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Monday

June 5, 2017

From Lemons to Lemonade

Read

Matthew 1:18, “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.”

Think

Many times we look at people who seem to “have it all” and think to ourselves, “Must be nice! I wish I could be that lucky.” But chances are, that although they seemingly ‘have it all’, they too have been lobbed with lemons. You see, we are all in one of two camps: those soon to be lobbed and those currently under fire. The lemonade in their lives is present after “the squeeze”. A perfect example takes us back to the first Christmas. Just imagine what Mary must have felt as she told her parents, “I’ve conceived a child through the Holy Spirit—and guess what! You’re going to be grandparents! Within her culture, we know she must have endured embarrassment from people who didn’t understand. Although she trusted God, her experiences leading up to Jesus’ birth were pretty sour. Yet from this “lemon” God made THE MOST AMAZING lemonade in history.

Don’t be distracted by the lemonade in the lives of others. When we remain focused on God during the bitterness of life, we are open to being used for something far greater than ourselves. And if we stay the course, we will taste supernaturally sweetened lemonade on a ‘holy notha’ level!

Pray

Father God, Thank You in advance for turning my lemons into Your lemonade. Help me to not compare myself with others and to remain focused on the path You’ve set before me. I love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Act

Memorize Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him”.

 

Friday

March 17, 2017

Landing On the Magnificent

Read

Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground’”.
John 6:40, “For My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise Him up at the last day”.

Think

Within the Trinity—3 in 1 and 1 in 3—each manifestation of God is equal in form and unique in function. God the Father is the initiator of Creation, redemption, and relationships, and the “giver of every good and perfect gift”. He sent His Son, as God incarnate, to redeem the lost through His blood for the forgiveness of our sins. Jesus is our High Priest and the head of the body of Christ. Additionally, God the Son commissioned the Holy Spirit to comfort, counsel, and convict the hearts of believers. Created in God’s image, we too are relational beings, therefore, understanding the role of unity, community, and responsibility within the Trinity helps us grasp the unique roles God has delegated to us within the family and in the church. Husband and wife, also unique in function, delegate to one another. And, we as parents—like God the ultimate parent—must delegate responsibility within the home. Finally, we must remember that God has delegated evangelism to the church and gifted everyone according to His will to serve individual roles within the house.

As we hop, skip, and jump to the conclusion of this series, we must remember and apply the following. By concentrating on our walk with God, we are able to better distinguish the urgent from the important. Then we are open to opportunities to teach and communicate God’s Word and demonstrate His ways. This means we truly walk the walk; not just talk the talk. We must listen to one another and absorb wise counsel. And we prioritize living out God’s principles through our commitments and achieve this by skipping now what we will have to skip in the future. Focusing on the significant means our lives will be magnificent.

Pray

Father God, I love You. Thank You for representing perfect unity and harmony within the Trinity. Help me to apply all of the above in order to be who You want me to be and to do what You have called me to do. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Act

Be mindful of doing only what you can do and delegating the rest. Also, it’s the weekend! So make sure to keep on inviting others to experience life change first hand at Fellowship Church.

 

Thursday

February 16, 2017

Matters of the Heart

Read

Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.

Think

Most great things in life require great work. Making good grades is a result of good study habits. Physical fitness is the byproduct of a healthy diet and regular exercise. Promotions at work come from plugging away and proving that we take pride in a job well done. Why then, when it comes to relationships, do we so often give them our second best? In today’s verse, Jesus is referring to our priorities. That in which we invest the most time and energy marks the condition and position of our hearts. Whatever we cherish most drives our deepest commitments and controls our thinking, feelings, decisions, and actions. Therefore, true change doesn’t come from changing our thinking; it comes from changing what we love. What we worship the most matters the most. Thus, our heart and treasure are always intertwined. So, to see great return in our relational investments we must put forth great effort into what matters to God—the covenant of marriage and the ministry of reconciliation.

Great relationships aren’t built on this or that; they’re built on the this and the that. Men, prioritize your marriage over your work. Ladies, prioritize being a wife before being a mom. The enemy is always nudging us to prioritize “this” over “that”. But God is a God of the this and the that! He wants us to be a great a parent and a great spouse. He wants to bless us both vocationally and relationally. Remember, the God that spoke Creation into existence is the same God that wants to pour out His favor and blessing on those who seek Him first. Time is a gift that we must steward wisely. Date nights are crucial. And praying together is vital! In Matthew 18:19, Jesus says, “If two on earth agree about anything they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven”. Invest in the best and God will handle all the rest!

