Day 1 - Numbers 22:1-41
Even when the Israelites could not see it, God was working for their good. God is always working all things for the good of those who love Him (Rom. 8:28).
How has God’s faithfulness helped you remain faithful to Him even in the midst of difficult circumstances?
Day 2 - Numbers 23:1-30
Even though we may face persecution and difficult times, there is nothing that can stop God from fulfilling all that He has planned and promised. God has placed stories of His work for His people in the Bible so that we can see how He works for the good of His people, and in doing so, realize He works for us in the same way.
How can seeing the unstoppable faithfulness of God change the way you approach difficult situations today?
Day 3 - Numbers 24:1-14
The message of the gospel is a message for all the world. God has saved us to display the immeasurable riches of God’s grace for the rest of eternity, and He calls us to start now by inviting those who don’t know Jesus, to trust in Him and enjoy His presence and provision forevermore.
How can your guarantee of eternal life motivate you to share the gospel today?
Day 4 - Numbers 24:15-25
We trust in His forgiveness, but we also trust in His rule over us, knowing He has done everything necessary for our salvation and righteousness, yet we are called to live in obedience out of love and gratitude for what He has done.
What is your motivation for obeying God? Why?
Day 5 - 1 Corinthians 15:20-28
One day Christ Jesus will return, and He will make all things new and kill death for good. At the death of death and the restoration of all things, the rule and reign of Christ will be unchallenged and unhindered. We can trust in God’s ability to conquer all things now, since He has already conquered death, which is our greatest enemy.
How does knowing Jesus conquered our greatest enemy, death, give you boldness when sharing the gospel?
Day 1 - Numbers 20:1-29
We are to obey perfectly. And even one act of unfaithfulness earns condemnation. But thankfully, we have been provided a way to be forgiven of our transgressions in Jesus, the One who perfectly obeyed and who takes our sin and credits us with His righteousness when we believe.
How have you obeyed God partially at times believing that was good enough?
Day 2 - Numbers 21:1-7a
We too are quick to forget God’s faithfulness and we too need God’s gift of discipline at times to remind us that if God was willing to provide Jesus to die on the cross to address our greatest need, we can surely trust Him to provide for our daily needs as well (Luke 12:24).
What are some things that God has done for you in the past that you can remember today to help you remain faithful in the face of need or temptation?
Day 3 - Numbers 21:7b-8
Many who have trusted in Jesus find it difficult to continue to trust in the completed work of Jesus. That is why we are grateful that Jesus is an ever-present intercessor, always at the right hand of the Father making appeals to Him on our behalf.
Who has God placed in your life for you to be an intercessor, praying for them and telling them what Christ has done?
Day 4 - Numbers 21:9-35
As we live each day, we go forward in confidence living from the victory that Jesus has already won for us. Jesus has defeated sin and death, so in the face of any persecution we will face, we continue striving to live the way He has called us to—with faith and with joy.
How does knowing that God goes before you and with you give you confidence as you face opposition?
Day 5 - John 3:1-21
our salvation is the completed work of Jesus—His life, death, burial, and resurrection—and the unending power of God to preserve our salvation no matter what.
What kind of doubts do you face in your walk with Christ, and how does His completed work on the cross help you continue to believe?
Week of March 3, 2019
This account offers a picture of how we are to respond to God when He reveals Himself to us. God’s self-revelation shows us two things: who He is and who we are. When we see God for who He is and what He has done, we can properly see ourselves for who we are.
In what ways does seeing the truth of God’s character humble you?
The Israelites had left slavery in Egypt and endured a trek through the wilderness to make it to the promised land, which their sin prevented them from entering. Likewise, through Jesus, we are freed from the slavery to sin, yet we continue to live in the wilderness—a fallen and broken world. However, in light of eternity, our journey to our promised land is short, and we are called to trust God in faithfulness as we journey on, placing our hope in His promise to bring us home to the place of our rest.
How might the hope of what God has in store for you in heaven change the way you approach each day now?
God invites us to join Him on His mission of making His presence known. We do this by proclaiming the gospel, but also by praying earnestly for those who don’t know Him, that they might repent of their sin, turn to Jesus, and experience life.
Who will you pray for who doesn’t know Jesus? How will you tell them about Jesus this week?
The worst place for us to be is in sin because it disrupts our fellowship with God. Having anything without God is far worse than having nothing with God. We need to remember this, let God drive it into our hearts, and be quick to grieve over our sin—not its consequences. When we do, we will experience the freedom of living in the presence of our mighty God who loves us beyond measure.
How have you grieved over sin recently—have you focused on the sin itself or the consequences of sin?
We are all called to take the message of the gospel to a world that wants nothing to do with it. Our job is simple: live the gospel; preach the gospel. But because the gospel is offensive, people will despise us. Like Moses, we must remember it is not really us who they despise and reject, it is Christ. And so, like Moses again but even more so like Christ, we must show compassion to the people we have been called to love and serve as we pray that through our kindness and perseverance, they might be reached with the gospel we proclaim.
