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Jesus had a three-fold ministry: teaching, proclaiming the good news, and healing. In this Lenten series we are going to focus on the healing aspect of his ministry.  We will see clearly that Jesus came to deliver us from everything in our lives that keeps us from experiencing and enjoying the peace and joy he has for us. We will see that healing is not just physical need, but also an emotional and spiritual need. 

Isaiah foretold what the Christ would do for us to be healed, and the apostle Peter reiterated it:
24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 

Healing was obtained for us because Jesus himself dealt with our sickness and pains in His own body on the cross.  And notice that this verse says, “You have been healed,” not “You will be healed.”  That means our perspective regarding healing should not be, “Will God heal me?” but “How can I receive the healing God has already provided for me?”  

Recognizing the strongholds that we have allowed to keep us from experiencing wholeness, repenting from sin that blocks us from becoming well, opening our hearts and minds to receiving a healing touch from God, and walking in obedience to the Lord wearing the armor of God are steps in the journey to receiving and living out God’s healing that we will explore.

The adult Bible Reading Plan is listed in detail below. To read the daily passage, simply click on the Bible reference. 

For a printed version of the adult plans, click this link: Divine Deliverance

For the Lenten Preschool & Children's Bible Reading Plan, click here.

Adult Bible Reading Plan 

Week 1    Jesus, Our Deliverer        Feb. 27-Mar. 3, 2017

At the onset of Jesus’ ministry, He announced to the people that He would fulfill the words from the prophet Isaiah and that healing was a huge part of that mission. Jesus came to break down the crippling strongholds in which the enemy has put us, strongholds such as bitterness, jealousy, addictions, and fear. These spiritual and emotional grips in our lives can lead to physical health issues as well.  

Lent is a time of self-examination and reflection, a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. This year we want to use this time to help us uncover any hidden sin and strongholds that need to be broken and to seek deliverance by encountering the Lord who heals. 

Day 1       Luke 4:16-21
Reflect:  How would you describe the mission of Jesus?
Apply:   Consider Jesus’ mission from a spiritual perspective. Who are the poor? The prisoners? The blind? The oppressed?  Do you fit into one or more of these?
Pray:   Lord, give me ears to hear and a heart to hope in Your good news of freedom for the oppressed.

Day 2     Matthew 4:23-25 
Reflect: What is the three-fold mission of Jesus? Which of these three ministries seemed to get the most attention? Why?
Apply:  How have you experienced each part of  Jesus’ mission?  
Pray:   Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal fresh insight about Jesus’ mission in your life.  Listen quietly for His prompting.

Day 3     Luke 13:10-17  
Reflect: How did Jesus describe the cause of the crippled woman’s condition in verse 16? What did He say He did for her on the Sabbath day?
Apply:  Is there anything in your life that is in a crippled state? Consider your relationships, your mental health, your strength, your rest.
Pray:   Lord, You are greater than anything I face or suffer. Thank You that in Your name, I can find healing.

Day 4      Matthew 9:27-33
Reflect:   What did Jesus ask the blind men? How does belief factor into healing?  
Apply:     How would you rate your level of faith in Jesus as Healer?
Pray:       Lord, I do believe. Help me to overcome my unbelief.

Day 5       Luke 18:35-42
Reflect:   What did Jesus ask the man here? Why do you think he asked this?
Apply:     How would you respond to this same question from Jesus?  Why?
Pray:       Lord, have mercy on me...  

 

Week 2    Deliverance From Rejection & Unloving     Mar. 6-10, 2017

Two strongholds that some may need to be delivered from are referred to as spirits of rejection and unloving. Rejection and unloving spirits begin with lies Satan tells us: we are not accepted by God; we are not loved by God.  Certain situations and experiences in our lives can be doorways for Satan to use to get into our hearts and minds. For example, abandonment, adoption, sibling rivalry, and divorce may be entry points through which the spirit of rejection may take root.  An unloving spirit may enter through similar ways, but also from abuse, neglect, lack of affection or constant criticism.  Jesus came to declare and demonstrate the unconditional love God has for us.  

 Day 1     Luke 5:12-15
Reflect:   How did the man approach Jesus?  What was Jesus willing to do for the man that others were not?
Apply:   Imagine what lepers must have felt as outcasts. How have you experienced rejection or felt unloved in your life?  
Pray:   Lord, deliver me from any lies that have been planted in my mind to cause me  to doubt Your love. Help me to know the depth of Your love and to abide in it.

Day 2      Psalm 27:1-14 
Reflect:  How is God and our relationship with Him described?  
Apply:    One of the most common fears is the fear of rejection. Where do you see this in Psalm 27? Why do you think this is so?  
Pray:   Father, Your love for me is unconditional and everlasting. Help me experience Your love today.

