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1 Corinthians 2:1-5

“When I came to you, brothers and sisters, announcing the mystery of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom. I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.

My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not be based on human wisdom but on God’s power.”

Prayer Journal Entry

Yahweh, Thank you for the reminder of what it means to be a woman who follows You. Thank you for helping us visualize and connect with the attributes that make up a noble woman (Proverbs 31) in a way that resonates with our daily lives because of the examples of Your daughters! Open our eyes to opportunities to practice surrendering to the Spirit’s lead while He strengthens these qualities within us; put Your love on display in us, Lord!

Keep our paths straight and train our eyes to gaze on You so we don’t fall into temptation or get derailed by pride. (Proverbs 4:20-27)

Lord, when we find ourselves with questions, remind us we can bring them to You in worship. (Philippians 4:6-7) You will never abandon us, and You will provide understanding when we seek Your face. (Proverbs 2:1-10) Help our unbelief move to solid faith like the father in Mark 9:14-29.

Upon Your rebuke, soften our hearts so we don’t miss the very answers we have been seeking. And, Lord, in our times of confidence, keep us from boasting, rather, let us have mercy on those who waver and come alongside those who are stumbling just as Jesus does for us. (Jude 1:20-25)

God the Father, above all, let our hearts be fixed on You so our path may be straight according to Your will. (Proverbs 16:9) In Your Son Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

 

Worship Through Song

Journal Prompts

JOURNAL ONE

Sometimes we are the outcast looking in, and other times, whether we want to recognize it or not, we are the ones casting others out and bringing them low. It is the Lord’s heart of justice that fuels Him to come to the low, the shamed, and broken, offering to elevate them to esteem and glory in His Name and through His adoption.

One glance at His chosen twelve disciples confirms this to be true. In broadening our glance, we see the women Jesus elevated to the sought-after place of “disciple”, the children whom adults saw as a distraction from real work, but Jesus drew into His lap and lifted up before all people. Christ’s justice was to come alongside the lowly and bring them home to His heart.

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.” (James 4:10)

Levi’s cardboard story demonstrates the justice of the Lord as He moves the lowly, repentant in heart to a place of honor beside Him. But it’s not just Levi. It’s me and my fellow believing brothers and sisters around the world who have humbled their hearts before the God of All, only to find themselves raised up to dwell with Christ!

It’s our call, as those who wear the Name of Jesus, to weave His justice into the actions and words of our everyday lives. Who is low among us? Who are the broken and outcast? Who can we elevate by bringing them to Jesus?
*Written by Rebecca Adams
JOURNAL TWO

Pride has a way of sneaking into our lives, disguised as faux-righteousness based on our works instead of Christ’s, unquestioning faith in the wrong idol, and judgement of others’ misfortune while elevating ourselves. Bri’s rendition of Judas’ last moments clearly illustrate this reality.

While we can place our faith without question or fear in Jesus, we must constantly be vigilant that we are in fact placing our faith in Jesus, rather than an illusion of Him or our interpretation of Him that isn’t supported by the whole of Scripture.

Paul warns against false teaching that feeds into what we wish to hear rather than solid truth. (2 Timothy 4:3-5) Wise warnings also come from Proverbs 4:23, “Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of all life.” Our hearts determine what we value and worship. Proverbs 4:26 instructs us to “carefully consider the path for [our] feet.” We are meant to question the things of this world, checking if our perceptions align with the Truth of God’s Word.

We capture a glimpse of what this might look like through Thomas’ eyes. Throughout this Sketched study, Bri alternates between Judas’ and Thomas’ perspectives. Thomas spends his time questioning the beliefs he carried into his ministry with Jesus, analyzing how Jesus had confounded these beliefs and clarified them, bringing truth. When Jesus was crucified, Thomas was devastated, but he allows his fear of getting hurt again keep him from believing the Messiah is faithful, until he sees the Messiah resurrected! (John 20:19-29)
JOURNAL THREE

Gracefully Truthful has carefully studied and researched what it means to be a biblical woman (Journey Into She); yesterday’s Sketched Study pairs with this theme as it emphasizes the fruit of living out a biblical womanhood worldview.

Suzanna depicts the power of open arms and genuine kindness through her encounter with Mary and the other women worshiping Jesus around her. Mary didn’t speak a word, yet Suzanna felt changed by and connected to Mary through her comforting actions. Often, we try to fill the silence of someone’s suffering with words, even when there is nothing to say; we could learn to comfort more deeply!

Carol’s personification of the Church reminds us that Christ calls us to unity in the strength and security of God’s invitation for redemption made available to the hungry, weary and thirsty. As Christ’s Body, we are meant to actively look for those who are hungry for Jesus so we can extend His offer of hope!

Joanna demonstrated incredible bravery and sacrifice to serve Jesus, going against her husband, Chuza, who managed Herod’s household and would have been a strong opponent against Jesus. She risked her safety and her marriage to serve Jesus, but, of course, she would be rewarded eternally for her adoring worship.

It is a beautiful sight when women step into their divine role and gently touch the lives around them, straightening the paths of friends and strangers as God’s Spirit flows through them to build His Kingdom!
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