RE-RADICALIZED

Welcome to a personal or group devotional time in the Sermon on the Mount (Re-Radicalized). We are going for 20 days and then at the same time, we are offering a 2-week Easter devotional, and then back to Re-radicalized devotionals.  You are always welcome to follow your own devotional format, but if you feel you need one or even a fresh way of spending time with God in His Word, we’ve provided an option for you using the acrostic, P.R.A.I.S.E.:

Praise – A great way to begin your devotional time is to acknowledge who God is, which will help you to be more spiritually sensitive to what He wants to teach you.

Read the text – To have a better grasp on what the author is saying, it’s best to at least read the section of Scripture before and after the immediate text you focusing on each day.

Ask questions – We have provided questions for you to ponder, but know that you don’t have to address them all each day.

Interpret the context – When you are reflecting on a word, phrase or verse, be sure to remain consistent with the context. It’s important to ask yourself if the author would have intended his original audience to understand him the way you are interpreting him.

Summarize – You will be blessed by committing to writing down the main points and personal application. This exercise will help you think more deeply about the meaning of the passage and your response to it.

Engage with God – It’s so wonderful to begin with the Lord and close this particular devotional time with Him in prayer. This is the moment to talk with God about your response to the passage, asking Him to apply it to your heart, to give you further understanding, faith and obedience.  If you need a resource on how to pray, please click here.

Re-Radicalized Devotionals for the Sermon on The Mount - Week One (Days 1-5)
Week One – Day 1

Praise (What is it about God’s character that I am grateful for?)

Read the text: Matthew 5:3-4 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • What does being poor in one’s spirit mean to you? (v. 3)
  • When you consider Jesus, what do you think you’re in need of? (v. 3)
  • What are you brokenhearted over? (v. 4)

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions to Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

 

Digging Deeper

  • Do you think verse 3 is referring to those who are economically poor, spiritually poor, or both? And why?
  • Consider how Romans 8:18 comes into play with verse 3.
  • What spiritual values do you long for or are in need of? (i.e. – forgiveness, mercy, kindness, grace, love, truth, honesty and salvation for examples)
  • How does it make you feel knowing that the Lord has already anticipated your angst, sorrow or grief through His humanity and ultimately dying for you?
  • Read Psalm 51:17 and consider how this verse reflects verse 4.
  • What kind of attitude do you desire to put into practice in order to truly experience being as blessed as you are?

PDF for Matthew 5:3-4

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Week One – Day 2

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 1 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 5:5-6 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Should meekness be taken as being a pushover? Why or why not? (v. 5)
  • In what ways do you see meekness as being submissive to the Lord?
  • What do you find yourself being hungry for? (v. 6)

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • What would be considered worldly desires to flee from? (v. 5) (See 2 Timothy 2:22)
  • In what ways do you understand 1 Peter 5: 5-6 coming into play here?
  • Considering the words, “they will inherit the earth,” contrast the world pursuing power and prestige with the follower of Jesus exhibiting gentleness and humility.
  • Reflect on the following passages in light of verse 6: Luke 1:53; Psalm 37:4; Matthew 4:4.
  • How do the following references impact you regarding justice? (Isaiah 30:18-19; Proverbs 31:8-9; Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:37; James 1:27)
  • Write out practical steps to pursuing righteousness? (See Psalm 42: 1-2a)

PDF for Matthew 5:5-6

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Week One – Day 3

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 2 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 5:7-8 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Define mercy in your own words. (v. 7)
  • Determine how you can express mercy to others in your circles of influence.
  • Define pure in heart in your own words. (v. 8)

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Read Matthew 18: 21-35. Determine how forgiveness is a powerful expression of mercy toward others.
  • Come up with reasons why you think practicing mercy generates the feeling of how blessed you are in Christ.
  • In what ways does Ephesians 5:1-2 lead to the development of being merciful?
  • How would you practice being pure in heart?
  • Read Philippians 4:8 and Romans 12:1-2. Determine how these references lead to being pure in heart.

PDF for Matthew 5: 7-8

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Week One – Day 4

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 3 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 5:9-10 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Define peace in your own words. (v. 9)
  • Can you think of ways Jesus was a peacemaker?
  • What does persecution look like to you? (v. 10)

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Describe the difference between peacemaking and just appeasing.
  • How do you think a follower of Jesus wages peace at home, in the workplace, at school, etc.?
  • Think about how James 3:2-6 impacts your ability to promote peace.
  • Draw a conclusion about the degree of our Lord’s compassion simply based on the blessing that already awaits the persecuted, namely the Kingdom of Heaven.
  • What do you suppose 2 Timothy 3:12 means to you today in your world?
  • How can you identify, support and empower the persecuted church worldwide?

