Doggy Bag Devotional – part 2

Posted: October 27, 2015 in Perspective
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Doggy Bag

I’ve had lots of inquiries as to the progress of the 52 week devotional I’m in the process of writing. So, thought I’d give a little update. I am currently writing almost daily with the hopes to have a complete draft ready to go by the end of the year. I’m really excited to see this project become a reality! I’ve greatly enjoyed the research that’s gone into it and I continue to learn and grow myself as I put onto ‘paper’ my stories, life applications and biblical truths. Below is an example of one week’s devotional study from the book. My purpose and goal in writing this devotional is to create a simple and easy to use way to help people like myself who can struggle at times with reading retention, understanding and life application. For more details on how this devotional will work, take a look at the ‘Perspective: Doggy Bag Devotional’ post from a few weeks ago. Thank you for your interest and I welcome your feedback. Enjoy!

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Week 6                      Perspective: Hockey

I’m a hockey fan. I love the often non-stop action, the skill, the teamwork and the intensity of the game.

Of all the positions on a hockey team, the goalie intrigues me the most. They intentionally place themselves in the way of 100 mph frozen chunks of rubber, try and see their way thru constantly moving big guys with big gear, get run over, pushed around, often play with injuries and end up as the bottom guy in the ‘dog pile’. As great of attributes those are for a goalie, I think their most impressive talent is displayed when the opposing team scores. In the face of immediate disappointment, frustration and weariness, they must quickly re-tune their frame of mind to one of  confidence, toughness and strength. That puck is quickly going back into play so the goalie has to be able to immediately bounce back mentally, emotionally and physically in-order to be ready to stop the next shot. If they don’t quickly get their ‘game-face’ back… it could be a long, rough night!

I think our day to day lives are similar. No matter how hard we can prepare, train, schedule and plan our lives to hopefully be ready for ‘anything’, situations will come; those ‘downers’ that seem to be a ‘score’ for the ‘other team’. As a result, we can get all out of whack mentally, emotionally and spiritually, causing depression, frustration and confusion to emerge from within. But life doesn’t stop just because our circumstances have thrown us for a loop. That ‘puck’ is quickly going back into play and we must be ready with all we have when it does, or it could be a long, rough ‘season’.

‘Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.‘ – James 1:12 (NIV)

 Day 1

Chapter Read: James 1

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Day 2

Definitions: comprehending keywords for a deeper understanding. Try reading the verse using the keyword’s definition in place of the keyword.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast (endures/perseveres) under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.‘ – James 1:12 (NIV) 

  • Blessed: Greek – makarios (adjective)

To be envied, to become larger, happy, a position of receiving God’s provisions (favor)

  • Steadfast: Greek – hupomenó (verb)

To persevere, to endure with patience, to stand my ground,

Note: the original Greek word ‘hupomeno’ is actually two separate words, combining into a verb –  ‘hupo’, which means ‘under authority’ and ‘meno’, which means to ‘wait and remain’. So, we could say that ‘steadfast’ (endure or persevere) means to actively ‘wait and remain under authority’ (of Jesus).

  • Trial: Greek – peirasmos (noun)

To be tried, tested, a calamity, an affliction, a temptation

  • Stood the Test: Greek – dokimos (adjective)

Being approved, acceptable, to receive a welcome

Note: ‘Dokimos’ was a word used for the proving (testing) of coins, (i.e. confirming they were genuine (not counterfeit, corrupted)

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Day 3

Other Translations of James 1:12:

‘ How blessed is the man who endures temptation! When he has passed the test, he will receive the victor’s crown of life that God has promised to those who keep on loving him.’ (ISV)

‘Blessed [happy, spiritually prosperous, favored by God] is the man who is steadfast under trial and perseveres when tempted; for when he has passed the test and been approved, he will receive the [victor’s] crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.’ (AMP)

  Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.’ MSG)

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Day 4

Other Scriptures on the same subject:

Be still and know that I am God’ – Psalm 46:10

‘But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened. –  1 Peter 3:14
‘As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.’ – James 5:11

‘And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation’ – Romans 5:4

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Day 5

Personal Reflection:

  • What trials and temptations am I currently facing?

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  • Where are the weak spots in my ‘armor’… areas that I could give in to a temptation? How can I protect myself better?

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  • In the midst of the challenges, how can I help myself to be and remain ‘steadfast’… persevering, enduring with patience under the authority of Jesus (as the Greek word ‘hupomeno’ implies?

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Day 6

The Week’s Summary:

  • Re-read the Perspective at the beginning of the week
  • Read through your daily notes/thoughts
  • Summarize what you’ve learned and how it applies to your own life
  • Applying what you read to your everyday life is very important. Pray and ask God (with confidence) to help you in the areas you struggle.

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Day 7

Personal journal of other thoughts, lessons or events from the week:

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