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You shall not bow down to them or worship; for I the Lord your God, is a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me. — Exodus 20:5 Priorities:  1. God 2. Family 3. Relationships 4. School/ Career This is the most common order people would answer when asked to list what their priorities are; however, often times what happens is the opposite. Priorities get mixed up and our time with God lands on the bottom of the list. What’s the connection with the verse you may ask? We may not always be bowing down to idols or worshiping gods, but we may be prioritizing other areas in our lives higher than God. We skip going to church because we have a huge exam the next day; we skip our quiet time because we’re tired after a long day from work; we would stay up scrolling down Facebook, but can’t even stay awake at church. But hey, God is understanding right? He’d be okay with it…not. We fail to realize these things that seem harmless are the very things that steal us away from Him. He wants you to focus on Him because you only need Him on your list. All the other things? Well, let’s just say, God has you number one on His list, too. Leave it to Him! ____________________________________________ Series: Black & White by the Color Movement (#cmdevo #B&W) Design by: Alodie // Personal // Color Movement

Delight in Discipline (#cmdevo #GettingRealwithGod)

Read Revelation 3:19 (NLT)

How do we react to discipline? Are we passive or aggressive? Do words go through one ear and out the other? Do we fight back? Sometimes, how we respond to the discipline of man, whether that be our parents, our professors or other authoritative figures, we tend to disagree with them and do what we believe is right.

Sound discipline of man is no different than the discipline of God. In Romans 13:1 we read that God commands us to be subject to the governing authorities which He has put in place. These authorities exist so that we can walk in sound judgement. Therefore, when your parents tell you not to attend a party Saturday night or to end an unhealthy relationship with your significant other, it is not to keep you from enjoying life, but rather keep you away from situations that will stop you from living an honorable one.

God’s discipline is no different. In Revelation 3:19 He expresses that “I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.” God has corrected me many times. Friends of mine can attest to the discipline of God and some have said that it can sometimes be the most painful. Although this is true, I believe that God disciplines us so that we would be molded into His holy people. He does this not to shame us, embarrass us, or condemn us, but rather to help us walk down the straight and narrow path He knows will bring us the most fulfillment and the most joy. He does this because He loves you, just as your parents do when they correct and discipline you.

The next time you are corrected by God, or another authoritative figure, remember that you are being molded. He desires only good things, for He is good. Let it be a constant reminder that the same Hands that discipline you, are the same perfect and loving Hands that are molding you into holiness. He establishes His authoritative figures in order that we receive help to walk the straight and narrow road. He does not intend that you walk this road alone, but take the Hand of His loving Spirit and embark on the path to righteousness. Therefore, delight in discipline and be seek the lovingness of the Father.

Devotional Series: Getting Real With God by the Color Movement (#cmdevo #GettingRealithGod)
Posted by: Cherlyne // Personal // Color Movement

Obstacle or Opportunity? James 1:2-4 // Why do we often see life’s challenges as being purposefully against us? Sometimes we focus too much on the obstacle while failing to acknowledge that every obstacle is actually an opportunity to grow! We have to realize that our perspective whilst facing obstacles matters. Just as clean water is produced by being filtered by rocks, our soul is cleansed, tested, and purified - like refined gold - to give glory and to praise Jesus Christ as He is revealed to us (1 Peter 1:7)
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Series: 2 Side by the Color Movement @colormovement(#cmdevo #2side)

Design by: Aileen Yap // Personal // Color Movement

Gaining Trust (#cmdevo #Proverbs31Woman)

Proverbs 31:11 – The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain.

How do you gain the trust of or in someone? Is it just through what they say? No. I could tell you that I know of a way to get you a lifetime supply of ice cream, but how do you know if I’m telling you the truth? It would take a few occasions of spending time together, as well as observing whether or not I have kept my word in other situations. Do I, myself, receive a lifetime supply of ice cream? These are all things to take into consideration. More than just talk, actions are vital when it comes to trust, and in this verse of Proverbs 31, trust is a great point to focus on to see just how important it is in our Christian life.

1 Peter 3:1-2 ties in with this verse as it reads, “Wives likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.” While this may, to some, seem like a lot to take in, first rest assure that the guys are given a word in verse 7 of this chapter, and second that there is great calling in these two verses. We are called to live a life of example. Showing that our lives have been changed because of Christ and now the Holy Spirit dwells within us, causing us to have a brand new walk. We are called to lead and be an example in our marriage, in our daily relationships, and in our daily lives. 1 Corinthians 3:19, Galatians 5:13, and 1 Peter 2:16 all affirm this calling of leading by example through actions. By being an example of Christ, people are able to see what He can do and that we are noticeably different from the way we use to be and different from the others around us. Allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us allows for more and more people to be brought to Christ.

