Calling, Destiny, and Purpose (7/13)

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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 6/6

The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. Exodus 15:2

Having Faith often means doing what others see as crazy.

Francis Chan

Our God is able to give us the tangible and intangible things to make us complete. And He knows exactly how we will get to them.

Joshua was given the task of overtaking the city of Jericho. He had to be sensitive to God’s spirit and leading, and had to communicate God’s instructions to the people He was leading. In the third chapter of Joshua, God welcome the people of Israel into The Promised Land. But in chapter 5, God instructed them to overtake what was theirs. They had to go around the city of Jericho 7 times in silence and on the 7th set, they were to sound their horns and trumpets and worship with a loud voice. Has God ever gave you directions on how to overtake you next season?

The city of Jericho was a walled city where people lived. The city of Jericho was their enemy, they had watchmen on their walls, and the city was 6 acres in size. The city of Jericho was about 6 football fields in size! The Bible doesn’t say what was going on in the minds of the people, but I can imagine they were tired and somewhat fearful. In my mind, they walked around it’s circumference thinking, “we’re going in circles. I hope this really works God.”

God has welcomed us into The Land of Promise, and here He is giving us directions so that the limiting beliefs we have would be destroyed! The walls of Jericho fell when Israel was obedient to God! God has more for you, the giants may be here, the walls may be built, and we have responsibility of leading your people: may the walls of your life fall and the giants be destroyed!

Let’s pray:

Thank you father God, for your faithfulness and mercy! Thank you for bringing us into The Promised Land, where we can enjoy milk and honey. I pray you open our eyes and ears to be sensitive to your Spirit and the will to obey your instructions! 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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Devotional 4/18

I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins. Isaiah‬ ‭43:25‬

Freedom comes when you accept the fact that God loves you extravagantly.

Creflo Dollar

God chose David because he was a man who went after God’s heart. David had deep reverence for God: but he also failed God, more than once. King David wrote Psalm 32, where he rejoices over being forgiven and released from the sorrow in his heart.

Sorrow:

  • distress caused by loss, affliction, disappointment, etc.
  • an affliction, a misfortune, or trouble:
  • a cause or occasion of grief, sadness or regret.

David suffered a lot. He was anointed to be king when he was a teenager, but was persecuted by King Saul. Saul was the very person who God destined for him to serve! Imagine running for your life for about 15 years! Then he finally became king, David committed adultery, and impregnated Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife: and set his friend Uriah to be killed at war. I could imagine that David was disappointed with himself, maybe felt like a fraud for betraying his friend and although he was finally king- there was sorrow in his heart. To top it all off, when their first child was born: he died! Imagine David’s heartbreak!

It’s valuable to know that David was a man of great suffering, because he persevered. And it tells us that can also persevere: use past pain and seek God. David was relieved when he received God’s forgiveness, and he was released from the sorrow in his heart.

It is a beautiful acknowledgement to know God can and wants to relieve us from guilt and release us from all sorrow. Will you receive His forgiveness? Will you forgive yourself?

Remember, God cares about our emotional wholeness.

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, we thank you for your constant mercy. Thank you for your strength, for giving us joy and hope for the future. We thank you that we have a relationship with you and that your compassion and tender mercies follow us all the days of our lives. Help us all to live in transparent and genuine faith every day of our lives. Let us not be unforgiving towards ourselves or others! In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Devotional 4/14

But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for your work shall be rewarded! 2 Chronicles‬ ‭15:7‬ ‭

After crushing us, God exercises His grace by allowing us to ferment in the supposed stillness of transition so that we might be ready for the next stage. 

TD Jakes

Father God, holy and eternal God, you are the all knowing and all powerful God. Nothing moves, and nothing happens without your say so. You know our caliber, you know our ins and outs. You are the ever present, everlasting and merciful God. Who will we call on if not you?

I come before you Lord, to ask for strength and courage. I ask on behalf of your children to re- strengthen us, help us in our unbelief and renew a right spirit within us. If there be any sick, may you bring healing: any downcast, bring joy: if any broken, bring wholeness.

Lord Jesus, the word says that hope is the anchor to our souls, and that your spirit has shed hope in our hearts- I pray for our hopes to be renewed. May you shift our minds to see and expect good in our lives, as we wait for your promises. Your word also says that Love is greater than hope and faith, so I ask you for love. May we have tangible experiences with your perfect love Lord of Hosts.

You are Alpha and Omega, you know the end from the beginning. And you have good plans to prosper us, not to harm us; I ask you to hide our hearts in the cleft of the rock. May nothing contaminate or destroy our hearts. I also present our families Lord, they are in your hands God. May they seek you, and know your ways. In Jesus name, Amen.

Devotional 4/13

Then the report was checked out. It was learned that Mordecai’s report was true. The two guards who had planned to kill the king were hanged on a post. All these things were written down in the king’s book of chronicles in front of the king. Esther‬ ‭2:23‬ ‭

God remembers you.

The scripture above tells a story of how Mordecai saved the king’s life. Life has a funny way of panning out and Mordecai can testify!

See this story tells us of an arrogant man named Haman who sought to destroy all of the Jews in the Persian empire. He almost got away with his plan, and even to kill Mordecai. Mordecai was a Jew, who raised Esther, the queen who was married to King Xerxes. After an intricate plot the tables turned in the Jews favor, and against Haman. He was killed and the Jews were saved!

Mordecai did not know that by telling Esther of the Eunuchs plan to kill King Xerxes; he would save his life and all of the Jews in the Persian Empire. It just so happened that Mordecai’s good deed and loyalty to the King was recorded! His name was written in the king’s book of Chronicles, and brought deliverance to Mordecai and the Jews. Chronicles:

  • A written record of historical events
  • Historical events in a time line

Did you know that the Lord God has taken notes of your prayers, good deeds and sacrifices? Our lord Jesus said that our names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20). Our names are written in God’s books. For example, the Book of life has the names of those who will receive eternal life (Rev. 3:5). And the good deeds of those who fear the Lord are recorded in the Book of Remembrance (Mal. 3:17). Faithful service may go on for years, but it is not going unnoticed! God is taking notes!

The Lord sees your work, He listens to your prayers and He receives your genuine and sincere offerings of praise, sacrifice and worship. God has a time for your deliverance! He will free you from the stress, suffering and affliction. It’s not only for you, like Mordecai, but for all who are attached to you!

Let’s pray:

Father God, thank you for remembering us. Thank you for writing our names in the book of Life. May we conquer in faith, hide us from falling away or abandoning you: may our names never be blotted out of the book of life. Help us to not become rebellious, angry or evil like the Jews who thought that you had forgotten them. Renew our hope in you Jesus, may we expect and receive of your blessings and glory. In Jesus name, Amen.