Sunday Sermon Supplemental Reading and Homework

Fullness of Jesus:  the Spirit-filled life
  • Psalm 42:1-2, 5 As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
  • Psalm 63:1-8 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
  • Psalm 27:7-8, 13-14 Hear my voice when I call, LORD; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, “Seek his face! ” Your face, LORD, I will seek. I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
  • Psalm 34:8  Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
  • Memory Verse:  Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
  • Training: 
    • Fasting:  for the purpose of hungering
      • Choose how and for how long
      • When you feel hungry or thirst, ask the Holy Spirit to increase your hunger and thirst for God
      • Journal your experience of fasting when you are done fasting
    • Silence:  for the purpose of experience His love and surrendering to Him
      • Recognize His Preeminence
      • Know and experience His love
      • Be consciously aware of His full, active and joyful Presence
      • Journal your experience of silence at the end of the day
    • Meditation:  for the purpose of soaking in His Word
      • Ask God to help you choose a verse about who He is or His character
      • As you fast and are in silence, let that verse fill your mind
      • Write it down and at regular intervals in the day, read the verse without commentary. Let the Holy Spirit speak when He wants to speak
      • At the end of the day, journal what the Holy Spirit taught you.