Seeking God: How to react to a miracle

Read: Psalm 23:1-6, John 9:14-16

Christ: It was the Pharisees who were blind, and anyone else is the truly blind one if they witness a miracle and ignore it. These people deny my work in others’ lives because they can’t control any of it. The Pharisees felt powerless – in attributing this work to God, they lose power in the eyes of the people. However in denying this work of God, they lose the possibility of belief in Me. I work the impossible in your life in order to captivate you and lead you to praise. Don’t feel pressured to explain it away, don’t worry that you can’t control the outcome – just be still and look at what I do.

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Think: What miracles of faith happen around me?  Am I pleased to see God’s power, or do I stand around looking for someone to blame?

Pray: Let us be glad and rejoice over God’s provision. You gives and takes away, but sometimes You takes away in order to give. Either way, blessed is Your name forever. Amen.

Seeking God: We are going to fly

Read: Psalm 30:1-12, John 6:40

Christ:  And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. -John 6:39

I will raise you up. Away from this sinking ship of a life you are leading. But don’t think my power is only food for the end of days. I will raise you up NOW.

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Think: How would I live my day today if I knew that at the end of it I’d be raised up into Heaven?  Would I respond to that annoying person in the supermarket any differently? Would I be as quick to put down the remote and help with dinner? Would my focus inward be turned inside out?

Pray: Dear Jesus, we believe but we don’t act like it. I need raising up of my cold hard heart. Take and share it so that my belief shines brightly for all to see. Amen.

Seeking God: The Bread

Reading: Psalm 143:1:12, John 6:35-37

Christ: You know when life gets too overwhelming and things start to fall apart? Maybe you don’t realize how you naturally react, but I can see you starting to reach out for comfort from the closest thing. That’s when I have to step in and remind you of who I Am. “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” 

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Think: What does it mean for be to be hungry today in 2016? I know that I am constantly craving something. Media, feed me entertainment. Credit card, feed me happiness. Food, literally feed me way too much. Technology, feed me social status (and virtual status!) As David is literally hungering for the Lord in this passage, can we also recognize the various hungers that we live with? Take a moment and think about what your “hunger” is right this moment. Maybe it’s hunger of healing, perhaps belonging, perhaps an impossible dream. Whatever it is, Only Jesus can satisfy that hunger beyond what you ever thought possible.

Pray: Dear Lord, Let us rise up and recognize Whose we are. You know our hearts and what it is that we are craving individually. Thank you for  already meeting our needs. Thanks to You, we can live without fear that we might not get our next meal. We no longer crave the things of this world, but the things of Heaven. Amen.

Seeking God: My full attention

Reading: Psalm 33:1-12

Christ: Spend some time with me today. Just for a moment put all your worries and cares in a jar on the shelf and focus on Me. I merely spoke and the heavens were created. I breathed and the stars were born. Do you realize then, that if I can do these things, I could surely love you better thank your tiny mind can imagine? Be still with me today and get to know me. For time is what all relationships need.

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Think: What kind of time do I spend with Jesus? Distracted time, worried time, clock-watching time. How can I make the most of the small quiet time I have cut out for myself, instead of whiling it away by distractions of daily life? Perhaps this is a warning that I’m trusting in the busyness of life to make me feel accomplished. But my busyness doesn’t save me, Jesus does.

Pray: Dear Jesus, Thank you for loving to spend time with us. Thank you for your tender care for all our daily hurdles. Sometimes I put more trust in the things that I do for you, than in you yourself. Help me to recognize this as it’s happening and give me the strength and reserve to flip that trust over to you. Jesus, I trust in you. Jesus, I rest in you. Let me sing a new song to you with my life today and seek to find your unfailing love. Amen.

Seeking God: Safety in his arms

Reading: Psalm 31:1-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16

Christ: I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:9-10)

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Think: God has promised restoration to those who turn to Him in belief. When I’m overcome with fear, does my heart remember my true safety? Or am I quick to forget the power of His promises?

Pray: Dear Lord, Thank you for being our rock and fortress. We entrust our spirits into your hand. Amen.

Seeking God: True bravery

Reading: Psalm 27:1-14, Psalm 109:5-6

Christ: Sometimes true bravery means waiting for God to act on your behalf. Be confident in my consuming love for you and have fearless trust in Me. I will not fail you, though My timing may not agree with yours. But “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord” (Psalm 28:14).

