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Verse 3

 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister ? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: “ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’ ”  So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Romans 14:10‭-‬12 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/rom.14.10-12.NIV

Verse 2

 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, Ephesians 5:15 NIV https://ephesians.bible/ephesians-5-15

Verse 1

 Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.  Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.  Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.  For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.  If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer. Proverbs 9:7‭-‬12 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/pro.9.7-12.NIV

Day 6

  A Right Spirit and Failure Failure is a part of life.  Albert Einstein said, “The person who never made a mistake never tried anything.”  In life, sometimes we win and sometimes we learn. Every mistake or failure is a chance to grow and learn, and if you understand that then you’ll never lose – you either win or you learn – both of them are worthwhile.  But if we have the wrong spirit in failure, if we choose to blame and make excuses, and our mistakes becomes everybody else’s fault. And yet, even if a failure is someone else’s fault, I would still take responsibility because usually it means that I have made decisions that put that person in a position where they could cause me to fail.  The Bible tells us not to go guarantor. “Well yes, but I thought he was a good guy and I believed in him...” But then he defaults on the thing you have guaranteed and you find yourself responsible for it. You can blame and make excuses and yes, perhaps he did the wrong thing but godly wisdom would l

Verse 3

 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:16 NIV https://ephesians.bible/ephesians-4-16

Verse 2

 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 1 Corinthians 1:10 NIV https://1corinthians.bible/1-corinthians-1-10

Verse 1

 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: Ecclesiastes 4:9 NIV https://ecclesiastes.bible/ecclesiastes-4-9

My Spirit, My Responsibility (Day 5)

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  My Spirit and Partnership I believe in divine partnerships - that God connects people together for Kingdom purpose. Did you know that there are people you are called to do life with and whose destinies are connected to yours? Do you attend your church because you like the pastor, the worship or the children’s ministry? The best reason to go to church is because you believe God has connected you as a partner. Membership is not about signing a form but about having a spirit that understands the power of partnership and equal contribution. Partnership makes everyone looks better than they are – “We are better together”. One of the most important partnerships in life is with your spouse, which is why the decision of who to marry is so important. Never underestimate the importance and power of the people God puts in your life.  In Acts 13:2 it is clear that God set apart Barnabas and Paul specifically to work together.  "As [the apostles] ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy S

Verse 3

 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10 NIV https://james.bible/james-4-10

Verse 2

 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10 NIV https://romans.bible/romans-12-10

Verse 1

 Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. Proverbs 4:8 NIV https://proverbs.bible/proverbs-4-8

My Spirit, My Responsibility (Day 4)

  My Spirit and Promotion Do you get your esteem from what you do? Do you class yourself and compare yourself against other people? Do you think you deserve more respect or more honour? Psalm 75:6-7 says, "For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. [KJV]" Promotion doesn’t come from other people or from what is going on around us, it comes from God. Trusting God means we’ll keep the kind of spirit where we can believe that God will open doors for us. Trying to find our esteem from what we do builds all the wrong things into our spirit. Measuring your life according to what is or isn’t fair is a recipe for discouragement and resentment. “Why them and not me?” It’s the very thing Paul warns us against in 2 Corinthians 10:12-13, "For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and com

Verse 3

 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered Hebrews 5:8 NIV https://hebrews.bible/hebrews-5-8

Verse 2

 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? Romans 6:16 NIV https://romans.bible/romans-6-16

Day 3 verse 1

 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. Romans 5:19 NIV https://romans.bible/romans-5-19

My Spirit, My Responsibility (Day 3)

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  A Right Spirit and Obedience Obedience is not the most popular word these days.  But in 1 Samuel 15:22, the Bible says obedience is better than sacrifice.  In other words, we can live sacrificially by tithing, giving to the poor and so on - but the big question is, can you be told what to do?  Are you teachable? Many people don’t like to be told what to do. There are certain attitudes and spirits that you simply cannot teach. You cannot teach an arrogant spirit. You cannot teach a know-it-all spirit. You cannot teach a defensive spirit. You cannot teach a proud spirit... yet a humble spirit cannot remain unteachable. Concerning obedience, the condition of our spirit is critical. How easily can you be told? Unfortunately, sometimes the older you are or the further you go in life, the more successful you are or just in general, people can become increasingly resistant to receiving counsel. I have a friend with whom I get together regularly with over breakfast whenever we are both in to

Verse 3

 My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. Isaiah 26:9 NIV https://isaiah.bible/isaiah-26-9

