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April 21 Sermon & Devotionals

Updated: Apr 29

April 21, 2024

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Every Day Struggle | Every Day Carry Week 1

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Five-Day Bible Reading Plan and Devotional

Day 1: Unveiling the Profound Messages of Ephesians

Reading: Ephesians 6:10-12

Devotional: Today, let us begin by recognizing the spiritual battles we face daily. As we reflect on the passage from Ephesians, consider the ways in which you've experienced spiritual warfare in your life. Have you felt the tug of something unseen trying to pull you away from your faith? In your journal, write down any struggles that seem to be more than just physical or emotional but have a spiritual dimension to them. Take time to pray, asking God to strengthen you with His might for the battles you face.

Day 2: Carrying Faith and Confronting Our Inner Baggage

Reading: John 16:33

Devotional: In today's scripture, Jesus offers a profound promise amidst a reality check – we will have trouble, but He has overcome the world. Reflect on the troubles you've encountered and how they've shaped your journey. Can you identify the 'baggage' that you've been carrying around? Write a prayer releasing these burdens to Jesus, the One who has already secured victory over every trial we will ever face.

Day 3: The Armor of God as a Beacon of Resilience

Reading: Ephesians 6:13-17

Devotional: Paul describes the full armor of God that equips us to stand firm against adversity. Consider each piece of armor mentioned – truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the Word of God – and how these can be applied in your life. In what ways do you need to be better protected? Pick one piece of the armor to focus on today, and pray for God to help you wear it with confidence.

Day 4: Navigating the Emotional Terrain with the Wisdom of Scripture

Reading: Psalm 23

Devotional: The Psalmist David knew what it was to walk through the darkest valleys yet not fear evil. As you meditate on Psalm 23, envision God as your shepherd guiding you through your own valleys. Write down the emotions and fears that you are currently facing. How does recognizing God's presence with you in these challenges change your perspective? Ask God for the comfort and guidance you need.

Day 5: Divine Threads and Personal Reflections in the Biblical Tapestry

Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Devotional: Paul speaks of God's power being made perfect in weakness. As we conclude our week, let's embrace our vulnerabilities as the spaces where God's strength shines brightest. Reflect on the areas of your life where you feel weakest. How can these become opportunities for God to display His power? Write a declaration of trust in God's sufficient grace and commit to boasting all the more gladly about your weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on you.

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