Daily Devotional: Connect 40 – Day 33 – The Hope of His Calling

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. -Ephesians 1:17-19 (NKJV)

Today’s Thought

Your purpose in life is not hidden from you; it is hidden for you. If God were to reveal His plan for your life all at one time, it would overwhelm you. Revelation is progressive. As your grow and mature in a personal relationship with Him, He reveals new facets of His overall plan for your life. In Ephesians 1:17-19, Paul is praying for you to have clarity of purpose. We were created by God and for His pleasure (Revelation 4:11).

His purpose for your life gives you hope when you feel like you are in hopeless situations. Biblical hope is a confident and positive expectation of good. God wants you to have a confident expectation of good because as His child, He favors you. Christ is in you, the hope of glory; you can expect the glory of God to shine into every area of your life; including your family, job, health, and finances!

Connect to God

Create a daily habit to ask for God to give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.

Scripture References: Colossians 1:27; Romans 5:3-5


 

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Daily Devotional: Connect 40 – Day 32 – It is Working For You

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

Today’s Thought

 

In this verse, “all things” is literally all things-the good, the bad and the ugly! Now, it does not mean that all things are from God. Some things, such as accidents, sicknesses, and broken relationships are not from Him. They are just part of the fallen world that we live in. What this verse does tell us is that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” That is our inheritance as children of God.
Do the people of the world have this inheritance? No. When bad things happen to them, they are what they are-bad things. But when bad things happen to the children of God, it does not end there. God can make those bad things work together for good.

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God is not behind anything bad or ugly. When those things happen, know that He can make all things work together for good.

Scripture References: 1 John 4:18-19; James 1:2-4


 

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Daily Devotional: Connect 40 – Day 31 – Intentional Growth

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. – Romans 12:6-8 (NKJV)

Today’s Thought

Your purpose is not for you, but for you to share with others. There are people who are waiting for you to tap into your potential and purpose so that they can maximize theirs. The development of your gifts and purpose only takes place in the context of community. Situations that bother or burden you are the very ones you were destined to change.

What is it that you are doing with all that God has entrusted you with? Is it laying dormant in your life? Are you waiting for more before you utilize what God has purposed in your heart? He has deposited His grace in you that the world is waiting to be released.

Connect to God

Look for opportunities to develop your purpose and pray for wisdom on how to use your gifts and talents to benefit the Kingdom.

Scripture References: John 15:16; Romans 8:26-30


 

 

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Daily Devotional: Connect 40 – Day 30 – Live For Eternity, Don’t Settle

While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

– 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NKJV)

Today’s Thought

 

There is more to life than living for our time on earth. When we are driven by eternity, we can have a legacy that impacts others. The goal isn’t to live on earth forever but to leave something that does. Make a decision to live life from the perspective of eternity by intentionally giving from the heart, serving others, and sharing Christ.
Unless you do something beyond what you have done, you will never grow or experience your full potential. How often have we settled for what was in front of us? Not giving thought to the fact that what we have is not all that God has in store for us. He seeks to bless His children continually as we seek Him on a daily basis. What are some things you can say you settled for? And what can you do differently starting today?

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Purpose in your heart that you will not settle for what you have but will seek God on all that He has called you to do.

Scripture References: Revelation 4:11; Ephesians 2:10


 

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Daily Devotional: Connect 40 – Day 29 – Connect to Your Purpose

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. – Colossians 3:23 (NKJV)

Today’s Thought


God has created you for a specific reason and purpose. Christian worship is more than just singing songs of adoration; it is also the basis in which we approach every task in life. Purpose is what gives meaning to even the most menial tasks in life because it shows their place in God’s overall plan for your life.

God doesn’t just want you only to give your best in the tasks and assignments you deem necessary, but in everything you do let your purpose be to honor Him. He also wants you to view everything you set your hands to from the perspective of it being a part of His overall plan for your life.

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Your purpose is not just about you; it’s about what God wants to do through you. Approach every task in life as a way to bring honor and glory to the Father.

Scripture References: Ephesians 2:10; Ephesians 6:6


 

 

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Daily Devotional: Connect 40 – Day 28 – Jesus’ Prayer For You

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. – John 17:20-23 (NKJV)

Today’s Thought


If you only had a brief time left on the earth what would you do? In the final moments before Jesus was crucified, He spent time in prayer for the world He was called to save. The true display of love for others is seen in the depth of our prayers for them. When you love someone, you will labor in prayer for them to receive all that God has for them. The prayer in John 17 shows the heart of our Savior who desires for you to know your place and purpose in the family of God. Jesus also wants you to know how much you are loved and the Father’s desire for you to walk in His glory. Jesus’ prayers have power and they will not return to Him void. When you agree with what God says, you will see yourself in light of how God sees you. When you see yourself in the light of how God sees you, His power will manifest in every area of your life.

God’s glory is on you, there is a weightiness about you. People don’t know why, but their spirits are lifted when they are in your presence. There is something about you that impacts them even if they have only been with you for a short while. When you talk, they listen because there is substance in what you say. Also, because God’s glory is on you, you can expect it to touch every aspect of your life – your finances, relationships, work, and health. By faith, receive the words of Christ in His prayer for you today.

Connect to God

Allow your prayers for others to be a demonstration of your love toward them. Love with a selfless and unselfish heart; love with a giving and sacrificial love; and love with a love of commitment as well as affection.

Scripture References: Ephesians 1:16; Colossians 1:9


 

 

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Daily Devotional: Connect 40 – Day 27 – The Power of Agreement

Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.

– Matthew 18:19-20 (NKJV)

Today’s Thought


Many of us miss out on so much because we only pray by ourselves. Yet, when Jesus gave us an outline for prayer, he spoke about praying together. There is power in group prayer. If you’re not praying with other believers, then you’re not getting the support you need. You’re missing out on one of the major benefits of being a Christian. Jesus says “whenever two of you on earth agree about anything you pray for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, I am there with them (Matthew 18:19-20). That’s the power of praying with other people.

Leaders of households not only have the privilege but also the duty to  pray for those under their care and authority. There may be times that family members do not agree on important decisions that are made. Ask the Lord to direct you to the two or three that will pray with you and for you. Pray against any rebellion, discord, or manipulation that may attempt to become a stronghold in the home.

Connect to God

Have confidence toward God answering your prayers as you obediently

follow Him and pray according to His will.

Scripture References: James 5:14-16; Proverbs 27:17


 

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Daily Devotional: Connect 40 – Day 26 – Quality Relationships

And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach. – Mark 3:13-14 (NKJV)

Today’s Thought


We are all created in the likeness of our Heavenly Father and God is a relational being. Not only does God desire to have a meaningful relationship with us but He also desires for us to develop quality relationships with others as well. We were created with a need for significant relationships. If we take a look back to the Garden of Eden; man was in perfect relationship with God, all of his needs were met, yet there was still something missing. In Genesis 2:18, God said something was not right. He mentions, “It’s not good for man to be alone.” The original context of this scripture (and rightfully so) is about the context of the marriage relationship. At its core, this is a statement about the importance of connecting well with others, the marriage relationship being the most profound illustration of that reality.

The words “alone” and “isolated” were never meant to be used to describe His children. It’s not good because we were created with a deep need for rich and meaningful connection with other people. God created us with a hunger for a quality relationship with Him and others. It is in the context of relationships with God and others we are afforded the opportunities to put the Word we learn into action.

Connect to God

In your prayer time today, ask the Lord to show you ways to better connect and deepen your relationships with your family, your local church, and your small group.

Scripture References: John 17:20-21; 1 John 4:7-8


 

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