Verse 2

 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people. Proverbs 14:34 NIV https://proverbs.bible/proverbs-14-34

Day 2 verse 1

 Lord , do good to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart. Psalms 125:4 NIV https://psalm.bible/psalm-125-4

My Spirit, My Responsibility (Day 2)

  A Right Spirit In Psalm 51: 10-12, David prayed for a right spirit.  "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. [KJV]" Other translations say steadfast spirit, and a generous spirit. Did you know that God has a generous spirit? When we are born again, it is our spirit that is made new and where God’s Spirit dwells. As we continue to walk with and grow in God, our spirit should be more and more free, steadfast and consistent – more like His.  Daniel had an excellent spirit and David prayed for a right spirit...  What about you? What rules your spirit? Is it free, or is it full of offenses or hurts of the past? It’s very easy to justify the things that ensnare our spirit. Human nature tends to want to justify mediocrity because of what is going on in our spirit. 1989 was one of my first visits to

Verse 4

 All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord . Proverbs 16:2 NIV https://proverbs.bible/proverbs-16-2

Verse 3

 The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on one’s inmost being. Proverbs 20:27 NIV https://proverbs.bible/proverbs-20-27

Verse 2

 I have heard that the spirit of the gods is in you and that you have insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom. Daniel 5:14 NIV https://daniel.bible/daniel-5-14

Day 1 verse 1

 There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners. Daniel 5:11 NIV https://daniel.bible/daniel-5-11

My Spirit, My Responsibility (Day 1) New plan

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  Guard Your Spirit Do you realise that your spirit is your responsibility?  Proverbs 25:28 says, "Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls." The Bible likens the person who does not control their own spirit as being like a city with walls that have tumbled down. That makes the city defenseless so it is vulnerable to any attack. In the same way, if we don’t ‘take care’ of or ‘rule’ our own spirit, we are like a city with cracks in our foundations and breaches in our fortifications, open to every kind of attack imaginable.  The reason you must take responsibility for your spirit is that your spirit makes a way for you in life. One of the best pieces of advice I ever received as a young person in Bible College was this ‘Never develop a wounded spirit.’  Your spirit is the key to your future and above all else, Proverbs 4:23 says, we should guard it with “all diligence”, (the Bible translates the word for heart and spirit interchangeably)

Day 10 verse

 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 NIV https://hebrews.bible/hebrews-4-16

Meeting with God (Day 10) last day

  Come Now We were made for fellowship with God, even in our heaviest times. I ask you, “Do you love to be with him? Do you prefer him above all others? Does your heart cry out, ‘Jesus, you’re my everything. You are my soul’s great pleasure, and I love your company!’”  Dear saint, God is faithful to respond to your every need and request. As you go to prayer now, simply pray, “ Lord, I come now, not just to have my needs met, needs you have foreseen and are eager to supply. No. I come also to meet your need! Amen .”  Beloved, press into Jesus with the pursuit to know him more intimately. Allow him to work his will out in your life, but even more so, seek to align yourself with his will and desires. This is where true peace and joy flourish. Had David Wilkerson not given himself to prayer that heeded God’s call to go to New York, Teen Challenge would never have happened. Since that time, the ministry of Teen Challenge has transformed hundreds of thousands of lives. Around the world toda

Verse 2

 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Isaiah 53:3 NIV https://isaiah.bible/isaiah-53-3

Day 9 verse 1

 I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread. Job 23:12 NIV https://job.bible/job-23-12

Meeting with God (Day 9)

  Guarding Your Prayer Time The Lord has led me to take the following steps to guard my prayer time and withstand all satanic conspiracies. I believe these steps are meant for you as well. 1.   Make communion with the Lord your primary goal in life.  This must be a life-and-death decision on your part. Communion in prayer and study in God's Word cannot be optional. Your thought shouldn't be merely that you ought to pray but that you cannot survive without prayer! Job declared, “ I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food ” (Job 23:12).  Only when prayer becomes important enough will you make the time to do it. Yet, most Christians, including pastors, neglect prayer simply because they don't recognize its importance and effectiveness. I know that as a pastor, I dare not minister to people until I first minister to the Lord; otherwise, I will be an unprofitable servant.  The truth is that it is impossible to waste time when you are in prayer, seeking

Day 8 verse

 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16‭-‬18 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/1th.5.16-18.NIV

Meeting with God (Day 8)

