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

Find the daily devotion online.

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 40: Mandate to Multiply

1/05/2020

Day 40: Mandate to Multiply

Discipleship is a simple invitation and a lifetime pursuit. We have a mandate to multiply.  Every Christian, not just the “professionals”, are called to share their lives and faith with others. It’s our greatest calling.  Let’s go!

Matthew 28:19-20 NIV Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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 39: Restored to Restore

30/04/2020

Day 39: Restored to Restore

This passage recounts the restoration of Peter after he had publicly denied Jesus. Being restored means you have a responsibility to do the same for others. You are loved to love. You are restored to restore.

John 21:15-16 NIV
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” 
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

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 38: True Power

29/04/2020

Day 38: True Power

The late and great evangelist Reinhard Bonnke said, “The supernatural is only of the Spirit, and only according to the Word. No matter how we read Scripture, it is impossible to see there a gospel shorn of the supernatural.” The promise of the Spirit was made to the disciples and the promise still stands for all who are willing and hungry. Is this you? 

Luke 24:49 NIV I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

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 37: True Greatness

28/04/2020

Day 37: True Greatness

Matthew 20:26-28 MSG When the ten others heard about this, they lost their tempers, thoroughly disgusted with the two brothers. So Jesus got them together to settle things down. He said, “You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around, how quickly a little power goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for the many who are held hostage.”

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 36: Tell Everyone

27/04/2020

Day 36: Tell Everyone

Mark 16:15 TPT And he said to them, “As you go into all the world, preach openly the wonderful news of the gospel to the entire human race!

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