Showing posts from January, 2022

Verse (Written in Red)

  “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13‭-‬14 NIV


 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:11‭-‬14 NIV

The Pursuit (Day 2)

  “Definition Time” Dead- 1: deprived of life: having died: 2: lacking power to move, feel, or respond People generally don’t like to talk about death. Death is usually a topic reserved for quiet talk surrounding a coffin, or in moments of great fear, when death seems close and you can’t avoid it. Sometimes death is a conversation because it is so mysterious and powerful. Occasionally, death is something to celebrate. For example, how do you feel about bread? You may like a good sandwich, or a biscuit, or a thick, fluffy pancake. All of those things require something. A seed had to die. Did you know that’s where wheat comes from? A seed is planted, it dies, and wheat is born from its death. You have a new beginning that you get to enjoy because of Christ, but, understand that when you were made alive in Christ part of you died. When Jesus came into your life, He destroyed a part of you that had been there a long time. It’s called sin. What is sin? The Bible defines sin as missing the m


 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17‭-‬19 NIV

New Plan: The Pursuit (Day 1)

  “Welcome to your new life!“ Did you catch that? You are a new creation! Does that sound weird? Believe it or not you are a different person because of Jesus. Now, you may be thinking, “How can they know me? How can they know if I’m different?" OK, you may be right. But, if you’re reading this, it is because you just trusted Jesus and are looking for a way to help you understand the decision you made. (By the way, it was a good decision!) In Christ you are made new. But, why are you new? Let’s talk about this new you. The old life you lived is dead! You are now someone who knows God. Isn’t that awesome! Now what does that mean? First, it means there are changes coming to your life, and they are going to be good changes. Stop and think for a minute, what did you hate about your old life? Were you angry or depressed? Were you violent? Maybe everyone took advantage of you or you were the person no one liked? Like everyone else, you are a person with a past. God set you free from tha

Verse 3

 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalms 16:11 NIV

Verse 2

 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Psalms 100:2 NIV

Verse 1

 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises. Psalms 22:3 NIV

WONDER (Day 7) Last Day

  PORTAL   Adam and Eve had hidden from God’s face, behind the trees in the lush garden. They did not want to get close to Him or see Him.  “Why are you running from my presence?” He asked. Usually when God appeared, they would run to meet Him, excited about their next encounter with their best friend. He had taken such good care of them and the garden. Everything was perfect. Now they had to vacate the spot where they encountered God—where they communed and spent so much time together. Because Adam and Eve were created to live in God’s revealed presence, we know we were made for the presence of God as well. You are not complete without His manifest presence. If you live your life outside of His revealed presence, your life becomes very dark, difficult, and dry. You quickly become like a fish out of water, gasping for breath—fighting for your life. Like a fish, you will die spiritually outside of the environment for which you were created. In God’s revealed presence there is safety fro

Verse 3

 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Psalms 105:4 NIV

Verse 2

 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 NIV

Verse 1

 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 NIV

WONDER (Day 6)

     MANIFEST   C. S. Lewis said, “We may ignore, but we cannot evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.” [1] God is indeed everywhere because He is omnipresent. He fills heaven and earth. He fills past, present, and future, all at the same time. One cannot ever leave or return to His presence. He is always everywhere. Yet the Bible tells us that after Adam and Eve had sinned, they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. If God is absolutely everywhere, how can one hide from His presence behind a tree? There must be another dimension of His presence. The Hebrew word for presence here means “at or to the face.” It is a greater level of intimacy. Adam and Eve hid themselves from the face, or intimacy, of God. Adam and Eve hid from the manifest presence. This is God’s revealed presence that is revealed i

Verse 2

 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. Psalms 95:1‭-‬2 NIV

Verse 1

 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God

WONDER (Day 5)

  ENCOUNTER   He appeared in the same place He always had every day at sunset and began His stroll through the garden. His movement was ominous and powerful.  Adam heard it. “Quick, let’s hide!” he warned Eve.  They always enjoyed their relationship and interaction with Him. They found such happiness and fondness for one another. Today was different. Something was wrong. “I see you behind the trees,” the Voice said. “Come out!” “What have you done?” He asked. He knew the answer to that, but wanted to register that their disobedience had consequences. “You are banished from My presence,” The Voice announced. “You can no longer be close to Me.” It was a very, very sad moment when Adam and his wife left the fertile garden of God’s plentiful provision.  Adam’s head hung down as he walked into the dust of a new world in which they would have to work hard to scrape together an existence for themselves.  “What just happened?” he asked Eve. “It’s hard to believe. Will we ever see Him again?” T