After a six month hiatus, we will be studying and discussing seasons of suffering. Whether Christians want to admit it or not, those called to be disciples will experience suffering. It’s how we respond in those seasons that help us grow our faith and grow closer to God.
While some may promise that a life following Christ is filled with blessings, the truth is, there will be heartache, setbacks, disappointments, and many moments in the valley. However, there will be victorious mountain top moments as well. But what do we do when we are in the valley?
How we respond there determines whether we will be victorious or not. We can choose to run from trouble, or we can choose to bring our troubles to God. It is our hope that as you study this devotional daily, you begin to see that there is purpose to your pain, even if it has yet to manifest in your life.
It is our prayer that you would use your season of suffering to draw closer to God and encourage others in Christ.
Some of us have not yet begun to delve deep into the Word and extrapolate the depth and richness of the original languages. Admittedly, I just began doing so last year, however, I include it as part of my study of the Word so much now, I thought it would be amazing to begin the New Year with a devotion with such a theme. For those who may not know, the original language of the New Testament is Greek and Old Testament is Hebrew. You will notice as we study the NT, we focus on the Greek meaning and when we study the OT, we will focus on Hebrew.
Jesus did not die on the cross for religion, He did it so that we could have relationship, a true, meaningful relationship with the Father through Him. I have titled this monthly Bible reading plan, “Jewish Jesus - Discovering our Jewish Roots in Christianity and to be honest, it may take more than one month to get through all of this. Just as we could not study the entirety of the Bible in one month, it may take more than one month to study our Jewish roots. However, I hope this does not deter you.
This month, we kick off weekly newsletters going out! I am seriously so excited for this because I know it will help each of us (is it weird I signed up for my own newsletter? Oh well, that's me!) stick with it and give us more time to enjoy God's presence. No more having to go to the website just to view the reading plan! Raise your hand if you are excited! 🙋♀️
So, as you can see...not much has changed on this front. This blog will be updated with the shareable graphics and verses each week. We hope you enjoy this new adventure God is taking us on as much as we enjoy it.
God has encouraged me to share what I have learned through my own spiritual battles as of late. It's not always easy, creating these. A lot of times, I am inspired by events happening in my life or in dealing with adversity, set backs, doubts, and as we study this month, attacks from the enemy, and let’s face it, none of us want our dirty laundry out there. But in order to encourage one another, push one another and grow with God, we have to keep things in the light. Only the enemy will encourage you to shrink away in shame or guilt, hiding back in the darkness. If something is of God, it is to be out in the open. With that being said, our focus this month will be on spiritual warfare.
God is asking me to do something a bit different this month, and I'm thrilled to switch it up a little. You will not see insight for every verse this month. While I started including it, God spoke to me as you will see on Day 3. I pray that you join me on this adventure and are ready to step into the River of Living Water, together.🙏💞
It is my prayer that these monthly Bible readings will serve as an encouraging and safe place for you to go to hear from God; that while reading and spending time with the Lord, the Holy Spirit will minister to you in ways I never could and say what I could never say, and bring peace and comfort like only He can. You will find that this blog is updated daily with a new graphic and excerpt to go along with the reading each day. It is our hope that you would follow along on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest, however, we do understand that not everyone is on social media and wanted to make this available for anyone and everyone. As the month moves on, you will see this blog post begin to grow.