Jesus Sends Me to Stand in the Gap in Actions

Jesus Sends Me to Stand in the Gap in Actions

Written by: Rye D'Orazio

Morning and evening meditation

Read Eph 2:8-10

Pray: 

Ask the Lord today to reveal to you the totality of His handiwork and the call of a life of standing in the gap and “good works.”

Devotional

Read: Eph 2:8-10

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10 reveals that we have been "created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." This raises an obvious question: What are the good works God has prepared for me?

Many of us would be inclined to answer this question by pointing to specific things Christians tend to do as an expression of their faith. Good works would include: attending worship services, praying regularly, studying Scripture, giving generously from our financial resources, joining a small group, going on mission trips, caring for the poor, working for justice for the oppressed, loving our neighbors, and so forth. These are surely among the good works God has prepared for us. We rightly engage in these activities as people who have been transformed by God's grace through Christ.

But, if we think of good works only in these terms, we miss the extent to which God's plan for our good works is much broader and deeper. Our translation explains that we are created for good works, "which God prepared in advance for us to do." The Greek original reads more literally, "which God prepared in advance, so that we might walk in them." The language of walking was used by teachers in the time of Paul in the way we might talk of living or engaging in a certain lifestyle. In other words, the good works of verse 10 are not obviously religious activities scattered throughout an otherwise secular life. Rather, the good works encompass the whole of the Christian, all that we do by God's grace for God's purposes.

Ephesians 2:10 is similar to other passages of the Pauline letters that envision all of life as lived through and for God. Romans 12:1, for example, says, "I urge you ... to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God." This offering takes place, not in identified temples, but in everyday life. Similarly, Colossians 3:17 proclaims, "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus."

Therefore, though it's certainly right for you to invest yourself in the life of your church and to engage in works of outreach for the sake of the poor, the oppressed, and those who don't know God's grace in Christ, Ephesians 2:10 would encourage you to learn to see your whole life as an interconnected series of good works offered to God. This means that your good works can include that which you do at work, in the classroom, on the football field, in your neighborhood, and in your community associations. If you're a boss, part of your good works involve the way you manage your employees. If you're a parent, your good works include making dinner for your children as well as praying with them as you tuck them into bed. The more we grow in our faith, the more we see ourselves as God's masterpieces, the more we will indeed do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, by his strength, under his authority, and for his purposes.

Questions
Do you tend to think of your whole life as an offering of good works to God, or do you tend to think of your good works mainly as activities that are obviously religious? How might your life be different if you began to see your whole life as an offering to God?

Prayer Challenge

Thank the Lord for His handiwork and reflect on thinking more truly and inclusively to see your whole life as an offering to the Lord.

Next Step See how today you can make every moment of the day an occasion to live good works for the Lord.

Jesus Sends Me to Stand in the Gap in Prayer

Jesus Sends Me to Stand in the Gap in Prayer

Written by: Samson Wasao

Morning and Evening Meditation

Read: 2 Cor. 1:9-11

Pray: Ask God to reveal to you a specific situation or challenge that you should pray for on behalf of the person or persons that are going through a specific situation or challenge.

Devotional

Read 2 Cor. 1:9-11

Paul had the spiritual habit of engaging other believers in prayers for him, his companions, his ministry, and for other Christians. Ezekiel calls this “standing in the gap” for others (Ezek. 22:30). Paul expresses  confidence in the ability of the Corinthian Christians to pray for him and his companions about the hardships that he and his companions were experiencing while spreading the Gospel in the Province of Asia. He was sure that God works through the prayers of believers. His hope for victory is that as the Corinthian church “helps us by your prayers” this would lead to deliverance by the God who “raises people from the dead”!

When we decided to relocate to the USA to be missionaries among international students and scholars, I personally did not fully understand how much prayer support and encouragement we would need to go on with the ministry. We have been bombarded by many challenges from multiple fronts; health, family relations, finances,  as well as obstacles in ministry.  I have been tempted to give up if it weren’t for the prayerful support of my wife and a small team of brothers and sisters, some here in the US, and others in Kenya. They have truly stood in the gap for us and our ministry!

Question

Whom can you pray for today? Think about individual(s),a group, or an organization that is going through challenges or difficulties.

Prayer Challenge:

Thank God for the privilege of partnership with others in prayer, and ask God to put in your heart a desire to pray regularly for the person(s) or entity.

Next Step

Ask God to put in your heart a desire to take action in prayer on behalf of the specific person(s) or entity today.

Jesus Sends Me to Forgive

Jesus Sends Me to Forgive

Written by: Samson Wasao

Morning and Evening Meditation

Read: Genesis 45:4-8

Pray: Ask the Lord to reveal to you one person that you need to forgive.

Ask for the graciousness and humility to focus on what God is doing in your own life in this area of forgiveness.

Devotional

Read Genesis 45:4-8

 This is one of the most powerful passages in the Bible on how to truly forgive those who have wronged us. Joseph’s brothers had sold him off, made up a story about his disappearance or faked death to their father, and essentially forgot about him. In this passage, they appear before him to buy grain to take back home to their famine-ravaged country. To their shock, he reveals himself to them and surprisingly forgives and embraces them!

I have nursed unforgiveness against a member of my own family for what they said about my wife and me. I have held  a grudge against this person until the Lord clearly revealed to me that I had failed to love the person the way Christ loved me and totally forgave all my sin (1Cor.13:5; Col.3:13). Joseph, in this passage, did not hold any bitterness or a grudge against his brothers (although he had reasons to do so) but fully forgave and embraced them.

Question

Are you harboring bitterness, a grudge, unforgiveness, or anger against anybody that you can think of-dead or alive? Like Joseph, God is sending you to that person to not count their sin against them but to fully forgive them. 

Prayer Challenge

Ask God to show you that specific person that you need to go to and forgive this morning. Begin by thanking God for having forgiven you in Christ, and similarly thank God for the other person. Ask God to direct you on how you are going to let the person know that you have fully forgiven them.

