devotion 02-17-2014

Echo the Story

  1. There is no way to follow Jesus without him interfering with your life.
  2. When we decide to believe in Jesus without making a commitment to follow him, we become nothing more than fans.
  3. Many fans have given their minds to the study of God but they never surrendered their heart.
  4. Following Jesus means following him alone.
  5. When we truly learn what it means to follow Jesus, we learn that obedience comes from the inside out.
  6. The keyword for fear and guilt is “Do.” The Keyword for grace is “Done.”
  7. We are saved by God’s grace when we believe in Jesus and put our faith in him but biblical belief is more than something we confess with our mouths; its something we confess with our lives.
  8. Jesus identifies his true followers based upon an intimate relationship. What we say and what we do overflows out of the relationship we have with him.
  9. Jesus wants us to understand that following him is a pursuit that requires everything we have.
  10. It’s only by becoming a slave to Jesus that we ever truly find freedom.

All Quotes taken from Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman (Zondervan Publishing 2011)

Echo the Prayer

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Echo the Word

The disciples are needy in every way. They are simply “poor” (Luke 6:20). They have no security, no property to call their own, no piece of earth they could call their home, no earthly community to which they might fully belong. But they also have neither spiritual power of their own, nor experience or knowledge they can refer to and which could comfort them. For his sake they have lost all that. When they followed him, they lost themselves and everything else which could have made them rich. Now they are so poor, so inexperienced, so foolish that they cannot hope for anything except him who called them.

Biblical Wisdom

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

Questions to Ponder

  • What kinds of poverty are there?
  • In the life of faith, what is the point of disciples being poor?
  • Bonhoeffer asserts that for Jesus’ sake disciples lose everything. Why would Jesus want that?

Psalm Fragment

As for me, I am poor and needy,
but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
do not delay, O my God. Psalm 40:17

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Scripture References

Psalm 40:17

Matthew 5:3

Luke 6:20

Devotional taken from Day 8 of

One thought on “devotion 02-17-2014

  1. terhevic says:

    I just learn this to my teacher in RelEd 2… In Matthew 5:3 .. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God..”
    The “poor in spirit” . is an attitude of dependence on God for the things we need in order to live healthy, and simple life. Jesus said: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). He does not want us to live in hunger and misery. .

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