Journal Entries
Every weekday you will find a journal entry here from someone different in our church family. 
 
Click the scripture title and scroll down to see a comments section where you can ask questions, share insights and post your own SOUL Journal entry for the day!
 

28 Days 2020: Day 13

GIFTS THAT COME WITH AUTHORIZATION

 

One of the ways that the Holy Spirit helps us and authorizes us is by sharing His gifts with us.  Those gifts, when used properly, gives credence to our calling.  It demonstrates the authority we have been delegated.  The authority still belongs to God but when we allow the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be operational in us then we live in the delegated authority we have been given and we find that we can be successful in fulfilling the mission God has called us to.  Let’s take a look at the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

  • Read 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Can you list the 9 gifts that Paul says are the gifts of the Holy Spirit?

It is my belief that those gifts are bestowed by the Holy Spirit on believers when needed.  All of us can operate in those gifts as we continue to obey Jesus and be about His work.  When we operate in these gifts there is much authority that is associated with it. 

Do you see these gifts at work in your life?

Do you believe that the Holy Spirit can and will bestow those gifts on you?

Let’s walk in God’s authority to fulfill the mission He has called us to.

 

Next week we will be looking more closely at this mission and calling.



28 Days 2020: Day 12

The source of our authority

 
Read Acts 1 and 2
 
Do you think that we can accomplish what Jesus has commissioned us to do on our own?

 

We need outside help so Jesus gives us help…Acts 1:8

What is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives?

What do we see the Holy Spirit doing in Peter?  (Acts 2)
What does John 14:26 tell us about the Holy Spirit’s work in us?  
Write down a time when this was a reality in your life.
What does 1 John 2:27 and John 14:26, Luke 12:11-12 say about the Holy Spirit’s work in us?  
Write down a time when this was true for you.
 
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28 Days 2020: Day 11

Jesus Gives Authority

 
Read Luke 10
 

What does this passage say about what authority Jesus has given us?  List all the things you see we have authority over?

Do you think that this was only for the apostles and the 70? 
Do you think that we as believers today have that same authority?
 
Check out what I believe in the comments section today.


28 Days 2020: Day 10

JESUS GIVES AUTHORITY

 
Read Matthew 10
 
  • Matthew 10:2-30 (NKJV) 2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3  Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; 4  Simon the Cananite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him. 5  These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. 6  But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7  And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

 

According to this passage what did Jesus give the apostles authority over?

What do you think it means to move in the authority of Jesus?  Share your thoughts in the comments section.
 
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28 Days 2020: Day 9

Jesus authorizes us

 

Read Matthew 28:19-20 and Luke 10

Jesus’ task was to restore mankind back to the Father and to proclaim that Good News that the curse of sin had been broken.  When He left He authorized the disciples to continue

  • “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
 
Jesus gave this command to the apostles shortly before He ascended into heaven, and it essentially outlines what Jesus expected the apostles and those who followed them to do in His absence.

 

It is interesting that, in the original Greek, the only direct command in Matthew 28:19–20 is “make disciples.” The Great Commission instructs us to make disciples while we are going throughout the world. The instructions to “go,” “baptize,” and “teach” are indirect commands—participles in the original.
 
How are we to make disciples?
By baptizing them and teaching them all that Jesus commanded.
 
“Make disciples” is the primary command of the Great Commission. “Going,” “baptizing,” and “teaching” are the means by which we fulfill the command to “make disciples.”

 

A disciple is someone who receives instruction from another person; a Christian disciple is a baptized follower of Christ, one who believes the teaching of Christ.
A disciple of Christ imitates Jesus’ example, clings to His sacrifice, believes in His resurrection, possesses the Holy Spirit, and lives to do His work.
The command in the Great Commission to “make disciples” means to teach or train people to follow and obey Christ.

 

Is there more to be done?
  • Romans 10:11-15 (NIV) 11 As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 12  For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13  for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14  How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15  And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
 
Authorized to make disciples by going and proclaiming the Good News, and baptizing and teaching those who believe.
  • Who is supposed to do this?
  • What do you think it means to be authorized by Jesus?
 
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28 Days 2020: Day 8

AUTHORIZED

 
As we pursue the harvest in 2020 we started by consecrating ourselves.  Very often when the people of God got ready to walk into His promises and fulfillment, He would ask them to consecrate themselves, to set themselves apart and to re-focus and re-prioritize.  
 
There is another step I would like us to explore as we get ready to be harvesters – that is understanding that God has called and authorized us to continue His mission.
 
Read Luke 3:21-4:44
 

Jesus has authority

Luke 4:14-20

Something happened before Jesus began His ministry, what was it?  See Luke 3:21-22, Luke 4:1 and 4:14.

