Category Archive : Daily Devotional

Daily Devotional - 7-Day Reset With Jesus

Devotional Overview:

Join hundreds of thousands around the country in engaging Scripture. Together we’ll learn the importance of spending time with Jesus, experiencing the truth that Jesus changes everything. In Jesus we are reset.

Key Scriptures:

  • Luke 10:38-42
  • Psalms 27:1-5

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Jesus Today

Nothing is more important than spending time with Jesus.

God isn’t interested in weighing us down with rules and requirements. Instead, He wants to transform our heart. This happens as we spend time with him.

In today’s passages, we learn from both Mary (Gospel of Luke) and David (Psalms) on how prioritizing time with God makes all the difference. In Luke 10, Martha is so focused on doing a good thing that she misses out on the best thing. “One thing is necessary,” Jesus says, and that’s spending time with Him.

Read today’s passage and ask Jesus to reset your time with Him to be real and deep. Read the passages. Turn on some worship music. Enjoy time with your Leader and Friend.

Over the rest of the week, we’ll look at what it means for Jesus to reset our time with Him.

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Daily Devotional - 7-Day Reset With Jesus

Devotional Overview:

Join hundreds of thousands around the country in engaging Scripture. Together we’ll learn the importance of spending time with Jesus, experiencing the truth that Jesus changes everything. In Jesus we are reset.

Key Scriptures:

  • John 4:7-14
  • Philippians 2:3-11

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Jesus Changes Everything

In John 4, Jesus crosses every barrier to meet this “Woman at the Well.” There is a race barrier, a gender barrier, a cultural barrier, an economic barrier and more! Just like He did for this woman, Jesus is willing to cross every barrier imaginable to meet with you right now.

No matter who you are or what you’ve done, Jesus stands ready to reset your life. As we read yesterday, Jesus stands up for us and wants to write a new chapter of faith in our lives.

But in order to come to Him, we must be willing to come in humility and admit our need. We no longer have to run after things that leave us empty because we’ve found something better—a relationship with Jesus.

In the Gospel of John, Jesus describes Himself as “living water” and later as “the bread of life.” When we drink and eat, we are always hungry again. But Jesus says when we come to Him, we are eternally satisfied.

Psalm 63:3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.

Come to Jesus with your need. Confess where you have fallen short. Invite Him to lead your life and satisfy your soul.

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Daily Devotional - 7-Day Reset With Jesus

Devotional Overview:

Join hundreds of thousands around the country in engaging Scripture. Together we’ll learn the importance of spending time with Jesus, experiencing the truth that Jesus changes everything. In Jesus we are reset.

Key Scriptures:

  • Hebrews 12:1-3
  • John 8:1-11

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Jesus is the Reset

This is where the journey begins. Whether you’ve followed Jesus for years or are just now getting started, Jesus stands ready to reset your life. As it says in Hebrews 12, “He is the author and perfecter of our faith.”

In John 8, Jesus meets a woman being rejected by the world. She’s guilty. She’s confused. She’s alone. Watch how Jesus stands up for her and offers her a new way to live.

The need for a fresh start isn’t hard to find. Every day we fall short of God’s best for our lives. We seek satisfaction in the wrong places, and we suffer as a result.

Over the last several years, hundreds of thousands have joined in a simple prayer, “Jesus, will you reset my __________?”

What is it for you? Your faith? Your self-image? Your relationships? Whatever it is, we all need a reset. And Jesus is the reset.

The goal of these seven days is for you to spend time with Jesus and experience the reset He has for you—one free from guilt and condemnation and filled with faith, hope, and love.

As you read today’s passages, look for the radical contrast between the world’s offer versus that of Jesus. He stands ready to meet with you. What is it you need Jesus to reset?

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Daily Devotional - Romans 8 - Move From Condemned To Convinced

Devotional Overview:

Christians often feel lacking, insufficient, and second-class. In a word, we feel condemned. This is because, even without noticing it, we are basing our salvation on how well we are performing as Christians. In this short meditation of Romans 8, you will learn how God wants to move you from feeling condemned to feeling convinced that nothing can separate you from the love of God.

Key Scriptures:

  • Romans 8

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Moving Into Assurance!

Today is where the rubber meets the road. This is where we move from truths to trust. This is where we take all our feelings of condemnation and move toward being fully convinced that nothing can separate us from the love of God because of the completed work of Jesus.
As we have seen, if you are adopted, then you have God as your father and Jesus as your brother. You are in the family! If you are in the family, then you have an inheritance, which is God himself. And what belongs to God is never lost!