PDF for Matthew 5:9-10

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Week One – Day 5

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 4 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 5:11-12 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • You might not be truly persecuted, but there’s certainly the possibility of experiencing false accusations, etc. Has any of this happened to you because you took a stand for the Lord? (v. 11)
  • How is it possible to rejoice in the midst of these kinds of oppositions?
  • How does it make you feel knowing how much God is on your side? (V. 12)

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • How have you handled a situation in which someone spoke out falsehood against you?
  • What scripture comes to mind about handling false accusations? (Consider 1 Peter 3:16; Exodus 20:16; Isaiah 54:17; Proverbs 11:9; 1 Peter 3:9)
  • Consider the hope, the blessing, the reward for waiting on the Lord, being patient in affliction and enduring for His sake, not only as you examined verses 3-11, but also here is verse 12.
  • Read 1 Peter 1:6-9 and James 1:2-4 and determine how joy can overcome our difficult or terrible circumstances.
  • In reflecting back over the week, what how is the Lord speaking to you?

PDF for Matthew 5:11-12

 

 

Re-Radicalized Devotionals for the Sermon on The Mount - Week Three (Days 11-15)
Week Three (DAY 11)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from your weekend with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:5-6

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Maybe instead of prayer, has there been another reason you have found yourself trying to look good in front of others to get all the praise?
  • What do you see the difference is between what Jesus was accusing Jewish religious leaders of and praying in front of a crowd, but staying focused on Jesus?
  • Where can you go daily to get alone with God in prayer?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Keep in mind that the Jewish religious leaders did not appose prayer. They simply used it to gain personal attention. Why do you suppose the Jewish religious leaders were so bent on getting attention in many ways, including praying in public?
  • Why do you suppose we all crave attention from others?
  • How do you see pride being an issue here with the Jewish religious leaders? (James 4:6, 10)
  • If you were called on to pray for a group of friends, classmates or co-workers, to whom do you believe your attention should be focused on? Why?
  • Determine a specific location to pray daily in order to form a habit.
  • Here are 9 verses that speak to ushering in the presence of God: Isaiah 50:4; Jeremiah 33:3; Psalm 46:10, 42:1-2, 84:1-2, 27:8; James 4:8; Hebrews 10:19-22.

PDF on Matthew 6:5-6

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Week 3 (DAY 12)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 11 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:7-8

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • What do you think the difference is between saying a pre-written prayer over and over again and a prayer that you continue to mediate on it over and over again?
  • How many times have you said or heard the same prayer at dinnertime?
  • How do you suppose follower of Jesus should approach pre-written prayers like the Lord’s prayer?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • How do you keep your mind from wandering away from God during your prayer time?
  • How might Romans 8:26 be a proper response to this first question?
  • What can a follower of Jesus do to continue growing in his/her prayer life in order to keep from just saying the same prayers over and over again and losing it’s significance?
  • Consider committing the following Psalms to memory and you mediate on them and incorporate them into your prayer life: Psalms 4, 8, 22, 32, 42, 51 and 91).
  • Now it’s important to ask why you think it’s still of great value to be a person of prayer even though God already knows what you are going to pray about? (Consider: Matthew 7:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; John 14:13; Psalms 66:18-19; Romans 8:29; James 4:2)

PDF for Matthew 6:7-8

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Week Three (DAY 13)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 12 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:9-10

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Think about it. God can be called Father or daddy!
  • How do you feel about having a close relationship with the almighty Creator of the universe?
  • Just thinking about God, (His name), what do you want to praise Him for?
  • What’s even better, God came to you to show how much He loves you and that He wants to be your Guide throughout your life. What do you need to turn over to Him for Him to take control?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Take a moment to reflect on God being your Father in Scripture: I John 3:1; Isaiah 9:6; Psalms 103:13; Proverbs 3:11-12; Matthew 6:26; John 17:24, 14:23.
  • What do you observe about the Psalmists’ reverence of God: Psalm 7:17, 8:1,9; 20:1, 33:21, 80:18, 72:19 and 135:13.
  • What kind of impact does the prayer for His Kingdom to come have on you right now? (Socially, physically, intellectually, morally and spiritually)
  • What does it mean to you that God’s Kingdom is here (Matthew 4:17; Luke 17:21), but not yet (Luke 19:11-12)?
  • In what ways is God’s will being done in your life today?

PDF for Matthew 6:9-10

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Week Three (DAY 14)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 13 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:11, 13

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Jesus is called the Bread of Life (John 6:35). What does that mean to you?
  • Jesus is also our guardian, by His Spirit in us (I Corinthians 10:13). How often do you rely on Him?
  • What else comes to mind about who Jesus is to you?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • When have you really experienced God’s provision in your life? (Your daily bread)
  • In what way(s) does Matthew 6: 26-34 relate to verse 11?
  • How do you incorporate a petition for the Lord’s protection in your life on a daily basis? (See Romans 12:2 and 1 Peter 5:7-8)
  • How do you see James 1: 13-15 coming into play with verse 13?
  • How do you want to live differently as a result of reflecting on these verses?

