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Follow Me

Day 4 – Follow Me

Key Verse – 
John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” 

“Just follow me, I’ll take you there.” Your friend says this, climbs into their car and the race is on.  Desperately you try to keep up with the speeding vehicle in front of you. You don’t want to lose him because your phone is out of battery and you forgot your charger.  You have no way to get to your destination except by keeping up with your speed demon friend.  

In a situation like this, you might be worried that it could be dangerous to try to keep up with your friend or that they might lose you in traffic. This is something you never have to worry about when following Jesus.  He is always with you, and when He calls the you to follow Him, He walks right with you making sure you know which way to go.  

Do you feel like you are walking in darkness in some area of your life?

Are you lacking hope or see no end to your troubles?  

When you follow Jesus, He promises that He is with you and that you have the light of life.  No matter how dark or hopeless it may seem, Jesus is with you to help you.  If you will follow Him, He will lead you into life, light, hope, and so much more!

Prayer – Jesus, help me to see past the darkness and trouble around me and look to you.  Help me to follow you no matter what life brings. Help me to follow you and know that I have you, all the light, life, and hope I will ever need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Challenge –
Ask Holy Spirit what is the next step you need to take to follow Him.  Often, you will already know what you need to do.  Write it down and decide to do it. Ask a friend or leader to help remind you to take the action you are supposed to.  Step out and follow in action as soon as you are able.

Know Me

Day 3 – Know Me

Key Verse – 
 Hebrews 8:11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. 

“You don’t even know me!” Have you ever found yourself saying this to a friend or maybe even a parent.  Worse, have you ever felt betrayal in such a way by someone close to you that you have thought, “I don’t even know you”. 

Do you ever walk around with a mask in an attempt to hide who you really are?

In doing this, you are keeping everyone else at a distance.  You are pushing them away and as a result, you can never really know them and they can never really know you. You may have a variety of reasons why you may do this, but in the end it hurts rather than help you.

Amazingly, the Creator of the universe, God gives you the opportunity to know Him. You do not have to have a friend, leader, or pastor talk to Him for you.  He gives you the ability to come to Him.  He desires to reveal to you who He really is.  

As equally as amazing is that He knows you completely apart from any masks and loves you for who you are. He made you and loves you unconditionally.  Only He can help you become the person you were truly designed to be.   

Do you want to know the Creator of the universe?

Do you want Him to reveal who He has created you to be?

Prayer – God, reveal Yourself to Me and help me to know you and the awesome love you have for me. Help me to remove the masks I put up and be exactly who You have designed me to be. In Jesus Name, Amen

Challenge – Spend some time today and ask God to reveal to you, one thing He says about you. Write it down. Show a leader have them confirm it is from God if you are unsure, and have them ask God what He says about you. Put these somewhere where you will be reminded of them.

Seek Me

Day 2 – Seek Me

Key Verse –
Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 

Bam! It hits you hard. Your movie has just ended and as good as it was, all you can think about is finding a restroom and fast!  It hurts to walk normally which you try to do but probably fail miserably as you wrack your brain trying to remember where the restroom was when you came in. In this moment, nothing is more important that finding a restroom.  

God wants us to search Him out harder than the restroom in the example above. The promise is that if you seek Him, you will find Him.  It is true that there are so many other things to think about relationships, popularity, movies, Facebook and so much more.  All of the distractions, worries, and troubles of the world can cause you to take your eyes off of what is truly important.  

Jesus has the answer to every problem you will ever face. He is calling you to come to Him and wants to be found by you.  Push every other distraction aside and focus on seeking Him out above every other thing. As you do, know that you will find Him and gain all you need to overcome every obstacle you are facing.  

What obstacle are you facing today? What do you need from God?
What are some things that are getting in the way off seeking God with all your heart?
What are you willing to lay down so you can receive all that God has for you?

Prayer – God, I need you right now more than ever to help me. I want to find the answer to my problem and victory over my situation. Help me to push everything out of the way and seek you will all my heart. I know that you are my answer and truly need you right now. Help me find you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Challenge – Starting today, ask God to reveal anything that steals your time away from Him. Cut out one of these distractions this week and give the time to seek God.

