5-5-5 Daily Devotions

Transformed, Part 4
"World-Changers"
June 27-28, 2020

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

How important is focus?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord; it is fitting for the pure to praise him. Praise the Lord with melodies on the lyre; make music for him on the ten-stringed harp. Sing a new song of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy. For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does. He loves whatever is just and good; the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth.

The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born. He assigned the sea its boundaries and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs. Let the whole world fear the Lord, and let everyone stand in awe of him. For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command. The Lord frustrates the plans of the nations and thwarts all their schemes. But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken.

What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord, whose people he has chosen as his inheritance. The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do. The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior. Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory— for all its strength, it cannot save you.

But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine. We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone. Psalms 33:1-22 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

As we begin to move past quarantine and reconnect with each other and our world, God has strategically positioned us as a church to lead into the future and bring the good news of hope that only Jesus can give.

Application (5 minutes)

What new thought did you have about God as you read this Scripture? Why is it important?

Does this Scripture help you imagine how the world came into existence?

What practical application does this Scripture have for those who serve in the military and political arena?

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you spend a few minutes in prayer, ask the Lord to help you reevaluate and refocus where you place your hope!

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

Have you ever considered that God thinks about you, a lot?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!

I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me! Psalms 139:1-18 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

Do you realize that we are standing in the presence of a holy God every day?

There is no tragedy we will ever face, no hardship we will ever endure, no adversity we will ever encounter where God is not with us.

There is never a place we can go where God’s presence isn’t there first.

Application (5 minutes)

Does it change the way you think about your day to realize that God is already present wherever you go and will be with you whatever you do?

You were created magnificently and are loved extraordinarily. We often struggle with viewing ourselves positively. How does knowing who created and loves us change how we think about ourselves?

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you approach your Heavenly Father, consider how you might embrace what HE says about you. Thank him for his presence in your past, present, and future—AT THE SAME TIME!

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

What are your top three favorite strengths? Can you name them? Are you willing for God to use them to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. Luke 5:1-7 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

Jesus is saying to you, “I am going to use your skills, talents, vision, goals, and strategy—that you’ve previously used only for yourself—to change the world!”

Application (5 minutes)

Peter was not in the crowd listening to Jesus. He was cleaning his nets. Jesus jumped in his boat, interrupted his work, and asked him to move him out into the water so he could be seen and heard better by the crowd. What do you think Peter’s reaction was?

When Jesus asks you to do something surprising—something that doesn’t make sense to you—what is your first reaction? What is your second reaction?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Do you think Peter ever thought a day in his life, “I’m good at fishing; maybe that will make me a great public speaker and church leader”? Jesus identified what he was good at and put him to work in a way that matched the Kingdom needs and Peter’s talents and skills. If you are currently using your talents and skills for the Kingdom, thank God. If you aren’t sure how your talents and skills fit in the Kingdom, move over, because the Son of God is about ready to get into your boat and ask you to do something amazing! Ask God how he wants to use YOU for his Kingdom!

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

When do you feel closest to God? Is it something special and unique to how you are wired?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Sermon Insights:

When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.” For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed. Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.

In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.

Then Jesus instructed him not to tell anyone what had happened. He said, “Go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.” But despite Jesus’ instructions, the report of his power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases. But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer. Luke 5:8-16 NLT (Bible.com)

Scripture:

God rejoices over us and covers us with his forgiveness and grace every day.

In addition to God’s blessings, there is no tragedy we’ll ever face, no hardship we’ll ever endure, and no adversity we’ll ever encounter where God is not with us, holding us steady with his mighty and righteous hand.

You and I are in God’s presence 24/7.

Application (5 minutes)

Isn’t it interesting how an overwhelming catch of fish was what caused Peter to be simultaneously in awe of Jesus and painful aware of his sinful condition? Pay close attention: how did Jesus respond—by affirming and increasing Peter’s sense of guilt and unworthiness, or by commissioning Peter in a unique way to use his skills and talents for Kingdom work? What is Jesus saying to you right now?

What does it mean to “fish for people”? How is God using you to “lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ”?

What was Jesus accomplishing by withdrawing to the wilderness for prayer? Where do you go for this?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Wilderness…a lonely and quiet place…a place to express your heart, thoughts, fears, hopes, dreams…to your Father. Don’t miss this soul-enriching need.

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

What is the most memorable team you’ve ever been on?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.

A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets. He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men. Mark 1:16-20 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

Notice the invitation had two parts!

First, “Come follow me!”

With those words, Jesus is saying, “Peter, Andrew, James, John, [insert YOUR name here!], I know your past, I know your sins, I know your failures—but I am a grace-giving Savior, and I want you on my team!”

Second, “…and I will change the world through you!”

Application (5 minutes)

Are you willing to look past your past and follow Jesus into the unknown?

What is Jesus calling you to join him in right now?

What does it take to be a good team player on “Jesus’ team”? Are you on the team?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Jesus change the world one person at a time. Take a few minutes to thank God for who he used in your life. Ask him to use you to change the world…one person at a time!

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