Devotional 6/25

Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me. Psalm 142:7

Sometimes God will deliver you from the fire, other times He will make you fireproof.
Joel Osteen

Father God, I just want to thank you. Thank you for your grace, mercy, deliverance and your presence. Thank you for choosing and calling us to your Light. Thank you for shedding hope into our hearts. Thank you for making us witnesses of your Word and Glory. You are amazing, you are Wonderful.

Thank you for health, ability and agility. Thank you that we have a sound mind. Thank you for all of our senses, and for intelligence and aptitude. Thank you for a home, and relationships. Thank you for your Holy Spirit, for being our most intimate and personal friend, lover and father. Thank you for seeing something in us to call us your own. There are no words to describe my gratitude.

 I thank you Lord God, for making a way when there was no way; for making the crooked paths straight; for opening the doors which had been closed for so long; for giving us chance after chance to get things right. Thank you from not letting us be put to shame, thank you for guarding our testimonies. Thank you for keeping our enemies from having triumph over us! Thank you Lord God, for helping us out of places where we could have been consumed. Thank your for showing us the Truth, when we were caught up in a lie. Thank you for removing the wrong people from our lives, and for bringing others into it. Thank you for being our ever present help, thank you for being in control, and the lifter of our heads. Thank you for giving us discernment and wisdom. Thank you for healing and restoration. Thank you for all the unmerited favors you extend to us on a daily basis. Thank you for delivering us from all of our fears. hank you for challenging us, qualifying us and preparing us for each new level. Thank you for the warnings, and thank you for renewing our strengths when we were depleted. Thank you for providing for us in every area of our lives, thank you for not withholding any good thing from us. Thank you for all the time you invest into us, and for keeping your eyes on us. Thank you for being in control of our lives.

Thank you for bringing us into the knowledge of you, and making us ministers of your grace.

 WE LOVE YOU LORD GOD! And it’s in the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

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Devotional 6/11

Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, Lord, are the only God. Isaiah 37:20

When the Holy Spirit walks in, the other spirits tremble.

Are you waiting for God to heal you? Are you hoping for God to settle your debt? Are you praying for God to change a contradictory situation in your life?

I urge you to pray! When we ask God for grace, favors and deliverance, we expect Him to act not for our own sake, but for His! As I said yesterday, God wants to make His name known. It may not happen when or how we want it to happen, but God wants to glorify Himself through your situation.

Moses, and the people of Israel crossed the Red Sea on dry ground, after being in bondage for over 400 years. They defeated their enemies without laying a hand on them. God sent 10 plagues to the Egyptians, and finally swallowed Pharaoh and his chariots in the Red Sea. Before overtaking Jericho, two messengers were sent to check on territory and the Bible says Rahab told the men Jericho is afraid of you, we have heard of your God! (Josh. 6:10-11)

It‘s interesting how our God was known in Jericho for His mighty deeds. The people of Jericho feared the God and the people of Israel! This reminds me that demons tremble at the presence of the Lord (James 2:5). We as children of God have the Holy Spirit of God in us. And although we may walk oblivious to the glory which we carry, the darkness of this world recognizes His strength and power everywhere we go. Spirits recognize Jesus, like the man of Gadara and they also recognize us. The demons in the Gadarene man asked Him, why do you come to torment me before my time? (Mark 4)

Are you walking in your authority to cast out demons, heal the sick and mend the broken-hearted? It’s up to us to walk in that authority!

Let’s pray:

Thank you Lord Jesus for sending the Comforter. Thank you for giving us power, authority and freedom. I present the body of Christ to you, and ask you to convict each of us with more of your witness, boldness and authority. I thank you for working in us, through us, for us and with us. In Jesus name, Amen!

Devotional 6/5

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. Romans 8:37

Negative emotions like loneliness, envy and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life. They’re big, flashing signs that something needs to change.

Gretchen Rubin

The word of God tells us that we are overcomers but what exactly are we overcoming?

We are overcoming sin which swells in us, the influence of the world and the shrewdness of Satan. We are overcoming the old nature, the old habits and all that influences. For the most part what needs to be done is to rest and renew our minds according to scripture.

All of us have experienced rejection in life, and I am being intentional when saying ALL of us. Rejection is the enemy’s tactic to destroy our relationship with God and with ourselves: all of life’s issues and wrong self-perceptions stem from rejection. In our youth, we internalize experiences and other people’s projections of us. It is as adults, where we act out on the lies Satan has planted in our hearts. My favorite scripture concerning deliverance is Matthew 15:13, where Jesus tells the Pharisees that God, our father, will uproot all that the enemy has planted.

The Holy Spirit of God can deal with the foundation of our erroneous beliefs, when we choose faith over each individual belief. Before implanting new beliefs, we must till the soil of our hearts, so that the new beliefs can take root! If you’ve ever uprooted a plant, or a beam from the under the ground- you can correlate this with destabilizing the foundation of wrong thinking in your mind. Each scoop of dirt illustrates the way our minds begin to de-clutter, and make space for the Truth of God to take root. Memorizing or declaring scriptures does not guarantee transformation: we then have the ability to plant new beliefs, as we meditate, pray and take hold of scripture.

If we can agree with what God says about us, we are halfway through. God wants transformation for us, and we ought to stand in agreement with Him! There are some deliverances which occur in an instant, while others occur over time. The Lord loves to reveal Himself in whichever way He chooses to bring transformation.

Let’s pray:

Thank you Lord God, for your Spirit doing a divine work in us. You have given us the victory and we thank you for success in all areas of our lives. We give you glory and honor, you are good God. You mercy endures forever. Thank you for causing us to triumph! I pray you reveal these scriptures to your children in a profound and personal way. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

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Devotional 5/29

For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. Romans 5:10

It is misleading to say that God accepts us the way we are. Rather He accepts us despite the way we are.

