Awaken 21

Awaken 21 - Day 21

Imagine that you were a passenger on a sinking ship. The deck is tilting, water is pouring in, and people are treading water for their lives all around you. After many hours it looks like all is lost and all those who are desperately trying to survive are losing hope when in the distance you see a rescue ship approaching. The rescue ship heard your distress call and came just in time to save your life. After you are pulled to safety on the rescue ship would you grab a deck chair and some suntan lotion or would you grab a lifeline and throw it to those who are still drowning? When God the Father heard of our distress he sent his Son to rescue humanity from certain destruction. You, being saved, must have the same urgency as Christ in rescuing those around you. Now that you have been awakened to the grace and mercy of Christ it must become your life work to awaken others. You have a small moment in time- make it count in eternity.

Bible Reading:

  1. Ephesians 5:14-20

Awaken 21 - Day 20

Our culture is fame obsessed. From selfies to social media, reality TV to Hollywood stars we have elevated normal people to god-like positions giving them our unending attention and adoration. Fame has become the holy grail of a generation with “becoming famous” now ranking as the #1 goal of pre-teens in the United States. The reality is Jesus Christ alone deserves all honor, glory, and fame. Foolish men have tried to stop the progress of Christ’s fame, with as much success as trying to command the sea or halt a hurricane. Eventually every man or woman, no matter how well known, will fade from the spotlight, but the fame of Jesus Christ will outlast eternity. When words fail mankind, His Word will endure. Governments will be swept away and kingdoms will fall, but before Christ “every knee shall bow and tongue will confess that He is Lord.” It should be the foremost goal of every believer to make Jesus famous.

Bible Reading:

  1. Matthew 4:23-25

Awaken 21 - Day 19

Your parents are both your physical and spiritual authority. Consider this, when God created you he gave you to your specific family. This didn’t happen by accident, as a God of perfection makes no mistakes. God put you in your family for a specific purpose, and he gave your parents authority over you. They are not perfect, but their position in your life is from God. Just because your parents may have screwed up, doesn’t remove their wisdom or right to teach you. Sometimes the best teaching will come from how not to do something. You don’t always have to agree with your parents, but you do have to give them honor. This means you are not curse at them behind their backs, mock them online, rebel against their rules, or take their blessing you for granted. What is interesting is that this is the only commandment with a promise attached “that your days may be long.” Choose submission to authority and receive the promises of God.

Bible Reading:

  1. Exodus 20:12
  2. Ephesians 6:2

Awaken 21- Day 18

Jesus is at the head of the Church, and it's utmost authority. Jesus appoints men and woman through the Holy Spirit to positions within local churches to encourage and build it up. These people are overseers who perform different functions such as: to care for the flock, expose false teachers, pray for the church, preach sound doctrine, care for the widows and orphans, and guide the Church in the will of God (Acts 20:28). These men, known as “elders,"are chosen from the body, affirmed by the Holy Spirit. These are men who are above reproach, having one wife and family who are believers, not given to rebellion, alcohol, or shady business deals, but good, sensible, and faithful to the Word (Titus 5:9). Young believers should humbly submit to the elders, and allow their wisdom to guide your walk. These elders have encountered serious spiritual opposition in their lifetime and know how to win a spiritual battle.

Bible Reading:

  1. Romans 13:1
  2. Daniel 2:21

Awaken 21 - Day 17

"The Bible alone is the only authority that can bind the conscience of a person absolutely because it is the only authority that carries with it the intrinsic authority of God Himself." - R.C. Sproul

The Bible contains 66 books written by 40 different authors over 1600 years. All scripture is inspired by a perfect God, written through flawed men, to reveal His nature to humanity. It is the correspondence of God to mankind. Scripture reveals the authority of God in the life of a believer, and all things are measured by it. Scripture declares The Gospel, guides the church, and makes known the principles of God. Scripture has the first and final say in the life of a believer. Beware elevating anyone's opinion over the Word of God, or equating any other book with The Bible.

Teaching: Wisdom is found in the Word of God, and those with a teachable spirit will obtain it. From the proverbs of Solomon to the revelation of John there is no end of the wisdom to be found by those who seek it in the Word of God.

Rebuking: You are no longer controlled by your sin nature, but if you live unchecked by The Word sin will slowly creep back into your life. Sin is not a buffet where you choose at your pleasure and leave at your leisure, but instead sin is “crouching at our door, desiring to have you”. As you read the Word it exposes your sin, convicts your heart, and causes you to seek refuge at the cross again.

Correcting: The Word of God serves as guardrails in the life of a believer keeping us on the path of righteousness. It is faithful to gently correct the believer that strays in their thinking or their actions. The Word also lays out how to resolve issues within the Church body and correct its members.

Training in Righteousness: Living like Christ will not come naturally or easy. Just as you would train at a gym for fitness, you must train in the Word for righteousness. When training your body you see no benefits unless you overcome resistance, it is the same with righteousness. The struggle will get real when trying to read the word and deny your self. There will never be perfect conditions to read the Word, you might never feel like it, and every excuse will be available to you, but this is where training begins. Overcome the resistance and watch yourself grow stronger in The Word.

Bible Reading:

  1. II Timothy 3:16
  2. II Peter 1:20-21
  3. Romans 15:4