PDF for Matthew 6: 11, 13

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Week Three (DAY 15)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 14 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:12, 14-15

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • What does forgiveness mean to you?
  • Have you found it to be challenging to ask for forgiveness from the Lord when you have anger or resentment toward others because they did or said something wrong to you?
  • How does it make you feel when you have forgiven others either in person or in your heart and mind?
  • Memorize 1 john 1:9.

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • What do you experience when you ask and receive forgiveness?
  • How does it make you feel knowing how serious the Lord takes your attitude toward others? (vs. 14-15, both from a positive and negative perspective)
  • Reflect on the following references on forgiveness: Acts 3:19; 1 John 1:9; Colossians 3:13; Luke 17:3-4; Ephesians 1:7, 4:31-32.
  • How do you want to live differently as a result of reflecting on these verses?

PDF for Matthew 6:12, 14-15

 

 

 

 

Worry: Re-Radicalized Devotionals for the Sermon on The Mount - Week Four (Days 16-20)
Week Four (DAY 16)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from your weekend with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:25, 31, 34 (Do not worry)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • When you think of worry or anxiety, what comes to mind?
  • What do you worry about the most?
  • Jesus knows that we worry when we don’t pursue Him first and foremost. What habit(s) do you need to develop to seek Him first?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • In what ways do you see the word, therefore, serving as a bridge between 6:24 and 6:25?
  • Describe what worrying does to your mind, body and emotions. (Consider the Greek word, merimnao, which means to have anxiety, be anxious, be (unduly) concerned, to be apprehensive.)
  • Do you think Jesus is advocating that we do not need to think about eating and drinking, that it will just happen for us if we follow Him? Why or why not?
  • What’s do you see as the difference between having the necessities of life on your mind and being obsessing over them?
  • Examine the following references regarding worry: Isaiah 41:10; 1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 94:19; John 14:27; Luke 12:22b-23; Matthew 13:12.
  • How do you want to live differently as a result of reflecting on these verses?

PDF for Matthew 6:25, 31, 34 (Do not worry)

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https://www.northcoastcalvary.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Wk.-4-Day-17-Matthew-6.25-26-28-30-32-Devotional.pdfWeek Four (DAY 17)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for DAY 16 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:25-26, 28-30, 32 (God’s Care)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Do you tend to worry about the necessities of life or take them for granted?
  • After reading these verses, to what degree do you have a sense of God’s care for you?
  • Describe the balance between your responsibility and God’s care for you?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Besides the analogies of food and clothing, what comes to your mind when you think about God caring for you?
  • Why do you suppose some people think they don’t have to work, using these verses as their proof text? (Consider Genesis 3:17-19; 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12)
  • In what ways does worry infiltrate all areas of socio-economics?
  • Consider how one’s heart plays a key role what’s most important in our lives as worshippers of Jesus? (See 1 Peter 3:3)
  • How do you want to live differently as a result of reflecting on these verses?

PDF for Matthew 6:25-26, 28-30, 32 (God’s Care)

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Week Four (DAY 18)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for DAY 17 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:27 (Worrying is Wasted Energy)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Make a list of what brings you life?
  • Why do you think those things you just listed, bring you life?
  • Why do you think worry cannot be one of those things that bring you life?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Dr. Charles Mayo, of the Mayo Clinic said that our circulatory systems, our hearts, our glands, in fact our whole nervous system is affected when we worry. Why do you think that’s true?
  • And, if that’s true, can you see any benefits to worry or anxiety?
  • How can a follower of Jesus maintain, even grow, in peace and joy in spite of his/her circumstances? (Meditate on James 1: 2-8)
  • How do you want to live differently as a result of reflecting on these verses?

PDF for Matthew 6:27 (Worrying is Wasted Energy)

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Week Four (DAY 19)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for DAY 18 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:30-32 (The Sin of Worrying)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Why do you suppose anxiety or worry is such a roadblock to growing in your faith in the Lord?
  • Describe the difference between thinking about your future and fretting over your future?
  • How can you guard against worrying about your future and grow in your faith?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Why do you suppose Jesus linked worrying with a lack of faith?
  • Why do you think Jesus termed worrying a sin?
  • In these verses, the term, pagan (or Gentiles), was referring to anyone who does not believe and follow Jesus. Contrast the point you see Jesus making in these verses with how you, as a follower of Jesus should be exercising your faith?
  • Examine the following references to understand how a lack of faith is sin: Hebrews 11:6; Mark 4:40; Matthew 6:24, 8:26, 10:33; Romans 14:23; Titus 1:16.
  • How do you want to live differently as a result of reflecting on these verses?

PDF for Matthew 6:30-32 (The Sin of Worrying)

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Week Four (DAY 20)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for DAY 19 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:32-33 (Pursuing God)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • What do you observe people seeking the most of these days?
  • What does it mean to you to seek God’s Kingdom first?
  • How do you plan to put this into practice daily?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Compare/Contrast seeking what’s important to the world with what’s important to the Lord.
  • Again, how do you understand worrying impacting your striving for the Kingdom?
  • Agree or Disagree, and why? We are to seek God’s Kingdom here and now to battle the evil in this world and to be our empowerment for being salt and light ourselves, (Mt. 5:48; Philippians 3:9).
  • Read Philippians 4:6-7. What do you observe as steps to take to escape the grip that worry can have on you?
  • Consider how you may be the essential means by which God uses to provide for others’ needs. What does that look like in your current situation?
  • How do you want to live differently as a result of reflecting on these verses?

