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Wednesday

April 5, 2017

Fair Weather Faith

Read

Luke 19:37-38, “When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’  ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’”

Think

As Jesus approached Jerusalem on a donkey, certainly a humble entry for the King of Kings, the people shouted with joy, saying, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Unknowingly, in just a few days time, they would be just as passionately crying out for Him to be crucified. The problem? The majority praised Him for His supernatural abilities, yet they did not know Him as their personal Lord and Savior. Their sudden shift in loyalty is mind-blowing, right? Wrong! How often do we leave church feeling blessed by God’s presence, encouraged by other believers, and convicted from the weekly message? Then Monday hits and we feel the pressure to launch into our daily grind, fulfill obligations, and weather unforeseen complications. What happened to our awareness of God’s presence? How did our attitude of praise evaporate so quickly? By midweek we’ve forgotten the message we heard on Sunday, and more importantly we’ve failed to include God in every aspect of our lives.

We are wired for worship and purposed for praise. Jesus deserves our adoration! In fact, praising God makes every aspect of our lives complete, essential, and worthwhile. It reminds us of His greatness, power, and presence. Feelings may be fickle and fleeting, but understanding the joy of Christ in us is eternal. Remember, let everything you do, say, touch, and feel be an act of worship to the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings! He alone is worthy of our praise.

Pray

Pray for all the teams preparing to create a great Easter opportunity to praise Jesus.

Act

Read the full passage of today’s scripture found in Luke 19:28-41.

Thursday

September 15, 2016

Shocked and Amazed

Read

Luke 5:8-10, “When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, ‘Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man’. For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed…”

Think

Simon Peter was a rough, tough, and gruff seasoned fisherman with a no-nonsense attitude when it came to his work. Therefore, you can imagine the tone and tenor of his mood after spending all night fishing to no avail. But you know his temperament went from blah to awe when he caught so many fish that his boat was on the verge of sinking. Therefore,  it took him a moment to fully grasp that the magnitude of this event went far beyond his miraculous catch. The verse says, “When he realized what had happened he fell to his knees…”  Thus, it hit him like a ton of bricks—when suddenly he recognized the purity, power, and the presence of the One who stood before him.

As he bowed before Jesus, Simon Peter asked the Lord to leave his presence. He felt unworthy and was afraid that Christ’s purity could not endure his sin-saturated condition. Ironically, unbeknownst to him, that was the exact purpose for Jesus’ presence. The Bible says Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Yet sadly, too many people think they are unlovable, unusable, unworthy, and unforgiveable. It’s as though they believe there’s some cut-off point when God will say, “Sorry, but you have maxed out the allotted sin quotient for salvation”. Well, that’s what the enemy wants us to think. However, there is absolutely no sin that Jesus didn’t die for. Once we invite Him into our lives, we are flooded with forgiveness and grace. Remember, when we feel unlovable, Jesus’ love for us abounds.

Pray

Begin your prayer time with a moment of stillness as you reflect on God’s character and nature. Then proceed to praise Him for Who He is and what He has done in your life.

Act

Today, invite at least one person to experience life-change this weekend at Fellowship Church! And pray for them to accept the invitation.

 

Tuesday

April 5, 2016

The Approachable Throne

Read

"At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it." Revelation 4:2

Think

While Revelation is unquestionably one of the most intriguing books in the Bible, it’s clear that it is written about one person – Jesus Christ. Through imagery, word pictures, and illustrations, John (the author of Revelation) gives us a clear picture of the King. The position of God in the book is undeniable. He is ruler; He is King.

That reality doesn’t only play out in the pages of Revelation. That is a reality every day and in every way. John was ushered into the very throne room of God in heaven. But the truth is that we have that same opportunity every day. When we have that personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we have an all-access pass to the throne room of God. Are you living with the knowledge that you can approach the King anytime, anywhere?

Pray

Thank God for making a way for you to have access to Him through Jesus. Pray for the perspective and understanding of what access to God means in your life.

Act

Have you ever had a backstage pass at a concert? The experience is completely different when you can get up close to the band. That’s what we have with God through Jesus; an all–access, backstage pass! Make yourself a note that reminds you today that you have ALL ACCESS to the King!

 

Wednesday

November 19, 2014

Which Way To Go

Read

“Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose.” Psalm 25:12

Think

When we have a healthy fear of God, our lives are so much better. It’s a simple reality that is written out for us time and time again in Scripture. In fact, in today’s verse we read very clearly that God will guide those who fear Him.

When we revere God for who He is, stand in awe of what He can do, and tremble before Him simply because of who He is, we find ourselves in the position to be shown the path He has in store for us.

Are you at a crossroads and wondering which direction you should go? Make sure you are starting in the right position before God and that you have a healthy fear of who He is.

Pray

Thank God for revealing His path for your life. Pray for continued humility before Him and discernment to see where He is directing your path.

Act

Write down this simple but powerful reminder: The person who fears God the most loves God the best! And remember, it’s not just about cowering in a corner; it’s about kneeling before our great God!

 

Tuesday

November 18, 2014

Hearing from God

Read

"The Lord confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them."  Psalm 25:14

Think

Yesterday we read that, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” But what does it mean to fear God? Are we to cower in the corner, not daring to peek in His direction? Are we supposed to run in terror when He speaks to us or gives us direction? No. Fearing the Lord means having a healthy understanding of who He truly is.

The original phrase, “fear the Lord” is composed of a cluster of words, including awe, admiration, fear, trembling. God is God; we are not. When we fear Him, we place ourselves in a position we belong in. And when we place ourselves in the right position, we find ourselves in a place to hear from God in ways we never would have otherwise. Are you putting yourself in a position to hear from God? It starts with fearing Him in a way we were created to fear Him.

Pray

Thank God for communicating His will and purpose for your life. Pray for a heart that understands what it means to fear God and for ears that are open to hearing when He “makes His covenant known” to you.

Act

Sometimes the best thing for us to do is hear a message more than once. Go back and watch this past weekend’s message. And take notes so that you can fully understand what it means to fear the Lord!