Devotionals

  • God-Thoughts

    Devotionals | September 05, 2018

    When Jesus walked the earth, people thought they knew better than He did. When His words and claims offended them, they ignored what He said. They added to Scripture and explained away the parts that inconvenienced them. What does your response to God’s Word say about the condition of your heart? Do you impose your own preferences on Scripture or do you allow Scripture to reorient you to God’s perspective?

  • A Job Well Done

    Devotionals | September 03, 2018

    Genesis 1 tells of God’s pleasure in completing each stage of the work of creation. Light, land, sun, moon, stars, plants, creatures of the sea, animals, humankind—He took time to appreciate His progress each step of the way. What large project are you involved in? What stage are you in: envisioning, planning, or implementing? Let God’s faithfulness shape your perspective. Praise Him for what He has done. Place the past, present, and future in His hand. Be encouraged.

  • Together

    Devotionals | August 31, 2018

    Jesus doesn’t call people to accomplish God’s purposes in their own strength. Human strength is a poor substitute for God’s and it often misses the mark. Instead, Jesus modeled a life of wholehearted dependence on the Father. He simply let the life of the Father flow through Him; His relationship with the Father was the heartbeat of His life. Where is God calling you to give up leading in your own strength so that He can lead through you?

  • Always the Right Time

    Devotionals | August 29, 2018

    Jesus didn’t love people because they were lovable. He didn’t lead with humility and God-confidence because everything was going His way. Jesus loved, lived, and led based on whose He was and who He was. Steeped in the Father’s love and certain of His identity as beloved Son and Servant of the LORD, Jesus lived in tune with the Father’s heart. He reflected the Father wherever He went, and He calls us to do the same. It’s always the right time to love, live, and lead like Jesus. What are you waiting for?

  • It’s a Date

    Devotionals | August 27, 2018

    Where do you meet with God? When do you open your heart to Him and pour out your thoughts, concerns, hopes, and dreams? How often do you ask Him to search your heart to reveal any areas where you may be harboring unforgiveness? How frequently do you open God’s Word and meditate on it? When was the last time you asked Him for specific direction and waited to hear His response? Following Jesus daily is only possible if you make it a priority to maintain honest and open communication with Him. Do you schedule time with Him into each day? When, where, and how will you meet with Him today?

  • This Day

    Devotionals | August 24, 2018

    Scripture repeatedly emphasizes the importance of living each day in light of God’s character and call. Joshua called the Israelites to choose “this day” whom they would serve (Joshua 24:15). Jesus called people to focus on seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness today and to leave tomorrow in God’s hands (Matt. 6:33-34). The Psalmist calls Israel to hear the Lord’s voice today (Ps. 95:6-7), while the writer of Hebrews urges Jesus’ disciples to encourage one another to trust God today (Heb. 3:13). Where do you need to intentionally choose to live this day in light of who God is? 

  • Seeing as He Sees

    Devotionals | August 22, 2018

    What do you see when you look around you? More specifically, what do you see in the lives of those around you? What is God doing in the lives of your friends and family, your co-workers or students or neighbors? Are they novices, apprentices, journeymen, or master teachers when it comes to leading like Jesus? What can you affirm in them? How can you encourage them? How can you model a better attitude or offer a different perspective? Ask Jesus for insight into how you can influence the thinking, behavior, and development of the people in your world.

  • It Cannot Be Done

    Devotionals | August 20, 2018

    It cannot be done. Period. Full stop. There is no way. You cannot lead like Jesus if you do not love like Jesus. And you will only love like Jesus to the extent that you comprehend and experience His unending, unconditional love. Jesus’ love presses in, transforms, guides, and corrects. His love forgives, restores, assists, and redirects. The more you know and experience His love actively at work in your life, the more you will love and, therefore, lead like Jesus. Stop trying to lead in your own strength. Let Jesus’ love transform your life and leadership.

  • Hush

    Devotionals | August 17, 2018

    Be still. These two words contain one of the biggest challenges in all of Scripture. In a world filled with sound, noises, crowds, technology, glowing screens, and endless distractions, these are two words we need to hear. It’s hard enough to find a quiet place, harder still to turn from the constant emails, messages, deadlines, and interruptions that fill our day. Even Jesus experienced crowds pressing in on Him and others challenging His mission and focus. Even He had to make time with the Father a priority.

  • It Matters

    Devotionals | August 15, 2018

    Who you are matters. What you do matters. You may not feel like it does at times, but it does. Regardless of the results you see in the moment, your faithful, Spirit-prompted words and actions matter. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Look to Him for the wisdom, discernment, and strength you need. Follow His lead. Allow Him to accomplish His purposes in and through you. Do what He tells you to do. God is doing far more than you can perceive in this moment. Your faithful example matters. Let your life be a living witness to leading like Jesus this day.

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