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Monday

February 20, 2017

Worthy of the Calling

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Ephesians 4:1-3, “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Think

People who don’t know God have a completely skewed sense of purpose. They have no basis for absolute truth. Living a life without God’s guidance leads to decisions that produce regret, shame, the inability to forgive, and a long list of avoidable consequences. But life does not have to be this way.

The minute Jesus enters into the equation, our perspective on life completely changes. Even the vilest lives riddled with shame and regret can be supernaturally transformed. Reborn through the grace and mercy of God, our lives become a brand new creation. And everything is possible through Christ who gives us strength.  Therefore, don’t let yesterday hinder your decision today to be who God wants you to be tomorrow.  Live a life worthy of God’s calling and encourage others to do the same.

Pray

Thank God for His discernment and wisdom available to us 24/7. And ask Him to help you live a life worthy of His calling.

Act

Read Ephesians 3 and 4 in the NIV translation.

 

Tuesday

January 10, 2017

Trin-I-D

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Ephesians 1:4-6, "For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves."

Think

A revolution takes place when we understand our identity, and our identity is found in the Trinity: God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Godhead, 3 in 1 and 1 in 3, is something we'll never fully grasp on this side of eternity. The Bible does, though, explain the implications of our relationship with each manifestation of God. In Ephesians 1:4-6, the apostle Paul details three aspects to understanding our identity in God the Father; we are chosen, adopted, and accepted by Him who spared His own Son to make our relationship with Him possible.

God chose you! Right now, say it loud and proud, "God chose me!" That's right! And it's not as if one day He decided to pick you out of a crowd. No, He chose you before He laid the foundations of the earth. He knew what you would look like, He knew your name, He loved you, and He gave you a very specific purpose. But He also knew that you would be born outside of His family. We were born into a fallible and fallen world. Sin separated us from entering the presence of a perfect and holy God. Through His Son, He made a way to reconcile us to Himself. Thereby we were reborn of His Spirit and adopted as His children. So, God chose you, He adopted you, and He has accepted you. God knows you are a work in progress, but by grace He now looks at you and sees the righteousness of His beloved Son. Remember, you are a child of God, chosen, adopted, and accepted—it's who you are—it's your Trin-I-D!

Pray

Thank God for choosing you, for calling you His child, and accepting you as a work in progress.

Act

Read Ephesians chapter 1 in the Message (MSG) translation.

Thursday

September 1, 2016

Why Are You Here?

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I Kings 19:8-10, “So Elijah sat up and ate and drank. The food and water made him strong enough to walk forty more days. At last, he reached Mount Sinai, the mountain of God, and he spent the night there in a cave. While Elijah was on Mount Sinai, the Lord asked, ‘Elijah, why are you here?’ He answered, ‘Lord God All-Powerful, I’ve always done my best to obey you. But your people have broken their solemn promise to you. They have torn down your altars and killed all your prophets, except me. And now they are even trying to kill me!’”

Think

Linear thinking, although not always the most creative, is the most efficient method of thought processing. Moving from point A to point B in a straight line saves time. Conversely, fragmented thinking is fraught with detours and distraction.

God’s man Elijah was in a slump. Depressed and distracted, his feelings led him on a major detour. Without considering point B, the place God wanted him to be, he embarked on a two hundred mile trek into the desert. Ironically, he fled from doing God’s work to Mount Sinai, the most prominent place on the planet associated with the manifestation of God’s presence. You see, Elijah had always been a “there” man. He went wherever God directed him to go. So God asked him, “Why are you here?” Obviously, a rhetorical question, God was in essence asking, “Really? You’re so distracted and double-minded that you chose to flee from My plans and purpose?” Right now, is God asking you the same question? Are you allowing the push and pull of life to prohibit you from doing what God wants you to do?

Single-mindedness is linear thinking with a vertical perspective. It gives us the trajectory to fulfill God’s purpose and never leaves us wondering why we’re here.  It will, though, prompt us to consider what we can do while we’re here to serve God. Therefore, single-mindedness gives us the clarity to look past momentary distractions and the ability to see the path God has designed for our lives.

Pray

Ask God to open doors of opportunity for you to share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. And pray for those whom you’ve invited to church to accept the invitation.

Act

Review your schedule for the next three days and think about the most efficient way to accomplish each task while maintaining a single-minded focus on God.

 

Wednesday

May 11, 2016

What’s Your Purpose?

Read

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Think

At one point or another, we've all us asked the questions, "What is my purpose in life? What have I been placed on this earth to do?"

Some have identified their purpose; others have not and the question remains unanswered. Regardless, each of us was born with a special and unique purpose that God designed, specifically for our lives.

Whatever you may be experiencing or what you may be faced with in life, God’s purpose for your life does not change. In today's Scripture, God declares that He has plans to prosper you, plans to give you hope, and plans to give you a future. Every day you wake up, this is His plan, this is His purpose, and this is what He has in store for you. Now the question remains, "Are you making the most of your purpose?"

Pray

Pray that God will reveal (or affirm) His purpose for your life, and pray that He gives you the strength to begin walking in the things He has called you to do.

Act

Today, start by writing down what you think your purpose is, and make a list of the things you feel could help you achieve that purpose.

Friday

September 25, 2015

Fanatical Following

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“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25

Think

The word “fan” is simply an abbreviation of the word “fanatic”. By definition, a fanatic is “a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal.” That certainly defines a lot of the people who follow the NFL, doesn’t it? We see them on any given Sunday, going all out for their teams. There’s no questioning their loyalty, their passion, or their support for their team. But sports are just a microcosm of a much more meaningful “game”.

If the world looked at your life, would they see that kind of passion and drive for Christ? Are you a real fan of Jesus? If so, then you display that passion, not just any given Sunday, but EVERY given Sunday. If you’re a fan of Jesus, then you’re a fan of His church! For just a few minutes, think about your life; the things you say, the places you go, and the relationships you have. Does your life reflect a passion for Christ? Are you passionate about His Church?

Pray

Thank God for the passion He has shown for you through His Son, Jesus Christ. Pray for the opportunities to show others your passion for Him and to invite them to church with you so they can experience it for themselves.

Act

Don’t simply be a sideline spectator. Get in the game this weekend as we continue “Quarterback” at Fellowship Church!

Thursday

April 9, 2015

Life and breath

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And with that He breathed on them and said, ”Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:22

Think

The disciples had the breath knocked out of them. Yet, in their seemingly darkest hour, Jesus resurrected to bring them new life, new potential, new hope. When He breathed on them, He empowered them. Now, every breath they took had meaning and power.

Jesus does the same for us. When we step over the line of faith and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He breathes the Holy Spirit into our lives. That is what gives us power and potential to make a difference for Him. Remember, Jesus didn’t come to add breath to your life, but to add life to your breath!

Pray

Thank God for His breath in your life. Pray that you make the most of the potential He has given you as you live each day for Him.

Act

Your breath has life! Use your words today to empower someone else. Give them encouragement as you see them facing a difficult situation.