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Light of Life

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NIV) We are reflections of Jesus. When we follow Jesus his light flows through us. Our good deeds matter in this world. We have that ability through Jesus to shine that light on others. We have the ability to show others God’s goodness. We can bring people out…

Light

5 The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:5 (NLT) This passage is very important. Once you are the light, the darkness cannot extinguish you. Even in the darkest of places the smallest amount of light makes all the difference. There is a reason why light can dispel darkness but darkness does not dispel light. When you have that light in you, you can spread it like wildfire. Have you ever seen the shadow…

Shine

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV) We have all had our dark times. Everyone knows how it feels to be in…

Salt Of The World

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. Matthew 5:13 (NIV) On earth, salt is very important to life. Just for people, salt is needed in your body. It helps keep you hydrated and it helps balance electrolytes. A quick search can give you all the benefits salt can give. It gives…

Speak the Truth in Love

15Instead, speaking the truth in love, (the impact in our communities, the way the church should be) we will in all things grow up into him who is (here comes the visual aid) the Head, that is, Christ. 16From 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 4:15-16 (NIV) This passage begins with two very important points.  It tells us what to…

Grow in Christ

14Then we will no longer be infants, (the maturity of the believer in the church) tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Ephesians 4:14 (NIV)   In the previous verse (verse 13) it talks about becoming mature and “attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Verse 14 begins by stating how we “will no longer…

Works of Service

12to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that (the reason for it) the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all (“until” implies ongoing till the goal is met, and the goal is “all”) reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.Ephesians 4:12-13 (NIV) The previous verse talks about how God called some to be apostles,…

Gifts Are for a Specific Purpose

7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 11It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, Ephesians 4:7; 11 (NIV) Every gift is given by God for a specific purpose.  As we can see in the verse above, God called some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (and He gives the ability to fulfill those…

You We’re Handcrafted by God

10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) This is a great verse that highlights God’s intentionality as it relates specifically to you.  The Bible tells us that we are God’s “handiwork.”  That literally means you were handcrafted by God.  You are not some cosmic mistake.  You were created on purpose, at this specific time, to fulfill a specific purpose.  I imagine…

In The Moment

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” 37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized,…

Promises Kept

32 “God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this. 33 Now he is exalted to the place of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and hear today. Acts 2:32-33 (NLT) Yesterday’s devotional focused on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It is only when Christ is back with the Father that the Holy Spirit is given to…

God’s Plan

22 “People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know. 23 But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him. 24 But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip. Acts 2:22-24 (NLT) Peter…

God Always Knew

No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: 17 ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Acts 2:16-17 (NLT) Peter explains what happened in the room when the violent wind blew and the tongues of fire appeared above the Believers.  Peter took the moment to remind these religious people of what was written in the Old Testament.  They should have understood and expected God…

Pentecost

 13 But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!” 14 Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. 15 These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. Acts 2:13-15 (NLT) Pentecost:  An annual event that drew Jews from many places to celebrate in…

Filled with the Holy Spirit

18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:18-21 (NIV) In this verse it is comparing being under the…

Love

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control… Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV) The Holy Spirit is not some nameless, uncaring force. The Holy Spirit loves us. He wants the best for us and helps us. He fills us with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The Holy Spirit is with us at all times. The Holy Spirit wants what’s best for us and cares for us. Action…

Sin

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. Galatians 5:16-17 (NIV)  We have the power over sin (through Christ Jesus) and we have the Holy Spirit helping us daily. We all have sin…

Power

8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. Acts 1:8-9 (NIV) The Holy Spirit is very powerful. He (the Holy Spirit) should not be viewed as the “other one,” and should not be…

The Advocate

7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. John 16:7 (NIV) In this verse, Jesus is explaining what will happen after He dies on the cross. He states that He is going to send the Advocate. He is talking about the Holy Spirit. Jesus had to go so that the…

New Covenant

“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.” Jeremiah 31:31 (NIV)In the Old Testament, God established a covenant with the Israelites.  Usually, a contract is between two parties.  The covenant between God and the Israelites was all based on God’s character to fulfill his promises.  The Israelites lived under the old law.  But through the blood of Jesus, we now live under the…

Plan

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) Sometimes, people can see God as a strict father.  We think he is looking down from heaven waiting for us to make a mistake so he can punish us.  But God is love (1 John 4:16).  He looks down from heaven and sees us as perfect through the…

Faithful

If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is. 2 Timothy 2:13 (NLT) Moses proclaimed in Exodus, that God is astounding in steadfast love and faithfulness (Exodus 34:6).  He planned how to save the world from the beginning and was faithful to follow through.  Even when the Israelites broke their covenant with God, He was still faithful to save them.  Faithfulness is in God’s character.  We can reflect his character to others. Prayer:God, thank you…

Influence Them

This is how the Lord responds: “If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you! Jeremiah 15:19 (NLT) We live in a fallen world.  Evil things are all around us.  Bad things happen to good people.  But that doesn’t mean we need to let it impact us.  We are…

Message Burns

You tricked me, Lord, and I was tricked. You overpowered me and won. People make fun of me all day long. Everyone laughs at me. Every time I speak, I cry out. All you ever tell me to talk about is fighting and trouble. Your message has brought me nothing but dishonor. It has made me suffer shame all day long. Sometimes I think, “I won’t talk about his message anymore. I’ll never speak in his name again.” But then…

Astonishing Courage

18 Jael went out to meet Sisera and said to him, “Come into my tent, sir.  Come in.  Don’t be afraid.” So he went into her tent, and she covered him with a blanket.  19 “Please give me some water,” he said.  “I’m thirsty.” So she gave him some milk from a leather bag and covered him again. 20 “Stand at the door of the tent,” he told her. “If anybody comes and asks you if there is anyone here, say no.”  Judges…

Absolute Control

14 Then Deborah said to Barak, “Get ready! This is the day the Lord will give you victory over Sisera, for the Lord is marching ahead of you.”  Judges 4:14(NLT) God always give us the voice of one person who reminds us God is in control.  They remind us God has made us promises.  Deborah points out twice in one sentence the Lord is control.  When we trust God’s promises, we have what we need to move forward in tough situations. …