Next Step

Write down a specific action point on how you are going to go to this person and let them know that, although they hurt you, you have totally forgiven them in Christ.

Jesus Sends Me as a Sheep Among Wolves

Jesus Sends Me as a Sheep Among Wolves

Written by: Jeremy Gligora

Morning and evening meditation

Read: Matthew 10:16-20

Pray: Ask the Lord today to give you insight as you interact with people to see what is really going on in their hearts and minds.

Ask the Lord for the courage to speak His truth and His good news in any opportunity that will come up without regard to the possible consequences.

Devotional

Read: Matthew 10:16-20

Today’s passage could be titled, “there’s good news and bad news. I’ll start with the bad news”.

“Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves”. Not the most comforting of verses. This word picture was not coined by Jesus, this was a common phrase used in Israel at that time to describe the Roman occupation. Jesus borrows this metaphor and applies it to His disciples as they go out to their own people to spread the gospel. He was telling them up front that sharing the good news isn’t “good news” to everyone, and to some, it will cause to lash out like wolves attacking a sheep.

Sometimes we refuse to share our story or talk about Jesus with others, because we are afraid that we will be rejected, or that we won’t “be good enough” at it and will not be effective. The reality is, that according to Jesus, rejection and retaliation is a common response. Personally, I find this oddly reassuring because it means that I am not responsible for a “positive outcome”, but that’s not the encouragement Jesus offers in this passage. In the end of the passage, Jesus promises that if we will initiate a conversation about Him, He will join us and speak through us! Think about that. There is nothing more satisfying or exciting than experiencing the privilege of being used and empowered by God! If you will step out in faith, by taking advantage of an opportunity to talk about the Lord, Jesus promises that the Spirit of the living God will work through you.

Talking about the Lord can look like many things. You can share with a friend a story about something God did in your life. Offer to pray with someone who is struggling with something. Stand up for what’s right, and explain why, based on your faith, it’s wrong. Meet a need, and then explain how Jesus meets your needs and asks you to pay it forward.

Question

Look back over your last week. What is one situation that you could have turned into an opportunity to share Jesus with someone?

Prayer Challenge

Thank the Lord for the privilege of being used by Him for such an important mission, and then ask the Lord for boldness and vision to be a witness.

Next Step

Write down a plan of how tomorrow you can do something to create an opportunity to tell someone that Jesus loves them.

Jesus Changes Me from Broken to Whole

Jesus Changes Me from Broken to Whole

Written by: Emily Vaas

Morning and evening meditation

Read: “Behold, I am making all things new.” Rev. 21:5

“He has made everything beautiful in its time." Ecc. 3:11

Pray: Stop and be still for a moment. Ask the Lord to bring to your mind areas where you have been broken, hurt or wounded. These areas are most likely areas that you don’t need to look back too far to remember or recall. They may even be very present in your life at this very moment. Many of the memories are probably not places you want your mind to go, but they are necessary for healing.

Devotional

Read: Psalms 31:14-24

When we hear the word “broken,” we typically disassociate its meaning with happy thoughts, future dreams, or comfortable life experiences. Being broken is not often on our “to do” list. It's often painful and wearisome. We are joined by a large list of famous men, like David, Saul (later Paul), and even Abraham. These men had to go through a period of brokenness to be used by God. In the New Testament, the word “broken” is often associated with the broken body of Christ. Yes, even Christ was not exempt from brokenness.

So what is brokenness? What is its purpose? If Christ was not exempt from it, why do we believe we are? Brokenness led David to deep repentance and a reputation as a man after God’s own heart. He faced the death of his son, which brought him to a place where God could grow a king. God didn’t force David to be used by him, David had to become nothing so that the Lord could raise him as a vessel for His purposes. Brokenness led Saul down the road to Damascus, on his way to arrest disciples of the Lord. As Saul, he acted out of hatred against the followers of God, and with the authority of chief priests. But the Lord had a different plan. In Acts 9:15 the Lord tells Ananias that Saul, “is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.” However, for Saul to be used, he had to be become blind and rely on Ananias, one of the very disciples that he hated. He was broken before God, and this brokenness allowed him to become an essential tool to spread the gospel. Lastly, brokenness led Abraham to be the father of many nations. Abraham was broken as he raised the blade in obedience to the Lord. Before his eyes flashed the loss of the promise of God, his future, his son. Only then could God build a nation from a man who was reduced only to his faith in the Lord and the emptying of his will.

The purpose of brokenness, then, is to rid ourselves of any identity, will, agenda, or purpose that is not fully immersed in the Lord. Brokenness; however, is only for a season. Healing comes with the relinquishment of anything that is not fully surrendered to the Lord. In this relinquishment comes a healing unlike anything we could have manifested in our human will.

Question

In your times of brokenness, what has God strengthened? Is it your faith? Your devotional time? Your love for your spouse? Your love for your family, friends, or parents?

Prayer Challenge

Thank the Lord for His guidance in your life. Thank Him for brokenness that leads to a better understanding of who you are in Him. Thank Him for taking away anything from your life that is not rooted in Him.

Next Step

Write down areas where you have felt broken--broken as a result of others, or as a result of your own choices. What has the Lord showed you during these times to strengthen your relationship with Him? Where has He made you more whole? Use these as a reminder that brokenness leads to vessels that can be built back up in the Lord. 

Jesus Changes Me from Selfish to Selfless

Jesus Changes Me from Selfish to Selfless

Written by: Danny Graves

Morning and Evening Meditation

Read: 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13

Pray: That you will understand and experience God’s love in such a way that it causes you to love others in the same way.

