WEEK 3: DAILY DEVOTIONALS
Monday, January 20th Devotional:
He brought me to the door of the temple and behold, water was flowing from the temple… the man measured 1750 feet, and the water was ankle deep… going on 1750 feet, and it was knee deep… going on 1750 feet, and it was waist deep… going on 1750 feet, and it was a river I could not cross. Wherever the river flows…the salt water will become fresh… and everything will live… On both sides of the river will grow all kinds of trees. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail. Ezekiel 47:1-12
What happens when you leave your church is more important than what you do as you enter it. The river in Ezekiel 47 pictures the Holy Spirit flow from PBC. The further out we get from the building, the greater and more powerful the flow of the Spirit? Wherever we go in the Spirit we bring freshness, life, fruit. Ask God to lead you where He wants you to go today outside of your house and your church to reach others.
Tuesday, January 21st Devotional:
The word of the LORD came to Jonah saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh.”
The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time, “Arise, go to Nineveh.”
Jonah 1:1; 3:1
How many times does God have to ask us to go to others? In order to reach others for Christ, the first thing you have to do is listen to hear God’s voice. Stop right now and ask God, “Is there anyone You want me to go to today with a word of warning, hope, love?” The next thing we need to do is arise. You can’t stay where you are and go with God. You’ve got to get up from your regular routine and go where God leads. Get up from your desk, and go to the coffee station. Get up from your friend table, and go to the nerd table. Get up from hibernating in your house, and go over to a neighbor’s house. Did you fail to go yesterday? Take heart…Today is your second chance!
Wednesday, January 22nd Devotional:
Jerusalem (PBC) shall be inhabited as a city (church) without walls, because of the multitudes of people in it. And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the LORD, and I will be the glory in her midst.” Zechariah 2:4-5
Imagine if PBC were a church without walls: Anyone, no matter what their struggles, could come to our church and feel accepted, welcomed and loved.
What are some walls you’ve put up that may be keeping people from Christ? My walls are a façade of
self-righteousness, a judgmental and critical spirit, a natural tendency toward busyness. Ask God to reveal your walls today. Then ask Jesus to tear them down. Be transparent about your struggles with an unbeliever. Invite someone you’ve judged and criticized out to coffee. Get up from your desk to go out and prayerfully look for divine appointments. We don’t need walls. God is a wall of fire around us and our glory within.
Thursday, January 23rd Devotional:
Rising very early in the morning; while it was still dark; He departed and went out to a desolate place, and there He prayed… And He said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also…” …And when He returned to Capernaum…many were gathered together so that there was no more room. Mark 1:35-40; 2:1-2
It’s not just about Purcellville; God has called us to reach other towns too. After a very successful day of ministry in His hometown, Jesus got up, got alone, got on His knees and heard clearly from His Father: “It’s not just about Capernaum, you need to reach out to neighboring towns as well.” There will be a prayer breakfast this Saturday from 9-10:30am at the Purcellville Roller Rink. Town leaders from Purcellville and its neighboring communities will be there to meet with you and answer two questions:
1. What is the greatest challenge facing our community?
2. How can our local church come alongside you to help?
We want to see God’s vision, not just for Purcellville, but for nearby towns as well. When we give of ourselves to reach out beyond us, we will return to find our church more filled than it was when we left. That’s how God works!
Friday, January 24th Devotional:
And He said to then, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation… And these signs will accompany those who believe…” Mark 16:15,17
God doesn’t just call us to reach beyond our community to other towns. He calls us to go out into the world, proclaim the gospel and reach every nation. Our World Mission Team is sending people to Bolivia and Togo this year. Have you ever been on a short-term mission trip? I promise you that if you go, it will change your life. And besides, what are you waiting for… a sign? Often God calls us to follow Him in faith, and then the signs will follow. If the Holy Spirit is leading you to go on a mission trip, don’t wait around for signs. Trust God, sign up and believe that signs of God’s amazing work in and through you will follow as you obey Him.