Soul Food

Start with prayer.
Praise God for the privilege of knowing him and the gift of prayer.
Confess your sins and admit to God that you are not worthy to be in his presence and praise him for his grace and love and mercy.
Ask to bless your time together and ask him to help you focus.
 
Read John 4:27-38
What were the disciples concerned about?
What was Jesus concerned about?
What does Jesus mean by harvest?
The sower is John the Baptist as he planted seeds of the truth of who Jesus was.
The reaper is Jesus as he gathers the souls of those who trust in him.
In the previous passage the woman at the well was focused on physical water but Jesus pointed her to spiritual water. In this passage the disciples are focused on physical food but Jesus points them to spiritual food. 
Generally speaking humans are focused way to much on physical things and miss the spiritual.
What is Jesus feeding his soul with?
What will happen if you don’t feed your soul the very same thing?
Are you hungry for this spiritual food or more concerned about where you will eat next?
 
End with prayer.
Ask God to give you a heart for spiritual matters more than physical. 
Ask him to help you focus on doing his work.
Pray for the person that is spiritually starving.
Pray for the next family or person in the church directory.

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Week End Review

Start with prayer
Confess your sins to God and ask him to renew a right spirit within you.
Ask God to help you focus as you read and pray and reflect.
 
Go back and read everything you read this week all at one time.
What is the first thing that stands out to you?
What was good about your week?
What was bad about your week?
 
End with prayer.
Spend time praising God for this week. 
Pray for the service tomorrow.
Pray for our missionary and our pastor who are possibly traveling in the snow today.

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Thirsty Souls Cafe

Start with prayer.
Spend time praising God.
Confess your sins to God.
Ask God to help you focus.
 
Read John 4:1-26
Where did Jesus stop on the way to Galilee?
Why did Jesus stop?
Samaritans were considered unclean to the Jews. The Jews and Samaritans did not mingle. This is why the Samaritan woman was shocked that Jesus even spoke to her. Jesus broke down many of these judgmental barriers. He saw people with souls not labels and limitations.
What kind of water did Jesus offer?
What is the benefit of this kind of water? v.13-14
The water was an object lesson for a change in worship venues. 
How was worship about to change?
What claim does Jesus make in v.26?
Have you ever drank something and it just made you more thirsty? Sodas? Punch? Alcohol?
The Samaritan woman could drink from the well but she would be thirsty again at some point and would have to go back to fill up. This is the kind of thing we do when our souls are thirsty and hungry. We go to things that never satisfy. We worship stuff that leaves us more thirsty, more hungry. In the Old Testament they were told to sacrifice animals to atone for sins. But they always had to continue in this practice. Just like returning to a well to get refills.
Now through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, our sins have been atoned for. We no longer need to return to wells that don’t satisfy. We have Jesus! We no longer need to return to a certain geographical location or a certain building to connect with God. Jesus has connected us to God. We can worship and connect with Him anytime we want. Our souls do not need to thirst anymore. 
Is your soul thirsty? Perhaps you are drinking from the wrong well.
 
End with prayer.
Thank God for this passage and ask him to help you understand it and apply it.
Ask God to help you turn from your sin and turn to Jesus to satisfy your soul.
Pray for the person you know that still has a thirsty soul. Pray that they would find living water.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.
 
 

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More Christ Less Me

Start with prayer.
Praise God for a new day, for this life you have given him, praise him for any blessings you can think of.
Confess your sins to God, ask for forgiveness, thank him for his grace.
Ask God to help you focus as you read and pray.
 
Read John 3:22-36
Who was baptizing in this passage?
Was it a competition to see who could baptize more?
What do you think was John’s main point in this passage?
v. 28 “I am not the Christ.”
v.29 “The friend of the bridegroom rejoices greatly at the bridegrooms voice.”
v.29 “This joy of mine is now complete.”
v.30 “He must increase, I must decrease.”
v.31 “He who comes from above is above all.”
v.31 “He who comes form heaven is above all.”
v.34 “He whom God has sent utters the words of God”
v.36 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life”
v.36 “Whoever does not OBEY the Son shall NOT see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”
John’s mission was to exalt Jesus. Our mission is to exalt Jesus.
John existed to point the world to Jesus. We exist to point the world to Jesus.
John found joy in putting all the focus on Jesus.
Do you find joy in putting all your focus on Jesus?
Joy is a steady peace, a still and content heart. The only path to that is Jesus himself.
Do you exalt yourself more than Jesus?
How can you get out of the way in order to create a clear path to Jesus?
 
End in prayer.
Thank Jesus for dying on the cross for your sins. Ask God to help you exalt Jesus with your life. Pray that you would decrease and Jesus would increase.
Pray for the person you know that does not believe in Jesus.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory. 
 
 

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Leave the Light On

If you want to get anything out of this daily devotion you have to be consistent. It is a marathon not a sprint. God can move slow and he does it on purpose. If you want to see long term growth stick with it.
 
