The New Harvest Christian Fellowship

Weekly Devotions

All for You Jesus

Devotions Week 12:

Consecration is going all in and all out for the All in All. ~ Mark Batterson

 

Leaving our former way of life. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed Him. Matthew 4:19-20
(read 4:18-22)
Crossing the Jordan. Then Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” Joshua 3:5
(read 3:1-13)
Zacchaeus the tax collector. But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:8-10
(read 19:1-10)
Saved by grace through faith. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God – not by works so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
(read 2:1-10)
The one who has more to be forgiven, loves more! When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind Him at his feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. Luke 7:37-38
(read 7:36-43)
Leaving the old way of life for God’s kingdom. So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burnt the ploughing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant. 1 Kings 19:21
(read 19:19-21)
Burning the bridges to our past. Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds. A number who had practised sorcery brought their scrolls together and burnt them publicly. When the calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. Acts 19:18-19
(read 19:11-20)

I’m giving You my heart and all that is within
I lay it all down for the sake of You my King
I’m giving You my dreams, I’m laying down my rights
I’m giving up my pride for the promise of new life

And I surrender all to You, all to You
And I surrender all to You, all to You

I’m singing You this song, I’m waiting at the Cross
And all the world holds dear I count it as loss
For the sake of knowing You, the glory of Your name
To know the lasting joy, even sharing in Your Pain

The Alpha and Omega

Devotions Week 11:

Out of God we have all come, in Him we are all enfolded and towards Him we are all journeying. ~ Julian of Norwich

 

The Source of life. …Christ holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it. Colossians 2:19
(read 2:16-23)
Jesus our Redeemer. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true. And we are in Him who is true by being in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20
(read 5:13-21)
From death to life. “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” John 5:24
(read 5:18-29)
He bore our sins. “He himself bore our sins” in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
(read 2:18-25)
The name of Jesus. “It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed… Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:10, 12
(read 4:8-12)
Work, for night is coming. “As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:4-5
(read 9:1-12)
Our example of love. “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” John 13:14-15
(read 13:1-17)

O for a heart to praise my God, a heart from sin set free,
A heart that always feels Thy blood so freely shed for me:
A heart resigned, submissive, meek, my great Redeemers throne,
Where only Christ is heard to speak, where Jesus reigns alone.
A humble, lowly, contrite heart, believing, true, and clean,
Which neither life nor death can part from Him who dwells within:
A heart in every thought renewed, and full of love divine,
Perfect, and right, and pure and good a copy Lord of Thine.
Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart: come quickly from above,
Write Thy new name upon my heart, Thy new, best name of love.

The Greatest Gift

Devotions Week 10:

To be in Christ is the source of the Christian life; to be like Christ is the sum of His excellence; to be with Christ is the fullness of His joy. ~ Charles Hodge

The command to believe. This is His command: to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded us.
1 John 3:23
(read 3:18-24)
Living faith. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Galatians 2:20
(read 2:15-21)
Faith in the Son of God. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
1 John 5:5
(read 5:1-12)
Powerful in word and deed. “What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.”
Luke 24:19
(read 24:13-30)
In the name of Jesus. Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Colossians 3:17
(read 3:5-17)
Sacrificial living In Christ. Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Hebrews 13:15-16
Christ in you changes everything. But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
(read 5:13-26)

God forgave my sin in Jesus name. I’ve been born again in Jesus name.
And in Jesus name I come to you to share His love as He told me to.
He said, “Freely, freely you have received. Freely, freely give.
Go in my name and because you believe others will know that I live.”
All power is given in Jesus name. On earth and heaven in Jesus name.
And in Jesus name I come to you. To share His power as He told me to.

Called to be Ambassadors of Christ

Devotions Week 9:

This is the true joy of live; the being used for a purpose recognised by yourself as a mighty one, being a force of nature rather than a feverish, selfish, little cloud of ailments complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. ~ George Bernard Shaw

 


Being Christ’s ambassadors.
…We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we may become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:20-21

G
od’s promises fulfilled through Christ.
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 1:20

God’s promise to those who truly believe.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
Psalm 46:1-2

Slaves to righteousness.
Don’t you know that …you are slaves to the one you obey – whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? …You have been set free from sin and become slaves to righteousness.
Romans 6:16, 18

Our wisdom, righteousness, holiness and redemption.
It is because of God that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
1 Corinthians 1:30

God’s love for us.
But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

Faith, hope and love. …We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.
Romans 5:4-5

 

Holy Spirit, ever living as the church’s very life;
Holy Spirit, ever striving through her in a ceaseless strife;
Holy Spirit, ever forming in the church the mind of Christ
You we praise with endless worship for your fruit and gifts unpriced.

Touched by His Spirit

Devotions Week 8:

Mere change is not growth. Growth is the synthesis of change and continuity and where there is no continuity, there is no growth. ~ C.S. Lewis

Christ’s great challenge. Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:22-24
(read 4:17-24)
The timeless reality of Christ. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 1 John 1:1
(read 1:1-10)
The mystery of Christ. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 1 Corinthians 2:7
(read 2:6-16)
Christian weapons. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
(read 10:3-5)
Vital values of faith. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
(read 4:13-18)
The calling of Christ. Through Him and for His name sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the gentiles to the obedience that comes through faith. And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. Romans 1:5-6
(read 1:1-6)
Freedom through life with Christ. So then just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7
(read 2:6-10)

 

In my life Lord be glorified, be glorified. In my life Lord be glorified today.
In my heart Lord be glorified, be glorified. In my heart Lord be glorified today.
In your Church Lord be glorified, be glorified. In your Church Lord be glorified today.
In this song Lord be glorified, be glorified. In this song Lord be glorified today.

