Devotions Day 1: Jesus is A Friend.

When I was younger, like maybe 12yrs old, I had a friend named Joel. We were absolute BEST friends. We would play with our action figures (not dolls) in the backyard, we would ride our bikes around the neighborhood together. We would play video games together. We were virtually inseparable. This friendship was awesome!

As we grew older we slowly stopped hanging out together. He started making new friends, and so did I. Our interest started changing. I liked sports he liked comics. By the time we hit 9th grade we were barely friends. Sadly, today we don’t even know a thing about each other.

There is a saying, “Friends come and go” you’ll hear and experience that throughout your lifetime. But there is also something I have come to learn about Jesus that has me brought hope, Jesus not only is my friend but WANTS to be my friend. Think about that for a second. Jesus’ interest will never change even when ours does. He is a loyal friend that is closer than a brother...now that is friendship!

Proverbs 18:24, “but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

Prayer Focus:

  • Ask Jesus to become your best friend by believing in who is is in your life.

  • Pray that God would show you how to become a friend to Him.

  • Pray for your those you would call friends.

Day 2: Jesus is A Consuming Fire.

If you have been around me (Max, in case you were wondering) awhile you know that I enjoy the outdoors. There is something about nature that revives me. One thing I love to do is make bon fires. The best part about it is getting the fire to start!

Once a friendship with Jesus begins, your fire is lit. Much like the wood on a bon fire, you are transformed into something else. Something that shines in the dark, brings hope to the hopeless, and warms the coldest hearts. Friendship with Jesus does more to you than you may realize. It daily transforms you and draws you closer to Jesus.

Understand that GOD is a consuming Fire and when you begin a friendship with Him, He takes from Himself, His own fire and places it inside of you! Whoa! Think about that for a second!

That is what friendship with Jesus looks like. It is bright, passionate, warm and to the enemy, dangerous.

Hebrews 12:29, “For our God is a consuming fire.”
Prayer Focus:
  • Ask God to take your friendship deeper.

  • Ask God to soften any area of your heart that is hard toward Him.

  • Ask God to make your friendship with Him a witness to those who

  • don’t know Him.

 

 Day 3: Jesus is A BESTIE.

There once was a time when I had a lot of friends. Seriously, a lot of friends. Now I don’t say that to brag or anything I say that in past tense. Its best said like this, ‘Once upon a time, I have a lot of friends, and not just any friends, the kind that were built on having the same classes and liking the same music kind of friendships.

We would laugh at the same things, talk about the same things and even dream about the same things. Friendships are so powerful in our lives. We were meant to have healthy friendships. Why? Because friendship is God’s idea. In fact, God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit are one and in perfect union with each other. They operate in one mind, one heart, & with one mission. Kind of like the BEST of FRIENDS. Yet they are ONE, yeah I know its kind of crazy to explain yet alone understand.

To my point, God offers this kind of unified, fun, knowing each other so well, finishing each others sentences, type of friendship to us daily. It is because of Jesus’ sacrifice that we now can have that kind of a friendship with the Father and become BESTIES with Jesus!

John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

Prayer Focus:

  • Ask God something you’ve always wanted to know about Him.

  • Share with God your deepest secret.

  • Ask God to become your best friend.

 

 

 

Day 4: Jesus is An Elevator.

I have always enjoyed elevators. Every time I step into on I look for the escape hatch, the emergency phone, and any secret buttons (yes they have those.) As you know elevators are used to take you up and down in order to get you to the desired level.

Friendships are a lot like elevators. There is a saying,

“Friends are like the buttons on an elevator. They either take you UP or take you DOWN”-Jeanne Mayo

Jesus is a Friend that will always take you where HE wants to go. All you have to do is trust that He knows what He is doing and understands how to get you there. In fact, the bible talks about the LORD (Jesus) ordering our steps because we have a relationship with him. What a great friend, he helps make sure we stay walking straight ahead!

Psalm 37:23, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.”

Prayer Focus:

  • Tell God how much you appreciate his friendship.

  • Ask Him to order your steps, your future, your destiny.

  • Pray for your friendships, ask Jesus to bless them.

 

 

 

 Day 5: Jesus is FOR US.

I used to play little league baseball growing up. I can remember the fun I would have with my friends as we would be in our cool looking uniforms. Though we were only 14 years old every game felt like we were the Cleveland Indians.

Every Saturday we would play at subway park. The field would smell of fresh cut grass, the sky blue, and the opposing team’s fans booing every time we did something good. The games would be close and the pressure was intense! Especially when the crowd is shouting against you. When we would win, if felt great my friends would celebrate, but when we would lose if felt even worse and my friends would sulk.

Here is the key when you play on Jesus’ baseball team. He is always cheering for you! He is wearing your number, with a poster board that reads, “You are WORTH it!” Whether you win or lose, He is smiling, cheering, and taking you out for ice cream after the game. He is a friend that is always FOR us and never against us!

Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Prayer Focus:

  • Take some time and think about Jesus being FOR you.

