Bible Reading Plan

Weekends: Read any passages of your choice or catch up if you’ve fallen behind 🙂

January 13: Luke 4
January 15: Matthew 10
January 16: Luke 10
January 17: Acts 1:8, Acts 2
January 18: Acts 2
January 20: Mark 16
January 21: Acts 10
January 22: Acts 8:9-40
January 23: Romans 1:1-17
January 24: Romans 8
January 27: John 4:46-54
January 28: Acts 5:12-16
January 29: Acts 14
January 30: Acts 3
January 31: Ephesians 6:10-18
How To Soul Journal
Journal Entries
Every weekday you will find a journal entry here from someone different in our church family. 
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January 4: The Illustration of Faith


Hebrews 11:3

By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.


God did not just create the world, but the worlds (aiōn), which designates the physical universe itself and also its operation, its administration. He created everything simply by His word (rhēma), His divine utterance. He created from nothing, at least not from anything physical, or visible. The writer makes an absolutely stupendous claim in this short verse. The greatest claim, and the one hardest for an unbeliever to accept, is that understanding of creation comes entirely by faith.

The origin of the universe has been a long-standing problem for philosophers and scientists. Centuries of investigation, speculation, and comparing of notes and theories have brought them no closer to a solution. Every time a consensus seems to be developing about a particular theory, someone comes up with evidence that disproves it or makes it less plausible.

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God. It is beyond the realm of scientific investigation, but it is not beyond knowing—if we are willing to be taught by the Word of God.

All truth is God’s truth. Some of it—the natural world—is discoverable with our eyes, ears, touch, and intellect. A great deal more of it, however, is not. It is understood only by faith. The very attempt to explain the universe, or our own being and nature, apart from God is a fool’s effort. These things we understand only by faith in the revealed Word of Scripture.

An evangelist of many years ago told the beautiful story of two little boys he once visited in a London hospital.

“The cots were side-by-side. One boy had a dangerous fever, the other had been struck by a truck and his body was badly mangled. The second one said to the first, “Say, Willie, I was down to the mission Sunday school and they told me about Jesus. I believe that if you ask Jesus, He will help you. They said that if we believe in Him and pray to God, then when we die He’ll come and take us with Him to heaven.” Willie replied, “But what if I’m asleep when He comes and I can’t ask Him?” His friend said, “Just hold up your hand; that’s what we did in Sunday school. I guess Jesus sees it.” Since Willie was too weak to hold up his arm, the other boy propped it up for him with a pillow. During that night, Willie died, but when the nurse found him the next morning, his arm was still propped up.”

 We can be sure that the Lord saw his arm, because the Lord sees faith and the Lord accepts faith. By faith Willie saw the way to heaven. By faith he saw what the learned will never discover on their own. God’s greatest truths are discovered by simple faith. It is not the world’s way to truth, but a thousand years from now the world will still be devising and rejecting its theories. The person of faith knows the truth now. Faith is the only way to God.


What is God saying to me? 
It’s interesting to me that the verse says “by faith we understand,” not “by faith we accept.” There is an understanding that comes only through exercising faith. And according to scripture, understanding should be pursued and greatly valued. 

Proverbs 4:7  Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

If I want understanding; to understand God, to understand his specific will for my life, to understand his Word, it will not come without faith.

What will I do about it?

Continue asking God to increase my faith.

God, please fill us with faith! We want to gain a greater understanding and to know you more! Amen.

-Levi Thompson
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January 3: The Testimony of Faith


Hebrews 11:2 For by it the men of old gained approval.


Men of old gained approval from God because of their faith, and because of nothing else. God has always approved and recognized the person of faith. This verse implies what other parts of the chapter make clear—that God makes his approval known to those who trust Him. How God shows His approval varies, but every believer has God’s witness that his faith is pleasing to his Lord.

Faith is not simply one way to please God; it is the only way.

  • “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (11:6).

No matter what else we may think, say, or do for or in the name of God, it is meaningless and worthless apart from faith. It cannot possibly be approved by God.

Since the time of Adam, some men have believed in God and believed what He has said. For them life has been meaningful; it has had assurance, substance, and confidence. They did not make a blind leap of faith, but put their faith in a future reality that, because of their faith, God made certain and sure for them. And with this certainty came assurance, confidence, and hope. Believing in God gives reason for living—and for dying. Just before Stephen was stoned, “he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55). This glimpse of his Lord vindicated all he had endured for the gospel’s sake and all he was then about to suffer. He had something to live for and to die for.



