Grow Deep - Sent Week 3
Week 3: June 16-22
Sent With a Roar
Memory Verse: “… Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and daughters, your wives and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:14b
These lyrics from a song by the Newsboys sets my imagination into motion every time I hear them:
God’s not dead; He’s surely alive
He’s living on the inside; Roaring like a lion.
Roaring, He’s roaring, He’s roaring like a lion!
What those lyrics tell me is that I have a roaring lion inside of me! I can get pretty excited about that … after all, lions are royal, fearless and powerful. And their roar can be heard from nearly five miles away, striking terror and awe in the hearts of those who hear it. Their thunderous roar is a clear, bold message to predators of who’s in charge!
In Revelation 5:5, Jesus Himself is referred to as a lion, the Lion of Judah. In Proverbs 28:1, it says that the righteous are as bold as a lion. When we received the Holy Spirit at our baptism, we were established in the righteousness of Christ. We, therefore, have the character of the Lion of Judah through the power of the Holy Spirit within us.
It is His power ... the power of the Spirit ... that makes us bold to go where we are sent and bold to stand against the attacks of our predator, Satan. It is the Spirit who enables us to remember and give bold thanks to God for His gifts and blessings to us, including His gift of grace and salvation. And it is the Spirit who prompts us to boldly reach out to others with the Gospel message … including small children.
The Lion of Judah did not back away, even when threatened by powerful opposition or danger. Neither should we. Don’t allow the sound of your roar to be silenced! Remember and be bold for Jesus!
Sunday, June 16
Read: Joshua 3:1-8
God’s people, who had been in the wilderness for 40 years, were finally being brought to the land God had promised them. Chapters 3 and 4 recount their crossing the Jordan River into that land.
Reflect: The waters of the Jordan would certainly have been ROARing. The Jordan River was the last obstacle between God’s people and the land where God was leading them. Spend time talking with God about an area of your life that has an intimidating ROAR. What do you need from the Lord in that area?
Monday, June 17
Read: Joshua 3:9-13
Before being sent across to the new land, Joshua gathers the people around to hear the Word and promises of the Lord.
Reflect: When God sends us, He speaks to us through His Word and promises. What promises has God already kept (see John 3:16 and 2 Corinthians 1:19-20) that give you a ROARing confidence in Him?
Tuesday, June 18
Read: Joshua 3:14-17
God sent His people walking into the unknown, trusting that He would provide a way across the river. Notice how His presence (the Ark of the Covenant) went first.
Reflect: Do you sometimes recognize God’s presence when life is easy and doubt it when you face fears and uncertainty? In what ROARing circumstances of your life does God want to assure you that He is present and in control?
Wednesday, June 19
Read: Joshua 4:1-7
God sends a group back into the dried up river bed to collect stones so that everyone can look at them as a reminder. The stones were to remind His people that God provided safe passage for them across the Jordan and into the Promised Land.
Reflect: Look back on your own life and on God’s promises. What can you remember of what He has done for you? If you made a monument representing God’s faithfulness, of what “stones” or events would it be made?
Thursday, June 20
Read: Joshua 4:8-14
The stones that the people gathered from the Jordan were set up as a memorial of God’s work as He led them across the Jordan safely.
Reflect: Yesterday you considered past events where God has proven His faithfulness. How can you keep your stones” (reminders) of those demonstrations of God’s promises in front of you on a daily basis … Car dashboard? Kitchen counter? Bathroom mirror? Backyard garden?
Friday, June 21
Read: Joshua 4:16-20
The crossing of the river is complete; God “sent” the river on its way after His people were safely across.
Reflect: To whom is God sending you where you can instill the ROAR of God’s presence into their challenging circumstances? God ROARS in His Word. Share a passage of Scripture with someone today. Talk about what that passage means to each of you.
Saturday, June 22
Read: Joshua 4:21-24
The stone monument God’s people built wasn’t just for them to remember His work. It was for them to point others to remember how God kept His promises.
Reflect: Perhaps you created a reminder of God’s faithfulness this past week … maybe on a sticky note, bookmark or with actual stones. Now God sends you to share some of those instances of His faithfulness with someone else today. ROAR with His boldness and confidence!