DAY 21 // YOU ARE CHOSEN

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DAY 21 // YOU ARE CHOSEN

 YOU ARE CHOSEN


“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” - 1 Peter 2:9 NIV


When I read this verse, my mind takes me back to middle school where you are in line waiting to be picked for either Team A or Team B. My heart was racing as a young kid, desperately wanting to be picked ahead of others and not be last – wanting to stand out and be known for what I can bring to the team and receive the prize at the end. 


There are seasons, when you feel like you have been “picked over” or “not chosen at all” since you haven’t seen that promise, that healing, or that breakthrough. I believe that when we are able to see ourselves as set apart and chosen by God, the Creator of all things, that our mindset begins to shift and the things we desire cannot compare to the peace of knowing we are God’s children (a royal priesthood!). As His children, we are seen, we are known, and we are never picked over. Our God is a good Father who never withholds blessing from children. He called us out of darkness and into a place of light and, in that, we are grounded in a position of hallelujah, singing His praises and speaking of His good works and the works yet to come!


If you are still waiting on a promise or breakthrough, I pray during this fast you would settle in the knowing that God has set you apart and, as His children, there is greatness in store for you! 


Steph Shetler
Office Administrator


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DAY 20 // WHOSE FIGHT IS IT?

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DAY 20 // WHOSE FIGHT IS IT?

WHOSE FIGHT IS IT?


One of my favorite songs we sing at church says, “This Is How I Fight My Battles.” I love the second part of this song: “It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You.” What actually may look like a battle that you are about to lose is actually a safe place where God’s mighty power and His protection causes you to not be in a dangerous place at all. In fact, you’re in a safe place surrounded by the God who is more than enough in every situation. Our enemy, the devil, wants to get us to think the battle is ours to fight when Jesus has already won the victory for us.


In 2 Chronicles 20:15-17, it tells the account of when God spoke to King Jehoshaphat through Jahaziel the Profit. He said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. … You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you” (NKJV).


King Jehoshaphat received the word of the Lord and acted upon it in faith. He put the band in front of the army and the saints and comrades went forth in praise and just like God said. He fought for them and handed them the victory. I believe as we prepare our hearts for what Jesus wants to do in us at conference, it all starts in praise. Praise for what He wants to do in us, praise for the work He has started, and praise for what He will finish in us. God has us surrounded with His care and protection, He wants us to not fight in our own strength but to walk in what He has provided for us. To not be afraid or live in fear or dismay but to walk in the victory He’s provided by what Jesus did on the cross for us. Where have you been fighting in your own strength rather than in the strength of praise?


My prayer for you is that you’ll find a new place of rest and praise and let God fight for you in all things so that you may have the victory that He has provided because He loves you just that much.


Jim Wideman
Executive Pastor - Families, Kids & Volunteers


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DAY 19 // THE SWEETNESS OF SELFLESSNESS

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DAY 19 // THE SWEETNESS OF SELFLESSNESS

THE SWEETNESS OF SELFLESSNESS


“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” - Philippians 2:3-4 ESV


One of the first things we try to teach a child is to share their possessions. It’s startling to see that even at a young age, the nature of self-serving attitudes are so strong. Why is this? It’s called sin, but often it disguises itself as lack. Where selfish ambition is at play, behind it shouts the voice that “you will miss out,” or “you will not have or be enough.” But this is the deception that Satan delivers, essentially robbing us from the truth that he who waters others will himself be watered (Proverbs 11:25). At a deeper level, it is an accusation against the image of God that we are created in, through the sufficiency of Christ – lacking nothing. 


Jonathan Edwards’ life and preaching also knew this secret. He was pivotal in what we know as the Great Awakening of America in the 1740’s. But not all loved him – even his own church forced him out. One of the defining revelations Edwards stirred up was that the will of an individual must be radically transformed from its natural self-love to the love of God. This love was to show a heartfelt evidence of regeneration. Today we still battle the pursuit of a hedonistic society and our own temptations to live this way.


It is true that selfish ambition will always stand in the way of an awakening of humanity back to God; however, we should expect that our selflessness and the worship of God will usher in His great moving and regeneration of society! 


