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Psalm 1:1-6
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Living a Deeply Rooted life will only take place as we seek God’s instruction through the pages of Scripture. There is a contrast that exists in this passage of Scripture. We can be influenced by sinful people or we can be influenced by God, we can be used to produce fruit that benefits others or we can live a life that is of no benefit to others. These contrasts lead to different outcomes that we see beginning in verse 5.

As we desire to live a Deeply Rooted life, let’s be people who are influenced by God and become an example for others to follow as we follow Christ.  

Prayer

God, thank you for your word. Please forgive me for the times that I have taken it for granted. Thank you for planting me in your living water and for allowing me to prosper. Please use my life and remind me that any way in which you choose to allow me to prosper is meant to benefit others. I want to be used by you. Amen

Verse To Memorize

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

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Colossians 2:1-7
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.5 For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. 6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

As we seek to live a Deeply Rooted life, we need to be reminded of where our foundation is. Verse 6 reminds us that our foundation is in Christ and verse 3 reminds us that Christ is the source of all wisdom and knowledge. Knowing this and building upon our foundation in Christ will allow us to not get weighed down with all the arguments of the world. If you have given your life to Christ, remember that moment. Remember the moment that you professed Him as Lord of your life and began to walk with Him. Go back to this foundation and begin to build upon that.

Prayer

God, thank you for being a firm foundation. Please forgive me for the times I have begun to build upon anything else this world offers. Thank you for the grace, strength, and perseverance to begin rebuilding these areas upon your wisdom and truth. Amen

Verse To Memorize

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

The Word

Ephesians 3:14-21
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

A Deeply Rooted life is one that is rooted and grounded in love. At the heart of Paul’s prayer for each believer in this passage is a desire to understand God’s strength and power. This power lives inside each believer through His Holy Spirit and Christ dwelling in our hearts. When we press into this power, His power, love will be the natural outcome because of Christ’s redemptive work in our lives.

Prayer

God, thank you for showing us the power of love. Thank you for not only telling us you love us but taking it a step further and showing us just how much you love us. God, please forgive me for the sin in my life that creates separation from you. Thank you for the ever-present need for Jesus. I am reminded today that I needed Jesus then and I need Jesus now. I pray you work within me this week so that I would further embrace the breadth and length and height and depth of your love. Amen

Verse To Memorize

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

The Word

2 Timothy 3:10-17
You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Allow God to Deeply Root you in His breath. He does not waste your breath here on this earth and He has not wasted His as He has spoken Scripture into existence. In this passage we see Paul encouraging someone younger to grow and persevere in the faith, while also pressing into Scripture. As we do this, we will realize how God’s words apply to and prepare us for every aspect of our lives.

Prayer

God, thank you for your words. You did not create us and leave us to wonder who you are, what you think, or if you love us. If silence would have been the way, we would have come up with incorrect answers. Rather you have spoken to us, answering our questions and equipping us for the work you have. I thank you that you use Scripture to transform our lives and lead us into righteousness. Since these are Your words, I will stress the importance of them in my life. Amen

Verse To Memorize

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

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Hebrews 4:11-16
Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. 14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

To be Deeply Rooted is to be able to wield the Word of God. In this passage we see Scripture being used by God to pierce and divide our spirit in order to discern our thoughts and intentions. Piercing and dividing can be difficult and at times painful, but necessary. When we allow the Word of God to do a work in our lives, God’s will is further revealed. We then can have a greater understanding of who Jesus is as our Great High Priest.

Prayer

God, thank you for your words that pierce and discern who I am. I ask that you show me how I might better glorify you each and every day. I ask for forgiveness for the intentions of my heart. God, I thank you that Jesus is our great High Priest, that He has gone before me and He is mediating between you and I. You do not count my sin against me, but rather count His sacrifice for me, which puts me in right standing with you. I pray that today I would press into being known by you. And in doing so, realize just how dearly loved I am by you. Amen

Verse To Memorize

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

The Word

2 Timothy 2:1-15
You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. 3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. 5 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. 7 Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself. 14 Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

What does it mean to rightly handle the word of truth? Living a Deeply Rooted life means that we are to spend time reading, studying, meditating, and memorizing the Word of God. Knowing the Word of God is the only way we can properly and effectively apply it to our lives. It is necessary for the follower of Christ to be engaging with Scripture on a regular basis. Challenge yourself to put together a strategic plan to do this. Begin to view your time with the Lord as an essential part of life, such as eating, sleeping, exercising, or even leisure activities.