Devotional

Read: Mark 10:43-45

No doubt many of us have heard this statement that in our early years as children we were selfish.  We were born selfish, wanting to have our way, wanting what is ours, and most of the time wanting it when we want it. For example, have you ever watched a small child play with their toys?  Have you or another person (maybe another child) tried to play with that child’s toys?  What typically happens? The child sees you playing with their toy, runs up to you, snatches the toy out of your hand, and yells, “Mine!”  Typical behavior for young children. The challenge for many of us, however, is that as we get older, that selfishness doesn’t necessarily change.

There have been names or phrases coined to identify generations of people who demonstrate that selfish kind of attitude. The so-called Millennial Generation was dubbed the “Me! Me! Me! Generation”, the Baby Boomer Generation was known as the “Me Generation”, both largely due to their perceived selfishness and excessive interest in themselves.  I’ve even heard of something known as Individualistic Christianity the idea being it’s all about me!

I recently came across a devotional that challenges us to look at God’s creation as we really are - children of God.  The writer puts it this way. “The Bible says that we are created in the image of God. You! You are made to be like Him.  If you really embrace that, then you will realize you were made not to be selfish, or self-absorbed, you were made to serve, to help, and to be there for others.

If you call yourself a Christian, that means you want to live like Jesus. And if you look at the life of Jesus, it was all about other people.  Jesus was always helping people, healing people, loving people, serving people, - the list goes on and on.

Remember the WWJD fad? (What Would Jesus Do) If you want to be like Jesus and truly live a Christian life, that means you do the same.  Live like you believe you were created in the image of God. Serve others like you are living out the life of Jesus.

Question

How intentional are you?  Do you look for ways that you can serve others?  Have you considered how you can serve in your community, your local schools, your church?

Prayer Challenge

Pray that you will learn to love people and to help people without expecting anything for yourself.

Next Step

Challenge yourself every day to look for opportunities – big or small – to serve, help, love, and be there for others.  When you do this, you’ll be living the way God created you to live.

Jesus Changes Me from Fearful to Confident

Jesus Changes Me from Fearful to Confident

Written by: Kelly Chakra

Morning and Evening Meditation

Read: Matthew 10:26-33

Pray: Heavenly Father you are wonderful, and I praise you because you are the Lord Almighty, the Holy One, and the everlasting God of love. Your will be done in my life today as I read your word and hear from you. Renew my mind with your heavenly perspective. Help me to understand your Word when you said, “perfect love casts out all fear”. Search me and show me if there is any fear in me that is keeping me from your perfect, unfailing love.  Forgive me and deliver me from fear. I take authority over fear in my life in the name of Jesus and by the blood of the lamb that was slain.  Father, Your's is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, amen.

Devotional

Fear is a word I can relate to. I was so shy growing up that the thought of attending youth group or even having casual conversations with anyone outside of my circle of friends gave me great fear and anxiety. My first taste of true confidence in life was when I discovered I had a talent that made people think highly of me. That confidence quickly turned to pride. Then, the Lord allowed that talent to be taken away from me for several years. My only confidence and identity was lost.

After this season, a confidence that could never be lost was discovered in turning to my creator and experiencing His perfect love in spite of my shame. But I learned that a relationship with our God is mutual. In order to fully experience His love, we must learn to love Him back. To love Him back is to obey His Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching” and “the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:23, 26)

In order to overcome fear, we must stand on the Word of God. Choose to stand on an encouraging word from Jesus, “Do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” (Matt 10:19-20) If I am fearful in obeying God, it means I have not fully received or understood His perfect love.  If I do not obey the Holy Spirit on a daily basis when He is leading me to say or do something, it means I fear what man’s words or actions can do to me more than I fear the God who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Question:

Thinking back to yesterday, did the sum of your actions prove your fear of man or fear of God?

Prayer Challenge:

Ask the Lord to search your heart and reveal what’s true about you today. Confess any fear of man, and repent. Decide before God that you are turning away from that fear. Ask the Holy Spirit for direction today. Keep asking until you hear clearly. He usually doesn’t show you until you are in the moment of needed direction.

Next Step:

Choose today to obey the Holy Spirit’s prompting. Allow God to get past the limitations of your human mind. Do not reason in your mind but obey as He shows you what is needed for each moment. If you delay, you may miss the opportunity. During fasting is a great time to practice hearing and obeying the Holy Spirit, because instead of being full with food, you are full with the Spirit. I’ve found I can see and hear more clearly during fasting. Every time you choose to obey the Holy Spirit, your confidence in God the Father grows. Soon we will be like Jesus doing and saying only what the Father has told us to do and say (John 12:49-50). It just takes one step, one act of obedience to walk away from fear.

Jesus Changes Me from Independent to Reliant

Jesus Changes Me from Independent to Reliant

Written by: Tammy Botkin

Morning and evening meditation

Read:  Ephesians 3:20, Psalms 37:5, Proverbs 3:5-7, Jer 29:11-14

Pray: Ask the Lord how to be dependent on/trusting of His will in all areas of life. Ask Him to reveal areas that are functioning independent of His control…so you can be totally dependent and confident in His provision.

Devotional

Read : Ephesians 3:20, Psalms 37:5, Proverbs 3:5-7

Giving up control can be scary. It’s like the old trust trick; a person behind you is standing, ready to catch you, and then you fall backwards. If you’ve ever done it, you might have had a quick conversation with yourself…”Can I rely on this person?...What if I fall?”

Independence means: “free from outside control; not depending on another's authority”. It’s the leaning on one’s own understanding and ability. The world often seeks after this…it ties independence to success, self-esteem, self-discipline. It’s no wonder there is temptation for self-reliance. Yet the most “independent” people in the world have been left in personal ruin…it’s just too heavy to bear. We can try to create a half-way decent life, dependent on our own ability, but God says a life fully reliant in Him is so much more than we can hope for or imagine.

Power and Freedom. Ephesians 3:20 says; “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…”.  You’re either working via your own power or His. Which option is secure? Promising? Full of hope? God has more for us when we’re dependent on Him, than we can ever obtain on our own. Reliance actually brings freedom. Freedom from worry, doubt, burdens. Ps 37:5 says “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you”.

