Humans have a propensity for hunger. We're hungry for food, for love, for power. But during his hungriest hour in the wilderness Jesus - who was also human - said, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me." WHAT? How could Jesus trade satisfaction of his physical desires for something so intangible? This week we explore the power of our desires and what God intends us to do with them. Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.
Day 1: Read John 4:1-14
What was this woman’s true desire? How do you relate with her? Put verses
13-14 into your own words.
Day 2: Read John 4:15-42
Compare and contrast the disciples and woman. What does this passage have to teach us about the practice and power of our desire?
Day 3: Read Proverbs 25:16-28
Often when our desires are out of whack it leads to a struggle with self-control. What does this proverb have to say about self-control? Spend some time identifying some ways in which you lack self-control.
Day 4: Read Genesis 25:19-34
What does this passage have to teach us about the power of our desires?
In what ways do you relate to Esau?
Day 5: Read 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
“Food for the stomach and the stomach for food” was a popular saying in the city of Corinth that was used to justify sexual immorality. The thought was that if we have the craving to have sex then we shouldn’t deny ourselves. How does Paul refute that way of thinking? What does it mean that our bodies are a Temple to God? How does this challenge you?
Day 6: Read Galatians 5:13-26
We are both physical and spiritual creatures. What does it mean to be a physical creature? What does it mean to be a spiritual creature? How are the two meant to interact with one another? What does this passage have to say to that?
Day 7: Read 1 Corinthians 9
What are some things you can begin to do in order to give yourself to greater desires?
John 4:1-14 / Mike Slaughter / March 14-15, 2015
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