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This Week's Journeys

Revelation 15:1-4

Then I saw another great and awe-inspiring sign in heaven: seven angels with the seven last plagues; for with them God’s wrath will be completed.

2 I also saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had won the victory over the beast, its image, and the number of its name, were standing on the sea of glass with harps from God. 3 They sang the song of God’s servant Moses and the song of the Lamb:
Great and awe-inspiring are your works,
Lord God, the Almighty;
just and true are your ways,
King of the nations.
4 Lord, who will not fear
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All the nations will come
and worship before you
because your righteous acts
have been revealed.

Prayer Journal Entry

My gracious and loving Lord, when I read Your Words in Revelation 15, I am overcome with the pull to worship You! I long for the day when I will be found among those who sing this song at Your throne.

I want to be found singing this song even now! I want my lips to praise You for all the great things you have done, are doing, and will do.

Let me never be ashamed to sing this song and speak Your victory to others. Prick my spirit if I should ever doubt your goodness, Lord. Others need to know of Your unfailing love, and You’ve called and equipped me to Go and Tell them! Others need to know of your grace and mercy available to them because of Your sacrifice on the cross. Show me how to speak boldly with my life and my words, Lord. Show me who to tell and give me the voice to sing Your song with my life!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Worship Through Song

Journal Prompts

JOURNAL ONE

Lesley does a lovely job of setting up our Journey Study theme, Melody! If you missed her intro, go read it! She not only includes historical background on women during the times of Jesus’ ministry, but how Jesus flipped cultural notions that women were of little to no importance. This idea clearly has never been true to God! Just study the narratives of Eve, Mary Magdalene, the Samaritan woman, and many others.

Rachel reminded us on Day 2 that God has valued women from the beginning. Even though Eve doubted and listened to the wrong voice, she was still given a promise that, through her lineage, the Savior of the world would come!   

We are called to use the song of our life to point others to Jesus. It doesn’t necessarily mean we need a flashy platform, have authored books, or are leading a church ministry, even though it could be those things. Every “she” is important as they follow Jesus, and when we consider our home, neighbors, friends, and co-workers, ministry is found there! If they don’t already know Jesus, they need to be introduced! If they do know Him, then your ministry could be one of encouragement for them to be bold in sharing Jesus!

What if you started a small group study of the Bible? Pick one of GT’s Journey Themes to help guide you or just start reading Scripture together verse by verse and talking about it!

No matter your background, no matter what your present situation may look like you are deemed worthy by God. 

There is value in your voice.

JOURNAL TWO

On Wednesday and Thursday, Mary Kathryn and Lori explored the similarities between Miriam’s song and her brother, Moses’, song. I don’t recall ever being taught that connection or seeing it on my own. The depths these ladies take us to are stunning!

When we study Scripture and see words or phrases repeated, we know this teaching is something to take note of and give our attention to.

I also learned that if a similar word is repeated it magnifies and multiplies the message, intensifying its thought for the audience. I love learning from others who study Scripture!

I’m grateful for Miriam’s example of quick worship that led others to praise Him also. After the Red Sea filled back in over the Egyptian army, she championed worship in a way that’s been remembered by every generation after her. What a legacy!

Just as the Lord gave Israel victory over the Egyptians, so He rescues us from eternal death when we trust in Jesus’ work on the cross for us. We can lead a victory refrain praising God that, through Jesus, we also have victory over death, hell, and the grave!

How glorious to know this same refrain is echoed in the last book of the Bible.

God is the same God from the Old Testament to the New Testament. He is the same God of ancient Israel, ancient Jerusalem, and the New Jerusalem where all believers will one day dwell with Him and He is always worthy of our praise!

JOURNAL THREE

Christine’s journey study on Anna was convicting to me personally! I can’t imagine being widowed as a young woman just starting out, let alone in a culture that dismissed women. Whether you can personally relate to Anna’s specific loss or you come with different burdens of loss and grief, Anna’s life song can help us change the trajectory of our own legacy.

We know from Scripture, Anna chose to spend the rest of her life in the temple, devoted to prayer and fasting as her service to the Lord. Anna had no children and no one that we know of, stepped up to offer marriage and care for her. Still, her legacy of worship and declaration of Jesus has just impacted you in the reading of her story!

What a gift!

While most of us cannot spend our days in a church building or sanctuary praying continually 24/7, what we can do is be disciplined in the ways of the Lord by daily practicing being with Him. Through regular prayer and Scripture study, we will be taught by the Lord and He will ensure that our legacy isn’t wasted! 

For me, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 convicts me regularly, “Pray without ceasing.” To practice speaking with the Lord in such a regular, continuous way is a high challenge! I confess, I used to be more intentional with prayer as I went about my day.  I’m not sure just when the disconnect happened, but I my lack finds me repenting and asking the Lord to help me try again. Maybe you are in the same place; let’s start practicing more diligently together!

We can pray as we fold the laundry, as we sit in the carpool lane, as we stand in line at the grocery, or even in the elevator in our office building. We are called to pray for all the things that come to mind, pray to see God in our midst like Anna, and pray to be ready to tell others who He is just as Anna modeled.

Let’s follow Anna’s example of consistent worship, daily prayer, and then be eager to shine His light wherever we go!
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