Prayer

God, thank you for remaining faithful even when I am not. Please forgive me for the times that I have neglected to spend time with you and have prioritized other things ahead of you. I pray that you create in me a deeper desire for Scripture, knowing that I want to be able to rightly handle the word of truth. I know that in doing this I will be able to apply this to my own life and to others around me. Amen

Verse To Memorize

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

The Word

1 Kings 8:57-61
The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers. May he not leave us or forsake us, 58 that he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his rules, which he commanded our fathers. 59 Let these words of mine, with which I have pleaded before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, and may he maintain the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel, as each day requires, 60 that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other. 61 Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the Lord our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day.”

To be Deeply Rooted is to walk in all His ways. The prophet Jeremiah who wrote these divinely inspired words, was encouraging God’s people to make His great name known through all the earth. The goal and desire for us to be Deeply Rooted is no different today. As we press into walking in His ways, we will be used by God to bring salvation to all we come in contact with. In doing so, the Great Commission, that has been at work for centuries, will continue.

Prayer

God, thank you for never leaving us or forsaking us. I ask for forgiveness in the times that I forget that I have never walked a day alone. Thank you for ensuring that your commandments and statutes have been passed down and thank you for wanting me to be a part of that process. I pray that I would boldly walk in them, knowing that your purpose is to use me to share your message of salvation with one more person. Amen

Verse To Memorize

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

The Word

John 13:31-35
When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. 33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Love is ultimately what sets us apart as followers of Christ. Was there ever someone who loved more than Christ? Based on the example that Christ set before us, the answer is an emphatic “no.” This passage takes place just after Jesus washed the disciple’s feet as an example of serving one another. To love one another was not necessarily the “new command” as we see this take place in the Old Testament. The “new command” spoken of here is found in the depth of our love for one another. Are we serving one another? Are we placing other’s needs before our own? Do we love our enemies as Christ taught? Are we willing to love just as Christ loves us with an unconditional love? To love like Christ loved is a very challenging command, but it is so worth it. As we look to the example of Christ in how to love, Christ will be glorified, and we will be known as His disciples.

Prayer

God, thank you for showing me what true love is. You more than said it, you showed it by sacrificing yourself on the cross for me. Please forgive me for the many times that I have failed to love others. Thank you that your mercies are new every day and that I get to begin pressing into this profound truth. May people know that I am one of your disciples by the way that I love. Amen

Verse To Memorize

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

The Word

Matthew 22:36-40
But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

In this passage we see the religious leaders testing Jesus as to which was the greatest law in the Old Testament. Jesus shares with them, and He shares with us today, that it is to love God with your entire being. We are to love Him with everything we are and with everything we have to offer. What does that look like in our lives? There are so many things in our life that compete for our primary affection. God makes it clear that loving Him with your heart, soul, and mind means that He comes first and foremost before anything else this world has to offer.

Prayer

God, thank you for being worthy of my worship. Please forgive me for the times that I have chased after anything other than you, the times where I have neglected to love you with every part of who I am. May today be the beginning of a change in my priorities. Today you get my heart, my soul, and my mind. You get my complete devotion as I focus on putting you first in every area of this life that you have blessed me with. Amen

Verse To Memorize

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

The Word

Philippians 1:3-11
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Each of us should have the joy that Paul had when considering the mutual partnership we share in the gospel. As we grow spiritually and lean into the process of sanctification, we must realize that it is God who began the good work in us, and it is God who will bring it to completion. He is faithful and we can put our hope and trust in what He has done in the past, what He is doing in the present, and what He will do in the future. Press into the sanctifying work of Christ! You have been set apart, you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, and He is continuing to make you holy until the day of Jesus Christ.

Prayer

God, thank you for your faithfulness. You have been faithful since the beginning of creation and you have been faithful in my life. Please forgive me for the times that I have doubted your plan for me. I ask that you encourage me today to have confidence in the fact that you will never let me go and that you are working all things together for my good and for your glory. Thank you for bringing such great joy into my life through a personal relationship with you. Amen.

