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Creating A Culture Of Honor - Part 2

Last year I had the opportunity to share some of the revelation that God was showing us regarding creating a culture of honor. (Scroll down to view Part 1). As we step into a new year, we wanted to bring attention back to this topic in order to dig in a little deeper. As we consider this topic again, I pray that we will allow God to evaluate and transform us in this area of thinking, as He reveals more of the fullness of His will for our relationships with one another. 

As we first examined the concepts of Biblical honor, we learned that honor is having “this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 2:5) It is having the same love, thoughts, behaviors and actions toward others as Christ has for us. In light of this, honor should be the foundation for how we form our actions, words, thoughts and decisions in our relationships. Seeing others through the lens of honor requires an entire mindset shift about the position we hold in relationship to one another and the kingdom of heaven. Receiving and understanding the position of honor that God has granted us is necessary before we are able to give the same honor away. And when we actually do fully receive the position of honor that God has granted us through His Son, everything is touched by it’s effects.  

If you are a born-again believer in Christ, I want to continue by reminding you of a few things. You have been given a brand new identity. (2 Cor. 2:17) You are no longer dead in sin, you are now alive in Christ. (Col. 1:13) You are no longer bound to sin, you are free from it. (Rom. 6:6) You are no longer a mere man or woman - living for yourself; You are a chosen ambassador for the kingdom of heaven on the earth - His life living through you. (2 Cor. 5:20) I remind you of these things because we will never be able to stand in our true identity and purpose unless we first know and receive them from God.

As the body of Christ, we are the glory (or expressed knowledge) of God on the earth. When God originally created man, He put His very life (breath) in man. We were designed to be an exact reflection of His heart and kingdom on the earth. Man’s sin marred this image, but when Christ took sin upon Himself and overcame death, He restored God’s image back to those who put their faith in Him. These truths help us to understand WHY honor must be a foundational practice and mindset in all of our relationships. Loving one another through honor is a primary desire of God’s heart for His people because it is a natural reflection of Him. The cultures we develop at our churches, homes, friendships, on our twitter feeds or trips to the grocery store are to literally mirror heaven, as His life is lived through us. 

Colossians 2:6-7 says “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” I want us to take this passage to heart and respond in obedience in this area of loving one another through honor. Will you join me in purposing to develop a culture of honor in the relationships around you? If so, it is going to take intention, faith and surrender.  

Intention:

Actively pursue the knowledge of God and His kingdom by studying His Word and spending time talking with and listening to Him. If we are to reflect His heart, we must know and understand it!  

Faith:

By faith, put on the new image we have been gifted through Christ. Choose to believe that you are appointed, able, and purposed for the giving of His kingdom to the world. Receive His love for you so that you can give it away to those around you in like manner.

Surrender:

As we walk by faith, we allow His life to be lived through us. Enjoy the miraculous grace that comes from swift obedience to God’s promptings in your heart and mind concerning your thinking, speech and actions toward others. Continually surrender your own life to His life in you. 

The process of learning about Biblical honor has taught me that I still have a lot to learn, but I know that just means that there is freedom ahead! My mind is in need of renewal, therefore I have learned to continue in the pursuit of understanding while Holy Spirit is transforming me. Will you join me?

We would love to hear what God is speaking to you in this area. Please let us know what He is showing you and how you are applying it in your own life!

 

Jessica Busboom is the Director of Oceans Edge School of Worship, and the Worship Leader for Eikon, both ministries of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. She is an amazing wife, friend, sister, daughter, and mentor to many. 

Soul-Keeping In Ministry

Mark 6

He was surrounded by a large crowd of people, and Jesus sent them all away. He turned them back. The sick, the hurting, the hungry, and the needy were turned away from the Savior and sent back to where they were from. This doesn’t sound like my Lord, is this really in the Bible? Why would Jesus do that?

There are some weeks that seem to end only a moment after they’ve started. The time in a day flies by, and it’s easy to feel as if only a portion of what needed to be done has been accomplished. And while responsibilities need to be maintained, the people in our community have countless needs that still haven’t been met. There are lost, broken, discouraged, and lonely people yearning for community. There are young believers waiting to be mentored. Add into that equation the invitations to get-togethers, parties, catch-ups, and Bible-studies that make their way onto the calendar. Amidst all of these things, we somehow find the time to eat and sleep, but tending to the human soul is often the area that is overlooked. That’s because the warning signs of an unhealthy soul are often hard to detect, but a soul unkept will lead to a life ineffective for the work of the Gospel. 