Pray

Ask God to point out any areas that you are not investing in what matters most to Him. Pray for encouragement to keep your heart aligned with His will. And thank Him for His constant guidance and provision.

Act

Memorize and meditate on Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”.

 

Wednesday

December 7, 2016

A Trea-SURE-d Life

Read

I Timothy 6:18-19, “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life”.

Think

“Call Me Wealthy” is a motto we need to be reminded of regularly. Maybe you’re thinking, “Yeah right! I’ll never be rich!” Well, if you have indoor plumbing, electricity, more than a couple changes of clothes, and clean water—you’re rich. We don’t have to have a bunch of zeros behind the number in our bank account to be rich if we’re rich in God. Storing up treasures for ourselves in this life without a spirit of generosity and a willingness to share is the poorest way to live. Question: Have you ever seen a U-Haul trailer behind a hearse? The answer is no—and you never will. In this life, the measure of our treasure in God directly affects our measure of treasure in heaven.

Today’s verse says laying up treasure in heaven allows us to take hold of the life that’s truly life. We innately want to have meaning and purpose in our lives. And the only way to live an authentic “real deal” life is by giving generously to God’s work in deeds and action sowing the tangible and intangible into the body of Christ. Because, remember, eternity doesn’t start when we die—it’s starts here and now. So let’s focus on being trea-SURE-minded in Christ—the only everlasting measure of eternal pleasure.

Pray

Thank God for providing all the amenities and conveniences in your life daily. And ask Him to show you any areas—time, talent, or resources—lacking in generosity.

Act

We have daily opportunities to make a difference in our community. Join us as a church by getting involved in one of several local missions that partner with FC. For more information, click here: https://fellowshipchurch.com/local-missions/

 

Monday

October 24, 2016

Forgive and Forget

Read

Isaiah 43:25, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for My own sake, and remembers your sins no more”.

Hebrews 8:12, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more”.

Think

Why is it that we inevitably forget what we need to remember? We can remind ourselves for over a week of an appointment on the upcoming Monday at 10:00 a.m. Then just as we sit down for lunch on Monday that—“Oh No!” sinking feeling of forgetfulness sets in and steals our appetite. At other times our forgetfulness is less innocuous like forgetting why we walked into a room. However, when it comes to the things we need to forget and forgive ourselves of—the very things God has chosen to forget—they echo resoundingly in our hearts. In these moments we must remember that it’s the enemy who’s broadcasting our past mistakes in the forefront of our mind. Why, then, do we keep castigating ourselves for what only the devil wants us to remember?

We must be mindful of what God calls us to be mindful of. He chose to preemptively forgive us, and when we surrender our lives to Him, He remembers our sins no more. How great is our God? He could have said, “Too bad, so sad” and left us to fend for ourselves in a Christ-less eternity—but He didn’t! Since He’s chosen to forget, He wants us to do the same. And thanks to Jesus, we are free to live our lives anchored in hope, faith, forgiveness, and love.

Pray

“Father God, I praise You for loving me enough to send Jesus to die for my sins. And I ask that You remind me of what You have chosen to forget when I fail to let go of self-condemnation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Act

What is it that you just can’t seem to let go? Are you carrying any blame or shame in your heart? Are you unable to forgive yourself or someone else from the past? Spend a few moments in your prayer journal writing whatever comes to mind. Then ask God to help clarify who or what needs to be remembered, forgiven, and forgotten.

 

Friday

October 7, 2016

Borrowed Pain

Read

James 1:4-5, “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him”.

Think

I Peter 5:8 admonishes us to remain alert because “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”. Yikes! We are all susceptible to the enemy’s trickery and deception. He knows that one bad choice has the potential to set off a chain reaction of disastrous events. Therefore, if we dig ourselves into a hole we need to drop the shovel, look up, and ask God for wisdom. As we persevere and mature in our faith, we become more and more equipped to avoid the pitfalls of life. We learn to be conscientious about people, places, and things from a godly perspective.

God-triban is anything that bans us from God’s best. If we knew God’s agenda for our lives, we’d be blown away! Therefore, the caster of disaster—Satan—constantly dangles situations and circumstances before us to steer us away from God’s purpose. So, in moments of weakness we must pause and borrow pain from the future. This means considering, “Okay, if I hook up with this individual, if I go there, if I try that, then what are the ramifications? What will this situation look and feel like tomorrow? Are a few minutes of pleasure worth it?” Thus, based on the past, thinking about the present, and especially looking into the future, what is the wisest thing to do? As we triumph over temptation, God will leverage our gifts for His greatness.

Pray

“Father God, I thank you for having loved me so amazingly in spite of who I am. And I thank You for honoring me by sending Jesus Christ to die for me and the Holy Spirit to empower me.”

