Devotions (Page 2)

Devotions (Page 2)

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JULY 5, 2019

Eternal life brings holiness. John 17:17 (The Message) – Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth; your word is consecrating truth. In a world permeated by relativism, how does a person live in truth? The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to humanity and it is truth—eternal, unchanging, life-transforming, heart convicting, blessed truth upon which we can build our lives (Matt. 7:24-27). The moment we hear the awful truth that humanity has been infected by sin and we feel the conviction of…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JULY 4, 2019

Eternal life brings joy. John 17:13 (The Message) – Now I am returning to you. I’m saying these things in the world’s hearing so my people can experience my joy completed in them. Jesus was still in the room with His disciples before leaving to go to the Garden of Gethsemane. He had instituted communion, washed the disciples’ feet, given them a profound teaching (His last discourse), and now He prayed words that He wanted them all to hear. In…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JULY 3, 2019

Eternal life brings preservation. John 17:11-12 – I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name…While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name…and I guarded them. We live in a world where evil manifests itself daily. Jesus knew the forces that would attack His followers in the vacuum of His death,…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JULY 2, 2019

Eternal life brings enlightenment.  John 17:8  – I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.  Eternal life through Jesus Christ brings true enlightenment. There are lots of things to know and discover in our lifetimes, but without the Holy Spirit’s spiritual enlightenment we won’t have the perspective, wisdom, or understanding to process it all (especially the harsh realities of life)…

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…