Jesus said Himself in Matthew 20 that He came "to serve and give His life as a ransom for many." His purpose on this planet was to give Himself away. But our Lord knew that without a healthy soul, He would be ineffective in His mission. All throughout the Gospel, we see Jesus stepping away from the masses in order to spend time with His Father, rest, and prepare for the next opportunity to minister. Though His heart for the people was perfect and unconditionally loving (something we can’t say about ourselves!), the greatest act of love He could offer them at the time was to say no, for a better yes at a later time.

1. Every time we say “yes” to one thing, we say “no” to another.

For some people, it’s just hard to say no. We like to give, offer ourselves, and be available at any moment. But for every yes, there is a no. An effective worker for the kingdom of God isn’t someone who fills every hour of the day. Though a busy day leaves me feeling accomplished, a healthy and successful ministry is not about squeezing into every moment an action or interaction. Jesus had relationship with His Father and listened to Him. He is faithful to tell us when to commit, and when to decline for the sake of doing the better thing. In Luke 10, Mary was found at the feet of Jesus, worshipping Him. But the Word says that Martha was “distracted with much serving.” Oh how such a good thing can keep us from the best thing. When we serve the Lord and one another, we reflect His heart. But don’t miss God’s call to step away and refuel when He calls you.

2. Just because you’re filling a need, doesn’t mean you’re filling it the right way.

Offering an unhealthy “you" could be robbing someone of the ministry God has prepared for them. When I’ve neglected my time with the Lord and my moments of rest, I’m much more prone to dropping all those fruits of the Spirit. Peace leaves first. Patience quickly follows. And joy jumps ship like a coward soon after. I’m more prone to answer back in frustration, lose the love of what I get to do, and grow weary in the process. Though I’m present for the need, I’m filling it with a leaky bucket. Washing a car with dirty water may make it wet, but it certainly won’t end up clean. Take time to allow Jesus to switch out your filter and wash you in the water of the Word (Eph. 5:26). 

3. You cannot advertise a cure to something that you yourself are dying from.

When we minister to those around us, we preach a Jesus that makes our yokes easy and our burdens light. We sing songs of healing, peace, and rest. And perhaps the people that need to sing those songs the most are us! I wouldn’t accept cleanliness tips from someone that doesn’t bathe. And I wouldn’t take financial advice from someone who’s broke. Our message of rest is hypocritical and loses value when the message hasn’t even done its work in us. A worship leader, pastor, or ministry worker who doesn’t take care of their soul is a classic example of the blind leading the blind. You’ll certainly lead them somewhere, but not every destination is a green pasture by still water. You cannot bring someone somewhere that you haven’t been. How can we advertise a cure to something when we haven’t truly found it ourselves? 

How are you at soul-keeping? The Lord may be calling you to do less for the sake of the better thing. He truly cares for your soul. The Messiah-complex of “saving everyone who needs help,” will only mislead people, and burn you out. Plus, if the Messiah himself needed to retreat from the masses in order to spend time with His Father and be renewed for future ministry, then it seems as if we need it as well. Sometimes it can seem impossible to keep up appearances, fulfill man’s expectations, and finish our own daunting checklist. Drop the appearances, let go of those expectations, and let the Lord tell you what the day holds.

 

Bobby Bemis is the Fort Lauderdale Campus Worship Leader here at Calvary Chapel. Bobby is an incredible songwriter, singer and musician, teacher of the Word, and worship leader. He also loves ice cream!

A Matter Of Time

Psalm 139: 7-12

Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend into heaven, You are there;

If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

If I take the wings of the morning,

And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

Even there Your hand shall lead me,

And Your right hand shall hold me.

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”

Even the night shall be light about me;

Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,

But the night shines as the day;

The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

 

As a child I used to play hide-and-seek with my parents. I remember racking my brain in search of the most ridiculous, inconspicuous, and dangerous inlets and corners within the house to stump my parents. We weren’t a family of abundant means, but a child cannot always assess distinctions between a 1,500 square foot apartment and a medieval palace – especially when the powers of imagination are at work.