It is no longer just something that others have heard about from various places, but they are able to see the life changing effects of Jesus Christ in our lives. Living a life that shows that you are not of this world, while representing Christ as you encounter people daily allows for trust to be built. Make living out your walk with Christ a daily thing this week.

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Devotional Series: Proverbs 31 Woman by the Color Movement (#cmdevo #Proverbs31Woman)

Posted by: Tiffani // Personal // Color Movement

Prince of Peace (#cmdevo #HolyWeek) 

This week, we want our readers to reflect on this special series of devotionals that speak on the last week of Christ’s life and his glorious resurrection. From Palm Sunday to Easter, let us remember what has been done for us and be thankful for the mercy of our Lord. We pray you have a reflective and devoted Easter season this year, taking these stories to heart, and remembering them throughout the year to come.
-CM 

Read Zechariah 9:9; Luke 19:28-44; Matthew 21:1-11

Today, Palm Sunday, commemorates Christ’s peaceful and triumphant ride into Jerusalem as our Messiah. All four gospels record this momentous occasion, but today we’re going to focus on the accounts in Luke and Matthew. I encourage you to read all four to gain a fuller understanding of the way this event was perceived at the time and the way God has preserved it for our understanding.

The writers of the Gospels make it clear that Jesus is the fulfillment of all of the prophesies of the Old Testament and is the Messiah that Jews have been expecting. They quote Zechariah 9:9, which prophesies “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” 

The Gospels record that Jesus requests a donkey specifically.  It was not that a donkey was the only animal available to Him or the only one He could afford. Rather, He chose this animal for a particular reason. Traditionally, when a king entered a city, the animal the king rode on would tell people in what spirit he was arriving. A horse symbolized war, but riding a donkey was a sign of peace. Jesus was sending the signal to the people of Jerusalem that He was the Prince of Peace. 

As Jesus entered the city, the people spread their cloaks and laid palm branches in the road. It was a custom of the time to cover the path of a high ranking person, particularly with palm branches, as they symbolized triumph and victory in the Roman Empire. The people were claiming Jesus to be their King. The gospels recount singing of Psalm 118, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” For a moment, it seemed like the world might recognize Christ as their Lord and treat him as He deserved to be treated, but we know that is not how the story ends.

Very quickly, the Pharisees interrupted the procession and demanded that Jesus stopped the people’s praise. They viewed the devotion of the Jewish people to Jesus as an affront to their own power, both politically and religiously. Jesus responded, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out” (Luke 19:40). Even when the children of God fail to recognize his authority, all of creation proclaims his glory.

Many of us are taught this is a “triumphant” entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, but it often feels like the exact opposite. Despite the welcome of the people, Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Jesus criticized the people, saying “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts around you and surround you, and hem you in on every side. They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God” (Luke 19:41-44).

Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem, but He knew that these people still did not understand. They welcomed Him as a king, but not as the type of king He actually is. The Jews wanted someone to deliver them from Rome. There was an expectation that the Jewish Messiah would be a warrior-king, like King David. But Jesus came to do battle with sin, not with Romans. Jesus was not a temporal deliverer; his focus was on their salvation. That is what He would die for, once their calls of “Hosanna” turned into “Crucify Him” during the last week of His life on earth. 

Today, remember the type of king Jesus really is. Jesus did not come to save us from Rome or any other earthly power. The gospel tells us that we do not need to be saved from our circumstances, but from our sin. Sin is our unrivaled mortal enemy, and yet Christ has conquered it. He is our Savior and His kingdom has no end.


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Devotional Series: Holy Week by the Color Movement  (#cmdevo #HolyWeek)
Posted by: Katlyn // Personal //  Color Movement

THE CYCLE TO RIGHTEOUSNESS (#cmdevo livingoutlove)


Pray: That God will guide you through this reading, that you will see what He wants for you from this text.

Read: Psalm 112:6-8

As followers of God we are constantly aiming for righteousness. For many of us being righteous may seem impossible. Oftentimes we can be so afraid of failing God that we don’t even try to live for Him.

“But what does it mean to be righteous?”

There is no set checklist for righteousness. God doesn’t say, “Complete tasks A, B, & C and you’ll be righteous.” It all works as more of a cycle; a moving turntable.

To be righteous we must turn to God and throw aside our worldly desires and idols. We must trust God entirely, without fear of the future, or “fear of bad news” (v.7). In turn, the more we focus on God and live out our lives for Him, the more He fills us up. Our hearts will be steadfast and we will have no fear (v.8).

