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NAVIGATING THE NEW WEEK 2: Thinking New For The New




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MONDAY:  Mark 5:21-43 and Luke 8:40-56

Both accounts tell the tale of a woman willing to do something audacious to receive her healing.  She rose above the status quo and defied the rules of her day to experience the miracle she needed.  What crowds and norms do you need to push through to experience break-through?  And when Jesus healed Jairus’ daughter, He did so by first eliminating negative and doubtful voices from the room.  What negativity do you need to eliminate from the room of your mind to practice audacious faith in your life right now?


TUESDAY:  Psalm 139

The Psalmist David ends Psalm 139 with a prayer of reflection: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  God is the One who formed you in your mother’s womb.  He is the One who knows your every thought.  Because David understood that God knew him even better than David knew himself, he asked God to examine his heart.  David asked God to show him the places of his heart that were ridden with anxiety or weighed down by sin.  Today, spend a few minutes in prayer and reflection, asking the Holy Spirit to show you the places of your heart that need to be tended to or the areas of your life that need to be addressed to move forward in purity and strength.


WEDNESDAY: 2 Corinthians 5

Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation!  You are not your past, you are not your shortcomings, you are not your failures- you are brand new in Jesus!  Just because you’ve always seen yourself as an angry person, doesn’t mean you need to stay one.  Just because people told you that you weren’t good enough doesn’t mean that you aren’t capable and loved.  Just because you failed in the past doesn’t mean you are a failure. Just because you have been addicted doesn’t mean you need to stay an addict.  You are a new creation in Christ!  Ask yourself:  Do I see myself as brand new in Christ?  Or are there some labels about myself I am keeping that I need to let go of?  Today, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what it means to live in the full knowledge that you are a new creation, daily being transformed by the grace of God!


THURSDAY:  Matthew 12:22-37 and Luke 6:37-49

In Luke 6, Jesus tells us to examine our own lives instead of judging others.  He then teaches us to reflect on the fruit of our lives so that we can continue to more and more build our lives of His teachings and commands.  Is judgment of others in your heart taking the place of examining your own heart?  If so, simply repent (ask for forgiveness and choose differently moving forward) and instead take time to examine the fruit of your life:  What fruit is a sure sign of following Jesus and His teachings?  What fruit is less than desirable in your life?  Ask Jesus to teach you how to produce good fruit in places that had bad fruit in the past.


FRIDAY: Galatians 5

Write down the fruit of the flesh (sinful nature) as listed in Galatians 5.  What bad fruit is growing in your life right now?  Write down the fruit of the Spirit (a life surrounded daily to Jesus) as listed in Galatians 5.  What good fruit is the Holy Spirit producing in your life as you follow Jesus?  And which fruit are you hoping to see more of in your life?  Today, repent (ask for forgiveness and choose differently moving forward) of bad fruit, and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to produce the fruit of His Spirit in your life more and more.  Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what you can do to see this fruit abound more in your life.


SATURDAY:  Proverbs 4

This Proverb reads like a strong, fervent plea from a parent to a child.  The plea is to attain wisdom at all costs.  Based on what you just read, how can you practically pursue wisdom and not folly in your life?  Are there influences or relationships in your life right now that are adding foolishness and not wisdom to your life?  What can you do to intentionally pursue influences and relationships of wisdom in your life moving forward?


SUNDAY:  Romans 12

The Bible instructs us to no longer be conformed to the patterns of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.  We experience internal and lasting change by changing the way we think.  What is a negative thought has been limiting you as you navigate the new?  Find two scriptures on the same subject and meditate on these scriptures this week.  Let God’s perfect Word reshape your thinking, so that you can know His perfect will for you.    



17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].

-2 Corinthians 5:17 The Amplified Version

“Come now, let us settle the matter,”
    says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
    you will eat the good things of the land;

-Isaiah 1:18-19 New International Version

So place yourselves under God’s authority. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you. Come close to God, and he will come close to you. Clean up your lives, you sinners, and clear your minds, you doubters. Be miserable, mourn, and cry. Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the Lord’s presence. Then he will give you a high position.

-James 4:7-10 God’s Word Translation


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    Lukas Namupala
    January 12, 2017 at 6:29 am

    I truly agree with your message. It has come at such an opportune time for me as it is now when I started taking most seriously the effect of poisonous thoughts. As well as questioning why I am not able to direct the same fervor to God I direct to my earthly pursuits.

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