January 17, 2016
Toxic religious traditions and broken family pictures, physical and
mental illness, addictions and debt all lead to the same place: paralysis.
Jesus offers you and me the same words he extended to a paralyzed man in his day: "Get up. Pick up. Walk."
Join us in worship this weekend as Pastor Mike continues a study of John 5 and leads us in prayer for health and healing. Let's move forward in our faith.
Health & Healing
Divine Intervention + Human Responsibility
1. Get up.
- Mark 1:32
- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
2. Pick up.
- Ephesians 4:23
- Ephesians 6:17
- Mark 5:34
- Mark 9:23
- 1 Corinthians 2:12-14
- 2 Timothy 1:7
Next week: ACTIVATE Purpose
Questions to go Deeper
ACTIVATE Health & Healing
We want to be made well, but healing and wholeness are the result of God’s divine intervention and our human responsibility. This week we will discover the power to “Get up. Pick up. Walk.” 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: John 5:6-15
What did Jesus ask the paralytic to do? What was the result? If miracles are divine intervention AND human responsibility, what is your next action step toward healing?
TUESDAY: Matthew 12:1-14
The religious folk of Jesus’ day had strict rules about the Sabbath. Why does Jesus break these rules? Although not all rules are bad, name religious rules that are a barrier to healing. Ask God to help you focus on people not rules.
WEDNESDAY: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
When we say yes to Jesus, the Holy Spirit lives inside of us. Since our bodies are “temples of the Holy Spirit,” what are you doing to take care of your body? What healthy habits can you pick up, and what unhealthy habits do you need to release? Make a plan to pick up one new healthy habit this week.
THURSDAY: Proverbs 3:1-12
Part of the pathway to healing is through the mind. What can help rid our lives of “stinking thinking”? What happens when we fill our minds with God’s word? Revisit Proverbs 3:5-8 multiple times today.
FRIDAY: Luke 17:11-19
Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem when he encounters ten men with a terrible skin disease. What do they want from Jesus? What does Jesus ask them to do? What happens with the one that returns? Think of times in your life when you forgot to thank God for simple healings.
SATURDAY: Psalm 103:1-5
What does this psalm tell us about God? How are we to respond to God’s healing? Rewrite Psalm 103 in your own words. Use it as a prayer.
SUNDAY: 2 Kings 5
Who was Naaman, and what did the prophet ask Naaman to do? Where do you need healing? What seemingly mundane thing is God asking you to do to experience healing in your life. Commit to it, and tell someone about it.
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