The wonderful “turntable” of righteousness is a cycle that holds God right at the center! There is no hope for righteousness if we constantly have one foot off the turntable, still planted in the ways of the world. We will get distracted and lose our footing. We will no longer be focussed on God.

Some of you reading this may feel terrified to trust God. Perhaps you don’t want to try because you don’t want to fail.

Well here’s the best part:

God KNOWS and UNDERSTANDS that is out human nature to wander like lost sheep. That’s why we need Him even more! There is absolutely no way we can even attempt to be righteous without God.

Prayer Ideas:

(1) Where are there aspects of your life that cause you to lose footing in your faith?

Pray for strength and clarity so you can focus wholly on Him.

(2) Are you scared to trust God?

Pray He’ll soften your heart so you can further your trust in Him.

(3) Perhaps you just don’t know how to start living righteously. Maybe you’re new in your faith, or you’ve fallen and He’s helping you get back on your feet.

Pray he’ll give you insight and direction to live for Him. Pray he’ll teach you to live righteously.
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As You Go (#cmdevo #Godsgifts)

Read: Matthew 28:18-20

We all sometimes fight the desire to close ourselves off from the rest of the world. Sometimes it’s because we’re stressed and busy; other times it’s an intentional reaction to being hurt or discouraged.The world can be a cruel place, with expectations that contradict everything we’ve been taught from scripture. There are some days that all the resistance makes it difficult to follow Christ.  No matter how hard it gets, we must never close ourselves off from other people. We can’t always spend our lives hidden in the safety of the Christian community.

Jesus command us to “GO" (v.19). He demands that we be intentional and persistent about engaging with the world and bringing the Gospel to all those around us. For some, this does come in the form of mission trips, but that’s not the case for all. God has uniquely positioned each and every one of us in our lives in accordance to where He wants us to be, and how He will use us in these particular situations. The Greek word for “go” in verse 19 is actually better translated to “as you go.” We can go out of our way to make disciples, but we can also make disciples in the places we were already going. We can have great influence for God wherever we are as long as we are intentional and God-honoring, but we can’t do that without engaging with the same people that may sometimes be the most discouraging and judgmental. They may also be the people that need to see Jesus’s love the most - so show it too them!

Challenge yourself to resist the temptation to cut yourself off from the world that challenges you. Instead, commit to it. Live in it because God put you in it for a reason. You are here to proclaim His name, and make disciples of everyone around you. Show them the love that has been shown to you, and God will use you to change lives in ways you never thought possible.

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Devotional Series: God’s Gifts (#cmdevo #Godsgifts)

Posted by: Katlyn // Personal //  Color Movement

License to Sin? (#cmdevo #GospelofGrace)

Read Jude 1:5-23

Throughout this series, we’ve discussed the way God’s grace can be difficult to understand. This isn’t just because its a difficult theological concept, but rather because there’s something much more sinister happening. The devil works best by attacking us close to home - at the core of our faith. He creeps into our religious convictions and distorts them. It can be easy to know you’re being tempted when someone is telling you that killing someone is justified, but a lot more difficult to see the lie when someone tells you serving in the church more than someone else makes your salvation more assured. The devil often starts with good things and distorts them just a teeny bit so that you can’t tell the difference. He goes after important things to hit us the hardest That’s why he attacks our understanding of God’s grace.

We know from Acts 20:24 that God’s grace is at the center of the gospel. It permeates into everything else in our lives and is key to us living the lives God wants for us. That’s what attracts the devil to it. While he tailors his distortions to individual people’s weaknesses, there are two broad avenues he generally chooses from. First, he goes the legalist route, convincing people to add rules to their faith to determine their salvation. If you follow all the made up rules, then you’ll earn your salvation for yourself and you’ll have the comfort of knowing you’ll be safe! Second, he’ll tell you that if God’s grace is what saves you, then you can do whatever you want! It doesn’t matter if you live a good life or not - God will forgive and save you through his grace. We’re going to start exploring the second avenue.

The reading for this devotional was a bit lengthier than normal because the words of God are stronger than any words I could ever write for you all to read. What is abundantly clear in Jude is that we do not have a license to sin. God has made it clear time and time again that he will punish willful sin of all kinds from greed to sexual immorality to blasphemy. We have a God that loves us and forgives us for our weaknesses, but he does not tolerate unrepentant rebellion.   

I say this not to scare those that struggle with sin because we all do and God knows that. I say this to encourage you to be aware of your sin and be continually repentant and thankful for the forgiveness that God will graciously offer you. Do exactly as Jude writes: “build yourself up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life” (1:21-22).   

You don’t have to be perfect, but you also don’t have a license to sin. You must be faithful.