A challenging question to ask yourself is how much of your life, your time, your resource is “self” orientated and how much is “others” orientated. If the former outweighs the latter, allow Holy Spirit to renew your ways and experience the joy that awaits you.


These words of Paul exemplify the life of Christ who was totally surrendered to putting others before him, even you! He asks us to put them into practice today.


Paul Bergin
Executive Pastor


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DAY 18 // GOOD FATHER

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DAY 18 // GOOD FATHER

A GOOD FATHER

“What I’m trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself.” - Luke 12:29-32 MSG

Times of Prayer and fasting have significantly strengthened my relationship with God as a Father and have been times of the biggest breakthrough. Our good Father wants to walk daily with us and is eager to respond to the desires of our hearts. With how busy our lives can get sometimes, it is easy to forget and try to take on things under our own strength. Taking this time to calm the noise and release all sense of being in control is pivotal. In this time of fasting, I pray that we all hear His voice clearer and the plans He has for us. Our Father has our best interest at heart; we just have to seek Him. 

Davis Jackson
Video Team


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DAY 17 //  IT'S WORTH IT

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DAY 17 // IT'S WORTH IT

IT’S WORTH IT

  

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” - James 1:12 NIV

 

I recently sat with friends who told me this: “What we have learned in the secret place, in the presence of God, in the hearing and doing of the Word, has become costly to us in the natural. We have had friends question us, accusations thrown at us, and seen friendships lost – BUT we know that what God says in his Word is truth and He reveals His heart for mankind; therefore, we must live it out no matter the cost!”

 

I wonder if Noah felt the same. God told him to build an ark (Genesis 6:9-22) in the middle of a draught. He invested an overwhelming amount of his time, his resource, and likely his finances to complete what God had asked him to do. I wonder if his peers and those around him would have questioned what he was doing. If they mocked him, thought him to be quite absurd, and probably crazy. Yet, he was obedient to what God had spoken; day after day, year after year, decade after decade, until the ark was complete. Noah’s perseverance paid off in the end when God blessed him and his family and established a covenant that, “Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth” (Genesis 9:11).

 

Many times, as we live by faith, following the word of God, it will cost us in the natural. You may feel misunderstood, like an outcast, ‘am I the only one who feels this way?’ or just plain crazy. It may cost you friendships, finance, time, and more. It is tempting and almost easy to shrink back, give up, or think ‘it’s just not worth it.’ BUT as you live in obedience to God, with a resolve to move past that and fulfill what He has called you to, He will be faithful to meet you there. If you are in the middle of a trial today, be encouraged: the cost is worth it. There is no greater reward than living in obedience to God’s will. He is always faithful, always fulfills His promise, and will never fail you!

 

Stephanie Sohnchen
Executive Assistant to Ps. Henry & Alex Seeley


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DAY 16 // CHILDLIKE FAITH

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DAY 16 // CHILDLIKE FAITH

CHILDLIKE FAITH

“Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." - Matthew 19:14 NIV

 

Do you remember being a little girl or little boy? Do you remember how anything was possible and everything was attainable? If you knew Jesus, do you remember how easy it was to trust Him, before “logic” or disappointment or life got in the way? I have the incredible privilege of hanging out with our elementary kids each week and one of my favorite things about them is their true childlike faith. 

 

They prayed for healing and the healing came! They stared blankly back at the volunteer as she tearfully told them how she’d no longer be needing knee surgery. They weren’t unimpressed with the healing; rather, they sat a bit confused on the adult reactions. “We prayed! Of course you’re healed! That’s what happens when you pray!”

 

Their faith is so big that they had nothing but full expectation in a God who follows through on His promises. When they close their eyes to listen to Jesus, they know their best friend will be there to talk to them. When He tells them who they are, they believe Him! 

 

The Bible doesn’t talk to children about growing up to be like adults. Instead, Jesus tells us that the kingdom of Heaven belongs to the little children! How can we practice and grow in this throughout our fast? Where are the places in your heart that you’re still holding onto in fear? Where do you need to let go and believe, with pure, abandoned, childlike faith?

