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1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Make it S.W.E.E.T.
MONDAY: Take the Scripture passage & simply read it over! God wants to speak to you so slow down, paying attention to what gets your attention. If something doesn’t get your attention right away, read it over until something does, asking God to bring something to your attention. We suggest copying the passage in your journal as part of this day’s read over.
TUESDAY: Take your journal and start to Write! Begin with the raw thought that got your attention yesterday and chase it. Get messy! You’re not writing an essay. Remember thoughts tend to disentangle themselves when they pass through the fingertips. Just start writing even if it feels a little forced at first. It will come!
WEDNESDAY: Engage in conversation with others about your thoughts from the week and watch the insights multiply as the interaction draws out still more. Don’t keep the richness to yourself! Pass it on!
THURSDAY: Express to God your thoughts about the things you are learning this week. Thank Him for insights gained! Share with Him your desire for these truths to change you and make you more like Jesus! Ask Him to move them from your head to your heart!
FRIDAY: Identify your Takeaway! The real sweetness of God’s Word gets released into our lives when we allow what we learned this week to impact the way we think, feel, act and speak! With a week’s worth of momentum built up, be prepared for impact!