Picture Scripture - Bride 7.1

Monday

Picture: Bride (His initiation)

Scripture: Jeremiah 9:24; Isaiah 43:1; Isaiah 45:4-5; John 15:16; 1 John 4:10

Write any phrases from the selected Bible verses that speak to you:

In your mind’s eye, see a man making the first phone call to someone he is very interested in getting to know. On a much grander scale, it’s important to remember our God is the One who “first loved us”. We have done nothing (and can do nothing) to earn this love. He IS love; all He does is motivated from this unconditional source.

Are you convinced of God’s love? Why or why not?

Explain a time when God showed His love toward you in a very personal way.

Write a prayer using the above verses as a reference.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018
By Chris Baxter

Picture Scripture - Bride 7.2

Tuesday

Picture: Bride (His pursuit)

Scripture: Jeremiah 31:3; Hosea 2:14-15; Isaiah 41:9-10; Psalm 37:23-24

Write any phrases from the selected Bible verses that speak to you:

Envision a man taking the woman he loves on dates, holding her hand, bringing her flowers, and writing her love notes. Likewise, God is chasing each one of us with His love! He longs to reassure us of His commitment to us day in and day out.

What are ways that can help you be aware of His daily loving presence?

What are some of your favorite worship songs that declare God’s love for you? Write the titles here and then consider listening them today.

Write a prayer using the above verses as a reference.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018
By Chris Baxter

Picture Scripture - Bride 7.3

Wednesday

Picture: Bride (His proposal)

Scripture: Isaiah 55:1-3; Matthew 11:28-30; Mark 1:17-18; John 3:16; Revelation 22:16-18

Write any phrases from the selected Bible verses that speak to you:

Take a minute to think about one of your favorite wedding proposal stories. Think of the detailed planning and the excitement of the event. In the same way, God invites each one of us personally (and all of us collectively) to respond to His loving invitation to become His own. If we answer “yes”, the joy He has is immense. This is the beginning of a LONG TERM relationship, one full of His love; the more time we spend with Him, the more understanding we have of this love.

When did you respond to Jesus’ invitation of “Come to Me”? Explain.

In this long term relationship with the Lord who is 100% faithful, what are your strengths and weaknesses as you walk with Him each day?

Write a prayer using the above verses as a reference.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018
By Chris Baxter

Picture Scripture - Bride 7.4

Thursday

Picture: Bride (His vows)

Scripture: Hosea 2:19; Isaiah 54:4,10; Isaiah 62:5; 1 Corinthians 13:4-13

Write any phrases from the selected Bible verses that speak to you:

Think of a wedding ceremony. See the groom making promises to his bride as he puts a ring on her finger to pledge a lifelong commitment. Much like this, but even better because of perfection, God vows His faithful love to His people. He loves His church! His promises to us are almost to good to be true, and yet they are ALL true and they will last forever. His Spirit now lives in us…His love lives IN US! He is 100% faithful and committed to this relationship. He promises to never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5b).

Which promise in the above verses speaks to you the most right now? Why?

Aside from today’s verses, are there any other promises in the Bible that you cling to concerning God’s great love for you? Write them here.

Write a prayer using the above verses as a reference.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018
By Chris Baxter

Picture Scripture - Bride 7.5

Friday

Picture: Bride (our response, now and later)

Scripture: Psalm 27:8; Song of Solomon 3:4; Ruth 1:16-17; Phil. 3:7-11; Revelation 21:1-7

Write any phrases from the selected Bible verses that speak to you:

Take a minute to think of a bride saying her vows to her husband on her wedding day. Hear her say these words of committed love as well as see her put a ring on the groom’s finger. In the same way, our response to God’s great love is to love Him back with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Of course we will not do it perfectly on this earth, but there again, our God is patient with our human-ness, and He honors our humble desire to please Him. Someday in heaven, we WILL be without sin, and it is in this state and place that we will experience the full reality of the long-awaited wedding feast.

In light of God’s great love and faithful commitment to you, write down some “vows” or responses that you want to tell Him concerning your part in this relationship (perfect on His part, imperfect on our part).

What are you looking most forward to when the final and perfect wedding feast occurs?

Write a prayer using the above verses as a reference.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018
By Chris Baxter

Daily Prayer

A Table Prepared

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies... Psalm 23:5

Dear Lord,

Thank you for all that you do for us! Your provision and protection are abundant. We drink in your goodness and feast on your grace. We have nothing to fear as you stand guard against our enemies. Amen.