Monday: Read Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV). Peace is a gift God gives to us. That gift…comes to us through faith in Jesus. That gift…draws us into conversation with God. That conversation is called prayer. What two types of prayer does Paul talk about in today’s readings? Go now and have that conversation with God giving Him thanks and letting your petitions be known.
Tuesday: Read Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV). Verse 8 and verse 9 each tell us to do something. What do they ask of us? Learning, thinking, and hearing are all good things, but when they are powered by faith they always lead to action. How does knowing God’s description in verse 9 help you and encourage you to act on your faith?
Wednesday: Read Psalm 29:10-11 (NIV). Our peace does not rest on a shaky foundation that could crumble at any moment. No, our peace has a solid foundation. What does today’s reading announce that is our peace’s foundation? The next time you are in a storm of life or the next time a friend is in a storm, read these verses. How might it bring you
Thursday: Read Romans 5:1-5 (NIV). The peace that we see in this passage is our spiritual peace with God that Jesus established. How are all three Persons of the Trinity involved in this passage and what roles in your peace does each Person play? Say a prayer of thanksgiving that includes each Person of the Trinity.
Friday: Read John 14:27 (NIV). In this passage, Jesus is giving us details about his peace. First, he leaves his peace with us. It’s not something for which we need to be searching. Second, the peace he gives us is very specifically HIS peace. Describe the peace that Jesus has and gives to us. Third, His peace is different than the world’s peace. How do you see Jesus’ peace being different than the world’s peace?
Saturday: Read Colossians 3:15-17 (NIV). This passage is filled with commands. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts ...” “… be thankful.” “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly…” “…whatever you do … do it in the name of the Lord.” God’s Holy Spirit strengthening our faith enables us to do these commands. These commands are good descriptions of how a follower of Jesus lives. How do these commands play themselves out in your life?
You can GO DEEPER this week by:
- Memorize This Week’s Memory Verse: Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV and BELIEVE, p. 369) "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
- Memorize This Week’s Key Idea: "I am free from anxiety because I have found peace with God, peace with others, and peace with myself."