What is God saying to me? 

God’s question isn’t, “Will you work harder?” It’s, “Will you believe more?”

The opening statement struck me: “Men of old gained approval from God because of their faith, and because of nothing else.” It is amazing how important faith is to God. I am reminded how Jesus identified faith. In different situations, of the million things Jesus could point out or be surprised by, it was often faith that he brought up. “Oh, you of little faith.” “Your faith has healed you.” “I have not found anyone in all Israel with such great faith.” If it’s faith Jesus is looking for and faith that gains us approval before God, it’s faith that I want!

I was reading a few days ago in the Psalms and was amazed by something David said:

Psalm 26:1

Vindicate me, Lord,
    for I have led a blameless life;
I have trusted in the Lord
    and have not faltered.

David said he had led a blameless life. What?! I’ve read about David (and what the Bible says about all men). How could he claim to be blameless? The answer is found in the second half of the verse. He trusted in the Lord without faltering. Faith. Believing. This is what characterizes a life pleasing to God.

What will I do about it?

Ask God for more faith and put my trust in him!

God, I recognize I cannot manufacture faith. It is a gift from you. Would you please bless me and your church with an increased measure of faith. May we trust in you without faltering and gain approval from you because of our great faith. Amen.

-Levi Thompson
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January 2: The Nature of Faith


Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.


The Assurance of Things Hoped For

In Old Testament times, men and women had to rest on the promises of God. God had told them of a coming Messiah, a Deliverer who would take away sin. He told them that one day all Israel would be made clean and be ruled by this righteous Messiah. God’s faithful believed God’s promises, as incomplete and vague as many of those promises were. They put their full trust and hope in those promises.

That is what faith is. Faith is living in a hope that is so real it gives absolute assurance. The promises given to the Old Testament saints were so real to them, because they believed God, that they based their lives on them. All the Old Testament promises related to the future—for many believers, far into the future, but the faithful among God’s people acted as if they were in the present tense. They simply took God at His word and lived on that basis. They were people of faith, and faith gave present assurance and substance to what was yet future.

Faith is not a wistful longing that something may come to pass in an uncertain tomorrow. True faith is an absolute certainty, often of things that the world considers unreal and impossible. Christian hope is belief in God against the world—not belief in the improbable against chance. If we follow a God whose audible voice we have never heard and believe in a Christ whose face we have never seen, we do so because our faith has a reality, a substance, an assurance that is unshakable.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were confronted with the choice of obeying Nebuchadnezzar, whom they could see very well, or God, whom they had never seen. Without hesitation, they chose to obey God. Man’s natural response is to trust his physical senses, to put his faith in the things he can see, hear, taste, and feel. But the child of God puts his trust in something more durable and dependable than anything he will ever experience with his senses. Senses may lie; God cannot lie.

The Conviction of Things Not Seen

Conviction of things not seen carries the same truth a bit further, because it implies a response, an outward manifestation of the inward assurance. The person of faith lives his belief. His life is committed to what his mind and his spirit are convinced is true. 

Noah, for example, truly believed God. He could not possibly have embarked on the stupendous, demanding, and humanly ridiculous task God gave him without having had absolute faith. When God predicted rain, Noah had no concept of what rain was, because rain did not exist before the Flood. It is possible that Noah did not even know how to construct a boat, much less a gigantic ark. But Noah believed God and acted on His instructions. He had both assurance and conviction—true faith. His outward building of the ark bore out his inward belief that the rain was coming and that God’s plan was correct for constructing a boat that would float. His faith was based on God’s word, not on what he could see or on what he had experienced. For 120 years he preached in faith, hoped in faith, and built in faith.


What is God saying to me? 
When I think about the promises from God that I’m putting my faith in, I ultimately think of the second coming of Christ.  But, I also think of the promises God has given us at DSC that we will become a “great commission movement.” Days where we will experience God’s presence like never before, countless individuals will be saved, and our community, city and beyond will literally be transformed by the power of Christ through us.
God is doing great things in and through us at Desert Streams Church! We have so much to celebrate and be grateful for. However, we must not lose sight of these promises and settle for less than the fullness of what God intends for us! 
What will I do about it?
Like Noah, we may have to wait years (hopefully not 120!) before we experience the fulfillment. But what we do in the waiting time is critical. His “assurance of things hoped for” drove him to invest countless hours in building. Likewise, our assurance should drive us to do certain things. Personally, the things I feel I must do is PRAY and WORK for their fulfillment. 
God, thank you for this month of prayer and fasting! The reason we lay aside food and pleasures to seek your face is because we are longing for more of you! We are longing to experience the fulfillment of your promises! May they come and come soon. God, I want you more than tv, your presence more than food, and the fulfillment of promises more than anything else I could lay down. As we seek you this month, draw near to us and reveal yourself. Amen.
-Levi Thompson
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John 20



John 20:17

Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Observation – What does it say?

