Each week, we explore a devotional theme that focuses our prayer, meditation and practise. Below is the theme for the week accompanied by devotional tweets exploring aspects of that theme.
“We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.” — Jonathan Swift
The New Covenant & God’s instructions https://t.co/FWHb2Osh3Q
How to claim the Promises of God - https://t.co/4ta4dsIU1Y
Where are you, God? https://t.co/6jaKCjqdTK
Proverbs is the Twitter of the Bible.
Discover how Jesus, Peter and Paul found Jesus in Scripture, and how we can too. - Discover Jesus' Bible - https://t.co/6GfWNBc5Wk
How to claim the Promises of God - https://t.co/4ta4dsrjaq
How to claim the Promises of God - https://t.co/Cg9HDiUwIp
Does God Care For Me? What do the pages of history tell us? https://t.co/KJ1dYupT03
November 29 – December 4
a good work in you
God has begun a good work in you. Many good works, actually. And He will continue producing these good works in you until He brings you to a completion on the Day of Christ (Philippians 1:6).
- What good works is God doing in you?
- How has your life changed since you first met God?
- What lies ahead on your walk with the Lord?
November 22 – November 27
Give thanks with a grateful heart. Give thanks to the Holy One. Give thanks because He's given, Jesus Christ, His Son. Give thanks with an aboundingly grateful heart.
- What are the simple things for which we give thanks?
- What daily occurrences warrant praise?
- How momentous is the thought of God giving His Son?
November 15 – November 20
We may very well have underestimated the abounding love God has for us. The breadth and length and height and depth of the love of Christ surpasses understanding. And we are filled with this love through His Presence (Ephesians 3:14–21).
- What does "loving kindness endures forever" mean?
- Who will you be when you realise God's abounding love fills you?
- How will you hold it in? Who must you tell of God's great love?
November 8 – November 13
Partners in the gospel
The Apostle Paul calls all followers of Christ to be "partners in the gospel," for that will "make his joy full." Fellowship in the Spirit and partners in the gospel is our birthright (Philippians 1:5; 1 Thessalonians 3:2).
- What does it mean to be a "partner in the gospel"?
- What are we declaring the gospel to be?
- How does everyone become involved?
November 1 – November 6
Living in fellowship
Baptism into Christ brings with it entry into Christ's community. Christ's community experience the joy of fellowship based on the model of servanthood demonstrated by Jesus (Philippians 2:1–11).
- How do we have the same mind, love and be in full accord?
- What does "considering others better than ourselves" mean?
- What does fellowship look like when each takes the form of a servant?
October 25 – October 30
Jesus calls us to a love so strong, so pure, and so right that it calls us to sacrifice for others—even to the extent of our own lives (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:4–5; Philippians 2:5–11).
- Think of the last 24 hours: What have our loved ones seen of this self-sacrificing love in us?
- Do those around us see Jesus' love shining through us?
- What might be different when people see this love in us?
October 18 – October 23
Encouraging one another
Followers of Christ are called to gather together to encourage one another, to exhort one another, to inspire one another to good deeds and to love (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Hebrews 3:13; Hebrews 10:24).
- How do we prepare ourselves to encourage one another?
- Who has most positively uplifted and encouraged you?
- How do we truly build one another up?
October 11 – October 16
Experiencing God's rest
The world says you have to own a house, or drive the right car, or have the right amount of money, or have the right level of fame in order to have succeeded. Yet Jesus says, "If you're tired of all that, come to me, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28; Hebrews 4:9–11).
- What is the nature of God's rest?
- For whom is God's rest available?
- How do we realise God's rest in our lives today?
October 4 — October 9
Sanctified by God's will
God informed Israel that He was the One Who sanctified them (Exodus 31:13). Likewise, the author of Hebrews informs us that Jesus Christ came to do God's will, "and by that will we have been sanctified…" (Hebrews 10:10).
- How are we sanctified through Jesus' body?
- What does it mean to be sanctified by God?
- How should a sanctified people live?
September 27 – October 2
Living with god
Having been reconciled with Him, we now have life with Him. Having confidence to enter the Holiest Place, He invites us to dwell with Him. Life is now lived with God, as He comes to us and dwells with us (Colossians 1:19-20; Hebrews 4:16; John 1:1-14; John 14:18-20; Ephesians 3:16, 17; 2 Corinthians 5:18).
- Is your heart strengthened with Power by the Spirit?
- Have you received from the fullness of the Deity?
- How are you participating in the Ministry of Reconciliation?
September 20 – September 25
God has dealt with our sin, dealt with our unholiness, dealt with our rebellion, and dealt with our separation from Him. We turn our eyes toward Him, meditating on the reconciliation He has wrought for us.
- How does it feel to be approved of by God?
- How does it feel to be cherished by God?
- How does it feel to be welcomed into God's Presence?
September 13 – September 18
Longing for judgment
There is a yearning in the human heart for judgment. We see the many injustices in this world, and long for them to be set right. So at this time of year we longingly anticipate God's final judgment on death, decay and destruction.
- Why do we eagerly look forward to judgment?
- How will our complaints be heard by the Judge?
- How will we not be found complicit in the judgment?
September 6 – September 11
Following Christ requires a complete commitment of heart, soul, mind and strength. Nowhere is the completeness of our commitment shown more than in our stewardship of time, money, natural and physical resources (Mark 12:30; Genesis 2:2; Exodus 20: 8–11; Exodus 35:29; Leviticus 25:8–22; Acts 4:32–37).
- What does being a steward for God mean?
- Why does God require complete and utter commitment?
- How is stewardship compatible with liberty in Christ?
