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May 5th Sermon & Devotionals

May 5, 2024

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Righteousness | Every Day Carry Week 4

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Five-Day Bible Reading Plan and Devotional

Day 1: Encountering Jesus in Scripture

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:10-17

Today's focus is on the Armor of God. As you begin this week, read through the passage in Ephesians and meditate on the significance of each piece of armor. Pay special attention to the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness.

Devotional Thought:

Consider how Scripture is a vital part of your daily walk with Christ. Reflect on times when reading the Bible has led you to an encounter with Jesus. Ask yourself, how does truth and righteousness, as parts of your spiritual essentials, guide your actions and decisions?


Heavenly Father, as I raise my Bible in reverence to Your word, guide me to encounter Jesus through Your Scriptures. Help me to carry the truth and righteousness as part of my spiritual armor today and every day. Amen.

Day 2: Choosing God's Righteousness

Scripture Reading: Genesis 15:1-6

Reflect on Abram's journey of faith. Notice how he had to trust in God's promises, even when the fulfillment of those promises seemed impossible from his human perspective.

Devotional Thought:

Consider a time when your desire to be right conflicted with pursuing righteousness. How can Abram's story encourage you to trust in God's timing and promises, even when things do not seem to align with your plans?


Lord, teach me to prioritize Your righteousness over my need to be right. Grant me the faith of Abram to believe in Your promises, knowing that You count my faith as righteousness. Amen.

Day 3: Righteousness in Action

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:38-48

Jesus calls us to a higher standard of love, one that transcends human understanding of justice. As you read, think about how this teaching can shape your interactions, especially with those who may oppose you.

Devotional Thought:

How can you practice righteousness in difficult situations? Reflect on the challenge of responding with love and generosity in the face of conflict or mistreatment.


Gracious God, empower me to respond to others with the righteousness that reflects Your love. Help me to embrace Your call to love my enemies and to pray for those who persecute me. Amen.

Day 4: Virtue Beyond Comfort

Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 1:5-7

Today, focus on the virtues Peter encourages believers to add to their faith. These qualities are essential for a life of righteousness and reflect our growth in Christ.

Devotional Thought:

Examine the virtues listed by Peter and consider which ones you may need to develop further. How can these virtues take you beyond your comfort zone and into a life marked by godly character?


Father, I ask You to help me develop the virtues that lead to a life of righteousness. Give me the strength to step beyond my comfort zone, cultivating a heart that is pleasing to You. Amen.

Day 5: Faithful Navigation

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:1-10

Today, we read about the heroes of faith. These individuals did not always see the promises of God fulfilled in their lifetimes, yet they are commended for their faith.

Devotional Thought:

Reflect on how the examples of these faithful men and women can guide you through life's complexities. How does their testimony inspire you to live a life committed to God's standards, rather than your own?


Almighty God, I am inspired by the faith of those who came before me. Help me to navigate the complexities of life with a steadfast faith in You, looking forward to Your promises with hope and assurance. Amen.

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