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NAVIGATING THE NEW WEEK 3: Keeping It Real In The New




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MONDAY:  Matthew 26:36-46 and Mark 14:32-42

Jesus, knowing the cross was in His very near future, chose to engage in honest and surrendered prayers.  He also directed His disciples to pray, and included them in this defining moment as He navigated His journey to the cross.  What can you learn from Jesus’ example at Gethsemane?  What can you pray today that is both honest and surrendered?  And who are the people in your world you can ask to join you in prayer as you navigate your new?


TUESDAY:  Psalm 62

The Psalmist David is both real about his current circumstances AND confident in God’s ability to care for Him.  In fact, David writes, “Pour out your hearts to God, for He is Our Refuge.”  How does knowing God as your personal refuge help you navigate current challenges?  And what would it look like for you to pour out your heart to God?  Take a few uninterrupted minutes today to practice pouring out your heart to God.  Let Him know your emotions, your concerns, your challenges, your hopes and your fears.  And thank Him for being your very own safe Refuge, able and willing to lead you and care for you no matter what you are facing.


WEDNESDAY: Hebrews 4

Jesus knows our weaknesses, our struggles and our temptations.  These things do not surprise Him or lessen His love and acceptance of us.  In fact, Hebrews 4 tells us that Jesus empathizes with us.  And He doesn’t stop there!  He offers mercy and grace to help us!  So, where do you need help today?  Where are you struggling in your pursuit to move forward?  Talk to Jesus.  He knows your plight, and He will provide you with the help you need!


THURSDAY:  Mark 9:14-29

The boy’s father says what almost seems contradictory.  First, he says, “I do believe.”  Immediately after, the father cries out to Jesus, “Help me overcome my unbelief!”  Sometimes, belief looks like asking Jesus to help combat unbelief.  Sometimes, the greatest act of faith is simply asking Jesus to intervene in areas of your heart and mind plagued with doubt.  Where in your heart is doubt and unbelief trying to hijack your faith?  Ask the Holy Spirit for the grace to overcome the power of doubt today!


FRIDAY: Exodus 18

In Exodus 18, Moses is navigating a new season in his leadership.  The Israelites are now free from Egyptian rule and beginning their journey through the wilderness to the land of promise God has for them. And thanks to the wisdom and advice of his father-in-law, Moses learns the necessary new skills to succeed.  What skills do you need to learn to begin to successfully navigate your new season?  What ways of doing things need to change so that you can succeed?  And who are the Jethros in your life who can practically help you gain the necessary new skills and understanding for your new?


SATURDAY:  Proverbs 12

Proverbs 12:15 tells us “the wise listen to advice.”   Proverbs 12:26 instructs us that “the righteous choose their friends wisely.”  The people we surround ourselves with will shape both our today and our tomorrow.  Make a list of the people in your life who are godly and who can offer you wisdom as you navigate your new.  Are these same people currently providing you with advice and support?  If not, how can you seek their advice and prayer as you navigate your new?


SUNDAY:  2 Kings 5

Naaman almost missed out on his healing, all because he let pride get in the way!  Have you, like Namman, ever received advice you didn’t want to hear, advice that was good, but that was frustrating or disappointing or even insulting to hear?  How did you respond?  Has pride limited your ability to move forward in the past?  How can you actively develop a spirit of humility that allows you to receive godly advice and instruction in your life?   




15 For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. 16 Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].

-Hebrews 4:15-16 The Amplified Version


If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

-James 1:5 New International Version


Where there is no [wise, intelligent] guidance, the people fall [and go off course like a ship without a helm],
But in the abundance of [wise and godly] counselors there is victory.

-Proverbs 11:14 The Amplified Version


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