August 30 – September 4
God working in me
One of the mysteries of Christian experience is the act of God working in me. God has taken hold of the followers of Christ to work through us for His pleasure (Philippians 1:6; 2:13; Ephesians 2:10; 4:12; Romans 8:12–13; John 3:21).
- What is my role in this relationship?
- What does God want to do in me?
- How may I glorify Him?
August 23 – August 28
"When you pray, go into your room, shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you" (Matthew 6:6).
- How should we pray in secret?
- For what should we pray?
- How will secret prayer advance God's kingdom?
August 16 – August 21
in awe of god
When we call on God's Name, we experience His awesomeness. He presents as a mighty warrior whose weapons are His control over nature. And it is this awesome God who is merciful to us (Psalm 18).
- What prompts us to cry out to the LORD?
- How do you conceive of God's awesomeness?
- What is the impact of God's intervention in your life?
August 9 – August 14
Born from above
One must be born from above to see the kingdom of God, and born of water and the spirit to enter it. New life from God, characterised by obedience to His Son, is essential for eternal life (John 3:3, 5, 36).
- How can I be born from above?
- Why is new life tied to entering God's kingdom?
- What does obedience to God's Son look like?
August 2 – August 7
Life is a journey better experienced at God's side. And if we're going to be walking with God, we'd better do it with appropriate humility. After all, that's the example He set for us (Micah 6:8; Philippians 2:3–13; Isaiah 51).
- How do we walk in humility?
- What does humility look like?
- Why is humility central for followers of Christ?
July 26 – July 31
Growing in faith
Every believer is in a dynamic relationship with God. Our response to God's grace determines whether the faith planted in us grows or dies. God wants our faith to grow (John 15:1–11; Romans 12:3; Galatians 5:22–23; 2 Thessalonians 1:1–3).
- Where does the growth come from?
- What is the fruit of a growing faith?
- How much faith is enough?
July 19 – July 24
We're called to do justice and to love mercy. We love mercy when the Father's grace, compassion and loving-kindness soaks through our heart (Micah 6:8; Matthew 18:23–35; Matthew 25:31–46).
- What is God's vision for mercy?
- How does God describe His vision for mine?
- Should a love for mercy have boundaries?
July 12 – July 17
Scripture places doing justice and caring for the poor squarely at the epicentre of godly living. Doing justice makes "loving one's neighbour" practical (Micah 6:8; Matthew 23:23; Leviticus 19:18).
- How important is this to God?
- What does "doing justice" encompass?
- How do I apply this precept in today's world?
July 5 – July 10
The compulsion of grace
God intends us to be more than passive recipients of grace. He intends that grace seeps deeply into our hearts, so that our hearts overflow with grace towards others.
- To whom do we owe the debt of grace?
- What are the limits of grace?
- Why are we compelled towards graciousness?
June 28 – July 3
Gratitude toward our God is a precursor of praise that overflows from our hearts. Let us survey that for which we are grateful toward our Lord and God.
- For what actions of God in history are we grateful?
- What blessings have we personally received?
- What promises have we received by faith, not by sight?
June 21 – June 26
In a world that often seems senseless in its violence and devoid of meaning, followers of Christ maintain a living hope.
- For what do followers of Christ hope?
- Why do we have this hope?
- What evidence supports and gives life to our hope?
June 14 – June 18
sing a new song
In Psalm 96, the soaring anthem of the Psalmist praises God for His holy attributes and for His acts of mighty power in the earth and among the nations.
- What thoughts most move me about Psalm 96?
- If I sat down to write this, what would it look like?
- How do I "tell of his salvation from day to day"?
June 7 – June 12
intimacy with god
Jesus called for His disciples to live in perfect unity with God, which speaks to an extraordinary sense of intimacy with God (John 17:20–26).
- What does this intimate relationship look like?
- How does intimacy with God change me?
- Why does God want this intimate relationship?
May 31 – June 5
Intimacy exists only where there is implicit trust (Mark 14:34–36; Romans 8:14–16; Galatians 4:6–7).
- Can I trust God in the face of current circumstances?
- Do I trust God with my heart's greatest desires?
- Will I trust God for life's essential needs?
May 24 – May 29
At Pentecost, God's Spirit was poured out on the followers of the Risen Jesus, sparking a wildfire that has transformed lives and overturned kingdoms to this day (Acts 2).
- What did the anointing of the Spirit mean?
- How did God's Spirit change people's lives?
- What is the lasting effect of Pentecost today?
May 17 – May 22
Service to those who are in need, who cannot repay, is described by Jesus as service to Him (Matthew 25:40).
- Why is there wealth and poverty in the world?
- Where to best direct offerings from the heart?
- Who do we see in the face of the bereft?
May 10 – May 15
God wants to open our eyes, that we may see a spiritual dimension so real that it out-shines the physical (1 Samuel 16:7; 2 Kings 6:17; Luke 24:31).
- What is spiritual vision?
- How will spiritual vision change our lives?
- When we regard others, how will we perceive them?
May 3 – May 8
Some of the most central events in the Bible involve intercessory prayer (Exodus 32:11–14; Daniel 9:4–19; Luke 23:34).
- What power is there in intercessory prayer?
- For what are we to pray?
- How are we to make the greatest possible impact?
April 26 – May 1
Humanity's design purpose was to spread the glory of God in our very being, but this glory was marred beyond recognition (Genesis 1:27, 2:17).
- What is the nature of God's glory?
- Where is the clearest expression of this glory?
- How will the glory of God be re-expressed in humanity?
April 19 – April 24
Christians who would participate in the life of Christ are called to suffer with Him (Romans 8:17).
- How and why did Christ suffer?
- How are we to enter into those sufferings?
- How are we to react to suffering in the world?