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Devotional Series: Gospel of Grace by the Color Movement  (#cmdevo #GospelofGrace)
Posted by: Katlyn // Personal //  Color Movement

Feelings of Inadequacy (#cmdevo #MuchNeededOrder)

Read Exodus 3:10-11

If we are really honest with ourselves, many of us have struggled with feelings of inadequacy. These feelings do not just occur in social settings or in the times when we began to compare ourselves with those we see, but also in our relationship with the Lord. Personally, I have had times when I’ve felt so insignificant, so messed up, and simply not up to God’s standard. I am so grateful, however, that He doesn’t see me through the same pair of glasses I see myself.

I have found great comfort in knowing that many of the people that God used in the Bible also felt these same feelings of inadequacy. This showed me that these feelings of never feeling good enough are nothing new to God. Moses, in Exodus 3:10-11, is a great example of this. In verse 11, after God told him that He would send him to Pharaoh to bring back His people, Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” Moses felt as though he was not capable of the task God assigned him to, and he was right – he wasn’t capable at all on his own. One of the beyond-amazing things about God is that in everything that He assigns His children to He never leaves them to do it alone. He is with us always. In moments like this, His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

It is also important to know that you are truly made special to God. He designed us to be made in His image. He knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5). God loved us so much that He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins so that we could truly live and know Him (John 3:16). So realize that, yes, on your own we are not capable but God is always there to equip us.

Because of Christ, no longer do I have to hang my head low or allow myself to be reminded of every mistake and wrong turn I took. Because of Christ, I have been washed by His blood that was shed for my sins so that I could be made new again. Because of Christ, I now can begin to truly put God first in my life without feeling inadequate because I am redeemed.

Devotional Series: Much Needed Order by the Color Movement (#cmdevo #MuchNeededOrder)
Posted by: Tiffani // Personal // Color Movement

LIVING BOLDLY (#CMDEVO #LIVINGOUTLOVE)

Read: Ephesians 1:1-14; 6:18-19

This is such a fantastic part of scripture.  It continually emphasizes our redemption through the blood of Christ! All the blessings & grace we receive are because Christ died for us.  He died so we could live eternally.

In verse 8 & 9 it states, “…, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight, making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ…” (ESV). Paul makes clear just exactly what the mystery of God’s will is (v. 10) - then he makes it clear what we are called to do (v. 18 & 19).

You may be thinking, “That’s great and all, but where do I play a role in this?”

We are called to boldly proclaim the gospel!

This may seem like a daunting task, but friend, do not fear!  God has prepared us to live out the task. We have been hand picked by God, adopted as His children through Jesus Christ, and lavished in all His wisdom and insight, lavished in the riches of His grace.  The word “lavished” is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful words among these verses.  We haven’t just been given a portion of God’s wisdom and grace. We have been lavished in it.  We are completely covered and enveloped in God’s love, grace, and wisdom!  

Why has he done this? To unite all things, Heaven and Earth, in Him.  In verse 11 it re-emphasizes how we have been hand-picked to live out God’s love and to spread the Gospel.  We have been sealed with the promise of the Holy Spirit. Sealed - another captivating word. Just like God’s gifts of grace and wisdom, we haven’t just been given a promise of the Spirit, we have been sealed in an unbinding, never ending promise. Wherever we go, the Spirit of the Lord will go with us, protecting us in all situations. The spirit is the guarantee and the reminder of our inheritance - Heaven - until we acquire the possession of it.

So, do not fear in living out the love and Gospel of our Lord!  He has given you the tools - wisdom and His word - and the means - the Spirit and eternal grace - to do so!

Prayer Points:

Ask God to give you strength and courage in all you do.  Ask Him to reveal to you His promise of wisdom and the Holy Spirit. Ask for opportunities to share Him to the world and ask that when the opportunity arises, you will not shy away but that you will be bold through the Holy Spirit.

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Devotional Series: Living Out Love by the Color Movement (#cmdevo #livingoutlove)

Posted by: Julia Hofmann // Personal // Color Movement

Who Are You When Seeking God? (#cmdevo #UsingGodsWord)

Read: Matthew 13:1-23

This parable tells of the different kinds of recipients of the Word of God: those who don’t understand; those who welcome the Word with joy, but have no root/foundation; those who are distracted by worldly things; and those who hear, understand, and act accordingly.

Each time I’ve been taught about this parable, I’ve always had the impression that each scenario was describing a different person. And that can be true, but have you ever considered that it is also describing different behaviors and responses of the same Christian?

Studying this parable, I’ve come up with 4 different attitudes we could have when reading the Word of God: Lazy, Shallow, Distracted, and Diligent.

