SyncUP Guide: Volume 1, Issue 17

SyncUP Guide: Volume 1, Issue 17

August 15th – August 19th

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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 – Circumcised

Reading

Read Romans 2:29, Deuteronomy 30:6, and Philippians 3:3

Reflection

We are all familiar with the physical act of circumcision for males. But according to the above scriptures, what kind of circumcision does every believer in Christ undergo?

Why is this circumcision important for our relationship with God?

What does it mean to say “we are the circumcision”? (Ref. Blue Letter Bible)

The Word in Action

Today, list what still needs to be circumcised from your heart. Take it to God in prayer.

Prayer

Gracious Spirit, circumcise my heart from the evil within and around me. Remove anything that is a barrier against me loving You with all my heart and soul. By Your power, strengthen me to boldly stand out in this world for Your glory.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 2

Day 2 – Buried

Reading

Read Romans 6:3, Galatians 3:27 and Romans 6:10-11

Reflection

How is baptism and being buried similar?

What did Jesus accomplish through His death and burial?

Consequentially, what does being baptized into His death mean for us? (Hint: There are 2 specific things mentioned in the above scriptures)

The Word in Action

Today, ask God to help you examine your heart. Are there any parts of your old self that are trying to “unbury” themselves (and maybe you’re helping)? Confess them to a trustworthy, godly friend and ask them for prayer.

Prayer

My Hero, you defeated sin by taking it to the grave, once and for all. Thank You for allowing me to benefit from Your victory. Help me to have confidence in the power of Your triumph and believe that I shed the skin of my old self in that grave with You and am now clothed in Your righteousness. God be praised!

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 3

Day 3 – Raised

Reading

Read Romans 6:4-5, Ephesians 2:4-6, and Colossians 3:1-2

Reflection

Why is it so assuring to know if we are united in Christ in death, we are resurrected with Him?

What motivated God to go through so much to make sure we could have a new life forever with Him? (Ephesians 2:4)

According to Colossians 3:1-2, what changes come with being “raised” with Christ?

The Word in Action

Today, write down something happening in your life that has you preoccupied. Meditate in prayer on how you can “raise” your mind to things above and not on earth.

Prayer

My Lord and my God, thank you for the unity I am privileged to have with Jesus. Help me to trust that as I was united with Him in death to sin, I am assuredly united in His resurrection to new life. What an incredible outpouring of your love and grace! Teach me, as a new creation, to practice heavenly living in earthly conditions.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 4

Day 4 – Alive

Reading

Read I Peter 4:1-6

Reflection

What “suffering in the flesh” like Christ is the scripture referring to? (Ref. 1 Peter 3:18)

How does “suffering in the flesh” impact the way we live the rest of our life? (v.2)

What is usually the response of people who have NOT suffered in the flesh to the Christian way of living? (v.4)

The Word in Action

Today, take time with another person to discuss the 2 interpretations given for I Peter 4:6 in the excerpted commentary from Matthew Henry below. (Excerpted from Blue Letter Bible) Which interpretation do you agree with most and why?

“Some understand this difficult place thus: For this cause was the gospel preached to all the faithful of old, who are now dead in Christ, that thereby they might be taught and encouraged to bear the unrighteous judgments and persecutions which the rage of men put upon them in the flesh, but might live in the Spirit unto God. Others take the expression, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, in a spiritual sense, thus: The gospel was preached to them, to judge them, condemn them, and reprove them, for the corruption of their natures, and the viciousness of their lives, while they lived after the manner of the heathen or the mere natural man; and that, having thus mortified their sins, they might live according to God, a new and spiritual life.”

Prayer

Dear Lord, teach me to steward your grace well. Let my life be a walking, talking representation of Your will. Fortify me with Your love to withstand the criticisms of those who think I’m foolish for not to do what rest of the world is doing. Show me how to live not according to flesh but in the spirit, just like You.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 5

Day 5 – Redeemed

Reading

Read Romans 6:23, Isaiah 44:22 and Isaiah 43:25

Reflection

What is the one thing sinning earns us? Why is having our sin blotted out so important?

A synonym for redeem is ransom. What does it mean that Christians have been ransomed?

We greatly benefit from having our sin blotted out. So why does God say He does it for His own sake (Isaiah 43:25)? Find a scripture to support your answer.

The Word in Action

Today, spend some special time celebrating and honoring the Redeemer.

Prayer

My Redeemer, You have rescued me from the captivity of death. You have wiped away the record of my sin. You paid a price no one can quantify to bring me home to You. I know I can’t repay You but please accept my devotion as an offering of thanks.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

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