I must say that I made the most of that space. I remember performing all sorts of crazy contorting feats with my tiny body to elude my parents, from scaling the harrowing shelves of Mt. Linen Closet, to shrinking down to near microscopic size to fit into my entertainment center cabinet. But no matter how much creativity I could muster, there were only so many possible hiding places and only so many positions in which I could place myself. They always found me. Being found out was my fate. Of course, it never stopped me from trying. I was always willing to push the limits, even though it never ended in surrender from my parents.

Okay, corny analogy alert: in many ways, I still feel like that little boy hiding from my Dad. I know that He has me; I know that He knows me better than anyone else, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to hide my weaknesses. I often think to myself, if God is invisible and if He normally doesn’t audibly reply, then why is it so hard to tell Him the truth? Am I doomed to repeat the cycles of inauthenticity and complacency in my spiritual life, just so that I can remain comfortable?

The truth is, the love of God is so magnetic that it is inescapable. In Psalm 139’s grand exposition, David gives us insight into one of the most beautiful mysteries of God. In Romans 8:39, we find that no power in heaven or hell can ever separate us from His love. This means that as His children, even our straying and our weakness puts us on a collision course with the divine. We are constantly heading toward the very thing our flesh pushes against; the transformative love of God.

Does this mean that we sin in hopes that we might be closer to Him? Does this mean that we purposely wander off because He will inevitably find us? The answer in scripture is a resounding “no”. In Romans 2:4, the Apostle Paul poses an important question: “do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?” The truth is that when our spirits truly acknowledge that this is how much God loves us – when we truly grasp this reality – it compels us to do nothing else but respond. That is the space in which we meet God. When I was a near-atheist a few years ago, I reached a point where I had to earnestly ask God to show Himself to me objectively. He revealed Himself from every angle imaginable; using people, science, and the experiences I knew to draw me back home. This is why the Gospel is such amazing news for us. We can be assured not only that we always have a path home, but also that God Himself meets us on the path and walks us back to safety.

Where do you find yourself today? Do you feel as though God is detached and unconcerned? Do you feel that you are hiding yourself from Him, in fear of the pain of vulnerability? Maybe you are a Christian, but feel lost beyond the point of being found by the love of God. My prayer today is that the Holy Spirit will lead you to the pursuing, relentless love of Christ that pulls you toward Him at every step. May you be encouraged in knowing that the hand that holds you will not let go.

 

Vagner Lage is our Plantation Campus Worship Leader. He graduated from Southeastern University and is an avid fútbol fan, a great musician, husband, and friend. Follow him on Twitter.

Creating A Culture Of Honor

Romans 12:10  

"Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another."

Over the past year, God has been undeniably stirring our hearts to begin cultivating an intentional culture of honor in our staff and student body. We have been humbled and amazed by His blessings on the journey thus far, and we are only just beginning to realize the tremendous gift that God is granting us. I pray that as you read this, you will be stirred up to invite God to search your heart and, like we have, allow Him to remove anything that is hindering a culture of honor in your heart.

Honor is sort of an uncommon word. We hear it when talking about war veterans or in reference to how we should treat our parents, however, the practice of honor is meant to extend well past our relationships with our elders. According to the Word of God, honor should entirely shape the way we are with one another. It should be the foundation for how we form our actions, words, thoughts and decisions in all of our relationships. As we began our journey to understand and cultivate honor in our culture, His Word provided us with some building blocks about the nature of honor and how it behaves. We learned that it is kindly affectionate, humble, loving, and respectful. It considers the other person more significant and it is submissive. It is also kind, tender-hearted and forgiving. But, we soon found out that even if we set our minds and hearts to treat one another this way, we could still fall short in true honor. We realized that the only way that honor was going to be infused into our culture would be by receiving revelation from God. Honor is far more than a kind and uplifting word, or letting someone go in front of you in line, it is an entire mindset shift about the position we hold in relationship to one another and the kingdom of heaven.  

