Daily Devotional: Connect 40 – Day 39 – The Power of Unity

till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; – Ephesians 4:13 (NKJV)

Today’s Thought

 

Unity is more than a key to internal peace. It is also an essential element of your Christian witness. When peace and unity characterize your relationships with other people, you show that you are God’s child and he is present and working in your life. The converse is also true: When your life is filled with unresolved conflict and broken relationships, you will have little success in sharing the good news of the gospel.
This principle is taught repeatedly throughout the New Testament. One of the most emphatic statements on peace and unity in the Bible is found in Jesus’ prayer shortly before he was arrested and taken away to be crucified. After praying for himself and for unity among his disciples, Jesus prayed for all who would someday believe in him. He did not pray that his followers would always be happy, that they would never suffer, or that their rights would always be defended. Jesus prayed that his followers would get along with one another. This was so important to him that he tied his reputation and the credibility of his message to how well his followers would display unity and oneness

Connect to God

When you have differences with others, set a goal to find common ground and begin working to a peaceful resolution.

Scripture References: Matthew 5:9; John 17:1-19


 

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Daily Devotional: Connect 40 – Day 38 – Selfishness vs. Selflessness

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. – Philippians 2:3-4 (NKJV)

Today’s Thought

 

We come to faith as individuals, but we are to grow in the sense of community. Life in Jesus is not meant to be lived in solitary confinement but shared with others. Indeed, when we stand before Christ, we will be judged individually according to our works but God still desires for us to connect to our community of faith for the purpose of preparing us for our everlasting life with the Lord and with one another.
True community in Christ is not created by attempts to make it happen; instead, it is a by-product of others-centeredness, and this in turn is a by-product of discovering our purpose and making a decision to live for God. If the leading enemy of connecting to community is selfishness, the leading contributor to connecting to community is selflessness. While the world values celebrities, the Word values servants. Living for Christ should lead in turn to connecting to community.

Connect to God

Kingdom living is about loving and serving God as well as others. What ways are you able to give back to your community?

Scripture References: Matthew 5:1-12; John 13:3-17


 

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Daily Devotional: Connect 40 – Day 37 – Choose Integrity

The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. – Proverbs 11:3 (NKJV)

Today’s Thought

 

A life of integrity validates the gospel we share in our communities. According to Webster’s Dictionary, integrity means the quality or state of being of sound moral principle, uprightness, honesty and sincerity. Having integrity means consistently acting on what you believe is right. Living a double life weakens are witness to the world around us.
Not everyone is going to agree or support your decision to do what you know is right. In fact, some will come against you because of it. The person of integrity is not moved by the actions of others and does not change because the pressure is on. The moment you allow your feelings or the circumstances to enter into your decision-making process, the ability to make a quality decision will be compromised. Choose to stand on the Word of God as the foundation to all of life’s decisions. It may be tough in the beginning, but in the end, it will preserve your quality of life and reinforce the gospel you are called to share.

Connect to God

Make a quality decision to be a person of integrity. Consider any consequences or conditions aimed at moving you from your stance irrelevant and immaterial.

Scripture References: Philippians 1:10-11; 1 Timothy 3:1-7


 

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Daily Devotional: Connect 40 – Day 36 – Connected to Your Community

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
– Colossians 3:23-24 (NKJV)

Today’s Thought

There is no substitute for excellent work as a Christian. We are called to strive for excellence to be the best testimony for the Lord that we can be. The communities you live and work in are watching to see what kind of a difference Jesus is making in your life. You can point others to Him by being diligent in your tasks and being above reproach in your ethics. Daniel exemplified this spirit during his service as a highly regarded administrator in a secular environment. The Scripture says that “he distinguished himself among the administrators . . . because of his exceptional qualities” so much so that “they could find no corruption in him because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent” (Daniel 6:3-4).

Excellence does not necessarily mean the absence of mistakes, but it does mean the presence of faith and determination. To be excellent at whatever God has called you to do, you must first ask for His strength to accomplish the task and then, secondly, His endurance to complete it.

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Focus on making eternal deposits in Heaven by viewing everything you do as worship to God. He is your Faithful Rewarder.

Scripture References: Daniel 6:1-28


 

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Daily Devotional: Connect 40 – Day 35 – Finish The Race

But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. – Acts 20:24 (NKJV)

Today’s Thought

 

A constant factor in walking out God’s plan for your life is adversity. The Apostle Paul makes mention while he was serving the Lord there were “many tears and trials” (Acts 20:19). Paul took a stance that no distraction would move him off of the plan of God for His life. The enemy does not want you to fulfill your purpose without opposition. Similar to an opposing team in an athletic competition, their primary focus is to attempt to stop the other team from scoring and ultimately winning. Championship teams do not allow the opposing team to dictate their success, they focus on the ultimate goal- to win.
Satan is a defeated foe. Christ has already given you the victory. You are right now victorious! Your purpose in life is to share with the world, through Jesus Christ, they too can live a victorious life. God has uniquely designed you with gifts and talents to reach your sphere of influence. To fulfill your life’s assignment, it will require you to abandon your personal agenda and accept God’s agenda for your life.  Become fixed and rooted in the plan of God for your life and finish your race with joy!

Connect to God

Adversity is a constant factor in the life of successful people. Choose to focus on your purpose, not your problems. Maintain an eternal perspective- you are already victorious.

Scripture References: Philippians 1:6; 2 Timothy 4:7-8


 

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