  • Ask Him to help you live FOR HIM.

  • Pray that your friendship with Him grows closer.

 

 

 

 Day 6: Jesus is A Secret Keeper.

The one thing about having best friends that rocks is the fact that they keep secrets. Well, at least they are supposed to keep them. Have you ever shared a secret with your best friend that they may have told someone else? It hurts when you find out right?

The point of a secret is to keep it a secret.

Jesus is the BEST secret keeper. You can tell him anything, everything and He will always keep it a secret. If it is something sinful, He will lead you to ask for forgiveness. Maybe its your dreams, or deepest fears. We can trust Jesus to always be there to listen and to lead us down the right path. Everything that you care about, Jesus cares about and wants to take those cares and worries from you.

1 Peter 5:7, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you”

 

Prayer Focus:

  • Ask Jesus to be your secret keeper.

  • Tell Him something you have never told anyone.

  • Listen to His response and talk to Him.

 

 

 Day 7: Jesus is Master Gardener.

One of the coolest things to do is to plant a seed in the ground. Especially, if it means something to you. But just planting a seed doesn’t guarantee that the seed is going to grow. In order for the seed to grow you have to water it, cultivate it, and give it sun light. Then one day, over time and consistent care, it will break through the soil and begin to grow and thrive and become what it was designed to be.

This is a picture of our friendship with Jesus! He is the master gardener that has planted a seed of friendship in our hearts. He will do whatever it takes to see that seed of friendship grow and become what He always designed it to be. All we have to do is to respond to His care. Take in the water when he gives it and allow the nutrients he feeds us to make us stronger. This is what friendship is like with the master gardener.

Matthew 13:23 “The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

Prayer Focus:

Ask Jesus to plant the seed of friendship with Him deep in your heart.

 

 

 Day 8: Jesus is the point. By Sarah Wright

We spend our entire lives looking for the reason why we go to sleep and the wake up the next day. We kill ourselves to try and fill voids with money, relationships, better jobs, more schooling, and just about anything that makes us feel as if we matter. It's often a constant fight to keep ourselves occupied and content with where life has us. Whether it's through the way we look, how long we spend with our family and friends or where we travel too within the year. In times, I find myself in a constant want for more. If I go on vacation, I'm ready for another one in 6 months. I buy something, I want more stuff. Am I really happy when we take that extra vacation, or when I buy that extra pair of shoes I don't need? I even invest time in friendships I know I have no business being in, simply to feel loved. Even within my everyday work life, I am constantly trying to chisel out the purpose of the job I am at or why I am studying nursing. Sometimes I feel as if I am living to complete tasks. When really it's not about me at all. It's just as simple as the title, "Jesus is the point".

God sent his only son down so that he could die for me and so I could be in relation with God. I'm so blown away with the thought that God calls me by name and that I am a friend of his. What if we redirected all of our efforts, towards making sure Jesus is the point of our life? Without him, would life really even matter? I wouldn't know God and experience his love and the divine plan he has for me. See if I live my life with Jesus at the center I have discovered the reason I am alive and well. I have found a reason everyday to wake up with a smile and be excited about life. Jesus is something that can't be bought or earned, he was a gift anyone can have if our hearts are willing. I belong to God, I am his daughter and all because of the price that Jesus paid. Gods love and Jesus's death saved me from a life of sin and darkness.

Matthew 6:25-34 NLT

I love how it says that God takes care of the birds and that they don't worry. This is a perfect illustration of how God will take care of our every need. It then God on and says if we seek the Kingdom of heaven first everything will be added unto us. We serve a God that fulfills his promise! This is so reassuring because I doubt myself a lot. And then I always think that everything will fall into place how God wants it when he is first. With God being number one in my life and Jesus being the point I have purpose and happiness, no matter what life throws at me. I have confidence that God sees everything he starts into completion and it is good to him. As I grow in my walk with God, I'm more at peace with the chaos of life. I know Gods word is true, every single bit of it. When Jesus is at the center, nothing can take me down. rest in the fact that Jesus conquered the grave, when it seemed all hope was lost. He is the reason I live, serve, and love. He is the point.

 

 

 

 Day 9: Jesus is Calling You

Today’s devotional is shorter for a reason. I want you to read it slowly to allow your heart to grab the words. Take your time today and let Jesus speak to you.

Imagine with me for a second, before the creation of the man, the earth was formless, and there was utter silence. Imagine deeper that as you look around you see Jesus seated on the throne! Looking back at you and smiling. What would you do? I know for me right now, using the imagination God blessed me with, I am bowing down at his feet! He is the King back before the earth was created and is the King now and forever!

As you spend time in His presence today, allow your imagination to place you before Him. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. There is no one higher, no one greater, no one comes close to him. Yet, He calls you to himself...He says, “Don’t fear, just come to me, I want to share with you what is on my heart.” Can you hear him calling you? This is the prize of being a Christian. You get to come close to God because of the work Jesus did and the faith you place in him.

