Daily Archives: April 8, 2019
Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and it is “a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal when Christians are invited to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection.” This Lent, we are doing a 40-day study from the American Bible Society to focus our time in God’s Word and prayer on His renewing power (click HERE for the reading plan). Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
|Lord God, by your Word fill me with a spirit of discipleship and commitment…
22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
27 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”
Daily | Becky Newman
Yesterday we read about Jesus’ call to his disciples, and today it’s about the continued commitment we must make to being his disciples. The fishermen were excited and on fire to follow Jesus after that first miracle they witnessed. But we aren’t called to just follow Jesus once or twice. We’re called to commit to following him daily, when our spirit is on fire for Him and when we’re just not feeling it. Things are about to get really hard for Jesus’ disciples, but Jesus is telling them to follow him anyway.
Daily. Every day. Every single day. Regardless of how I’m feeling. No matter how hard it is. The commitment I make to follow You must be DAILY.
Oh Lord, I’m feeling yuck today. Six of the last eight days have been migraine days, annoying work assignment, a lot of gray skies, ministry issues, and You know I haven’t been journaling. Lord God, by Your Word fill me with a spirit of commitment and discipleship DAILY. And may that daily be regardless of how I’m feeling.
The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.