Weekly Readings – November 27

Toni Knight   -  

Weekly Readings

ThankFULL – Week 4

November 27, 2022

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  1 Timothy 6:6-7

Day 1 – Asaph’s battle with comparison 

Begin your time with God in prayer: Praise God for who he is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

As we look at COMPARISON this week, Iet’s look again at Psalm 73.

Read Psalm 73.

What had caused the psalmist, Asaph, to almost slip in his walk with God (1-2)?

How had he turned what was true into fantasy (3-12)?

How did Asaph’s perception of the rich lead to disappointment and trouble (13-14)?

What was Asaph’s turning point (15-17)?

What did he realize about those who didn’t follow the ways of God (18-20)?

What did Asaph realize about himself (21-22)?

What truth about God did Asaph remind himself of (23-26)?

How did Asaph finally resolve his comparison problem (27-28)?

Application:

In what situations have you come close to slipping or slipped because of comparing yourself to others?

In what areas are you most vulnerable to comparison (looks, material possessions, position, …)?

Once Asaph entered the presence of God, he was able put his circumstances into perspective. Take a few minutes to sit in God’s presence. Ask God to give you a godly perspective.

After looking at this Psalm, what is your “As for me…”?

Prayer: Father, thank you that you are always with me and your right hand upholds me. Forgive me for all the times I have slipped because I took my eyes and my heart off of you and compared my life with others. As for me, I am making you my refuge! Amen.

Day 2 – The fallout of comparison

Begin your time with God in prayer: Praise God for who he is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Read 1 Corinthians 1:10-17.

What was Paul’s appeal to the church in Corinth (10)?

What was causing the quarrels among them (11-12)?

What did Paul mean to communicate when he said, “Is Christ divided?” (13)?

What did Paul know so that he did not worry about delivering the gospel with wisdom and eloquence (17)?

How does Paul describe the gospel to those who are being saved by it (18)?

How was Paul’s message different from what the Jews and Gentiles were looking for (21-25)?

Read Galatians 1:10.

Application:

Most of us compare ourselves with others. We hold back from ministry because we don’t know enough, don’t speak well enough, or we are worried about what we are going to say. Paul didn’t worry about his weaknesses because understood that if he allowed the power of God to work through him, people would be saved.

How has your tendency to compare been the cause of division in your heart or between people?

How has your tendency to compare yourself with others held you back from stepping out in faith for God?

What weaknesses will surrender to God so that you can step out and faith and see the power of God work through you?

Prayer: Jesus, you are the power of God and the wisdom of God. Forgive me for holding back because of my weaknesses. Help me to accept my weaknesses and step out in faith in your power to show your love to a lost and hurting world. Amen.

Day 3 – The first shall be last

Begin your time with God in prayer: Praise God for who he is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Read Matthew 20:1-20.

What arrangements did the master of the house make with those workers who went out early in the morning (1-2)?

With those who were idle at the third hour (3-4)?

With those who were idle at the sixth and ninth hour (5)?

Why were the workers who started early grumbling (8-12)?

How was the master fair with those who started work early (13)?

This is a parable about heaven. What spiritual lesson was Jesus teaching about heaven (14-16)?

Application:

When have you felt that God was being unfair? Why?

When have you resented God because you have sacrificed and served when others come to Christ at the last hour?

Why do you think it is so easy for us to compare the service of others to ourselves instead of being like Paul and desiring to please God and God alone!

What adjustments do you need to make to your thinking so that you can follow God with a pure heart?

Prayer: Jesus, help me to please you and you alone. Forgive me for all the times I judge others instead of focusing on what would be pleasing to you. Give me a heart and mind like you. Amen.

Day 4 – The one who humbles himself will be exalted

Begin your time with God in prayer: Praise God for who he is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Read Luke 18:9-14.

What issue was Jesus addressing in this parable (9)?

What do you observe about the prayer of the Pharisee (the religious person) (10-12)?

What do you observe about the prayer of the tax collector (the sinner) (13)?

Who is the one that pleased Jesus (14)? Why?

Application:

When are you tempted to be like the Pharisee and promote how you are better than others?

What would be an accurate assessment of yourself before Jesus?

How would not comparing yourself to others and striving to be authentic and real be freeing?

What changes has the Holy Spirit been prompting you to make? Put those into practice today.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for your example of humility. Help me to walk in authentic faithfulness, always being grateful for your saving grace. Amen.

Day 5 – Use what God has entrusted you with

Begin your time with God in prayer: Praise God for who he is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Read Matthew 25:14-30

What do you observe about how the man distributed the talents (14-15)?

What observations can you make about what the people did with the talents (16-18)?

How did Jesus respond to those who made money with their talents (19-23)?

How had the thinking of the one with one talent trip him up (24-25)?

Why was Jesus displeased with the one who had one talent (26-30)?

Application:

God gives each of us different talents because we have different abilities. How would knowing this help you not to compare yourself with others?

What does God want you to do with the talents he has given you?

What talents has God entrusted you with?

What wrong thinking about Jesus or your talents do you need to identify and correct?

What step of faith will you take today in the power of God to use what God has entrusted you with?

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for being an example of a faithful servant. Help me to embrace the talents that you have entrusted to me and use them for your glory. Show me my wrong thinking so that I can serve you from a put heart. Amen.