Daily Devotional



Ephesians 2:6 (NLT)For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.”

“Hope is an interesting thing and sometimes [our hope] seems to be tied to our attitude, our perspective, and our emotions” Pastor Ryan Malouff.

When we anchor our hope in our expectations or on some past memory or experience our hope often times deflates like a balloon and we find ourselves empty and hopeless.  This anchor won’t hold the air of hope because its security is based on what we feel we deserve, need or have done.

When we anchor our hope in lofty dreams such as being discovered, money, possessions, etc. our faith becomes a manipulation tool. Our love becomes fear based and our hope floats away like an unanchored balloon and we are left with emptiness.  This anchor won’t hold because once again it finds its security in us, our talents, and our abilities.

Hope must be tied down secured and anchored in scripture. Paul illustrates hope as being confident, secure and already done.  Our hope is anchored to heaven and it becomes the place where we sit, the place of our authority. We begin to understand that no one can take this position from us and that the hope of heaven is set up for us by Christ.

Paul changes our understanding of the future as well as the present. We have a seat waiting for us in heaven and we literally sit with God in heavenly places.  This seat is established, secure, and waiting for us.  When we anchor our hope in this reality our understanding of our present circumstances changes too. When our hope is based on what Christ has already done, it’s much easier for us to live out that truth here on earth.  Out of this confident hope of heaven flows our faith and our love.

Action Step – ask yourself
1. Where is my hope anchored?
2.  Where do I choose to sit?

Decide to anchor your hope on the place where you sit, at the right hand of God the Father with Christ Jesus. Realize your position is in heaven for eternity, united with Christ and because of Christ.

[Adapted from a message given by Pastor Ryan Malouff (Children’s Pastor of The City Church) November 28, 2010 @ TRC]

Daily Devotional



Colossians 1:3-5 (NLT) 3 We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, 5 which come from your CONFIDENT HOPE of what God has RESERVED for you in HEAVEN. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.”

Pastor Ryan on Sunday shared with us a couple of his fears as a child growing up. Fear of not having enough food at meal times and a fear of not having a place/being left out.

He shared that these fears were based on unhealthy expectations he held onto.  Expectations based on the past and expectations anchored in the wrong things.  He also shared that these fears were displaced when he came to the great discovery of “Reservations”.

Having reservations in our name give us confidence that our seat will be waiting for us. Reservations give us the confidence that our place is secure, that we have a spot, and that those things promised to us on our arrival will be waiting for us. (i.e. food, a seat, a ticket etc.)

Paul in the scripture above talks about a Reservation that changes everything for you! You have a confident hope that God Himself has reserved for you a place in heaven that nothing and no one can take away from you. Your place is secure. Your spot at His table is waiting for you.

Action Step
– Grab securely onto the reality that when you asked Jesus Christ into your heart, your reservation was called in by Him. There is a spot for you in heaven with your name on it. No one else can take that spot.
– Pray today that He will continue to establish your hope in Him, not in you.
– Continue to walk out your new life in Christ – whether it is your first day or your thousandth.

[Adapted from a message given by Pastor Ryan Malouff (Children’s Pastor of The City Church) November 28, 2010 @ TRC]

Daily Devotion

“Your Heart and Your Treasure” Week #6 Cut the BS Series


1 Corinthians 4:7 (ESV) “7For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?”

Haggai 2:8 (ESV) 8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the LORD of hosts.”

Realizing that God is the owner of my stuff, and I am the manager allows me to adopt a steward’s mentality toward the assets He has entrusted—not given—to me.

“A steward manages assets for the owner’s benefit. The steward carries no sense of entitlement to the assets he manages. It’s his job to find out what the owner wants done with his assets, then carry out his will.” -Randy Alcorn

Our resistance to giving“Unfamiliar with good stewardship”
You may say: “Stewardship is a foreign concept to me as I have only heard about ‘the American Dream.’”

What does it mean to be a good steward?

We need to adopt this mentality; “God owns everything. I’m his money manager – We are the managers of the assets God has entrusted—not given—to us.” (Alcorn)

“My heart always goes where I put God’s money – Watch what happens when you reallocate your money from temporal things to eternal things.”  (Alcorn)

How to undermine our resistance to giving“Give of your time, talent, and TREASURE”

Stewardship isn’t just about money. It’s also recognizing that your talents (not the same as in the parable), gifts, skills, and time are given to you by God to steward correctly, and to use for other people as well.

People with no faith will store up their earthly treasure in an attempt to find happiness and comfort in this life, and only give when it means something better for them.

People with damaged faith will be torn between heavenly and earthly treasure, usually giving from what they have left over.

People with active faith will give radically out of a love for God and people, recognizing that everything they have is God’s first.

Action Step
Get together with your family or a small group and pick a charity to give to. Some examples might be the Outreach projects at the Rock Church. There are also some fantastic charities to give to locally and globally. A couple suggestions would be; Operation Christmas Child, giving water to those in need, a local Monroe charity, sponsor a needy family this holiday season. Be prayerful in your selection and stay committed to it. You can make a difference.