Posted by: Brian Musser | March 3, 2013

The Journey Continues

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

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.  Today is the last day!  Congratulations!  Have you made it through the Journey?  Has this process helped to make the spiritual disciplines more of a habit in your life?

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:

We are now on day 35 of a 35 day journey together.  Since we have all the pieces together and with several of them being formed as habits  I want to start transitioning you to the point of independence in your devotional life from this blog.  So for today you are going to find your own YouTube video to watch.  Please go to www.youtube.com and enter Christian Worship Music in the search field.  Watch the video that best grabs your attention as worship to the Lord.  If you know the title of a particular worship that you like or artist you can search for them on YouTube as well.

Praise God for who He is.  Praise Him for how He has shown Himself to be God in your life.

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.  Here is a link to a PDF File with these questions.  Accountability

  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:

  • Is there a specific area of this list that seems to be the hardest for you.  God to help you in that area.   Sometimes we overwhelm ourselves seeking simultaneous perfection in all areas of our Christian walk.  Take time to concentrate on one and make little changes that are easily attainable.

Scripture:

I want to introduce you to Bible Gateway.  www.biblegateway.com  Bible Gateway is an awesome online resource that allows you to have the entire Bible in many different languages and translations available to you anywhere you have access to the internet.  You can always use this website to find Scripture to read.  Today, I want you to find your own place in Scripture to start reading.  (If you are having trouble then I suggest starting with Psalms 1 and reading through one Psalm each morning.)

Did you learn anything from the passage?  Can you connect it to your life an anyway?

(If you are part of the Drexel academic community and need help connecting to a local church, contact me I can help.  If you do not have a Bible, let me know.  I many sitting on my shelf that I give to Drexel folk.)

Petition:

  • Look back over you prayer request from the time we have spent together and create a list (it can be a mental list) of those requests you will be remembering to ask God for daily.
  • Ask God to help you continue the habit of connecting with Him through these spiritual discipline in the future.

Thanksgiving:

If the last 35 days have made a significant impact in your spiritual life thank God for allowing you the opportunity to connect to Him ins such a way.

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