Under Pressure:  Mind the Gap

Under Pressure

September 20, 2015

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Mike Slaughter

Under pressure... you know the feeling... not enough hours in the day, money in the bank, food on the table, love under the roof. We claim to trust the God of the universe but often feel twisted and tense. There's a gap between what we believe and how we behave.

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Today's Focus

I.    Holy Interruptions


  •        Jonah
  •        David
  •        Paul ~ Acts 9:15-16, II Corinthians 11:24-28


James 1:24 - God uses life pressures for the sake of aligning us with his eternal purpose



II.   Mind the Gap

        Central Beliefs vs. Daily Behaviors


       Galatians 4:19 – Philippians 2:7

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Mind The Gap

Within the moments of day-to-day life people focus on the next, most urgent priority. But that priority is not always the focus of God’s eternal purpose. Let’s mind the gap by ReFocusing this week in order to sync with the rhythm of God by being in relationship with the Holy Spirit.  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.
Monday: Read Mark 1:16-20
What would you do if someone told you “to fish for people”? What priority did James and John place on fishing versus relating with Jesus? Describe the difficulty of walking away from everything today. What is God calling you to walk away from in order to walk toward him?
Tuesday: Read Luke 5:1-11
Simon made his boat available. What resources have you released to Jesus when asked? How did sharing resources affect each person in this account? What would Simon have missed if he had disobeyed? Pray about how you personally share your resources.
Wednesday: Review Luke 5:1-11
Describe when you’ve responded like Simon, with a whiny complaint, to a Jesus call? Did Jesus withhold relationship from Simon because of this attitude? How is Jesus’ response contrary to your nature? After the catch, Simon confessed; do you confess a wrong attitude as quickly?
Thursday: Read Numbers 20:1-13
What factors distracted Moses and Aaron to the point of disobedience? How was this disobedience distrustful of God’s instructions? How was God dishonored in their words and actions? When/How have you embellished a God calling to feel more secure?
Friday: Read Luke 10:38-42
Hospitality is a spiritual gift, so why was Martha’s complaint rebuked? How should hospitality enhance relationships? How can you rethink common cultural hospitality practices to sync with God’s relationship priority? Pray about aligning your hospitality expectations with God’s.
Saturday: Read John 11:1-44 (review Friday’s study)
How did Martha’s focus change upon this next meeting with Jesus? How did Martha demonstrate Jesus’ faith priority? How did Jesus’ delay reveal that God’s priorities are better than human plans? What are you anxiously planning rather than discerning God’s priority?
Sunday: Review Luke 5:1-11; Numbers 20:1-13; Luke 10:38-42
Reconsider your current priority. Where do you feel lacking in connection with God and others? What insights do you gain from the scriptures this week? What priority is the Holy Spirit calling you toward today?

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Jonah 1 & 2 / Mike Slaughter / September 19 & 20, 2015 

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