After Jesus rose from the dead, he first appeared to Mary who had come to the tomb and discovered it was empty. Jesus asks her to go tell his disciples that he is ascending to his Father. It struck me that he referred to his disciples as “my brothers” and was clear to point out that it wasn’t just his Father and his God, but also their Father and their God.

Understanding – What does it mean?

Those who believe in Jesus become adopted into his family!

Romans 8:16-17 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…
Song of Songs 6:3 I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine…
This is an amazing truth! When we pray, we don’t just pray to the God of Abraham or the Father of Jesus, but we pray to our God and our Father (Matt 6:9)! Through belief in Jesus was have been adopted in! We have been blessed with intimate relationship with God where we are his sons and daughters, he is our good and perfect Father and nothing can separate us from his love.

Life Application

Worship God today as MY God &  trust him today as MY Father.

My God, I worship and praise you! Thank you for the blood of Jesus that has washed me clean and made me acceptable to you. This was your good and perfect plan from the beginning; I worship you for it! May we see ourselves belonging to you and not on the outside, Fathered by you and not orphaned in this world. Bless us all with an awareness of your great love for us closeness to us. Amen.

– Levi Thompson

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John 19

John 19: 1-3
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.
Observation-What does it say?
Jesus died a sinner’s/criminal’s death. He was not only killed, but was mocked, tortured and treated like the lowest of the low. He was innocent and sinless and did not deserve that type of punishment, yet He endured it for the world.
Understanding-What does it mean?
The depths of His love for the world is immeasurable.  Jesus’ deep, passionate and crazy love for us held Him to endure all that  pain and suffering.
How can someone endure such pain and torture, especially the Son of God who could have easily murdered everyone involved? Of course, He was being obedient to His Father’s will, but I believe it is more than that. It was His love for you and I that sustained Him through all that torture and pain.  I imagine that He was thinking of You and I and all the love He had for all sinners of the world. How can we choose to neglect Him when we grasp the depths of His love for us? 
I love the song “Above All”.  It always gets me at the heart, especially the part of the song that says,  “Like a rose, trampled on the ground, You took the fall and thought of me, above all.”
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53:5-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Life Application
His love for us is not meant to be hidden and kept to ourselves, but shared with the world., especially those who don’t yet know.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭NIV‬‬
People need Jesus. Understanding that He is not here to condemn me but to save me from myself and sinful thoughts/ways, motivates me to want to share that gift with others. God IS love (1 John 4:8 and 4:16b) and the understanding that no one can separate me from His undeniable and jealous love is what strengthens me to love others in return.
Let’s love others by inviting them to our Christmas Eve service this Saturday at 10a and gifting them with the opportunity to hear the Good News of our Lord, Savior and King. People need Jesus!
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-Michelle Gaddi

John 18


John 18:25

“Meanwhile, as Simon Peter was standing by the fire warming himself, they asked him again, “You’re not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it, saying, “No, I am not.”

Observation-What does it say?

Jesus was betrayed, taken prisoner, and was now being held for questioning inside the high priest’s courtyard. Peter and another disciple followed suit. Peter was asked by the lady watching the gate if he was one of Jesus’ disciples, to which Peter denied (his first denial). Then as Peter tried to blend in with the crowd, while warming himself around the fire, the people asked him if he was one of Jesus’ disciples. Peter denied it a second time. Finally, one of the household slaves who was a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off remembered Peter being there in the garden with Jesus. Peter denied it (his third denial of Jesus), and immediately a rooster crowed, just like Jesus said it would.

Understanding-What does it mean?

 Jesus’ love for us is UNDENIABLE.

As I read this passage, I couldn’t help but remember how Peter swore up and down his love for Jesus. Yet here Peter is denying that he even knows Jesus… not once, but THREE TIMES! 

Then I thought to myself, “What if someone who claimed to have loved me denied even knowing me?” Would I still have the same love for them as I had before? I know I would be hurt and devastated. I would have probably turned my back on that person in my life. But what does Jesus do? Not only does Jesus still have love for Peter, but he uses Peter as “the rock” on which His church will be built upon.

“Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.”-Matthew‬ ‭16:18‬ ‭NLT

Now Peter was not the only one to deny Jesus. I mean, what happened to the rest of the disciples when Jesus was arrested? Yes, that’s right…they fled and hid for their lives! But once again Jesus demonstrates His love by not only welcoming them back, but by partnering with all of them to help build and further His Kingdom here on earth. It is a reminder to me that whenever I may feel I have failed Jesus, or feel too ashamed of my wrongdoings, He is always there to welcome me back with a love that is undeniable.

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”-‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:38‬ ‭NLT

Life Application

 It’s not about where I am at. It is about where I am going.

Too many times we let the enemy convince us of our wrongdoings and shortcomings in life. It causes us to feel too guilty to turn to Jesus. Instead we try to run and hide from Him. What we end up doing is pushing away the One person who is always willing to help us. This undoubtedly will lead to a downward spiral in our lives that can ultimately lead to our destruction.

So why not accept His help and guidance? Jesus is willing to meet us right where we are at in our lives. There may be some disciplinary actions due to our sinful acts, but a father loves those He disciplines. Just remember that Jesus has already paid for our sins. It’s up to us to ask for His forgiveness and repent from our sinful ways. From there the sky is the limit to what He can do in our lives as we partner with Him! 

Thank You Jesus for Your patience, unfailing love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Help me to not dwell on my past transgressions, which will cause me to run and hide from You. Instead help me to look forward, keep my head up, and focus on You. I pray this in Your name Jesus, Amen.

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-Moses Gaddi

John 17


John 17:20-21
“My prayer is not for [the Disciples] alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,
that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you”. 


Because of his faithfulness to tarry with Jesus during His hour of decision at Gethsemane, John is privy to one of the most private and intimate moments of Jesus’ life as he witnesses Jesus praying for Himself, His disciples and for the believers that will come


These verses, as well as others such as Romans 8:34 and Hebrews 7:25, remind me that Jesus not only prayed for me when He was on earth but He also continues to intercede for me in Heaven. Though His atonement on the Cross is a finished work, Jesus is continually making intercession for me in Heaven; not for my salvation – for that work was accomplished at Calvary and imbued to when I was made alive to the gospel by Holy Spirit – but for my sanctification and in my defense against the Accuser who would slander me before the Throne of God. Because Jesus prays to the Father on my behalf, I have the hope of receiving strength when I am weak, comfort when I am hurting, peace when I am troubled, wisdom when I need counsel, faith when I am doubting and healing when I am sick. Because Jesus lives to intercede for me, I can accept Paul’s invitation to, “…approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that [I] may receive mercy and find grace to help [me] in [my] time of need”. (Hebrews 4:16)

Life Application

If I am “In Christ” and am being made into the image of Christ, then I should be emulating my Saviors ministry of intercession. Lord, inspire me to pray for the lost and hurting; for my family, friends and neighbors; for my pastors and leaders; and for my city, nation and the world. As I am impacted by the events and issues of the day may my first reaction be prayer and intercession. Help me to capture your heart for people and circumstances so that I may pray not only with power and purpose, but also with compassion, grace and mercy. May my prayers originate from Your throne so that as You answer them I may see Your will done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
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-Gary Parker  

John 16


John 16:1, 33

1 “All this I have told you so that you will not fall away.

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”


John 16 continues Jesus’ farewell sermon to the disciples. He warns them of the troubles to come, what they can expect in His absence; but He also provides hope – letting them know “the Advocate” will come in His place, He would visit them again at His resurrection, that He will provide peace, that He is returning to his Father and, finally, that despite worldly troubles, they will have peace for He has overcome the world.


Beginnings and endings are powerful things. 

In this farewell discourse, Jesus begins and ends with hope and intention and encouragement.  He shares openly about what will come so His disciples will not be surprised, caught off guard and, ultimately, so “that [they] will not fall away.”  I think this shows God’s heart and consistency with us as His children.  Though we may go through ups and downs, He desires that we stay the course.

And then, as He ends His farewell, He reminds us again “you will have trouble;” but, along with those expected troubles, we are reminded of His strength, His peace and His victory.

