I Still Believe.
Created by Millennial and Gen Z leaders, this 7-day devotional is here to challenge and encourage you to go deeper in your faith and your perspective of God. Now is the season for faith to come alive. Read through these 7 days to renew your heart, meditate on Scripture, and engage in worship.
From one generation to the next, let us encourage and call one another up in our faith.
Meet the authors and leaders
Day 1: I Still Believe in Peace
Joel Nobis is a 22 year-old from Atlanta, GA. He attends Passion City Church and is passionate about social media ministry and using digital resources to encourage people in their walk with God. Joel’s desire is to one day be working in full time ministry in whatever aspect God leads him to.
We’re all in the same boat these days, experiencing a pandemic. We’ve all felt some kind of impact from it, and it would be a very common response for any of us to respond to such a trying time with fear, panic, or worry- to worry about our jobs, our finances, or fill in the blank with what you find keeping you up at night.
Jesus tells us in John 16 that in the world we will have trouble, but in Him we can have peace. The only way to experience true peace is to be close to its source: Jesus. I think about the story of Peter walking on water. He only began to sink when he stopped looking at Jesus and started focusing on the storm around him. A lot of us probably have found ourselves like Peter at some point, maybe you are even there right now. Continue watching for a message on the peace of God.
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
God, thank You for telling us that in You we can have peace despite what’s going on around us. Help me to cast out fear and anxiety and to learn to trust You more. Help me to take my thoughts captive and to cast out anything that is not from You. God, I don’t always see what You are doing, but help me to hold on to what I do know. You are good. You love me. You work all things together for my good. Thank You for Your peace. Amen.
Day 2: I Still Believe in Miracles
Chelsea Crockett is an author and content creator who reaches millions of teens around the globe. She wrote the devotional book Above All Else and has appeared on TODAY and in Seventeen, Teen Vogue, Trend Magazine, and others. She is passionate about sharing her faith and creating a positive impact in the world.
I don’t know what your current situation may look like or what it feels like to be in your shoes right now, but I do know that our God is a miracle-working God! Just this past week I got a message from a girl that had cancer and not only did the mass disappear overnight, her father also accepted the grace of Jesus and became a Christian because of it! It truly is incredible how God is still moving and working today, and it’s not up to us how, who, and where He chooses to heal. We know if the healing doesn’t happen on this side of heaven, it will come in the next life. That brings me so much peace!
“While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.” Matthew 9:18-22 ESV
God, You are beyond our comprehension. You are all-knowing and all-powerful. You are the miracle worker who brings hope to our souls. Thank You that we can trust our lives in Your hands. We trust You to move even in the circumstances we do not understand because we know that Your ways are always better than we could imagine. It might look different than we expect, but it can be trusted because You are good. Come move in our midst and give us even greater faith. Amen.
Day 3: I Still Believe in Unity
Eli Bonilla is the National Millennial Director for National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference under Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, part of the Empower 21 Global next-gen board, English Pastor at Abundant Life Church of God where he serves under his father Eli Bonilla Sr., husband to Alexis, also a Lee University Alum, and new father to Novalee.
Oftentimes we believe that it is solely our attitude and treatment of the lost that is the charge of the Church in the midst of uncertain times. Christ, however, outlines a very clear truth to the potency of unity at all times. He makes a clear distinction that unity is empowered by God’s glory, meant for the growth of those who engage in good community, and the produced outcome is the Gospel being demonstrated to the world. We don’t need more methods; we just have to learn to remember what we’re all here for, which is to bring God glory and spread His Gospel. This is why I still believe in unity.
“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” John 17:20-23 NLT
Lord, may we echo Your prayer for us in John 17 that the world will know about You being sent by the way we love one another. May we lean into what we have in common: our faith, Spirit, baptism, and mission. May we demonstrate in times of uncertainty that our unity and love truly separates God’s people from any other group in the world, and may many people come to know You because of it.
Day 4: I Still Believe in Purpose.