We are designed to depend on God. We need fellowship with Him, security, direction and hope. Proverbs 3:5-7 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom…Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

When we rely on God, blessings follow. Proverbs 3:5-7 says “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”

Not something we can ever promise ourselves...without Him.

Question:

Am I really trusting the Lord with every area of my life? Or just the ones where my hands are tied?

Prayer challenge:

Lord I want to rely on You. Help me to seek You first; trusting Your path for this (and all) area/s of my life. For You have plans for me! A future and a hope. (Jer 29:11-14)

Next Step:

Look at areas of your life that may not be producing fruit. Bring focus to these areas during daily prayer time. Give them/trust them to God.

Jesus Changes Me from Weak to Strong

Jesus Changes Me from Weak to Strong

Written by: Harriston Wilson

Morning and Evening Meditation

Read: 1 John 4:16-19

Pray: Pray that we will not rationalize things when God may be leading us somewhere entirely different than what our intellect says.

Devotional:

Incredible though it may seem, the weak are admonished to say they are strong. But in order to ascertain a more in depth knowledge and understanding of weak and strong, let us determine how and where we may be weak or strong.

Mankind is a triune being: spirit soul and body.  Therefore if man is weak or strong, it would have to be in one or more of man’s beings. May I submit that the spirit of man is either dead or alive, never weak.

(1) The spirit of man is the lifeline and if the lifeline is severed from God, man is a dead, walking being. The spirit of man must be restored to God through Christ. Then man’s spirit is alive, strong and well; not weak.

(2) The soul, (mind, will and emotions) determines whether body or spirit will have dominance. It is the soul that will dictate the mental state of man as it relates to being weak, growing, or strong toward the will of God.

(3) The physical body of man contacts the world. We come into this world as a baby (weak), growing physically stronger each day. (That is not to deny that a senior moment may avail itself in our senior years.)

With that being said we have an intercessor, Jesus, who took our illnesses and carried our diseases. Jesus did not die because He was weak.  He died because He was strong, and was resurrected to challenge the weak to become strong.

Question

Am I ruled by my emotions, instead of making them bow to Him?

Prayer Challenge
Pray with the mind of Christ__ “As He is, so am I in this world!”

Jesus Calls Me His Disciple

Jesus Calls Me His Disciple

Written by: Eric Cochran

Morning and Evening Meditation

Read: John 13: 34-35

Pray:

Ask the Lord what His love looks like in each facet of your daily life. Pray outside of the box here. What does it look like in my church life? My work/school life? How about in relationships with immediate and extended family? My causal interactions with co-workers/classmates, neighbors, strangers, etc.? What does it look like with people with whom I do not agree? How about with people who do not like, or perhaps, even hate me?

Devotional

Read: John 13: 34-35

There are many things that can be written about our identity as a disciple of Jesus. A few too many for one devotion, that’s for sure. However, if there is one recurring theme throughout Scripture that defines a disciple, it’s love. After all, it is 1/9 of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22)  If you have been to a wedding you are likely familiar with the “Love Chapter” (1 Corinthians 13). In today’s passage, we are specifically talking about Christ’s love for us; that we, in turn, are to give away to others.

Jesus tells us that as His disciples, we are to love one another just as He loves us. This applies to believers and unbelievers alike. Scripture teaches that God showed His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Pre-disciple, if you will. He loved us first and there was nothing we did to earn His grace and love.

So, how exactly do we love others with His love? The answer is simple yet daunting. We are to show His love unconditionally and equally to all people, sinner and saint alike. Our human love tends to be positional and conditional. We love our children because they are our children and we love others because we agree with them or like what they say or do. It’s convenient and comfortable. However, Jesus’ love for us was neither convenient nor comfortable. It led Him to the cross. His love is not a response to anything we say or do. It does not mean that He likes our conduct if it is contrary to His Word, but He loves us just the same.

Now, I understand that some people can be challenging to love, especially when we disagree with their beliefs or some aspect of their life. However, when we begin to love these “challenging” people, we are truly loving as Christ loved, unconditionally and equally. I am quite certain that I have been someone’s “challenging” person more than once in my life.

Question

Who do you find difficult to love? In what practical ways can you begin to show them Jesus’ love?

Prayer Challenge

Ask the Lord to help you express His love equally with everyone, especially with those you may find difficult to love. 

Next Step

Take an inventory of those you find difficult to love. Prayerfully, begin to jot down some ideas on how you can show them the love of Jesus and ask God for opportunity to put these ideas into action.

Jesus Calls Me His Bride

Jesus Calls Me His Bride

Written by: Metty Nyang'oro

Morning and Evening Meditation

Read: Hosea 2:16-23

Pray: Ask the Lord to reveal to you what it means to be chosen by Him. Ask the Lord to show you the beauty of His salvation in your life.

Devotional

Read: Hosea 2:16-23

I am not aware of any culture that doesn’t celebrate marriage in one form or another. Do you know about 2 million weddings take place in the United States each year? Now image the number of weddings taking place in the world each year. Amazing! I think weddings are fun because there is something for everyone - from the bride’s dress, tear-jerking moments, food, dancing, etc. However, I believe weddings are great, because they serve as a visual representation of love.

However, the text in Hosea, is drawing our attention to a different kind of wedding. This one is a glorious wedding to come, with us - the Church, as the bride, and Jesus Christ as the bridegroom. In Tanzania, where I grew up, it is customary for a bridegroom to pay a dowry. A girl is considered betrothed once a dowry, which could be money, a herd of cows, sheep, or goats, is accepted. Betrothal, therefore, must cost a bridegroom something. As a church, we are betrothed to Jesus through his costly and precious blood poured out on the cross for us!

