Watch Fellowship Church Live Online Experience: Fellowship Live:

Fellowship Church

Fellowship Church

Devotionals

Encouragement Through the Journey

Thank you for taking the 90 Day Challenge! We know that God is going to do incredible things over the next three months as you step out in obedience. To encourage you through this journey, we’ve created devotionals (designed for every other day) to inspire you as you remain steadfast in your pledge.

Day 16: Dealing with Debt, Part 2

READ
Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender. - Proverbs 22:7

THINK
Read the text again. Note that it is not saying that you should never borrow money. It is often said by well-meaning Christians that the Bible tells us not to borrow money. That is not true. Jesus himself said in Matthew 5:42 that we are to give to anyone who asks and not to turn away anyone who wants to borrow from you.

Throughout the Bible you find instances where money is borrowed. Borrowing is not the issue. The problem for many lies in the fact that they have borrowed more than they can pay back. What is needed is discipline – the discipline to borrow only what you can afford to pay back. Otherwise, you will put yourself under the power of the lender.

PRAY
Ask God to reveal any instances of ego spending, buying stuff to soothe our self-esteem. Ego spending is often the basis for borrowing (think credit cards) more than we can afford to pay back.

ACT
Credit cards can be the source of where we “borrow” more than we can pay back. Discipline yourself to always pay off the balance every month. If that is difficult for you, then take out a pair of scissors and cut the card in half!

Read More
Share:

Day 17: Dealing with Debt, Part 3

READ
Know well the conditions of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, for riches do not last forever. - Proverbs 27:23-24

THINK
Keep track of your spending. I’ll say it again. Keep track of your spending. Do you know the condition of your checking account?  Does it always seem to come up short forcing you to move money from your savings account?  Are you spending away whatever savings you have in order to maintain a lifestyle you cannot afford?

Riches do not last forever. Money management is essential to your overall financial health. To be a good money tracker you need to know what comes in and what goes out. You need to have certain knowledge that what goes out is not exceeding what comes in. Riches do not last forever!

PRAY
Give God thanks for all that He has shown you during this 90 Day Challenge. Get specific. Write them all down and read them back with a voice of thanksgiving.

ACT
Take time today to look carefully at your financial state. Note what is coming in and compare it with what is going out. If the going out exceeds the coming in, make the necessary changes. Do it today!

Read More
Share:

Day 18: Giving

READ
Give, and it will be given to you. A good portion – packed down, firmly shaken, and overflowing – will fall into your lap. The portion you give will determine the portion you receive in return. - Luke 6:38

THINK
Could Jesus have made it any clearer? Give and it will be given to you. In God’s economy when you give, it is coming back to you. But take note – this reciprocal movement is initiated by the act of giving. Nothing happens until generosity is turned on. You have to give and then the truth of this verse becomes a reality. Give and it will be given to you!

God wants us to be openhanded, willing to give whenever the opportunity presents itself.  Now don’t miss this. Giving or generosity is not just about money. Being generous is about every aspect of your life. It’s giving complements. It’s giving personal possessions. It’s giving time. Generosity knows no bounds.  Give, give and give again.

PRAY
Ask God to reveal any areas in your life that resist being generous. Then thank him for the “generous” gift of salvation found in Christ.

ACT
When you see those areas in your life that are resistant to generosity, counter the stinginess with an act of giving. For example, if you see that you rarely or never compliment people around you, deliberately go out of your way today to give away some very generous compliments.

Read More
Share:

Day 19: Giving, Part 2

READ
Give, and it will be given to you. A good portion – packed down, firmly shaken, and overflowing – will fall into your lap. The portion you give will determine the portion you receive in return.- Luke 6:38

THINK
Give and it will be given to you. In God’s economy there is a spiritual law of generosity. You give something and you will receive something. It’s like the natural law of gravity. Jump off a ladder and you will hit the ground every time. Why? Gravity!  Give and you will receive every time. Why? Generosity! Whether it is a natural law or a spiritual law, the outcome is always the same.