1. Lazy:

Sometimes we don’t understand scripture and we’re too lazy to pursue it and then God’s Word is snatched from our hearts like it was never there.

There are a lot of treasures in the Word of God, and I am guilty of passing over pieces of scripture because I just don’t get it and I claim to be too busy to make the time for it. It may have been something that could aid me in my current situation or something that the Lord wanted to speak to me, but I just didn’t want to give time for it. And so the Word that had no root was taken from me.

2. Shallow:

Sometimes we hear or see a great word or scripture and respond immediately with a “yes” and an “amen,” but fail to dig deeper into the context and power of it. Then, because of our lack of understanding, the purpose that verse could have served is void since there was no root of that meaning in our hearts. Trials that could have been prevented or subsided by this word have now discouraged us and caused us to doubt.

You know how it is, scrolling through Tumblr, Instagram, and Facebook, passing through tons of scriptures from all the Christian pages you follow. How do you respond to most of it? You read it, agree with it, “like” it or reblog it, and scroll right on past it. One minute I can like a post that quotes Philippians 4:6, and the next minute I am worrying about everything under the sun because I didn’t dive into the verse; I just stayed in the shallow end.

3. Distracted:

Sometimes we hear a good word, maybe we even understand it, but our focus is all wrong. Instead of looking to God and focusing on His Word, our eyes are fixed on everything this world has to offer – good and bad. The world and what comes with it has taken priority over the Word of God. So since we are not acting according to the Word we’ve received, we bear no fruit related to this. This could mean that we’ve backslid or maybe have just remained stagnant in our spiritual lives because of our distraction.

One thing I know I have to work on is trusting in the Lord with all my heart and to not lean on my own understanding, knowing that he will direct my path (Proverbs 3:4-5). But I, like many others, like to keep moving and keep doing. Sometimes I get so tired of waiting on the Lord and I just want to act and direct my own path because I’m looking at everything in this world that I want to force and go my way. I want to have the life she has or go where he’s going, so I’m going to make my way – all the while taking my eyes off the Lord. In this time, I am not drawing closer to the Lord, building my trust in Him, cultivating that intimacy, because I am distracted by the world.

4. Diligent:

Sometimes we hear the word, receive it, study it, understand it, memorize it, and hide it in our hearts. And because it is so rooted, we have confidence in God’s word. We’ll be ready to use what was learned and act upon it because it is rooted in us. Then when trials and temptations do come, we are not choked or burned by them, but we are strengthened.

Yes, there are those beautiful times where I trust the Lord completely and lean upon his word. I take the time to hear the word, pray about it, ask questions, do research, journal about it, memorize a verse, and apply it in faith. In this diligence I am rewarded with God’s presence and peace, and everything his word promises by seeking him (Jeremiah 29:12-13).

So, who are you and I going to be in our lives in pursuit of God? Lazy, Shallow, Distracted or Diligent? Here’s an encouragement to strive to always be diligent and receive all the Lord has to offer.

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Devotional Series: Using God’s Word by the Color Movement (#cmdevo #UsingGodsWord)

Posted by: Victoria // Personal // Color Movement

“I believe in God our Father

I believe in Christ the Son

I believe in the Holy Spirit

Our God is three in one

- This I Believe by Hillsong 

“For there are three that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

- ‭1 John‬ ‭5‬:‭7‬ (KJV)

Series: Hillsong: No Other Name by the Color Movement (#cmdevo #hillsong)
Design by: Elizabeth Grace  // Personal // Color Movement

You are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (#cmdevo #gettingrealwithGod) Read: Psalm 139:13-14 I thought I’d begin with a little background of who I am. I became a Christian late December of 2013. Before I welcomed Christ, I had ongoing thoughts of suicide, and experienced minor depression that I was good at hiding. Inside, I was frustrated because I could not come to grips with who I was. As a result, I struggled with self-esteem issues. To others, I was the most confident person to ever come across their lives. To me, I was nothing. Fast forwarding to the summer before I attended college, I went on an Orlando trip to take part in a Christian conference (SLU Lead). In this conference, students did a series of activities which taught them to become a leader at the feet of Jesus. But to become a leader, means being confident in Christ. To be confident in Christ, means knowing who we are in Christ. I, of course, had no clue. On our last night, we took what was called a Disc test. In it, we answered questions pertaining to who we were, and thereafter, speakers related our results to a more Christian perspective. I remember one of the speakers stating, “You cannot run from how God created you. This is who you are. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.” In that exact moment, I knew God was putting a stop to the mind games and signaturing in stone that I was His masterpiece.  You, daughter, are precious to God. You, daughter, cannot run from that. Yes, the world has developed a small definition of what is beautiful. But with Him, there lies much, much more. Your worth should not be measured upon a finite world, but the infinite God. When Satan whispers negative comments of self-worth, remember the perfect One who chooses, redeems, and admires YOU. No one but God can tell YOU who YOU are. Prayer: Father, last night was a rough night. However, through the sin, the pain, the chaos and confusion, You are still God. You are the God who noticed me and said that I was the definition of beautiful. Not just in looks, but in mind, and soul. Give me freedom, give me strength, to walk in this truth. I am someone because of You. In Jesus Name, Amen.  Recommended video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjuYHOmO200 ____________________________________________ Devotional Series: Getting Real With God by the Color Movement (#cmdevo #gettingrealwithGod)
Posted by: Cherlyne // Personal // Color Movement

