For personal devotion + study:
Monday: 1 Thess 5:16-24
Take a moment to meditate upon this passage and ask the Holy Spirit to show you where he wants you to grow and develop.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.
23 May God himself, the God of peace,sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful,and he will do it.
Tuesday: rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances…
Consider your circumstances right now,what would it mean for you to find joy in your circumstances? How could you develop habits of prayer through out your day? What could you give thanks for today?
Wednesday: for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
So often we get caught up in wanting to know God’s will for our lives in the sense of what special things he wants us to do with our lives. But here we have Paul encouraging us to think about God’s will for us being centred around how we develop and enjoy our relationship with Him. What would happen if you concentrated less on the special purpose God has for your life and focussed more on how you could nurture your relationship with Him? What might that look like?
Thursday: do not quench the Spirit.
The work quench here means to extinguish. Have a think about what it means for us as christians to extinguish the Spirit’s fire and passion in our lives? What things could we do to instead of quench the spirit, become more aware of the Holy Spirit in our lives?
Friday: do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all..
Here we see Pauls advice for both seeking the voice of God in our life through the prophetic whilest at the same time learning to weigh up prophecy in line with God’s revealed will through His word. The word of God and the body of believers is our means of testing what God might be saying to us. How could you grow in this area?
Saturday: hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil…
Here we find Paul encouraging us to develop a keen sense of discernment around good and evil. Discernment involves us judging in line with God’s holiness what is good for us and what is not. What are some good things that you need to hold onto more? And what are some evil things that you need to reject?