 

Mallory Corwin
Kids Pastor


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DAY 15 // DON'T RUSH THE WAITING

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DAY 15 // DON'T RUSH THE WAITING

DON’T RUSH THE WAITING

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:2-4 NIV

 

When faced with choices, how often do we find ourselves choosing the option that offers a quick fix rather than what requires time, effort, and perseverance? In today’s society, where everything has become accessible so quickly and so easily, it has become difficult to find the value in the process of waiting. 

 

What if, instead of looking for a quick fix, we take the time to pray, lean in, and rest in the process? Allow Him to take you on a journey of finding the purpose in your waiting. While the journey will require more, it will ultimately yield us to discover new revelations and deeper facets of who He is. 

 

As a child, my grandparents loved to buy me different things I wanted. While I appreciated them momentarily, I would soon move on to the next thing. Years later I began working for the things I wanted and began to realize the cost associated. They were no longer an instant purchase by someone else, they were purchases that took time for me to make. Looking back, I appreciated those things so much more because there was a value on the time it took to obtain them. 

 

There are times in our lives where we want to rush through the breakthrough. We’re looking for the quickest way, demanding a timeline from God, rather than trusting Him in the waiting. But it’s in the waiting, as we continue to press in to Him and pray, that He does the necessary refining in us that brings maturity.

 

During this fast, may we be reminded that a delay is not a denial, a set back is often a set up, and we serve a kind God who never withholds good from us. Leading up to conference, may we embrace the surrender, trusting that God has ordered our steps, and that His timing is always better than ours. 

 

Samantha Eudaley
Administrative Assistant


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DAY 14 // THE ONE WHO DWELLS

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DAY 14 // THE ONE WHO DWELLS

THE ONE WHO DWELLS

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” – Psalm 91:1-2 NIV

Your dwelling place determines your destiny. The psalmist makes it clear that the beautiful promise of security, protection, rest, and satisfaction is for anyone who consciously decides to make God their dwelling place. The cry of David’s heart, more than anything else in life, was to dwell in the presence of the Lord (Psalm 27:4).

This isn’t an Airbnb christianity – a one-time decision to open up the scriptures, a distracted conversation in the secret place, or a fleeting moment on a Sunday. To dwell is to live. To remain. To stay. The more I grow in my faith, the more I catch the revelation that I can’t afford to be on the outside, braving the wilderness on my own. Rather than knocking on God’s door, I want him to be answering my door from the inside. 

The human soul craves security and rest, and today, I encourage you to discover it in Jesus Christ. The psalmist declares, “I will say of the Lord.” Deep dependency is not housed in self-reliance, the opinion of man, or life’s circumstances, but in God.

In the shelter of the Most High, everything changes. The more you dwell, the more you’ll find that your fears and your failures will fade away – completely undone and overcome by the shadow of the Almighty. 

Josh Henry
Youth Pastor


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DAY 13 // THE LONG GAME

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DAY 13 // THE LONG GAME

THE LONG GAME

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, for the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” - Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV

When I was a senior in college, I walked into a pet shop to look at puppies. An hour later, I owned a dog. There is something indescribably joyful about puppies. There are actually services where you can rent puppies for a day. 

But the thing about buying a puppy is that once you get one, you have a dog.

If you have ever bought a puppy before, you know that the second you bring him home, he needs to eat. He needs love and attention. And the next day, he will need those same elements of sustenance again. And ten years later, he will still be there, wagging his tail, and asking for food.

We live in a generation of expedentional entrepreneurialism and ample resources to start almost anything from scratch. But I love this scripture because it is encouraging us, beckoning us even, that as Christians it is not just about starting, but about the perseverance it takes to stay on course and finish well. To push past the “puppy” moments of life and see that following Jesus with our whole lives is about the long game. It is about the commitment and the sacrifice and the hard work. But that it is a race worth running. We are called by our great Author to write a story of the goodness of God with our lives. It is not the fireworks and the adrenaline rush and the puppies that we are called to; rather, we are called to push forward with perseverance and gusto. 

We need to be committed to the hard work. To the reality that the mundane will probably require way more of our time than the highlights. That every day, we choose to put our hand to the things God has given us. And then the next day, we choose again. This is how we transform our lives, our homes, our city and the world. By showing up in our own assignment, in our own field, every day.