Honor is having “this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 2:5) It is having the same love, thoughts, behaviors and actions toward others as Christ has for us. God began to show us that if we do not first receive and understand the position of honor that He has granted us, we will never be able to give it away. We are a lowly, rebellious, self-seeking, people who are prone to wander, yet have been given a seat at the family table of the Lord of all the earth. We have been entrusted to house His very presence in our broken, sinful bodies and are called sons and daughters with the same inheritance of Jesus Christ in His kingdom. We have been freely given His gifts, His voice, His identity, and His authority and yet we deserve none of it. If we knew that if we could just manage to comprehend the reality of honor that God has chosen to give us, we would be forever changed in awe and humility. And then, if we could fully receive the position of honor that God has granted us through His Son, everything, yes everything would be touched by it’s effects.  

God chooses to look upon us through the lens of His grace and reality of the work of Christ on the cross. He sees us perfected, no longer scarred by our sin or bound to its effects. He sees us as He created us to be; profoundly effective priests and kings, carrying His kingdom of love with great ease and yet great power to the world who does not know Him. He sees us as able, powerful, beautiful, necessary and worthy. And then He simply asks us to give the same honor away. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and His love is brought to full expression in us.” (1 John 4:11-12) This is a primary desire of God’s heart for His people; that in all things, the measure that He has given to us, we would give to one another. 

As the revelation came, so did the evaluation. We began to allow Him to examine our hearts and our culture to expose any ways in us that were not freely bestowing honor. And although we discovered that we are miles and miles and miles away from loving like Him, we are compelled more than ever to pursue His heart and to be changed into His likeness in this area. We realize more than ever that cultivating a culture of honor is going to take work. It has to be cultivated and practiced. It needs to be a discipline and it has to be agreed upon and held accountable by all of us. But we want our culture to be on earth as it is in heaven, and the culture of heaven is a culture defined by honor.  

If you are reading this, it is not by chance. God is not only desiring for you to more fully receive the position of honor that He has granted you, but He is appointing you to grow and carry out a culture of honor in your life. Please, let us know how we can pray for you, and keep us in your prayers as we press on to know Him more.

 

Jessica Busboom is the Director of Oceans Edge School of Worship, and the Worship Leader for Eikon, both ministries of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. She is an amazing wife, friend, sister, daughter, and mentor to many. 

Abide In Him

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing . . . By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”—John 15:5-8 (NKJV)

God brings glory to Himself in many ways. Creation, beauty, and nature reveal His majesty and power (Romans 1:20). He made the earth and it exists to praise Him.

And yet, mountains and oceans weren’t made in His image, we were. Think about that. Out of all the beautiful things in the world, we were made in His reflection. The Bible says, for God’s own namesake (glory), He blots out our transgressions and forgets our sins, and He is glorified (Isaiah 43:25). He displays His glory through His love toward us. We display His glory as we abide in His love and it is there that we bear fruit.

God is glorified by the work He does in and through us as we abide in Christ. Apart from knowing Jesus, we bear no fruit, because apart from Jesus, we are dead in our sin. Apart from Jesus, we are barren branches. But the results of knowing Jesus—love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control—testify of God’s character and bring honor to Himself. He displays His love for humanity, that while we were sinning against Him, Jesus died on the cross to make us holy. He is proven as we abide in Him day by day, because it’s there in His presence we are transformed into His likeness. We are then a living story of God’s faithfulness; we change.

In Christ, we are alive; we’re no longer slaves to our sin, our fear, or ourselves anymore. We become children of God. Children who love to do what pleases their Father.

The Message translation of today’s verse puts it like this, “I am the Vine, you are the branches . . . This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.” The world will see that God is who He says He is through the fruit He produces in us as we draw near to Him. Great things are accomplished when we abide in Jesus.

DIG: What has God produced in you that brings glory to Himself?
DISCOVER: Pray and ask God, “Do You love me?” “How do I abide in You?” “What do You have for me to do?” Listen to what He has to say.
DISPLAY: Share with a friend a testimony of God’s faithfulness and what He’s done in or through you.


Nia is our social media + web content coordinator, as well as a worship leader and writer. She is fascinated with art and the powerful vessel it is for the Gospel. Learn more about Nia.

Everyone Is Accepted

“But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.”—Acts 10:35 (NKJV)

The religious systems that were active during the time of Jesus were primarily based in familial and racial heritage. People’s religious beliefs were handed to them at birth as a part of their identity, and their lives were largely structured around the religious customs passed down through the generations. Religious identity was chiefly determined in a person’s blood line, not by a choice of faith.

