2 Corinthians 3.18
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3.18, NIV)
What an amazing thought: We are being transformed into glory!
What aspects about God demonstrate his glory to you today? How have you taken a moment to reflect on God’s glory?
How well do you reflect the glory of God? In what ways is it reassuring to know you are being transformed his image … that you look more and more like him?
How does knowing that it is through God and his spirit that we are transformed change how you go about trying to be more like God? In what ways are you letting him transform you, versus you trying to do it all yourself?
Isaiah 6.1-7.25; 2 Corinthians 11.16-33; Psalm 54.1-7; Proverbs 23.1-3
The calling of Isaiah is one of the incredible stories of the Old Testament prophets. What is most amazing is Isaiah’s response: In spite of his fear and uncertainty, he simply tells God to send him. How do you respond to God’s calling of you today?
What sort of vision would God have to send you for you to pay attention to his calling of you?
How does Paul’s autobiography listed here give you an indication about his commitment to his task to share the good news with others? How does it affect how you view your own calling?
In what ways has God been your helper?
What is it advisable to not be a big eater when dining with a king?
Isaiah 3.1-5.30; 2 Corinthians 11.1-15; Psalm 53.1-6; Proverbs 22.28-29
What do you think God would find if he looked down from heaven on the human race, seeking anyone who is wise? Would he find people who seek him? In what ways do you seek him?
Why does the prophecy of Isaiah up to this point seem so destructive? Does this seem inconsistent with how you view God?
In what ways do people today put up with whatever anyone tells them?
Why would someone say there is no God?
What do you think the proverb writer means when he writes about “truly competent workers?”
Isaiah 1.1-2.22; 2 Corinthians 10.1-18; Psalm 52.1-9; Proverbs 22.26-27
If you are like most people, you probably have an accomplishment in your life that you enjoy boasting about, in the most humble sort of way, I mean. There are things we do that bring us pride and joy, things that demonstrate some ability we have crafted and honed in order to be useful in the world in which we live. But how often do you hear people boast in the Lord? What would it take for us to transform our own boasting–even when it is probably not considered wrong–into a moment in which we get to highlight the Lord’s working through us?
Why is it so troubling for us when our children rebel?
How does God demonstrate his “mighty weapons” today?
What happens when we trust in our wealth more than we trust in the Lord? Wealth is powerful; how can we keep from trusting too much in it?
Why would we consider not putting up security for someone sound advice?
Song of Songs 5.1-8.14; 2 Corinthians 9.1-15; Psalm 51.1-19; Proverbs 22.24-25
Here is the most amazing thing about God’s mercy: We do not deserve it, at all, yet because of his unfailing love, he gives it to us anyway. Tell me another instance in which that is the case, where one so undeserving gets a gift beyond description? What helps you realize you get God’s mercy because of him, not because of what you did to deserve it?
How does the love letter we know as the Song of Songs compare to the love letters you have written?
In what ways are you eager to help others? How does your eagerness increase when that help includes the opportunity to share through giving?
In what ways do we try to purify ourselves rather than letting God be the one who creates in us a clean heart?
Why are hot-tempered people so influential on us, versus us calming them?
Song of Songs 1.1-4.16; 2 Corinthians 8.16-24; Psalm 50.1-23; Proverbs 22.22-23
Perhaps one of the most difficult things for us to do, especially in the midst of our busy, crazy, overpacked lives, it to be sure we have a heart of thanksgiving. It is not that we do not want to be thankful or even that we are NOT thankful, it just is easier to get caught up in the motions and become trapped in our hectic schedules than to pause and give thanks. Spend some time today listing those things for which you are thankful to God.
What are your initial reactions as you read through this section of Song of Songs?
Why do you think people might have criticized the way Paul was handling the collection that had been given for the churches in Jerusalem?
Why do you think people find it easier to focus on the routine of our life and worship to God rather than having a heart that is really dedicated to Him?
Why is it so easy for people to take advantage of the poor, needy, and oppressed?
Ecclesiastes 10.1-12.14; 2 Corinthians 8.1-15; Psalm 49.1-20; Proverbs 22.20-21
If you read through the entire book of Ecclesiastes, the writer explores every possible manner of finding happiness and success. And after all is said and done, his conclusion is this: Fear God and keep his commandments. How would your life improve if your entire focus was this?
How have you seen foolishness spoil great wisdom and honor?
Do we think of the opportunity to share a financial gift as a privilege? Why or why not?
Do you fear when trouble surrounds you? How can you avoid doing this?
Where do you find sayings of advice and knowledge? How can you seek these out more?