PDF for Matthew 6:32-33 (Pursuing God)

Note: We will continue this Re-Radicalized devotional series on the Sermon on The Mount after Easter. Please check out two week Easter Devotionals that lead up to Palm Sunday and up to Easter. Blessings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 5:17-20 Re-Radicalized Devotionals for the Sermon on The Mount - Week Five (Days 21-25)
Week Five (DAY 21)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from your weekend with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 5:17-20 (Focus: Need for the Old Testament)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • What has been your take on Old Testament Laws?
  • What about the moral laws (Example: 10 Commandments)? If Jesus fulfilled these directives from the Father by perfectly obeying them, do you believe it’s reasonable that followers of Jesus are to obey them to today? Why or why not?
  • Agree or disagree, and why? The Bible’s moral laws bring out our knowledge of sin (Romans 7:7).

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • The Law was broken down into 3 categories: Judicial, concerning the actions and behavior of Israel as a nation, Ceremonial, covering Israel’s methods of worship and being cleansed from sin, and Moral, focused on the directives for people to live in a right relationship with God and with each other. List how you see Jesus being the fulfillment of the O.T. Laws.
  • Examine the following references to further understand Jesus’ fulfillment of the O.T. Laws: Hebrews 4:15; 9:11-12; 10:9-12; 19-25.
  • If you really want to examine this further, there’s a longer list in the PDF attachment.
  • In what way(s) do you understand that Jesus fulfilled the moral law which revealed the knowledge of sin?
  • In what way(s) do you understand that moral law in the New Testament, also called the Law of Christ, is what followers of Jesus are called to obey? (See John 14:21-23)
  • Consider why the following are commands under the Law of Christ: (Communion – John 13, 1 Corinthians 11; Baptism – Matthew 28:20; Submission to authority – Matthew 22:21, Romans 13:7; Submission to government – Romans 13:1; moral behavior (royal law) – Matthew 22:37-39)

PDF FOR THE NEED FOR THE O.T.

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Week Five (DAY 22)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from Day 11 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 5:17-20 (Focus: Need for righteousness)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • If the Law, simply put, revealed our need for Someone Else’ righteousness in order to be saved, why do you suppose so many Jewish religious leaders and their followers added various works to earn their salvation?
  • Why do you think Jesus was more concerned with one’s heart? (Read Matthew 6:21)
  • What role does our attitude play in our approach to Jesus’ directives in our lives?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • In what way(s) do you understand Romans 3:20-22 and Romans 8:3-4 revealing Christ’s fulfillment of our need for His righteousness?
  • How do you see Romans 10:9-10 as an open door to receiving the righteousness of Christ?
  • How do you see yourself, as a follower of Jesus, abiding in God’s grace rather than becoming a “darn-right” Christian? (i.e. – being an “inside/out” Christian, not an “outside/in” legalistic Christian)
  • How can you exhibit Christ’s righteousness to others? (See John 15:10-12; Colossians 3:13; Micah 6:8; James 1:19-20, 4:10; Ephesians 4:29; 1 Peter 1:15-16; Philippians 4:8-9)

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Week Five (DAY 23)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from Day 12 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 5:17-20 (Focus: Need for goodness)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Describe goodness in terms of your belief, thinking and behavior.
  • In what was has Jesus been an example of goodness in your life?
  • What do you feel you need to do to so that your goodness, according to verse 20, does not become like that of the scribes and Pharisees?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • How would you describe goodness?
  • Look at how Scripture describes the goodness of the Lord: Exodus 34:6; Psalm 86:5, 145:9; I Chronicles 16:34; Isaiah 41:10; James 1:17; Nahum 1:7; Romans 5:8.
  • What do the following references tell you about exhibiting goodness? Psalm 34:8, 100:5, 143:10; Galatians 5:22-23, 6:10; Romans 8:28, 12:9, 15:14; Ephesians 4:29, 32; Matthew 12:35; Micah 6:8; James 3:13.
  • From the preceding verses, how do you see goodness playing a key role in your belief, thinking and behavior?
  • By what you have examined in Scripture and have reflected on in your mind and heart, in what way(s) should your goodness be able to exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

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Week Five (DAY 24)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from Day 13 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 5:17-20 (Focus: Need for being genuine)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • When you hear of someone being accused of being a hypocrite, what does that mean to you?
  • When you think about being a genuine person, what comes to mind?
  • In what way(s) does Matthew 23:25 relate to verse 20?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

 

