Quiet times 11.21.11

Quiet times 11.21.11

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    Quiet times 11.21.11
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    • 1. This weeks Quiet Times: November 21-25, 2011 Rising Above AfflictionMONDAYAfflictions are an inevitable fact of human existence. You can either becomeembittered by them by focusing on their negative impact, or rise above them andbecome a better servant of the Lord. Jesus teaches you to rise above them by usingafflictions as stepping stones toward joy, hope and a mature faith. This week’s QuietTimes will deal with three things you always should keep in mind concerningafflictions in your life: (1) God sees, knows, and delivers you from afflictions (Psalm31:7-10) (2) It is only temporary (2 Cor. 4:17;Psalm 37:23-24) (3) It keeps our focus onthings eternal (Psalm 119:67-73; 2 Cor. 4:16-18) Write Psalm 34:19 on an index card andmemorize it. Call a brother/sister whom youknow is going through some affliction andhelp them with your own experiences. Letyour speech be seasoned with grace andwisdom.TUESDAYThe Apostle Peter summarizes Isaiah 53:3-8 when he encourages the brethren in 1Peter 2:20-25. Jesus is your model Sufferer. As your Lord and Overseer of your soul,He calls you to follow in these areas concerning affliction: (1) Don’t retaliate; don’tthreaten. There’s no need to return evil for evil (1 Peter 3:9-12). (2) Entrust yourselfto the Lord’s care (John 14:1-3). (3) Bring healing and comfort to those who aresuffering in your affliction (Matthew 25:34-46). Write 1 Peter 2:21 on an index cardand memorize it. Have you ever helped a stranger in need? Have you visited those injail? Have you encouraged and helped out someone sick or in need? Be sober in spiritand salty in your action--get out there and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!WEDNESDAYJesus was controlled by God’s love, not by the circumstances around Him.He glorified God by using His life to make a difference in other people’s lives. Hewas not used by life. Read Romans 12:12-21. To rise above trials and afflictions as aChristian you need to: (1) Always pray (2) Reach out to those you see in affliction(3) Persevere in patience by trusting the Lord (4) Cultivate a positive attitude of joy,in hope and humility; not revenge and bitterness. These things can be accomplishedin you, let the Counselor (Gk: Parakletos: comforter, advocate ) within you comfort
    • 2. you and guide you (John 14:15-18). Write Romans 8:28 on an index card andmemorize it."Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." - Romans 12:21THURSDAYEntrusting yourself to God requires you to look beyond the physical clamor thatsurrounds you and focusing on the spiritual reality that permeates and transcendsspace and time. Your afflictions can only affect your physical dimension. Don’t letthem affect your spiritual one. Read Hebrews 4:15-16. Why is it that you are able toapproach God with confidence? Have you been willing to entrust yourself to such acaring friend as Jesus? Read 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. Compared to Jesus’ afflictions,how do you rate yours? Will you lose heart (grow weary) if you focus on the fact thatyou are being renewed inwardly (spiritually)? Will focusing on your externalcircumstances cause you to grow weary? Why? Does your idea of being joyful haveto do with being physically comfortable or do you rejoice in the fact that you willhave an eternal glory that will blow away any trouble or affliction you suffered onEarth? Write James 1:12 on an index card and memorize it.FRIDAY David was a man who went through many trials and afflictions in his lifetime. Read Psalm 94:19-22. He always remembered the Lord in his trials and was greatly comforted by the fact that he could entrust himself to the Lord’s care. Jesus, your Lord and Master, endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2-4) because His desire was to give you the hope of eternal life. If you have been comforted by His ultimate promise of life everlasting you will probably have no choicebut to desire to comfort those who are hard pressed and afflicted. Read 2 Corinthians1:3-7. This passage speaks of the Christian who has allowed God to mature him/herthrough trials and tribulations. Write Psalm 119:50 on an index card and memorize it.If your comfort truly lies on God’s promises, your joy will overflow and comfortthose around you.
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