Friday, May 22, 2015

Community Committed to God - Better Together Devotion by Stacy A. Davis

Family Fun Icebreaker: Have you ever helped defend someone for doing the right thing? What happened?

Topic Question: How are we Better Together?

Today’s Big Idea: Community Committed to God
God’s community stands together in unity in the fight for God’s right lifestyle. The fight of God’s good against the evil of those who oppose God is in the minds and hearts of people. The struggle is not your typical fight, but the battle is just as real. The fight is for the soul of a person and is a fight for truth. In God’s community, you don’t fight alone, but there are many who join you by your side to fight. But you don’t fight with your fists or violence; instead, your weapons are praying, knowing scripture, speaking against sin and wrong-doing, or serving God as He directs. You are led in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 to fight for the knowledge of God or the whole Word of God, the Holy Bible. People will argue against the knowledge of God and your job is to speak up and make a stand for God by knowing His Word well enough to counter the argument. God calls His Word, the Holy Bible, the “Sword of the Spirit.” You are to be armed by knowing His message well enough to successfully say it in love.

Talk with God: Read the scripture aloud.
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world
does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of this world.
On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up
against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to
make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV)

Walk with God: Read aloud and discuss.
Is it easier to make a stand all by yourself or with a group who agrees with you? That is easy-- the group! A group can send a powerful message, which is why God designed His community to stand together for Him. Jesus prayed for our unity. Why? If we can be divided, we can be conquered. God’s love is the perfect bond of unity (Colossians 3:14). God wants a community that in love knows the message of the Bible, the Sword of the Spirit. Then, when God’s Word is attacked, this community knows God’s truth and can speak it in love. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 speaks of strongholds that are against the knowledge of God; these strongholds are lies that cause doubt in God’s Word. God shares that this fight is different, your weapon is the Word of God and there is power in the truth that is spoken. We are better together when God’s community speaks truth to demolish strongholds.

Discuss with your family: Do arguments over the message of the Bible cause distractions from the main truth that you are saved by faith in Jesus? If God’s community stands together in speaking truth of scripture, how could this unity help others listen to God’s life-changing message?

Prayer suggestion: Pray for God to help His community speak the truth in love.

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