Devotionals

  • A Life-Changing Encounter: Nathanael

    Devotionals | December 06, 2019

    Nathanael's life changed the day his friend Philip came to tell him about Jesus. Nathanael's response to both Philip and Jesus was initially one of skepticism. When Nathanael went to check out Philip's message, Jesus gave Him answers that satisfied Nathanael's skeptical nature. What questions are you bringing to Jesus so that He can turn your skepticism into faith?

    Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”—John 1:49

  • A Life That Was Wasted: Judas

    Devotionals | December 04, 2019

    How sad it is when a person spends years around Jesus but isn't changed by His message. Sadly, there are still people today who follow in Judas' footsteps, rather than in Jesus' footsteps. Judas was blinded by cares of this world, by money, by greed, by judging rather than accepting Jesus' message. His leadership legacy is one of warning. Will you let Jesus transform your perspective?

  • A Life That Is Changed

    Devotionals | December 02, 2019

    Person after person in Scripture was changed by an encounter with the living God. Sadly, some refused His offer of forgiveness, some hardened their hearts, and some rejected the offer of a future and a hope. What about you? Have you heard His call? He offers hope to you today. Will you accept His offer to infuse your life and circumstances with His transforming presence? Will you be a life that is changed?

    When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”—John 5:6

  • Follow the Leader

    Devotionals | November 29, 2019

    Fluid circumstances require leaders who are simultaneously discerning and responsive to the changes and people around them. We can follow Jesus, who knew when to continue with His stated goals and when to turn aside to respond to new developments. This discernment is a gift from God, one that is developed by listening to and obeying His Spirit's prompting. Where do you need Jesus' discernment and the Spirit's guidance today?

    Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it."—Isaiah 30:21

  • Being Present

    Devotionals | November 27, 2019

    Where does God have you today? Who will you see? Who will you talk to? What places will you go? What will you be doing? Wherever you are, be aware of the Lord's purpose in bringing you into each situation. Like Jesus, invite the Father's presence into every task and conversation. Be present with those whom God brings your way, recognize that they are created in His image, and meet them at their point of need.

    Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. —Romans 13:8

  • Daily Opportunities

    Devotionals | November 25, 2019

    Each day provides new opportunities to serve God and others. Your opportunities will be unique to your life and situation. Don't miss them. God has placed you where He needs you in order to serve others in Jesus' name. What opportunities will God bring you today?

    You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.—John 15:16

  • Are You Eager?

    Devotionals | November 22, 2019

    What gets you up and going each day? What inspires you to give your all? What causes you to say yes to sacrifice and surrender? How does your vision of God, your understanding of who He is and how He works, influence your life? Today, this day, ask Him to permeate Your thinking with an awareness of who He is and what He is doing around You.

    For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action. —2 Corinthians 9:2

  • Dying to Self

    Devotionals | November 20, 2019

    To turn from a lifestyle of Edging God Out to one of Exalting God Only requires dying to self. It is not accomplished by simply learning new external behaviors or erasing existing behaviors. We need to come to the point of surrendering all that we are to God, to be used for His purposes. The lives that we live are lived in the power of the Holy Spirit, as if Christ Himself were living through us. Where do you need to die to yourself and allow Christ to live through you?

  • Friends

    Devotionals | November 18, 2019

    Jesus dug deep into relationships with people. Mary, Martha and Lazarus were close friends, as were Peter, James and John. As closely connected to the Father as He was, Jesus still needed relationships with people during His lifetime on earth. If Jesus needed friends, it makes sense that we need friends. Friends to encourage us, offer comfort, pray for us, challenge us, and hold us accountable. Who do you count among your closest friends? What are you doing to cultivate spiritual friendships as journey with you through life?

  • Praying for Others

    Devotionals | November 15, 2019

    How is prayer impacting your relationships with those you lead? What insights is God giving you about how to love and serve others? Talking with God (not just at God) about the people in our lives helps us to build and maintain healthy relationships with them. What if your prayer today was for God to help you see others as He sees them and love them as He loves them? Try it.

    And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. —Ephesians 6:18

Pages