Digging Deeper

  • Beside hypocrisy, what other words come to mind when someone, like some of the scribes and Pharisees, is being two-faced?Describe what the following statement means to you: “It’s not the law that is in question, it’s the use of the law.”
  • What do the following references tell you about being hypocritical or untrustworthy? (1 John 4:20; Matthew 7:1-5, 15:7-9, 23:23; 2 Timothy 3:5; Proverbs 10:9, 28:26; Titus 2:7; Colossians 3:9-10; I Corinthians 15:33)
  • What do the following references tell you about being genuine? Romans 12:2, 9; 1 Timothy 1:5; 1 Peter 1:7, 22, 4:8; James 1:27; Ephesians 4:31-32; Galatians 5:22-23; I Corinthians 13:6.
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

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Week Five (DAY 25)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from Day 14 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 5:17-20 (Focus: Need for the Holy Spirit)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • What do you think is the difference between earning God’s grace and receiving it?
  • Why do you suppose we need the Holy Spirit in order to be and act the way the Lord command us to?
  • In light of these verses, how do you want the Holy Spirit to change you?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • What can happen when followers of Jesus try to “earn” favor with God, like some of religious leaders did?
  • According to the following references, what do you see your life looking like when the Spirit is transforming you in Christ’s image? (Ezekiel 36:26; Romans 8:5-11; Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Corinthians 4:16, 3:18)
  • Jumping back a bit, how do you see the Holy Spirit playing a role developing His values (5:3-12) and Purpose (5:13-16) in and through you?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

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Matthew 5:21-48 Re-Radicalized Devotionals for the Sermon on The Mount - Week Six (Days 26-30)
Week Six (DAY 26)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from your weekend with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 5:21-26 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • What is it that makes life so precious?
  • Who has made you feel of great value and worth? How?
  • Describe what anger does to a person.

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Draw a conclusion about Jesus’ authority, not only from this passage in Matthew, but also from Matthew 28:18; Mark 1:27; John 5:26-27.
  • Reflect on the following references regarding the value of life: Psalm 139:13-16; John 3:16; Genesis 9:6; Matthew 6:26; Exodus 20:13; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17.
  • In what ways do you see Hebrews 10:28-29 coming into view with this portion of Matthew 5?
  • Jesus was “arresting” what comes from the inside (anger) before it escalates. Why do you think this is so critical to the wellbeing of a follower of Jesus?
  • Also, why do you think is so important to practice reconciliation with anyone, especially with other followers of Jesus?
  • How do you want to live differently now?

PDF FOR MATTHEW 5:21-26

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Week Six (DAY 27)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 26 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 5:27-30 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • The woman, in verse 26, is an example of any kind of lust (strong desire). What sort of “lusts” have been tugging at your heart and mind?
  • Self-evaluate: Do you think you’re taking this sin as serious as Jesus does? (vs. 29-30)
  • What does 1 John 1:9 tell you about God’s forgiveness?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Let’s begin with forgiveness: Read Isaiah 1:18; 43:25; Daniel 9:9; 1 John 1:9; Acts 3:19; Ephesians 1:7 and draw a conclusion about God’s forgiveness.
  • Why do you think Jesus went beyond just the external physical act of adultery and moved the issue internally to the heart and mind (lust)?
  • As mentioned above, the woman (v.26) is one of many forms of lust as we consider the whole counsel of Scripture. Consider for a moment what causes you to lust, not just with your eyes, but also with your mind and heart? (Examples: TV/movies, the Fifty Shades of Gray kind of books, grocery store tabloids, pornography, people dressed provocatively, money, image or possessions)
  • Apply James 1:14-15 to this passage in Matthew.
  • Evaluate the Lord’s seriousness on the issue of lust with how you have dealt with it.
  • What changes do you need to make in order for your heart and mind to pursue Christ first?

PDF FOR MATTHEW 5: 27-30

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Week Six (DAY 28)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 27 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 5:31-32 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • “The Greek word, porneia, from which we get our word, pornography, is a more comprehensive word than the word for adultery. The meaning of porneia involves sexual immorality, including fornication, uncleanness, adultery, indecency, misconduct, indiscretion or unfaithfulness.” (Teaching On Divorce, by Rudy Gray, February 21, 2014) (See also, Jeremiah 3:1; Amos 7:17; Matthew 19:9)
  • In Deuteronomy 24:1, if a husband, for example, found another woman he liked better, his wife put too much salt on his dinner meal, or even if he thought his wife was “obnoxious,” it was interpreted that he was “commanded” to divorce her. In other words, the Scribes and Pharisees had turned verse 1 into a command. Jews, even in Jesus’ day, believed that Moses commanded it. Not true. He only allowed divorce as a concession for man’s continual sinfulness. The same goes with Jesus, Paul and others, who hated divorce.
  • In the Old Testament God was making it clear that, as Jesus was in Matthew, divorce lead to adultery in almost all situations, which would have resulted in a death penalty. However, for example, when the Romans did not allow the death penalty, divorce became the only option at that point. Our Lord really wanted a better option and that would be to forgive and reconcile with the guilty partner as we see in Hosea 3.

