Posts from June 2019

Posts from June 2019

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JULY 1, 2019

John 17:3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John’s central idea in chapter 17 (the last prayers of Jesus) is keyed around the idea of eternal life. For three years the disciples had traveled with Jesus, and at every stop He demonstrated the Kingdom of Heaven. He illustrated how Abba God had power over every earthly dilemma (turning water into wine, calming the storm, multiplying…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JUNE 29, 2019

Joshua 1:14b-15a (NLT)  …help them conquer their territory.  Stay with them until the Lord gives them rest,  as He has given you rest…  God has called us to interdependency.  We must stay connected and help one another lay hold of God’s best—the good inheritance that God intends for us to enjoy together.  How are you helping people around you to find their way in this faith journey?

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JUNE 28, 2019

Joshua 1:6 (NIV)  “…you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.”   More than a million people depended on Joshua’s leadership as they sat on the threshold of the Promised Land.  God’s promise to Abraham generations before was about to be fulfilled through Joshua’s leadership.  You and I are leaders and influencers as well.  Our scope may not be as wide or historic,  but God has given us a mission to…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JUNE 27, 2019

Joshua 1:2-3 (NIV)  “Moses my servant is dead.  Now then,  you…get ready…”   God told Joshua that the past was over and it was time to move forward without looking back.  In each of our lives there comes a time of transition when we have to stop looking in the rear-view mirror of life and must begin concentrating on the road ahead.  While we appreciate the past,  we lean into the future knowing that God is already there and we…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JUNE 26, 2019

Acts 1:8a (NLT)  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.  And you will be my witnesses…  “The Holy Spirit is not:  some benevolent force field,  a renewable energy force,  a handy talisman,  or a finishing touch on our presentation.  The Holy Spirit IS:  the One who forms the mind of Christ in us,  the One who fills our lives and relationships with power,  the One who guides us into effective ministry,  the One who fills…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JUNE 25, 2019

II Timothy 1:7  (NIV)  For God did not give us a spirit of timidity,  but a spirit of power,  of love and of self-discipline.   Fear is a normal human emotion that we’ve all experienced.  In every new,  intimidating circumstance we learn to set aside draining emotions,  focus on solutions,  and step boldly forward with self-discipline.  Many fears dissolve once truth is explained.  Still,  the feelings of fear are very real.  As we learn to identify what we fear,  then…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JUNE 24, 2019

I Samuel 9:6-13 (NIV)  “Don’t be afraid,”  David said to (Mephibosheth),  “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan.  I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul,  and you will always eat at my table.”  This story is a remarkable testament to the honors of sonship.  Due to no fault of his own,  young Mephibosheth fell as a child and became crippled (II Sam. 4:4).  After years of…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JUNE 22, 2019

Philippians 3:12 (NKJV) …I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  “A battle is raging over your destiny.”  Do you discern it?  Don’t get distracted.  Live with intentionality,  determined to fulfill your God-given destiny.  Press on to take hold of,  possess,  apprehend,  take ownership of that which Jesus has seized for you. This is strong terminology.  There is a purpose for which Christ has seized you;  and it is more than merely…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JUNE 21, 2019

John 10:10b (NIV) …I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.  What does it mean to live life to the brim,  where the water bubbles up over the top of the glass and cannot take one more drop lest it spill?  That is the fullness of life to which Jesus calls us!  It is exciting,  fun,  challenging,  and with worldwide impact. “The reason we have folks with failed marriages,  failed lives,  is that somebody…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JUNE 20, 2019

John 10:10a (NIV)  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…   “The devil hates your story and wants to kill it.”  Consider the conversation between Satan and Jesus in the wilderness.  See how Satan appealed to the human desire for power,  fame,  and possessions.  These were human temptations that people have dealt with since the beginning of time.  Daily Satan tries to pull us off road and cage us into a spiritual cul-de-sac so that we live…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JUNE 19, 2019

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)  For we are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,  so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.  Like an artist intricately crafts his or her work,  God has created you with purpose that is big and eternally significant.  Nobody can replace you and the kind of impact you can make in this world.  Your sphere of influence,  your unique personality and gift mix,  your heritage and experience mix, …

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JUNE 18, 2019

Psalm 139:13-17  (NIV) …I am fearfully and wonderfully made… All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be…   God sees you as  “marvelous” (v. 14b).  There is only one you in this world,  and He calls you  “wonderfully made.”  No matter if you have some kind of malfunction in your physical body—physical inabilities don’t make us without value in this life. God ordained for you to be alive and to…