Devotionals

Week 2

Week Ten, Day One

God the Father of Jesus

God is the Father of Jesus. But, Father and Son does not mean that God has a wife and Jesus is His child. Jesus has always existed, just like God the Father has always existed. Jesus did not come after God the Father. Prepare to have everything explained and then still be confused.

Study Colossians 1:16-20.

Because He loves us, God himself came to earth to rescue us. Jesus showed us God’s love, power, mercy and so much more.

Study John 3:16.

Because of that gift, we can be forgiven of our sin and become children of God ourselves.

Study John 1:12-14.

Include the following in your personal prayer time:

  • Thank God for loving you enough to send Jesus to pay for your sin.
  • Thank God for His forgiveness and the chance to be His child.

FOR FURTHER STUDY:
Study 1 John 1:7.

Week Ten, Day Two

God our Father

God is not just a good father. He is THE Father, perfect in the way He interacts with us.

Study Matthew 7:9-11 and Hebrews 12:7-11.

*CHALLENGE*

It’s time to memorize more truth. Let’s add 1 John 1:9, a very reassuring verse for those of us who make mistakes (that’s all of us) and a fantastic verse for sharing hope with those who feel hopeless. What a promise! Read it, write it, and post it.

Include the following in your personal prayer time:

  • Thank God for the good gifts that He has given you.
  • Thank God for loving you enough to discipline you and commit to take that discipline with the right attitude.

FOR FURTHER STUDY:
Study 1 John 5:3-5.

Week Ten, Day Three

Jesus Christ

In the Bible, Jesus is sometimes referred to as “the Word” because He is the embodiment of God’s truth, the Bible. Jesus’ life and words are God’s truth communicated through visible actions and audible words. All events in the Bible lead up to, stem from, and hinge on the existence of Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection, and the redemption (rescuing) of man made possible by Him. So, in essence, He is the Word in living form.

Jesus is God’s Son and was with Him in the beginning. Though He is a part of the Trinity and fully God, He became a man while on this earth, experiencing the same trials and temptations that we do. Only He lived life on earth without ever committing one sin.

Study Philippians 2:5-8 and Hebrews 4:14-16.

Because Jesus was without sin, He was the only perfect sacrifice for the sin of all men. His death and resurrection made it possible for us to be forgiven and to become children of God.

Study 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Romans 5:8.

Include the following in your personal prayer time:

  • Praise Jesus for being a Savior who truly understands what you are going through.
  • Tell Jesus how His sacrifice has changed your life.

FOR FURTHER STUDY:
Keeping in mind what you’ve learned today, study Mark 14:32-36. How does it make you feel to know that Jesus faced His death with all of the same emotions that you would have experienced in the same situation and still went through with it?

Week Ten, Day Four

“Without Jesus, I would be a wrecked and miserable person.” — Melinda

The Purposes of Jesus Christ

Jesus came not only to provide the sacrifice for our sin, but also to show us what God is like.

Study John 14:8-11.

Jesus came to be an example of how we should live.

Study 1 Peter 2:21-25.

Jesus came to destroy the devil’s work.

Study 1 John 3:7-8.

Include the following in your personal prayer time:

  • Think of all that Jesus gave up in Heaven to spend a difficult time here on earth just for you. Thank Him for His sacrifice.
  • Praise Jesus for being a living example for you to follow, and ask Him for the courage to stand up to the devil when he messes in your life.

FOR FURTHER STUDY:
Study Colossians 1:10, 13.

Week Ten, Day Five

Jesus is with us and He is returning…

It may sound strange to say that Jesus is already with us and that he is returning, but it is true. When Jesus forgives your sin, the Bible is clear that His Holy Spirit takes up residence in your life. But, the Bible is also clear that there will be a day when Jesus will return for all Christians and time on earth will come to an end. People have waited for Jesus’ return for 2,000 years, but we can be certain that He is coming back just like we are certain that He came 2,000 years ago.

Study 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.

Include the following in your personal prayer time:

  • Acknowledge that Jesus is coming back and that things will not always be like they are now. Think about how you should live since you know that one day Jesus will return for you.
  • Thank God for the promise of eternal life with Him in Heaven.

FOR FURTHER STUDY:
Study 2 Peter 3:3-13.

The Weekend

Suggested Reading: Matthew 25:1-30.

This passage contains two “parables” that Jesus used to describe His future return. Parables are teaching stories that use metaphors to explain or illustrate a point. As you study this passage, see if you can figure out where you fit into each story. What is God trying to tell you through Jesus’ stories?

Remember to practice your new memory verse!

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