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August 29, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Disciple as Imitator


Disciple as Imitator

Luke 9:1-2, 6

And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. . . And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.

 

Thought for Today

For two years Jesus modeled for His disciples how the love of God’s kingdom should be displayed by going from village to village healing the sick, casting out demons and proclaiming the kingdom of God. Then Jesus empowered His disciples to go out and do the things that He was doing. The disciples discovered the joy and fulfillment of their calling as they imitated their Master. Today we all too often miss this part of our calling. We act as if our responsibility is to learn the wisdom of the Master without actually applying it as He did. This is not the call of Christ on our lives. We are to learn so we can go and do as He did. When Jesus was about the mission alone He struggled to transform Israel. When the 12 took up the mission by imitating Christ it transformed the world.

 

Prayer

Jesus, Master, help me to discover how to put the things I am learning from You into practice. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

For years I thought my assignment or the Church's assignment was to articulate the Gospel and nothing more. Now I believe that if we don't support the verbal expression of the Gospel with physical demonstration of compassion, we are not imitating Jesus. — Max Lucado

Quote of the Day

It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself. — Eleanor Roosevelt

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August 28, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Disciple as Companion


Disciple as Companion

 

Genesis 12:1-2, 4

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.”

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him

 

Thought for Today

When God calls someone to be His disciple it is not a call to simply study Him or learn from Him. When God calls someone to discipleship it is a call to high adventure. God’s call to Abraham was to go where God showed Him. For the prophets it is the call to go and speak to the people on behalf of the Lord. Journeying with God can be a lot of things: scary; exhilarating; uncomfortable; challenging; but it is never boring. If your faith-walk has become dry, unexciting, or uninspiring then you may be missing the adventure God has planned for you. Take a few moments this morning and tell God that you are open for an adventure with Him.

 

Prayer

Lord God, I am open to the adventure You have planned for me. Give me the ears to hear Your call and the courage to go where You lead me. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement. ― Augustine of Hippo

 

Quote of the Day

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. ― Eleanor RooseveltDisciples as Student

 

 

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August 27, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Disciple as Student


Disciples as Student

 

John 6:45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. . . (ESV)

 

Thought for Today

A disciple is someone who desires to learn from his or her Master. At its core discipleship is being a student. God has always held out this expectation. The prophets of old declared that we would one day learn from God Himself, not those teaching about God. Jesus tells us that when we come to Him we learn directly from God. As disciples we are on a life long journey to learn all that we can from Jesus. We learn from His words and His actions. We learn from the things He loved and the things He hated. Take some time today to open your Bible to one of the Gospels and see what you can learn from Jesus.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I come to You this week learn from You. Teach me the lessons You have for me. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He is himself the way. — Karl Barth

 

Quote of the Day

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. — Benjamin Franklin
 

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