Madeline Carroll is an actress, writer, producer, and speaker based in Los Angeles. Her most recent films are I Can Only Imagine, and I Still Believe with Jeremy Camp.
It is time for us, my friends, to catch on, to become aware, to see the fact that God is very much up to something in the midst of the unknown. The aha moment, that we are not alone. That we are very much on time and in step with the very plans God has for our lives even though the way seems dark and uncharted. My soul, my spirit, and my heart find comfort in the fact that God’s purposes will always prevail. But the question is will we be aware to see them unfolding? Because from awareness comes preparedness.
“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 ESV
God, my prayer is that we would recognize Your purposes in the midst of uncertainty and confusion. Help us to know that You are very much actively working in our lives and on our behalf. Help us to see and have a heart to understand what Your plans are and not be so focused on our own. Amen.
Day 5: I Still Believe in God’s Faithfulness.
Matt Brown is an evangelist, author of Truth Plus Love: The Jesus Way to Influence, and founder of Think Eternity — a ministry dedicated to amplifying the gospel every day through podcasts, devotionals, videos, live events and more. Matt and his wife Michelle have three children and live near Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can follow Matt at @evangelistmatt and thinke.org.
Often we don’t see what God is doing in the moment, but in hindsight we look back and see the faithfulness of God. The events of our world are not a surprise to God. God is all-knowing, always Sovereign, and He will always be faithful. I believe God was giving so many of us a “hunger” to fast and pray, not only because He knew this pandemic was coming, but also because of how He wants to move beyond this pandemic. I have such a sense in my spirit that God is about to move in significant ways.
What keeps stirring my heart in this difficult season is the unchanging nature of God. In a world that’s always changing, we can lean on a God who never does.
Hebrews 13:8 tells us “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Even when we face a future that is uncertain we can look to our Jesus who is the same yesterday, today and forever.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 NIV
God, I believe You are the Master at turning difficult situations for my good. I trust You still have a good plan and purpose for my life. I will lean on You and Your unchanging nature in this storm. I know that You are working for my good even when I don’t see it. I will build my life on Christ and on His ways, so I have a solid foundation in the storm.
Day 6: I Still Believe in Today
Jessica Winter is the Director of Marketing for The Signatry. Having worked with nonprofits for years, she uses her experience to lead brand strategy to champion the vision of solving the world’s greatest problems. In her spare time, she mentors developing brands, photographs weddings, and fills notebooks with all the creative ideas.
I still believe in today because God is my good. He alone sustains. Hope grows from today as we abide in His presence. Our hearts soften to see the ways He is bringing renewal, and we can lean into the opportunity to nurture those seedlings of hope. Let us lean into this beautiful mess, to see God even in the ordinary, to stay persistent in our belief. As we do this as families, communities, and as the Church, we bring renewal for today and hope for the future.
“Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
For, behold, those who are far from You will perish;
You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You.
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
That I may tell of all Your works.”
Psalm 73:25-28 NASB
God, give me a soft heart to see You in the here and now. Let me not get so caught up in the busyness and anxiety that I miss You here in the present. You are all I need, and I sit and savor Your presence. Thank You for the gift of today and how You use it to invite me into even closer relationship with You. Teach me to look for the ways You are at work and to choose joy.
Day 7: I Still Believe in My Generation
Grayson is a youth pastor based out of Journey Church in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is most known for his platform as a social media pastor on TikTok and Instagram, reaching a following of over 1,000,000 across his social networks. Grayson and his fiancée Jezlyn both serve together in South Texas and minister to young people weekly.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 NIV
Heavenly Father, today we ask for our minds to be renewed in Your presence. Let us walk in boldness and conviction to live a life set apart. We are called to shine the light of Jesus in a world where darkness is stretching far and wide, but as far as the east is from the west, so far You, Lord, have removed our transgressions from us. We answer the call today to bring hope to a lost world. Let us not be fearful of change, but let us step into Your glory. In Jesus’ name, today, we say yes. Amen.