Faith is not what you say. It’s what you believe. If you missed the message, “The Ring of Authority,” from last weekend or you want to watch it again, visit gatewaypeople.com/series/sons-not-servants?sermon=the-ring-of-authority.

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DAY 21 | YOUR DESTINY WILL COME by Robert Morris “So Pharaoh asked his officials, ‘Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?’” – Genesis 41:38 A young man began serving in the church parking lot. Every week he was faithful in that responsibility. After a while his faithfulness became apparent to everyone, and eventually he was made the “parking lot captain.” The next week he showed up with a uniform, a bullhorn, and a huge flashlight that looked like a prop from a Star Wars movie. He had been given greater power and authority, and that parking lot was now his place of responsibility! Genesis 41 tells the story of how Joseph stepped into greater power and authority when he was called from the dungeon to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams. At that time Joseph had been in prison for 12 years, and it had been 2 full years since he had interpreted the dreams for the butler and the baker. But things were about to change. Not only did Joseph give Pharaoh the interpretation of his dreams, he also told him how to prepare for the coming years of famine (Genesis 41:25–36). Joseph’s advice was so full of wisdom it caused Pharaoh to conclude that he must be filled with the Spirit of God. Pharaoh gave Joseph his signet ring, which represented his rights and authority as the ruler of Egypt. He clothed Joseph in fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck, representing the riches that Joseph would now enjoy. He also had Joseph ride in his chariot, with people crying out, “Bow the knee!” as he went by—which represented the royal position in which Joseph now stood. He had the three Rs—rights, riches, and royalty. Now, that’s power! Like Joseph, your destiny will come. Stay faithful and don’t give up hope! It may be 10, 15, or 20 years—and then, in a single day, God can suddenly change everything about your circumstances! God can bless you and put you into your destiny. Prayer God, I believe that You will fulfill every promise You’ve made. Even if my circumstances are not how I imagined, I know that You have a great destiny for my life, and I will be faithful and trust in You to complete it. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Activation Holy Spirit, what are You saying to me today? For Further Study Genesis 41–42 Psalm 10:12–18 Proverbs 4:7–9 Matthew 14:1–21 Memory Verse “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” – Matthew 11:28–30 To read the complete 21-day devotional, visit gatewaydevotions.com/fresh-start.

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DAY 20 | THE LEAVEN OF HEAVEN by Tim Sheppard “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.” – Matthew 13:33 The word “put” is the Greek word enkrupto, from which we get “encryption.” It means to hide or conceal (as if by mixing). The woman in the Scripture above kneaded only a little amount of yeast or leaven into 60 pounds of flour. This invisible leaven “permeated every part of the dough,” expanding and transforming it in a visible way. Some expected Jesus to establish an earthly empire. In Luke 17:20–21, the Pharisees, wanting a physical sign, asked Him when the kingdom of God would come. Jesus explained that the kingdom “can’t be detected by visible signs.” Rather, it is “already among you.” Jesus Himself, as leaven kneaded into dough, pervaded society, transforming people’s lives. He is still among us! Through God’s redemptive work, the Holy Spirit—the leaven of heaven—is hidden within our hearts. The King and His kingdom permeate every area of our lives, changing us from the inside out! Inevitably, this invisible kingdom will become visible through us. Colossians 1:15 says, “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.” Just as God the Father became visible through Jesus, the Holy Spirit “makes us more and more like Him [Jesus] as we are changed into His glorious image” (2 Corinthians 3:18). Consider Joseph. Jealousy and hatred drove his brothers to sell him into slavery, resulting in Joseph’s banishment to Egypt. Even so, God was at work. Despite numerous trials, “the Lord was with Joseph” (Genesis 39:2, 3, 21, 23), and He caused Joseph to succeed in everything he did. Right now, you may be facing your own battles and asking, “God, why did You allow this to happen?” You can be confident that “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them” (Romans 8:28). And, just as God used Joseph’s exile to restore his family and save a nation from starvation, He just might be hiding you as leaven within the dough of difficulties to allow His kingdom to expand and become visible through you! Prayer Holy Spirit, I pray that You would permeate every part of my life and change me from the inside out. Use me in the situations around me to cause Your kingdom to shine through. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Activation Holy Spirit, what are You saying to me today? For Further Study Genesis 39–40 Psalm 10:1–11 Proverbs 4:1–6 Matthew 13:31–58 Memory Verse “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” – Matthew 11:28–30 To read the complete 21-day devotional, visit gatewaydevotions.com/fresh-start.

DAY 20 | THE LEAVEN OF HEAVEN by Tim Sheppard “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a Continue Reading →

DAY 19 | IT STARTS WITH THE HEART by Monica Bates “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.” – Matthew 13:16–17 The Lord has blessed my husband and me with three amazing daughters. When I was pregnant with my first daughter, my husband and I set up our first prenatal appointment with the doctor. I was so excited for this visit and had little idea of all that it was going to entail. As they celebrated with us on our pregnancy, the first thing they set out to do was to hear the baby’s heartbeat. When we saw the image of our precious child on the ultrasound screen, we listened intently to hear the rhythm of our baby’s heart. We did not even think about the child’s sex, if the baby had ten fingers and toes or two eyes, ears, legs, and arms. At that moment, we only wanted to hear the rapid cadence through the primitive ultrasound speaker. The Lord whispered to me at that moment, I care very much about the heart. That is where I start. In today’s reading plan the authors of Genesis, Psalms, Proverbs, and Matthew share matters of the heart with us. We read about jealousy, impatience, betrayal, trust, and rescue. These are the things that make our hearts beat out of rhythm throughout our lives as we enter into various seasons. What is the rhythm of your heartbeat with God? Will you allow God to align your heart with His? Prayer Lord, thank You for caring about my heart. I believe that as I draw close to You, You will draw close to me. Help me to hear Your heartbeat. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Activation Holy Spirit, what are You saying to me today? For Further Study Genesis 37–38 Psalm 9:11–20 Proverbs 3:31–35 Matthew 13:1–30 Memory Verse “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” – Matthew 11:28–30 To read the complete 21-day devotional, visit gatewaydevotions.com/fresh-start.

DAY 19 | IT STARTS WITH THE HEART by Monica Bates “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. I tell you the truth, Continue Reading →