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June 23rd Sermon & Devotionals

Five-Day Bible Reading Plan and Devotional

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How Did We Get our Bible? | You Asked For It Week 2

Day 1: The Living Word

Reading: 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Devotional: God's Word is not just a collection of ancient texts, but a living, breathing library inspired by the Holy Spirit. As you read today's passage, reflect on how Scripture has been "God-breathed" into your life. How has it instructed, corrected, or equipped you for good works? Consider the miraculous nature of how God used diverse authors across time and culture to create one unified story pointing to Jesus. Pray for a renewed appreciation of Scripture's power and relevance in your daily life.

Day 2: Harmony in God's Word

Reading: Psalm 119:105-112

Devotional: Just as musical notes form a harmonious chord, the various books of the Bible create a beautiful symphony of God's truth. As you meditate on today's psalm, consider how God's Word has been a lamp to your feet and a light to your path. How have you experienced the harmony between different parts of Scripture? Reflect on times when biblical teachings have resonated deeply with your spirit, creating that sense of "rightness" within you. Ask God to attune your heart to His Word's perfect harmony.

Day 3: Transformation Through Scripture

Reading: James 1:22-25

Devotional: The early church didn't just pass around stories about Jesus because they sounded good, but because these accounts transformed lives. As you read James' exhortation, examine your own approach to Scripture. Are you merely a hearer of the Word, or also a doer? Consider specific ways you can apply today's Bible reading to your life. How might obedience to God's Word lead to the blessings James mentions? Pray for the courage and commitment to not just know Scripture, but to live it out daily.

Day 4: The Power of God's Word

Reading: Hebrews 4:12-13

Devotional: Scripture is described as living, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword. As you reflect on this passage, consider areas in your life where you need God's Word to penetrate and discern your thoughts and intentions. How has Scripture revealed things about yourself that you hadn't realized before? Acknowledge the power of God's Word to transform you from the inside out. Ask the Holy Spirit to use Scripture to continually refine and shape you into Christ's image.

Day 5: Planted in Your Heart

Reading: Colossians 3:16-17

Devotional: God's Word is meant to dwell richly within us, not just as head knowledge, but as heart transformation. As you meditate on today's verses, consider how you can let the word of Christ dwell in you more fully. How might you incorporate more Scripture into your daily routines, conversations, and decision-making? Reflect on ways you can use God's Word to teach and admonish others with wisdom. Pray that the seeds of Scripture planted in your heart would bear abundant fruit in your life and in the lives of those around you.

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