Verse To Memorize

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

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Romans 12:1-3
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

In light of God’s saving grace, we should strive to live a life that pleases and glorifies Him. Each and every day we should live our lives as a sacrifice to Him. It is no longer I who live but He who lives in me. When we recognize him as Lord of our lives, we allow Him to call the shots, be placed in the driver’s seat, and we will follow his plans and purposes for our lives. Whenever we, as followers of Christ, step into this, we will face opposition from a world who is not living for Christ. This can be a very real challenge for each of us and we must continually have our lives transformed by the renewing of our minds. It is only then, that we will be able to discern what is His good, acceptable, and perfect will is for our lives.

Prayer

God, thank you for your mercy. You do not give me what I deserve but rather you have given me life, with you. In light of this, I seek to offer myself as a living sacrifice, knowing that this is my spiritual act of worship. Please forgive me for the times that I have conformed to the world and begin to transform my mind so that I might discern your will. Amen.

Verse To Memorize

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

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1 Samuel 16:6-8
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord's anointed is before him.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.”

Our outlook is flawed. We often look at things through a worldly perspective when we should be looking at things through a heavenly or eternal perspective. How do we know if someone faithfully serves the Lord? Is it because of their outward appearance or is it because of the actions that flow from their heart? It is clear from this passage, that we should be evaluating one’s heart, but so often we place more weight on appearance, social status, belongings, or other worldly attributes. In God’s kingdom, the ranking of importance is different. Jesus stated in Matthew that the “first will be last, and the last first.” Maybe it is time to take an inventory as to how we have been measuring value in ourselves as well as in others. Let’s begin to let our love for Christ lead the way in this process.

Prayer

God, thank you having pure judgment. Thank you for seeing my heart rather than just my appearance. Please forgive me for the times that appearance is all I have seen in others and please forgive me if I have written someone off because of it. I want to be known by the overflow of your love in my heart and I want to see this in the hearts of others. May you develop in me a heavenly perspective as I look at others. Amen.

Verse To Memorize

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

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Proverbs 3:1-6
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, 2 for length of days and years of lifeand peace they will add to you. 3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Relying on ourselves is a byproduct of our sinful, fallen nature. Regardless of our intellect, talent, or experience, we need to place our full reliance on God. Sometimes when we do this,  we place ourselves in a position that was only meant to be occupied by God. We think we know better and we forget about His sovereign attributes. This verse tells us to acknowledge Him…in all our ways. When we do this, God will provide the peace and direction in our life to endure seasons of joy and seasons of difficulty.

Prayer

God, thank you for being trustworthy. Thank you that your ways are so much greater than my ways. Please forgive me for the times that I have tried to lead by thinking that I know better for my life. I want to trust in you, not just with my mind but with my heart. My heart has a deep reliance upon you, often times further than what my mind can comprehend. I want to acknowledge you in all my ways, knowing that you continue to walk through life with me. Amen.

Verse To Memorize

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

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Isaiah 64:6-9
We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 7 There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities. 8 But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. 9 Be not so terribly angry, O Lord, and remember not iniquity forever. Behold, please look, we are all your people.

This verse reminds us that we are all Real Stinkin’ people. Sinners who are in desperate need of a Savior, beggars in need of bread. As Romans 3:23 states, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We truly have nothing to offer a Holy God. Let us praise our Holy God as this verse reminds us, He does not remember our iniquity forever. 1 John 1:9 states, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” When we confess our sins, we are placed into right standing with God, not because of anything we have done, but because of the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross. May this verse remind us that we are all “spiritually bankrupt” and that no one gets to Heaven except by the blood of Christ.

Prayer

God, thank you for your grace. You have given a gift that I could never deserve. My very best is but filthy rags to you. Please forgive me for the times where I have thought that you owed me anything. I am reminded by the blood of Christ that you want me. You want me to have a personal relationship with you and I am eternally grateful. Today I want to walk in humility and gratitude knowing that you have shown mercy and given undeserved grace. Amen.

