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Devotional

Intro

Welcome to the One: I’m New to This devotional. The One and Highlands Students team has worked hard to make an applicable devotional to help you during the first fourteen days of following Jesus. This devotional won’t be able to give you everything you could ever need, but it can help give some great next steps, insight, and tools.

Here are a couple of tips for as you read this devotional:

1. Turn on some worship music while you read. We suggest Motion Worship, Elevation Worship, or Hillsong Young and Free.

2. Keep a pen and paper close by, and if something resonates with you or you feel like God speaks to you through a verse, then write it down.

3. Go All-In with Jesus. At Church of the Highlands, we like to tell people to try following Jesus for one year and go all-in for that year. Get in a Small Group, attend Sunday Services every week, take next steps by attending the Growth Track so that you can serve on a team on Sunday. If you do those things, and your life isn’t better in a year, let us know, and we will help you find a new church. To find out more info on these steps, go to churchofthehighlands.com/connect.

Each day’s reading will consist of a passage from Psalms, a Proverb, and the New Testament in the Message Paraphrase of the Bible. If you don’t know what a Psalm, Proverb or the New Testament is, you can Google that and learn a lot, but just know it all came from God and was all written for you!

Day 1

When you prayed to give your life to Jesus and asked God to come into your heart, it counted, andit gave you a relationship with God. It is the single greatest decision you can make in life. The past, the mistakes, the failures, the shame, and the embarrassing moments are all washed away because of what Jesus did for you on the cross.

Now, you do not have to live in fear of sinning or doing something wrong on the weekend. Now, you get to fight from a place of victory because sin no longer controls your life. You now get to live your life as a light to the world sharing about what God’s love did for you and how it changed your life! The family of God grows as each of us shares about what God’s love did for us and how we can come alive in God. Today, you get to walk boldly in your new life with Christ, and you don’t have to be afraid to tell your friends about what God did in your life.

The love of God has no end, and once you experience it, you are never the same.

Romans 6:6-11  “Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.”

Proverbs 17:17  “Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.”

Psalm 86:15  “But you, O God, are both tender and kind, not easily angered, immense in love, and you never, never quit.”

Day 2

Now that you have stepped into this new relationship with God, you have also stepped into a new identity in Christ. What does that mean? You no longer have to live the same way you once did. Now, you have the power to overcome and to live a different life. Before giving your life to God, you were bound to sin, controlled by temptation, and living life for yourself. Now, you are alive in Christ with new values, new standards, and a new way of living that focuses on loving God and loving people. You are no longer defined by what you have done; you are defined by who God says you are.

This idea of a new identity can be hard because of the world we live in, and even because the friends we have that do not agree with what God is saying. One of the best ways to step toward God’s identity is to make sure you have friends who are following God too. At Church of the Highlands, Small Groups happen at different times, different places, and with different activities, but the goal of a Small Group is to give you a group of friends and leaders in your life to help you follow and learn more about Jesus. We have Small Groups happening all the time. To find a group, check out the website here: churchofthehighlands.com/groups.

Your identity is not found in what you have done. Your identity is found in what Jesus did for you on the cross.

Matthew 22:34-40 — Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Proverbs 4:23 Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.”

Psalms 139:14-15  “You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.”

Day 3

Did you know that you can actually enjoy your relationship with God? Many people live under the impression that God is far away and not personal at all. Which couldn’t be further from the truth.

Sometimes even the Bible may feel stale, far away, and it can feel like you might not be getting anything from it. That feeling can be true some days, but the Bible will begin to come alive to you. As you read it more, things will begin to stand out, and you will see connections between different books, stories, and more! Reading a paper Bible can be really helpful. You can get a Bible for free at Church of the Highlands every Sunday if you need one. As you read in a paper Bible, a verse may stand out, or even just a simple word might mean something for you that day. Take a second and highlight that verse or circle that word. You can even write down what it meant to you. Over time, these little notes, highlights or circles will begin to show you how much God is showing you through His word!

You don’t have to endure a relationship with God; you get to enjoy a relationship with God.

Ephesians 2:2-10  It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah. Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.

Proverbs 17:22  “A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.”

Psalm 37:4-6  “Keep company with God, get in on the best. Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done: He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with approval at high noon.”

Day 4

When God sent His one and only Son Jesus to the Earth, He sent Him on a mission. Jesus walked the Earth both fully man and fully God to experience all of the struggles that you would face. He faced them as a human so that He could relate to you on a personal level. Throughout Jesus’ life, we see where He walked into many situations that had no hope and changed everything around. He restored people’s sight, brought back hearing and speech, healed people who had been sick for many years, and even brought someone who was dead back to life. The same power that Jesus walked with is also the same power that we get to experience as Christians. Not only will Jesus move in us, but He will also move through us.

