust that you have a plan when we feel unmoved or unmotivated, and to give you thanks when you pour out blessings.

Midweek Reminder: “The Cries of the Heart: An Enduring Majesty”

Job 40:10

“Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor, and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.”

God creates amazing things. He made you and me along with all the beautiful things on this planet. Although God is absolutely perfect and we’re sinners, we’re still able to see his Majesty. His works can be wittnessed all around us. His love, mercy, forgiveness, etc, is constantly present in our lives, but sometimes his work is so overwhelming for us that we just can’t comprehend anything. We’re just in awe of work, and his overall majesty. Sometimes when we dwell on the details of the wrongs and rights of our lives, we don’t see the overall picture of God’s majesty and work in our lives.

Take time this week to wittness all of God’s Majesty around us. Take notice of all of God’s work and everything he’s already done for us, which is a step taken closer to understanding our loving Father.

Prayer: Dear God would you help us this week to take notice of all the great things you have done for us and around us. I hope that you would open my eyes to see all your majesty.

Monday Intro: “The Cries of the Heart: An Enduring Majesty”

“5 I will focus on your honor and majestic splendor,
  and your amazing deeds!
6 They will declare the power of your awesome acts!
 I will declare your great deeds!”
– Psalm 145:5-6

 God is majestic. He has a royal power and an impressive dignity and beauty. Catching a glimpse of him would render us speechless!!! But in our state of sin and impurities, we would not survive in the presence of his holiness. This does not mean that we miss out on experiencing his Majesty. 

  God’s majesty is on full display in his works in us and around us. His overwhelming grace, provision, love, forgiveness, and faithful presence are all attributes of God that we can experience. There are times when we come in contact with God in these ways and we experience him in an undeniable and ineffible way. We can’t explain what experiencing God in an intimate way feels like because it is like nothing else we have experienced. What we must realize is that these instant moments of feeling God are not just single acts, momentary points of contact, but they are displays of his constant nature. If we feel his love in one moment, that is simply a glimpse of his eternal attribute of a powerful love. If we experience his forgiveness and grace, these are attributes on a compassionate God who has found a way to be glorified in forgiving us. 

  God’s majesty is displayed in his works, but realizing these characteristics of God; his love, grace, power, holiness, forgiveness, etc, are eternal and constant leaves us in awe of his majesty. 

  Take time this week to meditate on God’s majesty. Remember the most intimate or powerful moments that you have experienced with him and look to see how that moment adds to your understanding of the eternal God. 

  Prayer. Dear God, remind us or your deeds. Help us to understand more of you through it and then open up our eyes to see how these moments display your Majesty.