The beautiful thing about this reality that is expounded to us in this scripture is that we do not have to do it on our own. We have mentors in heaven and a God who supplies us with everything we need to accomplish mighty conquests on this side of heaven.

Kayla Henry
Fundraising & Events Manager


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DAY 12 // COME

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DAY 12 // COME

COME

“Let everyone gripped with spiritual thirst say, “Come.” And let everyone who craves the gift of living water come and drink it freely. “It is my gift to you! Come.” - Revelation 22:17b TPT

Have you ever found yourself in a seemingly “dry” season? Have you felt lost in the desert, disconnected from God? Isn’t it so easy in those seasons to just surrender to the dryness? To believe the lie that this is just the way it’s going to be for a while? In the natural, when we’re thirsty, we know our thirst can be quenched immediately if we simply reach for a glass of water. In our spiritually dry seasons, it’s that simple as well. If we’re feeling dry, then that means we’re actually thirsty for the gift of living water. All we have to do is come. Holy Spirit is always beckoning us to come. I want to encourage you today: if you’ve been feeling dry or maybe even just a bit “off,” take some time to really seek after His living water. Just come to him. It’s that simple. He’s waiting for you!

Chrissey Hanson
Guest Services


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DAY 11 // FOLLOW PEACE

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DAY 11 // FOLLOW PEACE

FOLLOW PEACE

"I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” - ‭‭John‬ ‭16:12-15‬ ESV

There are moments in our lives when the circumstances and events around us, whether our own doing or not, can begin to feel out of place or chaotic. In those moments, we need not scramble to make sense of everything, or to restore order, but to simply seek Holy Spirit’s guidance. We can lean into the promise that while the answers to questions may be ‘not yet’ or even feel like they are unheard, we have a friend who will guide us. Often the Lord will walk with us and reveal things to us one step at a time because to do otherwise would cause us to miss the mark entirely. He is a good and trusted friend and He will not lead us in circles. We do that to ourselves when we don’t trust His leading. Take the time each day to lean into His presence and seek His guidance. Follow peace and walk one step at a time with our good Friend who will not lead us astray and will fulfill the promises that are yes and amen.

Ben Crosson
Media Lead


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DAY 10 // GOD SEES YOU AND PROTECTS YOU

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DAY 10 // GOD SEES YOU AND PROTECTS YOU

GOD SEES AND PROTECTS YOU

“But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” - Isaiah 43:1-2 NIV

God has called you by name to be His. He gives you the strength to walk out this calling. Though things may become difficult at times or even seem dark, you have the assurance that God will protect and provide safety for you. You are seen right where you are and God has already plotted your path to get you through the difficult times. 

Andy Rushing
Lighting Director


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DAY 9 // STANDING ON THE TRUE PEACE

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DAY 9 // STANDING ON THE TRUE PEACE

STANDING ON THE TRUE PEACE

“I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!” - John 14:27 TPT

Directly following when Jesus told his disciples of the coming of Holy Spirit, He said this statement. What a gift that is a perfect peace. A Peace that, no matter what comes our way, we can lean into and not be afraid. Let me encourage you: let’s make this year a year of His perfect peace and not of fear. And when the enemy tries and intimidate us with fear, let us be courageous and stand firm, knowing that we have Holy Spirit to lean into for peace.

 

Sean Richardson
Production Manager


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DAY 8 // ARM AND ARM IN GOD

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DAY 8 // ARM AND ARM IN GOD

ARM AND ARM IN GOD

“God met me more than halfway, he freed me from my anxious fears. Look at him; give him your warmest smile. Never hide your feelings from him. When I was desperate, I called out, and God got me out of a tight spot. God’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray. Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see— how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him. … Is anyone crying for help? God is listening, ready to rescue you. If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.Disciples so often get into trouble; still, God is there every time.” - Psalm 34:4-8, 17-19 MSG

God promises that He is near to the broken hearted. It follows then, that if we want to be where He is, we should also draw near to the broken hearted. Not just by giving money, supplies, or food, but by proximity and welcoming the broken into our community. In relationship, in the trenches, in the heartbreak and struggle, through death, through addiction, through violence, through oppression – when we walk alongside the broken, we find ourselves arm-in-arm with God. 