For the “dowry” Jesus paid on the cross, Apostle Paul (Ephesians 5:25-27) reminds us that a bride betrothed to Jesus is expected to be holy and without blemish. For the majority of us, the idea of maintaining holiness is scary, because we are typically aware of our shortcomings. Nevertheless, as we read in Ephesians 5:25-27, Jesus has taken upon Himself to maintain us as His bride! He is the one who is sanctifying and cleansing us.

So what should our response be as we reflect on our charge and identity as Jesus’ bride? I think our response should be that of worship and thanksgiving, because our position as Jesus’ bride implies being chosen, deeply loved and relentlessly pursued by Him. The best part of all is, as we wait for the wedding day, we don’t have to search for a perfect wedding dress. Jesus has already clothed us with garments of salvation and has wrapped us with His robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10). How awesome is He!

Question

Think of all the things in your life – attitudes, ambitions, emotions, possessions, etc. How are they hindering you from committing to a life of holiness?

Prayer Challenge

Pray that the Lord will reveal to you all the things that have become a “baal” to you. Pray that the Lord will help you turn your heart completely to Him.

Next Step

Reflect on your walk with the Lord. For those areas that are no longer a struggle for you, find at least one person with whom to share your testimony.

God Calls Me His Son

God Calls Me His Son

Written by: Torry Gligora

Morning and Evening Meditation

Read: Galatians 4:4-7

Pray:  For a fresh awareness that you are a son or daughter of God the Father.

Devotional

There's no greater privilege, next to salvation, than to know we are sons and daughters of God, through faith in Jesus.

To be redeemed from under the law was miraculous enough (v5a). But the goodness of God didn’t stop there.  Our text goes on and tells us, He redeemed us so we could receive the adoption of sons (v5b). Listen to that!  When you receive Christ into your life, the Father receives you into His family.

The Apostle John affirms, “Now we are the sons of God…” (1 John 3:2) It’s not something we have to aspire to become; the “adoption papers” are signed and finalized through Jesus.  You belong to God--His child.

The most powerful part of being a child is having a father.  A child looks to a father (and mother) to find identity, acceptance, attention, provision, security and affection. Take a moment to give thanks for each of these expressions of love the Father has for you. 

Then the text says, “God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’”  Our nature begins to reflect that of a child of God.  We cease to see God as unapproachable, judgmental, or unavailable, but rather with childlike sincerity, we call on Abba (Daddy).

And it gets better still!  As an adopted child, we’ve not only been given “son-ship,” but “heir-ship.” We are entitled to every blessing the Kingdom of God affords.  All the riches the Father has given Jesus are ours as well.

Question

How would some areas of your life change if you managed them as a child of God?

Prayer Challenge

Ask the Lord to help you believe and live according to who you are in Christ – A child and heir of God.

Next Step:

Pick a present situation or relationship and make a plan of what a child/heir of God would do.

Jesus Loves Me Too Much to Leave Me This Way

Jesus Loves Me Too Much to Leave Me This Way

Written by: Sharon E. Thrower

Morning and Evening Meditation

Read Jeremiah 18:1-12

Pray:

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there be any offensive and wicked way in me.  Lead me in the way everlasting.”  Psalm 139: 24, 25

Devotional

Read:  Jeremiah 18:1-12

The Bible uses many things from everyday life, to teach about the principles and character of God.  A recurring illustration throughout Scripture is that of a vessel, jars, pots, etc.  It’s a very powerful illustration of the relationship between the Creator and the created. It beautifully illustrates that God has a purpose, plan and destiny for which, He, The Creator made us.  It also has many other layers of meaning, including who/what shapes us, who/what we contain and how useful we are in the course of our life and service to others in our designated roles. 

Today’s Scripture reading, shows that God is in control.  This message was clearly portrayed to Jeremiah, as he watched a potter start over on a pot.  Jeremiah noticed that the vessel did not take the shape that the potter wanted it to take.  During that time in history, the Israelites had gradually come to think that God—because He had chosen them as His people—was obliged to protect them.  But their constant, disobedient behavior towards Him, had brought God to the point of “starting over.

God is The Potter in our lives.  We are not in the hands of “chance” or “blind fate,” but we are in the hands of the Person of God Almighty. He is not just our Creator, but He is our Heavenly Father.  As our Father, He is personally concerned for our lives, and wants the best for us.

Notice in this reading that the clay could not, nor did it mold itself.  Only God has the power to properly shape and guide our lives.  God, as The Potter, not only has the perfect plan for our lives, but He also sees the finished product in His mind. He knows the end from the beginning! He sets in motion a perfect plan for our lives.

We may not be able to see the finished product, but God has already envisioned it and He promises an excellent result, if we would only trust Him and surrender every area of our lives to Him.  Notice from today’s reading that the potter never threw out the lump, but he re-makes the clay again.  This is a wonderful picture of God’s grace. Jesus loves us too much to leave us this way: broken, torn, and in a sinful condition. He may use difficult tests or even discipline to get us to yield, but in the end, we will become a useful vessel in His image. 

Question

Are you living a yielded life unto God?  What things, negative emotions, wrong attitudes, wrong thought patterns, bad habits, wrong relationships, sinful behaviors, etc., do you need to surrender to Him?

Prayer challenge

Pray, unto God, the words of this hymn, entitled Have Thine Own Way.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Thou art The Potter, I am the clay.  Mold me and make me, after Thy will.  While I am waiting, yielded and still.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Search me and try me, Master today.  Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now; as in Thy Presence, humbly I bow.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!  Power, all power, surely is Thine!  Touch me and heal me, Savior Divine!

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Hold over my being, absolute sway!  Fill with Thy Spirit, till all shall see; Christ only, always, living in me!

Next Step

Go to YouTube and listen to the song called: “The Potter’s House”, by Tremaine Hawkins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C14OuEGghhk

After listening to this song, write down what the Holy Spirit speaks to your heart. Expect Him to minister to you.

