LAST DAY- Philippians 3:10 by Jazmine Higgins
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! HE IS RISEN!!!!
Have you come closer to Christ during Lent and will you continue to follow him and get even closer to him after Lent?
Lent has been a time where most of us take something out of our busy lives and replace it with God. It’s a wonderful time to get close to God and see his works, but now that Lent is over what will happen when you can have that thing back? Will you forget God until you need him again or will you continue to pursue your relationship with him?
God’s plan for you isn’t finished yet, just because Lent is over and he has Risen it doesn’t mean you know everything you need to know and that you no longer need him anymore. It’s actually now you need him the most, so you will be able to continue to get know him more.
If you really want to continue this fast for Christ then ask him to show you how to continue and let him work through you. Christ gave his life for you, so why can’t you give something up to continue to follow him. Following Christ isn’t just about actions it’s so much more, like giving up your time to be with him.
So finally I want to encourage you to ask God to show you the way and how to continue following him.
Thank you so much for following this plan! We hope it helped you in your walk with Christ!
HOLY WEEK DAY 40- Mark 1:1-11 by Jazmine Higgins
Congratulations everyone it’s Palm Sunday which means it’s almost easter!!
Palm Sunday is the day Jesus came into Jerusalem riding on a donkey as crowds of people stood by the side of the road laying down palm branches or clothing, shouting “HOSANNA” (Save!) people exclaimed this because they recognized that Jesus was fulfilling the prophecies. The crowd saw Jesus as the fulfillment of this prophecies, but they did not understand where Jesus’ kingship would lead him. Days later this same crowd shouted, “Crucify him!”
We too have expectations for what we think God should do to make life better, safer and more enjoyable. We all want to see an end to suffering and have justice in the world. Like the people on the road to Jerusalem that day, we have much to learn about Jesus death and resurection.
We must not let our personal desires catch up with us, we must remember that following Christ isn’t always easy or simple it too involves hard times and suffering even death.
This week put aside your personal desires and struggles and think about how Jesus must have felt knowing he was going to die soon. Life isn’t easy but sometimes you have to go through a bad time to get to the good times.
Mark 1:14-15+Mark4:17 DAY 23 by Sarah Solie
Today reflect on Mark 1:14-15 also read Mark 4:17
Have you ever had the feeling of “I want to feel closer to Jesus, but I don’t know how to”? Well, in Mark 1:17, Jesus gives us the answer to how to solve that problem! Jesus calls Simon, Andrew, James and John to follow him. That’s all we have to do! But here’s where we run into a little roadblock, because Jesus isn’t really on earth anymore, so how are we supposed to follow him? A fantastic place to start is by reading through the Gospels. My freshman year of college, I was just starting to learn about how you can have a personal relationship with Jesus, and someone told me to just start reading in Matthew, and learn about what Jesus was like, as a person, and as the son of God. The act of reading the Gospels with that specific purpose in mind completely reshaped the way I see Jesus! Next time you read one of the Gospels, I hope you’ll envision yourself there with Jesus. Imagine what it would look/smell/sound like if you were there when Jesus performed miracles or gave sermons. Listen to the words he says, as if he’s talking to you.
Mark 1:14-15 DAY 22 by Sarah Solie
It still baffles me that all we have to do to spend eternity with God is repent and believe in the gospel. Like, what?! It almost sounds too good to be true… But it is! God loves us so much, and He wants us to be with Him forever so badly that He makes it this easy for us to join His kingdom!
Mark 1:14-15 DAY 20 by Sarah Solie
Sorry this one is a bit late but it’s still worth reading.
Below is a link that Sarah has been studying and wants to share for day 20 devotional.
Mark 1:14-15 DAY 19 by Sarah Solie
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Have you ever stopped and thought about what the phrase “the kingdom of God is at hand” means? To be honest, I haven’t until now. But I invite you to pause here for a second and contemplate those words… It wasn’t until Jesus came that the Kingdom of God was open to anybody- Prior to Jesus’ death and resurrection, in order to be part of the Kingdom, you had to follow strict rules that God had given to His chosen people to set them apart from the rest. But once Jesus came, the Kingdom of God was available (“at hand”) for anyone who chose to believe in the Gospel and repent of their sins! What good news is that?! We no longer have to sacrifice lambs to take the blame for our sins, because Jesus was the ultimate Lamb, and he took the sins of everyone everywhere, at any point in time! And all we have to do to receive His grace is to repent and believe, because the kingdom of God is still at hand today!
Day 17- John 1:36-39 by Jazmine Higgins
It’s almost been 3 weeks of Lent and almost 3 weeks of bible readings, What do you remember, anything special stick out?
Take today to reflect on the past 3 weeks and think about how you have seen God or if you haven’t seen him then ask him to open your heart so that you may see him and that he will show himself to you.
Spend time with him just listening and connecting with him…
Day 14,15,16 – John 1:35-39 by Jazmine Higgins
Terribly sorry that I haven’t written devotionals in a few days! Instead of writing so many I will simplify it for y’all and write 3 in 1
Have you every told anyone ” If you do this for me than you’ll be the Best but if you don’t then you’ll be the Worst”
Sometimes we tell God that, we tell him that if he does good things for us and prevents bad things from happening to us then will love him and follow him, but if he let’s bad things happen then he’s the worst and we can’t understand why he would do such a thing to us.
That’s like telling God that he has to follow us and do what we want and forget what he wants. Should we really be doing that to God?
God wants us to follow him because he is the BEST and he knows what we need because remember he made you and the plan for your life.
Think about if you are telling God to follow you or if You are following God… Don’t follow God to gain good things in life and other material things, follow him because he made you, died for you and LOVES YOU
Day 13 – John 1:35-39 + Psalm 63:1-2
by Jazmine Higgins
First off I apologise that today’s devotional is late!
We all want to feel secure and satisfied in life, so we do anything humanly possible to find that security/satisfaction. Some people find security/satisfaction through material things or media or through sex, drugs, alcohol and some through relationships and many other things. We try everything so that we will feel secure and complete but often those things only secure/satisfy us for a short time, what many don’t try is going to GOD for security and satisfaction.
We need remember ” I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land.” Psalm 63:1
If you long for security and satisfaction go to God, because God alone can satisfy our deepest longings and make us feel secure and loved! So if you know someone that is trying to find security and satisfaction in this insecure world try sharing Christ with them, you never know how God is working in them, you may be the perfect thing to start them off on their journey with God!
Day 12- John 1:35-39 by Jazmine Higgins
These new disciples used several names for Jesus: Lamb of God, Rabbi, Messiah, Son of God and King of Israel. As they got to know Jesus, their appreciation for him grew. The more time we spend getting to know Christ, the more we will understand and appreciate who he is. These disciples said these words easily but they had to show that they believed in these words by showing it.
We may find it easy to express how we feel about Christ through words but when we live by faith and show it then we see how much we appreciate and understand what Christ means and wants us to know.