Who is someone crying out for help around you? In your family, your friend group, your school, your neighborhood? Link arms, acknowledge your own brokenness, and walk with them. In that moment, you may find yourself looking into the face of God. He is there every time. 


Nate Lampa
Outreach Director


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DAY 7 // HE IS ALWAYS ON TIME

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DAY 7 // HE IS ALWAYS ON TIME

HE IS ALWAYS ON TIME

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” - Psalm 27:13-14 NIV

God’s timing is never our timing, but God never fails to show up on time. How often do we lament when we feel that God is not showing up or when we feel like the things we are longing for have been overlooked? May I challenge you today to shift your mindset into one of confidence rather than mourning. Instead of mourning the things you feel you’ve lost or the things that have been overlooked, rejoice in confidence that you “will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Shift your mindset to one of supernatural strength to “wait for the Lord” and trust that His timing is far superior to your own natural timeline. God desires only good things for His children. Have faith to “be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  

Jess Tinnesz
Kids Pastor


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DAY 6 // WAITING ON GOD

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DAY 6 // WAITING ON GOD

WAITING ON GOD

“I am standing in absolute stillness, silent before the one I love, waiting as long as it takes for him to rescue me. Only God is my Savior, and he will not fail me. For he alone is my safe place. His wrap-around presence always protects me as my champion defender. There’s no risk of failure with God! So why would I let worry paralyze me, even when troubles multiply around me? God’s glory is all around me! His wrap-around presence is all I need, for the Lord is my Savior, my hero, and my life-giving strength. Join me, everyone! Trust only in God every moment! Tell him all your troubles and pour out your heart-longings to him. Believe me when I tell you—he will help you!” - Psalm 62:5-8 TPT

The ending of one year and the beginning of another often seems to bring with it a sense of closure and relief on the one hand, plus expectation and hope on the other. However, unfulfilled prayers and expectations carried over into a new year can have the potential to leave you feeling disappointed, anxious or with a sense of failure. 

When we don’t experience breakthroughs or answered prayers within our expected timeframe, our un-submitted nature constantly wants to revisit or take back that concern, lack, or worry we originally handed over to God and try and work it out ourselves, thinking He has failed us. 


When your heart and mind are still, fully fixed upon God and your expectations remain in Him, HIS genuine peace reigns and our earthly timelines become no longer relevant! It does take discipline to remain still before Him, knowing that as the Psalmist implores, “There’s no risk of failure with God!” This is where a season of fasting and prayer helps subdue our ‘flesh,’ allowing us to remain still and worry-free before Him, experiencing THE true peace that surpasses all understanding!

Matthew Cross
General Manager


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DAY 5 // LOVING BEYOND YOURSELF

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DAY 5 // LOVING BEYOND YOURSELF

LOVING BEYOND YOURSELF

“Go and rescue the perishing! Be their savior! Why would you stand back and watch them stagger to their death? And why would you say, “But it’s none of my business”? The one who knows you completely and judges your every motive is also the keeper of souls—and not just yours! He sees through your excuses and holds you responsible for failing to help those whose lives are threatened.” - Proverbs 24:11-12 TPT

There was a part of me that didn’t want to use this passage for my devotion. I wanted to choose a more uplifting one, but these words from Proverbs kept running through my mind. During a fast, we need to be uplifted and encouraged, but also convicted and stretched and these verses did just that to my heart. They challenged me to my core. 

Who am I loving that doesn’t know Jesus? Who am I reaching out to and pouring time and energy into that is perishing? If I am being honest, it is easy to want to surround myself with like-minded people who will lift me up, encourage me, and love me like Jesus does. And none of that is bad, but we were never meant to only surround ourselves with those people. We hear it all the time: Jesus surrounded himself with the sinners, the ones that were hard to love. And yet, are we doing the same? If we truly and fully believed in the reality of heaven and hell, would our lives look a little different? Would we be spending more time seeking out, loving, and praying for those that are currently perishing? And I mean REALLY praying. How much of our prayer life is filled with prayers for ourselves rather than the souls of others? Are we acting on the responsibility God has given us? Because when you think about it, it’s an honor that He even entrusts us with this responsibility and chooses to partner with us and use us. 

