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August 26, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Discipleship: God's Call


God's Call

 

Genesis 12:1-2

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.

 

Thought for Today

God calls us out of the midst of everyday life into an amazing adventure. Abram was just an average guy living in Ur. Abram simply had the capacity to believe God when He spoke. God called him to go and off Abram went. Notice that God is the one who makes all the promises and upon whom the conditions of the arrangement rest. God says, “Abram, you be My man and I’ll bless your socks off.” That is an incredible offer. It is the same offer He makes today. He calls you to be His man or woman and says that all the conditions will rest on Him. He will die for your sins. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will even give you the faith to believe His promises. All you have to do is agree to go with Him. That is an offer I hope you’ll take seriously!

 

Prayer

Lord God, thank You for all of Your promises to me. I want to be Yours. Strengthen my faith and help me respond to Your call each day. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

You will bear a commission from God, for you have received a call from God. — Joseph Barber Lightfoot
 

Quote of the Day

The need itself is not the call. ” ― Charles E. Hummel

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August 23, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Unpacking Our Purpose: Disciples 5


Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I set you apart” (NIV)

 

Thought for Today

The call on your life to be a disciple of Jesus, our Master, started from the very beginning of your life. Before you were born God placed His calling upon you. From the very beginning God intended for you to know Him and be known by Him. As you renew your commitment to His call upon your life, remember that it is not a call to subservience but companionship. His call is for you to find joy, meaning and purpose in your relationship to Him as you learn, mature and serve. Open your heart anew to His calling on your life and recommit yourself to being His disciple today.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I acknowledge Your call upon my life. It is the desire of my heart and soul to follow You. Strengthen my will that I may remain faithful to You as Your disciple. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Those who aren't following Jesus aren't his followers. It's that simple. Followers follow, and those who don't follow aren't followers. To follow Jesus means to follow Jesus into a society where justice rules, where love shapes everything. To follow Jesus means to take up his dream and work for it.” ― Scot McKnight

 

Quote of the Day

The starting point of all achievement is desire. — Napoleon Hill

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August 22, 2019, 7:07 AM

Daily Inspiration: Unpacking Our Purpose: Disciples 4


The Other Disciples

 

Luke 8:1-3

Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.

 

Thought for Today

We are often given the impression that Jesus and his band of twelve merry men wandered the countryside alone. This was not the case. There was another very committed group that traveled quietly in the background with them. A sizable group of women traveled with them. These were women who had encountered Jesus in their times of need and were so impacted by His healing, teaching, and loving that they not only journeyed with Jesus and His disciples, but supported them both physically by cooking, washing and the like, but supported them financially out of their own pockets. It was not what they knew about Jesus that caused them to follow and support Him, it was genuinely meeting Jesus and being loved by Him that so captivated them. This is God’s hope for each of us. He does not want us to simply come to the cross and there trade our sin for Jesus’ holiness. He wants you to encounter the One who has loved you since the dawn of creation. When you encounter this Jesus and are loved by Him you will joyfully follow Him, too.

 

Prayer

Blessed Jesus, I am not looking for fame or glory, I simply want to journey with You wherever You are going and do whatever I can to serve You along the way. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

You will know as much of God, and only as much of God, as you are willing to put into practice. ― Eric Liddell

 

Quote of the Day

He who has conquered his own coward spirit has conquered the whole outward world ― Thomas Hughes

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