Freedom Baptist Church
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Passionate People with a Purpose

Daily Devotions Updated!

 
You are about to leave on the journey of a lifetime. Your sole purpose in going is to help anyone and everyone you meet along the way. Take a few moments and write out the things that you absolutely, positively think you must have in order to accomplish the task you've been given. Look back over the list. Did you include everything? 
Rarely do you hear stories in the news about those who give to others. We live in a 'me' centered world and usually think only about ourselves. When someone does offer help or randomly does an act of kindness, it tends to take the world by surprise. 
Why is it so important to meet the needs of others? 
Read Matthew 25: 37-40. To whom are we supposed to minister? 
How would Jesus evaluate your ministry to others? 
Jesus tells us that when we give a cup of water or a piece of bread to someone in need, it's as if we were giving that water or bread to Jesus Himself. When we give to others in Jesus' name, not only do we give to Jesus, but those that we give to are able to see Jesus in us. 
As you walk through the day, purposely give away something to others with a smile and let them know about Jesus' love.
 
Praying
 
Prayer is the key to a meaningful relationship with God. Like any relationship, communication is vital. God communicates to you through his word (the Bible), through the Holy Spirit, through christians, and through prayer. You communicate to God, first and foremost, by spending time with him in prayer. Your spiritual growth involethree major areas: knowing God, owning your faith, and making your faith known.
Knowing God: Ask God to help you really know him. Ask him to reveal more about himself as you read the Bible. As you get to know the incredible character and ature of God, spend time praising him for what you are learning about him.
Owning your faith: As you read the Bible and get to know God, put into practice the things that you are learning. Own it and live it out. Confess your sin to God and ask him to help you grow and mature in your faith.
Making your faith known: Spend time praying for others around you, pray for God's work around the world, and pray that you will be the bold witness God desires you to be for him.
 
 
Consequences of Sin
 
God's plan for sex is within the context of marriage, but people are sometimes impatient, unwilling to wait for Him to reveal His plan for their relationships. Read 2 Samuel 13:1-20. What is your reaction to this story? Notice the negative words and actions surrounding Amnon's selfishness: frustrated, miserable, pretend, grabbed, raped, refused to listen. Notice the consewuences of his sin of impatience: Tamar lived a desolate life and Amnon was killed by her avenger, Absalom. Does sin always have such radical consequences? No, but sin always has consequences. Read 2 Samuel 11:2-5,14-16,27. What is your reaction to this story? King Daivid, Amnon's father, also struggled with lust, sinning with Bathsheba and offending God. Read 2 Samuel 12:13-18. What is your reaction to this story? David also suffered grave consequences of sin. When we sin against God, we dishonor Him. When we sin against others while sinning against God, they are also dishonored and often harmed. One consequence of David's sin was watching his own son fall into the same sinful action. God calls you to exercise patience and restraint in relationships. Because impatience in relationships can have such grave consequences, you must learn to be patient while seeking God's best for your life. You can trust that God has a plan for your life-a good plan-that He will reveal in His time.
 
 
God Uses Young People

 

Day 1

Genesis 45:1-11


Joseph was only 17 when he had his first dreams, and was ‘only’ 21 when he became the second most powerful person in the world. God had showed him through his dreams that he would be in an important position, but he could not have imagined that he would be where he was. As Prime Minister in Egypt, the superpower of his day, Joseph was in a position to save many lives – something he now recognized was God’s doing (v.7-8).

Lord, I cannot begin to imagine the ways in which God will use me. Please prepare me, especially for tough times ahead.

 


Day 2

Exodus 2:1-10

Moses’ big sister Miriam could not have realized that in saving her brother’s life, she was a crucial part of God’s plan to save his people. God used Miriam to protect Moses, which led to him being brought up in Pharaoh’s palace. Not only had his life been saved, but also he was educated in the ways of the palace – something that would be important decades later when he had to confront Pharaoh on God’s behalf. Miriam’s role may have seemed small, but God’s plan depended on it. When we think of how God might use us, we need to be ready to do anything he asks of us, no matter how small.


Lord, I do not always see how I fit into your plans, but I know that you have a purpose for me.

 


Day 3

Deuteronomy 34:1-12


This account of Moses’ death mentions Joshua, his successor. Previously Joshua was described as Moses’ “young assistant” (Ex 33:11, Num. 11:28). Now he was in charge of it all! Moses is described in the Bible as a spiritual hero. It would be difficult for Joshua to take over from such a man, except that he was sure that God was with him and he had been prepared well for the tasks ahead of him. Don’t be daunted by what may lie ahead of you. You will receive training before you go, and God will be with you. This is what God said to Joshua as he began: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).


Thank you that I know I can rely on your promise to be with me wherever I go. Help me to experience your presence too.