I know this devotion has been filled with a lot of questions, but these verses are meant to do just that. They’re meant to make us look at our lives and how we spend our time, to make us ask the hard questions that we would rather ignore and never answer because it’s easier that way. What is Holy Spirit pointing out to you? Don’t ignore it; ACT on it! 

Jesus, come and open our eyes to those in need. Give us a burning desire to love the unlovable, to seek out the lost and bring them home with a compassion and boldness like we’ve never had before. Give us Your eyes, give us Your heart, so that we might be Your hands and feet. 

Natalie Brown 
Youth Pastor


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DAY 4 // REMAINING FRUIT

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DAY 4 // REMAINING FRUIT

REMAINING FRUIT

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” - ‭‭John‬ ‭15:5‬ NIV

I love the promise that Jesus gives us in this scripture. He’s giving us the key to living a life full of fruit and it’s simple: remain in him. I believe He’s calling us to be lovers of His word and of His presence, but also remaining steadfast in our relationship with Him throughout every season. In the highs and lows of life, God is constant – He remains the same – so we, as His children, can hold on and remain close to Him. From this nearness is where all the good fruit in our lives flow. It doesn’t stop there though. A few verses later, in verse 8, Jesus says this: “This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” Jesus is imploring us that our relationship with Him and the fruit that comes from it isn’t just for us, it’s for His glory. I want to encourage you today to spend a moment to draw near to Jesus and commit afresh to remain in Him all your days so that you can have a life marked by good fruit that brings Him glory and draws those that see it into a relationship with Him. 

Andrew Holt
Worship Pastor


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DAY 3 // NOT BOTHERED

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DAY 3 // NOT BOTHERED

NOT BOTHERED

“...blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” -  Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT

There have been so many times in my life where I’ve had to make a choice to either be worried about what was happening next and try to fix it myself or trust that God would show up. Each time that I made the choice to trust God and believe His promises, my roots grew deeper in Him. The next time a storm came or a drought came, I knew without a doubt that God would be there to sustain me. 

The previous verses in this chapter say that those who rely on human strength are like stunted shrubs in the desert who have no hope for the future. I would much rather be a green, fruitful tree. My goal is to always walk in the hope and confidence that God knows what He’s doing. 

Even when nothing looks like we thought it would or there are months and months of nothing – of drought – let us be so confident that He’ll show up that we don’t even think about worrying. Instead of scrambling around trying to fix our situation, let’s immediately give it to God. Let’s grow our roots into the deep waters of trust. Let’s never stop producing fruit in every season.

Tabitha Parchman
Kids Team


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DAY 2 // REMEMBER THE VICTORIES

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DAY 2 // REMEMBER THE VICTORIES

REMEMBER THE VICTORIES

“I only have the sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Elah,” the priest replied. “It is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. Take that if you want it, for there is nothing else here.” “There is nothing like it!” David replied. “Give it to me!” - 1 Samuel 21:9 NLT

After David had slain Goliath, he took the giant’s sword and cut his foe’s head off. It was an incredible victory, not only for David but also for all of Israel.

Years later, to no fault of his own, David was on the run from madman King Saul. He was in danger and weaponless. He asks a priest for a weapon and is given back Goliath’s sword – the same sword he had used to cut the giant’s head off when he was younger!

I believe God orchestrated Goliath’s sword to be with the priest to remind David of his past victory and that there are more victories ahead. David was quick to take the sword, saying, “There is nothing like it!” “Give it to me!” 

God’s pattern is to move us from victory to victory but in between each victory there are often seasons where it can feel like God is no longer fighting for us and we can easily forget the way He has delivered us in the past.

I encourage you today to take some time to remember what God has done in the past in order to fuel you for what battles you may face in the future. God can be trusted! He is in the battle! He is faithful to deliver you! Take hold of His faithfulness today!

Be encouraged. 

Charles Starling
Pastor


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