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.

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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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Daily Devotional: Connect 40 – Day 25 – How’s Life Treating You?

He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. – Luke 6:48 (NKJV)

Today’s Thought

Have you ever been asked, “How’s life treating you?” Life treats everyone the same, but everyone does not respond the same way to life. You will encounter storms – rough times, disappointments, and frustrations. Preparation in the “quiet seasons” of your life get you ready for the bumps in the road ahead. Christ desires to be the Rock (foundation) to every family. He will hold you together when it seems like everything else is falling apart.

Make spiritual investments or deposits that will make your home a nest without thorns. For example, daily prayer-pray that your home will be a place of motivation and edification (building up-not tearing down). Another example is daily Bible reading-create an environment of continuous learning and development in the home. Lastly, demonstrate thankfulness-thank and praise God for being the Head of the home (leading the family by His Holy Spirit).

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When the storms of life come, become deeply rooted in Christ (our Rock). His Power will give you Peace.

Scripture References: Psalm 62:2; Luke 6:46-49


 


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Daily Devotional: Connect 40 – Day 24 – Out With the Old, In With the New

But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.

– Colossians 3:8-10 (NKJV)

Today’s Thought


Developing the character of Christ is life’s most important task because it is the only thing we’ll take with us into eternity. Character can be defined as aligning our lives so our behaviors are Christ-like. When we say we follow Christ, do our actions show that we do? Or is something else happening in our life and relationships? It is imperative that when we say we are a follower of Christ, our character and behaviors reflect Him. We demonstrate character and integrity when our actions are in direct agreement with the Word of God.

Character is never built in a classroom. Character is built in the circumstances of life. Developing Biblical character, even in the midst of adversity, is essential as well as proof that we have a growing relationship with Christ! Character development always involves a choice. When we make the right choice, our character grows more like Christ.

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Purpose to live each day with integrity, honesty, and by doing the right thing because its right.

Scripture References: Galatians 5:16-26; 2 Peter 1:2-9

 


 


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Daily Devotional: Connect 40 – Day 23 – Choose Your Words Wisely

Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. – Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV)

Today’s Thought


Words carry tremendous power. In the beginning of creation, your Heavenly Father used words to set the heavens in their place. He made you in His image and likeness. Therefore, your words have tremendous power. When you speak, you will either create or tear down. You will either give life or bring death. Make a conscious decision to only speak words that build up yourself and others. Choose to speak life over your family, church leadership, and friends.

All of our speech is supposed to edify and encourage others in the goodness of God. Today, purpose in your heart to watch your tone and body language when communicating with your others.  Choose to listen intently when someone approaches you with questions or concerns and respond in a way that ministers God’s love and grace to them.

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Look for opportunities to edify those you come in contact with today.

Scripture References: Proverbs 18:21; James 3:1-18


 


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Daily Devotional: Connect 40 – Day 22 – Connect to Family

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. – Colossians 3:18-21 (NKJV)

Today’s Thought


Families are close to God’s heart. In the beginning, when God created the man and woman, He blessed them to be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth. Throughout the ages, God’s plan and desire has always been for parents to raise up their children to know and love Him and walk in His ways.

Every earthly system is a type and shadow of what is in heaven. The family dynamic is no different. It is used as God’s way to display His love towards the church. When we accept Christ, we become a part of God’s family. We became adopted as His own children and can now look to Him as our Father. We are the family of God.

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God is a Good Father who has more than enough to provide for all of His children.

Scripture References: Genesis 1:28; Romans 8:15


 


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Daily Devotional: Connect 40 – Day 21 – Connected to the Father’s Love

And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. – Luke 15:20 (NKJV)

Today’s Thought


In this parable of the Prodigal Son, Jesus made it a point to emphasize the love of your Heavenly Father towards you and how far your He was willing to go to ensure you had a perfect relationship with Him. In the first century, A Middle Eastern man hardly ever ran in front of people. If he were to run, he would have to hitch up his tunic so he would not trip. In order to do this, he would be forced to show his bare legs. In that culture, it was humiliating and shameful for a man to show his bare legs.

If a Jewish son lost his inheritance among Gentiles, and then returned home, it was customary for the community to perform a ceremony, called the kezazah. They would break a large pot in front of shamed son and yell, “You are now cut off from your people!” The community would totally reject him. The only person who could stop this ceremony from happening was the Father of the son. In this parable, the father runs – and shames himself – in an effort to get to his son before the community gets to him, so that his son does not experience the shame and humiliation of their taunting and rejection. Instead of shame falling on the Son, it was the Father’s undeserved acceptance that fell on the son.

When you fall into various trials and temptations, the Father runs to you with arms wide open to let you know He is with you. In those moments. you are presented with ideas from 2 fathers: the Father of Love and the Father of Lies. Resist any thought that comes to say your Heavenly Father does not love you and He is not with you every step of the way.

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Exchange you sin and shame for God’s love and acceptance.

Scripture References: Luke 15:11-32; James 1:2-8

 


 

 


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Daily Devotional: Connect 40 – Day 20 – Seek God First

Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. – Matthew 6:31-33 (NKJV)

Today’s Thought


Each new day brings with it a new set of demands. In today’s culture, people have become increasingly busy and preoccupied with the “to-do” lists of life. You may, at times, feel there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish what you need to be done. Setting aside the first part of your day to seek God sets the tone for everything else that will happen in that day.

The most precious commodity a person possesses is their time. Giving God the first and also the best part of your day constantly reminds you that He has not only taken care of what is troubling you but has also added blessings to you.

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Pursue God first. Spend time with Him and listen to His Word. When you do these things, you are seeking His kingdom and His righteousness, and all the things that you need will be added to you!

Scripture References: Psalm 63:1; Jeremiah 29:13


 


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