Verse To Memorize

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

The Word

John 14:1-7
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

What a powerful passage today. When Jesus states, “Let not your hearts be troubled,” this is much easier said than done. How are we able to do that? We can respond to this by following the command spoken by Jesus to “Believe in God.” This is to be a personal and relational trust that we have in God. As we press into this passage, we see Jesus preparing a place for us in heaven. A place in which there is only one way to get there, through Jesus Christ. As Jesus shares that He is the way, the truth, and the life, we see imagery from the Old Testament come to life. Jesus is the only way, He is the only mediator between God and men. There is no longer a need for a high priest as he was the sacrifice once for all. Jesus is the truth, in Him we see the one true God who was, who is, and who is to come. Jesus is the life, fulfilling the promises of eternal life seen throughout Scripture to each of us who call upon His name. As we work through this passage, and lean on the promises of God, we can truly release the troubles in our hearts.

Prayer

God, thank you for being the way, the truth, and the life. Please forgive me for the times I have forgotten this amazing truth or the times I have pursued the wrong paths. I thank you for going to prepare a place for me to spend eternity with you. A place where there is no more sickness,   mourning, or pain. A place where the troubles of this world are gone, never to return. May I remember that my belief in you is meant to provide focus, direction, inspiration, and a renewed assurance when I am struggling. Today I renew my belief and my dependance upon you. Amen.

Verse To Memorize

Ezra 7:9b-10
For the good hand of his God was on him. 10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.

The Word

Matthew 28:16-20
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The finality of Jesus’ words speaks into its significance. With what is known as the “Great Commission,” we can look to a risen Jesus who has been given all authority in heaven and earth. This authority shows us that His sacrifice on the cross was accepted by God the Father and that He truly is Lord. Verses 19-20 carry great weight as Jesus commissions His followers (us today) to make disciples of all nations. Discipleship comes down to committing your life to Jesus and understanding that He is Lord of your life. The process by which you do this is found in the go, make, baptize, and teachof this commandment. We are to “go” and share the gospel to all people. We are to “make” disciples as others have helped to make us disciples. We are to follow the Biblical command to “baptize” once a decision has been made to follow Christ. Finally, we are to “teach” followers of Christ to observe and obey His commands. All of this may seem like an overwhelming task, and rightfully so, but this passage concludes with a great encouragement. The crucial element to this discipleship process is that Jesus will be with us…always. With that being said, let’s go make disciples!

Prayer

God, thank you for defeating sin, death, and the grave. Thank you for having all authority over heaven and earth. Please allow me to press into these truths more this week. I thank you for placing me on mission to make disciples of you. I ask that you give me the strength to go share with others, the steadfastness to make disciples, the courage to baptize, and the wisdom to teach. God, I want to do my part in this process and I am humbled at all that you do. Thank you for never leaving, always encouraging, and being ever-present with me. Amen.

Verse To Memorize

Ezra 7:9b-10
For the good hand of his God was on him. 10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.

The Word

Jude 1:3-4
Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

At the beginning of this powerful book of Jude we see the author’s personal concern for the church as he calls them “beloved.” Although their common salvation was what he eagerly wanted to write about, there was a more pressing topic and it was that of false teachers. Jude stressed the urgency “to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” It was just as important then as it is now. Jude is stating that there is no need for new revelation as the church and message of Jesus does not need any new authoritative teachings or revelations.  He is charging us to contend for the fact that Scripture does not change, that Christ’s sacrifice was once for all sufficient, and that there is no need for additions or new revelations to the Holy Word of God. We should come against additions or new revelations to Scripture and instead press into Scripture that has already been revealed, once for all.

Please challenge yourself to take a few minutes and read through the entire book of Jude.

Prayer

God, thank you for delivering the faith to us. This faith that is a belief in Jesus and a commitment to Him. This is where we find salvation, this is where mankind has always found salvation. Thank you for Jude’s urgency in writing to your church. Please forgive me for the times that I have been deceived by the world. God, I ask for the strength and discernment to contend for the faith today and for the rest of my life. I am encouraged to know that you are with me in this battle. Amen.

Verse To Memorize

Ezra 7:9b-10
For the good hand of his God was on him. 10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.

