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(859) 224-1600

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1001 Ben Ali Dr. #2 · Danville, KY 40422

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Mon & Wed 9am-5pm
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PO BOX 23338
Danville, KY 40422

Georgetown

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300 School House Rd · Georgetown, KY 40324‎

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PO BOX 23338
Lexington, KY 40523

Lexington

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9:30am 11:15am 6:00pm

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2349 Richmond Road · Lexington, KY 40502

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Open to visitors Mon & Wed, 9am-4pm

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Lexington, KY 40523

Nicholasville

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5001 Harrodsburg Road · Nicholasville, KY 40356

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Mon–Fri, 9am-5pm

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Lexington, KY 40523

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Daily Devotions

Honesty: Coming Home

Rebecca Hatton

Jan 14 - Jan 19, 2019

Monday

Like a bird that flees its nest is anyone who flees from home. - Proverbs 27:8 (NIV)

Our grandkids love our home. This makes me happy. Once, when we considered putting our house on the market, the eldest, Jack, actually sat me down for a talk. 

“Mimi, I need to tell you sumping (that’s kid-speak for something).”
“What’s up, baby?”
“I don’t know about you selling this house.”

I tried to convince him any move I made would be toward him, not away. 

“Well, that might be okay,” he said. Then, spreading his arms wide and gesturing toward all of his surroundings, he put a bow on it. “But this is our house!” 

For Jack, as long as we have a home, he has a home. I get it. 

The prodigal son knew exactly where to return once his running days were finished. He knew his father hadn’t relocated. He would be right where the son last saw him as he turned his arrogant back and walked away, toting his inheritance. The father would be at the front door, scanning the horizon for a sign of his son returning home.  

We prodigals always think there is something bigger and better than what we have. If that’s so, why is the “bigger and better” never quite satisfying? Why does it inevitably leave us hungry and lonely? Isn’t it possible that what we seek is never farther than our own front porch? 

Yet, there must be a moment of honest self-assessment. In Luke 15:17-18, the Bible says he “came to himself”...

But when he came to himself, he said, “How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!” I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you... 

The truth is, he came to the end of himself, right? What happens when you and I come to the end of ourselves? Much, friends. We’ll spend the rest of the week opening the honesty book. I’m nervous, but I’ll go first.

Just know that the Father you seek is right where you left Him.

Monday's Reflection

What would your Father want you to reach the end of? Would you surrender that today? 
Pray this today: Father, we reach out to you for perfect forgiveness. What we place in your faithful hands, you will faithfully rebuild.

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Tuesday

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. - 1 John 1:9 (NIV)

I take a deep breath every time I tell my story of redemption. There are ugly words in my story. Words I would much rather whisper than to actually speak out loud. Words like moral lapses, rape, and abortion.

When I left for college, I went wandering from what I knew to be truth. I thought it was a rather quick venture, but actually, it was set up in me from adolescence. By the time I woke up, much of my innocence had been lost or given away. And in my mind, I’d committed the unpardonable sin: abortion.

The consistent comment I hear from women who share their stories with me is: “I had no idea it would be like this.” This? The empty, dull ache in thinking back on a life-altering choice. The shame and self-loathing that ensued… and stayed. The silence and fear of keeping a huge secret. 

The emotional impact can show up immediately … or years down the road. Maybe as she’s about to marry, or have a child. Maybe her life circumstances have been hard -- or even good. For me, the pain visited every year on my birthday. As you read this, however, the Father’s gentle hand has removed the pain. In its place He has given me something else: hope and healing. 

Everyone can experience this hope. Everyone can know the Person and the work of Jesus Christ. Every person can find his or her identity not in what they’ve done, but in what was done on their behalf. Two thousand years ago at the Cross. 

Stepping away from the truth of God’s precepts will always bring a sense of shame. But, if we confess our sins ... Notice the first word: IF. Confession is agreeing with God. When we agree with God, healing begins.

Tuesday's Reflection

Your secret sin might be something else entirely. What would the Father have you release today through confession? Begin at the beginning, friend. Confess.
Pray: Father, today I ask forgiveness for any sexual sin in my life and recommit my body as an instrument of righteousness. May I rejoice and experience all the blessings that flow from honoring you in this way. In the name and authority of Jesus Christ I reclaim any ground surrendered to the enemy in this area of my life, and announce that I am no longer bound up in this sin. Thank you, Jesus, for preparing the way for me through the cross.

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Wednesday

I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants. - Luke 15:19 (NIV)

That prodigal son came home with a lot of shame. There is a difference between shame and conviction. Shame says, “You are what you did.” Conviction says, “You did. Now come into agreement with God (confess).” Shame always leads to self-hatred; whereas conviction always leads to peace. 

Shame will hold us captive, convincing us that we are now disqualified from coming home, let alone participating as a member of the family or in useful service once we arrive. Shame is a lie. It is sown by the enemy of our souls, a device to keep us stuck in the past.

