JH Devos

Day 9: April 9th

By Emma

Jesus Brings Day 9

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Read: Psalm 23, 1 John 4:7-19, Matthew 28:18-20

Reflect:

    1. How has Jesus brought you comfort in this time of isolation and fear? In what ways has He continued to provide for you in this season?

    2. What are some ways you can show others Christ’s love in this season?

    3. The Great Commission in Matthew 28 isn’t on pause because of the pandemic; God is still working to change hearts even in the middle of this crisis. What does it look like for you to “make disciples” in this time of quarantine?

Do:

  1. Get out a piece of paper and a pen and divide it into 2 sections. In the first section, jot down ways that God is providing you with hope & comfort during this time. What are your “green meadows” and “peaceful streams” that God is providing you with? In the second section, write down the names of a few friends who don’t have hope in Jesus. You know who to write down. Spend some time thanking God for the things listed in section 1, and then spend some time praying for the friends who you put down.

  2. Get out your phone/tablet/computer/however you’re communicating with people. Pick one (or more) of the friends you listed above and send them a text checking in on them. You can tell them you’re praying for them, ask how they’re doing, or even share how Jesus has been bringing you peace in this season; whatever you feel is best. Go on, do it! You won’t see them for a while anyways! Your discomfort is worth their salvation. You can do it, share the hope and comfort you have in Jesus! :)



Day 8: April 8th

By Kate

Jesus Brings Day 8

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Read: Matthew 6:5-18, Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

Reflect:

  1. Why do you think Jesus calls the Pharisees hypocrites in Matthew 6:5-18? Jesus also prayed in front of lots of people. What do you think the difference is?

  1. Jesus goes alone to pray six times in the gospels. Why do you think he does this?

  1. Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-11. What do you think this time in your life should be for? Spending time with family? Reaching out to others? Being alone with God? Writing stories? The possibilities are infinite. Write 3 things you think God wants you to do with this time.

Do

  1. Go in a room without any distractions and don’t let yourself out until you’ve had an honest conversation with God.

  2. Think: are your spiritual “church clothes” keeping you from confessing your sin to trusted friends? Don’t be afraid to reach out to others for accountability, and certainly don’t be afraid to talk to God about it.


Day 7: April 7th

By Ruthie

Jesus Brings Day 7

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Read: Phillipians 2:12-13, Ephesians 3:14-19, 1 John 4:9

Reflect:

  1. How have you seen Jesus’ love this past week?

  2. How have you poured love into others during this time?

  3. How can you be intentional with reaching out to people this week?

  4. What are the good things that you have seen come out of this situation that we are in?

Do:

  1. Listen to the song “Counting Every Blessing” by Rend Collective, and truly reflect on the blessings in your life even during this doubtful time.

  2. After you’ve listened and reflected, write a list of the blessings God has given you.


Day 6: April 6th

By Adam

Jesus Brings Day 6

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Read: Romans 6:1-14 NIV, Romans 8:28-37 NIV

After you read these passages take a few minutes to reread and think in depth about what the passages are saying. These verses are powerful and jammed packed with truth that can help us while we’re stuck at home away from our community. Next take some time to think through these questions:

Reflect:

1. What are a few aspects of each passage that stand out? Highlight a couple verses you think are important.

2. What is our purpose as Christians, and how is that different from the purpose of most people around us?

3. In Romans 6:13 it talks about us being an instrument. This means we are always used to accomplish some job and fulfill some purpose, but whether that purpose is for good or bad is up to us. What have you been an instrument of recently? Has it been of earthy things or have you been allowing God to use you as an instrument of righteousness?

Do:

Take a moment to analyze where you have been finding purpose during this time in quarantine. Has it been in God? Video games? Netflix? Or maybe you’re feeling like you currently have no purpose at all. Whatever the case is, I challenge you to write down a list of things you have found purpose in. Then analyze which of those have “failed” you as a result of this crazy time. After I did this, I noticed that God was the only thing on my list that has remained since coronavirus started. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew‬ ‭6:19-20‬

Day 5: April 3rd

By Ava

Jesus Brings Day 5

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Read: 1 Peter 4:12-14, Philippians 4:4-13, Psalms 30:2-12

Reflect:

  1. What things bring you joy? List them.

  2. In Philippians 4 it talks about praying to God about everything. How often do you give God your concerns or anxieties?

  3. In Philippians 4 it said to practice what you have learned so:

How can you practice having joy during your trial?

What ways can you prepare for when suffering hits to keep rejoicing?

Do:

  1. Listen to “The Joy of the Lord” by Rend Collective

  2. Look at the lyrics and sing along, out loud!

Day 4: April 2nd

By Paige

Jesus Brings Day 4

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Read: Philipians 4:6-7

Reflect:

  1. What are some things that you constantly find yourself worrying about?

  1. How can you be thankful for these things?

  1. Don’t pray that God will fix your worries, but rather work THROUGH your worries

  1. In what areas of your life can you change your mindset from one of failure and defeat to one of growth and thankfulness for being tested?

Do:

  1. To end your devotion today, pray that God will make you stronger through your worries and anxiousness. I challenge each of you to keep this verse in the back of your head and recognize when you are worrying and then pray about it.

Day 3: April 1st

By Dawson

Jesus Brings Day 3

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Read: Matthew 26:31-35, 69-75 and 1 Peter 1:6-7

Reflect:

  1. What does Peter say about the rewards of faith 1 Peter 1:6-7? What does he compare the testing of faith to?

  1. In this passage, Jesus predicts Peter’s denial, but Peter doesn’t believe him, instead relying on his own self-confidence. When have you relied on yourself to do something, only for it to not work out the way you believed it would?

  1. In what areas of your life can you change your mindset from one of failure and defeat to one of growth and thankfulness for being tested?

Do

Write a letter to your past self at a time when you believed you had failed. What would you tell them to encourage them? Once you’re done, reflect on how those encouragements apply to your present situation.

Day 2: March 31st

Jesus Brings Day 2

By Lexy Custer

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READ: Luke 17:11-19 (NIV)

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

REFLECT:

  1. If you were a leper in this situation, do you think you would have been the 1 out of ten to go thank God for his works? Why?

  2. How often do you think you practice the easy task of saying thank you just in everyday life? How often do you thank God? Do you think you could improve? (note: we are human and won’t always say thank you for everything, but it is a good practice to try and do consistently!)

  3. It can be pretty easy to get caught up in the moment and not realize all of the amazing things God gives us everyday, what are some “gifts from God” that you have received lately but may have overlooked? (they can be as small as getting laundry done to as big as sunshine and a nice day!)

CHALLENGE:

This next week, for at least one family gathering or meal a day, I challenge you to go around the room and ask each family member 2 things of what they are thankful for! It doesn’t have to be anything huge, it can be as small as the birds chirping or someone helping you with housework.

Day 1: March 30th

Jesus Said These Things (Day 1)

By Andrew Miller

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Read: Matthew 6:25-34, Ephesians 5:8-21

Reflect:

  1. In this passage, Jesus helps us reframe what is truly important. In the midst of walking through this global pandemic, what are some of the things that you have realized aren’t that important? And what are some of the things that you have realized are truly important. Try making two lists: 1) a not important list, and a 2) truly important list.

  1. What truths do you see in Ephesians 5:8-14?

  1. How do those enable you to live out vs. 15-21?

Do

  1. Watch this this video about how people are stepping up to help other

  2. What’s an action step you can focus on today to bless someone else?