MARCH 17: Practice Makes Transformation
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What would you say is necessary for real transformation to take place?
A football coach may think about how to transform each individual player to physically and emotionally prepare for each game. While the process for each player may be a little different depending on their athletic ability, each individual will practice over several weeks, even months, to prepare for the season. The results may not be noticeable after a week or two, but after continued practice the coaches and players can see and feel the difference within their body. They are mentally and physically prepared for the challenges to come.
The spiritual life isn’t much different. We may think we can attend church on Sunday and not put in any additional spiritual practices throughout the week. But then when difficulties in life arise (and they always do) we are woefully unprepared. We need ongoing spiritual practices to experience real life transformation.
As you read today, think about what kinds of spiritual practices Paul maintained each day to prepare to write this letter?
READING & JOURNALING:
What kinds of spiritual practices do you think Paul maintained every day to prepare to write this letter?
Each person is unique. What kinds of spiritual practices do you think best help you to get to know God better?
Heavenly Father, if I had to summarize my current life in one word, I could easily use the word “busy.” I spend a tremendous amount of time doing things that do not necessarily lead me closer to You or others. As I continue to engage in Your Word and in prayer this week, may the truths of who You are and who I am sustain and transform me for the challenges I will face in other areas of life. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: Daniel 9, 10, & 12
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