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Sunday Prep // June 14-18, 2021

Living In The Overflow - Week 6

Read these passages each day to prepare for worship this coming Sunday.

Monday, June 14 - Psalm 23:1-6

THIS WEEK:  Pastor Scott will focus on verse 4.  How has the Lord walked with you through difficult circumstances?  What evidence do you see of that as you look back?  How does that give you confidence and assurance that He will do the same in the future?

A Psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. 
He leads me beside still waters. 
3 He restores my soul. 
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; 
my cup overflows. 
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Tuesday, June 15 - Romans 8:1-39

CONTEXT:  If Romans is the greatest summary of Christian theology in the Bible, then Romans 8 is its greatest chapter. Here we see the confidence we can have in the salvation that God offers and glimpses of all of its benefits. This will always be a great comfort to Christians as we walk through difficult and painful circumstances.

8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
 
9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
 
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
 
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
 
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Wednesday, June 16 - Psalm 25:1-22

Of David.

1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, in you I trust; 
let me not be put to shame; 
let not my enemies exult over me. 
3 Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; 
they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths. 
5 Lead me in your truth and teach me, 
for you are the God of my salvation; 
for you I wait all the day long.

6 Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old. 
7 Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; 
according to your steadfast love remember me, 
for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way. 
9 He leads the humble in what is right, 
and teaches the humble his way. 
10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, 
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

11 For your name’s sake, O Lord,
pardon my guilt, for it is great. 
12 Who is the man who fears the Lord? 
Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose. 
13 His soul shall abide in well-being, 
and his offspring shall inherit the land. 
14 The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, 
and he makes known to them his covenant. 
15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord, 
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted. 
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged; 
bring me out of my distresses. 
18 Consider my affliction and my trouble, 
and forgive all my sins.

19 Consider how many are my foes,
and with what violent hatred they hate me. 
20 Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! 
Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. 
21 May integrity and uprightness preserve me, 
for I wait for you.

22 Redeem Israel, O God,
out of all his troubles. 

Thursday, June 17 - Genesis 45:1-15

CONTEXT:  The story of Joseph is a beautiful illustration of how God walks with us through painful circumstances and does so for our good and the good of others. Joseph was hated by his brothers, so much so that they beat him and sold him into slavery in Egypt. He was unjustly prosecuted and convicted and spent years in an Egyptian prison. Finally, through God's hand on his life, Joseph rises to power under the Pharaoh and helps Egypt to save food to feed the surrounding nations during a devastating famine. In this scene, Joseph encounters his brothers for the first time since they betrayed him.

45:1 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him. He cried, “Make everyone go out from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3 And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.

4 So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9 Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; do not tarry. 10 You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, and your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. 11 There I will provide for you, for there are yet five years of famine to come, so that you and your household, and all that you have, do not come to poverty.’ 12 And now your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth that speaks to you. 13 You must tell my father of all my honor in Egypt, and of all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.” 14 Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them. After that his brothers talked with him.

Friday, June 18 - Isaiah 43:1-13

43:1 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine. 
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; 
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; 
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, 
and the flame shall not consume you. 
3 For I am the Lord your God, 
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. 
I give Egypt as your ransom, 
Cush and Seba in exchange for you. 
4 Because you are precious in my eyes, 
and honored, and I love you, 
I give men in return for you, 
peoples in exchange for your life. 
5 Fear not, for I am with you; 
I will bring your offspring from the east, 
and from the west I will gather you. 
6 I will say to the north, Give up, 
and to the south, Do not withhold; 
bring my sons from afar 
and my daughters from the end of the earth, 
7 everyone who is called by my name, 
whom I created for my glory, 
whom I formed and made.”

8 Bring out the people who are blind, yet have eyes,
who are deaf, yet have ears! 
9 All the nations gather together, 
and the peoples assemble. 
Who among them can declare this, 
and show us the former things? 
Let them bring their witnesses to prove them right, 
and let them hear and say, It is true. 
10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, 
“and my servant whom I have chosen, 
that you may know and believe me 
and understand that I am he. 
Before me no god was formed, 
nor shall there be any after me. 
11 I, I am the Lord, 
and besides me there is no savior. 
12 I declared and saved and proclaimed, 
when there was no strange god among you; 
and you are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and I am God. 
13 Also henceforth I am he; 
there is none who can deliver from my hand; 
I work, and who can turn it back?” 

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