Day 3     Luke 17:11-19
Reflect:   How did the Samaritan’s actions differ from the other nine men who were healed? How did Jesus respond?
Apply:    What do you think is the difference between being cleansed (healed) and being made well?
Pray:  Give thanks for how God has brought  or is bringing healing and wholeness  into your life.

Day 4     Romans 8:31-39
Reflect: What all did God do to demonstrate His love for us?
Apply:   When have you wondered if God truly loves you?  How would you describe God’s unconditional love?
Pray:   Pray aloud, “I am more than a conqueror through Him who loves me. Lord, I know  that nothing is able to separate me from Your love.”

Day 5      Colossians 1:11-23
Reflect:   What all has God done for us through Jesus Christ? How does God see us when we make Jesus our Lord?
Apply:   How can you use this passage to overcome spirits of rejection and unloving? What truths here do you need to claim in your life?
Pray:   Lord, I give You joyful thanks for qualifying me to share in the inheritance of Your holy people. Help me to stand firm in faith and hope 

 

Week 3    Deliverance From Bitterness & Jealousy    Mar. 13-17, 2017

Bitterness and jealousy are two strongholds that can cripple our relationships and cause physical issues in our lives. There are many passages in Scripture that warn us against harboring bitterness and envy in our hearts. The most common doorways for bitterness are harboring unforgiveness, anger, and resentment. Jealousy, or envy, comes into our lives through comparison, discontentment, and ungratefulness and it is actually a form of idolatry. When we take our eyes off of God and fix them upon a person, place or thing, envy, jealousy, and covetousness come in. They are subtle forms of unbelief and doubt; you don’t really trust that God will provide for you. The enemy seeks to kill our joy, steal our contentment and destroy our relationships. But, Jesus came to deliver us from evil so that we may have abundant life through Him.
 

Day 1       John 5:2-15
Reflect:   What question did Jesus ask this man? How did he respond? How do you think bitterness and/or jealousy may have affected this man’s life?
Apply:   Why do you think some people prefer to hold on to their envy or bitterness? How have you experienced this in your life?
Pray:     Lord, I confess the grudges I am holding on to. Transform my heart and mind through Your Spirit ’s power of love and grace.

Day 2      Matthew 18:21-35
Reflect:  What do you think was at the heart of Peter’s question?
Apply:    What are some fruits of unforgiveness? To whom may you need to extend forgiveness? Do you need to ask forgiveness from someone?
Pray:      Lord, I pray that You would heal any breach or strain in my relationship with    (name of person). Bring harmony by the power of Your Holy Spirit.

Day 3      Hebrews 12:14-15
Reflect:  What does a bitter root do if allowed to grow?
Apply:   How does bitterness come into being? Where in your life may you still be holding on to bitterness? What would it take to be free from it?  
Pray:   Lord, reveal any roots of bitterness growing in my heart. Pull out the roots and  replace the bitterness with love and forgiveness.

Day 4       Proverbs 14:30; Hebrews 13:5
Reflect:  What does envy do to us? What promise from Jesus allows for contentment?
Apply:     In what areas of life have you struggled to find contentment?
Pray:       Lord, I confess my discontent. I know my contentment comes from seeking and trusting in You.

Day 5      Romans 12:17-21
Reflect:  When someone wrongs us, what are we to do and not to do? Why?
Apply:    What typically is your first response when affronted by someone?  
Pray:   Lord, teach me the depth of Your forgiveness toward me so that I can freely forgive others.


 

 

Week 4    Deliverance From Fear & Addiction    Mar. 20-24, 2017

The strongholds of fear and addiction are prevalent in our community and in many cases are linked together. The spirit of fear can paralyze us, and keep us from enjoying life.  Fear is the opposite of faith.  It may be described as unbelief in God’s goodness and His ability; it convinces us that God is not who He says He is. Fear causes us to try to control everything and keeps us from being obedient. Compulsive or addictive behavior may be a result of stress and fear. Addiction strongholds, chemical and behavioral, are almost always a reaction to gaping holes in a person’s life that are not being filled in a rightful or godly way.  The enemy will do all he can to demonically tie the person into that lifestyle, and the bonds may become extremely strong. In almost all situations, addictions are kept secret; they are solitary endeavors hidden from others. Jesus came to break down the strongholds that keep us from experiencing His peace and love and good health.

Day 1       Luke 8:26-39
Reflect:   Where did the demon-possessed man spend most of his time and what were the conditions?
Apply:     What are the things in your life that you need to bring out of hiding and into light, things from which you need to be unchained?
Pray:   Lord, as I draw close to You, may Your love penetrate my life and crowd out my fear.

Day 2       Luke 5:17-26
Reflect:   How did the paralyzed man get before Jesus?  Why is that detail important?
Apply:     Why did Jesus often link forgiveness and healing? How can sin cause physical issues in our bodies? If you are experiencing this, what friends can you turn to?
Pray:   Bless the Lord, Who forgives all my sin and heals all my diseases.