How does praying for people change the way you see them?
Februrary 24, 2019 - Leviticus - The Day of Atonement
Leviticus 1:1-17 In this offering, we see images of Christ’s full dedication to the Father expressed through His life obedience and His willing sacrifice on the cross. Christ gave Himself fully for us to make atonement for our sin. Our only reasonable response is total surrender to Him. The voluntary nature of this offering captures both Christ’s willingness to endure shame on our behalf and our proper motivation in living for Him. Our obedience is not to be offered by compulsion, but instead to be motivated by love and gratitude.
What area of your life are you holding back instead of fully surrendering to God? What is preventing you from giving this to God joyfully?
Leviticus 2:1-16 We can look at this offering, like the burnt offering, and see how it points to Christ. He is the One who demonstrated unmatched humility and generosity in taking on the flesh, coming to earth, and offering Himself so we might have forgiveness and eternal life. Believers should also seek to demonstrate scandalous generosity to those around us, so they might see the beauty and power of the gospel.
How can you be more generous this week with your time and resources?
Leviticus 3:1-17 Jesus was the willing sacrifice who provided forgiveness for our sin to remove the barrier between God and those who trust in Him. Because we have been given Christ’s righteousness, we are not spiritually neutral before God; He has restored relationship between holy God and forgiven humanity. As believers, each of our days should be marked by deep gratitude and joy for the relationship with God we have been given in Christ.
What can you do today to live out and enjoy the relationship with God that Christ has provided?
Leviticus 4:1–5:19 Jesus’ sacrifice was necessary to provide forgiveness that gives the believer confidence that he or she is accepted by God. Not even a single sin remains to bring condemnation from God. This is the source of the believer’s hope and joy. Even as believers continue to sin, remembering the scope and depth of Christ’s sacrifice for sin should cause us to seek to cast aside sin and to live holy lives pleasing to the Lord.
What sins have you committed but not yet confessed to God? How can you rest in His complete forgiveness and acceptance of you in Christ?
Leviticus 16:1-34 Likewise, the people of Israel were to practice self-denial because humility—that of Christ taking on the flesh and being the Suffering Servant and that of a person who comes to Him in total neediness for salvation—is a defining characteristic of the gospel.
Which do you find more difficult to maintain as a follower of Christ rest or self-denial? Why?
Exodus Ch 36-40 The Tabernacle - A place for God’s Presence
Weekly Reading Plan
Exodus 36:1-38 All we do is to be done for God’s glory as acts of worship. All of life can be worship of God.
In what “ordinary” ways has God gifted you? How have you, or can you, use these in service to Him?
Exodus 37:1–38:31 In this passage two things are revealed. First, that worship of God is serious business. God takes worship seriously, and we should too. Second, Gad cares about the details of your life.
What “small” detail of your life do you need to trust that God knows and cares about?
Exodus 39:1-43 We are called on to give God our best—of our time, energy, and resources—and to do so with joy. This is our act of worship.
In which areas of life might you be holding something back from God?
Exodus 40:1-33 The Israelites had been rescued from slavery in Egypt through the Passover in the middle of the first month of the year (Ex. 12:1-3). One year later, they were about to celebrate the first anniversary of the Passover with the tabernacle completed. It was a testament to God’s faithfulness. He had delivered His people and He was with them, guiding them toward their home.
What spiritual markers in your life remind you of God’s faithfulness?
Exodus 40:34-38 It’s a fitting end to the book. God’s unchanging faithfulness on display for a people who did not deserve it. It’s a fitting picture for God’s relationship with Israel of the Old Testament, and it is a fitting picture for us. It is a picture of the gospel.
How have you seen God’s undeserved faithfulness in your life?
As we conclude this study of Exodus Please consider how you can follow God daily Just as the Israelites did in Exodus.
Head Above Water
This devotional podcast is designed to glorify God and foster generational discipleship. The name Head Above Water Simultaneously alludes to my family’s story of surviving despite a massive flood and it describes many families situation, Most of all points to the savior who reached into the water and rescued Peter.
Our family has flourished during parts of our lives. We have lived as though the wind was at our backs. We also know what it is like to live each day struggling to have the resources to move forward. We know what it is like to see the storm around us. Bills, Jobs, School, Homework, Laundry, diapers, toilets all needing to be addressed. We have taken our eyes off Jesus. We have lived day after day drowning in our circumstances.
Many families journey is enough to make them feel like they are barely making it. Many families are familiar with the struggle just to make it through the day. Some families work multiple jobs to provide groceries and to keep bills from piling up. It is easy to focus on the storms of life. This podcast is committed Christ and helping families get their gaze on him.
This is a podcast about real life and how to reach out to Jesus who will keep your head above water.
Helping Families as they reach for Jesus
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