By Series - Rescue

Rescue

Friday

July 17, 2015

Res-cuses

Read

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,” Matthew 28:19

Think

“Why are we here?” This is a question we've all asked ourselves. We might think the answer is to do good or to try and make the earth a better place during our very brief time here, but the actual answer is very different.

The Bible tells us that we are here to rescue as many people as possible. But it’s not easy to be part of the rescue society because the enemy is always giving us “res-cuses.”

He tells us the waves are too high, we might get sunburned or it’s just better to sit under the shade that day. But as the Bible shows us, fishermen are hard workers. They spend all day, every day in the hot sun, on a boat, unsure of the catch for the day. And once the disciples were called to be fishers of men, they worked with even more diligence, because the catch was that much more important.

Are you obeying God’s call to be a fisherman of men?

Pray

Tell God you are ready to follow in obedience and get your feet wet! Ask Him to put your steps in motion today.

Act

Read Matthew 4:18-22. What was the disciples’ response when Jesus called them to be “fishers of men’?

Thursday

July 16, 2015

The Hope is in the Rope

Read

“…who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,” Galatians 1:4

Think

“Passionate” is one of many overused and undervalued words in society today. We are passionate about our talents and gifts, passionate about relationships and even passionate about food. But, most of the time that passion fades out, and we begin to treat the astonishing like the norm.

Our faith is something we should never lose our passion for but many people who love Jesus let their passion become something they consider just part of everyday life; something that’s expected rather than extraordinary. We’ve gripped the ring of salvation on the other end of the relational rope with God, but we really aren’t going anywhere.

The good news is that you don’t have to remain complacent. As Pastor Ed Young says, “Pull so the House will be full,” meaning tell your story and invite others to experience the relationship you have with God. Cultivating this part of your relationship with God will grow your faith stronger through your obedience to Him.

Pray

Thank God that His love is something supernatural but is available to whoever asks. Thank Him for the opportunities in your life where you can show obedience to Him. Ask Him to show you areas in your relationship where you need to grow.

Act

What things are you most passionate about in life? Write a few sentences about how this passion compares with your relationship with Jesus.

Wednesday

July 15, 2015

God of the Rescue

Read

“When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors, He will send them a savior and defender, and He will rescue them.” Isaiah 19:20

Think

“I’m just one beggar showing another beggar where to find bread,” doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense when you are just reading the words, but to understand what this means could make all the difference. As we have already discussed this week, if you are a believer, you are all called to take part in a God-given responsibility to tell others about the grace we have found in Jesus. God’s grace and His message of salvation is so great, how could we ever keep quiet?

God is the rescuer of our salvation and the repairer of all things broken. No matter your past, your present circumstances or your unknown future, lean on the God of the rescue and find everything you need in Him.

Pray

Thank God for rescuing you. Tell Him about the things in your life right now that you need to be rescued from and ask Him to do what only He can.

Act

There are many rescue stories in the Bible. Read about how God rescued Daniel and rewarded him for his obedience in Daniel 6:1-28.

Tuesday

July 14, 2015

The Ring is the Thing

Read

“For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness, and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves,” Colossians 1:13

Think

Pastor Ed Young says over and over again, “Those who are rescued, rescue radically.” It sounds great, but what exactly does it mean? Those of us that have accepted Christ are called by Him to continue the rescue, but the majority of us are not actively participating in rescuing others. Using the analogy of a drowning man, many of us have become content to sit on our boats with other Christians while so many are drowning to the bottom of the ocean.

God is the ultimate flotation device, or as Pastor Ed puts it, “the ring is the thing.” Those of us who have been rescued, now are to become the devices that He uses to rescue others. It’s a mandate that Jesus makes in the New Testament and one that's frequently repeated.

Are you an active participant in the rescue society or have you become content to stay in the boat?

Pray

Thank God for His grace that is continually rescuing you and others. Ask Him to soften your heart and show you the people in your life that need to be rescued.

Act

Write down three people in your life that need to be rescued. Begin praying for these people everyday.

Monday

July 13, 2015

The Drowning Man

Read

“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient to death- even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:6-11

Think

Have you ever felt like you were drowning? Not the "I-got-water-up-my-nose-in-the-shower" kind, but the desperate, sinking, dark, nothingness kind of drowning. Many times you hear people tell their drowning story: they swam too far out from shore, they fell overboard or the boat just moved farther and farther out of reach.

But do you know we all have a drowning story? We all know the feeling of desperately needing to be rescued. Maybe you were rescued years ago or perhaps right now you are barely holding your head above water. There’s good news! We all belong to a God that wanted to rescue us from drowning so badly that, as the verse says above, He humbled Himself and died on the cross for all of our sins.

Have you accepted God’s life preserver?

Pray

Thank God for rescuing you. Ask Him to begin to open your heart and your eyes to those around you that need to know the power of His rescue also.

Act

Reread the passage above. What does Paul say we all should do at the name of Jesus?