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Enhance each day with verses from the Bible, reflections from Pastor Chris and others on our teaching team, and prayer. You will build your relationship with God, walk with Christ, and find peace and joy, even in correction.

Quiet time and fellowship with God—such an important part of the day. Use these devotionals to help you focus on God every day.

TODAY’S READ:

Great Things

DailyRead-Art-wlogoReading: Jeremiah 33:3
‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

 

D.L. Moody said, “When God has an impossible task to do, he finds an impossible man and He breaks him.”

His statement brings the Apostle Paul to mind. The devil’s chief prosecutor became the Gospel’s chief promoter. Paul’s legacy is a legacy of greatness. When a nation in decline needed a mighty warrior, God chose an unlikely farmer named Gideon found hiding his meager crops from the big bad Philistines. Gideon is not remembered as a farmer, but as a cunning commander of men. Gideon’s legacy is a legacy of greatness. To march a nation out of bondage, God chose a fugitive shepherd named Moses. Moses’ path was marked by the great acts of God. He shared a shepherd’s vocation with a boy named David who would leave a legacy of unparalleled greatness, and a lineage that would deliver God’s own Son into the world.

No man comes to God to offer a resume of greatness. God always begins with an empty page, a broken heart, an obedience bought by tears, even failure of spectacular dimension.

This is the glory of the matter: That God can use anyone to accomplish His incredible purposes. Do you dare ask God to do great things through you?

 

Reposted with permission from onehope.net.


Greatness

DailyRead-Art-wlogoReading:  Philippians 3:8
What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ

 

No man can produce a resume that qualifies him for the great work of the Kingdom of God.

Paul could site the privilege of birth, a lawful life, a stellar education, recognition in the highest levels of government, and the reputation as a rising star in Jerusalem. Yet Paul says such lofty credentials are to be considered as “dung” when compared to the greatness of the knowledge of Christ.

The late Malcolm Muggeridge achieved fame, respect, notoriety, and wealth as he captured his readers with wit and intelligence. He came to Christ in the late years of his life and stated that his lofty achievements were a “positive impediment when compared to one drop of living water which only Christ can give.” We often say of some talented musician or popular star, “If only they were saved – they could do such great things for God.”

While we should be zealous for all men to be saved, we’re wrong to think that greatness is dependent on anyone’s talents. God can raise up rocks and stones to praise Him. He uses the weak and lowly, ignoring the strong and confident.

Greatness begins for us when we confess that we are hopeless sinners. It is only at this point that God has something He can work with.

 

Reposted with permission from onehope.net.


Focus!

DailyRead-Art-wlogoReading:  Nehemiah 6:3
so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?”

 

Great purposes are often thwarted by petty issues.

Our adversary works first to distract, and then to destroy. Just about the time Nehemiah’s project reached critical mass, his enemies launched their final offensive. It started with a desire for Nehemiah’s attention. “Come, let us meet together,” said Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem. The walls of Jerusalem had been raised from the rubble. Only the gates remained unset. In this “almost, but not quite” setting, the enemies of Israel made a last desperate move to stop the work. Whenever we are growing spiritually and accomplishing the work of God’s Kingdom, the enemy of our souls will go to extreme measures to get our eyes off Jesus. Some minor irritation will suddenly become a troublesome boil. A thousand “urgencies” will rush in on the four winds. A long-settled conflict will suddenly find new life.

If we are not on guard we will delay obedience, depart God’s pathway, and involve ourselves in lesser things while great things are abandoned. Learn a lesson from Nehemiah. He would not “come down” from a great work to deal with a devilish distraction.

Stay focused on Christ’s great cause, lest your labors be wasted and the victory lost.

 

Reposted with permission from onehope.net.


Your Part

Reading:  Nehemiah 4:6
So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.

 

It is amazing what can be accomplished when people have “a mind to work.”

The people living amidst the ruins of Jerusalem believed that God had raised up Nehemiah for the task of rebuilding the wall. Rather than resist, or refrain, they put their hearts and hands to the task. The third chapter of Nehemiah gives testimony of the unanimous nature of their cooperation. Each household took a portion of the wall, each doing their part. God’s work is always advanced when people do their part. When everyone exercises their spiritual gifts, the church thrives. When everyone tithes on the increase, the church thrives. When everyone embraces a ministry, the church thrives. When all stand behind the cause of Christ, the church thrives. Jesus prayed fervently for us before He ascended to the Father, that we may be one (John 17:11).

Unity creates synergy. A symphony is a travesty unless everybody stays on the same page. So the church is either madness or movement depending on our unity. Miracles await us when unity binds us together for a great cause.

Days spent in quarrels are days lost for eternity. If you’re going to build your part of the wall, you have to give attention to connecting with your neighbor.

 

Reposted with permission from onehope.net.


Start with Prayer

DailyRead-Art-wlogoReading:  Nehemiah 1:4
When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.

 

The city of David is a mere shadow of its former greatness. The walls lay in rubble. A cadre of exiles have been repatriated; a dispirited people without hope or heroes. Strong armies dominate the region, insuring that Jerusalem shall never again rise to prominence.

For the Jew, Jerusalem is an unending nightmare – a testament to God’s severe judgment. She is a bankrupt city, a hopeless shell, listless and reproached. But as another gray morning is dawning over Jerusalem, God is working for her redemption through a king’s servant named Nehemiah, some 700 miles to the east.

As Jerusalem shakes herself from slumber, Nehemiah is praying. He has been praying for four months. His plan is audacious, as are all great plans born in the sweat and tears of prayer. He has no experience in urban renewal. He is unqualified as an engineer. Nehemiah has risen to a place of honor among his captors, yet he remains a slave. He has nothing to work with, and yet he will succeed in restoring the ancient city. His success is insured before the first stone is moved – insured by four months of prayer.

No great work for God is ever birthed except for the labor and travail of prayer.

 

Reposted with permission from onehope.net.