  Creating Effective Prayer “How much time do l spend in front of that screen each night?” I wondered. “A couple of hours, at least. What would happen, Lord, if I sold that TV set and spent that time praying?” I was the only one in the family who ever watched TV anyway.  What would happen if l spent two hours every single night in prayer? It was an exhilarating idea. Substitute prayer for television, and see what happened.  Right away I thought of objections to the idea. I was tired at night. I needed the relaxation and change of pace. Television was part of our culture; it wasn't good for a minister to be out of touch with what people were seeing and talking about.  I got up from my chair and turned out the lights and stood at my window, looking out over the moonlit hills. Then I put another fleece before the Lord, one which was destined to change my life. I made it pretty hard on God, it seemed to me, because I really didn't want to give up television.  “Jesus,” I said, “I ne

Day 7 verse

 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37‭-‬38 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.9.37-38.NIV

Meeting with God (Day 7)

  The Focus of Prayer Prayer is often one of the most selfish areas of a Christian’s life. When you think about it, most of our prayers focus on our own needs. The two main subjects of our intercession are our own spiritual growth and the needs of our families and friends.  Occasionally, we may reach beyond our own narrow concerns and pray for others. Yet usually when we say, “I’ll pray for you,” we don’t do it. Or we pray once and then quickly forget about their need. Recently, I have been examining my own prayer life in light of the scriptures, and I have been convicted about the narrowness and limitations of my own praying. Like most believers, I spend much of my prayer time seeking the Lord about my walk with him. I cry out to be made holy, to become like him, to receive guidance for life, to have his anointing on my ministry. I enjoy sweet communion with him, quietly worshiping him and being refreshed in his presence. I also intercede daily for my family. I ask the Lord to protect

Day 6 verse

 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37‭-‬38 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.9.37-38.NIV

Meeting with God (Day 6)

  The Focus of Prayer Prayer is often one of the most selfish areas of a Christian’s life. When you think about it, most of our prayers focus on our own needs. The two main subjects of our intercession are our own spiritual growth and the needs of our families and friends.  Occasionally, we may reach beyond our own narrow concerns and pray for others. Yet usually when we say, “I’ll pray for you,” we don’t do it. Or we pray once and then quickly forget about their need. Recently, I have been examining my own prayer life in light of the scriptures, and I have been convicted about the narrowness and limitations of my own praying. Like most believers, I spend much of my prayer time seeking the Lord about my walk with him. I cry out to be made holy, to become like him, to receive guidance for life, to have his anointing on my ministry. I enjoy sweet communion with him, quietly worshiping him and being refreshed in his presence. I also intercede daily for my family. I ask the Lord to protect

Verse 2

 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 NIV https://philippians.bible/philippians-4-6

Day 5 verse 1

 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 NIV https://matthew.bible/matthew-6-33

Meeting with God (Day 5)

  Leaning on God’s Promises With Prayer Scripture makes it clear that the answer to everything in our lives is prayer mixed with faith. The apostle Paul writes, “ Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God ” (Philippians 4:6) .   Paul is telling us, “Seek the Lord about every area of your life and thank him ahead of time for hearing you!” Paul emphasizes that we are always to pray first and not as a last resort after going to our friends, then to a pastor or counselor, and finally ending up on our knees. Jesus tells us, “ But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you ” (Matthew 6:33). We are to go to the Lord first!  Our ministry receives heartrending letters from multitudes of broken Christians. Families are breaking up; people who walked faithfully with Christ for years are living in fear and defeat. Each of these people has been overcome by somet

Day 4 verse

 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:6 NIV https://matthew.bible/matthew-6-6

Meeting with God (Day 4)

    The Power of the Secret Closet Do you have a closet of prayer? I don't mean an actual clothes closet (though that could do), but rather do you have a habit of shutting yourself in with God?  To have a “secret closet” means simply to be shut in with God anywhere, anytime—giving quality chosen time to yearn after him, seek him, and call on his name.  “Prayer closet” means “prayer habit.” Do you have a daily practice of getting alone with God? This is what the prayer closet is all about: practice. It is about disciplining yourself to come before God, to answer when the Spirit’s wooing calls you. It means having a heart that says, “I must get alone with God; I must talk with my Father today!”  Don't be deceived: It takes concentrated effort to pray! When you go into your secret closet, shut the door and turn off the phone. Any child of God who sets his heart to seek the Father is going to face what I call "satanic interruptions.” The devil will come to interrupt you, to ge

Day 3 verse

 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 NIV https://john.bible/john-10-27

Meeting with God (Day 3)

