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Our DAILY GOSPEL DEVOTIONAL is the story of Jesus from Incarnation to Ascension. This is a chronology and harmony of the gospel accounts in which the ongoing narrative and doctrinal context are carefully considered. In one year we reflect on every passage of every gospel.
May God bless you as we follow the disciples on the journey through the earthly life of Jesus Christ.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The best for last

John 2:1-11…

Situations come into our lives, or we enter into them, and these situations provide an opportunity for Jesus to demonstrate who He is. Usually the situation is some event or emergency that, without the grace of God, the cause is lost. Those that know Jesus will ask Him to intervene, but do not be surprised when He examines your motives for asking. Your sense of spiritual timing must be attuned to His if He is to act. He may indeed act, but He wants you to know that His overall purposes must be kept in focus by the faithful.

Obedience is a key at this point. We may not understand all of the orchestration of the music, but we must direct all the singers in the song to the sound of the Maestro’s voice. Jesus will transform our old, watered down ways into the new wine of the messianic age (John 15:5). God’s purpose is to take man in his brokenness, his emptiness and his lifelessness, and give to him life; this is what He does with us (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Be sure to travel beyond the joy of having Jesus enter into the situation, and beyond the celebration at just how wonderful He does things. We must look to the One who does these things more fully because of these things. Are you enjoying the good graces of God without giving proper glory to God? He only does what He does because He is who He is. The celebration of victory will fade, but the celebration of the Victor must live on.

Our Lord takes His time and saves the best for last. Be aware that Jesus is like this. You may marvel at His presence and power in your life and situation, but He will enlighten you further and embolden you faster as you faithfully travel with Him through the unfolding drama of the dream in your life. Run hard after Jesus; the best is yet to come.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Are you going somewhere?

John 1:35-51…

As we truly seek God, those who are leaders in our midst will acknowledge the move of God, and we will find ourselves in the place where we now are called to move forward. We must make sure that we are truly following Christ and not simply following men, and Jesus will ask us to examine ourselves to see if this is so. We took a step of faith to get to where we are now, but now we must follow further, we must continue to come along the path.

God will gather others along those journeys that are also being called to follow Christ in an ever deepening way. We may be the first to branch out on the Vine, and when we proclaim what we have found, and as we are faithful to bring others in, Jesus will confirm His presence. God is orchestrating the move in others as well, and unbeknownst to you, Jesus will call pilgrims on the Way who will meet you for a shared destiny.

Some may question the new movement, but this is because they are of a discerning maturity, and this will provide the opportunity for Jesus to prove Himself once again. Then those who look with true eyes will revel in it, not rebel against it. Jesus will cause them to see even greater things as the movement manifests.

The old way paves the way of the pioneer path. Are you settled on the side of the road, or are you following along with Jesus?

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Are you tempted?

Matthew 4:1-11 / Mark 1:12-13 / Luke 4:1-13…

Just when you get started on a journey of faith, this is when the enemy of your soul will attempt to stop you in your tracks. Wherever God is moving, Satan is sure to be there to try and limit the effects (Mark 4:15). He may go for a while, but he will always come back. And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Christians shouldn’t be ignorant of this (2 Corinthians 2:11). The world wants to feed us, the devil wants to enflame us, and the flesh wants to indulge us (Romans 13:14 / Ephesians 4:27 / 1 Peter 2:11 / 1 John 2:16). We must take up the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17-18) like Jesus did (Deuteronomy 6:13, 16, 8:3), and resist the devil (James 4:7).

Make no mistake; Satan is out to get you, too (1 Peter 5:8). However, we rest in the knowledge that our Champion has defeated the devil (Hebrews 2:14-18). We can win the battles because Jesus has won the war. Even when we fail to live up to the faith, our Heavenly Father gathers us back into His arms (1 John 1:9 / James 4:8 / Romans 8:1, 39).

The dream lives on, it has been proven, the second Adam (Romans 5:12-19 / 1 Corinthians 15:45) did what the first failed to do. Satan used all his best weapons, when it seemed Jesus was at His most vulnerable, yet nothing could stop our Champion, our victory is secure. Jesus in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).

Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, the Jews were tempted in the wilderness, and the question is, will we make it out of the wilderness? Will we cave in to the pressure, or enter in to the throne room (Hebrews 4:16)?

When you are tempted, don’t give up on Jesus.

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