“Now unto Him, Who Is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fail and with great joy; to the only Wise God our Savior, be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!  Amen.”  {Jude 24, 25}

Jesus Loves Me as I Am

Jesus Loves Me as I Am

Written by: Megan Krueger

Morning and evening meditation

Read: Luke 5:1-11;27-31

Pray: If you’re feeling unloved, lacking confidence or trust in Jesus’ love for you in any area of your life, or you are struggling to accept yourself as you are, ask the Lord to reveal to you who your identity is in Him. Ask Him to help you to accept His love, and show you how to love yourself as you are, so you can grow in Him and show His love to others.

Devotional

Read: Luke 5:1-11;27-31

I have always struggled with two things in my life; body image and not being good enough. Both of these things have greatly influenced the person I am today for better and for worse. In the area of body image, I used to pretend I didn’t care about how I looked up until high school, while I wore baggy shirts and bandanas, but in reality, I had been paying attention since I was an overweight girl in elementary school. No one ever called me fat to my face, but they didn’t have to-- you just hear people saying negative things about other people that are like you, and you come to the conclusion on your own. I was not the “pretty one”, and even to this day I struggle with people telling me I look nice. And as for the struggle of not feeling “good enough”, I can easily say that is probably true for almost every artist I’ve ever known. I don’t think I know many artists who can truly take a compliment well, and in fact, we are used to constant rejection and criticism from our peers and audience. For me, praise received is rarely accepted, actually believing it as truth, because I can always see the imperfections and mistakes in my work. Needless to say, I’m a work in progress!

And that’s all just a couple of struggles in my own life. Whether it’s because of something we do, don’t do, or something done to us to make us feel less than.   There are those of us in our church, and people in the world, struggling with even more than we can imagine that keeps them from fully accepting the fact that Jesus loves them as they are.  We live in a day and age that lets feelings and fear guide our way, rather than God’s Truth. We forget that feelings are fleeting; they change, and that sometimes leaves us feeling “less than” or “not good enough” when we have evidence of Jesus’ Truth saying otherwise.

Let’s look at the scripture to see one of the many examples of how Jesus loves and accepts us as we are. In Luke 5, we see Jesus choose His first disciples. These men are failures in the world’s eyes in essence. These are the Jews that could not cut it in seminary school and were working jobs that were not respectable, such as fishermen and tax collectors. And still, Jesus walks right up to them and tells them to follow Him right then and there as they are. He didn’t say, “Ok, well I want you to be my disciples, really I do, but you’re just not enough ____.” No, Jesus’ only expectation was their obedience. And in being obedient to Him, this led to changed lives for these men. He changed them, and the world, by His love for us all as we are, and proved it through His sacrifice for our sins. So, the Truth is that obedience and trust lead to your identity in Him and a better life. The short answer to believing in Jesus’ love for us: we cannot trust the opinion of ourselves, if it is in conflict with Jesus’ Truth. Take hold of that today, and let Jesus love you as you are, so you can love others like Jesus and make a difference in this world that so sorely needs His love.

Question

Do you struggle with loving yourself as you are? How can you work on loving yourself as God loves you? How can you help others to love themselves?

Prayer Challenge

If you, or know someone struggling with the Truth of Jesus’ loves for them, and loving themselves, pray for their spiritual health and guidance. Ask God to reveal the Truth in His Word and through your everyday blessings.

Next Step

Throughout the next week, be alert to moments in yourself and others that make you feel unloved or not good enough, and say a prayer to combat those fleeting feelings and lies. Maybe even write them down to pray about them at the end of the day. Recognizing all the lies that try to keep us from Jesus’ love is something we have to practice, to make ourselves aware, in order to combat with prayer, reading His Word, and spending time with like-minded Christians.

Jesus Loves Me Regardless of My Past

Jesus Loves Me Regardless of My Past

Written by: Eric Vaas

Morning and Evening Meditation

2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Pray:  Lord, help me to remember that I am made new in you! My old life has “passed away” according to your Word. I do not have to relive the past.

Devotional

I have an old house, and especially during the spring rains, I get water in the basement. Now that isn’t a problem usually. I just have to be sure that my jury-rigged sump pump is working and it collects the water from the sump pit and spews it out onto the driveway.  Last year we had a tremendous downpour that lasted for some time, and I neglected to check the pump to be sure that it was working. In the morning, I awoke to about 3 inches of water in the basement. The problem was the pump had been too close to the side wall of the pit and the float jammed preventing it from turning on. I lost our washing machine, but I replaced it knowing we were about due soon for a new one and had gotten our money’s worth out of the water-logged one. I also lost a treadmill because of the water damage to the two motors and electric components. That treadmill had been a gift for my wife Becky, and I had done my share of replacing worn parts on it to keep it in good shape for her. That treadmill sat in my basement for months as I wrestled with the decision to buy all of the replacement parts needed to get it working again or not. The problem for me was that those parts came close to the original purchase price.  I was so irritated by my lack of forethought to go and check on that sump pump! If only I would have checked on it, I would have saved myself lots of money and effort and self-inflicted guilt. Finally, after talking with Becky, we decided that it wasn’t worth repairing, so my daughter and I hauled it out to the street. Within minutes someone stopped and picked it up. I even helped him load it into his vehicle.  The funny thing was, I had such a sense of release when it was gone. You see, every time I went to the basement that water-logged treadmill sat there, mocking me…reminding me of my failure to check the pump, and that I, and no one else, was responsible for its condition. Having it out of the house brought a certain amount of emotional freedom.

Sometimes in my mind I wander back to some of the foolish things I did in my younger days and those thoughts are like that treadmill in my basement, reminding me of my failures, and taunting me with the “how could you have ever done THAT” types of thoughts. It is then that I have to stop and remind myself that the Word of God tells me that Christ died for me while I was a sinner! Because I am in Christ, I am a new creation! Old things in my life have passed away and I am a new creation! What great freedom we all have in that truth, if we will just allow it to sink into our spirits! We need to get that old treadmill out of our basements and kick it to the curb once and for all!

