• Devotion - The Process of Transformation

    In June, our church learned to focus on hearing & obeying the voice of God. As we spend time with Jesus and in His word, we WILL BE TRANSFORMED. New pathways of thought will form. We will learn that it's not possible to be "too heavenly minded". If we follow Jesus, He is the one who takes care of the hard work of transformation.


    The change in us, the process is what people will be astonished by, knowing that we didn't do it alone. It's our chance to give Him all the glory and praise!



    Scripture - Psalm 84:7 TPT

    They grow stronger and stronger with every step forward

    until they find all their strength in you, and the God of all gods will appear before them in Zion.



    Devotion - Transformed

    Every moment with you is a like a moment of truth. Each time I turn my heart to you, ponder your Word, or think about your holiness, I am changed. With each choice I make to walk in righteousness, I grow stronger. As I behold your face, I am transformed—taking steps that take me from glory to glory.


    Regardless of what comes against me, you find a way to use it for my good. Even my light afflictions will result in eternal glory. Your power has no limits. It can be seen in the smallest atom or heard in the fiercest wind. I’m humbled by your greatness. Without you, I am nothing. With you, I live a life of continual triumph.


    I resign myself to do your will. By your grace, I will never stop pursuing you. Your presence is the secret to everlasting strength.



    Simmons, B., & Rodriguez, G. (2017). Prayers on fire: 365 days praying the psalms. Road Racine, WI: Broadstreet Publishing Group, LLC.

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          1. Devotion - Pay Careful Attention!

            When Jesus calls attention to something in scripture, it’s time to really dig in!

            Here he’s been explaining that there is more to listening than hearing(v10). Then He gives us a beautiful picture of what obedience looks like. That if we’ve truly heard Him, it will make us want to obey Him. As we’ve been in the study on the discipline of meditation, we’ve learned that meditation is hearing and obeying the voice of God. I encourage you to analyze your heart. Is is open to receive all that He’s saying, or is it full of other frivolous things? You won’t regret dumping all that in favor of more of Him!



            Scripture - Luke 8:18 TPT

            “Pay careful attention to your hearts as you hear my teaching, for to those who have open hearts, even more revelation will be given to them until it overflows. And for those who do not listen with open hearts, what little light they imagine to have will be taken away.” 



            Devotion - Pay attention to my gentle nudge. 


            Beloved, I am teaching you how to discern my voice. Many seek for an outward sound when what they need is to tap into the reality of my Spirit within. My voice doesn’t always come in the way you expect it. It often alights upon your thoughts as an idea or image. At times, it is random and spontaneous. It never contradicts my Word but flows in perfect synchronicity with it. It leads you to do the seemingly impossible. It flows with compassion, love, and forgiveness. It is wisdom that defies reasoning. It is sometimes outrageous—filled with faith that beckons you to act. Or to rest. When you pay attention to these gentle nudges that rise within you, miracles have the chance to greet your day. Impossible situations find solutions. Those needing prayer have immediate covering, because you sense me asking you to pray. Favor surprises you, because you followed the leading of my Spirit and ran into that person I needed you to meet. Never dismiss the random thoughts, it very often is a breakthrough waiting to happen!


             

            Simmons, Brian. I Hear His Whisper: Encounter God's Heart for You (365 Daily Devotions) (The Passion Translation) (p. 165). BroadStreet Publishing Group LLC. Kindle Edition.

            1. Devotion - Look Through My Eyes

              A recurring theme/thought/phrase that has been on my mind are the lyrics -


              "Turn your eyes upon Jesus

              Look full in His wonderful face

              And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

              In the light of His glory and grace"


              Are you seeing what He sees? What are you focused on? I pray that we all accept the true vision only He can give. It comes from the place of intimacy with Him. You won't leave His presence the same way you entered!



              Scripture - Luke 8:17 TPT

              “Because this revelation lamp now shines within you, nothing will be hidden from you—it will all be revealed. Every secret of the kingdom will be unveiled and out in the open, made known by the revelation-light.”