This is great news when it comes to telling your friends about what God did in you. Maybe you used to party with your friends and do things on the weekend that now God is showing you that you should not do. You have a God who has the power to help you in those moments. When friends are pressuring you or asking you to go to the party, Jesus can give you the power to say no. Jesus’ power is now alive in you just like His power came alive as He healed people in the Bible. Jesus living inside of you stands out to your friends. You can tell them about what God did in you, and now they are watching to see how you live it out. Now you can walk in power!

There is no situation too big, no person too far gone, and no miracle that God can’t do.

Luke 9:22-27  He went on, “It is necessary that the Son of Man proceed to an ordeal of suffering, be tried and found guilty by the religious leaders, high priests, and religion scholars, be killed, and on the third day be raised up alive.” Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? If any of you is embarrassed with me and the way I’m leading you, know that the Son of Man will be far more embarrassed with you when he arrives in all his splendor in company with the Father and the holy angels. This isn’t, you realize, pie in the sky by and by. Some who have taken their stand right here are going to see it happen, see with their own eyes the kingdom of God.”

Proverbs 16:3  “Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place.”

Psalm 34:18  “If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.”

Day 5

Life will have its ups and downs, but now that you are a Christian you have some tools to help you and a safe place to run. Maybe you have heard the quote, “You either just got out of a storm, you are in a storm, or a storm is coming.” While this may be true, you now have the presence of God to run to as protection. The Bible talks about how God is a strong tower, and those who run to it are safe. This is why on tough days you do not have to give up because God is above it all.

Worship is a powerful way to run to God and put your trust in Him. Maybe you slipped up and made a mistake, or the pressure and stress of school is piling on you. In these moments, one of the best things you can do it take a step away from the stress and pressure, play a worship song, and put everything in right perspective. Remind your spirit that God is in control and bigger than anything in your life.

God will not only meet you in the middle of a storm; he will walk with you through the storm.

Mark 4:35-41  That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.  A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Proverbs 3:5-6  “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”

Psalm 56:10-13  “God met me more than halfway, he freed me from my anxious fears. Look at him; give him your warmest smile. Never hide your feelings from him. When I was desperate, I called out, and God got me out of a tight spot. God’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray. Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him.”

Day 6

We all know someone who acts differently around different people, and it can be frustrating, right? You never know if you can count on them or not. Sometimes they are there for you, sometimes they can help you, but it is never consistent. You need to know that God is always with you, He never changes, and He always knows what is best in every situation. Even when the world gets crazy and culture shifts, God does not.

This trust and commitment to God will take time. Growing in your trust and relationship with God is a lot like growing in relationships with people on earth. Lots of first dates are a little bit weird, but if it goes well and you keep going on dates, over time trust and commitment if formed. Even your friendship with your best friend took time to develop and have trust in it. Keep trusting God, keep talking to God, and watch your relationship with Him grow. He is a firm rock for you to stand on and you can always trust in God. He is a man of His word, and He keeps His promises.

Even when the world around you is shaking, God is a solid rock for you to stand on.

2 Corinthians 4:9-12 — “We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!”

Proverbs 18:10 — “God’s name is a place of protection—good people can run there and be safe.”

Psalm 61:3-5  “You’ve always given me breathing room, a place to get away from it all, a lifetime pass to your safe-house, an open invitation as your guest. You’ve always taken me seriously, God, made me welcome among those who know and love you.”

Day 7

Today is day 7 of this devotional. Can you believe it? The Bible is one of the greatest tools that God has given us. The Bible can help you in time of need with clarity and direction. It will give you strength in any areas of weakness in your life. It brings you great hope when all else is failing. It illuminates your path in front of you as you walk with God every day. It’s not just rules and regulations, but it is alive and powerful.

The Bible is a great gift for following Jesus because it equips us with verses to combat the lies of the enemy. The Bible says the devil is prowling around like a lion seeking who he can devour and destroy, and the Bible is a tool to combat this. You can use the Bible to directly fight sin, stress, and whatever you are facing in life. If you are facing something, take some time to find what the Bible says about it by Googling what the Bible says about what you are facing, or your Bible might have a subject concordance in the back of it. Then use what the Bible says to combat the lie of the enemy. You can pray the Bible just by reading the scripture out load or committing it to memory and asking God to help you through whatever life and the enemy is throwing at you.

