“Christ With Us” – Week 6 “Demon Snares of Sin”
Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me these holy powers
This Daily Devotional is designed as a companion resource for an 8-week sermon series based on St. Patrick’s Breastplate. Each week, a verse of St.Patrick’s Breastplate forms the focus for that week’s celebration of holy worship. We invite you to begin each day’s devotion by praying the verse for the week and the chorus. The premise for this devotional is that each week, participants in this program will hear the main scripture for the week proclaimed on Sunday morning through the scripture reading and the sermon. They will then return to this text later in the day on Sunday as they read it for themselves and engage with the Thoughts for the Day, which are focus questions. Each day of the week, there is a reading or an exercise to build on the week’s focus. This devotional may also be used with Christ With Us: Small Group Leader’s Guide, which provides some sample lesson plans and additional comprehension and discussion questions to help guide conversation in a small group setting. It is my prayer that through this resource you will grow closer to Christ.
Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin, 2020
We Begin Week 6 on Sunday, 10/18/20: Demon Snares of Sin
Sunday – Key Scripture: Psalm 5 & Psalm 51
Thoughts for the Day: Sin is more than just breaking a commandment. Sin is the twisting or rejection of something good that God has created. On the one hand, this means that until God fills everything with God’s infinite goodness, Sin remains a danger. On the other hand, because Sin is a rejection of God (who is Life), those who are under Sin’s control end up spiritually dying as a result. King David knew both the danger and corruption of Sin, and his understanding changed over time. What does David ask for in Psalm 5? How is this different from his later prayer in Psalm 51? How do you pray to God about your Sin?
Monday – Key Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:32-51
Thoughts for the Day: When David is just a boy he does battle with Goliath – a gigantic warrior of the Philistine people. Saul tries to dress up David like a soldier, but David refuses. What does David rely on for protection? Why is David able to be successful?
Tuesday – Key Scripture: 2 Samuel 11:1-27
Thoughts for the Day: When David is young and the big dangers in his life are people attacking him, he is able to trust in God faithfully. But when he becomes King, gains power, and is secure from his enemies, David faces another danger – himself! What is it that threatens David in today’s scripture? How is his response different than what he did when facing Goliath?
Wednesday – Key Scripture: 2 Samuel 12:1-15
Thoughts for the Day: Lack of perspective is one of the most tragic consequences of human sin. When Samuel tells David a story about a rich man taking a poor man’s sheep, David responds with fury against the rich man’s sin. David is able to recognize wrongs committed by others, but is not sorry for murdering Uriah and committing adultery with Bathsheba until
Samuel confronts him! Why do you think it is easier to identify another person’s sin than our own? Do you have people in your life who you trust to call you out when you sin?
Thursday – Return
Return to Psalm 5 & Psalm 51. Read the scripture out loud and sit quietly for 10 minutes to listen to what God might be whispering to your soul this week.
Friday – Go Deeper: A Service of Word and Table I
Thoughts for the Day: Search online for “A Service of Word and Table I” from UMC Discipleship Ministries. Scroll down until you see the section called CONFESSION AND PARDON (Or, look in a United Methodist Hymnal). What are the things that we confess that we have *done* that we shouldn’t have? What are the things that we confess that we *haven’t* done that we should have? According to the words of pardon that the pastor says, why should we believe that God is willing to forgive us?
Saturday – Sabbath