21 Day Devotion Day 11: Bridging the Spiritual and the Natural

This is day 11 of our 21 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Personal Devotion. The first day was on Sunday, March 26th and we will celebrate on the last day, Easter Sunday, April 16th.

1 Corinthians 14:15  What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also.

We are spiritual beings in physical bodies. During this life we are both and God loves every part of us.

To some people, real Christianity is what happens in the spirit realm. There is a great emphasis on being seated with Christ in the heavenly places, the activities of angels and interceding by praying in the spirit.

To others, if you can’t see it, it doesn’t count. They would say that your management of the sins of the flesh, time spent evangelizing, and your acts of service are the real determination of your heart condition.

Neither of these are true and yet both are true.

The saying goes that rising tides lift all boats. Likewise as we grow in Christ, both our spiritual and natural lives flourish and glorify God.

To that end, we are not to let our relationship with God be something that happens in our mind, or just on Sunday morning. Instead we are to take those interactions with Christ and bring them into the rest of our lives.

The spiritual truths that saturate our minds should saturate our tongue and the atmosphere of our lives. We should seek them in the secret place and live them out as a testimony to God.

Today, pray in the Spirit and ask God to lead you in bridging your spiritual and natural lives.

21 Day Devotion Day 10: Call On God

This is day 10 of our 21 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Personal Devotion. The first day was on Sunday, March 26th and we will celebrate on the last day, Easter Sunday,

Psalms 50:15  Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.”

In order to receive a great miracle you usually have to be in a terrible predicament where only a miracle will do. Most people only find themselves in this spot when they make terrible mistakes. There are countless testimonies of God’s miraculous works in prisons, hospitals, and in hostile situations.

When we don’t follow God, our lives can lead to endless strife and solutionless conflict. In these circumstances of our making, the Spirit beckons us to call upon Jesus and welcome him into the situation. As Jesus establishes his righteousness every other force bows to his name.

But what happens when we follow Jesus and still find ourselves in impossible situations? It is in these times that the enemy screams into our ears the loudest that we missed it. He tells us how we should have never counted on God, that our faith has amounted to nothing, and that God has left us in this situation to die.

Fight that voice.

The truth is that when we surrender our lives to Jesus, he will surely lead us into situations that only he can get us out of. He is not nervous that he can’t do it. He is not worried that you will fail.

He promises that he will rescue you and you will honor him. And that is the point. God is creating in you a miraculous life so that you can freely bring his miracle-working power to people with no ability to cry out to God on their own.

Surrender to the plan of God in your life. You may not get to do what you want to do, ;but you will get to do what you can’t do.

21 Day Devotion Day 9: God’s Goodness

This is day 9 of our 21 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Personal Devotion. The first day was on Sunday, March 26th and we will celebrate on the last day, Easter Sunday, April 16th.

1 Corinthians 14:39  Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues.

There are lots of areas in the New Testament that can have various meanings. This is not one of them.  

In the days of the New Testament writers there were people doing all kinds of weird things. Even though Paul’s writings can be hard to understand (that’s what Peter said!) in instances like this one it is very clear.

We are all supposed to prophesy.

Paul is not commanding us to be prophets. Instead, he is articulating the twofold facts that God is not only speaking, he wants us to seek the ability to tell people what he is saying.

The fact that we are to seek this gift means that just because you can’t prophesy now does not mean you aren’t created to operate in that gift. On the contrary, you are commanded to get with God and ask him for his best gifts!

Get out of the habit of disqualifying yourself from getting God’s best. Instead, look into the heart of a Father who paid the highest price so his kids could have all that he has.

Once you understand that God gave it all so that the world can have his best through you, you will stop second guessing your worthiness and begin to seek to be empowered to display God’s goodness to the world.

21 Day Devotion Day 8: Communion Sunday

This is day 8 of our 21 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Personal Devotion. The first day was on Sunday, March 26th and we will celebrate on the last day, Easter Sunday, April 16th.

1 Corinthians 11:28 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

Today we will share the Communion in service. Let this be a time of fellowship with Jesus.

Jesus came for all who would respond to his invitation. In this passage, Paul is encouraging the church to acknowledge the whole body of Christ, preferring others above ourselves.

When you receive the bread and the cup, ask Holy Spirit to show you if there are any offenses in your heart that have cut you from any part of the body. Ask him to give you a heart for the broken and the lost.

21 Day Devotion Day 7: Accept It

This is day 7 of our 21 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Personal Devotion. The first day was on Sunday, March 26th and we will celebrate on the last day, Easter Sunday, April 16th.

Matthew 11:14  And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is Elijah who was to come.

Jesus told the disciples that they each got to decide whether John the Baptist was the greatest prophet of the Old Covenant or not. They got to decide whether or not John the Baptist was in fact the prophet sent by God.

Jesus was not giving them authority over John; instead he was teaching his disciples that they could forfeit a blessing by not accepting what God establishes as truth.  

God won’t force you to walk in your calling. He won’t jam his blessings into your life. He won’t make someone be a Christ follower. You have to accept these things. They need to be received.

God’s identity and eternal are unchanged. His love and good will is never ending. He wants to pour his Spirit out on all flesh. But just like in a service where one person can be getting overwhelmed by Holy Spirit while the person standing next to them has no awareness of God’s presence, we need to be actively engaging God to receive all he has for us.

If you are willing to accept it, God has a solution for every problem you are facing. If you are willing to accept it, God has a purpose for your life that will leave a legacy long after you pass. If you are willing to accept it right now, God has you seated with Christ in heavenly places.

If you are willing to accept it, your call to the secret place is an invitation to the treasury of heaven.