Start all over (#cmdevo verticalconnection)

“But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” – Genesis 3:9-11

Once I saw my cousin in a similar situation, when he was only three years old, he hid in a room because he did something wrong. The situation made me laugh because although he was hiding, he hid behind a curtain that it only covered his head and part of his body. Shortly after, my aunt took the attitude of God and began to look for him. She knew that because of his young age, it would be bad to let him stay hidden.

We sometimes act in the same way. We don’t recognize our mistakes and prefer to hide, avoiding the situation. We tend to be immature, being too afraid to take the first step. This is where God comes in and takes the first step for his sons and daughters.

In any situation that you find yourself trying to take the first step, following Jesus clearly and using the fruits of the spirit that he gave you; remember that your attitude should not rely on circumstance. You must to decide to act out of His love, even when others act out against you. That shows that you have maturity in Christ!

‘’ Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.’’ – Matthew 3:8

If you have an unresolved problem, or you’ve ever got angry with someone and have yet to make amends, even perhaps you don’t want to change an area of your life, because you think someone else needs to change first. Stop acting childish! If you fall, get up and keep on walking, because God wants to see you and guide you in using the fruits of his spirit. In His holy repentance you can find comfort and move forward. It is time to start anew!

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Devotional Series: Vertical Connection by the Color Movement (#cmdevo verticalconnection)

Posted by: Julianne Vasquez // Personal //Color Movement

The Consequences of Trying to have it Our Own Way (#cmdevo biblicalwomen)

Read Genesis 25-27

As women, we love taking things into our own hands and this is something that we do often (believe it or not). Not only is this visible in our own lives, but it is also well-documented by some of the well-known women in the Bible. The story of Adam and Eve and Abraham and Sarah distinctly display this characteristic. The women in these stories have one thing in common: they want their desires to be fulfilled at this very moment and on their own terms. When we want to do things on our own terms and in our own way, we fail to see the possible consequences of our actions. A very good example of this can be seen in our every day lives. Ever battle with restlessness? Anxiety? Perfectionism? Carry on through life with such an attitude can wear us out over time, until we find ourselves barricaded from the richness of God’s blessings.

Today’s reading tells us the story of two brothers - Jacob and Esau. Another central character to take note of in this story is their mother Rebekah.  Out of her two sons, Rebekah favored Jacob more. There reaches a point in the story where she assists Jacob in stealing the Blessing that Esau was supposed to receive. Naturally, Esau threatens Jacob and Rebekah urges Jacob to run away and take up work with his uncle Laban. Because she cherished Jacob, she sought out a way to for Jacob’s life to unfold the way she wanted. This desire to do things her own way resulted in her willingly bending the rules and tricking her own family in order to ensure that her plans were successful. Unfortunately, what she hadn’t realized that her self-striving resulted in fracturing the sense of unity and trust in her family and even more so, resulted in consequences generations after were also affected by. Jacob had no choice but to flee and work for Laban due to Esau’s hatred towards him, and as a result Rebekah never saw her son again. Later in the story we find in Genesis 37 that even Jacob ends up getting deceived by his own sons, having deceived his own father. Their poor, humane decisions ultimately led them to suffer. 

It is evident that self-strife, frustration, and manipulation not only affect our own lives, but the lives of the others. It is important for us to remember, and take into account, that we are not capable of controlling our circumstances because God is rightfully in control of it all. Therefore, accept the timing and plan of God. Rest in Him rather than trying to grab control of something that is too much for us to handle.