Life Application

Dear Lord, thank you for sending your Son.  Thank you setting fair and honest expectations of our walk as Christ-followers…that, yes, there will be trouble.  But, in that trouble, we are never alone, never forsaken.  Thank you for encouraging us, for sending your Holy Spirit to us, for allowing us to feel your presence…that we may know your peace, we may experience your victory.  And, most of all, thank you for the cross that makes all of these things possible.

May we live victoriously, live peacefully, live honestly…in a way that refreshes the spirits of those around us.  Use us!  Give us opportunities to share your love and your Word with those around us today…so that many more may come to know your peace and victory! 

In your name, I pray.  Amen.

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– Rei

John 15


John 15:27

And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.

Observation – What does it say?

Jesus is having his last conversation with his disciples before he will be arrested and taken from them. In this conversation he goes back and forth between comforting and teaching them. He says in these couple verses that he will send the Holy Spirit from the Father to them and the Holy Spirit will testify about Jesus. And, Jesus says to his disciples that they must testify as well.

Understanding – What does it mean?

Jesus expects those who have been with him to share about him with others.

2 Corinthians 5:17

18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

The apostle Paul pointed out to the Corinthian Christians that after God reconciled us to himself, God gave us this message of reconciliation. He says we are Christ’s ambassadors, not I am Christ’s ambassador. Testifying about Christ is not the obligation of a select few super-Christians, but of every believer. And we’re never sharing alone. We have the Holy Spirit who we’re partnering with!
The majority of our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces and families are filled with people who don’t know Christ. And as Christians, we must testify by simply sharing the good news of salvation with them and how we have experienced him in our lives. Souls are on the line!

Jesus said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” The primary role for every Christian is a fisherman.  Jesus’ desire is to make us all into fishermen. The primary purpose for which we are on this earth is to catch lost souls and bring them into the kingdom.  Are we living on purpose?

Life Application

Testify!  Not only is it an amazing privilege to be used by God to save others, but it is a great responsibility.

God, please forgive us for neglecting our responsibility to share about you with others. And bless us to be a soul winning church! Fill us with courage and grant us opportunities to share with others about you today and this weekend. And please prepare the hearts of those we will share with. Fill them with a hunger for you and an openness to the gospel. Amen.
– Levi Thompson
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John 14

John‬ ‭14:26-27‬ ‭
 “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Jesus was comforting His disciples letting them know that He would not leave them alone, although He would be leaving this world and ascending to where His Father was soon. Jesus said He was going to send them a Helper, His Holy Spirit, who would remind them of everything He taught them. 
Jesus never left His disciples alone.
He gave them His Holy Spirit, revealed Himself to them when He resurrected and promised to prepare a place for them. He was and continues to be a God of all comfort evident through how He comforted His disciples before His death. 
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Life Application
 Be comforted knowing that He is Emmanuel (God with us) and He has not left us alone either.
Jesus will never abandon us and the fact that He has left us His Holy Spirit is evidence of that, as well as the fact that He is preparing a place for us.
The Bible likens Jesus’ relationship with the Church (His bride), to a husband’s relationship to His wife.  Moses and I put a deposit down on an apartment 1 month before we got married, but only Moses lived in it, while I stayed at my parents’ house. During that time, he was preparing the place for us and even refused to sleep in the master bedroom (the only room with a bed) until I moved in after marriage because he wanted to keep it sacred. He slept on a futon in the other bedroom. He was preparing that place for us because he knew he was going to take me as his bride a month later because He loved me. 
Now, back to Jesus and His love for His church.  Not only did He leave us the Holy Spirit to be our helper and counselor in this world, but the fact that Jesus is preparing a place for us is evident of His love for us also. 
So, what are we to do while we wait for His return? How do we respond? We respond by living for Jesus. He loved us first, so loving Him in return should come naturally as we plug into His love for us daily.
 “In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭5:3-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬
As Pastor Levi shared on Sunday and Pastor Gary has said as well, it’s not enough to make Him Savior, but we need to make Him Lord. As we await His return, we prove our love for Him by plugging into His love for us and His Word daily and obeying His commands. As Scripture stated, His commands are not burdensome because He loved us first and gave us His Spirit.
Dear Lord, I thank You that You are Emmanuel and the God of all comfort in my life. Thank You that it is not a burden to obey Your commands as I chose to respond to Your love me first. I pray for others like me who need the reminder that we weren’t meant to  work hard for Your affection, but instead be filled with Your love, Your Word and Spirit first. Thank You for Your constant reminder that You loved me first before I had anything to offer You. Amen.
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-Michelle Gaddi