Grow Deep - The Playbook Edition - Week 2

 Week 2: November 10-16

The Power Players

Memory Verse: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2

I have always been impressed by the defensive line of a football team. They are really big fellows. They look like they eat meat … and potatoes … and anything else that would add weight to their frame. But they really are not as out of shape as you might think. These guys have to be able to move. Their job is to stop the opposing team from advancing the football. They do not want their opponents to get a touchdown! These men are the “power players” of the football team. They learn every play, they know their opponent’s moves before the ball is snapped, and they know block destruction techniques to move forward and tackle the ball carrier. The defense knows a lot about being relentless in their pursuit, and they study their opponent before game day so their strategy is second nature.

God enables and teaches us to become Power Players in life as well. He has given us His Word with specific instructions on how to defend ourselves from Satan’s attacks. If we are diligent in our efforts, we learn how to deflect the weapons of the world and how to defend our faith to those who may not believe. What a defense we can wield with a full understanding of who we are through God’s eyes!

This week, let’s work on our ability to be steadfast, immovable, strong, watchful and alert in our everyday lives. Reflect on the readings each day and think about how God would have you apply His Word to your everyday life. Think about the ways He is leading you to become a big, immovable Power Believer in Christ—always ready to defend your faith and always ready for His return!

Sunday, November 10
Read: 2 Corinthians 10:1-6
We need to always be prepared to defend our faith. Our weapons are not the weapons of the world but words that speak the truth of the Gospel to any one at any time.
Reflect: How would you explain your faith to someone who asked why you believe in Christ as the risen Lord? What are the “weapons” of God? How will you develop them to stand strong when challenged?

Monday, November 11

Read: Matthew 25:1-13
We should be watchful, anticipating and living in a state of openness toward the future God has planned, and devoting ourselves to the work of the Holy Spirit in us who makes us ready for Christ's return.
Reflect: What can you do to be prepared for Christ’s return? What will your life (your actions) look like when you are prepared? Will others know and recognize there is a difference between you and the world? How?

Tuesday, November 12

Read: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-16
Paul admonishes his readers to stand firm in God's love and sovereign rule against the enemy.
Reflect: How can we keep a strong grip on the Truth … the teachings we have learned from God’s Word … so that we do not waver when someone or something challenges our faith? How can we, as a family, practice this in our lives?

Wednesday, November 13

Read: Psalm 121
Our help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. He never sleeps. He is always there to help and guard us. Our feet will not slip, and we will be immovable under His care and protection.
Reflect: Everyone has problems, some more difficult to face than others. It may be financial, emotional or a loss that may be irretrievable. How can we apply God’s message in Psalm 121 to prepare ourselves to face adversity? How will we live in hope and thankfulness even when we may not feel hopeful in our situation?

Thursday, November 14

Read: Psalm 28:6-9
God hears our cries; He is to be praised. He is our shield and makes us strong.
Reflect: It is difficult to receive ridicule from others about what we believe. It can be painful. God’s promise of protection in these verses helps us to be fearless while still holding to the truths we know. What does that look like in our daily lives?

Friday, November 15

Read: 1 Peter 5:8-14
We are to be always alert and resist the devil who seeks to destroy us. Temptations are everywhere, some big and some small. All temptation comes from Satan. But God promises that He will give us strength in the face of temptation.
Reflect: When God says to be always alert and resist the devil, what does that look like in your life? Think of a situation at work that could tempt you. If you have children, think of something that could happen at school for which we need to be watchful. How can you be prepared to stand strong in those situations?

Saturday, November 16

Read: Hebrews 13:15-18
The Apostle Paul wrote in these verses that we are to have confidence in those with authority over us and are to submit to them.
Reflect: Think of a person who has authority over you? How can you show respect to that person? How do you submit to that person? Why does that matter?