Day 3      Matthew 8:23-27
Reflect:   What was Jesus doing during the storm? What did Jesus equate the disciple’s fear with in this story?  
Apply:     How has a lack of faith caused you to be fearful? How has Jesus brought you calm and peace in the midst of a storm?
Pray:       Lord, I give all my anxiety and fear to You Who saves me out of all my troubles. In Your presence I don’t need to be afraid of anything.

Day 4      Philippians 4:8-9 
Reflect:   On what should we be focusing our thoughts? What happens when we do?
Apply:      How does this help in overcoming fear and anxiety?  Overcoming addictions?
Pray:       God of peace, be with me. Your power in my life gives me strength.

Day 5       1 John 2:15-17
Reflect:    What are the three primary things that we struggle with that are of this world? With what  should we replace these things? What is the result?
Apply:      How can the things from this world cause fear and addictive behavior? Of what worldly things do you need to let go? What is a  next step?
Pray:        Lord, fill me with Your Spirit so that I will not fulfill  the lusts of the flesh. 



  

Week 5    Encountering the God Who Heals     Mar. 27-31, 2017

We are a people of God’s presence.  From the beginning of God’s involvement with human beings — from Adam and Eve, their offspring, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, a rag-tag group of Hebrew people coming out of Egypt, King David and the temple era— God’s one defining characteristic was His presence. After the death and resurrection of Christ, God’s people became His temple.  What difference would it make in our church if we invited God to visit? What difference would it make if you allowed God to manifest His presence in your life?  How does healing and deliverance relate to God’s presence? How does God’s presence define the difference between a Martha or a Mary church?  Which are we?

Day 1     Exodus 33:1-16        
Reflect:  Why was God’s presence so important to Moses? What accompanies God’s       presence?
Apply:   How does knowing that God is always with you help you in your daily life?
Pray: Lord, I long to dwell in Your presence. My desire is for a deeper relationship  with You.

Day 2      Acts 2:1-4        
Reflect:  What images are used to describe the coming of the Holy Spirit?
Apply:  How would you describe the evidence of  the Holy Spirit at work in your life?
Pray: Lord, I come to You this day and drink deeply of Your Spirit.

Day 3    1 Corinthians 3:16-17   
Reflect: How does Paul describe Christians in this passage?
Apply:    As a temple of God, how should we live? How does this truth impact your self value?
Pray:   Lord, thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit in Me. You are my Comforter and Helper. Teach and guide me every day.

Day 4     Luke 10:38-42 
Reflect:  In this passage, what is Jesus reminding us about loving and serving Him?
Apply:   If Jesus dropped in on you, what would He point out as distractions that keep  you from spending time with Him?
Pray:      Lord, help me set aside time each day to meet with You alone.

Day 5     Hebrews 10:19-25
Reflect:  What do the four “let us” statements claim about our relationship with God  and one another?
Apply:    In what ways are you drawing near to God?
Pray:      Lord, draw me close so that I may dwell in Your presence like never before.
 

 

Week 6    Watch & Pray     Apr. 3-7, 2017

Jesus is our Savior and our Deliverer. He was the One who defeated Satan on the cross and rendered him powerless.  As followers, we stand in the victory Christ provided and now our responsibility is to demonstrate and administer that victory.  Christ followers are not exempt from spiritual battles. Jesus told His disciples to watch and pray to avoid temptation.  Those who have received healing need to be on guard from the enemy trying to win back some of the ground that has been reclaimed. To protect ourselves we need
to make proper use of the spiritual weapons which God has provided for us, including prayer and walking in faith and obedience to our Deliverer.  

Day 1      Matthew 4:1-11
Reflect:   In what three ways did Satan tempt Jesus? How did Jesus overcome them?
Apply:   What do you think each of these temptations mean for us? How has the devil tempted you in these ways?  
Pray:   Holy Spirit,  make me strong in the area of (name specific temptation).  I pray that I’m repulsed by tempting situations and have the courage to reject them.

Day 2     Matthew 26:36-41  
Reflect:   Jesus was not exempt from facing evil and temptation. What emotions was Jesus feeling here, and what did he ask of His Father? What did He tell his   disciples to do and why?
Apply:     When have you experienced “willing spirit but weak flesh” moments? How did these times prepare you for future experiences?
Pray:   Lord, I praise You in the midst of any temptation I am facing, knowing You have to power to break its hold on me.
 
Day 3      Ephesians 6:10-18     

Reflect:   What are the six pieces of spiritual armor that we are to use? What is the other  
important weapon that is needed to protect against enemy attack?
Apply:     Which piece of armor do you use most often? Which piece do you need to use  
  more often to help you stand your ground?
Pray:    Pray over  each piece of armor as you visualize putting it on in preparation for    spiritual battle.

