Four Week Devotional - Pursuing Change

Four Week Devotional - Pursuing Change

Posted on February 28, 2018

Dear Devotional Reader,

This devotional was created with you in mind; specifically you. Because none of this is worth anything if it doesn’t work for you. Thank you for taking the time to give it a try. This devotional is different from most because it feeds a longing you already have, a longing you were created for – to commune with God. Humans were created to be in constant relationship with Him, but after the Fall, we had to implement this thing called “faith.” Instead of walking in the garden with God, we believe something intangible, and communion becomes difficult.

But the desire to commune doesn’t go away. The deep longing of our soul is for an other worldly satisfaction, a fulfilment that cannot be grasped in words; our spirits groan for it. And of course, we attempt to satisfy this desire with millions of things – work, relationships, money, sex, food, organization, cars, phones, houses, vacations. Anything from which you receive even the slightest satisfaction.

This devotional is created to fulfill the longing of your soul with its truest desire – communion with God. We are starting a new sermon series this month, “Lessons from the Last Supper.” Jesus teaches us about serving one another, allowing the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, abiding in Him, and being united, just as the Father and Son are united. As we learn about Jesus’ teachings, we are going to cultivate habits that build our relationships with Him and each other. Each week this month we will focus on a different rhythm or spiritual discipline that allows us to spend time with God. These practices are derived from Ruth Haley Barton’s book Sacred Rhythms. For a deeper dive, pick up Barton’s book! We will feed our souls with the nutrients they desire and expect that they will operate healthier because of it.

Every Monday in March, you will find a new week of devotional content that centers on that weekend's message and a different spiritual discipline. We will release this content through Grace’s app. You can download the app by going to your phone’s app store and searching “Grace Church Indiana”.

As you might know, a month from now is Easter – the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. The goal of this devotional is to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection with a healthier soul that can truly appreciate the profundity of His miracle. We can taste and see the goodness of Jesus’ power. Because He rose from the dead, Jesus’ promises are true, our salvation is real, and we are free to live in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus’ resurrection truly changes everything, but our culture naturally resists change. However, this kind of change is a transformation into our truest selves. If Jesus' miracles truly change everything, then let’s commit to intentionally changing our lives because of it. Instead of resisting this change, let's pursue it.
 

Comments

Thanks for doing this. I am thankful for the encouragement to prepare my heart for Easter.

Posted by Jane VanOsdol on March 7, 2018 @ 6:17 am

Thanks for doing this. I am thankful for the encouragement to move closer to Jesus.

Posted by Jane VanOsdol on March 7, 2018 @ 6:16 am