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • If you have been around divorce in some way, what kind of impression has it left on you?
  • What do you believe is God’s take on divorce?
  • Read Romans 8:38-39. Even though God does not condone or will it, do you believe that these verses cover divorce?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Again, let’s be reminded of the Lord’s forgiveness: Memorize 1 John 1:9.
  • Regarding the guilty partner, come to an understanding of our lord’s message in these 2 verses about divorce, that except for porneia, it’s as much an internal sin (of the heart and being responsible, not only for yourself, but also for others committing adultery through remarriage, v.32, also Luke 16:18) as it is an external sin (physical divorce).
  • How can you be an encouragement to a friend or loved one who is a victim of adultery or divorced by someone who doesn’t want to be married anymore (I Corinthians 7:1-13)?
  • How can you be an encouragement to a friend or loved one who is experiencing a divorce outside of God’s allowance for divorce? (Consider Ephesians 1:7; 4:22-24; Hebrews 9:14; 2 Corinthians 5:17, Acts 3:19)

PDF FOR MATTHEW 5:31-32

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Week Six (DAY 29)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 28 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 5:33-37 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Why do you suppose making an oath can be destructive?
  • Consider how Leviticus 19:12, Exodus 20:7 and James 5:12 come into play here.
  • Under what circumstances do you see an oath being permissible? (Hint: Court proceedings, weddings)

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Why do you suppose the oath, “I swear to God…” is so prevalent?
  • How have you felt when someone makes an oath that neither you and also probably God would not be interested in?
  • Why do you think you should resist the temptation to make useless oaths?
  • Agree/disagree, and why? “It is not the oath that makes us believe than man, but the man the oath.”
  • How do you see simplicity of speech being the safer path to take? (v.37)
  • How is the Lord speaking to you today regarding oaths, outside of the courts and weddings, etc.?

PDF FOR MATTHEW 5:33-37

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Week Fix (DAY 30)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 29 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 5:38-48 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • What is your first reaction to reading these verses?
  • Why do you suppose the Lord desires for you to maintain such a high level attitude toward others, especially those with whom you don’t’ get along with?
  • In what way(s) can you cling to Romans 12:19?
  • How do you want to pursue holiness (v.48)?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • When you read the following phrases, what first comes to mind? But I tell you, ‘Do not resist him who is evil,”but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also,” “If anyone sues you to take away your coat let him have your cloak also,” “Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two,” “Give to him who asks you, and don’t turn away him who desires to borrow from you,” “But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you.” 
  • What can a follower of Jesus do to resist reaction or retaliation in a heated moment? (Consider vs.39-42)
  • Why do you think Jesus included these verses in this powerful chapter?
  • Do you think a neighbor is one who is in need or one who has the power to help others who are in need? And why? (v.43)
  • What can a follower of Jesus do to return evil with goodness? (Consider verse 44)
  • How do you want to live differently in pursuit of holiness?

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Matthew 6:1-18 Re-Radicalized Devotionals for the Sermon on The Mount - Week Seven (Days 31-35)
Week Seven (DAY 31)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from your weekend with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:1 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • What is your first reaction to reading this verse?
  • What does it mean to you to practice righteousness?
  • Do you think you lose reward by giving to the Lord or serving Him in front of others? Why or why not?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Make a list of acts of righteousness (from Matthew 6:1-18 and more).
  • How is it possible to live out what you wrote on your list and please the Lord and not man?
  • Read 3 John 9 and make a contrast between Diotrephes and with what Christ is asking of you?
  • Agree or disagree and Why? “It is the motive that matters, not the manner.” (Teachings of Jesus, by H Leo Eddleman, p.83.)
  • Come to an understanding of how to put Ephesians 4:22 into action in your life.
  • Ask or continue to ask the Lord to begin a good work in you (Ephesians 2:10).

PDF FOR MATTHEW 6:1

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Week SEVEN (DAY 32)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 31 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:2-4 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Describe hypocrisy in your own words.
  • True or false, and why? According to these verses, followers of Jesus should not give publically when the offering is taken.
  • What do you understand to be the true act of righteousness in giving to the church, to the poor, etc.

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Get a feel for the following references on supporting the needy in your world: Proverbs 19:17; Hebrews 13:16; 2 Corinthians 9:7; 1 John 3:17; Matthew 25:35-45.
  • Describe the motive you feel you should have in giving?
  • Have you ever wanted others to know how much you help others less fortunate than you or receive recognition for doing so? Why do you think we feel or act that way?
  • What words characterize the kind of person God wants you to be out of these verses?
  • Ask or continue to ask the Lord to begin a good work in you (Ephesians 2:10).

PDF FOR MATTHEW 6:2-4

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Week SEVEN (DAY 33)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 32 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:5-8 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • What hypocrisy in prayer look like to you?
  • True or false, and why? According to these verses, followers of Jesus should not give publically when the offering is taken.
  • What do you understand to be the true act of righteousness in giving to the church, to the poor, etc.

