Devotionals

  • Live Beyond

    Devotionals | July 25, 2018

    Paul’s life testifies to the difference faith in God makes in difficult times. During his imprisonment, Paul considered how he could still fulfill his God-given call. The letters he wrote during that time ultimately became part of the New Testament we read today. God wasn’t limited by Paul’s circumstances. He isn’t limited by ours. Where do you need to look to the Lord for direction and strength in the midst of pressure?

  • Life-Changing

    Devotionals | July 23, 2018

    Peter was confused when Jesus knelt to wash his feet. Jesus’ actions were just as countercultural then as they are today. As He knelt at their feet and went to the cross, Jesus' disciples experienced the selfless, self-giving, life-changing nature of God’s love. After His resurrection, they rose to follow His example. What about you?

  • Gratitude

    Devotionals | July 20, 2018

    Take a moment to reflect on what Jesus has done for you. Let gratitude wash over your heart and mind as you consider His sacrificial love and life. Consider the most recent challenge He has brought you through. Reflect on His faithfulness during your current challenges. Thank Him for inviting you to rely upon Him and for the assurance that He hears and answers prayer. Let gratitude transform your attitude and guard your heart and mind as you begin this day.

  • A Morning Prayer

    Devotionals | July 20, 2018

    What are You thinking about this morning, Lord? This is the most important question I can ask, isn’t it? Because to follow You as my leader, I need to first hear Your voice. Open my ears. I need to see where You are at work. Open my eyes to see You. Give me a heart to obey You, and make me more like You.

    I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. —Psalm 130:5-6

  • Trusting God Even More

    Devotionals | July 18, 2018

    God longs for us to trust Him more than we already do. As we walk into the future one moment at a time, He reminds us that the future is unfolding according to His plan. When circumstances spin out of control, He calls us to trust that He is in control of the universe. He wants us to trust His goodness, love, and kindness. He wants us to trust His forgiveness and cleansing. He wants us to trust His ability to empower us to witness to Him in our families, our communities, and work settings. What does God want you to trust Him with as you step into today?

  • Turn Around

    Devotionals | July 13, 2018

    How do you respond when you feel overwhelmed by life and leadership? Jeremiah recorded his discouragement in the midst of ongoing leadership pressures. He spiraled into thinking that it was him against the world. His perspective became narrow, self-centered, and filled with complaint. In Lead Like Jesus terms, Jeremiah had edged God out of his thinking. God called Jeremiah to turn around and look to him instead of focusing on his circumstances or emotions.

  • God Loves You

    Devotionals | July 11, 2018

    God loves you. Do you know this? Do you believe this? This is why He sent Jesus: because He loves the world. This is why Jesus needed time with His disciples before the cross: not just to train them, but because He loved them. This is why the Father, Son, and Spirit come to make their home with us: because they love us. Abide in God’s love for you today. Make your home with Him. Let His love flow into you. Let it wash away your need to prove yourself. Rest in His love as you rise to serve in Jesus’ name.

  • Love Language

    Devotionals | July 09, 2018

    Do you know any people who are quick to take (and cause) offense? They freely speak their mind but discount others’ opinions. Do these words ever describe you? There is a difference between speaking your mind and knowing when and how to speak. The heart behind our words matters. We are called to express God’s truth with love, forgiveness, and kindness, even to those with whom we disagree. Do your words accurately reflect God’s character and heart?  

  • Saturate

    Devotionals | July 06, 2018

    The world’s values, practices, and problems bombard us daily from a variety of sources. Jesus made conscious decisions to reflect on God’s Word and to allow it to shape His priorities and values. Like Jesus, we can choose to saturate our minds with Scripture, listen to it being read and taught, read it ourselves, discuss it with others, memorize and meditate on it. As we do so, God’s truth will transform our lives. What steps can you take to allow God’s Word to increasingly penetrate, cleanse, and saturate your mind?

  • Living Free

    Devotionals | July 04, 2018

    We are free to live like Jesus because Jesus lives in us. Do you need to love unlovable people? Do you long to increasingly reflect Christ-like humility and God-confidence? Do you want the mind of Christ? Are you freely investing your life in others? Do you freely extend grace and forgiveness to those around you? Jesus can empower you to do all this and more. Let Him lead you in using your freedom to serve others.  

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