John 17:18

“Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.”

Insight: Ever hear the phrase “Arrows Out” around newhope? It means we live our lives directed by the Spirit in a way that we put other people before ourselves. Jesus was arrows out. He set aside all distractions and personal ambitions to invest on the lives of others. He instructs us that if we want to be “just as” him, we must also be arrows out.

Prayer: God, thank you for sending Jesus into this world. Jesus, thank you for sending your Spirit into this world. Holy Spirit, thank you for sending us into this world.

Logan

John 16:33

"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."

Insight: Jesus reminds his followers that they are "in the world, but not of the world," and just like us, they're struggling with these two lifestyles:

  1. In Christ, there is peace.
  2. In the world, there is tribulation. 

But even before entering Gethsemane, before enduring Calvary, and before emptying the tomb, Jesus says that he has already overcome the world. Victory in Christ is assured. And, since we are in Christ, we too can overcome the world. 

Prayer: Jesus, whatever hardships come our way, or whatever hardships we are currently facing, give us peace in knowing you. You promise us peace in your victory. We will take heart. We will be courageous. We will cheer up. We will overcome.

Logan

John 15:2-4

“He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”

Insight: Before the grapevine produces any fruit, grape farmers refer to pruning as “training.” Then, grapevines grow branches that produce no fruit, and branches that produce too much fruit, which can all turn bitter. But a properly “trained” branch produces a good amount of good fruit.

Jesus wants his disciples to know that they are:

  1. Being “trained” by his message.  
  2. Enduring hardships that produce “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”   
  3. Encouraged to live closely to Christ by remaining in him.

Prayer: God, let us take comfort in your pruning and training. We want more and more of your fruit in our lives. If there is any undesirable fruit in us, I ask that you would prune it out. Amen

Logan

John 14:1

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.”

Insight: Jesus sees that our hearts trust in everyday ordinary things. Things that lead to troubled hearts, worries, and doubts. Because of His great love for us, Jesus doesn't want us to live that way. He wants us to live a life full of trust in him, without troubled hearts. Jesus then states that he is "The way, the truth, and the life."

Prayer: Jesus, your way is so much better than ours. Reveal to us your way. Give us direction in life as we trust in you and guide our steps towards you. We follow you Jesus. Amen. 

Logan

 

John 13:14

And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other's feet. 

Insight: Jesus calls us to love and care for each other in the same way that He did. He humbled himself and served people sacrificially. 

Prayer: Lord, help me to love others like you did. Help me to see myself accurately and not think too highly of myself to serve the people, whom you love, around me. 

Monica

John 12:46

I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. 

Insight: We've all experienced darkness, whether the darkness was a moment or a season that lasted longer than anticipated. With darkness can come fear and confusion. But thank God, that in Jesus we have the hope that He'll bring us out of darkness! 

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for bringing me out of darkness and into your marvelous light through salvation! I pray today that you bring light and hope to the areas in my life that seem dark, and help me to bring that same hope to the world around me. 

Monica

Jeremiah 3:22

"My wayward children," said the Lord, "come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts."

Insight: This scripture from Jeremiah, the prophet, reveals God's heart for people. Like a good father, He continually looks at us with compassion and mercy. He longs for us to come home to him. 

Prayer: Father, thank you for always welcoming me home, even when I don't deserve it. Help me see your people, and love them, like you do - with great compassion. 

Monica

John 10:14-15

"I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep."

Insight: The image of Jesus being our own good shepherd brings hope and peace to our souls. He protects, guides, and corrects out of a deep and intimate understanding of who we are and where we're at in life. Even when we're not proud of that place spiritually, emotionally, or physically, the fact that Jesus loved us enough to sacrifice his life for us, offers us the greatest hope.  

Prayer: Jesus thank you for your sacrificial care and love for me. You are always good and faithful. Help me to experience that truth today. 

Monica

John 9:3

"It was not because of his sins or his parents' sins," Jesus answered. "This happened so the power of God could be seen in him."

Insight: This is Jesus' response to his disciples, when they asked why a man was born blind. It can help us shift our perspective, if we allow, to begin to process hardship and trials through a different lens. As we continue to grow in our faith, perhaps we can stop asking "why?", and begin asking, "God how can you work in this situation?"

Prayer: God help me to trust you in the midst of the struggles, and frankly the injustices, of life. Open my eyes and heart to see the ways that you're already working, and to see the ways that you would like to work through me. 

Monica

John 8:10-11

Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, "Where are your accusers? Didn't even one of them condemn you?" "No, Lord," she said. And Jesus said, "Neither do I. Go and sin no more."

Insight: This verse speaks so clearly to the character of Jesus. He's gracious, merciful, and gentle with us. He stands ready to forgive us. For our own good, He also calls us to repent and turn from sin. 

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for your unmatched kindness and grace toward me! You restore my soul. Reveal sin in my life to me, and help me turn from it, to you. Amen. 