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Get a feel for the following references on supporting the needy in your world: Proverbs 19:17; Hebrews 13:16; 2 Corinthians 9:7; 1 John 3:17; Matthew 25:35-45.
  • Describe the motive you feel you should have in giving?
  • Have you ever wanted others to know how much you help others less fortunate than you or receive recognition for doing so? Why do you think we feel or act that way?
  • What words characterize the kind of person God wants you to be out of these verses?
  • Ask or continue to ask the Lord to begin a good work in you (Ephesians 2:10).

PDF FOR MATTHEW 6:5-8

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Week SEVEN (DAY 34)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 33 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:9-15 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Please see questions and statements to respond to (below) on the Lord’s Prayer

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

Who art in Heaven

  • In Heaven shouts out that nothing is outside of God’s love, power and care for you.
  • What do you think about that?
  • Thank Him for holding everything together for you.

 Hallowed

  • Nothing is more sacred than God.
  • Ever thought about any character of God’s that affects you?
  • Praise Him for those traits.

 Be your Name

  • Google: names of God and think about them for a moment.
  • Turn ‘em into praise God for who he is to you.

Your Kingdom come

  • Ok so, how staggering is it that the almighty God came into our world just to show you how much He loves you?
  • Thank the Lord for wanting to come into your life.

Your will be done

  • It’s not everyday you probably ask someone to take control of your life. But isn’t it so comforting to know that God’s got you in His hands and without a doubt, knows what’s best for you?
  • Take a moment to let go and give your life, your day, your moments to God.

On earth as it is in Heaven

  • Even though you cannot see Him, do you know that you can truly experience peace and confidence that God is at work in your life?
  • How do you want to thank Him for His guidance in your life today?

And forgive us, our trespasses

  • How does it make you feel knowing that God forgives any of you sins, be it thoughts or actions?
  • What is it that you want to confess to God and ask for His forgiveness?

As we forgive those who trespass against us

  • If you think about it, it’s pretty powerful, knowing that God gives you the ability and strength to forgive others even when you don’t feel like it.
  • Is there anyone whom you need to forgive personally or in your heart so that the hurt you’ve experienced is no longer holding your down or tearing you apart?

 

And lead us not into temptation

  • Have you had felt a “red flag” on a situation or relationship? Consider that God may be protecting you from something or someone that’s not right, healthy or godly for you.
  • Ask God to give you a discerning spirit today with co-workers, neighbors, friends, or family.

But deliver us from evil

  • Do you need God’s protection, especially from temptation an sin at this time?
  • Ask God to provide you a way out.

For Yours is the Kingdom

  • Let’s circle back around again and remember what it means that He is God and we are not.
  • What is it that you need to give to God for Him to continue to be in charge of your life?

The power and glory

  • How awesome is it to know that you such a wonderful and powerful God, who’s got your back?
  • Take time to praise Him for how His power impacts you.

Forever and ever, amen

  • Think about it. You are His child, in His family forever. Nothing can snatch God away from you.
  • What do you want to thank Him for today?

Ask or continue to ask the Lord to begin a good work in you (Ephesians 2:10).

PDF FOR MATTHEW 6:9-15

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Week SEVEN (DAY 35)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 34 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:16-18 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • What does hypocrisy in fasting look like to you?
  • Have you ever fasted? Describe your experience.
  • Why fast?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Agree or disagree and why? Fasting makes you more spiritual.
  • What do the following purposes for fasting teach you about it? (Luke 4:1-13; Nehemiah 1:4; Psalm 35:13; 2 Samuel 12:17,23; Esther 4:3; Acts 13:2, 14:23).
  • What do the following references teach you about wrong motives for fasting? (Matthew 6:18; Luke 18:12-14; 1 Corinthians 8:8).
  • What do you understand to be right motives for fasting?
  • Ask or continue to ask the Lord to begin a good work in you (Ephesians 2:10

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Matthew 6:19-34 (& SELECTED PASSAGES) Re-Radicalized Devotionals for the Sermon on The Mount - Week Eight (Days 36-40)
Week Eight (DAY 36)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from your weekend with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:19-21 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • What are some common “treasures” we pursue in today’s world?
  • What kind of contrasts in your life to verses 19 & 20 describe?
  • What kind of “treasures” do you want in your life to count for eternity?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Why do you think it’s instinctive for humans to want to possess “things”?
  • Agree or disagree. Why? Wanting something is not sinful.
  • What do you love the most? Why?
  • What do you think is the difference between obtaining something you want and abusing or misusing something you got? (v. 20)
  • What are you “laying up” (or storing in Heaven) that counts for eternity or pleases God?
  • Describe the kind of heart you want to have. (v. 21).

