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God is at Work

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Day 1

Memory Verse: But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working. … Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.” John 5:17, 19, 20 (ESV)

Note the present tense – God the Father is always at work. Think of your childhood, or your parenting, and all the work that parents do. Think of how you joined in, or how your kids have caught on just by watching you.

• In what area of your life would you like to work together with God the Father?
• To drive this long verse into your memory sort it our phrase by phrase, what the Father does, what the Son does. Stand and imagine both characters standing by you. Face the Father, turn and face the Son as you speak of them. Practice this conversation as if you were introducing God to a friend.
• Identify the most meaningful word from God today.
• Reword that into a prayer.
• How will you actively respond?

Day 2
Philippians 2:12-13
Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (NLT)

This is when our daily living turns a corner: from following a list of ‘Do This, Don’t Do That’ to catching the vision. It’s what we pray for our kids, too, for their character and behavior to be aligned no matter who is around to see. Give thanks for the Spirit who is always at work in your life. Praise God for the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control that the Spirit produces daily in your life.

• How would you describe the outward flow of your salvation?
• Rejoice in the part of your day that has given God good pleasure.
• Identify the most meaningful word from God today.
• Reword that into a prayer.
• How will you actively respond?

Day 3
Acts 8:29
The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.” (NLT)

It’s an easy enough thing, “go over.” God is working and wants us in proximity. The Holy Spirit asks Philip to notice. He wants us to bridge the gap just as He has done.

• Is there a road or barrier between you and others?
• How has crossing the road been easy?
• When or where is seeing with God’s eyes difficult?
• What is one moment (today or yesterday) you prayerfully saw ___ (insert a name), as God does?
• Identify the most meaningful word from God today.
• Reword that into a prayer.
• How will you actively respond?

Day 4
Luke 10:33
Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. (NLT)

Interruptions and changed plans are to be expected. How do you typically react? Do you see God at work in them? How adaptable are you to changing your plans, if God breaks into your day with an invitation to join his work?

• On whose behalf are you willing to adjust your plans?
• Review your day’s agenda and ask God to reveal necessary adjustments as the day unfolds.
• Identify the most meaningful word from God today.
• Reword that into a prayer.
• How will you actively respond?

Day 5
Isaiah 55:9-11
Just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
Rain and snow fall from the sky
and don’t return without watering the ground.
They cause the plants to sprout and grow,
making seeds for the farmer
and bread for the people.
The same thing is true of the words I speak.
They will not return to me empty.
They make the things happen that I want to happen,
and they succeed in doing what I send them to do. (NCV)

We can’t always say we know or understand God’s plan, but one thing is sure; it will be effective. God’s work will be accomplished. The question is, will you join him?

• What Word of God has put a spotlight on a person or issue?
• What hope is given when you consider God’s effectiveness in that picture?
• How will your life and work be joined to his work, and his Kingdom?
• Identify the most meaningful word from God today.
• Reword that into a prayer.
• How will you actively respond?