Without Rival Digital Bible Study

Remember my last post on how an app encouraged me to be in the word more? Today, I am sharing with you what we went over and how I responded to each one of the devotionals. Literally copied and pasted my take on each of the devotional content. 

Disclaimer: The Bible is open to many interpretations. I am not a qualified theologist. 

DAY 1: RIVALRY VS CONTENTMENT

Devotional takeaway: Don't compete with others because God has something for you that only you can do.

Verses: 1 Timothy 6:6 & Philippians 4:11-13

Response: 

I used to compare myself a lot more than I do now. After years, I've just accepted that who I am is who I am, people will like and dislike me and that is okay because its out of my control. However, I'm not going to say I never do this comparison thing... In the past 2 years, I changed up my pretty dresses and heels to something in the lines of a 'boring wardrobe': plain shirts and jeans, foundation and mascara. There have been times where I leave our apartment and I catch myself apologizing to George for not 'trying hard enough' when it comes to getting ready or looking a certain way... After reading this, I guess who I am and even how I dress makes me unique from others... And I guess I'm contented too because I haven't really done much to change that.

DAY 2: UNIQUE, NOT EQUAL

Devotional takeaway: We aren't robots. If we were, we are actually programmed very differently from each other. We are not a mass production.

Verses: 1 John 3:1, Jeremiah 31:3 & 2 Corinthians 10:12

Response:

We shouldn't strive to be just like everyone else because God has equipped us to do amazing things in our own ways. If we were all doing the same, we might as well be robots. But, we aren't! I think it is important to always remind ourselves that we are here to do what God has asked us to do and if we don't know what that is, yet... we shouldn't be seeking answers from others. We should be seeking God.

DAY 3: PURPOSEFULLY MADE

Devotional takeaway: If God can love someone like me (sinner), I am fully equipped to love others.

Verses: 1 John 3:2-3 & 1 John 4:15-17

Response:

I like how this verse reminded me to love others. God has so much love for us, it's only fitting that we share that love with others.

DAY 4: A GOD WITHOUT RIVAL

Devotional takeaway: God is powerful and his timing is perfect. Getting to know God beyond sermons is what we should strive for. 

Verses: 1 Timothy 6:15-16, Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Isaiah 46:9-10, Exodus 3:13-14

Response: 

Sometimes this is a challenge for me. Out of curiosity, it sometimes makes me question why God lets things happen in my life (i.e, heartbreak, loss, etc). It's been a long road of struggle to always believe that God wants the best for me. But, I do appreciate that He is so powerful and knows what's best in my life. Without the necessary experiences that brought me to where I am today... I don't think I'd live such an incredible life.

DAY 5: TRANSFORMATION WITHIN

Devotional takeaway: With God, everything will fall into place no matter the obstacles you go through in the process.

Verses: Galatians 3:14, 2 Peter 1:2-4, Galatians 4:4-7

Response:

Knowing God and living for God makes such a big difference in my life. Whenever I'm of this world, I'm more stressed and worried about literally everything. I always go back to when I got baptized and the way I felt peace in my life for the very first time. I have never felt so secure in my life until that moment. Jesus is so good and God has asked us to do 'simple' yet Godly things. It shouldn't be treated as a to-do list. Instead, it should be natural.

DAY 6: THE TRUTH ABOUT RIVALS

Devotional takeaway: It's all up to you how you're going to react when rivals are thrown at you. Are you going to use their existence to better yourself or are you going to stoop down their level? What does God think of your decision to that answer?

Verses: Genesis 50:20, Psalms 55:16-18, Psalms 108:13

Response:

Well, didn't this just answer my last contemplation lol. I never saw a "rival" as someone I can use for my benefit. I usually just drop them out of my life because I usually feel that they are just a waste of space and just makes my anxiety and fears worst. But I totally see how a rival could essentially make me a better person and maybe by showing them a reaction they didn't expect could help change their heart.

DAY 7: A LIFE UNRIVALED

Devotional takeaway: Live the life God has given you. You have the necessary tools to achieve every single bit of it. Do not choose comparison because it will only take you so far. God has entrusted you with something only you can do and you should be proud of that.

Verses: Genesis 5:25-26, Genesis 6:4-5

Response:

First, I want to thank you @Santana @Kendra for doing this Bible plan with me. I'm not sure how the experience was for you, but to me -- it was refreshing and I really enjoyed how genuine and helpful and loving we have been to each other. I like how this plan ended ultimately with a reminder that God is the only judge that really matters. It's also really helpful to be reminded that we are responsible for our actions and we are in control of our lives and the way we treat ourselves and others. I hope we all come back to this Bible plan if we feel lost or at war with comparing ourselves to others and with each other!

This was a 7-day plan and we were able to finish it more than 7 days due to schedule constraints. We understood that everyone involved in this Bible study were either busy with school and work and needed time to rest in between. 

This was my take on each of the devotional presented to me throughout the plan. I understand that the Bible is open to so many interpretations especially with the variety of versions available. All I ask is you respect, build upon or provide constructive criticism if you are coming from another point of view. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this! I hope this gave you an idea how plans work on the YouVersion Bible app! 

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