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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.

Devotional

Nick Foles

Philippians 4:11-13 NCV

11. I am not telling you this because I need anything. I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have and with everything that happens. 12. I know how to live when I am poor, and I know how to live when I have plenty. I have learned the secret of being happy at any time in everything that happens, when I have enough to eat and when I go hungry, when I have more than I need and when I do not have enough. 13. I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength

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Daily Devotional - Freedom In Christ

Devotional Overview:

Is your spiritual life like a roller coaster, with far fewer ups than downs? Are there habits in your life over which you seem to have no control? Do you experience more anxiety than peace, more fear than faith, and more failure than success? Join Dr. Charles Stanley as he focuses on the freedom in Christ available to all believers and the truth that truly sets us free.

Key Scriptures:

  • Romans 8:1

Devotional

No Condemnation

Do you believe God likes you? “Don’t you mean, ‘loves me’?” you ask. No, likes you. Do you believe God likes you? This is one of my favorite questions to ask. The reason is it cuts through to the core of how an individual really believes God feels about him or her. So, do you think God likes you? If He were to show up in bodily form, do you think He would seek you out? Would you be someone He’d enjoy being around?
Isn’t it strange how much more comfortable we are with the concept of “love” than with the concept of “like” when it comes to God’s feelings toward us? Why do you think that’s true? Often, the reason lies in the fact that we’ve not come to grips with the real extent to which God has forgiven us. Consequently, we live with a subtle sense of condemnation. It’s as if there’s always a dark cloud separating us from God. We say we’re forgiven, but in our hearts, we’re never fully convinced God isn’t still a little angry with us.

The truth is, every reason God had for being angry with us was dealt with at Calvary. Our forgiveness is so complete that God is not only free to love us, He can like us as well. Think about this: “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). If you’ve placed your trust in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, the Bible says you are positionally in Christ. And once you were placed into Christ, you were separated from the guilt that once brought divine condemnation. You’re not condemned. Christ was condemned on your behalf, and now you’re free.
“But,” you may ask, “why do I feel so condemned? Why don’t I feel forgiven?” It’s probably because you’ve not made up your mind to take God at His Word. Instead, you’ve measured your worthiness and acceptability by your performance. To be free from feelings of condemnation, you must renew your mind to this powerful truth: “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

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Daily Devotional - Freedom In Christ

Devotional Overview:

Is your spiritual life like a roller coaster, with far fewer ups than downs? Are there habits in your life over which you seem to have no control? Do you experience more anxiety than peace, more fear than faith, and more failure than success? Join Dr. Charles Stanley as he focuses on the freedom in Christ available to all believers and the truth that truly sets us free.

Key Scriptures:

  • Romans 12:2
  • Proverbs 23:7

Devotional

Transformed

Most of us have had the frustrating experience of making a sincere commitment only to find that several days later we’ve abandoned it. I call it the “youth camp syndrome.” At many of the churches I pastored through the years, the youth attended camp just about every summer. As is the case with many camps, we always ended the week with a commitment service. Each year was the same. Everyone cried and promised God the moon—no more lying, cursing, cheating, smoking, drinking, and on and on it went. Unfortunately, most of those promises were broken before we ever made it back to the church parking lot the next afternoon.

I believe most of the decisions made during those sessions were sincere. The problem was the follow through. While the youth were clear on the “oughts” and “ought nots,” it was the “how to’s” that remained difficult to implement. And the same is true for all of us—no matter what our age.

Because of his background, the apostle Paul knew all too well the frustration of knowing what to do without knowing how to do it. No doubt it was his own experience that made him sensitive to his readers’ needs in this area. And so in one perfectly-penned statement he summarized the key to consistent change: “by the renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2).

Paul knew that our behavior is directly affected by the way we think. For real change to take place externally, there must first be a change in our thinking. Until we get involved in the process of renewing our minds, any behavioral change is going to be short-lived.

Renewing the mind is a little like refinishing furniture. It’s a two-stage process. It involves taking off the old and replacing it with the new. The old is the lies you’ve learned to tell or were taught by those around you; it’s the attitudes and ideas that have become a part of your thinking but don’t reflect reality. The new is the truth. To renew your mind is to involve yourself in the process of allowing God to bring to the surface the lies you’ve mistakenly accepted and replace them with truth. To the degree that you do this, your behavior—and your entire life—will be completely transformed.

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Daily Devotional - Freedom In Christ

Devotional Overview:

Is your spiritual life like a roller coaster, with far fewer ups than downs? Are there habits in your life over which you seem to have no control? Do you experience more anxiety than peace, more fear than faith, and more failure than success? Join Dr. Charles Stanley as he focuses on the freedom in Christ available to all believers and the truth that truly sets us free.

