SyncUP Guide: Volume 1, Issue 11

SyncUP Guide

July 4th – July 8th

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What is a SyncUP and the Weekly Guide?

To put is simply, a “SyncUP” is spending quality time with God for the purpose of knowing Him better in order to align your life (mind, will, and emotions) to His design.  The sync goes only in one direction…UP!
The Weekly SyncUP Guide publishes every Monday and is provided as a FREE resource to SyncUP email subscribers only. Click here to Invite a Friend to Join SyncUP.

This guide provides five (5) daily outlines on scripture reading, reflection questions, life application steps, and prayers to help you have your own daily SyncUPs with God for the rest of the week.

This is not a prescription but a rather a resource to help facilitate rich, fulfilling, genuine, and life changing time with God.

DON’T FREAK OUT…if doing all 5 this week is overwhelming, set a goal of 2 or 3 and work your way up from there.
God Bless!

Day 1

Day 1 – The Word of God

Reading

Read 2 Peter 1:20-21 and John 1:1-5

Reflection

What “guarantee” about the written Word of God do we find in 2 Peter 1:20-21?

How does John 1:1 support that “guarantee”?

Answer the following according to John 1:2-5

How long has the Word been around (v.2)? What part did the Word play in creation (v.3)? What is in the Word (v.4)? In a battle between the Word and the darkness of sin, who would win (v.5)?

The Word in Action

Today, observe and take note of every part of creation you see. Meditate on the fact it was all made by the Word of God. How does this impact you?

Prayer

Gracious God and Father, help me to trust in the authenticity of Your Word. Teach me to embrace that You and Your Word are one. By Your Word, stars, planets, and entire universes came to be. Thank you for the Word’s ability to overcome the sin in my life and create a new heart in me for Your glory.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 2

Day 2 – More Than Rules

Reading

Read 2 Timothy 3:14-17 and Hebrews 4:12-13

Reflection

What does the phrase “God-breathed” mean? What does this tell us about what we are really experiencing when we read the Word?

How is the Word useful and what does it prepare us for according to 2 Timothy 3:14-17?

Which description of the Word in Hebrews 4:12 impacts you the most and why?

Hebrews 4:13 continues to describe the power of the Word. What is significant about the way the Word is referenced in this verse? (Hint: Look for which pronoun is used)

The Word in Action

Today, reflect on how you’ve thought about the Word of God during your life. Create a comparison list of what you used to think and what you think now.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word! It’s living and active which means it’s relevant for all people in all eras. It’s profitable for training up in righteousness which means I can have confidence that I know how to please You with good living. Help me to realize that when I spend time in the Word, God is breathing into me and over my life. Praise God!

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 3

Day 3 – The World and The Word

Reading

Read Psalm 119:105, John 3:19, and 1 Corinthians 1:18

Reflection

How is the Word described in Psalm 119:105?

According to John 3:19, why does the world (society in general) reject the “light”? Describe a time when you rejected the Word for the same reasons.

Read 1 Corinthians 1:18. Think of something in the Word that society says is foolish? How is it actually a demonstration of God’s power?

The Word in Action

Today, start a conversation with a peer, coworker, or neighbor about a popular issue. Ask them their opinion about it. Listen. Then share what the Word says about this issue. What is their reaction?

Prayer

Dear God, thank You for the light of Your Word. I am grateful that I no longer have to walk in the darkness of life, not knowing what’s ahead or where to go. What a hopeless existence it was! Forgive me for the times when I reject Your Light or consider Your Word foolish. I confess, during those times, I just want to have my way and am willing to stumble around in the dark to have it. Deliver me from my wicked foolishness!

In Jesus Name, Amen

Day 4

Day 4 – The Church and The Word

Reading

Read Psalm 119:11, Psalm 119:129-136 and Matthew 4:4

Reflection

Does a follower of Christ read the Word just to do it? What should be our intention according to Psalm 119:11? Does this mean just to memorize?

Psalm 119:129-136 provides several examples of what a Christ-follower’s attitude and feelings should be like toward the Word. Which one captures your attention the most? Does this describe your heart and attitude? If not, why not?

Read Matthew 4:4. What does the scripture imply will happen to a believer if they don’t “consume” the Word?

The Word in Action

Today, try to memorize Psalm 119:129-131. Spend some time journaling the “What”, “Why” and “How” of each verse. For example, for verse 129, WHAT are God’s testimonies in the Word? WHY are they wonderful to you? HOW does this make your soul keep to them?

Prayer

Father in heaven, Your Word is the fuel of my life. When I hide it in my heart, I’m not just memorizing; I’m storing a part of You in me. How wonderful! Give me an insatiable appetite for Your Word. Teach me how to feed on it so I don’t hunger for anything else. Protect me from all distractions from spending time in the Word and the spiritual starvation that follows.

In Jesus Name, Amen

Day 5

Day 5 – Obedience by The Spirit

Reading

Read 1 John 5:2-3, John 14:26, Ephesians 6:17 and Galatians 3:3

Reflection

According to 1 John 5:2-3, what is the response we should have to God’s Word? Why?

What makes it hard (impossible) for you to obey God’s Word all the time?

What provision does God make for our challenge with obedience? (Hint: John 14:26 and Ephesians 6:17)

Read Galatians 3:3. How does this connect with today’s topic of Obedience by The Spirit?

The Word in Action

Today, note how often you seek the Spirit for obedience and how often you try to “will” yourself to do the “right thing”. What does this reveal?

Prayer

Dear Lord, teach me Your love language of obedience. I know I am helpless to obey You on my own. That’s why I am so grateful for the Helper, that is The Spirit, that You have sent to remind of the Word and to live out obedience in me. Forgive me when my pride tries to circumvent the Spirit and seek righteousness by my rules and will. Protect me from my own foolishness.

In Jesus Name, Amen

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