Broken People, Faithful God
Failure to Drive Out
Day 1: On Sunday, Travis encouraged us to ask ourselves, “What areas of my life am I failing to drive out?” Think about this question for 5-10 minutes, and then journal about these areas in your life. Write your answers in a journal or in the space provided below. Be honest and bold with yourself, and God will be honest with you.
Day 2: Read Judges 2:11-13. We are naturally inclined to follow the path of least resistance. For the Israelites, it was easier to join in with the customs of those around them than to keep the laws and covenants established by God. While we are not likely to be openly worshipping Baal or Ashtoreth, we may find ourselves influenced by the voices of our own culture. What have you listened to, read, or watched in this last week? Do those things lead you to or away from Christ-like attitudes and behaviors? Paul reminds us in Romans 12, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Ask yourself, have I become more familiar with the practices of our culture than the commands of God? Pay attention to what you take in on TV, internet, social media or the conversations you have with others. Is there something that you need to give less influence in your life? When and how much are you taking in the Bible? Consider how would Jesus react and respond in our world today.
Day 3: Read Judges 2:10 Last Sunday, Cory and our Family Ministry team spoke on ways that we can raise up the next generation to know God. Cory used the illustration of three chairs. If you missed it, go watch the October 8 messages replay online at www.lscckc.org/messages. When we know the truth, but choose to settle into our cultural norms instead, we find ourselves living in the second chair – not fully driving out those norms. Our vision is “Taking steps to know and become like Jesus.” What does it mean to “know”? This generation of Israelites knew the stories about the work of God yet failed to truly believe and pass them on. What does it mean to “know” to the point that it causes an inward transformation leading to outward behaviors? What truth in Scripture do you live out, thus pass on? Likewise, what truth of Scripture do you “know” but not live out on a regular basis? Read your journal from Day 1 and ask, “Based on my actions, what do I really believe?” Spend time praying Romans 12:2 to God.
Day 4: Read Romans 7:21-25 Even Paul, the writer of most of the New Testament, fought the same battles we face today: Wanting to do right, but being sabotaged by his own nature. The truth is, we are incapable of becoming like Christ on our own, and reliant upon the power of the Holy Spirit. We cannot save ourselves, nor can we empower our own transformation. The Holy Spirit works in us to these ends, as our advocate and guide. Only when we step with the Holy Spirit can we truly become more obedient to the commands of God rather than the practices of our culture. Refer back to the last message series or read into Romans 8 to remind you of the Holy Spirit’s power in your life. Live with that truth in mind today.
Day 5: We can’t do this alone. We need to trust in the power of the Holy Spirit, and we need the encouragement of other believers with whom we can be honest and open and real. As parents, our calling is to invite our children into our spiritual journey. And as children, we can be reminded that our parents aren’t perfect, but are willing encouragers in our lives. Read Romans 7:21-25 again with your family or some close friends. Discuss how our nature and culture are sometimes contrary to God’s truth. Focus on this: “Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.” Pray together, and discuss the truth of Christ, we can pursue holiness and turn from sin. Is there a struggle or area which you commit to take a step in obedience towards Jesus? Share with your family or friends what you will drive out of your life. Pray for one another inviting the Holy Spirit on this journey.