Posted by: Brian Musser | February 25, 2013

Relationships that Help Us become like Christ

35 Days Toward PEACE – Week 5 Fellowship (Day 31)

The goal of this devotional is to develop the spiritual disciplines and habits over the next 35 days that will allow the PEACE of Jesus Christ to change our lives for the better.  Is that what you want?  Are you willing to join me in the journey?

Allow me a moment of review:

  • Week 1 we focused on Prayer and used the Lord’s Prayer to examine what Prayer is to begin training ourselves to have the habit of daily prayer.
  • Week 2 focused on Educating ourselves in the Word of God.  The first 2 weeks together consisted of 14 days of reading Scripture and praying.
  • Week 3 was about the Adoration of the Trinity.  We added a time of Worship to our daily devotional and since this was an online devotional we were able to use YouTube videos.
  • Week 4 discussed the Challenge to be like Christ.  Our Discipleship is a path of becoming more and more like Jesus our savior.
  • Week 5 (this week) we will engage Encouragement from other believers.  We need Fellowship and Accountability to truly connect with the PEACE of Jesus Christ to change our lives.  (I keep adjusting this section of the PEACE acrostic.)

Throughout this devotional I have emphasized several times of the need to be connected to the community of Christ either through the larger congregational body of the church or through in individual accountable relationships.  Allow me again to strongly encourage you to be part of church and to find an accountability partner.  (If you are member of the Drexel academic community I can personally help you get plugged into a church.)  Fellowship within an entire congregation is vital to a Christian’s health this week we are going to focus on accountability which is best practiced within a small group and/or with a partner.

Now that we are working on the final piece of this devotional, I want to put things into a specific order.

Worship:


Take amount to praise God for those people that God brings into our lives that truly care about us (parent, family, friends, teachers, significant others, neighbor, coaches, brothers and sisters in Christ).

Confession:

Look over the ten questions and use them as a way to bring to the surface any sins that you may need to confess.  As you think about forming an accountability partnership here are 10 question areas that we have found helpful on campus.  These were developed over time after using questions from Character That Counts.  You can use these questions within the accountability times but also it is good to remind yourself daily about what you are be held accountable to.

  1. Have you spent time reading Scripture and in prayer?  Has it been quality?  Do you have any insights to share?
  2. Have you placed yourself in a situation to compromise you sexual morals?
  3. Have you been completely above reproach in your financial dealings?  Have you used your resources to bless other?
  4. Have you spent quality relationship time with family and friends?  Is their anyone you need to reach out to?
  5. Have you managed your time efficiently doing your 100% best (but not over) in your job, school etc?
  6. Have you told any lies or half-truths to unethically benefit?  If yes do you need to correct this lie?
  7. Have you shared the Gospel or had a spiritual conversation with an unbeliever this week?
  8. Have you taken care of your body through daily physical exercise and proper eating/sleeping habits?
  9. Have you allowed any person or circumstance to rob you of your joy?  How have you experienced God’s peace this week?
  10. Have you lied to us on any of your answers today?

Petition:

  • Ask God to help you in those areas you struggled with this week.  Not only not to sin but also to develop a Christ-like attitude in those areas.

Scripture:

Matthew 18:15 – 19 (NIV)

“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

We need people in our lives that we trust to have ultimately our best interests in mind.  We need people that can come to us when we are in the wrong and tell us the truth.  We need people that can guide and direct us in the ways we should grow without having it be a judgement.  We need people who function as coaches in our spiritual journeys.  Coaches jobs are to point out what you are doing wrong in a sport.  But the really good coaches do it in such a way that your never doubt their commitment to you and your success.  We need to have people in our lives that can tell us our faults but in such a way that we never doubt their commitment to us as persons and our spiritual development.  When we sin (and we will sin) we need people to help us through it.

Petition:

  • Continue to ask God to help you develop Christian relationships with others in a congregational setting and on an individual level that fosters you becoming more like Christ.
  • Ask God to bless others through you, that you may be able to help others become more like Christ.

Thanksgiving:

Thank God that we don’t have to struggle alone.  Thank Him that he sent Christ into the world to save us.  Thank Him that He has orchestrated the church to be a resource to help with out lives.  Thank Him specifically for bringing those individuals into our lives that have brought us this far.

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