This leads us to the final part of Paul’s argument for assurance in Romans 8.
Since all this is true, you can have complete assurance that you are safe in Christ.

Nothing can separate you from God’s love because all the requirements for being in his family and receiving his presence have been accomplished for you in Jesus’ death and resurrection.
This is one of the most beautiful roles of the Holy Spirit. He lives within you, making you a temple of God. But he does not just live in you, he speaks to you. He cries out in your heart, “Father!” He speaks adoption, inheritance, and assurance over your doubt, fear, and guilt.

After watching the fourth and final part of the video series, you will read Romans 8. I want you to see the whole chapter as building to the final section. What Paul starts with, “no condemnation,” he finishes with, “no separation.” Read the final section out loud if you can. Rejoice in it. Pray it. Sing it. Shout it. If God is for you, nothing can be against you.

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Daily Devotional - Romans 8 - Move From Condemned To Convinced

Devotional Overview:

Christians often feel lacking, insufficient, and second-class. In a word, we feel condemned. This is because, even without noticing it, we are basing our salvation on how well we are performing as Christians. In this short meditation of Romans 8, you will learn how God wants to move you from feeling condemned to feeling convinced that nothing can separate you from the love of God.

Key Scriptures:

  • Romans 8

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What Is Our Inheritance?

In our last session we talked about the fact that you are adopted into God’s family through the death and resurrection of Jesus. He took your sin and gave you his status.

What Romans 8 goes on to explain to us about adoption is the blessing of inheritance.

As adopted children in God’s family through Christ, we are co-heirs with Christ. That means we receive what he receives. What he deserves, we are given. What he earned, we get. What grace!

But what is it that we receive? An inheritance isn’t really that exciting unless you know what you are inheriting. Well, here is the best part. Our inheritance through Jesus is God himself. What Jesus earned for us is entry into God's presence. What Jesus gives us is himself. This is better than any blessing, possession, pleasure, or reward.

The Psalmist says of God’s presence, “In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Ps. 16:11). What better inheritance could there be than the presence of God himself. In Christ, that is what we get. As you read Romans 8, bask in the joy of your inheritance. It will make the groaning of creation make all the more sense. We long to receive the full inheritance of God's presence at the return of Jesus.

Rejoice in your inheritance, my adopted brothers and sisters!

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Daily Devotional - Romans 8 - Move From Condemned To Convinced

Devotional Overview:

Christians often feel lacking, insufficient, and second-class. In a word, we feel condemned. This is because, even without noticing it, we are basing our salvation on how well we are performing as Christians. In this short meditation of Romans 8, you will learn how God wants to move you from feeling condemned to feeling convinced that nothing can separate you from the love of God.

Key Scriptures:

  • Romans 8

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Christ's Work. Our Adoption. 

In the last reading we learned about the logical argument Paul is using in Romans 8 to assure Christians of their salvation. The argument went like this:

    1. If Jesus is raised from the dead, then you can be adopted (14-16).
    2. If you have been adopted, then you have an inheritance (17).
    3. If you have an inheritance, then you have assurance (18-39).

Today, I want us to focus on the foundation for this whole argument. The foundation is found in the first four verses and is based on the finished work of Jesus.

Condemnation comes from the law. When we fall short of God's law, that is considered sin. Sin must be judged.

However, Jesus changes the equation. Jesus perfectly obeyed the law on our behalf, giving us its blessing instead of its curse. Furthermore, Jesus perfectly took the punishment of the law we deserved, cursing him so we could be blessed. Therefore, the condemnation that was upon us is gone. And the blessing that was nowhere near us has come.

This is how Paul sets up this whole chapter. He asks, "If Christ." If Christ lived perfectly, died for our sins, and was raised to give us his blessing, then nothing can separate us from the love of God. All the debt is paid. All the penalty is exacted. All the blessing is earned. All the righteousness is credited.

That is how we can be adopted. We were estranged from God because of our sin. If we came near him, our sins would be punished. Also, we had no worth or right to be in his family and live with him. That is why the finished work of Jesus works out our adoption for us.

It's like we had a really high adoption fee. Jesus paid that for us on the cross. And then, it's as if we needed to be remade into the image of our father in order to be truly made a part of the family. This is what Jesus does when he credits his good work to us. He makes us like our heavenly Dad.