No doubt that during this 90 Day Challenge you have seen God do some amazing things in your life. When it comes to the tithe, God said test Him and see if He would not bless you. This is another spiritual law. Tithe and you will be blessed. Give and you will receive. Are you starting to see something? Whether it is a natural law that God built into our world or a spiritual law, His word is always true. Now go give something!

PRAY
Ask God to quicken your expectancy and to open your eyes regarding the returns on your generosity. We often miss them because we are not expecting nor looking.

ACT
Continue to find as many ways as possible to give. Do not limit your giving to money only. Be creative and have fun.

Read More
Share:

Day 20: Giving, Part 3

READ
Give, and it will be given to you. A good portion – packed down, firmly shaken, and overflowing – will fall into your lap. The portion you give will determine the portion you receive in return. - Luke 6:38

THINK
We have seen that God wants us to be generous and to understand that when we do give, He will give back. Give and it will be given to you. But note how God will give back. He states that it will be a good portion. Unlike a box of cereal that is only half full when you first open it because of settled contents, in God’s economy the contents are not allowed to settle. When God pours back into your cereal box, He pushes it down, shakes it firmly so more can be poured in causing the box to overflow!

Now let’s drop some more truth into this thought. You get to determine how much you receive back. Jesus said, “The portion you give will determine the portion you receive in return.” Paul writing in 2nd Corinthians put it this way.  “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” You get to decide. Give a little, receive a little. Give generously, receive generously. This is not rocket science!

PRAY
Often when it comes to generosity, we have a stingy button that gets pushed when we attempt to give and give generously. Ask God to show you your stingy button and its root causes. Repent of those causes and let God know that you are giver.

ACT
Today, find something of value in your household and give it away.

Read More
Share:

Day 21: God's Supply

READ
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:19

THINK
What a wonderful verse! God will provide the resources for every situation of lack and shortage. That is incredible. But before you start jumping up and down shouting with joy, you need to ask yourself, “Do I qualify for the benefits of Philippians 4:19?”  There are many Christ-followers who know this verse but are not experiencing its benefit. Why? There is a context to which Philippians 4:19 is the conclusion.

Paul makes clear to the Philippians that God will supply their needs because they were a generous people. He tells them that “no church entered into partnership with him in giving and receiving” for the sake of the gospel. The Philippians gave generously to the cause of Christ and as a result Paul declared that God would provide the resources for every situation of lack and shortage. How about you? Are you giving generously to the cause of Christ?

PRAY
During this 90 Day Challenge ask God to multiply many times over the tithe you are bringing to the ministry of Fellowship Church.

ACT
Read Philippians 4:15-20 which is the context for Philippians 4:19. Note how many times Paul references the act of giving and generosity on the part of the church at Philippi. Now take a good look at your generosity toward Fellowship Church and then reread Philippians 4:19.

Read More
Share:

Day 22: God's Supply, Part 2

READ
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:19

THINK
Context is everything and Philippians 4:19 must be understood in it context. The Philippians gave generously to the cause of Christ and as a result Paul declared that God would provide the resources for every situation of lack and shortage. Generosity toward Christ’s church and the gospel is the key that unlocks the supply of God.

How many needs will God’s supply meet? Paul puts it plainly – every need!  When we are faithful to provide financially for the church and its mission, God promises to meet our every need.  Note that Paul writes “and my God will supply.” He does not say “our” God, but “my” God.  Why? Paul is writing from personal experience. He has seen God provide again and again. As a result, he encourages us all to be generous toward the church and then watch God provide.

PRAY
Thank God for the 90 Day Challenge as it reinforces your commitment to God and His church. Also, thank him for the fact that he will supply all your needs as you continue to bring the tithe.

ACT
List out every need you can think of that God has met in your life. Now write down any current needs that have yet to be met. Look at the list of met needs and let them be a reminder that as you continue in the 90 Day Challenge, God will be faithful to meet those outstanding needs.