The Bible helps us see God, discover ourselves, and is a source of direction in a time of need.

Matthew 4:1-11 — “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written’” He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Proverbs 1:7  “Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.”

Psalm 119:105-110  “By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path. I’ve committed myself and I’ll never turn back from living by your righteous order.”

Day 8

The Bible is full of scripture that reveals that you were made for worship. Now, you may not be able to hum a tune, match pitch, or even sing at all. And that is totally fine because worship is not about talent. Worship is about a surrendered heart. You can worship God in any season of life whether good or bad because worship is not about you, it is all about God’s worth.

Sometimes without even knowing it, we are worshipping something other than God. God doesn’t think college football or social media are bad, but when it is getting all of your attention, we are worshipping that thing and not God. God wants to be at the top of your list and in the middle of everything you are facing in your life. When you set your attention on God in worship, it realigns your life and your perspective back on God. Worship can be as simple as thanksgiving and gratitude to God.

A great way to give your day to God and put Him at the top of the list is the first fifteen. All you have to do is take 5 minutes of worship, prayer, and reading the Bible in the morning. By taking this time in the morning before anything else, you are setting the tone for your day and all your tasks that God is first and deserving of your worship!

We worship God because He is worthy of all of our life!

Romans 12:1-2  “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

Proverbs 3:6 “Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”

Psalm 95:1-2 “Come, let’s shout praises to God, raise the roof for the Rock who saved us! Let’s march into his presence singing praises, lifting the rafters with our hymns!”

Day 9

Have you ever been in a situation where prayer is happening around you, and you shrink back because you have no experience and do not know what to say? We all know that feeling and have had that experience in some form or another. Prayer is not something you have to be afraid of. The Bible reveals that Jesus not only prioritized prayer but He also modeled it for us. If it was important for Jesus to pray and talk to God every day, then it is also important for us to talk to God every day. It is imperative that you understand prayer is simply a conversation with God like you would have a conversation with a friend. You do not have to change your voice or your vocabulary.

You also need to know that when you pray, God hears your prayers the moment they come off of your lips. God is listening, and your prayers are powerful and effective. You can pray wherever and whenever you want throughout the day. A great practice to apply to your life is to “Pray First”. In the morning before class…Pray First. When friends ask you to go out that night…Pray First. Before you send that text…Pray First. Don’t feel pressure to have it all figured out today, just try different times, places, and keep having conversations with Jesus. He is listening and will meet you right where you are.

Prayer is not our last resort but our first response!

1 John 5:14  “My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God’s Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion. And how bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he’s listening. And if we’re confident that he’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours.”

Proverbs 15:8 — “God can’t stand pious poses, but he delights in genuine prayers.”

Psalm 145:18  “God’s there, listening for all who pray, for all who pray and mean it.” 

Day 10

God never intended for us to do life alone. We were created to be in relationships with one another. Life change happens in the context of right relationships. We’ve talked a lot about Small Groups, but they are so important because they help us grow in our relationship with God. The right friendships giveyou a place to take off the mask, to be honest with one another, to fight for each other, encourage each other, and ultimately to grow together. Quality and impactful relationships take effort and work though. It can be hard to trust people in our Small Groups though, and it is difficult, to be honest with ourselves about what we are facing.

You might even have friends who are making fun of you for going to church and for being in a small group with Christians. Jesus faced ridicule and had people turn His back on Him, but even Jesus had close friends who He was honest with. If Jesus is our example, and He had people He talked with, prayed with, and was growing closer to God with, then we can know that this is an area of life worth putting effort and energy toward because Godly friendships were intended to push you towards your purpose, your potential, and Jesus.

Show me your friends, and I will show you your future.

John 15:9-17 “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love. “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.  “You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you. “But remember the root command: Love one another.”

Proverbs 13:20  “Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.”

Psalm 29:11 “God makes his people strong. God give his people peace.”

Day 11

You have been given a purpose in life by God, andyou also have a place where that purpose is revealed, sharpened, and useful. That place is found in a local life-giving Church where you are a part of something that is bigger than yourself. The Church has nothing to do with the walls of a building, but the Church has everything to do with the people inside of it. The Church is made up of many parts, and you have a part to play with the gifts that you have been given. The Church is at its finest when everyone is playing their part.

At Church of the Highlands, we believe that you have a unique purpose. We believe in it so much that we have a four-stepprocess called the Growth Track to help you realize how God made you and where you can best serve Him. It may feel like a big step, but put yourself out there to serve people through the local church. Times and locations for Growth Track can be found here: churchofthehighlands.com/connect/growth-track.