Devotional Series: Biblical Women by the Color Movement (#cmdevo biblicalwomen)

Posted by: Elle \ Personal // Walk the Same // Color Movement

Temptations in Disguise (#cmdevo #gettingweirdwithgod)

Read Galatians 1:6-10 & 2 Corinthians 11:1-15

In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul tries to warn the church of Corinth about the false apostles they’re associating with. These false apostles were just as convincing about their gospels as Paul was with his. We do not always realize our temptations can be disguised. Kind of like that stereotypical shiny car that looks immaculate on the outside and we think it will make us more desirable. After we pay for that car and it is officially ours, we take it for a drive, but it doesn’t go even a mile down the road before it begins to overheat and start smoking. We took this car at face value and expected it to work out for us. We believed it to be in perfect condition because that’s what the seller told us. Our temptations are just like that car. They are disguised to seem like they’re exactly what we want and need – just as Paul says in verse 14, “And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” We assume that some of the things in our life are supposed to be there, but we don’t take the time to look deeper to see if it should be in our life. We’ll believe anyone who tells us that this “something” is exactly what we need and do not realize it is our temptation is hidden in our wants. In Galatians 1:6-10, Paul discusses how easy it is for us to desert the gospels that we have been taught and instead throw our energy into pleasing man. The affirmation of man takes our focus away from our one true purpose: being a servant of Christ. “The devil doesn’t come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you’ve ever wished for.”  - Tucker Max The quote above shows the true nature of our oblivion to the temptations we encounter. We may not even see them as temptations; they may be things we’ve adapted to having in our lives. This quote replays itself in my mind at least once a day and I begin to reflect on many of the things I associate myself with. Are they truly put there for me to better serve Christ? Or, are they just placeholders dressed up as my wants, steering me away from Him? Sisters, think about this quote and reevaluate the things in your life that make you feel uneasy. Who are seeking approval from? Man or God? The world has so many expectations of us, but God loves us regardless if we meet those expectations or not. We are enough for Him. ____________________________________________ Devotional Series: Getting Weird with God by the Color Movement (#cmdevo #gwwg)

Posted by: Catie Adams // Personal // Color Movement

Mary’s Obedience (#cmdevo #LightofLife) Read Luke 1:26-38 Can you imagine an angel appearing before you? Most of us can’t. It’s such a sublime and surreal experience that the writers of the Bible do not even try to describe what the event is really like. Words fail. There’s no flowery language about wings or bright lights or halos here. None of that would do justice to the awe-inspiring sight of Gabriel before Mary. Despite how shocking and confusing this experience was for Mary, she does not doubt. She responds in obedience.  Mary was very young when this happened, probably around 14. She was betrothed to a man named Joseph and she lived in a town called Nazareth. Nazareth was outside the Jewish trade routes; It was their middle of nowhere. People didn’t go there and it had a terrible reputation. There was nothing special about Mary in our worldly standards, but God chose her anyways.  God uses his people for greatness that incredibly outmeasures their own expectations. At this point in Mary’s life, she was hoping to get married and have kids, but suddenly she was told that as a virgin she would be pregnant from some divine action. In her society, she probably knew that there was a high likelihood that both Joseph and everyone she knew would abandon her. They would think she was an impure, dirty woman. Oh, how the world misunderstands. Her entire world changed in this encounter, but her response was confident anyways: “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.“ All God needs from us in obedience. We don’t need to be the richest, prettiest, or smartest. We don’t need to be able to recite the Bible from memory or name all the books in order. All God asks from us is that we are obedient. Then, He can use us for greatness. There’s much to learn about Mary in this passage. Her obedience makes her a model from not just women, but for anyone who wants to be prepared for whatever God will ask. Mary is worthy of much study, but even here, her role takes a back seat to the prophecy of Christ. In telling Mary what is coming, Gabriel makes 5 important claims about Jesus that we should remember: 1) He will be Great. (v. 32) 2) He will be the Son of the Most High. (v. 32) 3) He will sit on the throne of David, fulfilling the prophecy of 2 Samuel 7:16. (v. 32).  4) He wil reign over the house of Jacob, fulfilling the prophecy of Psalm 89:4. (v. 32).  5) His kingdom will never end, fulfilling the prophecy of Daniel 2:44. (v. 33).  These characteristics seem so normal to us. We’re all told that Jesus has and will do these things, but imagine hearing these for the first time. Gabriel tells Mary, and through the scripture, us and everyone else these things so that we can see that Christ clearly fulfills the prophecies of the Old Testament. The world’s history has led to this moment, with so many prophets describing Christ, even though they had no idea how we would come or who he would be. Many were expecting a powerful and rich King, but instead, Gabriel delivers this message to a young girl in Nazareth so that our King can be born to humble and obedient people.  Christ hasn’t even been born into our world yet and God is already reaching out to prepare the world for His coming. The advent season is often so easily overlooked because we get caught up in the shopping and the songs and the presents. We all know the story and fail to see it with fresh eyes, but this Christmas, I pray that you will let God speak to you through this story in a new way. Don’t be distracted by the cute nativity scene and the Santas. What we celebrate this season is not just love or peace. It is the single most important historical occurrence. God came to us because we couldn’t come to him.  Today, be thankful for His provision. Be thankful that He came and anxious for His return.    ____________________________________________ Devotional Series: Light of Life by the Color Movement  (#cmdevo #LightofLife)   Posted by: Katlyn // Personal //  Color Movement