 

 


Day 4

Joshua 6:22-25

 

From a strategic point of view, Jericho was crucial to the Hebrews’ invasion of the promised land. This small fortress guarded the way into the south of the land and dominated the surrounding area. Unless it was destroyed God’s people would always be vulnerable to its attacks. Joshua had sent two young men (see verse 23) to be spies in the city and Rahab (a prostitute) had protected them (see chapter 2). Joshua was prepared to send young men to carry out this important task because he knew from his own experience that age does not prevent you from doing significant things for God.

 

Thank you Lord that you accept me for who I am, not who I will become in the future.

 


Day 5

1 Samuel 3:1-21


Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Mark 10:15). Samuel was little more than a toddler when his mother gave him to Eli the priest to serve God. He was still just a boy when God spoke directly to him and through him. Once he was aware that it was God speaking to him he was ready to listen, and even though the message God gave him was painful for him to deliver he did what God asked. God speaks to us in unexpected ways as well as in ways we are expecting.

 

Lord, thank you that you speak to me in many ways – through your Word, your Spirit and your people. Make me ready to listen and obey when you do speak.

 


Day 6

1 Samuel 17:20-50


This is one of the more familiar Bible stories. The young boy who trusted in God defeated the enormous soldier who did not. The story reminds us that faith in God is more significant than military might and physical strength. However God had already chosen David to be the next king of Israel (Chap 16). He was the youngest of Jesse’s sons but God could see past his young age to the courage and maturity of this young man. What things do you think God may be preparing for you to do in the future? What qualities does he see in you that will be valuable then?

 

Lord, thank you that you are not just preparing me for the future; but that you also want me to use the gifts you have given me in your service now.

 


Day 7

Job 32:1-10


Job was a man who had everything, and it had all been taken away from him. His friends had tried to comfort him, but their words of comfort were unhelpful and unwise. Elihu was a young man but he was so angry with Job’s other friends that he felt he could no longer keep quiet. His words in verses 6-9 ring true today as much as they did then. Read what he says in the following chapters and you will see that this young man understands a lot more about God than his older friends. It took a young man to get it right, and he shows wisdom and maturity beyond his years. It took courage for him to speak up, but his words show that he was right. When you feel that people have got it wrong about God, don’t be afraid to speak up with humility and passion.


Please give me the courage and integrity to speak up on your behalf, knowing that you will help me say what is on your heart.

 


Day 8

Psalm 71:1-18


As the writer of this Psalm reflects on his troubles and his life, he is encouraged by his relationship and trust in God that began for him as a young boy, and has lasted into old age. Your relationship with God now is important, not only for the present but as the foundation for your future with God. The psalmist was going through tough times, but he could reflect that he would be secure in the present and future because God had been with him in the past.


Lord, even in a short space of time I can look back at times when you were faithful to me. I know you were with me then, so help me to rely on you today and tomorrow.

 


Day 9

Jeremiah 1:4-10


The prophet Jeremiah was called by God to speak the truth in a time of turmoil and defeat for God’s people. The message God gave him was not a popular one, and led to Jeremiah suffering a great deal of opposition and persecution. However, Jeremiah does not conform to our traditional view of a prophet being an old man with a beard. He was a young man when God first called him to speak on his behalf. His age was not important to God and God wanted to reassure him of this. Age did not matter – what mattered was that God had called him and promised to be with him. That promise of God’s presence is true for you too.


Lord, please don’t let others use my age as an excuse to keep me from serving you, and don’t let me use that excuse either.

 


Day 10

Matthew 18:1-6
 

Jesus’ disciples were interested in status and power. They wanted to know who was the most important among them. In answer, Jesus showed them a young child and said we should all be like that in our relationship with God. Jesus valued and honored children for their simple trust, their loving acceptance, and their humble willingness to be dependent on their parents. We should try to accept God like that. Notice what Jesus says about what should happen to anyone who “causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin…” He places incredible value on young people who believe in him. That includes you.

 

Help me to place value on the things you value, to be dependent on you and accept you without question.

 


Day 11

Luke 1:26-38

There are many surprises around the birth of Christ: born in a stable, not a palace; visited first by simple country folk rather than the religious elite; born to a virgin. We often ignore one of the most surprising things of all - Mary was a young girl. It is possible that she was as young as 12 (at most she was ‘only’ a teenager) when Gabriel told her that God had chosen her to be the one who would carry, give birth to, and nurture His Son! While we don't want to give Mary the honor that belongs to her son, Jesus, we sometimes overlook the fact that God chose a young person to have the most honored role for a mortal human in human history.


Help me to be more aware that the Holy Spirit is upon me and the power of the Most High overshadows me.

 


Day 12

Joel 2:28-29

Peter used these verses to describe the events surrounding the birth of the church at Pentecost (Acts 2). From these verses we can see that God doesn’t set any boundaries on who he wants to use: age, gender, position in society, none of these matters. What is important is that you are open to God; if you are he’ll use you.


Lord, speak to me. Lord, speak through me. Lord, use me – for your glory.

 


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