We want to grow in gospel fluency and have it deeply planted into our thoughts, words, and actions. Where do we start? God Himself; growing in our intimacy with Him, letting the roots of His love grow deeper and deeper in our hearts, changing us.
For the next ten weeks as a part of this series, we will be releasing new devotionals each week. Each week’s devotional will have different Scripture reading and reflection questions for each day Monday through Friday, with a different focus each day.
Monday | Who is God?
Tuesday | What has He done?
Wednesday | Who are we?
Thursday | How do we live?
Friday | Celebration
At the end of each day are questions to help you reflect and respond to how the Spirit might be speaking with you. This could be a great series to work through together with some members of your community or your DNA group. We hope you’ll join us on this journey to grow in gospel fluency together and, more importantly, a love and knowledge of our Savior.
Who is God? God is Creator.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. – Genesis 1:1
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat. – Psalm 19:1-6
Our world belongs to God. He created all things and all things were created for His glory. The beauty of a sunset, the kaleidoscope of trees that make up the rainforest, the ebbs and flows of the tide, the diversity of wildlife found from the hottest desert to the coldest mountaintop. All of it was created by the breath of His word. He is our Creator God and our world belongs to Him!
Take ten minutes or longer to let this truth settle into your heart. Contemplate the beauty of His creation. What are some things that cause you to marvel at his handiwork? What is God speaking to you through these truths? Let your heart be in awe of its Maker.
How can you take more time today to delight in God’s creation and thank Him for it? Write down in a journal all that you are hearing and learning from the Lord, and some next steps for how to live it out.
What has He done? God will make all things new.
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” – Revelation 21:1-5
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” – Revelation 11:15
Yesterday, we let our hearts listen to the truth that God is Creator and contemplated the wonder of His creation. Today we want to meditate on the promise this truth points us to: the beautiful good news that one day our Creator God will return and re-create, redeem, and restore earth – making all things new, even us! He will wipe away every tear and the kingdom of the world will become the Kingdom of Heaven.
Take ten minutes or longer to let this truth settle into your heart. Contemplate all that is broken in your life and in this world. What are some things that cause you grief even now? Bring these to Jesus in prayer. Let His promises of restoration wash over your worries and anxieties. Re-read the verses above and let your heart hope in the good-news promise of a New Heaven and a New Earth!
How can you live with more hope today in light of this promise? Ask God if there is anyone in your life who could use the encouragement of this hope that you could share with this week? Write down in a journal all that you are hearing and learning from the Lord, and some next steps for how to live it out.
Who are we? We are new creations.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. – Genesis 1:26-27
Yesterday, we let our hearts listen to the truth that our Creator God will one day return and make all things new. Today, we reflect on the promise that if ANYONE is in Christ, we already are new. Anyone? Even me, even you! If we are in Christ, if we have trusted Him and received His life for our life and His death for our death, then we are already declared righteous; our eternal life starts now. WE ARE NEW. In His eyes, our sin, junk, mistakes, brokenness has already passed away as He now sees Christ in us. By faith, we are new! This is more than a new start, it is a new reality, a new identity.
Additionally, we are reminded today that we are created in His likeness. We are not the Creator God but we are made in His image and we get to reflect the Artist and Redeemer that is our God by creating beauty where there is brokenness, by bringing healing where there is hurt, and spreading His truth and love in a way that brings transformation and newness to the world around us.
Take ten minutes or longer to let this truth settle into your heart. Confess your sin, mistakes, brokenness, and anything you are ashamed of. Now let go of these. Leave them at the feet of Jesus and meditate on the verses above. Picture your Heavenly Father speaking these truths over you. Listen to Him as He calls you His new creation and joyfully shares how you are created in the likeness of the Father, Son, and Spirit. Wow!
What might God be trying to teach you by reminding you that you are a new creation in Christ and that you were made in His image? Pray and ask God if there are areas or lives around you where you can join Jesus in creating beauty out of ashes. Write down in a journal all that you are hearing and learning from the Lord, and some next steps for how to live it out.
How do we live? We trust and obey Him.
If you abide in my word you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. – John 8:31b-32
This week we have meditated on the truth that our God is the Creator, that He will one day redeem all of creation, and in Christ, He has already made us new. These are truths about God, gospel, and our identity that free us to live a new life. We get to live in light of these truths and worship the Creator God and not created things. We get to hope in His glorious return and not place our hope on the fleeting promises of sin ,and we get to live out of our new identity instead of the lesser or false identities the world gives us. Let us follow Jesus and trust and obey His truth.
Take ten minutes or longer to let this truth settle into your heart. Go back revisit verses and passages that spoke to you this week.
How is God calling you to trust and obey Him in light of these truths? Is there someone you could share this with, or a friend who could help you? Or perhaps there’s a different next step? If so, follow Jesus, as His truth will set you free!
Celebration: Rejoice in the Lord!
Every Friday, we will focus on the passage below as we grow in practicing thanksgiving, contentment, and celebration. It is a beautiful passage, and this is a great opportunity to practice memorization.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:4-9
Today we rejoice in all the truth and promises we learned, received, heard, and saw in Jesus this week! We give thanks for the truth of God, the gospel, our new identity, and the freedom to trust and obey the One who gives life.
Thanksgiving & Adoration
Take time today to think of all you have to thank God for and thank Him for it. Write these in your journal, pray them out loud, and praise Him for the truths that have transformed you even this week!
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