As you watch the video and read through Romans 8 today, try to focus in on the completed work of Jesus and your adoption into God's family as the basis for everything else.

Welcome to the family adopted of God!

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Daily Devotional - Romans 8 - Move From Condemned To Convinced

Devotional Overview:

Christians often feel lacking, insufficient, and second-class. In a word, we feel condemned. This is because, even without noticing it, we are basing our salvation on how well we are performing as Christians. In this short meditation of Romans 8, you will learn how God wants to move you from feeling condemned to feeling convinced that nothing can separate you from the love of God.

Key Scriptures:

  • Romans 8

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The If's of Romans 8

How you feel about your relationship with God is directly dependent on who you think you are. Think about it. You already know that God is big, powerful, perfect, and just. So how can you relate to a being like that?

When we start to think that our relationship with this huge God is based on our worth and how good we are, condemnation will get a major foothold. However, if we can see our identity in Christ, our entire relationship with God will change.

Today you will read through Romans 8 again. Before you do, however, I want you to get a grasp of the chapter's layout.

Paul is making an argument against your condemnation and for your conviction throughout this text. The point of the argument is to bring about your assurance of salvation. The argument can be stated in three “if, then” statements:

    1. If Jesus was raised from the dead, then you can be adopted (14-16).
    2. If you have been adopted, then you have an inheritance (17).
    3. If you have an inheritance, then you have assurance (18-39).

Paul is trying to get you to see who you are in Christ. You are adopted by Jesus. Because of that adoption you have an inheritance. Because of that inheritance you have assurance.

Watch this introductory video which begins to unpack these three points. Then spend some time in Romans 8, trying to trace this argument through.

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Daily Devotional - Romans 8 - Move From Condemned To Convinced

Devotional Overview:

Christians often feel lacking, insufficient, and second-class. In a word, we feel condemned. This is because, even without noticing it, we are basing our salvation on how well we are performing as Christians. In this short meditation of Romans 8, you will learn how God wants to move you from feeling condemned to feeling convinced that nothing can separate you from the love of God.

Key Scriptures:

  • Romans 8

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Not "If I" But "If Christ"

Do you ever feel like you aren't good enough to be a Christian? You want to live a certain way, but often fail to do so. You think you are living a good Christian life one day and then, without warning, you are blindsided by all the corruption, sin, and death in your heart.

If you feel this way you are not alone. In fact, this is the type of person Paul just finished describing in Romans 7. So if this is you, Romans 8 is the place to look because Paul is about to tell us how to move out of those feelings of condemnation.

In the poetry video you're about to watch, you will hear the key difference between those who feel condemned and those who feel convinced. The key difference is this: Who earns your worth?

If you earn your worth before God, you will constantly feel inadequate, lacking, and condemned. But if Christ earns your worth for you, everything will change.

Throughout the next six days of this plan you will read through Romans 8 six times. Each time, you will be asked to look for something new. You will also learn how Paul is trying to get us to base our worth in Christ throughout this chapter.

Today, as you read through Romans 8 after watching the video, try to pick up the two camps of people to whom Paul is writing. Notice comparisons between flesh and Spirit, law and freedom, hostility and peace, sin and righteousness, slavery and adoption, suffering and glory, groaning and redemption, seeing and hoping, condemned and convinced. As you read ask yourself questions: Into which group do I fit? On what basis do I fit in that group? How sure am I that I am in this group? On what do I base this assurance, either negatively or positively?

Test your heart to see if, in each of these situations, you are trying to earn your own worth or if you are putting your faith in Christ's worth.

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Daily Devotional - Professional Football Players On Humility & Surrender

Devotional Overview:

Carson Wentz's Audience of One (A01) and friends discuss scriptures about staying humble and walking in surrender to the Lordship of Jesus. This Plan features Carson Wentz, Trey Burton, Nick Foles, Zach Ertz, Chris Maragos & Jordan Matthews.

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Zach Ertz - Luke 6:46 NCV

46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but do not do what I say?

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Daily Devotional - Professional Football Players On Humility & Surrender

Devotional Overview:

Carson Wentz's Audience of One (A01) and friends discuss scriptures about staying humble and walking in surrender to the Lordship of Jesus. This Plan features Carson Wentz, Trey Burton, Nick Foles, Zach Ertz, Chris Maragos & Jordan Matthews.

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Trey Burton – Jeremiah 29:13

13 You will search for me. And when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me!

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