SyncUP Guide: Volume 1, Issue 26

SyncUP Guide: Volume 1, Issue 26

October 17th – October 21st

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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 – Remember God’s Sovereignty

Reading

Key Verse: 1 Chronicles 29:11-12 (ESV)

Cross Reference: Daniel 5:18-21 (ESV)

Reflection

What happened to Nebuchadnezzar when he became proud in his kingly position?

What did God teach Nebuchadnezzar?

How does this account give us perspective with regard to elected officials in power?

The Word in Action

Today, be confident in the fact that it is God who rules over the kingdom of mankind.

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank You for being in charge. Help me see past the person in the office or on the stage and remember how real is Your power and how absolute is Your authority. Let me live in confidence that it is You who is making the final decisions over my life and my country.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 2

Day 2 – Remember God’s Warnings

Reading

Key Verse: Matthew 24:3-14 (ESV)

Cross Reference: Isaiah 8:12-14 (ESV)

Reflection

How does God tell us to respond to reports of “wars and rumors of wars”?

According to Isaiah 8, our fears should not be in what the world says to be afraid about. Who should our fear be in and what is the result?

How does this give us perspective with all the news reports and speeches speculating disaster?

The Word in Action

Today, praise God for being a sanctuary in the midst of chaos.

Prayer

My Lord, thank you for being my safe place. I am sometimes overcome with all the reports and news alerts giving the same message of disaster, doom, and fear. I know this world is full of sin and wickedness. But I also know Your presence is greater than all of it. Help me to live in the safety of Your presence, even when wickedness surrounds me.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 3

Day 3 – Remember God’s Victory

Reading

Key Verse: John 16:33 (ESV)

Cross Reference: 1 John 5:4 (ESV)

Reflection

Look earlier in John 16. What are the things Jesus said so that we might have peace?

What does overcome mean and how do we share in God’s overcoming of the world?

How does this give us perspective when hearing comments that speak hopelessly about our society and its future?

The Word in Action

Today, remember your faith in the sure promise of eternity with God overcomes the broken promises of this world.

Prayer

Gracious Father, thank you for the gift of victory! Life in this fallen world is full of broken promises, disappointments, and injustices. It’s easy to feel defeated. It’s easy to take on an attitude of jaded cynicism about the present and the future. Help me remember that the war over sin has already been won. Teach me to live in the hopefulness and peace of Your already completed victory.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 4

Day 4 – Remember God’s Expectations

Reading

Key Verse: 1 Peter 2:13-15 (ESV)

Cross Reference: Romans 13:1-3 (ESV)

Reflection

Why and how does honor to God translate to respecting and submitting to human authority/leaders?

How does submitting to authority silence fools? Check out the excerpt below from the Jamieson, Fausset & Brown Commentary:

[Fools are] not having “the knowledge of God,” and therefore ignorant of the children of God, and misconstruing their acts; influenced by mere appearances, and ever ready to open their mouths, rather than their eyes and ears. Their ignorance should move the believer’s pity, not his anger. They judge of things which they are incapable of judging through unbelief (compare1Pe 2:12 ). Maintain such a walk that they shall have no charge against you, except touching your faith; and so their minds shall be favorably disposed towards Christianity.

How does this give us perspective with our attitude toward governing officials?

The Word in Action

Today, take time out of your day and pray for our government leaders to see God’s way and pursue it.

Prayer

My Lord, help me! It is so hard to honor frail, faulty humans in power. Give me understanding that part of my job on this earth is to pray for them. Show me how respecting their authority can bring an end to foolishness and draw people to You. Let my faith in You dictate my commitment to submit to them.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 5

Day 5 – Remember I Represent God

Reading

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:16-20 (ESV)

Cross Reference: Hebrews 5:11-14 (ESV)

Reflection

What is my job as an ambassador for Christ?

How does my choice of words and actions toward those I don’t politically agree with impact my ability to be an effective ambassador for Christ?

How does this give us perspective on how to participate in real life and virtual discussions about politics?

The Word in Action

Today, ask God for a tamed tongue when you talk and tempered fingers when you type.

Prayer

Father, give me self-control. Teach me how to have strong objections and still honor You before others. Instill in me a conviction that no issue is greater than the issue of a person’s eternal soul. Give me eyes to see and respond to opportunities to be a minister of reconciliation, even in the midst of conflict.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

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