Read More
Share:

Day 23: God's Supply, Part 3

READ
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:19

THINK
As we have seen this week, there is a context to which Philippians 4:19 is the conclusion. When we are faithful to provide financially for the church and its mission, God promises to meet our every need. How is God able to meet our every need? He does so according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus!

God will supply every need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. What that means is that God has an unlimited supply. Regardless the need, be it personal, be it business, or be it employment, God’s supply is limitless. When we operate within his guidelines, we tap into glory and glory has no end. When we continue to be faithful to give generously to the church, God will provide!

PRAY
Take this moment to thank God for His ultimate provision, the gift of salvation you have in Christ. Remind yourself that as a Christ-follower, it is Christ who lives in you and enables you to live a life that trusts God to provide for your every need!.

ACT
This weekend bring something extra to give into Fellowship Church and as you do, remind yourself that God’s promises are true.

Read More
Share:

Day 24: Treasures in Heaven

READ
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Matthew 6:19-21

THINK
It is the ultimate treasure test. Do you stockpile wealth for you and only you or do you invest your wealth into something greater than you? In these verses Jesus is not saying to never save. What He is saying is to examine your heart. What are your motives with the treasures, the wealth that God has entrusted to you? Are your motives earthly or heavenly? Is it all about you or something greater than you?

To store treasures in heaven is to invest your wealth into something that is eternal. For Christ-followers, that means to invest your money into the only thing that Jesus built – the local church! Why? It is in and through the local church where people find eternal life in Christ Jesus. The 90 Day Challenge is your opportunity to begin a life-time commitment to lay up treasures in heaven.

PRAY
Make it a commitment to pray that the tithe you bring is multiplied many times over into the ministry of Fellowship Church in order to bring thousands to faith in Christ.

ACT
There is a certain someone that the Holy Spirit has been prompting you to invite to Fellowship Church.  Make the invite today!

Read More
Share:

Day 25: Treasure in Heaven, Part 2

READ
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 

The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, you whole body will be full of darkness.  If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! - Matthew 6:19-23

THINK
Jesus said to store treasures in heaven, meaning to invest your wealth into that which is eternal. That means to invest your money into the local church where life change happens.  Immediately following this exhortation, Jesus talks about good and bad eyes. In the first century a “good eye” was one who was single minded resulting in generosity, while a “bad eye” was one who had mixed motives resulting in stinginess.

As you continue with the 90 Day Challenge, a positive by-product is a “good eye.” You are becoming single minded, focused on the one thing that matters most - building Christ’s church one life at a time. You see what counts and are willing to give generously to it. Changed lives in Christ become the consuming passion of your life. Your eye is heathy and your whole body is full of light!

PRAY
Ask God to let you see with clarity what moves His heart and then pray that would move your heart as well.

ACT
Reread Matthew 6:19-23. Continue to pray for those you know far from God and ask God to give you opportunities to invite them to Fellowship Church.

Read More
Share:

Day 26: Treasure in Heaven, Part 3

READ
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 

The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, you whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 

No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. - Matthew 6:19-24

THINK
When we lay up treasures in heaven by investing in the local church, we develop a healthy eye or the ability to see what matters most – changed lives in Jesus Christ. A healthy eye will then enable us to put God first as the one and only true master. God will reign and money will serve.

Caught in the trap of trying to serve two masters is a no-win situation. You will forever waver between being loyal to one and have contempt for the other. In a word, you will be double-minded. This is precisely why the 90 Day Challenge is so important. It is giving you the opportunity to lay up treasures in heaven resulting in a healthy eye that sees only one Master, God!

PRAY
Thank God for a healthy eye that sees only one Master, God.  Declare to God that He alone is your master and provider.

ACT
Reread Matthew 6:19-24.  Continue to invite to Fellowship Church those individuals you know that are far from God.

Read More
Share:

Day 27: Excel in Giving

READ
Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will … since you (Corinthians) excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us —I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. - 2 Corinthians 8:1-3, 7

THINK
Note that the Macedonian churches overflowed in rich generosity even though they were tested by severe persecution. How could this be?  Most people, when facing hardship and trials, do not pull the generosity lever. What made the Macedonian churches different? They were filled with abundant joy!

