From United Methodist Mega-Church Pastor, Adam Hamilton: They are simple phrases. They sound Christian—like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard these words. Maybe we’ve said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Join Waretown UMC In this five-week faith discussion and discovery theme which includes a Sunday Worship Theme, Weekly Group Discussion, and Weekly Prayers and Take-Home Actions we will explore the WHOLE truth of God, faith, and life!
Prayer of the Week
(pray this prayer each day this week)
God of Power and Might,
I want to follow you faithfully. I want to do good works of justice and mercy. Yet, at every turn I am tempted to go my own way and to fulfill my own desires. This makes every day a battle and every battle exhausting. The more tired I become… the more I seem to give in. Help me. Free me. Give me power to overcome temptation. Shine a light upon my path and walk beside me closely. This week show me the way out of the temptation(s) that have seemed always to get the best of me. As I pray, open within my heart some extra room for faith, hope, and love… enough to strengthen me and set me free.
In Jesus name I pray. Amen
Read Isaiah 40:28-31, 1 Corinthians 10, Romans 7:14-25
Week 3: Questions for Reflection
The full-truth of “God won’t give you more than you can handle” is only realized in the arena of temptation. There is a war going on in our hearts and lives between sin and death and faith and life. God is fighting on our side… God wants us to win. God will make a way.
Do you have ‘too much to handle’? Sometimes circumstances and burdens are outside our control. In these times we may be tempted to despair. But, God has promised to be present with us and strengthen us. Pray for this strength and presence. Pray thanks for this promise.
Do you have ‘too much to handle’? (Yes… it’s the same question). Sometimes temptations to chase after our own desires lead us into all kinds of burdens and troubles. In these times we need drop what we are doing and return to God. God has promised to make a way for us to return to the path of faith and life. Pray for God to illuminate this path.
What is exhausting you? Take a long, hard look at those things and see if they are from God or not. If not, get rid of at least one this week. What is filling your life with faith and joy? Which of these are from God? Put more time and energy into at least one this week.