Third Thursday Devotional: November 2014

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.


The rhythms of our culture often tend to cultivate busyness and silence the longings for God in our hearts. At Anthem Church we have set apart the third Thursday of every month as a day to intentionally pause, to stop, to counter-culture and seek God.

We have made this a day of fasting and prayer, culminating when we gather for an evening of prayer and worship. This is meant to be an interruption of the regular rhythms of our lives. We want to call you to participate with us this month, and we offer this blog post as a guide in reorienting your gaze on Jesus this third Thursday.

WANT TO KNOW GOD? LOOK AT JESUS.

This past Sunday we began our journey through the book of Hebrews with our series “Jesus is Better.” We looked at Hebrews 1:2-3 where it says:

but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, (Hebrews 1:2-3 ESV)

This is astounding! First, it tells us that God has worked to make himself known to us. We don’t have to guess what he is like. In our deep longings to know him, we can be confident that he has made away for this longing to actually be fulfilled!

More than that though, this passage tells us that the greatest way that God has revealed himself is through Jesus. That is, if you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus. If we would seek and know the glory of God than we must seek and know the radiance of Jesus.

SEEKING JESUS

Colossians 1:16-17 says of Jesus:

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:16-17 ESV)

This world is all about Jesus. It all points and rolls up to his praise. He is the “heir of all things.” He is the King.

Be real now, does this truth bother you? Is there a piece of you that says, “Hey, save some for me!”

Are there areas where the kingdom of Jesus and your kingdom of self collide? When and where do you feel this tension?

  • Spend some time being honest with God about any places of tension in your heart and life.
  • Confess to him where your desires and pursuits don’t align with Jesus. Surrender your rebel kingdom.
  • In this place of tension, remember that the kingdom of Jesus is good news! He is supreme above all and he loves you. What a powerful combo! There is no one else that can truly rival him, both in power and in love. His kingdom is for your good. His way and his love is better!
  • Preach to your own heart that Jesus is Lord. Confess to God that your life is his.

LOVING JESUS

There is no distant deity figure out in the sky somewhere who is unpleased with you. There is no divorce within God. Its not that Jesus loves you, but the Father is angry. Their purposes are the same. If Jesus is the one who has made “purification for sins” and if he is also the “exact imprint of [the Father’s] nature” then we know that the Father’s desire is that we be cleansed of shame and guilt and sin. The Father’s desire is that we would dwell with him.

Scripture tells us that this is what love truly is:

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10 ESV)

Spend some time praising God for his love! The glory of God is not at odds with the grace of Jesus. They are one and the same. He is the king of glory and of grace.