PDF FOR MATTHEW 6:19-21

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Week Eight (DAY 37)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 36 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:22-24 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Describe the gift of eyesight in your own words.
  • What’s better: To be blind and see the Truth or have sight and be blinded to the Truth? Why?
  • When and how does money become a “master”?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Compare the eye, which assimilate the light into your body with your heart assimilating the power of God’s Word into your life.
  • When it comes to your life in Christ, contrast a good eye with an evil eye.
  • What do the following references on eyes say to you? Psalm 101:3, 119:18, 37; 1 Samuel 16:7; Matthew 5:28; Proverbs 21:4; Ephesians 1:18.
  • Why do you think having one foot in the world and one foot in with the Lord causes you to be divided and not all in with the Lord even if you think you are?
  • Describe an undivided heart you want to have for the Lord.

PDF FOR MATTHEW 6:22-24

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Week Eight (DAY 38)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 37 with the Lord)

Read the text: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Describe these verses in your own words.
  • What does generosity mean to you?
  • Who is the most generous person you know? What do you want to emulate?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • What has been your attitude toward giving to others?
  • Besides giving money, in what other ways can you be generous?
  • How do you balance stewardships and generosity?
  • What more do the following references tell you about generosity? 1 John 3:16-18; Acts 20:35; Luke 11:13; Malachi 3:10-12.
  • In what ways do you want to live differently as a result of reflecting on generosity?

PDF FOR 2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-8

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Week Eight (DAY 39)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 38 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:25-34 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Describe these verses in your own words.
  • What has worrying done to you? (Physically, emotionally, spiritually)
  • What do these verses tell you about God’s care for you?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Find as many results of worrying as you can from these verses?
  • Find as many references to what God does for you from these verses?
  • Then write out the idea of this passage in your own words.
  • What do you understand to be the difference between being concerned and worrying about something or someone?
  • What more do the following references tell you about worrying? 1 John 4:18, 14:1; 2 Timothy 1:7; Joshua 1:9; Philippians 4:6-7; Proverbs 12:25.
  • Regarding worry and anxiety, what is it that you need to turn over or keep turning over to the Lord?

PDF FOR MATTHEW 6:25-34

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Week Eight (DAY 40)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 39 with the Lord)

Read the text: Proverbs 29:25 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • What do you think is the primary cause of anxiety/worry?
  • What do you tend to be fearful about?
  • How can you put Philippians 4:6-7 into practice?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about? 
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • How has fear/worry gripped you in the past?
  • What things do you tend to worry about right now?
  • What does Proverbs 29:25 tell you about the Lord?
  • What more do the following references tell you about worry/anxiety? Proverbs 12:25; 13:4, 23:4; 3:5-6; Jeremiah 17:5-8.
  • Examine what David, Paul and Jesus did during times of distress? Psalm 34:4-6; 2 Corinthians 1: 8-10; Matthew 26:37-39.
  • Again, regarding worry and anxiety, what is it that you need to turn over or keep turning over to the Lord? (1 Peter 5:6-7)

PDF FOR PROVERBS 29:25

 

 

Matthew 7:1-5 Re-Radicalized Devotionals for the Sermon on The Mount - Week Nine (Days 41-43)

Beginning this week, we are simply offering single sets of devotional questions for each day. Also for this week, there are three days of devotions to bless your time in the Word. Enjoy!

Week Nine (DAY 41)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from your weekend with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 7:1 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • Why do you think this verse comes on the heals of chapter 6?
  • Why do you suppose we have a tendency to judge (or condemn) others?
  • Why do you think followers of Jesus need this exhortation?
  • Examine and reflect on these others references to judging others: Luke 6:37; James 1:26, 4:11-12; Romans 2:1-2, 12:16-19; John 8:7.
  • What do you see as the difference between scripture like John 7:24 and Matthew 7:1?
  • How do you want to live differently after reflecting on this issue of judging others, particularly in our current affairs?

PDF FOR MATTHEW 7:1

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Week Nine (DAY 42)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 41 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 7:2 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • Christ has two measures by which He judged people: Justice and Mercy. Remember about how Christ has judged you as His child.
  • According to Matthew 26:6-13, In what ways do you see Jesus’ disciples breaking His command to not judge, in this case the woman, who came to anoint Jesus’ feet?
  • Examining these verses on judging others is not meant to bring about guilt, but to be determined to become more like Jesus. So what do you need to pray about? Why don’t you take a moment to do that right now and be renewed in His Spirit.
  • In light of this verse, how do you want to be known by others?
  • How do you plan to pursue the fruits of the Spirit? (Galatians 5:22-23)

PDF FOR MATTHEW 7:2

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Week Nine (DAY 43)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 42 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 7:3-5 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • What would be “planks,” (or “beams”) in our hearts and minds that need removal?
  • Why are we, as followers of Jesus, still so blind to our own “4 x 4’s in our own eyes?”
  • Consider how Philippians 2:1-8 ties in with these verses.
  • Also consider how James 3:3-8 ties in with these verses.
  • How do you see godliness, gentleness and humility playing a role in verse 5, as it pertains to even being able to encourage others or help them remove their “specks?”
  • Draw a conclusion on the difference between coming alongside a friend or loved one versus simply passing judgment on him/her.(Galatians 6:1)
  • How do you want to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF FOR MATTHEW 7:3-5