In Acts Chapter 10, the Jewish apostle Peter is sent by God to deliver the gospel to a Gentile Roman centurion and his family. When he arrives at the centurion’s household, Peter says to him, “You know that it is unlawful for a Jewish man to associate with or befriend a Gentile, or to visit him; and yet God has shown me that I am not to call anyone common or [ceremonially] unclean” (Acts 10:28 AMP).

Here we get a glimpse into the division caused by exclusivity in religion and race. However, the gospel of Jesus shook up and challenged these religious and racial systems by making the Christian faith uniquely inclusive to all people. His death and resurrection provided salvation to all, no matter their race, religion, or heritage. Peter goes on to say to the centurion, “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him” (Acts 10:34-35 NKJV).

We may not find these same racial and religious divides in our culture, but exclusion from the gospel is often found in our judgment of one another and of ourselves. We exclude one another based on moral uprightness, works, and the appearances of holiness. And even more than that, we exclude ourselves from the gift of grace given to us in Christ because we know our own wickedness and identify ourselves by it. But praise be to God! In the same way that Jesus tore down the walls of race and religion, He tore down the walls of moral perfection found in the law and gave an entirely free gift of acceptance to all who will simply believe.

DIG: Evaluate your own heart. Have you received the fullness of God’s grace for yourself? Do you extend that same grace to all others?
DISCOVER: Read Romans 8. Allow the reality of God’s grace for sin to impact your heart again.
DISPLAY: Repent for any unrighteous judgment found in your heart toward yourself or another. By faith, receive His acceptance of you and pray that He would give you the ability to love yourself and others as He does.


Jessica is the Director at Ocean's Edge School of Worship, where we are raising up and discipling the next generation of worship leaders, song-writers and musicians for the furtherance of the gospel. Learn more about Jessica.

Sons And Daughters

“You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil . . .”—Psalm 23:5 (NLT)

I often pray with a pen and notebook in hand. Mostly due to my inability to focus for more than five minutes unless I’m writing my thoughts and prayers down. Recently, I looked over my prayers and found a common question nervously laced throughout the pages: “Lord, are you pleased with me?” Could the only One who sees into the depth of my wicked heart really be pleased to offer me His nearness?

I realized then that I was still unsure of His answer. So, I resolved to ask—again—but this time I would listen. He spoke to me and said, “My love for you is unchanging—even in your weakness and even as you sin. My wrath has already been poured out upon Jesus. You and I are at peace.” Could this really be so? It seems too kind, too good, and too merciful to believe that the only person worthy of sitting at God’s table prepared a place for you and me. But that’s exactly what He did.

Jesus drank the cup of God’s wrath, so that we may drink the cup of His honor at His table, “that we might receive the adoption as sons . . . and if a son, then an heir through God (Galatians 4:5-7 NASB).” His wrath no longer belongs to us. Instead, God anoints us with oil as His children, as though we are His firstborn sons. The anointing of oil in the biblical context marks someone or something as set apart.

First-born sons were often anointed with a special blessing. They were set apart to receive a double portion of their father’s wealth and authority. But children have no control over their birthing order; they just receive what the Lord ordained. In the same way, we are heirs of the riches of His love and righteousness, and it’s only by His mercy that He bestows such wealth upon us!

As we receive His anointing, God’s love will be made known throughout the earth because it sets us apart. It rests upon us like a fragrant oil on our heads. Our brokenness and sin are a testimony of the strength of His covenant with us. For when we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us (1 John 1:9). Our cup runs over with His love! How gracious is He to honor us at His table! How pleased He is because of Christ to call us sons and daughters!

DIG: Is God asking you to separate yourself from anything or anyone? If so, obey Him today! His counsel is your protection.

DISCOVER: Choose one aspect of being set apart to meditate on today. Receive this calling on your life as His son or daughter and walk in it.

DISPLAY: Make yourself accountable by sharing with someone what God is asking you to separate from and ask them to hold you accountable to it.


Nia is our social media + web content coordinator, as well as a worship leader and writer. She is fascinated with art and the powerful vessel it is for the Gospel. Learn more about Nia.