21 Day Devotion Day 6: Remember His Benefits

This is day 6 of our 21 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Personal Devotion. The first day was on Sunday, March 26th and we will celebrate on the last day, Easter Sunday, April 16th.

Psalms 103:2  Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;

You may not realize it, but there is a constant battle going on over your attention. Advertisers are fighting for your money. Entertainment is fighting for your time.  Fear is fighting for your faith. Lust is fighting for your affections. And all of hell is fighting for your call.

The world seems busier today but this is nothing new. King David experienced the same thing but he made a decision that you have to make as well.

David decided that God’s voice would be the loudest voice in his life.  You need to make the same decision.

David decided to write, read, and speak to his soul. Your soul is where your thought life is anchored. If you master where your soul is looking you set the direction of your life.

David refused to allow outside voices dictate his thought life. He commanded his soul to focus on who God is and what he has promised for his life. Decide today that you are going to believe what God has said about you.

Then, don’t just think it, write it, read it, and speak it over yourself. Write it on your bathroom mirror with soap so you have to see yourself through the promise. Do what it takes to command your soul to bless the Lord and remember all of his promises.

21 Day Devotion Day 5: Prioritizing the Presence

This is day 5 of our 21 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Personal Devotion. The first day was on Sunday, March 26th and we will celebrate on the last day, Easter Sunday, April 16th

Matthew 5:6  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Are you struggling with something? Is it your heart’s desire to follow Jesus and see his work completed in your life? Do you really, really, really want to live a life pleasing to the Lord? I have great news: Jesus said if you make that the priority of your life you will achieve it.

In our day and age it is hard to hunger and thirst for anything because there are so many things that fight to satisfy our souls. If we feel lonely we can reach for virtual friends on social media. If we feel empty we can try to satisfy that feeling by charging something we can’t afford. We can deaden the longing of our souls with temporary fixes both benign and malignant.

Jesus gives us the precious gift of longing for him. We can’t waste this invitation to be satisfied. We have to cherish this promise like Mary cherished the words of the prophet in her heart. We can’t settle for mere comfort. We need to sanctify ourselves for the fulfillment of the promised satisfaction of those who were blessed to wait on God.

The presence of God and his righteousness can’t be a high priority in our lives, it has to be the highest priority. When we spend our lives with a hunger and thirst for it, God promises to come and abide.

Be aware of your need for God’s righteousness today.

21 Day Devotion Day 4: Investing in God

This is day 4 of our 21 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Personal Devotion. The first day was on Sunday, March 26th and we will celebrate on the last day, Easter Sunday, April 16th

Matthew 6:33  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

We live in a pretty busy world. Very few of us have any time for extra things. The truth is, we all have 168 hours in the week and each of us has to spend that time wisely. The key to having quality time with God is making that time a priority in our lives.

None of us really has time to waste. That’s why we have to live out of our priorities instead of what is convenient. Instead of wasting time, we need to invest it. Jesus tells us if we put Him first in our life, we will have more time for what is truly important.

As you ramp up your devotions in this season, you will find Holy Spirit helping you to discern what is an investment and what is wasteful spending. Continue spending your time, effort, money, and attention on the things of the Kingdom of God, and you will discover God will add to your life all the other things you need, including time.

21 Day Devotion Day 3: Abounding in Hope

This is day 3 of our 21 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Personal Devotion. The first day was on Sunday, March 26th and we will celebrate on the last day, Easter Sunday, April 16th.

Romans 15:13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Recently, Holy Spirit spoke a word over our house, “Get your hopes up.”

The world seems to specialize in crushing dreams. People will often remember your failures way longer than your successes. Rarely do people gossip about what people accomplish; they gossip about their failures.

This can make you think that failures last longer than successes. That simply is not true. Everything you gain in the Kingdom of God you keep forever. Failures are just an opportunity to try again.

Today, dream with God. Remember the God dreams in your heart and begin to get your hopes up. Think about what it will look like when all of your family and friends meet Jesus. Consider how future generations will live in that reality.

21 Day Devotion Day 2: Pray in Secret Look in Public

This is day 2 of our 21 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Personal Devotion. The first day was on Sunday, March 26th and we will celebrate on the last day, Easter Sunday, April 16th.

Matthew 6:6 When you pray go into your room and shut the door. Pray in secret and your father will reward you in public.

Here we are! The first day of our 21 Days of Prayer, Fasting and Personal Devotion. It’s time to get focused on getting everything Jesus has for you in this season.

In this verse we see Jesus telling us to do two things. The first is to bring things to him in prayer. During this time of prayer, fasting and personal devotion, take this opportunity to begin to write out prayer lists. That is a fancy term for keeping track of the things you are calling to God’s attention.

Don’t waste a bunch of time babbling. Break your prayer list into major headings and list a few reminders under each. Mine looks something like this:

Personal Walk

Love like Jesus, Heart of Compassion, Patience, Long suffering.

Family Needs

Eph 1:17 Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,
Luk 2:52 Increase in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.

Finances

Completely debt free, The ability to increase in giving, heart of generosity

As you pray, Holy Spirit will guide you in each of these areas. As he does, make notes of it in your prayer list. That way it can be flexible and can track with how God is guiding you. I use Google Docs on my phone when I pray so I can continually update my list. You can use a fresh page in your journal or any other system that works.

The second thing Jesus says in this passage is that he will answer your prayers publicly. I think sometimes we don’t receive the answers to prayer because we pray in such general terms we would have no idea if they came to pass. Pray specifically then look for them to happen!

If you set your heart to invite more people to church during this season, you won’t know if God is answering your prayers unless you talk to people about coming to church! If you take that faith step, you will begin to see your prayer life explode out of your prayer closet and into the world!