Thursday, August 16

The Daily5 is a simple guide for daily time with God. Five activities for five minutes each. Start with the short devotional below, then pick four more activities from the listed options. It's ok if you can only do three or four activities! Commit each day to complete at least one of the five. 

Ephesians 2:1-10

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins 2 in which you previously lived according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit now working in the disobedient. 3 We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, 5 made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! 6 He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might display the immeasurable riches of his grace through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— 9 not from works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.

 

Summary:

Do you know when someone asks “Do you want the good new or the bad news first?” Paul begins with some very bad news. You were spiritual dead! You were blatantly disobedient while following after the desires that Satan had placed in front of you. In was in this state that Christ died for you, while you were still sinning! You were made alive “IN CHRIST.” You did nothing. He did everything. It was a gift. You didn’t earn it or deserve it. We received grace in kindness. The gospel is an amazing thing. 

 

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for Jesus. Thank you that while I was still saying no, you said yes. You saved me while I was running from you. Thank you for grace. Thank you for kindness. Thank you for the life that I now live in Christ Jesus. May I do the good works that you have created me to do. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.

 

Reflection:

Scripture calls us to do two things: love God, love people. Ephesians 2 is a perfect example of the love that God has shown us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Will you allow God’s example of love to impact the way you love people today? Jesus did not have a reason to love us, he just did. Will you approach people today the way Christ approached us?

 

Pick Four More Activities

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  • Listen and Worship.
  • Pray a Psalm.
  • Read a Book.
  • Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
  • Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
  • Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
  • Memorize a Verse.
  • List Five Things You're Thankful For.
  • Encourage Somebody.
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Wednesday, August 15

The Daily5 is a simple guide for daily time with God. Five activities for five minutes each. Start with the short devotional below, then pick four more activities from the listed options. It's ok if you can only do three or four activities! Commit each day to complete at least one of the five. 

Ephesians 1:15-23

15 This is why, since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the mighty working of his strength.

20 He exercised this power in Christ by raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens— 21 far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he subjected everything under his feet and appointed him as head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.

 

Summary:

Paul prays a very powerful prayer for the people in Ephesus. He asks for four things: 1- that they would have wisdom and that their knowledge would be in the Lord. 2- their heart would realize the hope they have in Jesus Christ. 3- they would know the reward they receive from Jesus. 4- they would be aware of the power that is toward us, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead and seated him above all things. Paul expands that all things are under Christ’s authority, including the church. We are his body working “for” him.

 

Prayer:

Lord, give me wisdom. Open my eyes so I may see the hope that I have in Jesus. Thank you for your grace and kindness. May I praise your great name today knowing that you are above all things. May I function as an obedient member of the body of Christ. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.

 

Reflection:

This is such a powerful prayer. Think of an individual in your life. It may be a family member, co-worker, or someone you met throughout your daily routine. As a member of the body of Christ, would you pray this pray for that person? Do that now.

 

Pick Four More Activities

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  • Listen and Worship.
  • Pray a Psalm.
  • Read a Book.
  • Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
  • Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
  • Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
  • Memorize a Verse.
  • List Five Things You're Thankful For.
  • Encourage Somebody.
Brent AllenComment
Tuesday, August 14

The Daily5 is a simple guide for daily time with God. Five activities for five minutes each. Start with the short devotional below, then pick four more activities from the listed options. It's ok if you can only do three or four activities! Commit each day to make sure you choose at least one of the five. 

Ephesians 1:11-14

In him we have also received an inheritance because we were predestined according to the plan of the one who works out everything in agreement with the purpose of his will, so that we who had already put our hope in Christ might bring praise to his glory.

In him you also were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed. The Holy Spirit is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of the possession, to the praise of his glory.

 

Summary:

So we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit who is our inheritance. An inheritance sounds great, right? But what does Paul mean by all of this? In the ancient world, an owner would announce ownership of a possession by placing his seal on it. This is God tagging us, marking us as his own. This is only possible “IN CHRIST.” This seal of ownership is the Holy Spirit now inside of us. He is our source of power. He is our everything. In today’s terms, the Holy Spirit is earnest money. What that means: we have received a downpayment which is proof that more is to come, eternity with the Father “to the praise of His glory!” 

 

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for calling me your own. Thank you for sealing me with your Spirit. May I live today depending on power of the Spirit and with the anticipation of one day standing in your presence praising you for all you have done for me. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.

 

Reflection:

The same Spirit that descends on Jesus after his baptism in Matthew 3:16 is the same Spirit that has sealed you. The same power. The same everything. How will you live today knowing that the Holy Spirit has sealed you and empowered you for great things?

 

Pick Four More Activities

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  • Listen and Worship.
  • Pray a Psalm.
  • Read a Book.
  • Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
  • Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
  • Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
  • Memorize a Verse.
  • List Five Things You're Thankful For.
  • Encourage Somebody.
Brent AllenComment
Monday, August 13

The Daily5 is a simple guide for daily time with God. Five activities for five minutes each. Start with the short devotional below, then pick four more activities from the listed options. It's ok if you can only do three or four activities! Commit each day to make sure you choose at least one of the five. 

Ephesians 1:1-10

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will:

To the faithful saints in Christ Jesus at Ephesus.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ. For he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him. He predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ for himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he lavished on us in the Beloved One.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he richly poured out on us with all wisdom and understanding. He made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he purposed in Christ as a plan for the right time—to bring everything together in Christ, both things in heaven and things on earth in him.