The Call to Discipleship

Devotions Week 7:

Evangelism is to present Jesus Christ in the Power of the Holy Spirit, that men might come to trust Him as Saviour and serve Him as Lord in the fellowship of His Church. ~ William Temple

The calling of the first disciples. As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:18-19
(read 4:18-22)
More than conquerors. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
(read 8:28-32)
The call to serve. “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me.” John 12:26
(read 12:24-26)
Loving our God. Jesus replied “If anyone loves me. He will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” John 14:23
(read 14:22-24)
Break me, melt me, mould me and use me. “I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He trims clean so that it will be even more fruitful.” John 15:1-2
(read 15:1-3)
Saved for a purpose. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in His love.” John 15:9-10
(read 15:7-17)
Testify through the Spirit. “When the counsellor comes, whom I will send You from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, He will testify about me, but you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.” John 15:26-27

God forgave my sin in Jesus name, I’ve been born again in Jesus name
And in Jesus name I come to you, to share His love as He told me to.

He said “Freely, freely, you have received. Freely, freely give.
Go in my name and because you believe others will know that I live.”

All power is given in Jesus name, in earth and heaven in Jesus name.
And in Jesus name I come to you, to share His power as He told me to.

Made for a Mission

Devotions Week 6:

Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing – sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war or even death – can take that love away. ~ Henri Nouwen

The Joy of knowing our Saviour. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Do not worry but seek His kingdom. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes… who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? …But seek His kingdom and these things will be given to you as well.” Luke 12:22-23, 25, 31
(read 12:22-31)
Show patience, love and encouragement to all.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
(read 5:12-18)
Spread the word courageously. “Peace I leave with you: my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
(read 14:23-27)
Persevering with love and prayer in all circumstances. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men for not everyone has faith. But the lord is faithful and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:2-3
(read 3:2-5)
Committed to the message of reconciliation with Christ. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20
(read 5:15-21)
Delivering the message through God’s power. My message and my preaching were not with persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
(read 2:1-5)

 

When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast save in the death of Christ my God;
All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did ever such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine demands my soul, my life, my all.

Dead to sin, alive in Christ

Devotions Week 5:

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. ~ Plato

Created in the image of God.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
Romans 1:20
(read Romans 1:18-22)
God’s righteous judgement.
You therefore have no excuse, you who pass judgement on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgement do the same things.
Romans 2:1
(read Romans 2:1-4)
Persevere In doing good.
To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honour and immortality, God will give eternal life.
Romans 2:7
(read Romans 2:6-8)
Peace and joy.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
Romans 5:1-2
(read Romans 5:1-6)
Righteous obedience to Christ.
But thanks to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, which leads to death, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
Romans 6:17-18
(read Romans 6:15-18)
Living by the Spirit.
You however are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.
Romans 8:9
(read Romans 8:5-11)
For the good of those who love Him.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28
(read Romans 8:28-32)

May the mind of Christ my Saviour live in me from day to day,
By His love and power controlling all I do and say.
May the word of God dwell richly in my heart from hour to hour
So that all may see I triumph only through his power.
May the peace of God my Father rule my life in everything,
That I may be calm to comfort the sick and sorrowing.
May the love of Jesus fill me as the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self-abasing, this is victory.
May I run the race before me strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus as I onward go.

Magnify the Saviour of the World

Devotions Week 4:

There is no more urgent and critical question in life than that of your personal relationship with God and your eternal salvation through Christ. ~ Billy Graham

The Saviour.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:5
(read John 14:5-10)
The courage to overcome fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
Matthew 14:27
(read Matthew 14:25-31)
Denying self.
“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”
Matthew 16:25-26
(read Matthew 16:24-27)
Faith and action.
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? …In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
James 2:14, 17
(read James 2:14-18)
Trials and Temptations.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:2-4
(read James 1:1-5)
Living for God.
What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ…
Philippians 3:8
(read Philippians 3:7-10)
Persevere in Love, Faith And Hope.
We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians: 1:3
(read 1 Thess. 1:1-10)

Now unto Him who is able to keep, able to keep you from falling
And present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.
To the one and only wise God out Saviour be glory and majesty
Dominion and power, both now and forever.
Amen.

Seeking the Light

Devotions Week 3:

“It is not darkness you are going to, for God is light. It is not lonely, for Christ is with you. It is not unknown country for Christ is there.” ~ Charles Kingsley

Light in a dark world.
“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
John 9:5
(read John 9:1-12)
Christ’s promise to you.
This is what He promised us – even eternal life.
1 John 2:25
(read 1 John 2:18-27)
Is your Christian life losing its shine?
“…Yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”
John 5:40
(read John 5:31-40)
Using a crisis as a turning point.
Jesus said, “For judgement I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those that see will become blind.”
John 9:39
(read John 9:35-41)
How do you react to life?
“…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
John 10:10
(read John 10:1-10)
A firm trust.
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though He dies.”
John 11:25
(read John 17-27)
Trust in His guidance.
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths.
Psalm 25:4
(read Psalm 25)

Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom; lead Thou me on
The night is dark, and I am far from home; lead Thou me on.
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see the distant scene – one step enough for me.
I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou should lead me on.
I loved to choose and see my path; but now lead Thou me on.
I loved the garish day, and spite of fears pride ruled my will; remember not past years
So long Thy power has blessed me, sure it still will lead me on,
Over moor and fen over crag and torrent, till the night is Gone;
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

~John Henry Newman 1801-90