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Friday

February 10, 2017

Limitless and Immeasurably More

Read

Ephesians 3:17b—21, "And I pray that you... may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people to grasp... and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen."

Think

There's no such thing as love at first sight. There's not! Yes, we are to love everyone, but we don't walk just down the street one day and decide to be in love with a complete stranger. Why? Because, true love requires knowledge of both the head and the heart. But before we can acquire heart knowledge, we have to intentionally seek out knowledge of their heart. When we love someone it is due to their unique traits, personality, and character qualities that we come to know over time.

Now, let's flip the script. Love must have an object and we are the objects of God's love. He made us, He knows us, and despite our flaws and sinfulness, He still loves us. In fact, there's nothing we could ever do or not do to make Him love us any more or any less. Conversely, we can have knowledge of God without having love for God.  Essentially, we will never truly know God until we understand the magnitude of His love and choose love Him back.  And our great and limitless God can do "immeasurably more than we can ever ask or imagine". Can you imagine that? Oh wait, you can't! Ha! As the church, we unite to grow in what we know about God. And the more we know Him, the more we will seek to do for Him. That's our calling—together with the saints—to bring Him glory and to make His name known! Amen!

Pray

Thank You, Lord for the power of imagination and for doing more than I can even ask or imagine. May my heart be overflowing with Your fullness so I can love You more and serve You better.

Act

Today, simply remember that you are chosen, adopted, redeemed, forgiven, saved, sealed, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and YOU ARE LOVED!!!

Thursday

February 9, 2017

Power Up

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Ephesians 3:16-18, "I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and how long and how high and how deep is the love of Christ."

Think

When we think about the word power, we think of strength, a physical force, the President and even chargers for electronic devices. But in his prayer to the Ephesians, Paul clearly means that supernatural spark that ignites God's power available to us 24/7 through the Holy Spirit. He's asking for strength to build power, not only for personal devotion to God, but also in obedience and conviction that flows from the heart. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that enables us to receive Christ as the Lord of our lives in all things. Therefore, the human mind—finite and sinful in nature—cannot receive God's power. Essentially, He chose us before we chose Him.

When our hearts and minds are powered by Christ,  we should have a huge desire to pool that power within the local church. As Paul's prayer continues, he leads us to the core of the gospel message, which is to grasp the limitless dimensions and depth of Christ's love. A love so vast it requires a supernatural power to even wrap our brain around it. This is why it's crucial for us to gather weekly! It's not optional! Only together—united in Jesus—can we understand the full impact of the resurrection power that allowed Jesus to burst forth from the grave forever defeating sin and death for us. So the gospel is not a "me" thing; it's a "we" thing. Our power potential ratchets up the more we know. The more we know, the more we grow. And the more we grow, the more we will show all of creation the magnificent works of the one and only living God Who was, Who is, and Who is to come.

Pray

Father God, thank You for the gift of the gospel and Your saving grace. Teach me to rely on Your Spirit for faith, confidence, and power. And help me to know You as the source of everything good in me.

Act

Read Paul's prayer for the in Ephesians 3:14-21 in the Amplified Bible (AMP) translation. And, you don't want to miss C3 Nights tonight at 7:00! It's free and open to the public at the Fellowship Church Grapevine campus!

 

 

Monday

January 16, 2017

Heart Knowledge

Read

“For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers;” - Ephesians 1:15-17 (NASB)

Think

It’s great to gain knowledge of a subject. Chances are that when you have that knowledge you’ll even want to share it with others. But in order to apply that knowledge to our life we have to not only have head knowledge, but heart knowledge too. In other words, to be truly effective we don’t just know about the subject, but we are putting it in practice and applying it to our lives.

This is really what the Christian life is about. Many times we will read God’s word, we may even talk about Him too. But we don’t really put into application what His word says. This is what happens when we know the Bible but don’t allow the Bible to know us. The words stay only in our minds, but they never make it those several inches to our heart. God’s word isn’t meant to only be stored away in our minds. It is meant to be applied and displayed in our sphere of influence and ultimately to the world. Truth known is cool, but truth applied can change the world. Let your faith show to the world around you.

Pray

Thank God for His truth – His Word. Ask Him to reveal His word to you every time you read it. Ask Him to allow His word to not just dwell in your mind, but seep into your heart in order to change you. Ask Him to help you live His word out in your life daily.

Act

Before stepping out into the world, ask God to help you see others through His eyes. Pray for those you will cross paths with today. Ask God to let His light shine through you.

Monday

October 31, 2016

Train Them Up

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Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)

Think

Years of research tells us that what a person is exposed to at an early age greatly determines who they will become later in life. Other studies tell us that while cognitive learning peaks at around age 35, our moral development peaks at around age 10 and sharply declines until around age 16.  Simply put, we have a short amount of time to instill in our kids the moral fabric they need.

