I hope that you are excited as I am for our new series, Breakthrough! As I mentioned this weekend, we’ll be posting a daily devotional here on my blog for the duration of the series. Each entry has been written by a staff member from one of our campuses; we really wanted this devotional to be representative of all of Seacoast. Let me take a moment and explain the devotional’s format:
Scripture: Each entry will have a scripture passage for that day. Take that passage with you throughout the day; think about what God is trying to say to you through it.
Devotional: What is God trying to say to us through this verse or idea? This section takes a moment to make it personal.
Soul Tattoo: This is the one thing we want you to take away from the devotional that day. If you forget everything else, remember this thought!
Action Steps: These are some suggestions for practical steps to take each day to make the lessons we learn a part of our lives.
Make sense? Here’s my own entry to kick things off:
Scripture: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:7-11 (NIV)
Devotional: I want to camp out a little more on something I said in my message this weekend – we are God’s children. Everyone who has made the decision to follow Christ is a part of God’s family. And like any good Father, God wants his children to come to Him with all of their needs. Earthly fathers might get impatient with their children from time to time, but God never does. So what is keeping us from coming to God in prayer? It might be busyness, it might be fear, uncertainty, etc. Here’s what I know: there is no reason that is good enough not to bring our prayers to God. What about you? Are you in the habit of bringing your needs before your Father? If not, what is keeping you from doing it?
Soul Tattoo: God wants his children to ask him for whatever they need.
- Commit to spend a certain amount of time in prayer each day.
- Make a list – if nothing were impossible, what would I ask God for?
I hope you’ll stop by to check out the devotional each day during the series!
I love being your pastor,