Day 4      John 10:9-11 
Reflect:  What does the enemy try to do to us?  What does Jesus offer us?
Apply:    What words would you add to this statement: The enemy tries to steal my ___; he seeks to kill my ___; and he attempts to destroy my ___.
Pray:       Lord, I exalt You above all things.  In the midst of what I am going through, I know that You are my Shepherd and I trust You.

Day 5      Galatians 5:1  
Reflect:  Why did Jesus set us free on the cross?  What are we to do to experience this?
Apply:     Consider how you have been kept in a yoke of slavery to enemy strongholds.        Decide what strategies you will use to stand firm in your freedom in Christ.  Put this verse to memory to help you!
Pray:       Lord, help me to remember that it is for freedom that Jesus set me free.  Help me to stand firm in my faith and not be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

 

Week 7    Watch & Pray     Apr. 3-7, 2017

Jesus is our Savior and our Deliverer. He was the One who defeated Satan on the cross and rendered him powerless.  As followers, we stand in the victory Christ provided and now our responsibility is to demonstrate and administer that victory.  Christ followers are not exempt from spiritual battles. Jesus told His disciples to watch and pray to avoid temptation.  Those who have received healing need to be on guard from the enemy trying to win back some of the ground that has been reclaimed. To protect ourselves we need
to make proper use of the spiritual weapons which God has provided for us, including prayer and walking in faith and obedience to our Deliverer.  

Day 1      Matthew 4:1-11
Reflect:   In what three ways did Satan tempt Jesus? How did Jesus overcome them?
Apply:   What do you think each of these temptations mean for us? How has the devil tempted you in these ways?  
Pray:   Holy Spirit,  make me strong in the area of (name specific temptation).  I pray that I’m repulsed by tempting situations and have the courage to reject them.

Day 2     Matthew 26:36-41  
Reflect:   Jesus was not exempt from facing evil and temptation. What emotions was Jesus feeling here, and what did he ask of His Father? What did He tell his   disciples to do and why?
Apply:     When have you experienced “willing spirit but weak flesh” moments? How did these times prepare you for future experiences?
Pray:   Lord, I praise You in the midst of any temptation I am facing, knowing You have to power to break its hold on me.
 
Day 3      Ephesians 6:10-18     

Reflect:   What are the six pieces of spiritual armor that we are to use? What is the other  
important weapon that is needed to protect against enemy attack?
Apply:     Which piece of armor do you use most often? Which piece do you need to use  
  more often to help you stand your ground?
Pray:    Pray over  each piece of armor as you visualize putting it on in preparation for    spiritual battle.

Day 4      John 10:9-11 
Reflect:  What does the enemy try to do to us?  What does Jesus offer us?
Apply:    What words would you add to this statement: The enemy tries to steal my ___; he seeks to kill my ___; and he attempts to destroy my ___.
Pray:       Lord, I exalt You above all things.  In the midst of what I am going through, I know that You are my Shepherd and I trust You.

Day 5      Galatians 5:1  
Reflect:  Why did Jesus set us free on the cross?  What are we to do to experience this?
Apply:     Consider how you have been kept in a yoke of slavery to enemy strongholds.        Decide what strategies you will use to stand firm in your freedom in Christ.  Put this verse to memory to help you!
Pray:       Lord, help me to remember that it is for freedom that Jesus set me free.  Help me to stand firm in my faith and not be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

 



Previous Bible Reading Plans

Jan. 2- Feb. 3:   Authentic

Nov. 21- Dec. 30: Why in the World

Oct. 10-Nov. 18: It's Just a Phase

Sept. 19 - Oct. 7: Gift of Forgiveness

August 22 - September 16: Common Ground

August 1 - August 19: Superheroes Adult BRP.pdf

July 11 - July 29: Pray Like Jesus

June 6 - July 8: Judges

May 9 - June 3: Directionally Challenged

April 3 - May 6: BRAVE

March 7 - March 25: Renegade Gospel 

February 8 - March 4: Rise Up & Build

December 28 - February 5: Restart 

November 23 - December 25: The Art of Neighboring  

October 18 - November 20: Throne Wars

August 17 - October 15: Ephesians 

July 27 - August 14: Animated

June 22 - July 24: Hot Topics  

May 11- June 19: Daniel

April 6- May 8: It's Personal and I AM -The Good Shepherd

March 23 - April 3: Palm Sunday & Easter

February 16 - March 20: Unchristian 

December 29 - February 13: Church on the Move

December 22- 26: 6 Habits  

November 24 - December 19: Epidemic of Hope

November 17 - 21: Living in Community

November 10 - 14: Deception is Not Reality (DNOW)

October 20 - November 7: Live Life Differently

September 15 - October 17: I Have a Question

August 2 - September 12: Fight Club

July 7 - August 1: How To Wreck Your Life