SyncUP Guide: Volume 1, Issue 24

SyncUP Guide: Volume 1, Issue 24

October 3rd – October 7th

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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 Rejected

Reading

Key Verse: John 4:7-10 (ESV)

Cross Reference: N/A (ESV)

Reflection

Describe the relationship between Jews and Samaritans.

How did Jesus strive to be the difference in the life of this rejected woman?

On what basis have you experienced rejection? How have you done the same to others?

The Word in Action

Today, celebrate the acceptance you have in Christ and share it with someone who is being rejected by people.

Prayer

Dear Lord, I am grateful for You seeking the rejected, like me. Forgive me, for when I have rejected You and other people. Allow me to be sensitive to anyone facing rejection so that I may share the acceptance of Christ with them.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 2

Day 2 – The Abandoned

Reading

Key Verse: John 5:2-9 (ESV)

Cross Reference: N/A (ESV)

Reflection

How long had the man been in need of healing? What was missing in his life that kept him from getting to the healing pool?

How did Jesus strive to be the difference in the life of this abandoned man?

The name of the healing pool was Bethesda which means “house of mercy”. How can you be a “house of mercy” in the life of an abandoned person?

The Word in Action

Today, slow down and look out for the abandoned people around you.

Prayer

My Lord, thank you for never abandoning me, even when I abandoned myself. Help me to have eyes to see those around me who are in need of friendship and mercy. Teach me to have a heart toward those others have abandoned.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 3

Day 3 – The Mentally Ill

Reading

Key Verse: Mark 5:1-8,15 (ESV)

Cross Reference: N/A (ESV)

Reflection

Describe the man’s life before encountering Jesus. What modern diagnosis would we use to describe this man’s issue?

How did Jesus strive to be the difference in the life of this mentally ill man?

What is your usual response to a mentally ill person? How does this align to Jesus’ response?

The Word in Action

Today, commit to asking God to heal someone with mental illness in your life.

Prayer

Gracious Father, thank you for keeping me in my right mind. What a precious blessing! I pray for healing over those in my life that are struggling with mental illness. I pray for godly patience and enduring hopefulness for their families and friends. Show me how I can be the difference in their life and help them not give up.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 4

Day 4 – The Suffering

Reading

Key Verse: Matthew 9:19-22 (ESV)

Cross Reference: N/A (ESV)

Reflection

Based on ancient Jewish practices, how was this woman socially suffering in addition to her physical suffering? (Hint: Leviticus 15:19-25)

How did Jesus strive to be the difference in the life of this suffering woman?

When you suffer do you desperately place your hope in connecting with Christ, like the woman? What things do you mistakenly place hope in?

The Word in Action

Today, think of suffering as a stepping stone for getting closer to Christ.

Prayer

My Lord, I know suffering happens. I know that it is often not an effect of something I caused. But sometimes it feels like a penalty. Transform my mind to see suffering as a force driving me to intimate connection with You. Thank You for never refusing me when I reach out for You.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 5

Day 5 – The Condemned

Reading

Key Verse: Luke 23:39-43 (ESV)

Cross Reference: N/A (ESV)

Reflection

Both of the condemned men were guilty. What was the difference between them in their attitude about their crimes?

How did Jesus strive to be the difference in the life of this condemned man?

How do you feel about the fact that the fullness of heaven is offered to both the person who was saved in vacation bible study and the person who was saved on death row?

The Word in Action

Today, ask God to show you your sins so that you can be more gracious to other sinners.

Prayer

Father, please help me not to be afraid to share the truth of salvation for all men, including those condemned for heinous crimes. That is just how powerful Your grace is and too many people are dying apart from it. Reveal my sin so I won’t be hypocritically condemning of the sin of others. Keep me in a place of humility before You.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

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2 thoughts on “SyncUP Guide: Volume 1, Issue 24

  1. After reading John 4: 7 -10, I can see some hostility between Jews and Samaritans by the statement of the woman. If you study the OT, you would see the dislike that Jews had for the Samaritans because of previous encounters that divided the people.

    Jesus strives to be the difference by willing to talk to her and not reject her for her personal heritage, Jesus took the step by talking to her about who he is despite the history between the two clans and tell her the truth about who he is and what he came to do.

    Have I experienced rejection, from my age to being Hispanic. I still see the scars left behind because of people’s biased and blindness that cause me be overlooked or prejudged because of who I am in. To be honest, yes I have moments (to my shame) from blacks, whites and Hispanics that some of my blindness and assumptions had made me reject people. Despite the feeling and known pain of this barriers I have assumptions that wish I had no more so I can be bold like Christ and teach the truth of the living water to any race, gender or social state.

    1. Thanks for sharing your heart and struggles with prejudice. I can definitely relate. Like you, I am eagerly waiting to be transformed more into the image of God in this area of my life. In the meantime, a daily diet of self awareness and humility is helping me see people through God’s eyes and less through my own. Thanks again for sharing.

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