In the darkest part of your night, God is faithful and just. In the ugliest part of your sin, God is faithful and just. Healing from sin sickness is a long, arduous journey. It will require a long, hard look in the mirror to find out just when the symptoms began. 

For me, the teenage years brought compromise in small ways. Language, actions, thoughts, influences… until eventually there was full-on rebellion happening. I held onto something I could pride myself in so I could still feel like I was pleasing God in some way. What I didn’t understand was that my favor with God was not found in anything I did or didn’t do. Favor with God comes one way: through the faithfulness of Christ. 

I don’t know about you, but that thought is quite freeing! You mean that all my righteous acts mean nothing? All that going to church? All those times I didn’t drink, or dance, or chew, or go with boys who do? All that time and money I spend with the needy? Yep. 

It’s never been about what you do. It’s about what He’s done. He is the faithful one. And on His faithfulness, you and I can enter into wholeness, healing and freedom. Be free, friend.

Wednesday's Reflection

Whatever your sin sickness, the symptoms began long before the disease showed up. What would God have you “remember” in order to move toward freedom? 
Pray today: Father, today I thank you for your faithfulness. I submit my faithlessness to your gentle, corrective hand. Would you teach me to love obedience and the blessings that flow from it? I praise you for the Person of Jesus Christ, in whom I am being made whole.

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Thursday

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. - 1 John 1:9 (NIV)

If you believe that we can bank on God’s Word, then this is an important phrase: He will forgive us our sins. In Scripture, forgiveness was known in two different ways. In the Old Testament, forgiveness was seen through atonement, a word literally meaning “a covering.” 

In the New Testament, it’s radically different. Because of the work of Christ on the Cross, forgiveness is now seen as a wiping out, a complete eradication of sin. Our sin is not just swept under the rug, needing a priest to intercede on our behalf, year after year. It’s g-o-n-e. 

I don’t know about you, but I desperately needed to know that. In the aftermath of huge personal and spiritual failure, my life seemed hopelessly locked in guilt. I was convinced God could forgive your sins -- just not mine. Mine were too great, too dark. That, friend, is a lie from the pit of hell, designed to keep you in a stronghold of shame. I stayed in that prison cell for way too long. 

So if you think you can’t be forgiven, you don’t have a forgiveness problem. You have a belief problem. Who will you believe? The God who has never lied or failed you? Or your own thoughts about the issue? Clearly, your own thinking hasn’t led you to the best places, so maybe it’s time to trust in Someone else regarding your forgive-ability. 

Now, here’s the reason you really need to “get” this one. It’s in receiving the forgiveness of God into your life and heart, that freedom begins. It is the receiving of forgiveness from our Most High God, that gives us life. The question is: Do you want real life - or the half-life you’ve settled into? See, truth is truth whether you accept it or not. End the belief problem that’s been holding you prisoner for so long.

Thursday's Reflection

What lies have you believed about who you are because of your sin? What truths does God want to replace them with?
Pray this prayer: Father, today I receive your truth into my lie-addled mind. Will you replace every error in my thinking that would hold me captive? Will you redeem any lost time in my life spent in the prison of my own making? And will you reveal any lie that sets itself up against your truth (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

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Friday

And he arose and came to his father. - Luke 15:20 (NIV)

And so it comes to this. It’s not about you… what you do, how you grow, who you become… the story of the prodigal son isn’t really about the son at all. It’s about the Father. The Father who gave liberally and freely. The Father who watched the horizon day in and day out for the son to return home. The Father who ran, yes ran, toward the boy when he finally appeared in the distance. 

He didn’t stand on the porch with his hands on his hips, waiting to wag a finger in an “I-told-you-so” manner. He didn’t cross his arms and make the son approach, not knowing whether he would be welcome. No, he took off at a dead run to embrace his child. 

I can only imagine that what filled the Father’s heart that day was a mixture of undeniable relief and overwhelming love. Nothing mattered from the past. What mattered was today. Today his boy came back. Tomorrow they would walk toward the future. Together. 

All that mattered to this father was that his child had come home. Fully and finally. Do you think that son was ever tempted to stray from such love again? Would there be anything that could once again draw him away from such acceptance? Could any worldly pleasure call him away from this family? The answer is plain and simple. Nope. 

Confession leads to an understanding of who the faithful and just God is. An understanding of who God is leads to receiving the forgiveness He offers. And receiving His forgiveness leads to being alive and… purified. 

According to Scripture, everything that has been lost, stolen or given away in our lives can be restored. Don’t take my word for it. Please. Read the Book. It’s the overarching theme of the whole of Scripture. And it’s the consistent behavior of the Savior who provides catharsis. You can be pure again. Clean again. Just as though it never happened.

Friday's Reflection

Make a list today of the ways in which God can and will purify you… your passions, appetites, emotions, and actions. Make it specific. And comprehensive.
Father, today I come seeking to regain purity. In every area of thought and action, please wash me according to your Word, and the promises it holds for me. I praise you for the rebooting of my life, through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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