Key Scriptures:

  • Romans 6:7
  • 1 Corinthians 1:18
  • John 8:36

Devotional

Dead Men Don’t Sin

Freedom begins and ends at the cross of Christ. At Calvary, the penalty for our sin was dealt with once and for all. It was there that Christ was punished on our behalf so that we would be free of sin’s debt. But something else took place at the cross that equally affects our freedom. Not only was the penalty of sin dealt with that day, but the power of sin as well. Christ’s death and resurrection marked the end of sin’s power to control the believer. Just as sin could not control the Son of God, so it is powerless to control those who’ve been placed into Christ by faith.

Unfortunately, many who would nod in agreement with the above statement are anything but free experientially. They’re still slaves to the same habits and sin that plagued them in their pre-Christian days. There’s no victory over sin. There’s little joy. Consequently, there’s little reason to keep struggling. And so for many believers, their motto becomes, “Well … nobody’s perfect.”
God doesn’t intend for us to continue to live as slaves to sin. The message of the cross is freedom from sin—both its penalty and its power. While it’s true we’ll always be temptable, it’s not true that we must give in to temptation. The moment you were saved, you were given new life—Christ’s life. You died to your old life—a life dominated by the power and lure of sin. Your new life is the same life that enabled Christ to walk this earth for 33 years without sinning. It’s the very life that enabled Him to walk out of the grave unaffected by death. On the day you were born again, you became a new person with brand-new potential in regard to sin and death.

To make this historical and theological truth a reality, we must appropriate it. That is, we must accept it as fact and act on it. As long as we’re convinced to the contrary, we’ll continue to live as slaves.
Have you acknowledged your freedom from sin’s power? Have you been claiming it? Or have you been relying on your feelings as indicators of your relationship to sin? Your feelings will tell you that nothing has changed; everything is as it’s always been.

But God says you’re different. He says you’re dead to sin ... and dead people are free from the power of sin. Who will you choose to believe today?

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Daily Devotional - Freedom In Christ

Devotional Overview:

Is your spiritual life like a roller coaster, with far fewer ups than downs? Are there habits in your life over which you seem to have no control? Do you experience more anxiety than peace, more fear than faith, and more failure than success? Join Dr. Charles Stanley as he focuses on the freedom in Christ available to all believers and the truth that truly sets us free.

Key Scriptures:

  • Galatians 5:1
  • Genesis 2:17
  • Genesis 3
  • Romans 2:13

Devotional

Maximum Freedom

For years, I believed God was working against my personal freedom. I pictured Him as a divine Lawgiver who spent the majority of His time creating new ways to further restrict my liberty. Statements such as the one found in Galatians 5:1 made little sense to me: “It was for freedom that Christ set us free.” I would read them over and over and wonder why, if Christ came to set us free, I felt like such a slave.
Then one day when I was reading Genesis, a thought popped into my mind: Adam and Eve had only one rule (Gen. 2:17). Imagine living in a world where there was only one rule! The implications are astounding. Most significant, however, is the fact that in the perfect environment, where God had everything just the way He wanted it, He issued only one “thou shalt not.” To put it another way, God’s not a God of rules. Our God is a God of freedom. In the beginning, He placed the first man and woman in a beautiful garden and for all practical purposes said, “You’re free to enjoy yourselves.”

“So,” you may ask, “why all the moral and ethical taboos now?” The answer is found in Genesis 3. Our earliest ancestors did the very thing they were told not to do and so opened the door for sin to enter the world. And with sin came death. Thus, humanity became a slave to sin and death.
Whereas our world teaches that freedom is gained by throwing off all restraint, Scripture teaches us that the opposite is true. Human beings forfeited a great deal of freedom in an attempt to gain absolute freedom. As we begin to put two and two together, it becomes increasingly clear that freedom is gained and maintained by adherence to God’s laws. Just as a good father sets loving limitations for his children, so our heavenly Father sets moral and ethical perimeters for us.

Once again, the bottom line is trust. Can we trust God knows what’s best for us? Can we believe He really has our best interests in mind? Adam and Eve didn’t. And they lost the very freedom they were convinced their sin would ensure them. What about you? Are you willing to accept that God is a God of freedom—that His laws are for your protection, given to ensure and not hamper your freedom? If so, take a few moments to surrender to God the areas over which you’ve maintained control. Confess your lack of faith, then rest in the assurance God will grant you the maximum amount of freedom available in this sinful world.

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Daily Devotional - Freedom In Christ

Devotional Overview:

Is your spiritual life like a roller coaster, with far fewer ups than downs? Are there habits in your life over which you seem to have no control? Do you experience more anxiety than peace, more fear than faith, and more failure than success? Join Dr. Charles Stanley as he focuses on the freedom in Christ available to all believers and the truth that truly sets us free.

