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"I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better." Ephesians 1:17 (NIV)

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HOW DO WE GET THERE?

 
Matthew 16:24
 
"Then Jesus told his disciples, 'If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.'" ESV
 
 
Following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ is not for the weak and fragile hearted. Following Christ is refusing to recognize personal agenda. It is disowning personal rights and taking on the nature of His fellow heirs of the kingdom.
 
Lord, we can't deny our selves in our own strength. We recognize our weakness and self-centeredness that separated us from You in the first place. Help us to draw from the strength of the Holy Spirit so that we can put our own agenda aside by following You and bringing glory to Your name. In Your name we pray, Amen.
 
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Monday, October 20, 2014

WHERE DID I GO?

 
Galatians 2:20
 
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." ESV

 
Since Jesus Christ willingly suffered the greatest, most horrendous agony by taking our sin onto Himself, how much more do we willingly crucify our sinful nature and allow Christ to live our lives for us? That is the battle we fight here on earth. Crucifying the self is a constant fight, but Jesus Christ gives us everything we need to be victorious. We merely have to move ourselves out of the way, and allow Christ to live our lives for us.
 
Lord, we give You praise for willingly taking our sin to the cross. We fail to keep our sinful nature buried so that we live solely by faith in You. Help us to persevere in living the new life, and totally leaving behind the old. We pray in Your wonderful name, Amen.
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

MORE OR LESS

 
John 3:30
 
"He must increase, but I must decrease." ESV 
 
Many Christians have a tendency to pay more attention to how they measure up as a Christian. They may compare themselves to other Christians and attempt to align their lives with them. Our Christian journey is not about us! It is about the Lordship of Jesus Christ and bringing others to Him. If we focus on Jesus Christ and seeking to be more like Him, our walk will take on His likeness and others will follow. That is our call in this world.
 
Lord, forgive us for getting focused on ourselves and how we are doing as Christians. We know we are to exam ourselves, but we know that seeking You and You alone is the answer to being full of Your Spirit. Help us to keep our eyes on You, so that our footsteps will take the shape of Yours. Keep us from our worry about how we are doing. Let us be so in love with You that we become magnets for You without doing anything but seeking Your face. We pray in Your name, Amen.
 
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Friday, October 17, 2014

ALL OR NOTHING

 
2 Timothy 2:4
 
"No Soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him." ESV 
 
If we have made a total surrender to live for God and for Him alone, there will be no room for getting involved in earthly things and things of the self. Staying focused and keeping the world in its place in our lives is possible only by the grace of God and seeking to be filled with His Spirit. We are humans, and we have need of frequent examination of ourselves to see if there are any places we have let the world weaken our commitment to the Lord.
 
Lord, please help us to look inside ourselves and reveal to us any worldly things we have allowed to control us. Help us to surrender those things so that we will not be hindering Your plan for our lives. In Your precious name we pray, Amen.
 
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

WHICH WAY? THIS WAY!

 
John 3:16
 
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." ESV 
 
Do we truly understand the love our God has for all mankind? His love does not recognize certain laws, traditions, and denominations. When Christ died on the cross, all the dividing walls were ripped from top to bottom. From that moment on, there are no longer any elite groups that have privilege to the throne of grace. There is only one group. That is the Bride of Christ, those who believe by faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The world is a harvest field. If we try to win converts to our own brand of "religion," we fail to bring them to Christ. It is only through Him, that eternal life become ours.
 
Lord, we know that it all comes back to the cross, where You gave Your life for us. Help us to be aware of how we share this good news. Please check us in our hearts when we get off track, talking about doctrine and traditions. We praise You for Your precious grace and mercy You freely offered us through Your suffering, death, and resurrection. In Your name we pray, Amen.
 
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

COMMITMENT

 
Proverbs 16:3
 
"Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established." ESV 
 
If there are things we are doing or planning that we would be ashamed to ask the Lord for His blessing, we need to get rid of them. With a clean conscience, we can bring our work and our plans to the Lord knowing He will use them in His wisdom and make them into eternal blessings.
 
Lord, search our hearts and reveal to us any thoughts, words, or deeds that would not glorify You. We desire to commit our ways to You so that You will be glorified and others will turn their lives over to You. In Your name, Amen.
 
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

REFLECTING LIGHT

 
1 John 1:7
 
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin." ESV 
 
The true Christian journey takes us to increasing light of the knowledge of God. We all walk in different amounts of light, but, nevertheless, we walk holy and completely in the light we have. God is Light. If we are walking in Light, together we are joined with one another to Him. We will resemble Him and we will have one purpose, that is, to reflect Him, bringing Him glory. We are fully able to do this because of the blood of Jesus Christ.
 
Lord, thank You for being the Way for us to be able to walk in Your Light. Help us to walk worthy and to walk closer to Your Light so that we will reflect Your glory, drawing others to You. In Your name we pray, Amen.
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