Identity: Who Am I

Day 2 of 6

Who Are You?

I trust that after spending time with the Creator yesterday you are intrigued to go deeper into the answer to your identity. Every day as you read this plan I want you to remember the statement, “exact likeness in nature and qualities”, from the definition of identity we looked at yesterday. We established that our identity is not wrapped up in what we do but rather it is found in the person of Jesus Christ; therefore in order to know who we are, we must now begin to know who He is. In the book of Genesis, we see how God the Father created everything by the spoken word but when it came to the first man God got personally involved. He did not speak us into existence, but used his hands and dust from the ground to mold and give shape to the form of man. After God formed man that was all, it was a form, a shape but it was not alive and God did not speak the man to life. I get so excited when I think about the awesomeness of humans. Imagine with me for a moment how God took a deep breath in and then blew into the nostrils of man and all of a sudden the dead form became alive. The Bible says, “The man came alive – a living soul” (Genesis 2:7 MSG). God released a part of Himself into man and man became alive.

We are not what we do but the answer to who we are is – I am a living soul. I was not spoken into existence but I was formed and shaped by the very hand of God and then the very breath of God makes me alive and continues to sustain me. I get overwhelmed every time I ponder the thought of who I really am. It should then come as no surprise that the enemy of our soul, better known as Satan, is after our identity. Being a living soul sets us apart from the rest of creation and from this point of understanding, we are then enabled to function in our God-given purpose. I often used the excuse of, “I’m only human” to cover my mistakes and live outside my purpose. The enemy loves it when we downplay what being human really means. Being a living soul allows me to commune and have fellowship with God. It allows me to make intelligent and godly decisions and choices. It allows me to have emotions and be moved with compassion. Most of all, it allows me the opportunity to be like Jesus. We are made in the image and likeness of God with a soul consisting of the mind, will, and emotions. We have the ability to think, we have senses to access this natural realm and we have the ability to choose. As you sit at your Heavenly Father’s feet today may you ponder on the truth that God’s very breath is sustaining you right now and celebrate the fact that you are a living soul!

“If we take our meaning in life from our family, our work, a cause, or some achievement other than God they enslave us” Tim Keller

And 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 fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Genesis 1:26‭-‬28 KJV
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And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Genesis 2:5‭-‬7 KJV
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Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 35
Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 6:18-24.
Paul asks the Ephesians to pray for his preaching of the word of God. Would you take time right now to pray for your pastor? Use these verses to guide your prayer. Would you choose a day of the week to pray for him regularly?
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
Ephesians 6:18
“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.”
WATER THE SEED
How does Paul want you to pray? Taking this scripture to heart, what would you need to do to come up under this command? What adjustments do you need to make in your prayer life? May I ask you to pray for me? Also, may I ask you to pray that I would walk in a manner worthy of the gospel, pleasing God in every respect? And would you pray that I would teach God’s word with accuracy, with power, and without compromise, in the Spirit and power of God? Thank you!
BEAR THE FRUIT
Pray at all times and keep alert.
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts. Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
Ephesians 6:18‭-‬24 KJV
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Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 36
Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 1-2 today.
In closing, we are going to take the last few days to review Ephesians. Ask the Lord to help you see what He is saying to you in these chapters in a new and deeper way.
PLANT THE SEED
Choose your own scripture today from Ephesians 1-2. Pick one that you would really like to continue to “grow” in your heart and then meditate on it or even memorize it.
WATER THE SEED
How can you apply what you have read today from Ephesians 1-2? What truths do you see producing the fruit of righteousness in your life? Bless someone and give God the glory. Send a text or an email to a friend to share how the Lord has encouraged you.
BEAR THE FRUIT
What is your one take-away from today?
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Ephesians 1:1‭-‬23 KJV
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And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:1‭-‬22 KJV
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Are We Doing As Jesus Would Do?

Jesus begins with some teaching on how we should be concerned about other people’s sin. If we love other people, we won’t want them to pursue self-destructive behaviors. But we are also supposed to forgive, so this concern is never done in a judgmental way. He then goes on to challenge people not to expect God to be impressed by our good deeds or forget to thank him for the things he does for us.

These are all difficult challenges. We have a tendency to either go to the extreme of thinking everyone is responsible for his or her own sin, so someone else’s action are not my business or to think we have the right to judge everyone else’s behavior. We are supposed to love others enough to help them not make mistakes, but judgment is not a part of that. We also tend to do the opposite of what Jesus says about thankfulness. We want God to be thrilled with each of our acts of obedience and sacrifice for him but then don’t thank him for what he does for us.

Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.
Luke 17:1‭-‬37 KJV
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Identity: Who Am I

Day 3 of 6

The Enemy Of Your Soul

Now that you have taken the time to grasp the fact that you are so much more than what you do or what you possess, let us take a look at the one who is after our identity. When we look at the creation of man we recognize that God made man in His image giving man a part of His own life and then God called the man a living soul. God identified the man as having His image and likeness, then he went on to tell man what his duties were – (Genesis 1:28 MSG). So we can reason that God identified man as being like Him and then set him on his duties. Adam and Eve were not identified by their job description. They were identified as being in God’s image and likeness. It is very important we understand our identity is in God because we have an enemy that understands it better than we know.

Many scholars believe that before man was created, Lucifer was an archangel of God, described as being beautiful and in charge of worship in Heaven. His important position in Heaven put him in close proximity with God. But the Bible tells us pride was found in him. He wanted the place of God which led to his removal from his high position, stripped of his beauty, and cast to the dark realm. So when God created man in His image and likeness, it angered Satan. His main focus now is to destroy the sons of God. He is relentless in making sure we never understand who we are and the power made available to us through the covenant blood of Jesus Christ. In the middle of perfection, Satan found a way in to entice and enslave Adam and Eve with his lies. He is described as a thief, a murderer, and a destroyer (John 10:10). He is called our enemy and a fake lion (1 Peter 5:8). He is also called a hater of truth (John 8:44).

