Day 13 | Do a P.A.S.S. on Scripture
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
Do a P.A.S.S on scripture:
- Pray Prior to reading
- Author's Intent
- Stop when Convicted
- Share what you learn
- Close your time in prayer using the P.A.C.T. method.
Comment below on something you learned or experienced during your reading today.
6 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
2 you have been trapped by what you said,
ensnared by the words of your mouth.
3 So do this, my son, to free yourself,
since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands:
Go—to the point of exhaustion—
and give your neighbor no rest!
4 Allow no sleep to your eyes,
no slumber to your eyelids.
5 Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
like a bird from the snare of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
7 It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
8 yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
12 A troublemaker and a villain,
who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
13 who winks maliciously with his eye,
signals with his feet
and motions with his fingers,
14 who plots evil with deceit in his heart—
he always stirs up conflict.
15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;
he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.
16 There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Warning Against Adultery
20 My son, keep your father’s command
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
21 Bind them always on your heart;
fasten them around your neck.
22 When you walk, they will guide you;
when you sleep, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you.
23 For this command is a lamp,
this teaching is a light,
and correction and instruction
are the way to life,
24 keeping you from your neighbor’s wife,
from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.
25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty
or let her captivate you with her eyes.
26 For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread,
but another man’s wife preys on your very life.
27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap
without his clothes being burned?
28 Can a man walk on hot coals
without his feet being scorched?
29 So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife;
no one who touches her will go unpunished.
30 People do not despise a thief if he steals
to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold,
though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
32 But a man who commits adultery has no sense;
whoever does so destroys himself.
33 Blows and disgrace are his lot,
and his shame will never be wiped away.
34 For jealousy arouses a husband’s fury,
and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35 He will not accept any compensation;
he will refuse a bribe, however great it is.
Goal: Do a P.A.S.S. on Scripture.
Hey, guys, it is week two and day at thirteen.
Today we are going to put together everything we’ve learned over the last four days and consistently apply them to our reading of scripture. I call this doing a P.A.S.S. on scripture. You already know what the four letters of the acronym stand for. The “P” stands for praying prior to reading. This prayer is usually quick, and for just a minute, maybe less. It’s time to prepare our heart for teaching, rebuke, correction, and training before reading the living word of God. Remember, the Bible is different than other books. The “A” stands for author’s intent. Remember, as we read, we are trying to determine the author’s intention since the Bible was written to an original audience and yet still for us today. Identifying author’s intent helps us to interpret the correct meaning. The first “S” stands for stop when convicted. Scripture is working when it is convicting us, and we are not merely reading to get through it. Quantity is good, quality reading and life change is the reason we read it. So when you stop and feel convicted, consider what you need to stop, start, or continue doing in this conviction. And the that last “S” stands for share what you read. Sharing what we read helps us seek out the everyday application in the lives of those we love, it also forces us to recall it throughout the day.
So today, put this all together into one activity and use it. We will continue to practice this as we proceed. Your activities today are to pray for a minute prior to reading, then P.A.S.S on Scripture. And then when you’re done spend about 4-minutes praying. If you need a cheat sheet on the P.A.S.S. acronym again, you will find the text below.
For jealousy makes a man furious,
and he will not spare when he takes revenge.—Proverbs 6:34
Do you want to see a man furious? Serve him up a little bit of cold-brewed jealousy in a frosty mug. Jealousy is an emotional state that signals a perceived threat to relationships, status, and advancement for men. Overconsumption of jealousy not only makes a man furious but unmoderated evolves into vengeance. To get what someone else has, we will eventually feel compelled to take it by force. And this only happens when we fail to take a moment to understand and moderate our jealousy. So today, when you feel jealous, treat it as a nudge from God and address your real need. Jealousy is merely a need for relationship, status, or advancement, so why not instead of taking it from someone, ask God for the desires of your heart?
DO THIS: Ask God for the relationship, status, and advancement you want. Talk to him about the desires of your heart.
JOURNAL THIS: At times, I feel jealous when...
PRAY THIS: God, forgive my jealous and even vengeful heart. May I always address this before I hurt others and end up embarrassing myself.
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