Devotionals by Jason Pankau

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He is Risen – Proof

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Read John 20:24-29

Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” – John 20:29 (NLT)

Thomas wanted what a lot of us want—proof. So Jesus provided it, knowing that Thomas would respond with worship and obedience. And God will do the same for us, providing the proof, the assurance we need so that we can be at peace. Listen as Jason elaborates on the fact that “God’s got you.”

He is Risen – Possibility

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Read Luke 24:13-34

Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. – Luke 24:25-27 (NLT)

The disciples in today’s passage were discouraged because they couldn’t see or imagine what God was up to. When you are facing difficult circumstances and are stuck in disbelief, consider the possibility that God may be working even in those situations. As we recall what we have learned earlier about God’s work in our lives and in others’, we can reopen our minds to the possibilities that the resurrected God has for our future.

He is Risen – Perspective

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Read John 20:11-18 (NLT)

“Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked [Mary].
“Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked [Mary]. John 20:13,15 (NLT)

When I’m stuck in my perspective, and am confronted with people who can look at my situation from God’s perspective, the two won’t match up, and I have a chance to recognize the difference and see the bigger perspective.
How often are you stuck trying to work things out on your own, instead of searching the Word of God, or consulting other faithful Christians who might have a God-perspective on your situation? Believe that it’s not something wrong with God, but something going on with you, that there is something stopping you from recognizing the presence of God in your midst. Let Jason encourage you to get past your limited perspective and return to God’s mission for you.

All Things New – A New Commandment

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As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory, and God will be glorified because of him. And since God receives glory because of the Son, he will give his own glory to the Son, and he will do so at once. Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. And as I told the Jewish leaders, you will search for me, but you can’t come where I am going. So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” – John 13:31-35

Many people today, even Christians, are not comfortable or receptive to the idea of “commandment.” Yet Jesus (our Lord and King) commands us to love one another. We don’t (or even can’t) do this perfectly, but when we fall short, we need to see that as sin and repent of it. As we grow closer to Christ, the Holy Spirit will work more and more often through us, so that our loving words and actions “prove to the world that we are [Jesus’] disciples.”

All Things New – New Relationships

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Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Colossians 3:11-15 (NLT)

To be the holy people God intends us to be, our actions toward others must become more Christlike. As the body of Christ, we are called to live in togetherness, in fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. When we catch ourselves not being merciful, not being kind, not being humble, etc., it should move us to repent and let God’s forgiveness strengthen us as we act to restore our relationships with one another.

Holy Week – Psalm 22

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Read Psalm 22
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Why are you so far away when I groan for help?
Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.
Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief.
Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.

O Lord, do not stay far away!
You are my strength; come quickly to my aid!

Praise the Lord, all you who fear him!
Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob!
Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel!

For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy.
He has not turned his back on them,
but has listened to their cries for help.
Psalm 22:1-3,19, 23-24

Much of what happened during Jesus’ crucifixion is foretold by David in Psalm 22. Listen as Jason takes us through this prophetic psalm.

The key, when we are greatly afflicted, is remembering where our help is, that only God can help us. I must remember that I’m done—I don’t have to work hard to figure out how to get right with God. Jesus did it for me. And that’s the Easter miracle.

Lent 6 – Psalm 143

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Read Psalm 143

I am losing all hope;
I am paralyzed with fear.
I remember the days of old.
I ponder all your great works
and think about what you have done.
I lift my hands to you in prayer.
I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.

For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve my life.
Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.
In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies
and destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant.
Psalm 143:3-6, 11-12 (NLT)

Psalm 143 is David dealing with oppression by many enemies, and praying that God would give him His perspective, His guidance. Perhaps you can recall a season where you felt attacked, stressed out. When we feel that way, God is looking for honesty from us, because from that attitude, God can bring change. And change leads to hope.

Listen as Jason encourages us to get out of our own way, and let God accomplish His will in our lives.

Lent 5 – Psalm 130

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Read Psalm 130
Lord, if you kept a record of our sins,
who, O Lord, could ever survive?
But you offer forgiveness,
that we might learn to fear you.
Psalm 130: 3-4 (NLT)

This short psalm is meant to encourage us to remember that engaging in God’s presence is a holy journey. There is a righteous way of thinking about coming before God, letting the Holy Spirit search us, that we might be purified. Because we have the Holy Spirit within us, we can always pray in the presence of God, and as we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive them.

Lent 4 – Psalm 51

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Read Psalm 51

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Oh, give me back my joy again;
you have broken me—
now let me rejoice.
Don’t keep looking at my sins.
Remove the stain of my guilt.
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
Psalm 51:7-11 (NLT)

Psalm 51, which David wrote after being confronted about his sin with Bathsheba, is one of the most famous psalms.
Read Psalm 51

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Oh, give me back my joy again;
you have broken me—
now let me rejoice.
Don’t keep looking at my sins.
Remove the stain of my guilt.
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
Psalm 51:7-11 (NLT)

Psalm 51, which David wrote after being confronted about his sin with Bathsheba, is one of the most famous psalms.
Our disobedience separates us from God, and takes away the joy that comes from being in the will of God. And even after we are forgiven, there are still consequences to our sin that continue to play out in our lives. So it’s an act of faith to believe that it’s done—that once I’ve confessed my sin and come to God with a humble and contrite heart, he truly does forgive me.

Lent 3 – Psalm 102

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Read Psalm 102

My life passes as swiftly as the evening shadows.
I am withering away like grass.
But you, O Lord, will sit on your throne forever.
Your fame will endure to every generation.
Psalm 102:11-12 (NLT)

Psalm 102 is a prayer of one overwhelmed with trouble, pouring out problems before the Lord.

We can always pour out our troubles to the Lord, asking for his fresh perspective, healing, or guidance. But we need to listen to his response, and not be deceived into thinking that we are alone. For if the evil one gets us alone, he has us in the perfect place to torment us. Thanks be to God, who builds the church so that Christians are not alone, but can be surrounded with people who can help bear the load of life. Be encouraged today as Jason reminds us that God will accomplish his will, no matter what our current circumstances are.