 

Summary:

This is one of my favorite passages in all of Scripture. Paul tells us: before the earth was formed, he loved me, blessed me, and chose me through Jesus Christ. Jesus was the plan to unite everything back to perfection from the very beginning. We receive grace and mercy in an extravagant quantity because God chose to do so through His Son, Jesus. This is a clear example of God loving a sinful world! Hallelujah, what a Savior!

 

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for being mindful of me. Thank you for your love, your blessings, and your kindness that you have shown towards me through Jesus. May I live today blessing the God and Father who has blessed me. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.

 

Reflection:

  • Do you place the same value on yourself as God places on you?
  • Choosing you before the foundation of the world to “lavish” you in blessings. How does it feel to have value in the eyes of our Father?

 

Pick Four More Activities

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  • Listen and Worship.
  • Pray a Psalm.
  • Read a Book.
  • Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
  • Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
  • Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
  • Memorize a Verse.
  • List Five Things You're Thankful For.
  • Encourage Somebody.
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Getting Started

Real life is found in knowing God personally. The God who made you wants time with you, and He wants that time to be full of life so that you are filled up to live for the rest of the day with Him. If you desire to take consistent steps of spiritual growth, we believe the most important piece of continuing to hear from God about what He wants you to believe and do is to spend focused time with Him every day. The reason we don’t is usually because we don’t know where to start. 

The Daily5 is a simple guide for daily time with God. All you have to do is pick 5 of the blocks below and you are off an running. We encourage focused, undistracted commitment each day to make sure you choose at least one of the five. Some days you may do two or three or four, but each of these is designed to take five minutes, thus giving you a simple method to spend about 25-30 minutes with God each day.

Enjoy this! There are no rules. You may take more than 5 minutes on one block. You may choose the same ones regularly, or you may shake it up. We recommend choosing each one at least once a week. It doesn’t matter what order you do them in. However, some may find it most helpful to either listen to music or read a book before digging in deeply in prayer or Bible reading. As you learn and grow you will develop preferences for certain blocks or for doing them in a certain order. It is good to both continue to do what works well and also not to get too stale or routine.

After sitting down with a Bible or Bible app, simply ask the Lord to speak to you today. Ask Him to reveal any sin that is separating you from fellowship with Him and take time to confess it. Rest assured of His forgiveness and get ready to hear from Him.

Listen and Worship.

Music has a way of opening our mind and heart to the presence of God. Take advantage of technology and find good worship music. The best way to start is to listen to one song from the Arrowhead Worship playlist on Spotify. Simply listen or sing along and then move to

Pray a Psalm.

There are 150 Psalms in the Old Testament. Start at 1 and turn the words into a prayer. Every time you read a statement about God, replace His name with “you” and simply pray to Him. Each time you read the writer of the Psalm making a statement about himself, turn it into an “I” statement. 

Daily5 Reading Plan.

Online and on our app, there is a simple, short devotion written by an Arrowhead staff member or leader. Read that devotional for the day and the portion of Scripture it lists, then reflect on the answers to the questions that it asks. These devotionals are for Monday-Friday and are published the night before, so they're ready for you no matter how early you'd like to use them.

Read a Book.

Reading a Christian book has a way of getting our mind rolling. The Lord often uses authors to spark our thinking and help us hear his voice. Find a book you can read a page or two at a time, and do not pressure yourself to read it fast. Some books are written to be read this way (start here: New Morning Mercies, My Utmost For His Highest), but you can read any book just a few pages at a time. If you need help finding one, please feel free to ask.

Rehearse the Gospel.

Jesus has done everything to reinstate our friendship with God. Remind yourself that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Remind yourself that you are not defined by your sin. Asked the Lord to show you how much He loves you no matter what you’ve done. Take a few minutes to slowly think about these truths. Somehow even though we know them, our hearts have a way of forgetting them every day.

Write It Down.

Take some notes. Write out your answers to the Daily5 questions or write out a prayer for yourself or someone else about what you’ve read. If you’re going through a season of struggle or celebration, journal your thoughts as a record of what the Lord is teaching you.

Pray in Circles.

Learn to keep a prayer list. Draw concentric circles, and put yourself and your personal requests in the center. In the next circle out, put your family members and close friends. In the next one, put your church and its ministries and missionaries. In the next, put those around you who don’t know Christ and ask the Lord to save them. Pray over all of these people, or choose a few to pray for each day of the week. Then take time to think through your day and invite the Lord to work in each conversation you’ll have.

Memorize a Verse.

Begin to keep a list of verses that jump out at you. It may be that the Lord wants you to learn this truth! Maybe you hear a verse in a sermon or on the radio, or maybe one really convicts you as you read the Daily5. Write it on a note card and read it several times until it sticks. Then review that verse tomorrow and begin to keep a stack of cards you can review over time.

Be Thankful on Purpose.

Make a list of 5 people or 5 things you are thankful for. Nothing fights the negativity of our day like gratitude. Thank God for them! 

Encourage Somebody.

Who did the Lord bring to mind as you prayed today? Who’s going through a hard season? Who are you especially grateful for today? Take time to text them or write them a handwritten note to tell them. 

Want More? Here are a few ways to go further.

Most of the Daily5 Reading Plan entries are from the New Testament. Pick up the Old Testament and begin to read it as one story. Read for as much time as you have, beginning in Genesis.

Add a Proverb a day. There are 31 Proverbs, so whatever day of the month it is, read the one with that number. You can do this every day or anytime you like. 

Memorize consecutive verses or a passage. No spiritual activity has the power to change the way you think like memorizing Scripture. Choose a favorite paragraph or chapter and work on it in a focused way or while you go about your day.

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