The Bible has actually been telling us this all along.  We have to help our kids learn early on to grasp the morals and values they need to face decisions they will encounter as they grow up.  If we teach our kids these lessons while they are young, it becomes more than just head knowledge; it becomes a part of their heart, mind and soul – their moral DNA.  With this kind of moral fabric, a child will grow up to be able to stand strong when faced with moral decisions.  They will feel confident to go in the way they should go and not depart from it.

Pray

Ask God to help you to train your child/children in the way they should go. If you do not have children, ask God to give you opportunities to pour into the children of the friends and family in your life.

Act

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Thursday

June 30, 2016

Know Him, Know Me

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“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” – Acts 4:13

Think

In the passage above, Peter and John were speaking to the religious leaders after being arrested for healing a crippled man and speaking about Jesus.  But they didn’t let an arrest stop them from speaking boldly.  Where had they gotten such courage and knowledge?  They had spent time walking with, talking with, and being taught by Jesus.  Their boldness and courage came from the knowledge that they gained directly from Him. But it wasn’t just knowledge; it was based on a relationship with their Lord. As a result, they knew where their purpose and identity came from.

God has given us His Word so that we can do the same today.  We can know our identity through Jesus Christ and be certain of our purpose by spending time in His Word and growing in our relationship with Him.  The more we know about God, the more will come to know God, and the more we will understand the identity and purpose He has given us.

Pray

Ask God to help you understand Him through His Word, and to help you understand your own identity and purpose as His child.

Act

Find a translation of the Bible that is easy to read such as New Living Translation (NLT), New International Version (NIV) or New King James Version (NKJV).  Begin a daily routine of 15 or more minutes of reading and seeking understanding of what you read. Not sure where to start? Try the book of John or 1 John. But wherever you start, just make the commitment and stick to it!

 

Wednesday

September 23, 2015

The Data that Matters

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“I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.” Philippians 1:9

Think

A lot of extreme football fans can list off every stat and figure of every player on their favorite NFL team. Maybe you’re one of them! There’s nothing wrong with that – it’s human nature to seek out more and more information and understanding of things that interest us. But ultimately, these facts and trivia are data that doesn’t matter.

The Bible was written for us to learn and to understand God and His plan for our lives. But unlike the stats and figures of an NFL fan, God’s word was written for more than information … it was written for application and, ultimately, transformation.

Are you taking the time to feed your mind the kind of data that really matters? Become a true fan of God by spending time studying His “stats” – scripture.

Pray

Thank God for sharing His words with us through scripture. Ask Him to help you to know and understand Him better through His word.

Act

Commit to spending more time in God’s word by doing this easy, 30-Day Reading Plan through the book of John!

Wednesday

September 16, 2015

Play your positon

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“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22

Think

Having the right quarterback on the field is essential to getting the best performance from a football team. A team could have the greatest offensive line. It could have the fastest running back. It could even have the most talented receivers. But until that team has the right person calling the plays, it won’t function at its highest level possible. Once that quarterback is in place, though, every other player on the field understands their role and what their job on the field is. Only then can the team can truly succeed. The same is true in our lives.

When we have the right quarterback (Jesus), we find ourselves in a place to understand our position. We take our cues from the ultimate play caller. We discern what our role is. No longer do we try to take the ball and run with it when we aren’t supposed to. It is when Jesus is our play caller that we can finally play our position in life!

Pray

Thank God for sending Jesus to be the ultimate play caller for your life. Admit to Him those times that you’ve tried to usurp His authority in your life.

Act

Most people know just enough of the Bible to make them dangerous. But knowledge only gets us so far. Don’t seek to simply learn more; begin to implement what you already know!

Tuesday

November 18, 2014

Hearing from God

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"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!

 

Wednesday

September 3, 2014

What Real Growth Means

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“Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”  John 3:3

Think

Nicodemus was a man who was well-respected in Jewish community and extremely knowledgeable in the Scriptures. And one night, he asked Jesus what it would take to gain eternal life. Today’s verse is Jesus’ challenging answer to that probing question.

Christians often talk about being born again. But too often, they get stuck in infancy or, if they do mature some, they get stuck in the “adolescence” stage of spiritual growth. Sadly, many become convinced that spiritual growth is all about gaining more and more knowledge. They’ll even say they are trying to go "deep."

But true spiritual depth isn't about going deeper; it's about going farther. Are you putting into action what you have already learned? THAT is the key to spiritual growth!

Pray

Thank God for bringing you to where you are right now, spiritually. Now, ask Him to point you forward and show you the next steps in your journey.

Act

If you have not made a commitment to accept Jesus into your life, do so today. If you are already a Christ-follower, step up and move on to the next stage by applying what you already know.