A crucified Saviour?

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 26 February – 4 March 2018

Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org 

Sunday 4 March 2018 is the third Sunday of Lent.

Exodus 20:1-17. God speaks the “Ten Words” (as they are known in Judaism), beginning with an important identity statement: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”

Psalm 19.  A psalm declaring Creation’s praise of God and our praise of God’s instruction (“Torah”).

1 Corinthians 1:18-25.  Paul notes what must have been obvious — proclaiming a crucified man as Messiah and Saviour can be a stretch for all people, Jewish or Gentile. But for those who “get it,” it is a powerful, life-changing message that opens up a new understanding of God and the world.

John 2:13-22.  Jesus makes Temple worship impossible at the busiest time of the year — the Passover sacrifice. He confronts those who had turned the Temple courtyard into a marketplace, and they ask him what sign of authority he has for doing this. He tells them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day simply repeat this verse a number of times and then allow your heart to give thanks to God: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)   By the end of the week aim to know it off by heart.

Confession: Christ was stripped naked and crucified.  This week allow God to strip you of all that pulls your life away from your following and worship of Christ.  Focus question:  Lord forgive me when I rely only on my own strength and I ignore your call to share in the richness of your infinite resources.  Help me to “plug-in”  and to live out of your power.**

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Praying for the world that Christ died for. Today: The broken…

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

Dedication: Then Jesus said to his disciples: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day simply repeat this verse a number of times and then allow your heart to give thanks to God: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)   By the end of the week aim to know it off by heart.

Confession: Christ was stripped naked and crucified.  This week allow God to strip you of all that pulls your life away from your following and worship of Christ.  Focus question: Lord forgive me when I fill my life with hurry and never touch base with your order and love.  Help me to listen to your breathing and to be filled with your breath.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the world that Christ died for. Today: The lost…

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Then Jesus said to his disciples: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day simply repeat this verse a number of times and then allow your heart to give thanks to God: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)   By the end of the week aim to know it off by heart.

Confession: Christ was stripped naked and crucified.  This week allow God to strip you of all that pulls your life away from your following and worship of Christ.  Focus question: Lord forgive me when I live only for what I can get.  Lord, I find it so hard not to get swallowed by the spirit of materialism, and sometimes I don’t even recognise that I am guided by its ethics.  Set me free that I may be guided by your values.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the world that Christ died for.  Today: The bitter…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Then Jesus said to his disciples: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day simply repeat this verse a number of times and then allow your heart to give thanks to God: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)   By the end of the week aim to know it off by heart.

Confession: Christ was stripped naked and crucified.  This week allow God to strip you of all that pulls your life away from your following and worship of Christ.  Focus question: Lord, I do not have a firm faith, at times I doubt and am unable to trust you. O Lord strengthen my faith I pray that I may find my peace in you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the world that Christ died for. Today: The cut off..

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Then Jesus said to his disciples: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day simply repeat this verse a number of times and then allow your heart to give thanks to God: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)   By the end of the week aim to know it off by heart.

Confession: Christ was stripped naked and crucified.  This week allow God to strip you of all that pulls your life away from your following and worship of Christ.  Focus question: Lord, I am so reluctant to actively witness to your glory.  Lord forgive me and show me how to witness in loving and creative ways.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the world that Christ died for. Today: The confused…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Then Jesus said to his disciples: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day simply repeat this verse a number of times and then allow your heart to give thanks to God: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)   By the end of the week aim to know it off by heart.

Confession: Christ was stripped naked and crucified.  This week allow God to strip you of all that pulls your life away from your following and worship of Christ.  Focus question: Lord I am so self focussed I find it difficult to praise others and even to really lose myself in my praise of you.  Forgive me Lord and give my heart wings to rise up in praise.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the world that Christ died for. Today: The rebellious…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Then Jesus said to his disciples: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day simply repeat this verse a number of times and then allow your heart to give thanks to God: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)   By the end of the week aim to know it off by heart.

Confession: Christ was stripped naked and crucified.  This week allow God to strip you of all that pulls your life away from your following and worship of Christ.  Focus question: Lord you have said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God.”  I have sought first my own kingdom.  Forgive me and help me to have Godly priorities.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the world that Christ died for. Today: The burdened…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Then Jesus said to his disciples: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24