Sinclair Ferguson

Why the gospel? What’s the good news? What’s the big deal about Jesus? The good news of the gospel is that Jesus died and resurrected to make us right with God.

From the beginning of creation, God has been trying to be with man. From the Garden of Eden, to the tabernacle, to the temple of God, to the Holy Spirit in us. God has desired to be in a relationship with us since day one. But sin has separated us from God in such a way, that we want to be God, resist Him, while others resent Him. God’s intention has always been to be in relationship with us.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, many people know Jesus came and died for our sins. He forgave us. He offers us new life. But what for? Jesus the Christ, died for the entire world. Through Christ we can be accepted by God. Through Christ we can pray and be forgiven. Through Christ we receive eternal life. But the good news is that the kingdom of God came to be with us and in us. The Cross is the gospel. What happened on the cross?

The cross gave us peace and brought us back to God.

Let’s pray:

Father God, thank you for sending your only son to die in my place. Thank you for redeeming my time and destiny. I pray you reveal to your children what the Good News is. May we be renewed and refreshed by the Good News. Thank you Lord, in Jesus name. Amen.

Devotional 5/25

Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him and he with me. Revelations 3:20

God is with me.

What does it matter that God is with us? Throughout the scriptures, the lord informs us that He is with us. If only we acted like God was with us!

Christ told us He’d be with us until the end of time; If only we fully believed it! Some people doubt God is present because they don’t feel Him, others don’t hear Him and quite a few simply lack the faith to believe God is always present. On a personal level, what does it mean that God is with you?

  • I will not fear any evil because God is with me. (Ps. 23)
  • I will be free from the love of money, neither will I covet, because God is with me. (Heb. 13:5)
  • I will not faint because God is with me. (Is. 41:10)
  • I am strong and courageous because God is with me. (Deut. 31:6)
  • I observe all that Jesus has commanded because God is with me. (Mat. 28:20)

It is the Lord who strengthens us: it is He who provides for us. From the scriptures we can learn that God provides Himself as the solution to all of our issues. By having Him, we have what we need. By acknowledging His very being is with us, we can be bold and brave.

Take a moment to think about God. Think about the difference His presence makes in your life. Think of God’s presence being with you from now on: will things be different for you?

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, you’re faithful and honorable. We give you glory for being the everlasting Father, the eternal immortal king: thank you for being our ever present help, and keeping us company at all times. I pray for those who need your presence to invite you into their lives in Jesus name. Amen.

Devotional 5/22

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us; Hebrews‬ ‭12:1‬

The fire of God only consumes what is on the altar.

Dharius Daniels

You’re in a race! Accept, embrace and love yourself. If you lose yourself, you will lose your way.

The Lord told us in Hebrews 12, that we should run our race with patience. We should be rooting for ourselves, not tripping over things. Is there something slowing you down?

The word says to lay aside every weight, which tells us that we are in control of doing so. It means we are to lay aside fear, guilt, shame, pride, condemnation, hypocrisy, arrogance, competition, offense, doubt, perfectionism, lust, self righteousness, gossip, and so on. Then the word speaks of “the sin“, meaning the sin we are all born into. Remember Adam and Eve: they passed on the symptoms of sin to every human being on this earth. We were born separated from God. We missed the mark without knowing there was a mark! We were all children of disobedience BUT GOD sent His son to redeem us from the curse of the law. We were dead in our sins and transgressions, but Jesus gave us a new nature.

Once Jesus comes into our hearts, we instantly become new creatures. We’re like seeds, the Spirit of God has planted His Spirit within us. By the Spirit we begin to grow roots, leaves and eventually bear fruit or bloom flowers. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we can lay every weight and the sin which causes us trouble, which constantly threatens us!

After telling us to run with endurance, and to let go of weights and the symptoms of sin; the following verse tells us, keep your eyes on Jesus! We can shift our focus from Jesus, to self: from what we do right to what we do wrong: or from being children of God to being who we were. We are no longer who we were!

With Jesus, we are new creatures. You can become a new creature when you accept that Christ died for you to be made new! Ask Jesus to become your Lord and Savior, and walk in the newness of life!

Let’s pray:

Father God, I thank you for the weights and symptoms of sin you reveal. Thank you for consuming them, and taking our burdens. I pray for those people who do not yet know you, may they recognize you as the God who makes them a new creature and gives them a new beginning. Reveal yourself to them, and help us all to lay aside every weight and all sin. In Jesus name, Amen.

Devotional 5/21

Joseph named his older son Manasseh, for he said, “God has made me forget all my troubles and everyone in my father’s family.” Genesis 41:51

When God is ready for you to move, He will make your situation uncomfortable.
Germany Kent.

Thank you for your word lord God. Thank you for opening our eyes of understanding to see that which you speak. Thank you for helping us forget all our troubles. Thank you for giving us the strength we need to go after our next. For giving us the peace we need to receive your instruction, grace and favor. Thank you for turning our mourning into dancing, and our caves into places of thought and reflection. Thank you for making the cave and wilderness our places our quietness, where we saw you move in the stillness.

Today I pray for the strength of my brothers and sisters who have experienced frustration and disappointment. I ask you Lord to help them be fruitful, like Joseph and birth Manasseh’s. I pray for those who have been tired, may they cast their burdens on you.

May you use our frustrations to leap us into our next. May we accept what has been and move on to what will be. May our failed expectations direct us into your plan and purpose. May we be locked in and fully immersed in what you are doing moving forward. In the name of Jesus I pray!

 

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