12 WORDS | 10.29.2017 | “Examine”
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When you were young, was there anything that you looked forward to being able to do when you “grew up”? What did it mean to be “grown up”?
What does it mean to you now? How has it changed? What would you tell your younger self?
Read Matthew 26:41b (the last half of the verse).
What does this mean to you?
Though many Bibles don’t show this in the translation, the Greek word for “spirit” is the same word that is used to describe God’s Holy Spirit (“pneuma”). In other words, this verse could be read as:
“The (Holy) Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
How does this change the meaning for you?
What does it mean to you that God’s Holy Spirit is “willing” to help us in our weakness?
What are some ways—tangible and practical activities—that we could possibly “help the Spirit to help us”?
What are some areas in your life that you weak?
What do you think God might want to do in this area of your life? What would it mean to have a “rich and abundant life” in this specific area?
Getting Out of the Hole
Using a copy of the self-examination questions from Sunday, begin a daily (and moment-to-moment) practice “minding the gap” between stimulus and response.
Each evening, “reset your RAM” by reviewing your day with the provided questions.
Life hack: Our brains tend to respond to simple systems of reward. On a piece of paper, just make a mark for each day you are able to do an Examen. See how many consecutive days you can string together. Cultivate a habit.