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Confident Prayer

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”—1 John 5:14 (NKJV)

What if you knew with 100% confidence that God heard and answered your prayers? I don’t know about you, but I often find myself wishing a lot more than believing when I pray, but this is not God’s desire. His desire is that we would be sure, confident, and secure as we come to Him, and He has given us promises in His Word for this very purpose. He wants us to know, so that we might believe.

Would you describe your prayer life as confident . . . full of faith? An apprehensive or unbelieving prayer life simply results from a lack of knowledge of God.

Think about it: If we worry for our needs, then we haven’t come to know Him as Jehovah Jireh, Provider—the One who opens His hand to satisfy the desire of every living thing (Psalm 145:16). If fear continually has it’s way in our hearts, then we don’t yet know His perfect love because perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18.) And in the same way, if we’re faithless, we don’t yet truly believe that the Lord keeps His covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments (Deuteronomy 7:9).

Friends, He has given us His Word so that we can KNOW! We see in 1 John 5:14 that He wants us to be confident and secure. Verse 15 goes on to say, “And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”

This is an amazing promise! To think that we could know that we have what we asked of Him . . . wouldn’t that change everything?

Let’s think this through so we don’t miss it: If we ask for anything according to His will, He hears us. If we’re going to lay hold of this promise, then we must know His will. His Word is His will, so to know His will is to know His Word. John 15:7 (NKJV) says, “If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

So, if we pray His Word, He hears us, and we can be confident that it will be done. Wow! So, what are you waiting for? Pray confidently and full of faith!

DIG: Read Psalm 107:20, Isaiah 55:11, and Romans 10:17 to see what else the Word has to say about it’s own power.
DISCOVER: Search the Bible to find what God has already promised you concerning your present fear, trial, or request.
DISPLAY:  Pray according to the Word and then watch and see Him perform it in your life.


Jessica is the Director of Ocean's Edge School of Worship, where we are raising up and discipling the next generation of worship leaders, song-writers and musicians for the furtherance of the gospel. Learn more about Jessica.

Faith Comes By Hearing

“So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them.”—Jonah 3:5 (NKJV)

We’ve probably all heard the account of the prophet Jonah. Man gets called to preach repentance. Man disobeys and runs away. Man gets swallowed up by a giant fish but lives to tell about it. This is a crazy story, and I am not just talking about the part about the fish, but the radical act of faith that resulted from the message God gave Jonah for the people of Nineveh.

The Ninevites are described as wicked, flaunting their evil deeds before the Lord. This kind of rebellion has only one consequence—death. God, although grieved over their sin, was full of compassion, and granted Nineveh a final opportunity for repentance by sending a warning through His prophet Jonah. Jonah, however, did not agree with God’s compassion for Nineveh and tried to avoid going there. After attempting to run away from what God had asked him to do, he ended up right where God told him to go—Nineveh. With rebellion still in his heart, he finally delivered God’s message.

What happened next was remarkable: “So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them.”—Jonah 3:5 (NKJV)

I don’t know about you, but when I read this I want more details! How did this happen? Did they first put up a fight or did they think about it awhile? What is this radical move of faith that resulted from one sentence? It’s the power of the Word of God!

Even when delivered by a rebellious prophet to a hard-hearted people, the Word of God can turn the will of an entire city to repentance. We need to know and believe this. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we all have a mission: to go and preach the gospel to all nations.

In Romans 10:14 (NKJV) Paul pleas, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”

Friends, this plea is also for us! How will they hear unless we speak? How will they believe unless they hear? Romans 10:17 (NKJV) says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”  It is the power of God’s Word that does all the work. As His messengers, we are commanded to speak it. And when we do, we’ll see radical acts of faith that follows.

DIG: Read the Book of Jonah—a true historical event—and be amazed.
DISCOVER: Do a biblical word search on the power of God’s Word. Let faith come in your own heart by hearing what the Word says about itself.
DISPLAY: There’s only one option here . . . Go! Tell! Obey! Speak the Word of God anywhere, everywhere. It is the power of God unto salvation.


Jessica is the Assistant Director at Ocean's Edge School of Worship, where we are raising up and discipling the next generation of worship leaders, songwriters, and musicians for the furtherance of the gospel. Learn more about Jessica.