SyncUP Weekly Guide: Volume 1, Issue 5

SyncUP Guide 5-23

Instructions

What is SyncUP and the Weekly Guide?

SyncUP is a blog that provides not a prescription but rather a premiere of what my times with God are like, what He tells me, what I learn, how I sync with Him. My hope is that this blog will provide some building blocks to help you enjoy rich, fulfilling, genuine, and life changing time with God.
The SyncUP Blog publishes every Monday.  The articles will always conclude with a link to download the Weekly SyncUP Guide. 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. 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 – False Hope

Reading

Read Psalm 33:17 and 1 Timothy 6:17

Reflection

In Psalm 33:17, the ‘war horse’ conveys an image of power and strength. What types of personal powers and strengths have you put your hope in?

What makes hope in your power and strength insufficient, according to Psalm 33:17?

According to 1 Timothy 6:17 what false hope are we warned against?  What makes this false hope so ‘uncertain’?

The Word in Action

Today, observe your first response to problems and difficulties, that is, who are what you go to first. Consider, what these observations reveal about where your hope lies.

Prayer

Gracious God and Father, thank you for revealing the false hopes in my life.  It is so easy to hope in what I see; my own powers, resources, and intelligence.  Help me to see that these have the same qualities as I do, they are imperfect and temporal.  Teach me to believe the insufficiency of my prideful independence and receive the abundance of humble dependence on You.
In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 2

Day 2 – Real Hope

Reading

Read Psalm 39:7, Psalm 43:5, and Psalm 71:5

Reflection

Why is there no need to look for hope according to Psalm 39:7?

What does Psalm 43:5 imply is your soul’s condition when your hope is NOT in God?  Why do false hopes lead to this condition?

Is Psalm 71:5 a true statement for you?  If so, how do you know? If not, why not?

The Word in Action

Today, meditate on Proverbs 21:30-31 and ask God to show you what ways you are depending on false hopes rather than Him.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for always being the True Hope in my life.  I praise you that I don’t have to seek or run after hope, I have it eternally in You.  Train me up so that my life and choices proclaim that you are my Hope and my Trust.
In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 3

Day 3 – The Blessings of Real Hope

Reading

Read Romans 15:13, Proverbs 23:18, and Psalm 130:7

Reflection

Match the scriptures above with the following blessings of godly hope:

A Future                     __________________

Love & Redemption __________________

Joy & Peace               __________________
Which blessing impacts you the most and why?

Considering the scriptures, why can only hope in God provide these blessings?

The Word in Action

Today, think of the someone you know who is struggling with hopelessness.  Share at least one scripture from today’s SyncUP and how it impacted you.  Then pray with them. (If you need a little courage, read 2 Corinthians 3:12-18)

Prayer

Dear God, thank you for the amazing blessings that come with placing my hope in You! I know that in You I have love, redemption, joy and peace.  In You I have a future! Help me to not lose sight of these truths when I go through difficult times. Give me boldness to share the blessing of godly hope with others.
In Jesus Name, Amen

Day 4

Day 4 – The Outlook of Real Hope

Reading

Read Romans 5:2-5 and Hebrews 6:17-20

Reflection

Looking at Romans 5:2-5, how does godly hope change the outlook on our sufferings? How does this change in outlook occur (v3-v4)?

According to verse 5, why does godly hope not put us to shame?

What is the “hope set before us” referenced in Hebrews 6:17-20?

Why is this hope an “anchor of the soul” and how is this different than having hope in a certain outcome or resolution of our circumstances?

The Word in Action

Today, imagine you had 30 seconds to give a reason for having hope in God.  Write it down and keep it somewhere you can refer back to when tough times come for you or others around you.

Prayer

Father in heaven, thank you for the transformative power of godly hope.  Thank you for the confidence of knowing that it is a hope that will not disappoint; that will never leave me feeling ashamed or foolish.  Thank you for a hope that anchors my soul in eternity with You and relieves me from the burden of being subject to temporal circumstances.  There is no hope like You!
In Jesus Name, Amen

Day 5

Day 5 – The Attitude of Real Hope

Reading

Read Romans 8:24-25 and Psalm 71:14

Reflection

In Romans 8:25, what attitude should we have while hoping for what we do not see? Why is this so hard to do?

According to Psalm 71:14, what should be increasing as you hope in God?  What type of attitude is needed to make this happen?

The Word in Action

Today, confess to God what areas in your life it is difficult to keep an attitude of real hope. Share this confession with a trustworthy friend.

Prayer

Dear Lord, waiting is hard! Waiting patiently is even harder!  I confess that sometimes praise doesn’t pour out of me like it should, especially when I am waiting in very difficult circumstances.  Please transform the way I view You and my circumstances, according the truth of Your Word, so that I can demonstrate an attitude of real hope.
In Jesus Name, Amen


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