Monica

John 6:35

35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Insight
Jesus explains that he is the one thing in life that can sustain us. Many other things may look like food or nourishment that will keep us full, but nothing can give us life like Jesus. By turning to Jesus, we have a source that never runs dry.

Prayer
Father, thank you for being all that I need. You truly sustain my life in a way that no one else can. Thank you for your sacrifice. I look to you today to fill my cup. I love you Lord.

Brittany

John 5:8

8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.”

Insight
Jesus was traveling in Jerusalem and encountered a man who had been sick for nearly 40 years. Jesus asked him if he wanted to be well and the man said yes. Jesus healed him right then.

Once the man was healed, Jesus could have said a number of things to him. It was not by accident that the first thing Jesus said was, “Get Up!”. Sometimes, even before we feel ready, God calls us to move. Even when this man had 40 years against him, Jesus was in his corner and with two words, changed his whole story

Prayer
Jesus, help me to trust your voice when you tell me its time to move! If you say it is time to “Get Up”, then I am ready to follow you. Even if other voices try to be louder, help me to hear your voice above the noise. Amen.

Brittany

John 4:23

 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

Insight
This verse reminds us that God longs for relationship with us. The Father is looking for hearts that reach out to him humbly and honestly. God is present in our worship. Every time we give, pray, sing, read his Word, or worship in any way, we can remember that God is looking right back at us. He sees our hearts and loves our worship.

Prayer
Lord, help me to worship you in spirit and in truth. You desire such closeness with me. It is in my heart to worship you in everything that I do. You desire worshippers that praise you with their hearts, minds, and spirits. I love you Lord.

Brittany

Psalms 62:5

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.”

Insight
At newhope we like to talk about “soul rest”. There are many different types of rest and some may leave us feeling more rested than others. When we choose Christ as our source, he promises to give us true rest. We find rest and hope in Jesus.

Prayer
Father, thank you for giving my soul rest. I know I can come to you and receive peace that is unlike any other. You provide the rest that my heart needs when the pace of this world is frantic. Thank you for your peace. I love you Lord.

Brittany

Psalms 107:1

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

Insight
Sometimes in our lives it is hard to remember that God is good. In our darkest times, he is still good. Even if the worst happens, he is still good. Even if things don’t play out the way you had hoped, he is still good. At the very core of who our Savior is, we can remember that he is good.

Prayer
Lord, help me to remember that you are good. You are a good God and you love me. You know every part of me and your heart is filled with enduring love for me. In all things, I know that you are good. Amen.

Brittany

 

Isaiah 61:1

"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor."

Insight
We have good news to share! The Gospel is for broken people like me and like you. God has called you to share your story. Your neighbors, family members, co-workers, and friends are not accidents. They were placed in your life specifically for a reason. Your story is worth sharing. What would today look like if we intentionally began to speak life into these people that God has placed in close proximately to us?

Prayer
Jesus, help me to share the good news of the Gospel today! Thank you for the beautiful story you are writing in my life. I will respond to you speaking today. Thank you for the people you have placed in my life. Help me to share my story with courage and grace. I love you.

Brittany

Psalms 103:1

"Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name."

Insight
Sometimes when we pray, it can seem like we are just going through the motions. God has called us to a close, deep, and precious relationship with him. When we don’t know where to start, start with praise. Locking eyes with Jesus and praising him from our “inmost being” is the best place to begin.

Prayer
Lord, you know my heart. I turn my eyes towards you and praise you with all that is within me. Thank you for meeting me where I am at. I praise you for who you are. Amen.

Brittany

2 Peter 1:3

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 

Insight

What is it that you need today? Do you need peace? Joy? Provision? Wisdom? God gives it all freely to those who pursue him and ask! God has given everything to us to live a godly life. We can receive what we need by coming to know him. 

Prayer

Dear Jesus, You are a generous, gracious and loving God. You provide everything we could ever need. Thank you for giving us everything we need to live a life for you. Help us to make the right choices to reflect the godly life that you have called us to. Amen

Amy H. 

1 Peter 5:7

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 

Insight

As a wife, mom of 3, and a pastor I have a lot of worries. Am I doing good enough? Am I loving deep enough? Am I making right choices? In those moments of worry, God says STOP give me all those worries because I care for you. Today take a moment to stop with your worries and give them to God. Allow his peace and care to wash over you. 

Prayer

Dear Jesus, Thank you that I don't have to worry. Thank you that you will take the worry away because you care for me. Please help me to give it all over to you and to trust you. Amen

Amy H. 

Isaiah 43:10-11

You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God - there never has been, and there never will be. I, yes I, am the Lord, and there is no other Savior. 

Insight

What a powerful thought to know you are specifically chosen by God. You have been chosen to know, worship, and love the one true God. God wants you to know, believe in, and understand that he alone is God. Be confident in God choosing you! 

Prayer

Dear Jesus, Thank you for choosing me to believe in you. Help me to understand how wonderful and powerful you truly are. As you have chosen me, help me to chose you each and every day. Amen

Amy H.