Key Scriptures:

  • John 8:32
  • John 8:34
  • 2 Timothy 2:26
  • Galatians 5:1

Devotional

Truth That Sets Us Free

Truth and freedom are constant companions. Where you find one, you will always find the other. Freedom in any area of life comes from discovering the truth about it. And discovering truth in a particular area always results in freedom of some kind.
It’s when a child accepts the truth that there’s nothing to be afraid of that she’s finally free from a fear of the dark. It’s only when a little boy accepts the truth that his father can and will catch him that he finds the freedom to leave the security of the diving board and jump into the pool. Likewise, it’s only as we accept the truth of all that Christ did for us at Calvary that we begin to enjoy the freedom He provided.

“The truth will set you free.” In six simple words, Jesus outlines the process by which any man, woman, or child can gain freedom in this life. Freedom is not gained through having our way or doing as we please. On the contrary, prisons are full of men and women who simply did as they pleased. These people certainly didn’t gain freedom; they forfeited their freedom. And so it is with us every time we carelessly strike out on our own to do our own thing. What results isn’t freedom—it’s bondage.
If I were to ask you whether or not you’re free, you may be tempted to answer yes without giving it much thought. But let me ask you this: Are you constantly battling with fear, lust, jealousy, hatred, bitterness, conceit, deceitfulness, a lack of faith, or discouragement? Are there habits in your life over which you seem to have little or no control? Are there certain environments and people you avoid because of an insecurity you cannot overcome? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then you are not free. You don’t have to be imprisoned to find yourself in handcuffs or behind bars. Sin has a way of entrapping each of us, keeping us in bondage that the Lord never intended for us. It is through Christ’s death on the cross where He defeated sin and death once and for all that our true freedom can be found. And when we accept Christ as our Savior, the chains that had us bound are broken, and God’s freedom truly sets us free (Gal. 5:1).

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Daily Devotional - Freedom In Christ

Devotional Overview:

Is your spiritual life like a roller coaster, with far fewer ups than downs? Are there habits in your life over which you seem to have no control? Do you experience more anxiety than peace, more fear than faith, and more failure than success? Join Dr. Charles Stanley as he focuses on the freedom in Christ available to all believers and the truth that truly sets us free.

Key Scriptures:

  • John 8:32

Devotional

The Freedom Jesus Promises

For years, my spiritual life was like a roller coaster, up and down—with far fewer ups than downs. There were times when I experienced more anxiety than peace, more fear than faith, and more failure than success. I’m sure you can relate.
Was I saved? Yes! Was I free? No. For all practical purposes, my new-birth experience had not set me free. I knew the Lord’s pardon, but not His freedom. Old habits still harassed me. Twisted emotions still paralyzed me. The power of sin attempted to defeat me. I longed for the freedom Jesus promised, but for some reason, it eluded my grasp.

My problem was not one of desire. I wished with all my heart to please God. But there were times I felt as if I was fighting a losing battle.
Eventually, it dawned on me that I was in bondage; I was a prisoner. It was in the early morning hours, after crying out to the Lord throughout the night, that I suddenly realized I must relinquish to Him control of my entire life.

With a deep longing in my heart, I began to search the Bible with one objective: to know the joy of real freedom in Christ—freedom to become the person God intended me to be. And I found it. Jesus unlocked the door to my prison cell with six simple words: “The truth will set you free” (John 8:32).
With this promise in my heart, I began applying to my life the principles of true freedom that I was learning about in God’s Word. In doing so, I experienced a freedom that transformed my life. Now I want to share these same truths with you. It’s my prayer that as you read through the days that follow, these devotionals will expose areas of bondage in your life, and more importantly, that God’s truth will set you free.

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Daily Devotional: Chasing Failure

Devotional Overview:

Answer this question: What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Would you write a book? Would you start your own business? Would you go back to school? Would you get married? We all have something we’d love to do, but often, our fear of failure outweighs the potential of our destiny. But what if you found out that failure could actually help you succeed?

Key Scriptures:

  • Joshua 1:9

Devotional

“The Best Command Ever”

Hearing that you should be strong and courageous is a lofty notion. It’s a pretty idea. It’s something nice to hear. But God changes the game and changes the tone of this concept in verse 9 of Joshua 1. He says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.”

Command?

So God, let me get this straight… Up there with, ‘Do not steal. Do not kill. Do not murder’… You’re COMMANDING that I be strong and courageous?

I always thought this verse was a suggestion. It’s one of those verses you see on bathroom walls in church, not a verse you see right below the 10 commandments. God is so adamant on us being strong and courageous that He made it a command. God is so invested on us getting over our fears and insecurities that He doesn’t just command strength and bravery, but he backs up us His command with His attendance in our lives. He can command us to be courageous because He’s the insurance policy on our success. God is not encouraging us to be strong because we’re great, but because He’s great.

So here’s some really good news: there’s never been a better command for you to follow. Most commands feel like things you can’t do. This is a command that frees you up to do more than you’ve ever done in your life.

