READ JOHN 8-10
Then the Pharisees again questioned the man who had been blind and demanded, “What’s your opinion about this man who healed you?” The man replied, “I think he must be a prophet.” (John 9:17 NLT)
There are going to be critical times in your life when you will have the opportunity
to express your opinion of who Jesus is to you using your words. But most often times we forget that there are countless opportunities to do this by the power of our influence & character.
Take a moment to stop and to think, what is your honest opinion of Jesus? In what ways has He made Himself known to you? In the story, the blind man knew Jesus as His healer...
I have come to know God as my provider, protector, healer, comforter, strength, wisdom, hope, love, joy, peace...my everything!
Every circumstance that draws you closer to God is an opportunity to know Him more and in a new/enhanced way.
What/Who is Jesus to you today?
Read John 5-7
Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:29, 35 NLT)
Have you ever wondered why Jesus was likened to bread and believing in Him likened to water? Why does the Bible associate our faith with food?
Lysa Terkeurst shares that God knew we would understand the physical connotations of being physically hungry and thirsty...and knew if we could relate those to our spiritual hunger, we would be able to better understand what a relationship with Him was supposed to be. And what's more, what a healthy relationship with food should be.
Jesus was saying that when we surrender to Him and believe in Him, we will be completely satisfied--whatever our needs are will be met, and we will be cared for.
What do you need to surrender and believe God for today? Better health choices? Better financial decisions? Better relationships? Whatever it is, He is willing and able to care for you!
Read John 2-4
He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. (John 3:30)
The more I become like Christ, the more I become like God intended. I wouldn't say today was a great success in terms of the things I wanted to do:
-I didn't make time for my workout;
-I snacked on sweets, even when I was not hungry;
-I slept in instead of getting up early to read & pray...
But, I know tomorrow (and even this moment now) is an opportunity to become more like Christ by forgetting what is behind and moving forward--trusting that by His strength and power, I can make progress in honoring Him more with the everyday choices I make.
Read Luke 23-John 1
I picked 2 verses today:
Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last. (Luke 23:46 NLT)
This verse reminded me that in my darkest times or even just stressful times, I need not be afraid or worry. God is with me and will take care of me as I entrust Him with all my daily choices and circumstances. I can't control what happens to me, but I can control how I respond--and that should reflect my faith & trust in God.
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. (Luke 24:45 NLT)
I can understands how reading the Bible can be intimidating and difficult when we don't always understand what God may be trying to tell us. But I want to encourage you to pray that the Holy Spirit will open your minds to understand God's Word and show you to apply it to your daily life. That is one reason I love the POWER OF 3 reading plan because it helps me focus on a short portion with the church community, so we can share insight and encourage one another!
So, I hope you will join me in reading along and sharing your thoughts about what God is showing you through each passage!
Read Luke 20-22.
At that moment the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Suddenly, the Lord’s words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.” (Luke 22:61 NLT)
My prayer today is that We will each live out today in full acknowledgment of who we are in Christ and let His light shine through us. May we learn the art of denying our own selfish tendencies to become more like Him. I pray that we will not deny His presence or power by the choices we make, the words that we say or the attitudes of our hearts. But may we embrace the authority we have been given by the power of the Holy Spirit to honor Him in every area of our lives!