- Studying The Living WordWe’re continuing our study on the discipline of Studying God’s Word. When I thought about this message I felt the Lord say it this way, “talk about Studying Me!” I want to remind you that in the book of John, the scriptures tell us that Jesus is the Word in human form. A freedom we find is that this discipline teaches us to observe and know the source of our strength, Jesus! He equips us to have a faith that produces good works!sermons.faithlife.com
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.
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.
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.