Face2face devotional SERIES
Day 1 – Face2Face Devotional SeriesTweet
In an uncertain world, where are our eyes fixed? Are they kept on Him? In this study, we will reflect on drawing near to the One–to live in a place where we are face to face in intimacy with Him. Join us for this study each new day.
Let’s begin from Luke 24:45-53 MSG—one of my most favorite chapters of the New Testament:
”He [Jesus] went on to open their understanding of the Word of God, showing them how to read their Bibles this way. He said, ‘You can see now how it is written that the Messiah suffers, rises from the dead on the third day, and then a total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in his name to all nations—starting from here, from Jerusalem! You’re the first to hear and see it. You’re the witnesses. What comes next is very important: I am sending what my Father promised to you, so stay here in the city until he arrives, until you’re equipped with power from on high.’ He then led them out of the city over to Bethany. Raising his hands he blessed them, and while blessing them, took his leave, being carried up to heaven. And they were on their knees, worshiping him. They returned to Jerusalem bursting with joy. They spent all their time in the Temple praising God. Yes.”
In the above Lukan passage, the characteristics we see in the disciples are of joy and praise! It is here that the Master indicates that every passage of the Old Testament Scriptures in some way points to Him. And we see today how all of the New Testament also has Him as its focal point.
Which way are we oriented? What is our focus? What is our heading in life, and in our spiritual life? Friends, we need to be focused on Him!
The passage above shows disciples full of joy and praise! The Lord Jesus even as He was lifted skyward blessed and continued blessing His disciples in their daily lives. And He’s still blessing us—His people—today! His hands are extended toward you and me. Even in tough times or times where we feel God has forgotten us, we can know and trust that He is intervening in our lives. Even when we least sense Him, He’s injecting more strength and more grace. He’s praying for our welfare. So accept this reality! God is for you, NOT against you. His hands are pointed toward you and His Holy Spirit is upon you to help you (He is, afterall, called the Helper).
Selah—pause and think about this passage throughout this day. Return to these entries each new day as we draw near to the One over the next 40 days. I want to share some things with you as the Lord leads me. Let’s enjoy and celebrate what the Lord reveals to each of us each new day! Amen!
Reflections for your journal: Examine your life before you read this devotional. Like all of the Holy Scriptures, has your life and resources and focus been pointed to the Lord Jesus? Make a list on the left hand side of your journal of where your focus has been in your recent past. After you do this, reflect in prayer time with the Lord about that list and ask Him to help you turn as much as is needed so your life—and all your life entails—will be focused toward Him.
Prayer Starter: ”Father, I come to You. May my eyes be fixed on You, Lord, in all of my ways. I have some challenges on this first day—a list of areas where my focus is on other things that have been more important, more vital to me than You. I ask You to begin to change me beginning today through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”