I did try out for an NBA team, and I did indeed fail. But I realized something in Phoenix as I was running up and down the court feeling absolutely embarrassed. In the midst of failing to make an NBA team, I kept running pass the Phoenix Suns logo and I asked myself, “How did you get here?” There were many places I could have been on that Monday afternoon, but I was playing on an NBA practice court. And I realized that chasing failure took me further than chasing success ever did.

God wanted me to have something better than my name on the back of an NBA jersey. He wanted me to have a life free from fear. Since that tryout, my life has drastically changed because I’m just not afraid to fail anymore.

The reality for you and I is that when it comes to strength and bravery, it’s not a suggestion… it’s a command. You don’t have any other choice but to live your life courageous.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018 Sermon:

How to be made whole

Luke 17: 12-19 (KJV)

  • And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
  • And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
  • And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
  • And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
  • And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Leper:

Outcast from family and society

Nothing to look forward to

No invitations to parties or weddings etc

No physical touch allowed

All of them facing death

Outer decay falls off first like the nose or the ear or the fingers and toes, then arm and leg Whole: complete, perfect, entire and not lacking any parts.

  1. Thank God for who He is not just what he has done. Vs 15 One of the guys turned around and glorified God for who He was.

He wasn't glorifying God for what He did but for who He was! That's called Leprosy worship.

He didn't thank God because his leprosy was cleansed but because of who God is.

Sometimes we are wondering why my answer hasn't come yet, why we are not healed yet. We need to Thank Him anyway not for what He can do for us but for who He is.

  1. "Go show yourself to the priest" Jesus told them. We need to get into the house of God, that is where the answer is. Counseling won't do it, but the house of God will.

As they went, they were cleansed. 9 of them went on home to show everyone they were cleansed now and could come back into society, but they were not made whole. They still had the effects of the leprosy on their body. It didn't spread, they had no more pain, they were clean and all that was exciting, so they went home to show family.

The 1 who came back and thanked Jesus was made whole! His finger was back on, his nose, his ear, and whatever had been missing, he was now complete and made whole.

Some of you have been through a crazy life, and the devil wants you to look like and smell like all the trials you have been through, but some of you don't look like what you have been through. You've started hanging around church and worshipping and thanking God and you don't look the same as the effects of the crazy life, you have been made whole, lacking no parts.

You don't get good to get God, You get God to get good!

Psalm 23 (TPT)

I The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd.

I always have more than enough.

  • He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love.

His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.

  • That's where he restores and revives my life. He opens before me pathways to God's pleasure and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness so that I can bring honor to his name.
  • Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have!

You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.

Your authority is my strength and my peace.

The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I'll never be lonely, for you are near.

  • You become my delicious feast even when my enemies dare to fight.

You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit; you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows.

  • So why would I fear the future?

For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.

Then afterward, when my life is through,

I'll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!

Joel 2:25 (AMPC)

25 And I will restore or replace for you the years that the locust has eaten

Daily Devotional: Chasing Failure

Devotional Overview:

Answer this question: What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Would you write a book? Would you start your own business? Would you go back to school? Would you get married? We all have something we’d love to do, but often, our fear of failure outweighs the potential of our destiny. But what if you found out that failure could actually help you succeed?

Key Scriptures:

  • Joshua 1:8
  • 1 Peter 1:3-4

Devotional

“Somebody’s Waiting On You”

There are so many people in this world looking for success, but the common denominator amongst all successful people is that they failed. So I decided to chase failure by looking for an NBA team that would give me a tryout. I was 99% sure that I would fail, and I was looking forward to it. I knew God had something for me on the journey and I couldn’t miss it.

I had a million excuses as to why I shouldn’t even try, but I had one reason that outweighed my excuses: God told me to do it. Our excuses serve as legitimate reasons why we delay our destiny, but God’s word serves as a legitimate reason to overcome. It’s like God packs inside of each of us a unique gift and plan, and then we spend decades wrestling with excuses why we think He’s wrong. We think other people are a better fit to do the thing God created us to do. But God has already given us everything we need to be who He’s called us to be.

So what are you waiting for? You may have the answer to that question. But here’s a better question you may never know the answer to: Who’s waiting on you?

While you make up your mind about if you have enough in the tank to become who you dream of being, there’s a life out there waiting to meet you. There’s a single mother who needs your blog. There’s an insecure student who needs your new clothing line. There’s a lost person who needs you to speak up at your job.

And there were thousands of people waiting on me to try out for an NBA team to give them permission to be who they wanted to be and I didn’t know it until I tried. I reached out to a few NBA teams to see if they’d let me chase failure, and sure enough, the Phoenix Suns, unbelievably, said yes. I would have never gotten a once-in-a-lifetime experience if I didn’t stop being afraid to fail. It’s amazing what can happen in your life when you believe God’s word, and stop being scared.

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