Jay's eDevotionals  

Aug 21

Happy New Year!

The beginning of school affords us another opportunity for a fresh start. Perhaps, you need a new pattern for operating. Maybe your spiritual life has grown stale. Self-defeating behaviors may be giving you a series of emotional and relational flat tires. You need to decide to move from the frustrating “bottom of the class” into the exhilarating “honor-roll” status!

The key to a fresh start is resetting your spiritual navigational system to Matthew 6:33 where Jesus instructs us to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and everything else will be added to you.” If you choose to place Jesus in your first priority slot, then the unbreakable promise of God will be activated on your behalf and you will reap a harvest of blessings! Here are some suggestions to get you restarted:

1. Open your Bible each morning to hear God’s directing and protecting instructions. Seek to master the Gospels so you can learn and live the transforming Word of Jesus.

2. Connect yourself to a loving group of Christ-followers who will share with you recalibrating worship, the challenge of growing your character into the image of Jesus, and service opportunities. Faithfully attend church along with your spiritual growth and accountability group. To grow up you must show up. Remember that 80% of success is just showing up!

3. Unashamedly tell a friend about Jesus. Give them a “gospel booklet” and ask your friend to read it and tell you what they think about it.  People are more ready to hear the gospel then we are to share the gospel. Then bring your spiritually seeking friend to church with you to expose them to God’s truth and people.

4. Utilize the special growth opportunities you find at church. For instance, start attending prayer meeting. Join a choir. Tutor a child. Do a mission project. Dive into a service opportunity that takes you into the church nursery or a nursing home and enables you to “give a cup of cold water in Jesus Name.”

My dear friends, when you intentionally grow your character into the image of Jesus, all other aspects of your life will be positively impacted. So get restarted!

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