For days two, three, and four, choose the things that you love as forms of self-expression. Each day pick one devo. If you love the outside, read “Air”. If you are someone who likes to serve or work behind the scenes, read “Dig”…and so on. Read the descriptions of each choice…
beware. Don’t just choose what you would always choose because you would always choose it. Pay attention. If there is an inner pull or curiosity, pay attention to that. Even if you are drawn to something you wouldn’t normally choose….especially then….pay attention. Most of this week is about doing. Devos are shorter…allow for at least a few minutes over the next three days to DO LIFE.
PLEASE READ THE NOTE BELOW YOUR DEVO CHOICES BEFORE YOU CHOOSE YOUR DAY TWO DEVO.
*Note: We are very prone to picturing God a certain way, with certain attributes and characteristics. We are particularly predisposed to attributing the characteristics of significant people in our lives to God. If you have had a frustrating, difficult, or even traumatic relationship with an important figure or caregiver of either gender or if you have been exposed to abuse or trauma, you may have some assumptions about God that resemble humans you have had poor experiences with. Here are some things to think about: God is most certainly strong, but His strength is gentle. The Bible says that He would not bruise a reed…meaning that as He moves, He will not damage tender vegetation (or souls). Yes, God can become angry; but His anger is protective (the Bible sometimes refers to this as “jealous”). Picture yourself going into protective mode of someone in your care, that you love with all of your heart, was being threatened. God’s anger is never motivated by your performance…He is fully aware that your performance is only the result of a heart issue or a soul wound. His anger is against the evil that wounds the soul. That is why He does not want you bowing to any other master. He is the only non-destructive Master of souls because He is love. We were created to worship and we will become a slave to whatever masters us. This week, if you find yourself hearing accusing voices in your head, gently release them. Satan is the accuser. The Holy Spirit, when He opens our eyes to something broken that needs healing (“conviction” is the Christianese word for this), will always bring hope with Him. It may be hard to see heart attitudes or soul wounds (and their attached behaviors) that you need to let go of, but remember that He promised never to leave or forsake you. You won’t walk alone. He never expected you to heal yourself. It is His joy to make you free. And His joy ALWAYS feels like our hope.
A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; — Isaiah 42:3
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, — Exodus 20:5a
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” — 1 Samuel 16:7
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.– 1 John 4:16
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. — 1 John 4:18
They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity–for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” — 2 Peter 2:19
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. — 1 Peter 5:8
In this scripture, Jesus speaking to the Pharisees about the devil. Pharisees were a sect of legalistic Jewish moralists who followed rules so make themselves look good but had no personal relationship with God: “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. — John 8:44
God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” — Hebrews 13:5b
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. — John 15:11
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. — Colossians 1:19-20