  “Pray Through” by Listening When you are spending time with Jesus, do you receive direction from him? Does he tell you what to do and when and how to do it? Some Christians don't believe God does this, but Jesus says, “ My sheep hear my voice ... and they follow me ” (John 10:27).  There is no way through your trial except to get alone with Jesus and cry, “Lord, you're the only one on this earth who can help me. Only you know the way through this trial. So I'm going to stay here until you tell me what to do. I'm not going anywhere until you speak to my heart!”  This is the kind of “praying through” that is pleasing to God. It means stopping everything, all activity, until you hear his voice. Only then will you hear him speak clearly to your heart: “You've got to make things right with this person.” Or, “You've got to make restitution here.” Or, “Just stand still until next week. Don't get in a hurry. Sit in my presence and trust me.” He will give you clear

Verse 3

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17 NIV https://ephesians.bible/ephesians-6-17

Verse 2

 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:13 NIV https://ephesians.bible/ephesians-6-13

Day 2 verse 1

 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:11 NIV https://ephesians.bible/ephesians-6-11

Meeting with God (Day 2)

  Total Confidence in God’s Word “ I have questioned God sometimes when prayers have gone unanswered. But answered prayer is still harder to believe .” —David Wilkerson, The Cross and the Switchblade Christ is the living Word of God. When you are shut in with him in prayer, the Holy Spirit will always lead you to God's revealed Word. He will build up your faith by feeding you from the Bible even while you're in the secret closet!  We are commanded, “ Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. ... Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day ... And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God ” (Ephesians 6:11, 13, 17). It’s the armor of God that enables us to withstand the enemy’s fiery arrows in times of crisis. God’s Word is an important element to the armor that strengthens us for spiritual warfare. Often when you receive specific instructi

Day 1 verse

 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1 NIV https://luke.bible/luke-11-1

New Plan - Meeting with God (Day

  Teach Us to Pray I want to talk to you about a kind of prayer that is most pleasing to the Lord. You see, not all of our praying blesses the heart of God. Yet, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I trust that what I share with you here will change the way you pray from now until Jesus comes. I have no intention of complicating prayer. It has been made too complicated already by well-intentioned teachers who have turned it into formulas, strategies, and theatrics. Some Christians literally put on combat boots and uniforms to dress the part of “prayer warriors.” Others attend prayer meetings where they are given prayer guides—booklets that tell them how to fill up the hours they'll be there.  I am not condemning any of this, but I would like to show you the kind of praying I believe pleases the Lord most. Actually, the kind of prayer that most pleases God is very simple and easy to understand. It is so simple, in fact, a little child can pray in a way that pleases him. Let me begin b

Verse 3

 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.  Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.  You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but C

Verse 2

 I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.  So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.  See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.  Fo

Day 28 verse 1

 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,  To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.  We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.  For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 28) Last Day

Review/Catch-up Day Review/Reflect: What is one thing from the book of Colossians and this 9-week devotional series (Part One & Part Two) that stood out to you? What do you remember most clearly from this series?  Take 2-5 minutes (set a timer!) to sit and meditate silently, and see if God brings anything to your mind. Action Plan: What is one step you can take to apply what you’ve learned from Colossians to your life? We  close this series with a prayer by the French martyr, Charles de Foucauld. If you truly desire this prayer to be yours as well, pray it as you read it slowly and thoughtfully. Father, I abandon myself Into your hands. Do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you, I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me And in all your creatures. I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, For I love you, Lord, And so need to give myself, To surrender myself into your

Verse 2

 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. Exodus 20:4‭-‬6 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/exo.20.4-6.NIV

Day 27 verse 1

 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.  Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.  Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.  Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.  Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever yo

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 27)

  What’s Passed Down the Line It is important to understand that your ways of relating to your family did not spontaneously spring up. They were unconsciously passed on to you by your parents, and in turn, by your grandparents. It is possible that these behavioral patterns (both positive and negative) have been in your family for quite some time. The Bible talks about this, though we often miss it because of the way it is translated.  In Exodus 20:5, God tells Moses that, “ I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me.”  (NLT) There are a few different words in this verse that can be translated a little differently, however, and yields something along the lines of, “The sins (and negative behaviors) of parents are passed down for three or four generations.” Doesn’t that make sense? In his book, “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality,” Peter Scazzero writes,: "Why are so many of

Verse 3

 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 NIV https://micah.bible/micah-6-8

Verse 2

 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 NIV https://james.bible/james-5-16

