Monday, August 3, 2020

The Chosen Devotional Day 35: Set Free, Part 1

Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your disability." And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight and she glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day." Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day.-" Luke 13:10-16
  • What's a name you would want Jesus to give you?
The girl Jesus deeply and jealously loves.
  • If Jesus showed up at your church and called you to Himself, what would He want to set you free from?
Free from fear for the safety and health of my love ones.
  • What are some steps you can start taking to be freed from whatever vice has held you in bondage?
Soak in His truth and grace. Perfect love drives out all fear. Jesus is the only one who can give perfect love. If I continue to abide in that truth, fear goes away.

The Chosen Devotional Day 34: Precious

People were bringing little children to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.-" Mark 10:13-14
  • What are some of the restrictions you've placed on your relationship with Jesus? What hinders you from  communing with Him more closely?
I cannot think of any restrictions. I believe that I can approach Him whenever I want. What hinders me are distractions.
  • Read Isaiah 43:1-4, Luke 12:6-7 and Romans 5:6-8. According to His Word, what does God see when He looks at you?
God sees me as His beloved child, so very precious to His heart and mind.
  • What are some new habits and thought patterns you need to develop in order to approach God in a more precious, faith-like-a-child way?
I need to remind myself always that no matter what  am loved by my Father God. No mistake, no sin can take His love away from me.

Friday, July 31, 2020

The Chosen Devotional Day 33: Perceive

"The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness. -" Matthew 6:22-23
  • Describe when you first realized you could see and perceive clearly.
It's the time where I didn't hold bitterness inside me anymore. The guilt and condemnation of the sins I did are gone.
  • How have your healthy eyes affected your whole body? In other words, how has your healthy perception of Christ affected your life in general?
My relationship (any kind) are so much better. I treat myself well instead of beating myself. My physical health has been tremendously affected.
  • In what circumstance have you rejected the "ranger's flashlight," and what can you do to ensure that happens less frequently?
Some instances are in the financial and health/healing aspects. Every lesson is learned.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Chosen Devotional Day 32: Believe

For God so love the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. - John 3:16
  • It is sometimes difficult for you to believe the new covenant has replaced the old? Or do you still sometimes think following rules is more important?
By the grace of God, I do not have difficulty believing that a new covenant has replaced the new. When one knows how loved he is by the Father, doubts melt. My obedience is not because I think it's importance to follow the rule, but because the goodness of God towards me makes me do so.
  • In what ways can you identify with Nicodemus?
Like Nicodemus, there were times in my life where I had a hard time understanding the essence of the Gospel. But thanks to anointed preachers who explained it well that helped me understand the simple, yet profound meaning of it.
  • Describe the moment you knew there was a choice about Jesus to be made.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Chosen Devotional Day 31: Power

[Christ is] far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. - Ephesians 1:21

  • Write down a time when you felt better than someone else because of your religious status or choices, or their lack thereof.
I remember talking to a friend and telling her I felt bad for those who really don't know Jesus personally, because me who has a personal relationship (as I thought) with Him, goes through rough times, how much more those who don't? How do they deal with trials? I was too arrogant on that.
  • What's a rule of lifestyle choice you've stressed as important, perhaps at the expense of a more direct or pure connection with Jesus?
My personal relationship with God is the most important of all. I know deep inside me that if I disconnect myself from Him, I am a total mess.
  • We rarely have to risk a lot to follow Jesus. But what are some things you'd have a hard time risking to follow Jesus?
Rejection. I have a hard time opening up a conversation about Jesus to people who I know don't believe in Him or those who do not have personal relationship with Him. I fear that the relationship gets broken.

The Chosen Devotional Day 30: Light

"Whoever believes in [Jesus] is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already because, he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.-" John 3:18-19

  • What have you risk to follow Jesus, and what price have you paid?
My selfless self. Following Jesus is a choice to deny my selfishness and the calls of my flesh.
  • In what ways is Christ like light? In what ways are people asleep?
Anything we do that we feel ashamed of are the ways that make as asleep. When we accept and let Jesus enter into our lives, His light shines in those dark areas and gives us freedom from those bondage.
  • What in your life and heart are still keeping in the dark, away from the sifting, transforming light of Jesus?

Monday, July 27, 2020

The Chosen Devotional Day 29: Presence, Part 2

"In the days of Abiathar the high priest, [David] entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions." Then [Jesus] said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.-" Mark 2:25-28

  • What do you prioritize over spending time in God's presence?
Distractions. Chores. Unimportant things.
  • In what area of your life are you rejecting Christ's Lordship?
In many areas. When I don't ask His intervention on things, that means I am rejecting His Lordship.
  • What is your favorite thing about spending time with God, and what do you need to change to be able to spend more time with Him?
Deep joy and peace inside that the world cannot give. The sense of overwhelming love from the Father who loves me so much. 

Being mindful and intentional of my time spending with Him.