Devotions (Page 3)

Devotions (Page 3)

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…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JUNE 17, 2019

Genesis 1:26-27 (NLT)  Then God said,  “Let us make human beings in our image… so God created human beings in His own image…”   What does it mean to be created in the image of God?  The verse unpacks the incredible responsibilities mankind was given to reflect the image of God in the physical world,  to have dominion over the whole earth,  to exercise authority over everything created,  and more.  Of course,  we know what happened in the Garden and how…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JUNE 15, 2019

Psalm 119:105 (NIV)  Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.  Scripture is not merely a document to be read,  studied,  or even cherished,  but it is the words of God spoken into humanity—God’s breath on a page.  What happens when God speaks?  We experience direction,  comfort,  judgment,  conviction,  realignment,  encouragement,  exhortation,  and more.  Read your Bible with your heart open! 

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JUNE 14, 2019

I Corinthians 12:3b (NLT) …no one can say Jesus is Lord,  except by the Holy Spirit. “Many people in Western cultures today,  if they do believe God exists,  see Him as all loving and kind,  so there is no need to ask forgiveness.  As a result,  many see themselves,  and all of humanity,  as being close to God whether or not they profess Christianity.”  The Bible clearly teaches that we are estranged from God due to the curse of sin; …

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JUNE 13, 2019

Matthew 11:28 (MSG)  (Jesus said):  Are you tired?  Worn out?  Burned out on religion?  Come to me… Feeling helpless and lost is not necessarily a bad thing if it leads us to Jesus.  But often our default response is to turn to self-help systems.  The best motivational techniques will go only so far in helping us.  But God’s Word will  “expose our innermost thoughts and desires”  (Heb 4:12),  the root of our issues,  and the Holy Spirit will direct us…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JUNE 12, 2019

Mark 12:30 (NLT)   “My Lord and My God!”  Thomas exclaimed.  The term  “Lord”  carried a weightier meaning in first-century Christianity than today.  Caesar demanded that people refer to him as their Lord—one with final power and authority and influence,  ruler over everything.  So when Thomas made this declaration to Jesus,  his statement of belief indicated total surrender to Jesus as the one with final power and authority and influence,  ruler over everything in his life.  Do we claim Jesus…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JUNE 11, 2019

I Corinthians 1:21  (MSG)  Since the world in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God,  God in His wisdom took delight in using what the world considered dumb—preaching,  of all things!—to bring those who trust Him into the way of salvation. The curse of sin in Eden’s garden left human beings estranged from God,  yet with an increased desire to know God on their own.  “Such estrangement ultimately reveals itself as human pride, …

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JUNE 10, 2019

John 3:7 (NLT)  (Jesus to Nicodemus)  So don’t be surprised when I say,  “You must be born again.” Jesus pointed Nicodemus toward a necessary spiritual experience.  Rev. Billy Graham labeled it the  “born again”  experience.  It is the transformation of a person’s entire being into a disciple of Jesus Christ.  The starting point is repentance. Rather than living with a false sense of being acceptable to God through our own good behavior and thinking that it counts as righteousness before…