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Sunday Inspiration: If You Say So

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“Because you say so, I will.” 
Lk 5:5 NIV

The Bible says: “When he [Jesus] had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will’…When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break… When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees…For he and all his companions were astonished…Then Jesus said…‘Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.’ So they …left everything and followed him” (vv. 4-11 NIV).

The real test of your faith comes when nothing you’ve tried has worked, and God tells you to do something that stretches your faith to its limit. At that point you have two choices: Give in to your doubts, or say with Peter, “Because You say so, I will.”

This story teaches us God works in three ways:

(1) He uses the common to do the uncommon. In their workplace where nothing special ever seemed to happen, Jesus showed up, called them, and changed their lives. So look for God in your daily routine, and don’t be surprised when He surprises you.

(2) He moves you out from the security of the shallow to the risks of the deep. The great catches and the great storms are both in the same sea. If you want one, you have to contend with the other. No risk, no reward.

(3) He involves you in one thing to teach you another. Christ’s plan for these men was to involve them in an even greater miracle: fishing for souls.

Today that’s His plan for you too. And it begins when you say, “Lord, because You say so, I will.”

Source: https://www.jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/understanding-how-god-works

Sunday Inspiration: Get Some Rest

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”    Mk 6:31 NIV

Why did Jesus take time out to rest? So that when He worked, He’d be at His best.

And today He wants you to know that if you don’t take a break, you won’t get one. He wants you to survive the long haul, not just the short sprint.

And the first obstacle you need to overcome is guilt. That’s what makes us workaholics. We feel guilty and tell ourselves, “There’s just so much to do.”

Jesus handled life differently: “Because so many people were coming and going that [He and his disciples] did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me…to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves…to a solitary place” (vv. 31-32 NIV).

No time to eat, too many people coming and going, no time to take care of yourself—does that describe your life right now?

Some people say, “It’s better to burn out than rust out.” That’s poor advice, plus it’s not scriptural. You don’t burn out when you’re in the will of God!

Jesus said, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Mt 11:30).

And the reason He could say that was because people didn’t set His agenda, His heavenly Father did.

The psalmist said, “He maketh me to lie down” (Ps 23:2).

Wouldn’t you rather go to the park by choice than to the hospital by force? The fact is God won’t send you there, but your own lack of wisdom can.

Today Jesus is saying to you, “Get some rest,” and if you’re wise you will do it!

Source: https://www.jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/get-some-rest

Sunday Inspiration: What Is Your Vision?

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

Vision. A God-given vision is a powerful thing.

A lot of people mistake goal setting for vision. There’s nothing wrong with having goals, but a vision is not a goal that you set in your carnal mind.

A true vision originates from God. It’s something that God puts in your spirit.

Vision is something that the Holy Spirit deposits into you and says, “This is the highest you! This is what I see you doing. This is My call and My dream and My vision for your life.”

And it’s always bigger than what you think you can do. It’s always greater than your ability to perform it without the power of the Holy Spirit.

Many of us come to a place in life where we’re unsure, and we begin to question, “Is it ever going to happen?” You begin hoping, wishing, praying, “Lord, I just want it to happen.”

But you must move from the place of hoping to the place of believing. When you go from hoping it will happen to believing it will happen, your faith takes a quantum leap, and you KNOW God’s going to do it!

In your spirit, you realize you’re about to step into something beyond yourself.

What is your vision?

What is it you’re believing God for? Is there something you’ve prayed for in secret because you couldn’t work up the courage to even tell someone?

I want to challenge you to believe that all things are possible. Place that dream before the Lord and allow Him to take that dream and shape it in to something amazing.

Belief is the key.

Think About It

  1. What makes your heart beat faster?
  2. Is there a vision the Lord has shown you?
  3. What would you attempt if you could not fail?

Source: https://www.jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/fasting-day-16

Sunday Inspiration: Start With What You’ve Got

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“What good is that…?” Jn 6:9 NLT

 

Observe what the disciples said to Jesus just before He fed five thousand hungry people: “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”

 

End of story?

 

No, “Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people…And they all ate as much as they wanted…So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves” (Jn 6:11-13 NLT).

 

God always gives you something to start with.

 

But you have to look for it, recognize it, and put it into His hands.

 

The miracle of multiplication happened when a boy took what he had, and made it available to Jesus.

 

The Bible says, “Do not despise this small beginning, for the eyes of the Lord rejoice to see the work begin” (Zec 4:10 TLB).

 

Don’t be afraid to take small steps, just make sure they’re steps of faith and God will work through you.

 

Jesus said, “I will build my church” (Mt 16:18). And what did He build it with? Twelve flawed people just like us! But when He poured Himself into them, the mix was so concentrated that when two of them got together they could turn whole towns upside down (See Ac 17:6).

 

You say, “But I’ve so many shortcomings.”

 

We all come to the Lord damaged and in need of repair. But the good news is, you can be strong in some areas and struggling in others and God can still use you—as long as you’re willing to start with what you’ve got.

 

Source: https://www.myeverydaydevotionals.com/2017/08/start-with-what-youve-got-daily.html

Sunday Inspiration: Seeing Your True Self

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“We…saw giants…we felt like grasshoppers.” Nu 13:33 NLT

Ten of Israel’s twelve spies returned from the Promised Land saying, “We…saw giants …we felt like grasshoppers.”

The other two, Joshua and Caleb, saw the same giants but believed that with God’s help they could be conquered: “Let us go up at once and possess it…for we are well able” (v. 30 TLB).

That’s the language of a winner!

Understand this: God has a plan for your life, but you’ll never fulfill it until you come into agreement with His Word.

“But I have so many problems. How could God use someone like me?” you ask.

Paul said, “I don’t mean to say that I have already…reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me” (Php 3:12 NLT).

When God uses imperfect people, it makes us realize that He alone is our source, our strength, our strategy, and the secret to our success.

The Bible says, “The foolish thing [that has its source in] God is wiser than men, and the weak thing [that springs] from God is stronger than men” (1Co 1:25 AMPC).

You have a God-ordained destiny, and no excuse for not fulfilling it.

You can’t use weakness as a defense, for God says, “My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2Co 12:9).

You can’t use your past as an excuse, for God says, “Old things are passed away…all things are become new” (2Co 5:17).

How God sees you isn’t the problem; it’s how you see yourself that keeps you from succeeding!

So ask God to give you a new understanding of how He sees you—loved, righteous, blessed, and favored!

Source: https://www.jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/seeing-yourself-as-god-sees-you