December 30, 2019
Ephesians 3:16-20 “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints at Journey Church, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20) Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
God’s power is available to us because of His Holy Spirit in us. This is not ‘our’ power, but it’s the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. There is a difference. Many people who do not really know God nor fully understand the scriptures, try to live by their own strength and power. Verse 20 in the scripture above clearly states that it is the Holy Spirit’s power that is at work in us and enables us to live differently, and to make changes in our lives.
This is one of my favorite verses what a great one to start the new year out with.
Luke 11:13, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
2 Thessalonians 3:16 TLB “May the Lord of peace himself give you his
peace no matter what happens. The Lord be with you all.”
Practicing patience brings peace in the midst of turmoil. In the most difficult time we need to ask God what would He have us learn. God wants us to thrive not just survive. He wants us to triumph over our troubles. Lack of patience causes us to lose our peace.
God’s will for our life is more about a behavioral change. Spiritual growth requires two things – problems and patience. We want comfort, God wants character. Peace is really an inward confidence that God is doing something good in our life in spite of the present circumstance.
Is there a behavioral change God is wanting you to make? Where are you looking for comfort that God might be trying to build character? Did you experience a conviction, challenge, or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?
Peace is the by-product of trusting God’s promises, purpose and plan for your life. The first step to having peace is having Jesus Christ in us. Peace is not circumstantial, it’s relational.
Apart from the right relationship with God, you cannot have harmony and peace. When you are in the right relationship with Christ, nothing can quench the Peace of God.
Where do you need peace in your life today? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?
#1 Finish what you start – Philippians 1:6 NKJV “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
#2 – Give –Jesus’ very nature is to give – John 3:16 NKJV For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
#3 – Forgive – We are most like God when we give and forgive – Matthew 6:12 NKJV “And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.”
#4 – Live in Freedom – The more we know and apply God’s Word the more liberty or freedom we have. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NKJV “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
#5 – Make decisions based on wisdom not emotions Luke 2:52 NKJV And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
James 1:5 NKJV “for any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
Which area do you need to work on this week? Giving, Forgiving, or Finishing what you start? Are you making decisions based on wisdom or emotions? Did you experience a conviction, challenge, or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?
Opposition has to go through God your Father and Jesus before it gets to you.
2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Romans 8:37-39 NKJV
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Safety starts with being in Christ. When you are in Christ, anyone has to go through Christ to get to you. The important thing to learn is to stay in the right relationship with Jesus where you have the protection of Christ in your life. As His Children when we are mistreated –God will protect and provide for us.
Psalm 46:1 NKJV
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”
Do you need Gods help today? He wants to be your helper, refuge, and strength! Do you feel safe? Yes or No; Why or Why not? Did you experience a conviction, challenge, or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?
Ephesians 2:10 AMP For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
Revelation 4:11 NKJV
“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”
God has predestined us to live a good life. He has written your story for His Glory. When you try to live out your own agenda, it will lead to a mess. God’s agenda for your life will lead to miracles.
God gives us purpose which fuels passion. Passion is an intense urgency to accomplish your God given calling. Passion gives us desire.
Desire + Determination = Destiny
What passion has God given you? Do you feel you walking in the good life God made ready for you? If not, why not? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?
Four Reminders to Prioritize and Practice God’s Presence
#1 You are the greatest influence in your life. Philippians 4:8-9 NKJV Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble,
whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you..
#2 God will never leave you—whether you are good or bad. Genesis 28:15 NKJV Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”
#3 God is your Helper. Hebrews 13:6 NKJV So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
#4 You do not have to be fearful. Romans 8:31 NKJV What then shall
we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Which of these four do you need to remind yourself of today? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?
To step up we have to learn to move from the familiar and make friends with the unfamiliar. If we stay in the familiar we will miss what God is doing because we are called to be a part of changing the world.
We have to be willing to embrace the unfamiliar.
What do you feel God’s trying to show you or get you to address in your family, job, and finances? Are you enjoying the blessings God has for you? Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you need to make from this devotion?
God is working in your life, molding your life.
Isaiah 64:8 NKJV “But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.”
Understand the Process
Pain is part of the process before you’re promoted to where God wants you in your life. Disappointment is part of the process of being developed so God can use and promote you in ways you have never been used before.
God is more concerned about your character more than your comfort. You will have storms, but if you build on God’s Word you will stand. How you develop will greatly determine your destiny. Disappointment many times is nothing more than God allowing us to be developed.
Did you experience a conviction, challenge or a commitment you
need to make from this devotion?