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May 19th Sermon & Devotionals

May 19, 2024


 
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Faith | Every Day Carry Week 5


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Five-Day Bible Reading Plan and Devotional

Day 1: The Power of Faith Stories

Reading: Hebrews 11:1-40

Devotional: The Bible is filled with stories of faith that inspire and encourage us. Hebrews 11, often called the "Hall of Faith," recounts the lives of Old Testament heroes who trusted in God's promises and lived out their faith in remarkable ways. As we read their stories, we see how God was faithful to them through every challenge and trial. These stories remind us that we are part of a long lineage of believers who have walked by faith, not by sight. Today, reflect on the stories of faith that have impacted your own spiritual journey. Consider sharing these stories with others, especially the next generation, to inspire them to trust in God's faithfulness.


Day 2: Quenching the Enemy's Lies

Reading: Ephesians 6:10-18

Devotional: In Ephesians 6, Paul teaches us about the spiritual armor God provides for our protection. One key piece is the shield of faith, which we are to use to "extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one" (v. 16). These arrows represent the lies and doubts that the enemy uses to weaken our faith. However, our faith stories serve as a powerful defense against these attacks. When we remember and share how God has been faithful in our lives and the lives of others, we are reminded of His goodness and love, even in the face of doubt and discouragement. Today, take time to identify any lies the enemy has been whispering to you, and counter them with specific stories of God's faithfulness.


Day 3: God's Presence in Suffering

Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:7-18

Devotional: Throughout history, many heroes of the faith have endured great suffering for the sake of Christ. Paul, who faced countless trials and persecutions, reminds us in 2 Corinthians that though we may be afflicted, perplexed, persecuted, and struck down, we are not crushed, driven to despair, forsaken, or destroyed (vv. 8-9). Why? Because we carry the treasure of Christ within us, and His power is made perfect in our weakness. The stories of saints who have suffered for their faith remind us that God is with us in our own sufferings, and that He can use even the darkest times for His glory. Today, if you are facing a trial, take comfort in knowing that you are not alone, and that your story of perseverance can one day encourage others.


Day 4: The Legacy of Faithfulness

Reading: Psalm 78:1-8

Devotional: In Psalm 78, the writer emphasizes the importance of passing on the stories of God's works to the next generation. We are called to tell our children and grandchildren about the glorious deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done (v. 4). By sharing these stories, we help establish a legacy of faithfulness that will continue long after we are gone. Today, consider the spiritual legacy you want to leave behind. How can you intentionally share your faith stories with the young people in your life? Look for opportunities to engage with the next generation and impart the wisdom and hope you have gained through your walk with Christ.


Day 5: The Ultimate Story of Love

Reading: John 3:16-21

Devotional: At the heart of our faith is the greatest story ever told: the story of God's love for us, demonstrated through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. John 3:16 famously declares, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." This is the story that gives meaning and purpose to all other stories of faith. It is the story that has the power to transform lives and offer hope to a broken world. As you reflect on your own faith journey, remember that your story is ultimately part of this larger narrative of God's redeeming love. Give thanks for the gift of salvation, and pray for opportunities to share this life-changing message with others.


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