See below for daily devotionals for Monday, January 23 - Friday, January 27.
Video devotional - Monday, January 23
Read: CLICK HERE to read Genesis 16:1-15
Observation: This is certainly a difficult passage full of broken decisions and failing to trust God. Abraham and Sarah had now waited more than 10 years since God first promised the childless couple, "I will make you into a great nation” (Gen. 12:2). By now they have started to lose their trust in God’s miraculous promise and take matters into their own hands. This created a mess for them and future generations (Gen. 16:12), but we find something significant here in the midst of the mess as a pregnant single woman runs away towards her home of Egypt. As Hagar rests by a spring, trying to make sense of her messy circumstances, we find an incredible verse, “The angel of the LORD found Hagar…” As the Angel (who some scholars believe is Jesus in the flesh, before His birth) talks with Hagar she is overwhelmed by the grace, favor and love of a God who would find her even in her brokeness. Hagar responds by calling God, “El-roi” which in Hebrew means, “The God who sees me."
Know this today, regardless of where you have been and what you have done, God sees you, pursues you, and wants to find you right where you are. He loves you and has a plan for your life. His grace goes beyond what we can even understand.
Pray for you: Thank God for His amazing grace… grace that finds you right in the middle of your sin. If you never have, receive that free gift of grace by asking Jesus to be your Lord and Savior.
Pray for others: Ask God to show you who you need to be more gracious towards. In today’s passage, there was plenty of relational hostility, especially between Sarah and Hagar. Ask God to give you grace so you can extend grace to others. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
Read: CLICK HERE to read Genesis 20
Observation: Talk about a mistake. Abraham gets nervous about God’s ability to protect him while in a foreign land, so he lies and introduces his wife as his sister! I’m sure that didn’t go over well with the Mrs.. While it was more of a stretching of the truth, one thing was clear. Abraham didn’t trust the Lord. In our own lives, often our mistakes and failings are a result of the same thing, not trusting God.
Pray for you: Ask God to reveal areas in your life where you aren’t trusting Him. Ask Him for expanded faith, and wisdom to follow His leading.
Pray for others: Pray for Hope’s Student and Children’s ministries as we try to teach the next generation to fully rely on God, so they can avoid the same mistakes we’ve made.
Read: CLICK HERE to read Romans 4:18-22
Observation: Abraham had hope against all odds. Against logic, against reason, against his age, against his wife’s ability to bear a child, etc. His hope wasn’t built on a personal wish or personal gain or his own personal feelings. It was established on a promise from God. And because this promise was from God, it enabled Abraham’s faith not to diminish over time, but to grow even stronger - even in the face of obstacles and opposition. And because of his faith, he was credited with righteousness in God’s eyes. Abraham’s goal wasn’t to see God’s promise fulfilled, it was to bring glory to God. And by bringing glory to God, God honored His promise and Abraham’s faith.
Is there something you’ve got your eyes or heart fixed on outside of honoring God? You’re wanting God to promise you something, but God is wanting you to put your faith and trust in Him. When we do that - when we bring glory to God - God credits us with righteousness and begins to carry out the great promises He has in store for us.
Pray for you: Pray Matthew 6:33 in your life today.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.
Pray for others: Pray for our Lead Pastor, John McKinzie - that he would continue to keep his hope and faith in God, bringing glory and honor to God as he leads this church into the promise of all that God has in store for Hope Fellowship.
Read: CLICK HERE to read Hebrews 11:8-19
Observation: Faith. The opening of this chapter of Hebrews (11:1) defines this often ambiguous word clearly for us, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
So much of our life has to do with faith. Our biggest decisions, our deepest convictions, and our belief about what will happen at the end of life itself. Faith is big and complicated, but it’s also profoundly simple. It is simply being confident that what we hope for will actually happen. In Jesus, we can have faith in the unimaginable and can live by that faith each day, much like Abraham had to.
While faith is a decision and an inward conviction it is also like a spiritual muscle… it can grow through circumstances and as you take steps to further trust God with your life. Which begs the question, “In what areas do you need more faith in your life?"
Pray for you: Ask God to grow your faith by revealing to you the areas where you aren’t currently trusting Him as much as you should. Ask that He would orchestrate the circumstances to grow your faith, and commit to trusting Him and His plan every step of the way.
Pray for others: There are people all around you who don’t have faith, or whose faith needs to grow: neighbors, co-workers, friends, family members. Take a moment and pray for the faith of others. Ask Jesus to reveal himself and the depth of His grace to those who need it most in your life. Ask that faith would come alive in others and that the Gospel would transform them.
Daily Devotionals Archive
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Monday, January 23 - Friday, January 27
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