Focus 40
February 18th, 2015

Daily devotions during the 40 days of prayer and fasting. http://dailyspiritualapps.org/





Looking Forward: Patient Preparation
March 1st, 2015

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Looking Forward: Patient Preparation

James 5:7-8 Brothers, be patient until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth and is patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains? You must also be patient. Strengthen your hearts, because the Lord’s coming is near.

______________ = active endurance from opposition, not a passive acceptance; also determination or long-suffering.

The farmer here represents ____________ & ____________.

Galatians 6:7-9 Don’t be deceived; God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.

The precious fruit represents _________________.

John 8:31-32 “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” - Jesus

_______________ = a messenger or ambassador; a lifetime witness in the saving acts of God, specifically the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Disciples are encouraged to ____________ their ____________.

Jeremiah 17:9-10 The heart is more deceitful than anything else and desperately sick – who can understand it? I, the Lord, examine the mind, I test the heart to give to each according to his way, according to what his actions deserve.





Looking Forward: Promises, Promises
February 22nd, 2015

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Looking Forward: Promises, Promises

Psalm 15:1, 4 Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? Those who despise flagrant sinners, honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their oaths even when it hurts.

__________ = to give one’s sacred, unbreakable promise as testimony that one will faithfully keep one’s word to do or not to do a certain thing, which is spoken to another person or to God.

“The motivation to get through tough times is the hope of reward that waits at the end of the persevered journey.”

Matthew 5:33-37 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep your oaths you made to the Lord.’ But I tell you, Do not swear at all; either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by earth, for it is God’s footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’, and your ‘No’ be ‘No'; anything beyond this comes from the devil.” - Jesus

There is one _____________ that God desires you to keep; the _____________ to love Him above _______________ and to love others as you love yourself.

Matthew 22:37-40 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.” - Jesus