Question

Look back over your last week. Are you still reliving your past mistakes? Are you remembering someone else’s mistakes?

Prayer Challenge

Thank the Lord for His forgiveness, and that at the point of our salvation, we became a new creation in Christ!

Next Step

Write out 2 Corinthians 5:17 and keep it where it can be an easily seen as a reminder of being a new creation!

God Speaks to Me Through His Word

God Speaks to Me Through His Word

Written by: Shannon Gligora

Morning and Evening Meditation:

For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zeph 3:17

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.  They cannot be numbered!  I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!  Psalm 139:17-18

Devotional

I recently went through a time of battling anxiety.  It was more intense than I had ever experienced before.  For a couple of months I barely slept 4-5 hours per night because irrational fears dominated my mind.  I was awake by 3 or 4am every day and couldn’t go back to sleep.

Thoughts raced through my mind that I knew were lies, but in the moment they felt so true.  In those times, I became desperate to hear God’s voice louder than the lies.   I wanted to find proof of His truths in His Word.  When I couldn’t sleep past 3 or 4 am I would sit in my bathroom and do google searches for scriptures of different topics—“scriptures for peace, scriptures for healing, scriptures about God’s love, scriptures about God’s goodness,” etc.   I read his word, spoke it aloud, and meditated on it.  I intentionally filled my mind with His truth in order to drive the lies out of my mind.  Those words were all that got me through many days.

God is so faithful.  He says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Through His word, He speaks to us.  When we open the Bible we get to see what he says, what he thinks, what’s on his heart.  We feel His presence.  We feel His peace.  Through His Word, we find Him.

Question

What do you need from Him today?  What truth have you heard about that you need to find proof of in the Bible?  Do you need to know that he loves you?  Do you need to know that He’s faithful?  Do you need to know that He has good plans and a good future for you?  Do you need Him to help you sleep at night?  I encourage you to seek out scriptures that show you those truths.  

Prayer Challenge

Father God, open my eyes to your truth in your word.  Give me understanding.  As I read your word, help me to feel your presence near and give me ears to hear your voice.  Speak to me in a fresh way today. 

Next Step

Find one verse that speaks to you today and meditate on it throughout the day. (Feel free to use google if you need help finding one!)  Say it aloud.  Write it down and carry it with you. Think on its meaning. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you—ask for a fresh revelation of who God is for you TODAY.

Jesus Speaks to Me Through My Thoughts

Jesus Speaks to Me Through My Thoughts

Written by: Karen Hart

Morning and evening meditation

Read: Colossians 3: 1-4

Pray: Ask the Holy Spirit to help you set your mind on things above, on things that have eternal rewards, not on things that will have no value for eternity. Ask the Lord to help you delight in Him alone, and be rid of any desire for worldly things.

Devotional

Read: Colossians 3: 1-4    

Today’s passage looks at my relationship with Christ through my thoughts. When we say we are born again Christians, what does that mean to us? Do we think raising our hands at a fellowship gives us the get out of hell card? If we called on Jesus with all sincerity, we are transformed from death to life, we are then “raised with Christ” as we have died with Him in renouncing our sins, seeking repentance and following Him. Now IN Christ, our complete delight should be for the things of God, “seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not the things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

When we set out minds on things above, we set our minds on Jesus. We find that our thoughts are infiltrated with heavenly discussions and we want Him to delight in us. We desire to give Him pleasure and actually if I might state, we want to make Him laugh. As we set this mind of ours on the upward path the Lord Himself speaks to us, the Holy Spirit tells us all truths - telling us what He hears, shows us things to come and things we ought to do. He directs my decisions when I am focused on Him.

How awesome is that last verse, “when Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” You would have had such a close relationship with Him as you navigate this earth as a pilgrim, because you spent so much time with Him; listening and chatting with Him, obeying His instructions and delighting in Him as He delights in you too. What a glorious day that will be. I am always grateful that we are allowed to seek after glory, honor and immortality! We will get those, once the Lover of our Souls comes back for us.

Question

Look back over your last week. Where was your mind set on most of the week? On the things above or the things on earth? Did you find yourself hearing Jesus more with your mind set on earth or, whenever you set it on things above

Prayer Challenge

Thank the Lord for the ability to hear Him speak and ask the Holy Spirit to help you set your mind on things above, and stay speaking and listening to Jesus.

Next Step

Write down a plan of how tomorrow you can set your mind on heavenly treasures, on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, on the fruit of the Spirit and on making Jesus laugh. I would suggest reading the Bible as a good start.

God Speaks to Me Through My Emotions

God Speaks to Me Through My Emotions

Written by: Scott Osborne

Morning and Evening Meditation

Read: 1 John 4: 7-16

Pray: Ask the Lord to give you new insights about how He wants to use your emotions as a way to speak to you.

Devotional

Emotions are often considered a bad thing. Have you ever heard someone say, “Don’t be so emotional”? I’m not personally wired to express a very broad range of emotions. My face and vocal inflections aren’t extremely different when I’m happy versus when I’m sad. But I’ve learned to value emotions thanks to my wife and daughters. They all tend to express their emotions through tears. Sad moments evoke tears. Happy moments produce tears. Empathy…tears, anger…tears, inspiration…tears. More times than I can recall, I’ve been at a restaurant with the three of them when they were all crying. I hadn’t hurt their feelings; we had been discussing something that touched them emotionally. Imagine the looks I’ve gotten from servers who happened upon these scenes. But I love the emotional sensitivity these precious women possess. Surely they are reflecting the heavenly Father’s heart.

When Jesus observed the family and friends of Lazarus mourning his death, the Scriptures tell us He was deeply moved and He wept. Emotion. Moses’ reluctance to accept God’s call at the burning bush to lead the Israelites out of Egypt caused the LORD’s anger to burn against him. Emotion. 1 John 4:16 (NIV) says, “We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.” Emotion.  God created us with emotions and the Bible reveals His own expressions of emotion. Emotions are not a bad thing. They are gifts from God. In fact, 1 Corinthians 13:13 tells us love (an emotion) is the greatest gift.

