SyncUP Guide: Volume 1, Issue 18

SyncUP Guide: Volume 1, Issue 18

August 22nd – August 26th

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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 – Shadow of Things to Come

Reading

Read Colossians 2:16-17, Hebrews 10:1 and John 1:17

Reflection

According to Colossians, what was the purpose of all the eating, festival, and Sabbath rules God gave to the people of Israel?

There were a lot of laws about sacrifices in the Old Testament. For what “good thing” were religious sacrifices a “shadow”?

Why were the laws about sacrifice insufficient for making people “perfect” (whole)?

According to John 1, what is Jesus able to give that the law cannot?

The Word in Action

Today, discuss the following with someone: “Why aren’t laws and their penalties enough to stop people from committing crimes?” Share how this demonstrates the need for Jesus.

Prayer

Gracious Father, thank you for having something greater in store for me than the law could offer. I know under the law I am guilty and inadequate. Help me to fully understand that, through Jesus, I have been given the grace of pardon and sufficiency. May God be praised!

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 2

Day 2 – False Worship

Reading

Read Colossians 2:18, 1 Timothy 4:1-3 and Romans 1:25

Reflection

Look up the word “asceticism”. How is this a form of false worship?

There are many religious teachings (in and outside of Christianity) that require people do certain things to be “holy” that the Bible doesn’t require. Why are so many people drawn to follow these teachings? What makes them appealing?

Give an example from your own life when you’ve worshipped the “created” rather than the “Creator”?

The Word in Action

Today, prayerfully meditate and ask God to reveal any asceticism in your thoughts or actions regarding righteousness. Ask for forgiveness and deliverance.

Prayer

My Lord, You alone are God. You alone are to be worshipped and praised. Keep me from taking in false teachings that tell me I can “will power” my way into Your good graces. Help me to understand in my heart, mind, and spirit that my right standing before You ONLY comes through faith in Jesus Christ.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 3

Day 3 – Holding Fast to the Head

Reading

Read Colossians 2:19, Colossians 1:18, Galatians 1:6-9 and Ephesians 4:15-16

Reflection

What does the phrase “holding fast” mean?

Who is the “Head”? Why does the church “hold fast” to the Head?

What happens when we DON’T “hold fast”? (Galatians 1:6-9)

What happened when we DO “hold fast”? (Ephesians 4:15-16)

The Word in Action

Today, write a personal statement of how you will specifically “hold fast” to Christ this week.

Prayer

My Lord and my God, keep me close to You. Help me to see and seek You as my only source of spiritual nourishment. Give me a steadfast nature and a keen mind to resist any teaching or line of thought that is contrary to the Gospel. Grow me up in You in every way.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 4

Day 4 – Released from the Law

Reading

Read Colossians 2:20-22, Romans 7:4-6, and Galatians 6:14

Reflection

What happens when you try to live your life by a lot of “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” rules?

In what way were we once “captive” by the law? What was the cycle we were trapped in? (Romans 7:4-6)

Why is it ridiculous to try to boast in how many laws we keep and how long we can keep them? What is the only thing we can boast in and why?

The Word in Action

Today, memorize Galatians 2:21.

Prayer

My Savior, teach me to walk in the freedom You died to give me. Help me resist falling into the perilous cycle of trying to live by a law I can never fully keep. Show me how to give up and give in to complete, dependent faith in You for being “right” in Your eyes. Let every word of boast from my mouth be about the incredible gift of being credited with the righteousness You earned.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 5

Day 5 – Self-made Religion

Reading

Read Colossians 2:23, Matthew 23:27-28, and 1 Timothy 4:6-10

Reflection

Why is self-made religion insufficient?

How does Matthew 23 describe being “religious”?

How does 1 Timothy 4 describe being “godly”?

The Word in Action

Today, take note of how often you think about appearing godly (religious) rather than being godly? Confess to God and a trustworthy friend, as the Holy Spirit guides you.

Prayer

My Redeemer, rid me of my pride in all its forms. Help me to be less concerned about how I appear compared to others and more about who I am compared to You. Train me up in godliness and keep me always conscious of my need for a Savior.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

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