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Think: Consider David, who being pursued by his enemies, prayed and consulted God first. When he had the chance to ensure his own safety and easily kill King Saul (see 1 Samuel 24) he did not take it because he feared the Lord and knew that it was not His will. David chose to let God take care of it, even though it meant allowing Saul to possibly survive and prosper longer. Do I ever take decisions into my own hands out of fear? What would it look like to trust in a stressful time?

Pray: Dear Lord, I am deeply sorry for the times when my actions betrayed my trust in you. Help us to bravely have patience and confidence in your good will for our lives. Amen.

Seeking God: When scoffers scoff

Read: Psalm 129:1-8, Isaiah 53:2-3

Christ: Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? I don’t come with clanging cymbals and flashing lights. Only those with discerning eye of faith can see Me in truth and Spirit. As my disciples you will not be treated with respect by everyone. You’ll encounter some persecution from time to time because no one likes to be told to loosen their grip on the world. Even so, do not let this upset or discourage you because I’m the only one whose opinion matters and I’m the one who holds your hand through everything.

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Think: Jesus said “The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher” (Luke 6:40). Have I ever been mocked for following Jesus? How did I react? Sometimes the way we react by instinct does not match the way we want to react. Take a moment to pray for the next time we are persecuted. Ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen your resolve.

Pray: Jesus, you came to save the poor and weak in faith, not the ones who think they have it all together. We can see your beauty and glory. Help us to remain strong in our faith when it is challenged. We pray that seeds would be sown in these encounters. Amen.

Seeking God: Keep a soft heart

Reading: Psalm 95:1-7, Isaiah 40:11

Christ: Remember that I am your place of rest and your shelter of comfort. The cares of the world are stressful and not at all aligned with the original purpose for which you were made. The symptom of a hardened heart appears when you try to make a shelter of safety for yourself. I cannot do my work or you if your heart is hardened against me.

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Think: “The seed sown on the rock never brought any fruit to perfection” – Matthew Henry. When I lie, cheat, steal, I am hardening my heart against God’s heart for me. I may justify my choice, or ignore it altogether but it is still sin.

Pray: Dear Lord, let us keep the ground of our hearts as fertile soil which grows the seed of faith to perfection in the dew of your grace. Help me to notice the moment my heart refuses to receive your wisdom. Holy Spirit, make clear to me the state of my heart so that I may never miss out on the gentle leading of Jesus.


 

Seeking God: Like an oasis

Reading: Psalm 1-7, Isaiah 35:5-6

Christ: I have not left you alone. I am with you, My Father is with you. Haven’t I sent you the Holy Spirit the Advocate to live in your heart? And not only that, have I not given you a community of believers to rest upon? Like an oasis in the desert these are so that you would not lose hope until that day when I come to bring you to your permanent home. The blind will see and the lame will dance and you will see me face to face. For now, hope in Me and rest in fellowship of others I’ve called so that we are united together.

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Think: Through fellowship, we can know and be known. Connected to others and God through Jesus, we get to see God’s movement in ways we never thought possible. It may be awkward at first but through knowing and being known we get to see God’s work displayed in situations we may not otherwise come across. 1 John 1:3 says:

We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.

Am I a committed part of a fellowship group? What holds me back from fellowship?

Pray: Dear Lord, your will is perfect. Let us not avoid being known and knowing others through a believing fellowship community. Let us be strengthened in You as we hear others’ stories. May our fellowship be glorifying to You and serve to build each other up for work in Your kingdom. Amen.


 

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Seeking God: Running the race

Read: Psalm 18:1-19, Hebrews 12:1-2

Christ: Please never doubt that I hear your prayers. Every time you incline your heart to Me in prayer and praise, do it with a sure belief that I will answer you. Do not be discouraged by my timing. Recall how limited your reach of mind is, and how unlimited is Mine. Do not fear or be downhearted when something appears to go downhill, for I have already won.

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Think: God does not leave us alone with our faith. It is like an engine which is only powered by His grace and He never stops filling it up for us. Not only that, we are not alone to run the road of endurance all by ourselves; by fixing our eyes on Jesus, we ever strive as a family together toward His will. Who are the people that run alongside me in our journeys of faith? How can I cheer them on today?

Pray: Jesus, thank you for hearing us and being so intimately connected with our struggles at every moment. We want to strip off every unnecessary burden and turn away from every sin in order to follow along the road you have set out for us. For you are my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Amen.


 

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