WEEK 1: DAILY DEVOTIONALS
Monday, January 6th Devotional:
The goal for this week is not to tell God what you want, but to find out what He wants and align yourself appropriately. We don’t need to seek an answer, we need to seek the Lord. He will provide the answers in the right time.
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
Man loves to make plans but lacks the vision to see all the variables and lacks the power to bring the plan about. God has the vision, the power, and the perfect plan to bring about what you’d have never seen. Our goal is to hear from Him. His job is to define the steps. God always does His job. We just don’t always do ours. He may show you something you’ve never thought of.
“God, search my heart. Show me where you want to get to work. And give me the courage to lay my plans down to seek yours.”
Tuesday, January 7th Devotional:
Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” Joshua 3:5
Consecrate, I haven’t heard that word in a while. God was preparing to take the nation of Israel over the Jordan and into the promised land. The direction was to prepare themselves for what God was already planning to do. If we believe that God is speaking and God is working we need to prepare as if we believe He is going to speak and work in our lives. Consecrate yourselves. The word means to “dedicate yourself to God’s purpose.” Are you praying and waiting or praying and preparing? Open God’s Word. Turn on praise music. Listen to a sermon. Call a friend and pray together. Prepare your heart and take a step to put yourself in a position to hear from Him. Noah built the ark for 100 years before God sent the rain. Because Noah knew that God was speaking so he should be preparing.
“God, today we will listen and we will prepare our hearts to hear from you.”
Wednesday, January 8th Devotional:
I’ve heard the Christian walk defined by periods commonly referred to as “seasons.”
That was for a season…
This was the season of…
I understand the sentiment. But what is troubling is when we limit God and His working by the man defined bounds of “seasons.” As if God chooses some seasons to work and other seasons to red-shirt. God doesn’t take seasons off.
God is always doing something. Are we listening?
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27
Thursday, January 9th Devotional:
I get to talk to a ton of people on Sundays. I love it. I’m in my element. Hand shaking, hugging, laughing, praying, and so on. I love it. But often someone comes up and shares something that requires action on my part. Something I need to do that week. I never remember. Because immediately I’ll have 12 more conversations and boom, it’s gone. I’ve learned to carry a piece of paper with me on Sundays. On it are scribbled various notes. Not full thoughts, just key words as reminders. Monday morning, I act on them!
Side note: send me an email or a text if you REALLY want me to remember 😊
The prophet Habakkuk was waiting on the Lord to speak. He said he would stand on a watch post and wait. When the Lord spoke, here’s what He said:
“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:2-3
Whatever God has been saying to you this week, write it down. Big, small, or in between. Write it down and then act on it.
Friday, January 10th Devotional:
“Dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, dad…” “WHAT?!”
This scene is repeated ad nauseum in my home. I’ll admit that dad is most often replaced with mom, but regardless the truth remains. Kids believe if they keep asking their parents will pay attention to them. I’m often tempted to ignore them more, but that’s not the point of this devotional. Because we don’t have a Father like that. Jesus told a parable about persistence in prayer and used the example of a legal judge…the judge said:
“…yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice…” Luke 18:5
Jesus confirmed that God was not like that judge in that he begrudgingly answered, but that God desires to. “Will He delay long over them? I tell you, He will give justice to them speedily.” Keep asking. He’s listening and He’s answering. Just notice that He said He’d give justice. He didn’t promise to answer every want, but He did promise an answer.