- Ask – Sound wisdom from the Bible states “You want what you don’t have…you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it (James 4:2).” How many times have you wanted a relationship, a next step, or a gift, but you never asked God for it? Ask Him.
- Seek – After you ask, look and see what doors are right there in front of you. In my twenty years of ministries among twenties, I have counseled many who want to be married. Most of them married someone they already knew! When we ask, God opens our eyes so we can seek and find! “Then Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!’ The LORD opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw (2 Kings 6:17 NLT).”
- Knock – Don’t you know God is at work on both sides of the door? You asked God. You sought. Now give someone the opportunity to be blessed. There are people that God can use in your life to open doors. Ask that person and give him/her that opportunity to bless you like Oliver gave me. Yes, God blessed me in that moment that I got to open the door for my son, Oliver. It brought me joy to be the one that helped Ollie reach his next destination.
God changed my life one day through a daily quiet time with Him when He showed me in 2 Corinthians 12:9…
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Ever sense then I have seen His power and love flow through my life, not despite of my weakness, Cerebral Palsy but through His power being made perfect in my weakness.
We, in the DFW Nav20s firmly believe that the intimacy we have with Jesus through spending time with Him overflows right where each follower of Jesus lives, works and plays throughout your city!
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing….But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.” – John 15:5, 7-8 NLT
We want to invite you and your friends to join us in the 30-day Quiet Time Challenge! To ignite your quiet time, click here and read 5 ways to ignite your quiet time. E-mail stories here of how God moved in and through you and your friend through your 30 days with Jesus. James 4:8 promises: “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” Share with a friend.
Often I think about when I went to Washington D.C. for the first time. What stood out to me the most about the history of our nation is that the tallest statue in our nation’s capital, which is full of hundreds of historic statues, is “Freedom” on top of the U.S. Capitol building. We value freedom so much and I’m thankful for the people who fought for our freedom, and I was wondering, as a nation built on freedom, do we Christians value the true freedom that we have in Christ?
Jesus said in John 8:36 “If the Son has set you free, you are free indeed.”
By His wounds and His blood we are free from the sin we have done and healed from the sins that have been done to us. He has totally and completely set us free.
In the Old Testament, the Lord freed His people from Egyptian bondage. We see that as such an obvious example of being set free, but the Israelites did not understand their freedom and they started to wander in the desert and were tempted to worship other gods even after they were free people. Don’t we experience spiritual amnesia like that at times? Moses had to remind God’s people of the truth when he said in Deuteronomy 8:14b, “Don’t forget that you were once slaves in Egypt and that it was the Lord who set you free.”
That’s what God has been reminding me of through His Gospel. A Navigator pioneer says that we need to preach the Gospel to ourselves daily, and the Good News is that Jesus has set us free.
“…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17b
Now that you have made Jesus your Lord and Savior, Jesus’ blood has cleansed your temple and His Holy Spirit dwells in you truly freeing you and empowering you to live a life for Jesus.
This week as you preach the Gospel to yourself daily, ask yourself these questions:
– What has Jesus set me free from?
– What has Jesus freed me into?
– Just as “Freedom” reminds this nation of its freedom, what can you use in your life to remind you of your freedom in Christ?
Please leave any comments below. My wife Marissa and I would love to carry on the conversation with you.
As the DFW Nav20s Community expands (over ninety twenties), there’s more opportunity for you to be known: to thrive in Christ-centered community; to be equipped and mobilized in the Great Commission “right where YOU are”. Here are three attributes of a DFW Nav20s Intentional Discipleship Community (IDC). There are three IDCs all over the DFW and another one about to be launched Also, here are three benefits of anyone living in intentional discipleship community
without encouragement and reminders of this purpose we can get sidetracked; even I do as a minister. In the Nav20s, we constantly remind each other of our purpose. “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). How are you striving to know Jesus more and make Him known and being reminded of this daily?