Third Thursday Devotional: August 2015

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Every now and again it is so incredibly important for us to remember where we’ve come from, where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going. Sometimes we don’t want to remember because it makes us sad, or sometimes we want to remember too much because we hate our lives now. Either way, as we get ready for Third Thursday this week, I want us to take some time meditating through Ephesians 2:1-10. We will see what life was like, we will see what God has done, and we will see what God has in store for us.

As you go through your day preparing for Third Thursday we want to invite you through 3 spaces broken up throughout your day.

During the AM we’d love you to mediate through Ephesians 2:1-3. When we invite you to meditate what we mean is simply to ask God to speak through his word, and read through it slowly, and let it ruminate in your mind and heart throughout the morning. Try and read it every hour and keep asking God to speak through his word. Listen to him.

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. (Ephesians 2:1-3 ESV)

Why would God want you to remember this at all?

During your Lunch hour and throughout the afternoon we’d love to have you meditate over verses 4-9. Read it a few times over and over and listen to what God wants to speak through his word.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:4-9 ESV)

What is God speaking to you through this passage?

What in this passage did you need to hear today, and what do you need to hear tomorrow?

After work, or toward late afternoon mediate over Eph. 2:10

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 ESV)

What has been God’s process with you?

What are your thoughts and feelings toward God?


 

Third Thursday is one day, specifically set apart each month, to slow down from our daily routine to seek God more intentionally. This posture of prayer, fasting, and worship is something that we want to grow in as a church, as a family. Together, we strive to set aside our busy-ness and passionately seek Him for our lives, our church, our friends, families and our communities.

As part of our rhythm, you are invited into a day of preparation. There are a few things you are invited into:

  • Take the day to fast from food (or, if there are dietary restrictions, something else in your normal rhythm of life)
  • Come prepared to worship, pray, and minister to and with the body at 7PM at our Thousand Oaks campus