              Devotion- Look Through My Eyes

              Look through my eyes. Come and look on my face. Gaze into my glory until you are transformed. I will give you new eyes, my eyes, which give you true understanding. When you look through my eyes, the world around you changes. When you see the sick, I see them healed. When you see the lost, I see them asleep and ready to be awakened.


              When you see darkness approaching, I see the enemy defeated. And when I look at you, I see you completed. Whole. Beautiful. Lacking nothing. I call you into true vision, so that you might see. Partake of my healing eye salve, and your vision will be clear. I will heal your eyes and cause you to clearly evaluate and discern the day in which you are living. Many see doom; I see glory. Many see devastation; I see my kingdom increasing and having no end. I see the end from the beginning. When you come before my throne, you will see what my prophet Isaiah saw—the whole earth is full of my glory!


              Simmons, Brian. I Hear His Whisper: Encounter God's Heart for You (365 Daily Devotions) (The Passion Translation) (p. 164). BroadStreet Publishing Group LLC. Kindle Edition.

              1. That All May Know

                Have you realized how blessed you are? Jesus gave His life so that our relationship with the Father could be restored. He's drawn us close and by the power of the Holy Spirit we've been raised to life with Him. That's Good News, so, tell someone! Shout it from the rooftops, that all may hear this Good News. Be the light and love in the areas that He has called you to as His ambassadors. That all may know...


                Psalm 96:2-3 TPT

                Don’t stop! Keep on singing! Make his name famous!

                Tell everyone every day how wonderful he is!

                Give them the good news of our great Savior.

                Take the message of his glory and miracles to every nation.

                Tell them about all the amazing things he has done.


                Devotion - That All May Know


                Lord, everywhere I go I want to be an example of your compassion and power. It isn’t enough for me to shout your praises—I must live life in a way that demonstrates your love for all of creation. You don’t hold back the tender mercy that cost you so dearly, and I won’t hold back from telling nations what you have done.

                Your beauty and awe-inspiring majesty deserve the greatest of honors. You are the Creator who fills the earth with glory. Oceans thunder and fields echo ecstatic praise. It’s time for the world to do the same. May thirsty souls be satisfied in your presence, as they come to know this One whose brilliance illuminates the sky.

                Tear the veils from blinded eyes, so all will know your greatness that is beyond description. When the multitude of the earth surrenders pride and runs to you dressed in dirty garments and carrying heavy burdens, we will welcome them with open arms. Teach me to love them well.

                 Simmons, B., & Rodriguez, G. (2017). Prayers on fire: 365 days praying the psalms. Road Racine, WI: Broadstreet Publishing Group, LLC.

                1. Ephesians 3:20

                  Whatever is holding you back, I encourage you to let it go, in Jesus' name. Break the mold and step out into the plan He has prepared for you. He knows what He's doing. To quote another kid's movie, "Remember who you are" or better yet - whose you are!


                  Ephesians 3:20 TPT

                  Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you. 


                  Devotion - I am alive within you. 


                  You put too much pressure on yourself. Too much focus on your ability to hear, to heal, to speak, to do what I ask you to do, as if any of it is contingent upon your ability. What is in your heart to do has been placed there by me. Breathed upon by my Spirit. And it’s my Spirit in you that releases miracles. It isn’t based on whether you have faith for what you can do. It’s based on faith that I—the living God—truly abide within you. If I am within you, I will manifest through you with very little effort on your part. All that’s needed is simple obedience to step beyond the boundaries you have created. Boundaries that set limits on what you believe I can and cannot do through you. Don’t look to yourself when I ask you to do something, checking to see if you have the faith for it, look to me—the One who is the embodiment of faith. It has never been, nor will it ever be about what you can do. It is about me. All-powerful. Alive within you.


                  Simmons, Brian. I Hear His Whisper: Encounter God's Heart for You (365 Daily Devotions) (The Passion Translation) (p. 168). BroadStreet Publishing Group LLC. Kindle Edition.