The Word

Hebrews 10:19-25
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Today’s passage is incredibly rich and encourages us to have confidence in the sacrifice of Christ. As we understand who Jesus is as our high priest, we are encouraged to do three things; draw near, hold fast, and consider. As we press into this confidence in Christ we should be drawing near to the presence of God, knowing that Christ has cleansed us. Furthermore, we should hold fast to the hope that we have found in Christ and the understanding that God is faithful. Finally, we should consider how to encourage one another in love and service. This should be an intentional thought process and one that will be strengthened as we continue to meet together. As the Day of Christ draws near, let us press into these three areas.

Prayer

God, thank you for your sacrifice and thank you for your faithfulness. I am overwhelmed that I am able to approach you and that you see me as righteous. I am reminded that my right standing with you is not based on what I have done but rather what Christ has done for me. In light of this, my desire is to continue to draw more near to you. Please give me the perseverance to not waver and the boldness when encouraging others to do the same. Amen.

Verse To Memorize

Ezra 7:9b-10
For the good hand of his God was on him. 10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.

The Word

Ecclesiastes 4:7-12
7 Again, I saw vanity under the sun: 8 one person who has no other, either son or brother, yet there is no end to all his toil, and his eyes are never satisfied with riches, so that he never asks, “For whom am I toiling and depriving myself of pleasure?” This also is vanity and an unhappy business. 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

There is great wisdom in this passage. Wisdom that should lead us into a desire for community in our lives. We were not created to do life alone and this passage shows two sides of the coin of community. On one side we see someone who is alone, never satisfied, and ultimately unhappy. On the other side we see someone who is enjoying a reward and who has help in times of need. Surely, we have all had a time of need. If two are that much greater than one, can we even begin to imagine what three might be! Ultimately, you get to make the decision on what community looks like in your life. May you be as wise as the words in this passage and begin to step toward God’s design.

Prayer

God, thank you for the wisdom that you share in Scripture. Please forgive me for the times that I have tried to do life alone. I know that this is not your design and this is not your best for me. Please encourage me to be vulnerable and step into community. I cannot do this alone, I need you and I need your people. Amen.

Verse To Memorize

Ezra 7:9b-10
For the good hand of his God was on him. 10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.

The Word

Acts 1:6-11
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Just before Jesus ascends to Heaven, He sets the disciples on mission. This same mission that He has given us today; to be a witness for Him through the power of the Holy Spirit. If we are to further read the book of Acts we see this carried out in the early church as they took the good news of Jesus to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the end of the earth. What might this same mission look like here at Rockharbor? It might be better understood for us today if we were to think of being His witnesses in Meridian, in Idaho, in the Pacific Northwest, and anywhere else He might lead us throughout the world. As we wait for the return of Christ, this is what we are to be focused on.

Prayer

God, thank you for having all authority. Your thoughts are not my thoughts, your ways are not my ways and I am incredibly grateful for that. I thank you for your patience these past 2000 years as your church has gone throughout the world. As I pray this, I realize that I am a beneficiary of this passage. Thank you. I pray that I would be used by you to further the good news of Jesus where you have planted me. Like the disciples, I may not fully understand your timing but I want to press into your truth. Amen.

Verse To Memorize

Ezra 7:9b-10
For the good hand of his God was on him. 10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.

The Word

Deuteronomy 6:4-9
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

With this past week’s devotional, we have leaned into our Rockharbor value, “For the One.” We summarize this with the statement, “There is one way to God, one truth worth living for, and one more life worth reaching.” The practical implications for believers can be restated as that we know the truth, we live our lives according to this truth, and we allow others to be set free according to this truth. One way that can encapsulate all three of these would be how we convey this to those within our influence. Loving and Leading others to be devoted follows of Jesus means that these commands should be on our heart. We should take the time to diligently teach our children, or those within our influence, to recognize that we should love the Lord God with all of our heart, soul, and might and that we should share this great news with all of those who have ears to hear. When we do these things, we are living out what it means to be “For the One.”

Prayer

God, thank you for giving me truth. You are truth. May I step into what it means to know this truth, live my life according to this truth, and being a part of setting others free according to this truth. Lord, may I take evangelism more seriously in my life knowing there is “one more life worth reaching.” Please give me opportunities to share my faith and give me the words to speak according to the Holy Spirit working in my life. I am thankful that someone spoke truth into my life and that now I am set free in Jesus Christ. John 8:36 states, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

Verse To Memorize

Ezra 7:9b-10
For the good hand of his God was on him. 10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.