Live in Peace (#cmdevo #everydaythings)

Read James 3:17-18 No matter what your outlook on life may be, you may have encountered days were you feel as though you do not like how someone has talked or treated you, and in return, you would like to treat them the same way. But the Word says to act differently. When we receive Christ as our Savior, we also receive the Holy Spirit that works in and through us. When we call on Him to direct our actions and speech, and look into what the Word of God says for us to do, we see that instead of showing people how we may feel - letting our fleshly desires to take control - we are to act in wisdom that is offered to us through the Holy Spirit. We are told in the 3rd chapter of James that “wisdom is pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and without partiality and without hypocrisy.” Acting in wisdom means to act the way the Lord would have us to act, even though you may not feel like the person deserves it or that it is the right thing to do in your eyes. It is a daily process to deny yourself and do what God would have you do, but that is how we strive to be more like Christ and be a light to the world, what we have been called to do. ________________________________________________________ Devotional Series: Everyday Things by the Color Movement (#cmdevo #everydaythings)

Posted by: Tiffani // Personal // Color Movement


Intimate God (#cmdevo #gettingrealwithGod)

Read Matthew 7:21-23 and Psalm 63

I would encourage our readers to take the time to meditate on these two verses. 

Having an intimate relationship with God is the most important thing Jesus could ask of us. He wants us more than He wants to use us. 

Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:21-23 how those who shout “Lord, Lord!” and perform miraculous wonders in His Name will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. In this verse, He expresses that performance means nothing to Him. He desires our hearts. 

Which brings us to Psalm 63. Notice David’s use of words in this verse: “earnestly I seek You; I thirst for You, my whole being longs for You.” His connection to God is more than just going to church services or gaining knowledge about the Lord. It means something to Him.

There is nothing, I mean nothing, that we can do to gain God’s love. Our performance does not matter. He adores us because we are His. It is as simple as that. Because we know this, we can be available to Him and cultivate a real and honest relationship with Him. 

When the Lord tells us there will be those He turns from because He never knew them, He invites us to picture spending eternal life with someone we had no knowledge of. Someone who never took the time to understand us nor even desire to cultivate a relationship with. 

You matter to Him, daughter. Even our most unfavorable parts matter to Jesus Christ, because it is there that He excites over teaching us and watching us grow.

Take a second this afternoon to have a simple conversation with God. His desire is not to rush us into building a lasting love with Him. We are so valuable that He chooses to go through the process of making us whole; so that through it all, He can be in the presence of His masterpiece.

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Devotional Series: Getting Real with God by the Color Movement (#cmdevo #gettingrealwithGod)

Posted by: Cherlyne // Personal // Color Movement  

Stop and Care (#cmdevo #Proverbs31Woman)

Proverbs 31:15 – She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household, and a portion for her maidservants.

It is so important to know that the Lord is our Source and gives us the resources that we need, so that we are able to care for those around us. What He gives us may be emotional strength so that we are able to be strong, have courage, or give support to someone in a trying time. Whatever we are in need of, it is found in God and not in our own abilities.

With this in mind, let’s think about how we can apply this verse to our life right now. Rising while it is still night time may be a bit difficult for some of us (myself included!) because we would have probably just gone to sleep by the time the P31 woman is rising. It is admirable to see that she is not rising to grab a midnight snack or sneak out to go hang with a group of friends her mother warned her not to go around, but instead is going out to make sure that her family and service have something to eat by the time they get up to start a new day. It’s a selfless act to put others before yourself, and I also love that you can tell that she does not feel that she is “above” her maidservants. She cares just as much about them as she does her family, thinking to include their portions in her search for food.

In the morning you may be in such a rush to get up and go, but what we learn from this verse is to take time to stop and care for those around you. It may be a big step for you to wake up at 5am and cook your family breakfast, but you could start small by being a friendly face or by giving words of encouragement. If you don’t live with your family but have a roommate, the same applies. And you may even live on your own. You can still try this out by helping out someone you encounter often, like a co-worker, your boss, a professor, anyone. Think about something that you like to have or do each day, and do it for someone else first.

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Devotional Series: 31 Woman by the Color Movement (#cmdevo #Proverbs31Woman)

Posted by: Tiffani // Personal // Color Movement