Joy, unlike happiness, is not dependent on circumstances. Joy is the God-given ability to see beyond the circumstances to the bigger purpose. Jesus endured the cross because of the joy set before him. Jesus saw beyond the cross to the millions who would know God due to his death on that cross. Likewise, the Macedonians could see beyond the present persecution to the larger purpose of their giving.

PRAY
God tells us to give thanks in all circumstances. If you are suffering, give thanks not for the suffering but for the fact that God is the one who sustains you even in the darkest of moments!

ACT
Don’t let hardship rob you of generosity. This is the time to excel in giving. Today find ways to give to others in spite of your difficulties. As you give, look beyond your hardship to the larger purpose of your generosity. You just blessed another by your act of giving. What joy!

Read More
Share:

Day 28: Excel in Giving, Part 2

READ
Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will … since you (Corinthians) excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us —I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. - 2 Corinthians 8:1-3, 7

THINK
Note that the Macedonian churches overflowed in rich generosity even though they were tested by severe persecution. How could this be? Most people, when facing hardship and trials, do not pull the generosity lever. What made the Macedonian churches different? They were filled with abundant joy!

Joy, unlike happiness, is not dependent on circumstances. Joy is the God-given ability to see beyond the circumstances to the bigger purpose. Jesus endured the cross because of the joy set before him. Jesus saw beyond the cross to the millions who would know God due to his death on that cross. Likewise, the Macedonians could see beyond the present persecution to the larger purpose of their giving.

PRAY
God tells us to give thanks in all circumstances. If you are suffering, give thanks not for the suffering but for the fact that God is the one who sustains you even in the darkest of moments!

ACT
Don’t let hardship rob you of generosity. This is the time to excel in giving. Today find ways to give to others in spite of your difficulties. As you give, look beyond your hardship to the larger purpose of your generosity. You just blessed another by your act of giving. What joy!

Read More
Share:

Day 29: Excel in Giving, Part 3

READ
Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will … since you (Corinthians) excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us —I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. - 2 Corinthians 8:1-3, 7

THINK
We all need examples or people who model Godly behaviors for us to observe and copy. This is what the churches of Macedonia did for the Corinthian church. They modeled generosity on a “whole
nutha level.” They were an example for the Corinthians to observe and copy.

You may not know this, but your friends are watching you. As you continue in the 90-Day Challenge, not only are you learning how to be obedient with the financial resources God brings into your household, you are also becoming an example of the very same to those in your circle of friendships. Some of your friends have yet to take up this challenge and as such are watching you to see what happens. They will not be disappointed.

PRAY
Thank God for the blessings that you are seeing as a result of bringing the tithe. Ask God to make those blessings obvious to those who are watching your life.

ACT
Be prepared to share with any, especially your friends, who ask how God has blessed your life as a result of the 90-Day Challenge. Choose one friend you know that is not tithing and share with them your experience.

Read More
Share:

Day 30: Live Within Your Means

READ
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. - Luke 12:34

THINK
How can we live within our means? How do we overcome the urge to have more than our income can afford? Follow three steps: Look inside, look back, and look forward. Let’s begin with “look inside” by asking the question, “Why do we spend more than we make?” If we take this question seriously, we will discover that there is something we value more than God.

What can reign in our hearts is what the experts call SPAM – Status, Performance, Appearance and Money. All too often we define our value by how others approve our position in life, our job title, our looks, and our pile of stuff. If SPAM is the treasure of our heart, it is no surprise that we spend more than we make!

PRAY
Ask the Holy Spirit to sniff out any traces of SPAM in your heart and repent of it. Declare to God that He alone is your treasure.

ACT
As you go about your daily activities today, pay attention to both yourself and those you come in contact with. Look carefully and listen closely to see how SPAM can be the driving force in all of our lives.

Read More
Share:
Next Page Previous Page