With such strong titles, I don’t believe he is joking about hating us. He is very subtle and cunning. He does not make himself known as evil but presents himself through thoughts that are weaved with lies and some truth. He loves to make us reason, doubt, and question God’s character and word. As long as he is speaking, he is lying because he is the father of lies. (John 8:44). He will stop at nothing to make sure you never come into your identity in Christ but I am thankful that God will open your eyes to see yourself with value and worth in Christ Jesus. As you sit at your Heavenly Father’s feet today ponder the magnitude of your identity and ask Abba to help you recognize the enemy of your soul so that you can stand strong whenever he lurks to pull you away from who you really are.

“The enemy of our soul thrives on keeping us in darkness and unable to live in the fullness God created us to be.” Dr. Michelle Bengtson.

Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyre, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God ; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
Ezekiel 28:11‭-‬17 KJV
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How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Isaiah 14:12‭-‬15 KJV
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The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 10:10 KJV
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Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
1 Peter 5:8 KJV
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Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
John 8:44 KJV
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Identity, Who Am I

Day 1 of 6

Ask the Creator

As we look around the world today people seem to be searching for who they really are. In the quest to understand or find the answer, the idea of going to the extreme to be different somehow becomes the priority. We identify identity with popularity, success, careers, relationships, education, position, status, geographical locations , economic backgrounds, and the culture of the day just to list a few. Somehow, we narrow down who we are by what we do or who we are associated with. The definition of identity is, “Who you are, the way you think about yourself, the way you are viewed by the world and the characteristics that define you. It also means the exact likeness in nature and qualities.” I particularly like the last statement in the definition of identity because, as believers, we do not find our identity in something, but rather we find our identity in Someone and His name is Jesus. If we never come to the realization that who we are is not what we do, we will forever be chasing every new fad and every new swing of the culture around us. That, my friends, will be a wilderness experience for the rest of our lives. We are so much more than the certificate we have hanging on our walls. We are so much more than the brand of clothes and shoes we wear, or the color of our skin, eyes or hair; yet the world around us seems to dictate to us who we should be.

For many years I struggled with my identity, born to an interracial couple, and then raised by a single parent, then from living in an abusive home to having no parents and becoming responsible at a very young age. I struggled with my faith, wondering how a loving God could allow me to face all these different scenarios in one life. My identity struggle led me to make bad decisions because I was always looking to be made whole by things and people. As a result, I slipped further into the dictates and opinions of the world around me. But God had a plan all along. I had to come to the end of my false sense of identity to face God like Moses did after he ran away from Egypt. In one day Moses went from being the prince of Egypt to a fugitive. Why? He was made for more but because he did not know who he was, his actions started to define him until that day when he had the encounter with God in the form of the burning bush. In order to understand who we are, we will have to exhaust all our abilities, smarts, and self-sufficiency and face God to find out the truth about our identity.

You see only the manufacturer of a product can tell you effectively about that product because it was made by them. So in order to find out who you really are, you will have to spend time with the one who made you. God knew you before you were formed in your mother’s womb, He saw your whole life before you ever lived one day of it. So why not take a moment today to come to His feet, sit there a while and ask Him about you. I am sure your Heavenly Father would love to have that face to face with you.

“God is the only one who has the authority to tell you who you are.” Sarah Mae

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
Psalms 139:13‭-‬16 KJV
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Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 37
Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 3.
Ask the Lord to help you see and hear what He is saying to you in this chapter in a new and deeper way.
PLANT THE SEED
Choose your own scripture today from Ephesians 3. Pick one that you would really like to continue to “grow” in your heart and then meditate on it or even memorize it.
WATER THE SEED
How can you apply what you have read today from Ephesians 3? What truths do you see producing the fruit of righteousness in your life? Bless someone and give God the glory. Send a text or an email to a friend to share how the Lord has encouraged you.
BEAR THE FRUIT
What is your one take-away from today?
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
Ephesians 3:1‭-‬21 KJV
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What Jesus Christ Approves Of

See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:15‭-‬18 KJV
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Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:19‭-‬23 KJV
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A Time to Strengthen His Followers

Jesus takes a number of steps to strengthen his followers. He sends them out for ministry on their own; asks them about who he is; prepares them for his death; and challenges their pride and willingness to sacrifice for him. Despite their time with Jesus, their maturation is still incomplete.

Many become impatient with themselves and their own failings. Yet our development has been overseen by leaders far more flawed than Jesus. When we fail to “get it” sometimes, we need to realize we aren’t alone.

Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece. And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart. And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where. Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead; And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him. And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing. And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place. But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people. For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company. And they did so, and made them all sit down. Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets. And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am? They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again. He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God. And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing; Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God. And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said. While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen. And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him. And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child. And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him. And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not. And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither. And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father. And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, he said unto his disciples, Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men. But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying. Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him, And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great. And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us. And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village. And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Luke 9:1‭-‬62 KJV
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Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 38
Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 4.
Ask the Lord to help you see and hear what He is saying to you in this chapter in a new and deeper way.
PLANT THE SEED
Choose your own scripture today from Ephesians 4. Pick one that you would really like to continue to “grow” in your heart and then meditate on it or even memorize it.
WATER THE SEED
How can you apply what you have read today from Ephesians 4? What truths do you see producing the fruit of righteousness in your life? Bless someone and give God the glory. Send a text or an email to a friend to share how the Lord has encouraged you.
BEAR THE FRUIT
What is your one take-away from today?
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:1‭-‬32 KJV
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