Act

To prepare to persevere and look past the cast, ask yourself the following questions.
Location: Where am I swimming? Am I placing myself in dangerous waters?
Association: Who am I swimming with? Do I have relational grief or relational relief?
Demonstration: How am I swimming? Do people see Jesus when they look at my life?
Situation: When do I swim? Am I swimming at times when Satan is most likely to attack?

 

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.

 

Thursday

April 21, 2016

A Glimpse Ahead

Read

"I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me.” Revelation 1:12

Think

When we study Revelation, we are promised that we will be blessed. That promise is not realized when we understand it; simply, we are told that when we read it we are blessed. How is that? First, we will never fully understand it. There are images that are confounding, and truths that are revealed. However, our blessing comes in the fact that we are given a glimpse into the future. God, in His sovereign nature, has allowed us a sneak peek at what is to come. When we realize that, it puts us in a position of humility and awe. To know that the God of the universe is sharing with us that which is yet to be is to understand an aspect of His love for us. As you read Revelation, read it with that sense of wonder and awe. Praise God for the fact that He has allowed us to see something that has not even happened yet!

Pray

Take some time today to simply stand in awe of who God is and what He has allowed us to have through His Word. Thank Him for revealing that which no one else could – the future and what lies ahead.

Act

Read Revelation 1:12-18. As you do, keep in mind the fact that this is a picture of our Lord and Savior in His rightful position – a position of authority and power. Allow this passage to put you in a place of humility before Him.

 

Friday

April 8, 2016

The Blessing of the Book

Read

“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Revelation 1:3

Think

While Revelation is undoubtedly one of the most confusing and confounding books of the Bible, the reality is that for those of us who call ourselves Christians, the book is a book of real comfort. We are given an all-access pass to see the very throne room of God, and even given a glimpse into the future that God has in His hands. While the imagery can seem confusing, the meaning behind it is simply this: God wins! When Christ returns, all death, sickness, and evil will end. And for those of us who have accepted God’s gift of eternal life through Christ, that is simply good news!

As you continue to study Revelation in this current series at Fellowship Church, keep that reality in mind. Focus on the God who holds the future in His hands. Look for ways you can apply the lessons of Revelation. And walk in hope and assurance knowing that, in the end, we win!

Pray

Praise God for His glory and thank Him for holding the future in His hands. Pray for the kind of perspective He wants for you as you continue to dive into His book.

Act

Commit to being part of this continuing series at Fellowship Church called “The Book of Revelation”. Look for someone in your life today that you can invite with you so that they can experience the blessing of studying this amazing book!

Wednesday

November 5, 2014

Fear Not

Read

“So do not fear, for I am with you…” Isaiah 41:10

Think

Fear is something we all deal with. It’s present, and too often prevalent, in our lives. Everyone is afraid of something. So the question we need to ask isn’t, “What are we afraid of?” We know the answer to that question. The question we need to begin asking is, “How can I overcome my fear to experience all God has for me?”

God has a plan to help us overcome our fear. Whether we are afraid of failure, the future, rejection – it doesn’t matter. Because God’s love can overpower our fear. Think about the thing you are most afraid of. Now consider God. Which is greater? The answer is God! Focus on Him, rein in your fear, and move forward in faith, knowing He has your back!

Pray

Often we need to admit our fear before we can overcome it. Admit to God what you are afraid of. Then, ask Him to help you overcome your fear by focusing on Him.

Act

This weekend, Pastor Ed gave us a new definition of fear! Write this down, tweet it, Instagram it, and let it resonate in your life:

F.E.A.R. Face Everyday And Reboot!

 

Monday

November 3, 2014

Fear of the Unknown

Read

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love."  1 John 4:18

Think

What are you afraid of? There are the usual suspects: snakes, spiders, heights, public speaking, etc. But there is a universal fear we all encounter: fear of the unknown. It underscores all other fears.

Think about it; fear of what could happen is based on what did happen. Can you trace most of your fears back to particular events – moments, conversations, or situations? Maybe you are afraid of loneliness, rejection, finances, death, even God. And, it keeps you from stepping into all that God has for you.

The good news is God’s perfect love drives out our fear. How? Concentrate on His perfect love.  Remember what scriptures say about who God is and who you are in Him.  His perfect love will drive out your fear.

Pray

Lord, thank you for your perfect love that drives out all fear.  When fears arise in my life, may I stop, concentrate on you, and trust you with all that I am.

Act

Write out the fears that are holding you back from God’s best for you. Pray over each one of them, trusting them specifically to God and his plan and purpose for you.