40 Days for Following Jesus

Welcome to 40 Days for Following Jesus.

This is a time in the world unlike any other. In this season, we encourage you to look to Jesus as a source of life and hope. We hope this daily devotion encourages you. 
Ps Andrew 

“Follow Me”. At the beginning of his ministry Jesus invited a few unlikely and unqualified people to change the course of their normal lives and embrace a new way of living. Whether you realise it or not, it is an undeniable fact that these people have altered the course of human history.

Following Jesus is a simple invitation and a lifetime pursuit and it is something that we are all invited to do. It is the urgent task of every Christian.

The early Church were known as followers of the Way; the Greek word hodos. This word describes a way of life and a journey. They had committed to allow their words, thoughts and actions to be increasingly shaped by the words and example of Jesus.

Following Jesus is the urgent task of every Christian. Jesus said I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. He invites us into this new way of life and we realise that this new life is connected to discovering the truth of who Jesus is and what He requires of us. Following Jesus means we choose His path for our lives and learn obedience to Him. This is a challenging concept for all of us, but what we will realise is that it is the gateway to a life of simplicity and freedom.

Over the next 40 days we will be focussing on the words of Jesus as a daily practice. I encourage you to take these words seriously, meditate on them, allow them to challenge you and take a faith step to apply them in your life. Like the first people Jesus invited, you don’t have to be qualified to make a first step - jump in and join the journey.

Our Journey

Over the next 40 days you are invited to follow Jesus by choosing to meditate on His words and commands. Enjoying Prayer and Experiencing Scripture are two habits for a thriving life. Habits take focus to form, so prioritise this as a daily practice. Consistency is key and this can be done in a few focused moments each day.

Each Day

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Prepare. Invite the Holy Spirit to help you and focus on your desire to follow Jesus.

Read. Read and meditate on the words of Jesus in the key verse. Some additional information and scripture is included to help you.

Ask God. What do you want to say to me about this verse? What are you asking me to say “yes” to?  Who can I tell about this?

Enjoy the journey and stay connected with us.

Day 30: Proactive Forgiveness

21/04/2020

Day 30: Proactive Forgiveness

A key definition of a Christian is someone who has received forgiveness and made peace with God through Jesus. Every situation, every circumstance. This is great news! This gift also compels us to be peacemakers in our life. 

Matthew 18:15 NIV “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.”

This scripture is quickly followed up by a dialogue between Jesus and Peter:

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matt 18:21-22 NIV 

Conflict is messy, but can be fruitful. Who do you need to make peace with today? 

Prepare by inviting the Holy Spirit to help you and focus on your desire to follow Jesus.

Meditate on the words of Jesus in the key verse. 

Ask God. What do you want to say to me about this verse? What are you asking me to say “yes” to?  Share your thoughts with someone

Previous days

Day 29: Value Children

20/04/2020

Day 29: Value Children

On the whole, children are valued and loved in our society. This wasn’t always the case. When Jesus walked the earth children were diminished and forgotten. His teachings were revolutionary. Today, one of the best ways we can value children is loving them and praying for them to encounter Jesus personally. What are some other ways? 

Matt 18:10 NIV. “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”

Prepare by inviting the Holy Spirit to help you and focus on your desire to follow Jesus.

Meditate on the words of Jesus in the key verse. 

Ask God. What do you want to say to me about this verse? What are you asking me to say “yes” to?  Share your thoughts with someone

Day 28: Pray for Workers

19/04/2020

Day 28: Pray for Workers

“You have one business on earth: to save souls.” John Wesley. 

Let’s be encouraged to connect our effort and focus on sharing the Good News of Jesus. Remember, grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning*. 

Matthew 9:35-38 MSG Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!”

Prepare by inviting the Holy Spirit to help you and focus on your desire to follow Jesus.

Meditate on the words of Jesus in the key verse. 

Ask God. What do you want to say to me about this verse? What are you asking me to say “yes” to?  Share your thoughts with someone

*Dallas Willard

Day 27: Rejoice

18/04/2020

Day 27: Rejoice

As followers of Jesus, there are lots of places we can find joy. Enduring hardships because of our commitment to Jesus is one of them. 

Matthew 5:12 NIV Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Prepare by inviting the Holy Spirit to help you and focus on your desire to follow Jesus.

Meditate on the words of Jesus in the key verse. 

Ask God. What do you want to say to me about this verse? What are you asking me to say “yes” to?  Share your thoughts with someone


Day 26: Persistent Prayer

17/04/2020

Day 26: Persistent Prayer

Matt 7:7-8 TPT “Ask, and the gift is yours. Seek, and you’ll discover. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. For every persistent one will get what he asks for. Every persistent seeker will discover what he longs for. And everyone who knocks persistently will one day find an open door.

Prepare by inviting the Holy Spirit to help you and focus on your desire to follow Jesus.

Meditate on the words of Jesus in the key verse. 

Ask God. What do you want to say to me about this verse? What are you asking me to say “yes” to?  Share your thoughts with someone