DEVOTIONAL READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF
Read - Romans 8:25; 12:12
This week as we survey the scriptures we are going to look at God’s purpose for patience in our lives. We begin in Romans with some basic questions: What is patience? Why is it important? What areas of your life lack it? Reflect this morning on the types of things that cause you to be impatient, and pray for God to soften your heart this week to receive the encouragement His word will bring.
Read - Isaiah 26: 2-4 and Isaiah 41: 10
Think of all the struggles, trials, and fears that you have had or currently have in your life. How many of those are you at peace with? How much of your earthly struggle have you given to God? None? Some? All of it? At what point does the peace you have within you start to radiate outward to others?
Read - Matthew 5: 9, Romans 12: 18, Isaiah 52: 7
What does Paul challenge us to do in Romans? This not an easy task. To show outward peace, we need to live out our lives knowing what it means to have inner peace. How do we allow the peace that lives within us to emanate out to others?
Read - James 1: 2-4, Philippians 4: 12-13
What kind of peace do you desire? Is it one that delivers you from adversity and makes life easy? Or, do you want the Prince of Peace to reign in your heart and to know and rest in the fact that He will provide for you?
Read - Romans 8: 28, John 14: 27
If peace is something that Jesus promises to leave us with, how do we know we have peace? Life is not easy, it is full of hardships, so what is the promise we have, and what is the gift we are given?
Read - Isaiah 9: 1-6
This chapter in Isaiah is often read during Christmas time. What is Isaiah saying will be coming? What are the various names given to this child? Thinking about the name “Prince of Peace,” it give specific ownership to something. Just like there is a Prince of Wales, what is this inferring Jesus rules over?
Read - Psalm 29: 11, Colossians 3: 15, Romans 5: 1
What does the Bible say about peace in regards to how we obtain it? Is it earned or is it more of a gift? Would it be fair to say that peace is something that is given to us as a gift from God?