“Your daily discipline determines your destiny.” Unknown source
 
Start with prayer.
Praise God for a new day and for the life he has given you. 
Praise God for your salvation, for his word, for his church, for his guidance ect.
Ask God to help you focus as you read and study and pray.
 
Read John 3:16-21
Does v.16 say God loved some people or the world?
What does v.19 say people love?
Have you ever sat up with eyes open in a completely dark room by yourself in total silence? Try it sometime its creepy.
Imagine being locked in a room like that for life. That is beyond creepy that is horrifying.
This is life without Jesus. Darkness, Silence, Lostness, Trapped, Horrified
This is also a description of judgment in v.19.
If you were locked in that dark room for half your lifetime and suddenly you were offered a flashlight would you take it?
God has offered the world the light of Jesus Christ not to condemn but to save the world. v.17
Have you received that gift or have you chosen to live in darkness and condemnation?
Does your lifestyle show that you are in the dark or in the light? v.20-21
 
End with prayer.
Thank God for loving you enough to send Jesus to save you.
Thank God for leading you out of darkness and into the light.
Pray that your life would produce good things; Godly things, truthful things
Pray for the person you know that is still trapped in darkness without Jesus. Pray that they would receive the light.
Pray for the next person in the church directory. 
 
 

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New Life in Jesus

Start with prayer.
Praise God for a new day and for a new life in Jesus Christ.
Praise God for his love and mercy and grace.
Thank God for his word and ask him to help you focus as you read and pray.
 
Read John 3:1-15
When did Nicodemus the Pharisee come to Jesus? Why do you think he chose that time?
What did Nicodemus notice about Jesus? v.2
How does someone see the kingdom of God? v.3+5
Even though v.5 says “water and the Spirit” it is not referring to baptism. It is simply referring to a spiritual birth.
This may be connected to Ezekiel 36:25-27
The word wind and spirit come from the same greek word and Jesus compares the two in the way they function.
Acts 2 tells the story of the arrival of the Holy Spirit as a mighty rushing wind. 
What does Jesus point out as the pharisees blind spot?
The Pharisee knew God’s law inside and out and some how he missed it all and did not know God himself.
Be careful not to pursue knowledge and miss God himself. Knowledge alone creates arrogance. Don’t study the Bible to know stale facts. Study the Bible to know God. Worshiping God is the goal not education.
How does someone have eternal life? v.15
How do you know if you have been born again? v.15
Romans 10:9 breaks down a biblical understanding of belief. Its more than just knowing facts.
Have you done the 2 step process found in Romans 10:9?
Do your thoughts and actions display a trust in the world or in Jesus? Remember God knows your true feelings.
 
End with prayer.
Praise God for the gift of new life in the spirit. Praise him for your salvation.
Confess your sins to God and ask him to lead you out of sinful habits.
Ask him to help you trust in him more than the world.
Pray for the same person that has not been born again. Pray that they would hear the gospel and be saved.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.
 
 
 
 
 

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True Colors

If you have trouble focusing because of distractions on your phone turn on airplane mode.
 
Start with prayer.
Praise God for a new week, a new day and for the life he has given you.
Ask him to bless your week and for opportunities to serve him.
Ask him to help you focus as you read and meditate on his word.
 
Read John 2:23-25
In John 2, Jesus turned the water into wine at the wedding. John called it a sign because it revealed that Jesus is more than just a man; he is Emmanuel which means God with us. But Jesus looked like an ordinary man; he wasn’t larger, he didn’t glow in the dark, he didn’t shoot fire, he was born in a barn and lived in a carpenters house. But appearances can be deceiving can’t they? 
 
On the other hand people like to put our best foot forward. We want the world to think that we are strong, that we are put together, that we are “good” people. We want others to like us whether we admit it or not. We do things to impress others whether we admit it or not. The word hypocrite comes from a word that means faking or acting. Everyone is a hypocrite on some level. We might be able to fool others but we can’t fool God. Our appearances may fool humans but not the god-man Jesus Christ.
 
What does it say Jesus does not do in v.24?
What does it say Jesus does not need in v.25?
What does it say Jesus knows in v. 25?
What does Jesus see in you in particular that you don’t want him to see?
 
End in prayer.
Ask God to bless you and help you to be a genuine person.
Ask God to set you free from any sin that entangles you.
Pray for the same person who does not know Jesus.
Pray for the next person in the church directory.
 
 

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Review

Start with Prayer.
Praise God for the weekend. Praise him for as many things as you can think of.
Pray that God would prepare your heart for worship today and especially for tomorrow.
Pray that God would bless you as you read his word.
 
Reveiw
Go back and read everything you read this week all at one time.
What stands out to you the most? 
Why do you think that stood out to you?
What can you use from this to apply to your life?
 
End with Prayer
Pray that God would continue to reveal his word to you in a powerful way.
Pray that God would bless our church gathering and worship tomorrow.
Pray that The Holy Spirit would lead our people to attend the service and pray for guests to visit with our church.
Pray for God’s protection over our church family. Pray for strong unity among us.

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Correction on January 10 Devotion

2 Corinthians 3:16 should be 1 Corinthians 3:16. Oops!


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