Are those two things true of you as well?  
We will look at the second one more closely this week but click here if you want to take that first step.
 

Jesus has a mission

SO…what does Jesus say his mission is that we are being authorized to partner with Him?  See Luke 4:18-19
 
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28 Days 2020: Day 6

STEPS TO CONSECRATING YOURSELF BEFORE GOD

 
Read Joshua 5
 
Step 1: Remember God’s grace in our lives
Step 2: Remove our idols and distractions
Step 3: Repent of sinful attitudes and actions
Step 4: Recommit our hearts to God.
 
Consecration is not ultimately about clean living, it is about worship. We consecrate ourselves before the Lord not to prove ourselves to our neighbor or feel good about ourselves. We consecrate ourselves before the Lord for the Lord. We pursue holiness as an act of worship, out of a deep love and awe for the worthiness of God. In this way, true consecration seeks to bring the Lord the glory and honor that He is due.
 
Finish your consecration process by declaring your love and devotion to God as your highest and greatest pursuit.  Spend time today in extended worship.  
 
Here is a Spotify playlist I use when I just want to spend some time soaking in God’s presence just worshipping Him. Hope you can enjoy it as much as I do.


28 Days 2020: Day 5

STEPS TO CONSECRATING YOURSELF BEFORE GOD

 
Read Joshua 6
 
Step 1: Take time to remember and rehearse God’s grace in our lives.
Step 2: Remove our idols and distractions.
 
 
Third, we need to repent of sinful attitudes and actions.  
When we turn from our idols to seek the Lord, we must confess the sins that have become second-nature to us.  We must be mindful of the sins that we most easily excuse – the selfish attitudes, evil thoughts, and harsh words.  We need to agree with God that our laziness and spite and lust and greed and apathy are sins against His holiness.  We need to repent of our flippant attitude toward our own sin, and recognize the damage that our sin causes to our relationship with God and with others.  
 
As you consecrate yourself before the Lord, ask Him to show you the sinful attitudes and actions that are offensive to Him, especially those that you cannot see.  And turn from those sins back to the Lord.  
Come up with a plan of action for how you will respond to the things that God reveals to you and consider sharing with someone else who can help you to live it out victoriously.
 


28 Days 2020: Day 4

STEPS TO CONSECRATING YOURSELF BEFORE GOD

 
Read Joshua 6
 
Yesterday we took step one in consecrating ourselves before God by taking time to remember and rehearse God’s grace in our lives.
Second, we need to remove our idols and distractions.  
 
As the people of Israel moved into the promised land, they found it full of other nations who worshipped other gods.  This is a helpful picture of the church’s position in the world today – surrounded by people who worship everything and everyone else other than the one true God.  And because our hearts are naturally bent away from devotion to God, we will drift naturally drift toward idolatry.  This is why Jesus commands us to “seek first” the Kingdom of God ahead of everything else, and why God warned His people to not adopt the gods of the peoples around them.  
 
To consecrate ourselves before God, we need to recognize where we have adopted the idols of our surrounding culture and remove them from our lives.  
 
Continue your consecration by writing down the distractions that keep you from loving God first and most in your life.
 
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28 Days 2020: Day 3

STEPS TO CONSECRATING YOURSELF BEFORE GOD

 
Read Joshua 3
 
After the Lord rescued the people of Israel from brutal slavery in Egypt and delivered them from the powerful hand of Pharaoh, He called them to consecrate their lives.  The consecration was not a prerequisite of Israel’s salvation, but a commanded response to God’s faithful love for His people.  The Lord commands the nation of Israel to “be My holy people” in Exodus 22:31, to set themselves apart for worship and devotion to God.  The command has not changed now that we are under the blood of Christ.  Our salvation is still a work of total grace, based on the perfect righteousness of Jesus and not our own.  At the same time, Jesus has commanded those who have been purchased by His grace to “obey all that He has commanded us” and to “be holy as His Father is holy.”  In other words, we are still directed to consecrate ourselves before the Lord, not as a means of earning His favor, but as the appropriate response to His favor.  
 
What does this process of consecration look like?
First, we need to remember God’s grace in our lives.  
 
One of the most common commands in the Bible is to “remember” all that God has done for us.  The festivals in the OT and the sacraments in the NT are means of remembering the gracious work of God on our behalf.  A drift in our commitment to holiness is usually connected to a lack of awe and wonder at all that God has done for us.  
 
Spend some time today thinking about and writing down the good gifts that God has given to you that you do not deserve.  
 
SHARE A COUPLE WITH US IN THE COMMENT SECTION.
 
 
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