The love I feel as I hold my grandchild can give me a glimpse of how much God loves me. If I feel fear about a decision I’m considering, it may be the Lord nudging me in a different direction. If news of a social injustice triggers my anger, God may be spurring me to join a group aiding the oppressed. The warmth I feel as I gaze upon a spectacular sunset may initiate a time of worship for the Creator who made it. Let’s understand and embrace our emotions as a gift from God through which we can know Him better.

Question

Can you recall a time when you sensed God through an emotion? What was the emotion and what did you sense?

Prayer Challenge

Ask the Lord to help you hear Him in every way He wishes to communicate with you, including your emotions.

Next Step

Begin training yourself to hear God through your emotions. As you are aware of your emotions throughout the day today, pause to consider what God may be showing you in that moment.


 

 

Jesus Speaks to me When I Remove Distractions

Jesus Speaks to me When I Remove Distractions

Written by: Rich Helpman

Morning and Evening Meditation

Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV: Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Pray: Lord, show me what is in the way, an easily ensnaring sin, or a weight that may be bogging me down. Show me the path of the righteous that shines bright and looks unto Jesus. Help me to have endurance for my race, so I may complete my faith; my words and deeds together giving you glory.

Devotional

Our enemy prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.  From his perspective the next best thing to being unsaved is being an ineffective Christian. Many times he renders us ineffective through distractions.

Consider: The heavens are always declaring the glory of God. (Psalm19:1-4) What may be known about God is clearly manifested, and His attributes are able to be clearly seen and understood through creation.  (Romans 1:19, 20)               

So, if the voice of heaven and the created world are declaring the glory and power of God, and I'm not hearing or noticing, what's in the way? Distractions. Many people reject God at this level.  Romans 1 and 2 describe these people as those who knew God but did not glorify Him as God. They loved pleasure rather than God. Distracted by their sin and it's pleasure. We should lay aside sin so we can run!Perhaps our faith has brought us to a place where we are closer to God and can hear His voice more clearly.

Consider: “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.” Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake.” John 12:27-30 NKJV

What a blessing to hear the voice of the Father answering the prayer of Jesus for our sake! But notice that some attributed the voice to thunder or to an angel. They heard the voice, but did not understand the voice. What was the cause of their confusion? Distractions. Their faith had brought them to the presence of Jesus as a spectator of his ministry, but not yet to maturity, not yet to full understanding. Many are stuck here in their walk with God by distractions. Have you ever been in a service and forgotten the songs that were sung, or the message that was preached?  Are you more Martha than Mary? Worried about many things when only one thing is necessary? We should lay aside the weight of "busyness" so we can run!

Perhaps our faith has brought us into a deeper relationship that allows us to not only acknowledge God's glory, and not only hear His voice, but truly understand what He is saying to us. We know who He is and what He expects of us, His gifts and calling in our lives.

Consider: “Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!” Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’” Luke 14:15-20 NKJV

Invited guests to the supper in the Kingdom of God over time became more interested in the things of this world. Possessions, business, and family all became more important than feasting with the King.  Not flagrant sin, but the "cares of this world" and the "deceitfulness of riches" grew up and choked the Word (Matt. 13:22). Distractions. Right up until the time of the Wedding of the Lamb, distractions are to be guarded against. 

Our enemy is wily and restless, and comes subtly, not in a red suit with a pitchfork! He disguises himself as an angel of light and speaks deceiving words like, "your sin is not that bad, after all, others have done worse things", and "these worldly possessions and pursuits are not evil, God understands your divided devotion".

Oh beloved, may we hear the Word of the Lord and lay everything aside! May we run without hindrance the race set before us! And may we be faithful to the end and hear Him say, "Well done good and faithful servant!"

Question

What is MY hindrance?

Prayer Challenge

"Lord, show me what is in the way, and give me a willing spirit to accept Your direction."

Next Step

Make a permanent change regarding what is arresting your spiritual growth, because you love Him!


 

Jesus Speaks to Me When I Invite Him

Jesus Speaks to Me When I Invite Him

Written by: Daryse Osborne

Morning and Evening Meditation

Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV: Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.

Pray: Lord, help me to be aware of Your Presence in each part of my day. Help me to allow you access to my circumstances.

Devotional

What’s it like to get an invitation to something?  It depends on who it’s from and what it’s for…right?  Jesus gave many invitations in the gospels.  For example, He invited Simon and his brother Andrew, who were fishermen, to follow Him, telling them He would make them fishers of men.  He asked Zaccheus in Luke 19 to come out of a tree so he could go to his house and dine with him. He invited the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4 to drink from water that only He can give. Jesus was present, accessible; these were all personal invitations!  In each account, the person He invited, accepted His invitation, inviting Christ to transform his or her life.

In the Jeremiah 33 scripture, the Word of the Lord came to Jeremiah a second time to confirm the promise of the restoration of the Jewish people to their country, but also to encourage them! In the same way, God invites us to invite Him to show us things he has for us…important things that the Amplified Bible says “have been confined or hidden.”  Like the people in the gospel accounts, we have an opportunity to invite Christ to be an active, transforming part of our lives EACH day. Like, the people in Jeremiah’s day, we can invite Him to reveal any area or thing that we haven’t given Him access to or that seems hidden from us right now. Jesus is accessible!

 Question

Take a few minutes and ask yourself where you are in your life right now: how are you feeling…energized or tired?  peaceful or overwhelmed?  burdened or joyful?  worried…hopeful? Do you sense God as near or far away?

Prayer Challenge

Talk to Jesus.  Invite Him to reveal any area that you may not have considered, or that you may be keeping from Him.

Next Step

Write down your specific invitations for Him to be an active part of your life today. Continue this each day this week.