Come to Me

Daily Encouragement –

Key Verse –
John 7:37-38 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 

“Come on over to my place, my family is having a barbecue!” I bet you would love an invitation like this.  Doesn’t you mouth just water in anticipation of a good ol’ Texas barbecue? Imagine arriving at their house expecting brisket, burgers, hot dogs, or steak only to find they are barbecuing vegetables because the family is on a diet. What a let-down that would be.

As much as you need or desire food, there is a greater need that you have that has much more importance. Since the day you were born, you began to die. There is no escaping death. Major downer huh?  

Knowing you are trapped with no way out Jesus says “Come to Me”. “Come to Me and lay down your sin, shame, and brokenness. The world has only empty promises that leave you thirsting for more. Come to Me and be eternally filled and satisfied. I paid the price with My blood for you to be saved, healed, and set free. Come to Me”

Jesus offers you exactly what you need right where you are. Even as He is calling “come to Me”

Will you accept the invitation? 
Will you bring your problems, cares, worries, sin, shame, brokenness, and more to Him again and again?
Will you walk in the freedom, healing, and life Jesus offers?

Prayer – Jesus, help me to accept your invitation and come to you bringing all my baggage. Help me to lay it at your feet and take up the freedom, healing and life You have for me, in Your name, Amen.

Challenge – Write down everything that keeps you from accepting the invitation to come to Jesus today. Pray and ask God to help you bring these things to the altar and lay them at His feet. Do it today!!! Do whatever it takes to step into the freedom and life God has waiting for you.

Most Valuable

Daily Encouragement –

My child, My beloved, do you know how much you mean to Me? I gave the best and most valuable sacrifice so we could be in fellowship together forever. That is how much I value you.

You are not perfect and make mistakes, but that is why I made the way for you to be cleansed, purified, made whole, and perfect. Even though you make mistakes, you will be made perfect through Jesus’ blood if you bring those things to Me. I will clean you and use you as My vessel of righteousness not because of what you have done, but because you come to Me!

I am the One who does it. Listen to my voice. Watch what I am doing. Come and walk with Me. I want the best for you more than anyone else, and I will cause you to succeed. I love you My child!

Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. 

Colossians 1:27-29 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily. 

Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

What is Best?

Daily Encouragement – 

I love you My child. All hope is found in Me. Put your faith in Me and watch what I will do. It may not happen when or how you think it should, and in fact, it probably will not. My ways are not your ways, and I always know what is best.

You bring joy to Me as you stand up for Me and seek to advance My Kingdom. There is so much I have for you to do. Come near to Me, and I will reveal the next step for you to take to walk into your destiny. 

Do not worry. You will not have to do it on your own, and you cannot. I am with you. Holy Spirit will guide you, and give you the strength, power, and life to carry out all I have for you. 

You have a very special purpose. Come close to Me, and I will help you walk into it. I want the very best for you, and I will make it happen as you walk with Me day by day. I love you My child!!!

Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways,And My thoughts than your thoughts. 

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. 

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Treasure The Kingdom

Daily Encouragement –

I love you My child! It is time to take hold of The Kingdom. I have prepared it for you, My heir, to take hold of and run. I need you to steward it and advance what I have been doing so that others may benefit from it. Everything you do will help not only you and your family, but My Body as well. 

As My Kingdom grows, more of My life, strength, and blessing is able to be revealed to you. As you see and know, this revelation will be broadcast for others to receive as well. 

I cannot do the seeking for you. I cannot ask in your place. I cannot make you knock on the closed doors I am eager to open for you. 

You must press in and do your part because you understand and treasure the Kingdom I have given you. If you truly knew the value of the Kingdom, you would never cease to ask for it or stop seeking it out. You must never get fooled by the cheap alternatives, but value My Kingdom above all else!!! I love you my Child!!!

Matthew 13:44-46