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Looking for the Turn - ST

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Summary

As we mature in our Christian faith, it is important that we recognize the importance of waiting our turn as it pertains to the blessings of God. Spiritual immaturity will cause us to think that every opportunity, person or job is the work of the Lord when it could indeed be a trick of the enemy. Spiritual immaturity can also cause us to attempt to make temporary things permanent or make moves and decisions before we have heard directly from God. Let's not be tricked by the enemy. The road to God's promises and the devil's path to destruction often share the same ground and you must be in tune with Him to know when to make your turnon that path to continue in the direction towards your blessings. Be confident in God's pledge to you and that He is always faithful and you will find yourself exactly where you need to be in Christ.

Themes

Discernment

Decision Making

Testifying

Maturity 

Response to Hardship 

Sacrifice 

Looking for the Turn - Sonya Curtis-Tshuma


Looking for the Turn

Scriptures

Acts 16

Romans 8:28

Revelations 12:11

2 Corinthians 5:17

James 1:2-4

John 3:16

Main Scripture

Acts 16

Silas

Main Characters

Silas, Silvanus (lover of words). A distinguished member and prophet of the Apostolic Church at Jerusalem who figures as the companion of Paul in his triumphs and trials. From the Book of Acts we learn that he was one of the chief men among the brethren and therefore of Jewish birth (Acts 15:32). He was sent as a delegate from the Apostolic Council with Paul and Barnabas to report the Council’s decision (Acts 15:22). He was probably a Roman citizen (Acts 16:37). His double qualification as a leading Jewish Christian and a Roman citizen eminently fitted him to take the place of Barnabas as Paul’s companion (Acts 15:40). He suffered with Paul in prison (Acts 16:19, 25, 29), joining in the prayers and praises that midnight hour resulting in the conversion of the keeper of the prison. He was also associated with Peter, acting as bearer or scribe of Peter’s first Epistle (1 Pet. 5:12). He is probably the Silvanus who preached the Apostolic doctrine (2 Cor. 1:19; see 1 Thess. 1:1; 2 Thess. 1:1).

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Paul

Life Summary

Sunday 

 Tips and Resources for studying the main scripture

Paul's Timeline

Part II: Devotional and Pray

Monday (Part 1) 

Theme: Discernment

Main Scripture: Acts 16


Supplemental scriptures:

Philippians 1:9-10
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 


Hosea 14:9
Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; Whoever is discerning, let him know them For the ways of the LORD are right, And the righteous will walk in them, But transgressors will stumble in them. 


1 Kings 3:9
So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?


1 Corinthians 12:10
To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

Monday (Part II)

Consider:

The truth is that what is from God is not always comfortable and what is from the enemy is not always obvious. The sermon talks about circumstances can present themselves one way and actually be the opposite of what they appear to be. The great thing about being a Christian is that we do not have to play a guessing game. We don’t always have to depend on looking back on a situation to determine its true intent. With the gift of discernment, we can tell the difference between the things of darkness and light. Discernment is more than intuition or learning from patterns in your history and experience. It’s more than suspicion of a person’s intention. It is a true knowing and seeing of the reality of a situation and it can only happen through the spirit of God. We live in a world where information is increasingly available, where people study how to convince of us of their point of view, and become masters of trying to entrap us with our own words. It is in this world that the gift of discernment is all the more needed every single day of our lives. 

Act

Identify situations and people in your life that you are unsure about. In those areas choose to slow down before jumping into anything. Consider what you are basing your opinion on? Then before you simply react, take the time to pray about that person or situation. 

Pray

God, your word says that discernment is a gift. I pray that I receive that gift through grace by faith. Please open my eyes that they may see the truth and my mind that I will have a Godly perspective. Do not let me fall in deception but rejoice in the truth whether comfortable or uncomfortable. Do not let me rely on my own reasoning but my faith and dependence, may I acknowledge You and be shown the truth. In the name of Jesus, I pray Amen.

Part II: Devotional and Pray

tuesday (Part 1) 

Theme: Making Decisions


Main Scripture: Romans 8:28 

 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 


Supplemental scriptures:

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.


Hosea 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. 


John 10:27
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.


Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Tuesday (Part II)

Consider: 

Making decisions are a part of ever day life. As we grow older, it is easy to feel as if we are making the decisions alone. However as Christians, God presents the Holy Spirit as a counselor and His Word as a guide while reminding us that His plans for us are for good. We do not have to be alone as we make decisions. In order to seek Him, we must both acknowledge and trust God. Sometimes we won’t hear clearly but in all cases we must trust that if we acknowledged him, then God is leading us. Everything may not turn out as we want immediately but we can trust the outcome in God’s hand. Also we may not always get a full set of instructions. Sometimes all we get is a step. In those times we have to step out on faith.


Act

Take the decisions in your life no matter how big or small. Acknowledge God and your desire to be led by the Spirit. Take the time to listen and then act boldly.

Pray 

God, I acknowledge you in every decision in my life. I pray that life pleases you and serves the Kingdom. Be glorified in my life, in my words, in my acts and in my motives. May I trust you in the highs and the lows and may I always trust your love towards me. 

Part II: Devotional and Pray

Wednesday (Part 1) 

Theme: Testifying


Main Scripture: 

Rev.12:11
And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.


Supplemental Scriptures 

Matthew 5:14-16
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Matt 10:32
32 “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.

1 Peter 3:15
15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

Acts 1:8
but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."

Tuesday (Part II)

Consider: 

Jesus did not come just to die, He came to spread the message of His father. Ultimately he came to testify of the Father, of what he has done and will do. Even on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came, the Bible lets us know they were simply declaring the works of God. There is undeniable power in sharing our story which is evidence that God is still working in the lives of His people. We don’t have to defend the Gospel with deep theological rhetoric but we can present ourselves as living proof. We must not be ashamed or think it is unimportant. Our story matters for so many reason. Maybe people have gone through the same struggles or maybe they have seen how far we have come and know that it must be God. Either way, scripture reminds us that we overcome the enemy by the power of our testimony. It is a tool of witness and warfare.


Act

Begin to find opportunities to share your testimony. The great thing about having so much information available is that we have so many ways to share how good God has been. It can be through personal conversations, social media, or even books. Don’t waste time questing whether your testimony is too big or too small. It can be the water on a seed that causes growth and salvation. It can literally be the difference between life and death in someone’s life. 

If you are currently struggling to overcome an issue, begin to read and listen to testimonies of those who have overcome. This will increase your faith in the power and willingness of God. A good place to start is our online campaign at testifychrist.org.


Pray 

God, I thank you for all that you have done. Give me boldness and courage to share. Remind me always that I am meant to be a light in darkness and may my light be increased through intimacy in your presence. I will be a witness to the truth of goodness, salvation, and power. In the name of Jesus, I pray Lord. Amen.