Being Obedient

DAILY VERSE

But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle.

Exodus 13:18

DEVOTION

After all of the miraculous things God accomplished through Moses and Aaron, Pharaoh finally allowed the Nation of Israel to set out on their journey to the promised land.

But the trip, which takes 35-days to make, took 40-years! Why? Because God had work to do on the hearts of the men and women of Israel. He had to prepare them for their arrival. He had to prepare them to receive the blessings He would pour out on them.

You can determine the length of time it takes to receive what God has for you by humbling yourself before God. Your obedience can shorten the length of time God needs to make the changes necessary to receive the blessings He’s prepared.

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The Art of Discipline

DAILY VERSE

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.

1 Corinthians 10:23

DEVOTION

Sometimes to get to somewhere great you have to deny yourself of something good. Most of the times you just have to deny yourself altogether. You have to discipline yourself to do the right things day in and day out, week in and week out, year in and year out.

If you want God’s best, you have to say no, not just to things that are wrong, but even to second best—whatever’s merely good instead of truly great.

Sometimes God says, “No.” The thing you were relying on fell through, but why? God is omniscient. He sees the results of answering your prayer now, knowing that it will fall apart later.

Trust that God has good intentions, that by waiting you will end up in the best place possible!

Embrace a Childlike Wonder

DAILY VERSE

Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:2-4

DEVOTION

To truly gain the wisdom required to follow Jesus well, we must have a childlike drive to learn more about Him. Why childlike? Children are naturally curious and open minded. The miraculous is totally conceivable and real to them.

The word disciple comes from the Greek word mathétés. The root word means “the mental effort needed to think something through.” So by definition, a disciple is someone who never stops learning.

So, open your Bibles and dig! Ask Jesus to show you everything there is to know about Him. Pray daily and often – and believe!

Embrace the Cross

DAILY VERSE

Jesus said to all of his followers, “If you truly desire to be my disciple, you must disown your life completely, embrace my ‘cross’ as your own, and surrender to my ways.

Luke 9:23

DEVOTION

There’s a thing called “tough love”. As a Christian though, this takes on a whole new meaning. A tough guy isn’t someone who can blacken an eye or bloody a nose; it’s someone who is willing to be nailed to a cross for someone he loves.

Tough love is proactive. It’s not a need-seeking love; it’s a need-meeting love. That’s what it means to carry your cross. That’s what you’re called to.

Talking to God

DAILY VERSE

Pray without ceasing…

1 Thessalonians 5:17

DEVOTION

Prayer is one of the most important parts of my day. I set aside about a half an hour of time where I can have time alone with God every morning.

But once a day is really just the icing on the cake. To cultivate the relationship I want to have with Him, I talk with Him throughout the day as His Spirit urges.

Make your entire day an opportunity to talk to God. He’s always available and His constant presence will give you a peace like you can’t imagine!

I’m Speechless

DAILY VERSE

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

Romans 8:26

DEVOTION

Have you ever been in this position? You’re so hammered by your circumstances that you feel like you’re almost in shock? When it comes to praying you’re at a total loss for words and cannot even mutter a coherent prayer?

In these moments, all you have to do is say, “Lord, I don’t even know what to say right now, but know that I am looking to you for help.”

God knows your heart, and the Holy Spirit is there as our advocate in times like these. God will hear your prayers through the Holy Spirit, He will not forsake you even in seasons where you feel speechless.

A Glimpse of Your Destiny

DAILY VERSE

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Jeremiah 1:5

DEVOTION

Jesus called a group of average fisherman to leave the lives they knew to come and follow Him. Just like His disciples, Jesus saw something in you that you did not see in yourself.

It is great to have someone who has caught a glimpse of your destiny while you are still struggling with your history. God called you, He will equip you, and you will make a difference!