21 days of Devotion
Day 11 // Pastor Ron Witbeck
Matthew 11:28-30 The Message (MSG)
28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
When we try to intentionally connect with God we can receive all that Jesus promised us in these verses! How awesome of our Lord, through His Love to take the pressures of this life of ours upon Himself. Acceptance is completely there for us to receive.
Day 10 // Pastor Joey Cottle
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?"
I recommend you read this whole chapter. God is calling out his people for going through religious motions without actually offering their hearts to Him. For the righteous, the sins we easily fall into are not obviously immoral, things like adultery or stealing or lying. We fall into pride. We become self-righteous. We become hypocritical. And that’s what God is pointing out in this scripture, that despite the fact that his people were seeking him in prayer and fasting and the word, they weren’t becoming like Him. They were just trying to appease Him like the false gods of their neighbors.
And that’s not what He wants. He doesn’t want to be appeased. He wants every last bit of us to be solely His. Just like Jesus called us to fast as a means of stirring up longing for Him, so the Father is calling us to fast to be like Him, to set our heart near His heart and learn who He is.
Day 9 // Pastor Dom Pace
One of the core values of our church is creating "Intentional Connections." The more I spend time in God's word and reading about the life of Jesus, the more I am sure Jesus was the king of intentional connections. All throughout his life, Jesus was connecting with people. In a lot of ways He was just like us, and gives us an example of how to make connections. He had a larger group of people that knew who He was, but maybe did not "know" Him. Jesus also had a small group of people who he lived everyday life with. And an even smaller group that when life turned sideways, those are the ones He would count on. Jesus had His disciples, apostles, and the three.
Reading through Matthew's gospel we see large crowds following Jesus, then Jesus picking twelve that would be His small group to do life with. And at the end, when He knew the cross was near, He asked his three closest friends to come pray with Him.
I would encourage you to read through the book of Matthew and see all the ways that Jesus connected with people. We all have people that we are "friends" with, whether on social media or in real life. But it takes intentionality to go from people we see on Sunday, to people we do life with. I hope that you would pray about being in a small group. This is a great way to be intentional about getting to know people on a deeper level and grow closer to God.
Day 8 // Sunday Service
DaY 7 // pASTOR kRIS
Phil. 4:6 (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Re-read this again in the Message translation.
6 Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.
Right before Christmas as I was getting ready for a house full of guests, I heard a funny dripping sound. As I investigated more closely I realized that my dishwasher was leaking all over my kitchen floor and through the ceiling below into the lower level bedroom. Let me tell you, my Christmas cheer took a nose dive!
Time to get spiritual as this was an obvious attack of the enemy, or was it? Sometimes, tests in life come to see how we will respond. I failed the test. When we correct our attitude quickly, the Holy Spirit is there to lead us to the truth. He quickly took me to Philippians 4:6. (A scripture I often quote to others.) These were the word of the apostle Paul as he was jailed, facing eminent death.
How humbling it is to read these words and compare them to the things I fret and worry about. When we have a heart of gratitude, everything begins to come into perspective. We place our situations at the throne of our Father, our provider, our peace. As we continue to “reset” our values in the New Year, let us remember in all of our anxious moments to bring them before God, wrapped in a package of praise and thanksgiving.
Day 6 // Pastor Joey Cottle
This is "You and You Alone" from a church called UPPERROOM, and it's a devotional in and of itself; we'll being singing it together during service this week. It simply goes through all the goodness that the Lord has given us, and thanking him for it. It's a simple song with a lot of power. Let it bring thankfulness into your life today.
Day 5 // Pastor Ron Witbeck
Ephesians 5:1-2 (MSG)
"Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that."
We can show our personal 'gratitude' by accepting Jesus' unconditional love for us then sharing that same love for others. As God through Jesus has given us forgiven and love, we need to offer the same to those others around us.
Day 4 // Pastor Dom Pace
I was listening to one of the songs that we sing on Sunday morning during my morning devotions and in one of the verses it reads, “ In my weakness your glory appears.” As we go into this time of fasting and prayer, and listening to that song, I am reminded of Paul’s writings in 2 Corinthians 12. Paul is writing about a trial he was experiencing and said, “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV
I am so grateful the when we rely on God, He gives us strength.
Day 3 // PAstor Ross Scheer
Psalm 100:1-5 (NIV)
1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Now, reread the scripture and make it personal.
“I will shout to the Lord.”
“I will worship Him with Gladness.”
“I will come before Him and sing Joyfully!”
You get the idea. Then, spend today repeating these prayers in your heart. Every one of these statements is one that speak of our gratitude for God. Keep working on that, “Attitude of Gratitude”!
Day 2 // Pastor Keith Richards
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT
This a two for one for me as The 412 is going through the Bible every week and our reading this week just happens to be Lamentations.
These two verses do a great job of explaining why I have gratitude in my life.
Regardless of our situations or circumstances, these four things about God hold true; His faithful love never ends! His mercies never cease! Great is His faithfulness! All of his mercies are renewed every single day!
I am so grateful for who God is. I am so grateful for all the things He continually does for us, things that we do not deserve. Let’s take the gratitude we have towards our Heavenly Father and allow it to motivate us to be people of gratitude! I sometimes feel like the main reasons people give for lacking relationship with God is because they just don’t know how to communicate with God. This is why I love the book of Psalms. It is full of songs and prayers to God. When in doubt, look in Psalms for what to say.
This Scripture is titled: “A Psalm. For giving Grateful Praise”.
Day 1 // Paul Myers
Good Morning, ResLife! We hope you are ready to join us this morning as we kick off Reset - 21 Days of Value and Fasting.
Pastor Paul would like us to look at Romans 12:11-12 (NIV)
"Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
As we begin the 21 day fast I had to ask myself "What do I want to learn from God in this time and why am I doing this?" Roman's 12:11-12 talks about zeal, hope, patience, and being faithful in prayer.
My prayer would be that this fast brings me (and you) back to what Romans 12:11-12 talks about, and that I would seek him in a deeper and much more intentional way. Reset is a perfect word for this fast, as we seem to get into our daily grind and often fall into a cycle just doing what we do.
I pray that these 21 days will reset that "schedule" and that we will find that spiritual fervor to serve God and his people better!
- Pastor Paul Myers
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