Day 26 verse 1

 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:12‭-‬17 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/col.3.12-17.NIV

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 26)

More Than Just "I’m Sorry" I wasn’t thinking, I was reacting. That was the first problem. It always is when you get caught up in the moment and let your emotions derail you. I had glanced out the kitchen window while rinsing off some vegetables for dinner and witnessed my sweet son dragging buckets of water out from the garage. He was dumping the water under the swings of our playset, creating an enormous mud puddle that two of the neighborhood kids were gleefully kicking and splattering all over my white garage every time they swung through it. I mean, are you kidding? I don’t even remember putting down the vegetables. All I knew was that it took me all of seven steps to get from the sink to the back door and start berating my son in front of his friends. Oh, and then I demanded that my son go inside and sent his friends home. Ugh.  We have already discussed the dangers of provoking or exasperating our children. We have also discussed in Colossians 3:5-15 the things that Pau

Day 25 verse

 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.  You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.  Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love,

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 25)

  Watching for the Growth As we continue to explore the new ways of being towards our family, we need to remember that heart change happens by the work of Jesus. We can’t force the fruit of the Spirit to appear in our lives, or change ourselves to be more like Jesus, and we certainly can’t change others. It is solely a work of God in our lives to produce the fruit of the Spirit. However, we also need to acknowledge that the fruit of the Spirit needs soil to grow in, and the sort of “life soil” we cultivate will determine how bountiful our crop is.  Earlier in Colossians 3, we looked at some of the old ways of being that we are to put off, and the new ways of being that we are to put on. This is the soil that we must cultivate. It is worth looking back at that list, because it is Paul’s lead-in to his instructions for families: "So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy

Verse 4

 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalms 139:23‭-‬24 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/psa.139.23-24.NIV

Verse 3

 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, Ephesians 3:18 NIV https://ephesians.bible/ephesians-3-18

Verse 2

 The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:4 NIV https://proverbs.bible/proverbs-15-4

Day 24 verse 1

 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged. Colossians 3:21 NIV https://colossians.bible/colossians-3-21

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 24)

  Developing Assurance In today’s scripture we are going to zoom in on Colossians 3:21, “Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.” (NIV)  In other versions you will find the words "exasperate, provoke, or aggravate" in place of "embitter," and you will find “lose heart” in place of “discourage.” I think we can all agree that as parents and influencers of children we never want to be the one that causes a child to lose heart.  If you look online there are a myriad of ways to exasperate a child. However, my experience with this is more personal, so I will give an example of a way that my own father exasperated me as a child. Then we will discuss how to avoid doing this in our own families. I want to begin by saying that I don’t think my father realized the effect that his actions would have on me. I don’t think he decided to have a child just to intentionally crush her spirit. I don’t believe any parent does that. However, with all of o

Verse 4

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/gal.5.22-23.NIV

Verse 3

 Teach me your way, Lord , that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.  I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. Psalms 86:11‭-‬12 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/psa.86.11-12.NIV

Rest of verse 2

 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29‭-‬31 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mrk.12.29-31.NIV

Verse 2 part 1

 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Mark 12:28 NIV https://mark.bible/mark-12-28

Day 23 verse 1

 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Colossians 3:20 NIV https://colossians.bible/colossians-3-20

JESUS ONLY:Part 2 (Day 23)

A Matter of the Heart In Colossians 3:20 we read that children are to obey their parents in everything because it pleases the Lord. In Ephesians 6:4 we find a sister verse to the one in Colossians with a slight twist at the end - we are told that parents are to bring up their children in the training and instruction of the Lord. So, let’s look at it from that angle; what are parents to teach and model for their children, and ask of their children, that children are supposed to obey? The main responsibility of a God-loving parent is to teach their children who God is, what His attributes are, and what matters to Him. What God cares the most about is our hearts; how we love Him, and how we love each other. I think back to when Samuel was choosing a new king for Israel. He was looking one by one at Jesse’s sons but none of them were the right one.  1 Samuel 16:7 says, 'But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does no

Day 22 verse

 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged. Colossians 3:18‭-‬21 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/col.3.18-21.NIV

JESUS ONLY: Part 2 (Day 22)

Enjoying Your Family This Week's Devotional Written by Brian and Amanda Benoit This Week's Scripture Focus is Colossians 3:18-21 Take time to enjoy your family. “The weekly Sabbath is a cathedral raised up in my dining room, in my family and in my heart.”- Anita Diamant

Day 21 verse

 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.  Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.  You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but C