The Church is made up of many parts, and you have a part to play with the gifts that you have been given.

1 Corinthians 12:20-27  For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of. An enormous eye or a gigantic hand wouldn’t be a body, but a monster. What we have is one body with many parts, each its proper size and in its proper place. No part is important on its own. Can you imagine Eye telling Hand, “Get lost; I don’t need you”? Or, Head telling Foot, “You’re fired; your job has been phased out”? As a matter of fact, in practice it works the other way—the “lower” the part, the more basic, and therefore necessary. You can live without an eye, for instance, but not without a stomach. When it’s a part of your own body you are concerned with, it makes no difference whether the part is visible or clothed, higher or lower. You give it dignity and honor just as it is, without comparisons. If anything, you have more concern for the lower parts than the higher. If you had to choose, wouldn’t you prefer good digestion to full-bodied hair? The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance. You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything.

Proverbs 11:17  “When you’re kind to others, you help yourself; when you’re cruel to others, you hurt yourself.”

Psalm 133:1  “How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along!”

Day 12

Once you realize who you are in Christ, God will begin to take you on a journey of discovering how He wired you and gifted you. You will never be more fulfilled in life than when you are using your gifts for the good of someone else and not yourself. Gifts do not make us better than each other, gifts connect each of us to the purpose inside of our hearts.

God is a gift-giving God! We can ask for anything in life, and God has the resources and capability to give it to us. God also has gifts that He gives to every single Christian. The day you prayed and gave your life to Jesus, He instantly equipped your life with the gifts that the Bible calls the “Fruits of the Spirit.” You might not have even known until right now that God has given you a bunch of gifts, and it is really hard to use a gift that you did not know you had. The Fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. It can be hard to always walk in these gifts, but just talk to God about them. In the moments when you need some joy, tell God you need help walking in the gift of joy that He has given you. Over time, these gifts can transform everything about your Christian walk, and help you stay away from the traps of this world.

God has given us gifts so that we would use them to make an eternal difference in the lives of those around us.

Galatians 5:19-23   “It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on. This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom. But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.”

Proverbs 18:16  “A gift gets attention; it buys the attention of eminent people.”

Psalm 90:12 “Oh! Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well!”

Day 13

Can you believe it is day 13? You’ve been following Jesus for almost two weeks now. We are sure that these past two weeks have had some ups and downs, and it is our prayer that this devotional has helped give you some practical next steps. We have talked a lot about reading the Bible, prayer, andworship, and even about how to get into the right relationships. Before we finished though we wanted to challenge you with one more step of faith. That is to go public with your declaration of following Jesus by being water baptized.

Water baptism is a way to show the world that you are a follower of Jesus. Some people call baptism the wedding band of salvation. A wedding band does not make someone married, but it does let people around them know that they are off of the market. The wedding band shows the world that someone is committed to a marriage relationship. Just like a wedding band doesn’t make you married, being baptized doesn’t make you saved, but baptism does show a commitment to your relationship with God and that you trust that He is changing your life. For details on times and locations for water baptism, check out: churchofthehighlands.com/baptism.

Baptism lets your spirit and the world know that you are going all-in to follow Jesus.

Matthew 3:16-17 “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with himI am well pleased.’”

Romans 6:4 “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

Proverbs 19:21  “We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails.”

Psalm 138:8  “When I walk into the thick of trouble, keep me alive in the angry turmoil. With one hand strike my foes, with your other hand save me. Finish what you started in me, God. Your love is eternal—don’t quit on me now.”

Day 14

As we conclude this devotional, you need to know that there will be moments in your life where you feel unqualified, not worth it, and like you have messed up too many times. But God looks past the mistakes, to see the potential that He put inside of you. In other words, God doesn’t speak to who you are but to who you could become.

Once we have received this freedom and new life in Jesus,it is now our daily mission to help others experience the same thing. You can make a difference right where you are at in college. Spreading God’s love can be as simple as smiling at people as you walk to class, thanking your professors for all their hard work, or getting to know the baristas at your favorite coffee shop. Never underestimate how small the moment is because God can use the small moments to make a big difference. Saved people serve people. We will never give up on people because God never gave up on us. Our life is now a living sacrifice that follows God wherever He leads us to make a difference.

Live every day to make an eternal difference in someone’s life.

Corinthians 9: 22-23  “Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!”

Proverbs 3:27  “Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person.”

Psalm 37:4  “Get insurance with God and do a good deed, settle down and stick to your last. Keep company with God, get in on the best.”