1 Timothy 1:17 “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Prayer Focus:

  • Ask Jesus to open your ears to hear his voice.

  • Pray that He would put a passion in you for his presence in your life.

  • Pray that God’s presence would impact for your friends and your family.

 

 

 

 Day 10: Jesus is HAPPY

Happiness is the result of someone or something fulfilling a deep longing in our hearts. Sadly, when the world looks into the Christian world they see more sadness than happiness, more depression than joy. Why is that? If you look at paintings and pictures of Jesus, you often see him looking like a sad zombie. Never really a happy, fun guy to be around. Maybe we think that since he suffered we should suffer? Did he suffer? Of course but, if you take a closer look at his life he was filled with joy!

I thought I understood joy before but everything changed when I had my daughter. She has brought so much joy into my heart that it pills over into everything I do. This type of joy came because of a deep longing to be a father in my heart. Here is the thought, Joy comes when Jesus is the deepest longing in your heart because He fills that longing with himself!

Hebrews 11:1-2 “Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the author and finisher of the faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (12:1-2).

Prayer Focus:

  • Ask Jesus to fill you up with a Joy that is real and cannot be taken away.

  • Ask God to forgive you for anytime you may have performed for his love and

    acceptance.

  • Receive his love and acceptance because of the gospel.

 

 

Day 11: Jesus is The Point By Miguel Ocasio

Philippians 1:20-21 (GNT)

20 My deep desire and hope is that I shall never fail in my duty, but that at all times, and especially right now, I shall be full of courage, so that with my whole being I shall bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. 21 For what is life? To me, it is Christ. Death, then, will bring more.

Paul was a great man of God, filled with so much wisdom. He was one who truly took his walk with God serious. In these verses we see Paul tell fellow believers that he wants to always keep his focus on the purpose of living a genuine Christian life. He doesn’t want to fail in his responsibilities. It’s important to note that he was in prison while he wrote this. Sometimes, as Christians, we can get caught up in our circumstances and forget what the whole point to all of this is. It’s Jesus!

Jesus is the point! It is because of Him that we live, we breathe and we even have our existence. Choose today to keep your eyes on Jesus and not your circumstances. You may be in a season where things seem to be going right or you may be in a chaotic season where everything seems to be going wrong. Either way, remember that Jesus is the reason why we are here on earth. We are called to bring glory and honor to Christ by the way we live. He has your back and will help you succeed.

Prayer: Lord, I ask you to help me keep my eyes on you. Help me to always bring you honor with my life. I never want to fail in the things that you have called me to do. I choose this day to follow you with all of my heart. I want to be a great example to others with how a true child of yours lives. Thank you for allowing me to be your child. I will share your good news where ever I go. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Day 12: Jesus is The Point By Adrian Sanchez

In almost any room you walk into there is a focal point to that room. The focal point is the center of attention where most people in that room focus on. For example, if you walk into a living room the focal point of the room may be the TV where people sit and enjoy entertainment. The focal point of a classroom may be the smart board where learning takes place and the teacher gives lectures. The focal point of a cafeteria might be the tables where students eat and talk about different things.

As a believer in Christ we should always ask ourselves, what is the focal point of my heart? What is our heart focused on? Who gets that spot? Who gets that attention? Who is worthy enough to be at the center or the focal point of our hearts?

 For me I always want Jesus to be the point of my life and the focal point of my heart. I want to be captivated by him. I want to be in awe of him. I want him to catch my gaze. I want my eyes to behold him and be in wonder. When you behold Jesus, you change, your perspective changes, your heart changes; you find the meaning of life in him.

 Psalm 33:8, “Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

 Prayer Focus:

·      Pray Jesus would be the point of your life and you would take time to discover who he is.

·      Pray that Jesus would be the focal point of your heart and that he would show you anything else that may be in the way.

·      Take time to observe creation and the work of Gods hands and be in awe of him.

 

Day 13: Jesus is Available By Adrian Lindsey

I personally love, love, love to watch martial arts movies. And they have to have those extra-long fight scenes in them were it seems as if they have been fighting for hours. For me, it seems as if every battle is predicated on who makes the next best move. In fact, if you really think about it…Blow for Blow, every battle fought is about who makes the next best move.  And it’s all based on what the opponent either does or does not do. For example, there is always an appropriate block, punch or kick for any block punch or kick thrown.  You just have to be able and ready, to counter as the situation dictates.

 I personally  believe we go through very similar battles in our personal lives, where it seems as if we’ve been fighting for hours, days, month’s, maybe even years. And no matter what move we make, it’s just not making any difference against the enemy.

There is no way around it! We are going to go thru battles time and time again as we journey through this life. But it is up to us to be ready to counter appropriately as the enemy comes against us.

Every true martial artist got that way by submitting to their “Master, spending time training and being obedient no matter the cost. It is up to you! Draw the needed training and skills needed to make it through your journey.

THE ULTIMATE MASTER has made him-self available!!

James: 7-8

7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…